In this Fracking Week in Westminster, questions, statements and replies about:
- Fracking in protected areas
- Shale gas in Egypt
- Energy security
- Shale gas wealth fund
With thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com for the transcripts
1st December 2015
Question by Alan Whitehead, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit hydraulic fracturing from being conducted from wells that are drilled at the surface of sensitive areas within the boundaries of existing petroleum exploration and development licences.
Reply by Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change
On 4 November 2015, the Government set out proposals to ensure that hydraulic fracturing cannot be conducted from wells drilled at the surface of specified protected areas.  With regards to existing Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences, my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State is minded not to approve any proposed programme of works which includes carrying out of hydraulic fracturing from new or existing wells drilled at the surface in specified protected areas. We are now consulting with key stakeholders, including the industry and non-governmental organisations and will set out our proposals in a policy statement in due course.
 See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/oil-and-gas-licensing-rounds#surface-development-restrictions
Question by Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson on health, transport and equality
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent support the Government has provided to Egypt for oil and shale gas development.
Reply by Anna Soubry, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
We are not aware of any support given by the Government to the Egyptian authorities for oil and shale gas development.
3rd December 2015
Debate on the economy, House of Lords
Extract of speech by Lord Horam, Conservative
On infrastructure, I am thinking of: obviously, HS2; more important in my view, as a northerner, HS3; more roads; as a former London MP, a third runway at Heathrow, please, for the sake of the London economy and others; power stations; and fracking. I was pleased to see in the review £1 billion extra for a shale gas sovereign wealth fund to help benefit local communities with the achievement of further fracking. That is good news.
Debate on the strategic defence and security review, House of Lords
Extract of speech by Lord Howell of Guildford, Conservative
[The Defence Review] is weak on energy. It does not mention anything about the interconnectors which will keep our lights on. It does not mention much about Japanese nuclear power—not Chinese, but Japanese; I declare an interest—which will be the key spearhead in the development of our low-carbon economy. There is not much on Middle East oil and rather high hopes on US shale gas, which, by the time it gets to Europe, will be very expensive. There is little on Asian security and the newly developing common aim between India, Australia, New Zealand and Japan in containing Chinese expansion in Asia. Generally, the authors have not quite grasped that we have moved from an industrial world to an information world; that large-scale military force is less important than it was 50 years ago and that new agile forms are needed; that there are no superpowers anymore; that we live in a network world; and that we must invest in new tools of diplomacy in this network world.