In this Fracking Week in Parliament:
- Lord Vinson on shale gas and energy self-sufficiency
- Alex Cunningham on carbon capture and storage for coal and gas
- Carolyn Harris on tidal lagoons instead of fracking
- Baroness Featherstone on shale gas versus tackling climate change
Thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com for the transcripts
17 October 2016
Written question on energy self-sufficiency
Question by Lord Vinson, Conservative
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the development of smaller reactors and the use of fracking for gas in order to strengthen the UK’s self-sufficiency in energy.
Reply by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister
The Government is committed to ensuring the UK has a secure and resilient energy system while meeting our climate change obligations and keeping bills as low as possible. Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and shale gas have the potential to play a part in achieving this.
The Government has committed to investing at least £250 million over the next five years in nuclear research and development, which will include support for SMRs. In March 2016, the Government launched the first phase of a competition to identify the best value SMR for the UK, as well as allocating up to £30m over the next 5 years for an SMR-enabling advanced manufacturing programme to develop skills capacity.
The Government supports the exploration of our shale gas resources in a safe and sustainable way. The shale gas resources beneath Britain have the potential to bolster our energy security and lead to jobs and economic growth. UK geology is promising but we make no assumptions about production levels. We need exploration to determine the potential.
The Government has been clear that shale development must be safe and environmentally sound.
18 October 2016
Written question on carbon sequestration
Question by Alex Cunningham, Labour, Stockton North
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department’s policy is on carbon capture and storage for coal and gas; and if he will make a statement.
Reply by Jesse Norman, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister, Conservative, Hereford and South Herefordshire
We will continue to work with industry going forward and will set out our future approach to carbon capture and storage in due course.
19 October 2016
House of Commons Welsh questions
Question by Carolyn Harris, Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Labour, Swansea East
Having taken a bloody nose for Hinkley and a black eye for fracking, is it not about time that this Government took an energy decision that enjoys the full support of this House and of the population at large? Why hold up any further the British-made, British-owned tidal lagoon projects that could change the fortunes not only of Wales, but of manufacturing businesses across the country?
Reply by Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales, Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan
The hon. Lady and I agree that we would like something like that to be developed and to go ahead for the prospects and opportunities it will provide, but we have an obligation to the taxpayer: we have to ensure that it provides value for money. Only in recent weeks, the hon. Lady and her colleagues have complained about the cost of energy for Tata and other energy intensive industries. It is important that we generate energy in a cost-effective way that suits consumers as well as taxpayers.
20 October 2016
House of Lords debate on Brexit environment and climate change policy
Extract of statement by Baroness Featherstone, Liberal Democrat
The Government need to move swiftly and certainly to guarantee our commitment to the environmental, energy and climate change agenda—not just with words, but with actions. New nuclear, enabling and encouraging more fossil fuels like shale gas or ignoring the differentials relating to good or bad biogas are not going to lead to the sort of thriving, go-ahead atmosphere for energy supplies in future, let alone an economic miracle. HMG seem determined to ignore that.