Fracking Week in Parliament: 19-23 December 2016

big-ben-4In this final Fracking Week in Parliament for 2016:

  • Baroness Jones and Lord Greaves challenge the government on fracking and counter-terrorism strategy
  • Cat Smith says forcing fracking in Lancashire is the end of democracy

Thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com for the transcripts

20 December 2016

Christmas adjournment debate

Cat SmithExtract of speech by Cat Smith, Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, Labour, Lancaster and Fleetwood

(In response to a speech by Ian Liddell-Grainger about an arrangement between West Somerset and Taunton Deane District Councils)

Mr Liddell-Grainger informed the House of a drama that was unfolding in his constituency, which he described as the end of local democracy. Many of my constituents might argue that that has already happened, given that fracking is being forced on the people of Lancashire.

Link to debate

22 December 2016

Written questions on fracking and the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy

baroness-jonesQuestion by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Green

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 December (HL3756), whether they will create a process whereby people outside the Home Office can directly feed back and challenge Prevent training when it is considered to be straying beyond a remit of safeguarding people from becoming involved in terrorism, such as by identifying anti-fracking protesters as extremists.

Baroness WilliamsReply by Baroness Williams of Trafford, Home Office Minister, Conservative

Prevent is about safeguarding vulnerable people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. This cannot be done by Government alone, and training in Prevent plays a vital part in empowering people to safeguard those who need our help. Prevent training is kept under continued review. Those who receive training are encouraged to provide feedback on all aspects of it.

Link to question

Lord GreavesQuestion by Lord Greaves, Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given, or will give, to the North Yorkshire police and York City Council over their reported inclusion of anti-fracking campaigning and sentiments as requiring monitoring and intervention in their Prevent strategy.

Reply by Baroness Williams of Trafford

Prevent is about safeguarding vulnerable people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Political interest and protest, including in anti-fracking groups operating within the law, are entirely legitimate activities and are not of interest to Prevent. The Home Office and Police continually work together to improve the utility of Counter Terrorism Local Profiles (CTLPs).

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  • Fracking Week In Parliament returns after the Christmas break on 13 January 2016 

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