Canlyniadau 1–20 o 4714 ar gyfer speaker:Alok Sharma

Valedictory Debate (24 Mai 2024)

Alok Sharma: I welcome this opportunity to put on record my heartfelt thanks to all those with whom I have worked during my time as a Member of Parliament for Reading West. I am enormously grateful to my constituents for putting their faith in me through four successive general elections, and over the past 14 years as an MP—and indeed, during the four years prior to that, when I was a parliamentary...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: I have listened intently to the Minister and I welcome his willingness to work together on the issue of flaring and venting. What I did not hear from him was the clarity that I wanted on whether Government would look to introducing an amendment similar to amendment 12 in the other place. Perhaps that is something we can discuss before the Bill returns to this House.

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: I am delighted to see the Minister nodding. I would just point out that even if the Government do not support a similar amendment in the other place, I am fairly confident that a similar amendment will be moved and I expect supported in the other place. This place will then have the opportunity to opine on that particular amendment, so I will not divide the Committee on this occasion. I beg...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: I beg to move amendment 12, page 1, line 3, at end insert— “(1ZA) The OGA must not invite any new seaward area production application licences until the Secretary of State has by regulations brought into effect a ban on flaring and venting relating to new offshore installations other than that required in an emergency. (1ZB) The Secretary of State must by regulation make such provision so...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. On Second Reading, I said that this Bill was something of a distraction and not necessary on the basis that the North Sea Transition Authority can already grant licences annually or, indeed, whenever it considers it necessary. That will not change with the Bill. I also noted at the time that the two statutory...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: My right hon. Friend makes an important point: LNG has a higher carbon-intensity footprint. But the majority of the gas that we import comes by pipeline from Norway, and the production intensity of Norwegian gas is around half that of the UK’s.

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: If I may, I will continue. In their response last year to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on accelerating the transition from fossil fuels and securing energy supplies, the Government doubled down on the NSTA position. Responding to the EAC recommendation, which called for the banning of flaring from UK installations, the Government noted that they had already signed up to...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill: Clause 1 - Duty to invite applications for offshore licences (20 Chw 2024)

Alok Sharma: With respect, I do not think I am missing the main point. The point that the Government are pursuing is to ensure that we have less use of fossil fuels overall and that we expand our renewable capacity, including nuclear, which I know my right hon. Friend supports. That is where we should be going with this strategy. The ban on flaring in Norway is one of the key reasons that Norway has...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Ion 2024)

Alok Sharma: I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I agree with the Secretary of State, who I hold in high regard, that the United Kingdom has been a leader in climate action internationally. We have cut our emissions in half over the past 30 years, faster than any other major economy in recent years. We have set ambitious domestic emission reduction targets, in...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Ion 2024)

Alok Sharma: There was some commentary expressing concern about investment appetite following some of the statements that were made in the autumn, but I think we must acknowledge that, over the last few months, the Government have managed to secure billions of pounds of extra investment committed within clean energy to the UK. Turning to the carbon intensity test for granting new licences, I have to say...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Ion 2024)

Alok Sharma: The Secretary of State has set out her position very clearly and eloquently. I am trying to set out my position on the Bill. The Government said that the independent Climate Change Committee’s own data showed that we were going to need new oil and gas in the decade ahead, but I respectfully say that that is not the same as saying that new licences should be granted. The weekend before this...

Cop28 (14 Rha 2023)

Alok Sharma: I agree that we saw significant progress at COP28, particularly the agreement on transitioning away from fossil fuels in the energy system. However, that agreement and all previous agreements are literally just words on a page; they will come to fruition only if all countries follow through in their domestic policies. The Minister talked about raising the torch to inspire others. Once again,...

Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Clause 148 - Guidance (17 Hyd 2023)

Alok Sharma: Conservative colleagues and I, along with the Minister’s Department, worked together to end the de facto banning of onshore wind, and I am grateful for that. However, as the Minister has acknowledged, we need to see whether this policy is working, and a key determinant of that will be whether onshore wind really has meaningful community benefits. The consultation closed three and a half...

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Med 2023)

Alok Sharma: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I do support the overall aim of the Bill, but, in the interests of brevity, I will limit my comments to new clause 43 on onshore wind. I thank all colleagues who have co-signed this new clause, which of course builds on the excellent work that my right hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Sir Simon Clarke) led last year when...

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Med 2023)

Alok Sharma: We do need a diversified energy system, and I think the Minister set out all the work that is going on on nuclear, for example. However, as we drive forward for greater energy security, we need to change the planning rules to allow more onshore wind. The objectives of new clause 43 are to ensure a more permissive planning regime. The new clause seeks to lift the current planning restriction...

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Med 2023)

Alok Sharma: The hon. Gentleman will know that onshore wind has been back as part of the CfD process in the last couple of years. I am very happy at a future date to have a detailed discussion on that but, in the interest of time, I will move on. I understand that some people would like the planning regime for onshore wind to be even more permissive and for onshore wind to be treated like any other...

Energy Bill [Lords]: New Clause 52 - Revenue certainty scheme for sustainable aviation fuel producers: consultation and report ( 5 Med 2023)

Alok Sharma: I certainly agree with my right hon. Friend that we need more battery storage. That is being rolled out and I am pleased that she has had a discussion with the Minister. In conclusion, I welcome the written ministerial statement because it moves us forward. It is for that reason that we will not seek to press new clause 43 to a Division.

Energy Bill [Lords] ( 9 Mai 2023)

Alok Sharma: I commend the Secretary of State for the Bill, and I welcome its key objectives, as I think everyone in this House does. However, a number of amendments were made in the other place, particularly one relating to a net zero duty for Ofgem. Those amendments are now in the Bill. Could the Secretary of State clarify whether the Government will support all of them, particularly the one on Ofgem?

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Methane: Pollution Control (24 Ebr 2023)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will publish a plan for how the UK will meet the Global Methane Pledge launched at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Private Rented Housing: Energy (24 Ebr 2023)

Alok Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on improving the energy performance of privately rented homes that closed in January 2021.


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