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Speeches & Questions

  • Housing Benefit and Universal Credit in the Social Housing Sector (Regular Payments): Police (12 Feb 2014)
    John Penrose: We are listening.

  • Public Bill Committee: Water Bill: Examination of Witnesses (3 Dec 2013)
    John Penrose: Effectively, you could have quite a lot of consolidation through subcontracting without exit?

  • Public Bill Committee: Water Bill: Examination of Witnesses (3 Dec 2013)
    John Penrose: I have a supplementary on that point. You said that you can effectively subcontract to someone else to organise your retail customers for you rather than exiting. Does that mean that you could subcontract to another water company? If I am Thames, can I subcontract to Scottish Water? Is that what you mean?

  • Public Bill Committee: Water Bill (3 Dec 2013)
    John Penrose: You mentioned, Mr Powles, that you thought that exit was a good thing and you said that you thought, among other things, that it baked in cost. Is there not also an issue with the speed of competitive change? Presumably, if people are not leaving the market, entrants or would-be entrants such as yourselves will find it harder to get in and it will slow you down. Is that an issue, or am I...

  • Public Bill Committee: Water Bill (3 Dec 2013)
    John Penrose: May I take that point on to Mr Wesley? The free marketeer in me says that if people are bad at something, allowing them to get the heck out of the way so that new entrants who are better at it can pick things up surely must be sensible. What is it about your organisation that makes you think that regulators can do that better than customers interacting directly with a supplier and choosing...

  • Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] — Living Standards: Energy Prices and Profits (4 Sep 2013)
    John Penrose: Does the shadow Secretary of State not accept that even if her proposals were to introduce extra transparency and potentially yield some of the benefits that she is claiming, those benefits would be unlikely to be passed on to consumers unless we also reform switching and the information available to consumers, so that more are willing to vote with their feet by moving their business...

  • Department of Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups (Funding) (11 Jun 2013)
    John Penrose: The Secretary of State will be aware that in my area of north Somerset, in Weston-super-Mare, the actual allocations versus the intended amounts of cash which should arrive with us based on the existing formula, are well below what they should be; so even without changing the funding formula, we are still getting dramatically less cash than we should. I urge the Secretary of State to look at...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bee Population (16 May 2013)
    John Penrose: Speaking as a beekeeper myself, is the Secretary of State aware of the extreme disappointment of the British Beekeepers Association, of which I am a member, at the recent EU ban on neonicotinoid insecticides and the very grave concern that as a result farmers will go back to older, and more damaging, insecticides and that the health of Britain’s bees could therefore inadvertently be...

  • Cost of Living (14 May 2013)
    John Penrose: I am pleased to hear that my right hon. Friend is interested in promoting competition, particularly in the retail and wholesale markets. Does he agree that there may also be significant opportunities, not just in the energy sector, but more broadly across the other utility sectors too, in reducing the infrastructure costs of the transmission network-be they wires or pipes for water,...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: The Minister is being very generous in giving way. I welcome his remarks, but is he indeed correct that such powers exist? We think that some powers to protect urban views may already exist, but are not being properly used, so will he undertake to disseminate that information more widely? Clearly, although the powers exist, they are not being widely used and might benefit from being more...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: I may be pre-empting the Minister’s next remark, but I urge him to think a little more radically. I welcome the measures and steps that he describes as having already been taken. In some cases, because buildings were designed for a different purpose 100 or 150 years ago, it is not possible to retrofit them in a way that delivers the additional potential uses as accommodation, offices or...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: I was thinking either of the much larger example of an entire skyline, which would be hard to preserve, protect or allow to alter in a particular way through the conservation area designation, or of the very narrow, specific example of a particular line of sight, perhaps on a small scale, down a particular street with something that happens to be framed at the end of it, which would be a...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: I understand the case that my hon. Friend is eloquently making. Does he agree, however, that if local communities have a say, it is important that that say is genuinely representative of what local people think? He, I and many others here could point to local campaigns against this or that development-usually whipped up by people who have something commercial to lose if the new...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: It is a pleasure to have you in the Chair looking after us this afternoon, Mr Dobbin, particularly because the topic of preserving urban views and regenerating high streets is tremendously important to towns and cities up and down the country. I hope we can all agree that there are two fairly severe challenges facing our built environment, no matter which part of the country we may be talking...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: I agree with my hon. Friend that, wherever possible, it is often more historically authentic to try to maintain a particular building for its original purpose. However, it may no longer be possible to maintain a building for its original purpose; a good example would be Martello towers, which, for those who have temporarily forgotten, were part of Britain’s defences during the...

  • Planning and Regeneration — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (26 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: Bath is indeed extremely beautiful; it is also a very rare example of a single, fairly homogenous and relatively planned style of building. With very few exceptions such as Bath, or more modern examples such as Milton Keynes, most of the rest of Britain’s towns and cities are not planned. The way they look is the result of a set of rather accidental phases and stages of development. As...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2013)
    John Penrose: Does the tourism Minister have a view on recent proposals by the BAA to raise the per-passenger charges at Heathrow and does he have plans to make representations to other Whitehall Departments to address the potential effect on the tourism industry?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Gambling (10 Jan 2013)
    John Penrose: Does the Minister agree that there is currently not much evidence to prove that fixed-odds betting terminals are the most addictive form of gambling? Although I applaud his concern for the problems caused by problem gambling, will he reassure the House that he will proceed only on the basis of firm evidence when that is available?

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Front-line Police Officers (19 Nov 2012)
    John Penrose: Last week there was also a parliamentary by-election in Manchester Central, where the turnout was 18%, yet I notice that nobody is arguing that it was in any way a shambles or that there was a lack of a democratic mandate. Does my right hon. Friend agree that all this says more about the Opposition’s party political point scoring than about any concern for police matters?

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