Alan Whitehead MP

Member of Parliament for Southampton Test

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In Parliament last night, the government failed to oppose Labour's New Clause 19.

During the previous stages of the Bill, the government had been very unwilling to accept any opposition amendments. However, last night, they caved to pressure and failed to oppose our amendment. This means that no fracking can take place at all now unless a long list of safeguards on environmental and climate protection are met.

Whilst I voted in favour another amendment which called for a moratorium on fracking, that amendment was heavily defeated, meaning that New Clause 19 provided the best chance to ensure greater environmental protection.  All in all, therefore, the adoption of New Clause 19 by the government is a good outcome for the environment. 

Government makes massive u-turn on fracking

In Parliament last night, the government failed to oppose Labour's New Clause 19.

calendar.jpgFind out what Alan is up to this week.

Monday 26th January - Sunday 1st February 2014

• Monday – Meeting with GPs at the University of Southampton Health Service to discuss the future of the NHS and local services. All Party Parliamentary Group for Sixth Form Colleges meeting. Parliamentary Labour Party meeting.

• Tuesday - Energy and Climate Change Select Committee meeting. Russell Group university access event. Briefing from Selex. Chairing and speaking at a joint PRASEG – All Party Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group meeting regarding houses in multiple occupation. Launch of the Natural Capital Committee's third State of Natural Capital report.

• Wednesday – Environmental Audit Select Committee meeting. Energy and Climate Change Select Committee visit.

• Thursday – Energy and Climate Change Select Committee visit.

• Friday – Meeting with Southampton City Council and the Head of Channel 4 regarding filming in Derby Road. Panellist on Talk Solent programme.

• Saturday – Coffee morning for Bevois residents.

• Sunday - Saints v Swansea. Southampton Mencap hustings for constituents with a learning difficulty.

This week's diary

Find out what Alan is up to this week.

At Prime Minister’s Questions today, Alan Whitehead MP asked David Cameron whether the government will fully publish the heavily redacted Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts report. The Prime Minister committed to look into the matter. 

This follows yesterday’s meeting of the Infrastructure Bill Committee, where Alan called for the report to be published in its entirety. Minister for Climate Change, Amber Rudd, said she would look into why the report has not been published.

Speaking after PMQs, Dr Whitehead said:

“It’s impossible for our Committee to properly discuss the issues before us without the report being available in its full form. Large sections of the report, dealing precisely with the impacts of fracking have been redacted.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the government has something serious to hide about fracking and its impacts. It is imperative that the report is published in full in order for a proper debate to take place and to dispel the enormous cloud of suspicion that will hang over any further attempts to keep parts of it secret. I urge the Prime Minister to publish this report.” 

NOTES

  • Alan is a member of the Infrastructure Bill committee which is scrutinising government legislation which would give more powers to fracking companies. As a member of the committee he has tried to amend the legislation so that the cumulative impact of fracking in a local area has to be considered.
  • The Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts report was first partly published in August and contained 63 redactions, including most of the details of the impacts of shale gas and even the author’s name.

Alan Whitehead MP urges PM to publish fracking report

At Prime Minister’s Questions today, Alan Whitehead MP asked David Cameron whether the government will fully publish the heavily redacted Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts report. The Prime Minister committed...


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