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26/05/16 Steel Industry; Pensions
26/05/16 The Economy and Work
26/05/16 National Grid
25/05/16 North-East people know better than old Etonians
25/05/16 Coal: Imports
25/05/16 Radicalism
25/05/16 Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs


 

Commons Hansard
25 May 2016

Steel Industry

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): The Secretary of State said in response to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr Skinner) that this issue was not related to the mineworkers pension scheme, but there are lessons to be learned from it. Members need to understand that in 1994 it was estimated that the Treasury would get £2 billion out of the scheme over 25 years, but it looks like it will get £8 billion over 25 years, when retired miners and miners' widows are struggling to survive. That is the lesson. What is the Treasury going to take out of the proposal if it is involved? Let us not let what happened in 1994 happen again.

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: I reassure the hon. Gentleman that the options that may have been used in the past are not being considered. The consultation document is clear and relates specifically to the British Steel pension scheme.

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Commons Hansard
26 May 2016

The Economy and Work

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): The Chancellor has taken us through what has been happening in the Labour party recently. May I ask him to comment on what has been said about him and his leader by the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), who took through welfare reform over the past five years? He called the Prime Minister "disingenuous" and the Chancellor a liar and "Pinocchio". Where does that leave you, Chancellor?

Mr Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer: We worked together to bring welfare bills down and to make work pay. I am working with the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb) to carry on that record in government. We will go on building that strong economy and the sound public finances that underpin a fair society.

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Commons Hansard
26 May 2015

National Grid

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the cost to the public purse was of the Notifications of Inadequate System Margin issued on 9 May 2016 by the National Grid; and if she will make a statement.

Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change): There was no cost to the public purse resulting from the Notice of Inadequate System Margin issued on 9 May.

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what measures she is putting in place to minimise the number of Notifications of Inadequate System Margin issued by the National Grid; and if she will make a statement.

Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change): A Notice of Inadequate System Margin is one of the tools National Grid use to maintain margins in the system and can happen at any time for a variety of reasons. Issuing a NISM does not mean that demand is about to outstrip supply: it is a notice to the market to bring forward further capacity. National Grid issue NISMs ahead of dispatching capacity from its supplementary balancing reserve, which will include 3.5GW of dispatchable generating capacity next winter. This will give any remaining capacity in the market first opportunity to respond but does not signal any significant risk of shortages. National Grid's objective is to secure supplies and the NISM is an important tool to achieve that objective with minimum distortion to the market.

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Commons Hansard
25 May 2016

Coal: Imports

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what proportion of coal produced and imported into the UK is used for (a) electricity generation, (b) steel production, (c) cement manufacture, (d) domestic uses, (e) carbon fibre goods, (f) liquid fuel manufacture, (g) mobile phone components and (h) heritage railways in the latest year for which figures are available.

Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change): The table below gives the proportion of coal produced and imported into the UK by sector for 2014. DECC only produces industry consumption data for the main industrial sectors. Therefore, data is not broken down specifically for cement manufacture, carbon fibre goods, liquid fuel manufacture and mobile phone components. For industry the table shows the two largest consumers and iron and steel.

 Thousand TonnesProportion %
Total Demand48,500 
Transformation45,66594.1%
Of which: Electricity Generation38,40079.2%
Industry2,2404.6%
Of which : Mineral Products11732.4%
Pulp, paper, printing, etc1360.2%
Iron and Steel540.1%
Heritage railways130.03%
Domestic5471.1%
*Other350.1%

*includes energy industry use, public administration, commercial and miscellaneous.

Source:

DUKES table 2.4 available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-chapter-2-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes.

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Commons Hansard
25 May 2016

Radicalism

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Answer of 10 May 2016 to Question 36679, which of those specific groups of people referred to in that Question he has shared a speaking platform with in an official capacity.

The Prime Minister: Details of my official speeches are available on the gov.uk website.

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Commons Hansard
25 May 2016

Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS England implements the NICE recommendation for NHS funding for Translarna as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

George Freeman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health): The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently evaluating Translarna (ataluren) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy through its highly specialised technology programme. The expected publication date for NICE's final guidance is July 2016.

National Health Service commissioners are legally required to fund drugs and treatments recommended in NICE highly specialised technology guidance within three months of its final guidance being issued.

Mr. Dave Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings NHS England has had with PTC Therapeutics to discuss an agreement on price for Translarna to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy since 15 April 2016.

George Freeman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health): NHS England has advised that on 4 May 2016 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) asked NHS England and PTC Therapeutics to continue to work towards agreeing an acceptable managed access arrangement for Translarna (ataluren) for the treatment of children aged five and over with Duchenne muscular dystrophy caused by a nonsense mutation.

NHS England and the company have been asked to reach agreement on the cost of the drug to the National Health Service by 7 July.

NHS England has advised there have not been any commercial meetings with PTC Therapeutics in the period since 15 April 2016, however, it is in regular contact with the company.

NHS England will be meeting with PTC Therapeutics when it has concluded the detailed preparatory work required to effectively respond to NICE's request within the set timescale.

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