Environment and climate change

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will issue a call for evidence from industry and other stakeholders seeking suggestions on Government interventions and policies to further develop the energy efficiency and low carbon energy markets; and if she will make a statement.


Andrea Leadsom ​(The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change)

Mike Wood: What assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the UK energy market’s capacity to replace unabated coal by the cut-off date of 2025?


Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

We will carry out a consultation at the beginning of next year in order to address that, but I have been very clear in the policy choices that I set out that we expect to bring on more gas to cover some of the coal that will be coming off.

Mike Wood: The Black Country’s canal network is an important part of our industrial heritage, supports a variety of wildlife and hosts many leisure facilities. Will the Minister update the House on what is being done to clean up our inland waterways?


Rory Stewart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs