Summer Adjournment Debate
Thursday 25 July 2007
Mr Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to make a short contribution on several issues which I feel are important in local, national and international terms.
I begin with the topic of nuclear energy. I am delighted that the tide has now turned in favour of a balanced energy policy and after the Government’s consultation will, I hope, include a component of nuclear energy. The argument has turned away from nuclear versus renewables, coal or gas but to what the needs are for the British people and what is good for the environment.
On Tuesday 17 July 2007 I launched the Friends of Louisiana group in Parliament. Having been part of the British-American Parliamentary Group delegation to the United States in 2005 I witnessed first hand the destruction caused by both hurricanes Katrina and Rita. I decided along with Lord Derek Foster of Bishop Auckland and Nigel Waterson MP for Eastbourne to set up a cross party group in Parliament to support those who lost homes, loved ones and businesses because of the hurricanes. We will aim to work together to promote the state of Louisiana to help encourage UK business to continue investing and return the state to the prosper and vibrant state it once was.