I know some constituents are concerned about fracking and shale gas - and it has been prominent in the news this week. I did write about this in September, but this is a short update. I cannot attend the debate this week as I will be involved in Ministerial meetings.
I have had a number of emails and letters regarding the Environment Bill - there are a lot of environmental issues ongoing, but I wanted to give you a brief outline of where the Government is at this time.
In September the Government introduced the Agriculture Bill, which has its Second Reading on 10 October. A number of constituents have been in touch ahead of the Second Reading, and I am grateful for the emails I have received.
Many of you will be aware that a debate took place on 12 September titled "Shale Gas Exploration: Planning Permission". I was unable to attend the debate but, during her speech, the Energy Minister said:
I have received a number of emails recently about the Department for Transport’s consultation on proposed new cycling offences and, as a keen cyclist myself, I appreciate the concerns that have been raised.