Dan Byles

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Dan Byles

Dan Byles was the UK Conservative MP for North Warwickshire from 2010 to 2015 and a former member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.[1]

He announced he would step down from his seat at the 2015 general election to 'move on to new challenges' and was replaced by Craig Tracey.[2][3]

Fracking

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Byles was chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas from 2013 until April 2015.[4]

At a conference in July 2013, Byles warned that the issue of compensation for communities affected by fracking could be divisive, the Telegraph reported:

"Generating the money for the local community is the easy bit - the hard bit is defining who is the local community, who actually should be benefiting? There is a danger if you say, 'You are 7km away from a pad but a lateral fracture is going to come under your home, so we need to compensate you', that is feeding the myth that you are going to even notice or be affected by the fact this is coming under you.[5]

Several weeks later in a House of Commons debate Byles said:

“Unconventional gas” — that is what we call shale gas, which is a bit of a misnomer, because it really is just gas. It is the same gas that we use to heat 83% of our homes and to generate 30% to 40% of our electricity.
Accessing gas from shale rock is not new. My right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr Lilley) said that gas has been hydraulically fracked in the US since 1949, but he may not be aware that the first exploratory shale gas well drilled in the UK was in 1875, in Netherfield in the south of England. It was an academic activity at that time, but the first commercial shale gas wells in Europe were drilled in northern Spain in the 1950s. Hydraulic fracturing itself is not a new or an unknown process, as my right hon. Friend has already said.
I want there to be a calm debate about this subject, informed by the evidence. Sadly, there is too much rhetoric around the entire shale gas debate, often—it has to be said—on both sides of the debate. Whenever anybody uses the phrase “shale gas bonanza”, I cringe as well. My view is that the evidence to date shows that shale gas can be accessed safely, if operations are done to a high standard and with effective regulation. That is backed up by a growing library of research from reputable expert organisations, such as the Royal Society, the International Energy Agency, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and others. The weight of evidence so far shows that unconventional gas can be developed safely, with effective regulation.

Speaker at unconventional oil and gas conferences

  • Was a keynote speaker at the third Unconventional Gas Aberdeen conference and exhibition (25 and 26 March 2014). [6]

Register of Members Interests

As at 25 October 2010

1. Directorships

4. Sponsorships (a) Donations to the constituency party or association, which have been or will be reported by the party to the Electoral Commission:

Address of donor: private Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £4,000 Donor status: individual (Registered 4 June 2010)

Address of donor: 31 Hill Street London W1J 5LS Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000 Donor status: company No 01430799 (Registered 4 June 2010) 8. Land and Property

  • Half-share of flat in Sussex.

9. Shareholdings

Registered 28 October 2010

6. Overseas visits Name of donor: (1)

(2) National People’s Congress of China Address of donor: (1) c/o Great Britain China Centre, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS (2) 23 Xi Jiao Min Xiang, Beijing 10085, P.R. China Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Return flights to China paid for by the APPCG from funds previously registered; total cost £2421.47 Internal travel and hospitality (including meals) paid for by National People’s Congress; approx value £500 Destination of visit: shanghai and Beijing Date of visit: 9-16 October 2010 Purpose of visit: to consolidate links between the UK Parliament and National People’s Congress, and update knowledge and awareness of China’s political, social and economic development. (Registered 28 October 2010)[8]

Registered 22 November 2012

4. Sponsorships (b) Support in the capacity as an MP:

Address of donor: Brindley Road North, Exhall, Coventry CV7 9EP Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,639.47 in sponsorship of jobs fair in constituency on 28 June 2012. I shared this event with another MP. Date of receipt: 30 August 2012 Date of acceptance: 30 August 2012 Donor status: company, registration no 02920513 (Registered 22 November 2012)[9]

Registered 10 December 2012

6. Overseas visits

Address of donor: c/o Embassy of the UAE, 30 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): £3,500 Destination of visit: Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE Date of visit: 23-28 November 2012 Purpose of visit: To meet with Government ministers, Members of the Federal National council, UK diplomats and armed forces personnel and senior UK and Emirati business figures with the aim of strengthening and promoting relations with the UAE. (Registered 10 December 2012 )[10]

Registered 7 August 2013

Address of donor: 100 Dudley Road, Oldbury, Westmidlands, B69 3DY. Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £10,000 Donor status: company (Registered 7 August 2013)

Address of donor:18 Thorney Lane North, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 95Y Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000 Donor status: unincorporated organisation (Registered 7 August 2013)[11]

Affiliations

Notes

  1. Dan Byles, www.parliament.uk, accessed 9 September 2013.
  2. BBC News Warwickshire North, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. Dan Byles Dan Byles MP Statement, accessed 11 May 2015.
  4. Parliamentary Members, All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, accessed 9 September 2013.
  5. Emily Gosden, Cuadrilla and Centrica unveil two-year fracking programme, The Telegraph, 5 July 2013.
  6. Speakers, undated, acc 5 May 2014
  7. BYLES, Daniel (North Warwickshire), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1, As at 25th October 2010, UK Parliament.
  8. BYLES, Daniel (North Warwickshire), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1, As at 8th November 2010, UK Parliament.
  9. BYLES, Daniel (North Warwickshire), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1. As at 3rd December 2012, UK Parliament.
  10. BYLES, Daniel (North Warwickshire), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1. As at 19th December 2012. UK Parliament.
  11. BYLES, Daniel (North Warwickshire), The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1. As at 27th August 2013. UK Parliament.