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Railways: High Speed 2 — Statement (24 March 2014)

Lord Snape: My Lords, this side.

Railways: High Speed 2 — Statement (24 March 2014)

Lord Snape: My Lords, I am grateful that the normal procedures of the House are being abided by. I strike a discordant note, as a supporter of this project, to say how disappointed I am—as I am sure many people in the Midlands and north will be—at the abandonment of the link between HS1 and HS2. Thirty years ago, during the passage of the Channel Tunnel Act, we were told that there would be...

Hillsborough — Statement (12 February 2014)

Lord Snape: My Lords, will the Minister accept from me, as a former chairman of a—sadly—former Football League club, that the attitude of the police a quarter of a century ago towards the Liverpool supporters was coloured at least partly by the fact that there was a strong belief then that those who watched football were somehow less worthy of the sort of policing that most members of the...

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (9 January 2014)

Lord Snape: My Lords, along with other noble Lords who have spoken in the debate, I express my appreciation to my noble friend Lord Smith of Leigh for giving us the opportunity once again to discuss the latest local government settlement. Noble Lords will forgive me if I take a slightly different road from earlier speakers in order to avoid repetition of what has already been said. I draw your...

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (19 November 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, I apologise to the House for interrupting, but in the interests of accuracy I must point out that I served on three hybrid Bills and disappeared for much longer than that.

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (19 November 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Teverson, whom I have not heard speak on these matters before—although that probably reflects neglect on my part rather than on his. I agreed strongly with much of what he had to say. I am not seeking to make any particular political point here, but he was not quite right when he said that 9 billion was the total cost of...

Railways: Passenger Demand — Question (31 October 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, does the Minister accept that the problems on the east coast main line are due to the shoddy way in which electrification took place in the 1980s, a fact that Ministers at the time boasted about? Electrification masts were more widely spaced, and the catenary of lightweight construction means that it blows down in anything above a summer breeze. These matters have nothing to do with...

High Speed 2 — Motion to Take Note (24 October 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, like other noble Lords I, too, am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Greaves, for allowing us the opportunity for this debate, and I congratulate him on what he said in opening the debate. It is the first time in the decade or so that I have been here—I do not know whether he will be pleased about this or not—that I have agreed with every word that he said. Perhaps he will...

Railways: Reopenings — Question (11 March 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, in this spirit of co-operation, I ask the Minister on his first appearance at the Dispatch Box to consider paying tribute to Mr Tony Speller, the former Conservative Member of Parliament for North Devon, who died recently, whose amendment to the Transport Act did so much to help to reverse some of the disastrous decisions that were taken following the Beeching proposals 50 years ago.

HGV Road User Levy Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 February 2013)

Lord Snape: The minimum penalty is 200. Is the driver supposed to pay that on the spot? If he does not have any British cash or that amount of money, under what powers will the vehicle be detained and where?

HGV Road User Levy Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 February 2013)

Lord Snape: Before the Minister delights or otherwise in taking it through the House, can he just answer the specific question that I put to him? How many vehicles are we talking about? I know that there are 1.5 million journeys and 3% or 4%, or whatever, of total vehicle miles, but how many heavy goods vehicles will be covered by this legislation?

HGV Road User Levy Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 February 2013)

Lord Snape: I apologise for interrupting my noble friend. There is a question that I should have put to the Minister, but perhaps he could do so equally well. Supposing a lorry driver is stopped for not having a proper piece of paper saying that he has paid 200. What happens then? Is he to be detained at the port of exit? Are we going to reinvoke the European arrest warrant if he heads home?...

HGV Road User Levy Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 February 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow my noble friend Lord Berkeley on this topic. I well recall nearly 40 years ago when I was first elected to the other place and was told that the most effective political lobby in the United Kingdom was the farmers. I came to realise that in that conclusion they may well have been right. After all, I seem to remember that the farming lobby managed to blame...

HGV Road User Levy Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (7 February 2013)

Lord Snape: Whether stopping or enforcing, my only response is that I guess he would have to be in police uniform. Perhaps I might take your Lordships back 15 years to the enforcement on the M6. I still have the paperwork, which I kept. Out of 14 vehicles that were stopped, only three of which were foreign, six were overloaded. In two of them, the driver had exceeded the permitted number of hours. A...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (4 February 2013)

Lord Snape: My Lords, I support my noble friend and the noble Baroness in this amendment. It is something that I personally feel strongly about. I live near Birmingham in the West Midlands and I use the tolled section of the motorway quite frequently on my journeys north. It is a very convenient way of missing the congestion that can be found around spaghetti junction and the Ray Hall viaduct, the...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill — Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (4 February 2013)

Lord Snape: If my noble friend will allow me to say so, at least some of us in this House have occasionally sought election.

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Committee (4th Day) (4 February 2013)

Lord Snape: I support the amendments so ably spoken to by my noble friend Lord Berkeley and supported by the noble Lord, Lord Jenkin. When the previous Government introduced what they said was a national planning agreement in 2008, many of us said, "About time, too". The problem with major projects in this country is the length of time that they take. Any way of shortening that time taken, without...

Railways: Fares — Question (31 January 2013)

Lord Snape: Does the Minister agree that this largely synthetic row about rail fare increases takes place every year around new year, when there is not much bad news elsewhere? The British media love bad news, and it provides them with an annual story. Notwithstanding that, does the Minister agree with the figures that show that fares for travelling by train have increased in real terms by about 20% over...

Public Bodies (Abolition of the Railway Heritage Committee) Order 2013: Motion to Approve (17 December 2012)

Lord Snape: Would my noble friend accept that Michael Portillo, who became Minister of State in the Department of Transport with very much a right-wing image, with a brief at the time to close the Settle and Carlisle line, spent a bit of time with railway men, went to see it for himself, became the more humane character that he is today and saved the Settle and Carlisle line as a result?

Public Bodies (Abolition of the Railway Heritage Committee) Order 2013: Motion to Approve (17 December 2012)

Lord Snape: Can my noble friend assure me that I get a mention? Otherwise I will not read it.

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