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Upcoming Business – Lords: Select Committee (2 December 2014)

Economic Affairs: Economic Case for HS2. 3:30 pm; Room 1, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: ...from Michele Dix, Managing Director of Planning, TfL and at approximately 4.30pm from Richard Scott, Director of Corporate Affairs, Virgin Trains; and Richard Brooks, Commercial Director, London Midland.

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 November 2014)

Richard Harrington: Just to correct the hon. Gentleman, some of the tube fares for areas outside London are set by the owner of the stations, London Midland, rather than by Transport for London. I know that he did not mean to mislead us on that point. The shadow Minister claimed that working people are worse off today than they were under the magical mystery tour of the previous Labour Government. I am not sure...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Accident and Emergency Departments (5 November 2014)

Earl Howe: to look at how health visitors, in response to local need, can support other frontline services and provide more support and advice to parents on caring for their children. For example, London and Midland and East Regions are looking at opportunities which will simultaneously enhance the health visiting service provision and support a reduction in accident and emergency attendance and...

Shale Gas and Oil (EAC Report) — Motion to Take Note (4 November 2014)

Lord Hollick: ..., the expectation in the industry is that there will be three wells drilled in 2015. The British Geological Survey has identified sizeable reserves of gas, and in some cases oil, in Lancashire and Yorkshire, southern England and the Midland valley of Scotland. But until test drilling takes place no one knows whether those reserves are sufficient in scale and accessibility to make...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Pensions (Taxes) (4 November 2014)

Mark Lazarowicz: While the Minister is talking about cutting tax on pensions, will he spare a thought for the 4,000 members of the British Midland International pension scheme who lost considerable sums of pension entitlement when their airline was taken over? Lufthansa offered them substantial compensation, but Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is now insisting on taxing it. What is he doing about that?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Midland Main Railway Line (4 November 2014)

Lilian Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what works will be required to overhead wiring south of Bedford as a result of the Midland Main Line electrification programme.

South West Trains (29 October 2014)

Dominic Raab: ...for Transport the highest premium for their rail service at 5.2p per passenger per kilometre. That compares to the 13.1p subsidy doled out by the Government to Arriva Trains Wales, or the 2.8p subsidy received by London Midland, and the 2.2p subsidy received by Southeastern. Some train companies are therefore paying an inordinate amount for the right to run the service while others are...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Manufacturing Industries (28 October 2014)

Matthew Hancock: ...successfully in foreign markets. Exports of manufactured goods from the West Midlands region increased by over 4 million between 2012 and 2013. UKTI involvement has directly assisted a number of West Midland companies increase exports and overseas sales; leading to bigger workforces, investment in new machinery and expansion of premises. Additionally, UKTI has helped West Midland...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Midland Main Railway Line (27 October 2014)

Philip Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, from where his Department plans to secure trains to run on the Midland mainline when electrification of that line is completed.

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014)

Lord Morris of Handsworth: My Lords, I start by recognising the efforts of my noble friend Lord O’Neill in securing this important and timely debate. I declare an interest as the recently retired chairman of the Midland Heart housing association. The three elements of our debate are the construction industry, the UK economy and, of course, housing. Taken together, those elements can build a ladder of opportunity...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Electrification Programme (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Toby Perkins: ...projects, Network Rail has said that it is reconsidering all electrification projects. Commuters in Chesterfield will be very concerned that that will mean delays or reductions to the midland main line project. Will the Secretary of State therefore confirm that the only review the Government are undertaking is about ensuring that they are on time and on budget next time, and not about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Services (East Midlands) (23 October 2014)

Claire Perry: Lincoln line, which will provide 24 additional weekday trains from next May. The east midlands has already benefited from investment of approximately 70 million to improve line speeds on the midland main line up to 125 miles per hour, and it will see further investment with electrification extended to Corby in 2017 and Sheffield in 2020.

Business of the House: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (9 September 2014)

Lilian Greenwood: ...connecting the north-west, the west midlands and London, is approaching the limits of its capacity. As many hon. Members will know, there are also growing capacity constraints on the east coast and midland main lines. This is no theoretical challenge. Our lack of capacity means that it is increasingly difficult to run more inter-city, freight and commuter services. Network Rail is being...

Written Answers — Transport: Network Rail (9 September 2014)

Claire Perry: ...for the company. Network Rail advises that a signalling failure at Worcester in the early morning of 21 July caused considerable delay to both First Great Western services to London and to London Midland services to Birmingham. Normal working was restored around midday. To address issues with the reliability of the mechanical signalling in the Worcester area, Network Rail has provided an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Matters of the Day: Carl Frampton:  Super-bantamweight World Champion (8 September 2014)

Nelson McCausland: ...that is hugely important. He has also been well managed and looked after by Barry McGuigan during his career. I am glad that my colleague William Humphrey mentioned the start that Carl had all those years ago in Midland Boxing Club in Tigers Bay in the Duncairn area of north Belfast. In that context, I pay tribute to Billy McKee, who has given, I think, 40 years of voluntary...

Written Answers — Defence: Pay (2 September 2014)

Julian Brazier: ...Health BHCA Give As You Earn Health Scheme Hull Health Shield Hos Fnd BHCA Health sure Portfolio BHCA Hospital Saturday Fund HSA Health Insurance Leeds Hospital BHCA Merseyside Health Ben BHCA Midland Society for the Blind MOD Liverpool Rec Society MOD Police Lottery PAT Aid Wolverhampton BHCA Police Mutual Society Premier Health Benefits BHCA Prov Hos Serv Bedford BHCA Simply Health...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Festivals (14 August 2014)

Nanette Milne: ...Aberdeen this year because of her Commonwealth games commitments, but AIYF is very appreciative of her on-going support. The festival was created in the late 1960s by the late Blyth Major, the music director of the midland youth orchestra, and the late Lionel Bryer, the chairman of the International Youth Foundation. They conceived the idea of bringing together youth orchestras from all...

Written Answers — Transport: London Midland (7 July 2014)

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with London Midland Trains steps to improve (a) punctuality, (b) reliability, (c) greater notification of cancellations and (d) provision of sufficient drivers for off-peak and weekend services.

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (25 June 2014)

Lord Selsdon: ...;. I replied, “I’m a British citizen”, but they said, “No, you’re Scottish, it’s not quite the same thing”. Over a period of time, I went backwards and forwards and found, working as I did with the Midland Bank, or one of the banks within it, that we were the main bankers to Iraq. We all knew each other. When we said hello and one asked difficult...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Long-term Economic Plan (24 June 2014)

Nicky Morgan: I know Kettering very well as I pass it on the Midland main line up to my constituency twice a week. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that the increase in jobs shows that the Government’s long-term economic plan is working. As I said, the job is not yet done, there are always risks to our economy, and we need to build a sustainable, strong economic recovery that benefits...

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