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Results 1–20 of 546 for speaker:Phil Wilson

Stockton to Darlington Railway (16 Sep 2015)

Phil Wilson: The Stockton and Darlington railway opened for business 190 years ago on 27 September 1825, but it is 190 years ago to the very day that George Stephenson assembled Locomotion No. 1 at Heighington Crossing in my constituency, on the corner of what is now Hitachi Rail Europe’s new train-building factory in Newton Aycliffe, at the start of the Stockton and Darlington railway. There is a...

Stockton to Darlington Railway (16 Sep 2015)

Phil Wilson: I agree with my hon. Friend. He may have the first ticket office and waiting room, however, but the first one used was at Heighington Crossing. The train run was successful enough for the Stockton and Darlington railway to open nine days later, on September 25. On that inaugural run from Shildon to Darlington and then Stockton, Locomotion No. 1 pulled the first train—full of coal, bands...

Stockton to Darlington Railway (16 Sep 2015)

Phil Wilson: Everything my hon. Friend said is absolutely right and I understand that the railway tavern is still used. It is the longest-used railway tavern in the world. The 600 or so passengers on board—the directors sitting in the luxury of the Experiment while the world’s first railway enthusiasts clung to the sides of the coal trucks—could not believe their eyes as hedges and trees...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 Jul 2015)

Phil Wilson: The Secretary of State quite rightly mentioned Newcastle airport in his list of regional airports in his statement. As he is probably aware, there is another regional airport in the north-east of England, which is Durham Tees Valley airport. Part of the runway runs through the constituency of the hon. Member for Stockton South (James Wharton), the Minister with responsibility for the...

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farm Applications (Subsidies) (25 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: What assessment she has made of the effect of the reduction in Government subsidies on the number of wind farm applications.

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farm Applications (Subsidies) (25 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: Durham county has an excellent record on renewable energy development, especially wind farms. The issue now in the county is the cumulative impact of so many wind farms in a given area, and, because of that, the planning system is now working and further development is being rejected. If the planning system is working, why is there a need to have a blanket ban on wind farm subsidies, which...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Wind Power: Planning Permission (25 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of granting local communities the right to veto wind farm applications.

European Union Referendum Bill (9 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: I thank every Member who has made their maiden speech today, especially the hon. Member for Wealden (Nusrat Ghani), whose excellent speech we have just heard, and, on the Opposition Benches, my hon. Friends the Members for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders), for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) and for Halifax (Holly Lynch). If they, and all the others who have made maiden speeches...

European Union Referendum Bill (9 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: The north-east of England would be severely harmed, but not only the north-east—it would be the UK and our position in the world, which is the other issue that we need to think about. Are we an outward-looking country that wants to embrace the EU and the rest of the world, or do we want to pull up the drawbridge? Some people want to pull up the drawbridge and to let the world get on and...

Fifa: Britain in the World (1 Jun 2015)

Phil Wilson: I wanted to take part in this debate because, like my Labour colleagues, I believe in the abiding principle that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we do alone, and the meaning of this principle does not stop at the Scottish border or the English channel. I believe in a United Kingdom that plays a major role in the planet’s global institutions, and I believe...

Petitions: Development of Middleton St George (4 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: This petition is on behalf of 1,109 residents of the village of Middleton St George in my constituency who are concerned about the unsustainable housing developments potentially taking place in the village. The petition states: The Petition of residents of the Sedgefield constituency, Declares that the Petitioners object to the over-development of the village of Middleton St George and...

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: The Minister mentioned 4.5 billion in investment. Can we make it clear that 2.7 billion of that is for the intercity express programme? The trains will be built at Newton Aycliffe, but that 2.7 billion is for maintaining the trains as well as building depots in Doncaster, Swansea, Bristol and London, and it is being made available over 27.5 years. Not all that investment is...

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: The objective of trying to generate 30,000 jobs between now and 2030 is in line with what the Chancellor said on Friday about generating 50,000 jobs between now and 2020. If the figures for the county over 15 years are out of kilter, so are the Chancellor’s figures. That is why the Government need to look at this matter closely; it affects not only the growth patterns for the county,...

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: Hitachi first came to the UK to look for a site to build a factory. It looked at 42 locations, and Newton Aycliffe was not one of them. Much of the reason it selected it was Durham county council.

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: It is a pleasure to debate this important issue under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. At the outset, I want to inform the Minister of the two main questions I want to ask this afternoon so she has plenty of time to think about her response. First, the planning inspector’s interim report into the County Durham plan states that one of the council’s options is to suspend further...

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: I agree. My hon. Friend anticipates my next point, which is about job growth in the area. It is about not only attaining a 73% activity rate among people of working age, because if that continues and there is no jobs growth, the local economy will ultimately stagnate. The inspector accepts the council’s methodology for developing population projections. The council wants to increase the...

County Durham Plan — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (3 Mar 2015)

Phil Wilson: I agree with my hon. Friend. It seems to me that the planning inspector is not taking into consideration the aspirations and ambition of the county and the potential for the county to go ahead and create high-value, strategic jobs that are important, not just to the economy of County Durham and for the region, but to the country. Last year, it was announced that the region’s first...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Feb 2015)

Phil Wilson: I have asked the Prime Minister this question before and he did not answer: how many jobs should an MP have?

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