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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (4 February 2015)

Eric Pickles: ...is ineffective; there is no coherent senior leadership team and no permanent chief executive. There is a poorly directed tier of middle managers, some of whom do not demonstrate that they have the skills, drive and ability necessary to turn the organisation around. There is a history of poor performance and a tolerance of failure in children’s services. Strategies and action plans...

Deregulation Bill — Report (1st Day) (3 February 2015)

Baroness Thornton: ...by requiring the consent of the hirer before a booking can be passed on. They also propose allowing a licensing authority to exercise its powers over a licensed private hire vehicle or taxi operating in its area, even if the licence was issued by another licensing authority. We would have preferred the Government not to have proceeded at all with these clauses. There is still time for them...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Taxi Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014: Prayer of Annulment (2 February 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Colum Eastwood: Thanks. The Member points out that single tier might lead to more taxis. I do not know whether that is true, but the point that I made about you not being able to get a taxi is not based on there not being enough taxis. It is because not enough of them can stop and pick people up. The problem is empty taxis driving past people, not that there are not enough taxis.

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 January 2015)

Frank Doran: ...claims to support 450,000 jobs in the UK. These break down as follows: 36,000 employed directly by offshore operators; 200,000 in the supply chain, providing goods and services to the industry; 112,000 jobs in services such as hospitality, taxis, and so on; and 100,000 jobs in the export of goods and services. It is difficult to visit any foreign oil base or complex without hearing a...

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Finkelstein: My Lords, there has often been a wonderful use of the words “with due respect” in this Chamber on this Bill, in lieu of actually showing any. The suggestion that people who drive taxis or cut hair are not those who run the country will come as very sad news to the voters, particularly those who cut hair or drive taxis. To suggest that one cannot comment on the recall Bill without...

Natural Environment — Motion to Take Note (15 January 2015)

Baroness Ludford: ...frameworks—such as fuel duty, vehicle excise duty and so on—under which people have been encouraged to go for diesel. I do not own a car but sheepishly admit that, as a member of a car club called Zipcar, I find myself involuntarily driving cars with diesel engines. I do not drive frequently but when I do, the engines always seem to be diesel. Can my noble friend say what the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Health and Food Safety (13 January 2015)

Jim Wells: ...I hope to pursue, that we make available that cath lab to patients from Donegal, where between 130 and 150 people a year have cardiac arrests. It does not seem to make much sense that they almost drive past the front door of Altnagelvin on their way to Dublin. When I asked the authorities up there recently what happens to those patients, they told me that some of them die. It is very sad...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development: York Street Interchange (9 December 2014)

Chris Lyttle: I imagine that the Minister will agree that free-flowing bus lanes will be vital to the success of transport in Belfast city centre. He will also be aware that a potential consequence of the Taxis Act would be that all taxis will be permitted to drive in bus lanes as of June 2015. What regulation of bus lane use by taxis will he introduce?

Opposition Day: Government Policies (Wales) (26 November 2014)

Mark Williams: ...hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will not give way because I want to crack on in the little time I have. I want to talk about fuel duty as it affects drivers. My constituents have no choice about driving their cars. Some of them live in Lampeter and work in Aberystwyth —a 60-mile round journey every day. They do not have the luxury of public transport and taxis are unaffordable. I...

Recall of MPs Bill: New Clause 2 — Recall condition: method of petitioning an election court (24 November 2014)

Thomas Docherty: Does the Minister however accept that that can happen in other professions? For example, a lorry or taxi driver who receives a driving-related conviction can lose their job, even though they are not disqualified from driving, because committing a driving offence is incompatible with being a professional driver. I am sure that the whole House would agree that the misuse of public...

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill [HL] — Second Reading (21 November 2014)

Baroness Brinton: ...check that the night porter would have access to the ramp. I was assured that he would, that the hotel was fully accessible and had a proper disabled bedroom and wet room. It sounded good. I arrived in the taxi, which sped off. As the night porter came out, it was immediately apparent that the step, which was probably just under 12 inches high, was completely unsuitable. The ramp that...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Drivers: Provisional Licence (11 November 2014)

Mark Durkan: ...for his question. The point that Lord Morrow makes is one that has been made before and one that would warrant further exploration, in my opinion. When we talk about road safety, it is not just about drivers and the fitness of people to drive. Look at how we assess fitness of vehicles on the road and their roadworthiness. Vehicles have to be tested after four years and every year...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 November 2014)

Gordon Marsden: ...the Competition Commission has estimated that the broken market is costing taxpayers up to 300 million a year. Rather than different private companies, or even Whitehall, taking decisions about public transport, our plans would put local areas in the driving seat. Currently, no one is able to provide consistent information to passengers on their bus services or to monitor the...

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Second Reading (4 November 2014)

Earl Attlee: ...incorrectly advised to do nothing. This is despite the fact that there are very few, if any, successful negligence actions in respect of emergency assistance, as your Lordships well know. Only this morning my taxi driver explained to me that, on his statutory training course, he was advised that he should use his first aid kit only on himself, and not on a member of the general public or...

Deregulation Bill: Committee (21 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Thornton: ...as Clause 10. Clause 11 will end annual licence renewal and set a three-year standard duration for licences. The annual licence renewal helps licensing authorities to recognise changes in a driver’s convictions or medical status. The reform is likely to make it more difficult for licensing officers to monitor behaviour, ensure that drivers are fit and proper to drive and take action...

Autonomous Vehicles — Question for Short Debate (16 October 2014)

Lord Borwick: ...that the insurance industry is so successful and profitable in the UK. When we debate autonomous vehicles, we should be thinking big, not just about lane sensors or cameras, but about conveys of driverless lorries delivering freight around the country. I believe we must do all we can to ensure that the UK is at the heart of testing new technologies on our roads, so it is good to see that...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Driving: Regulation (16 October 2014)

Oliver Letwin: The Cabinet Office has received representations on behalf of Trafford, Oldham and Kirklees councils in relation to provisions in the Deregulation Bill on taxis and private hire vehicles. The Department for Transport, which has policy responsibility for taxi and private hire vehicles, has also received representations on behalf of St Helens and South Ribble councils, and from the Local...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Driving: Regulation (16 October 2014)

Jason McCartney: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the safety of passengers in taxis and private hire vehicles of implementation of the provision in Clause 8 of the Deregulation Bill currently before Parliament that unlicensed drivers will be able to drive a licensed vehicle when it is not being used for work purposes.

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 2 - Human trafficking (2 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...that struck me was, “How come this home had been used for another previous doubtful use and then quite clearly been used as a cannabis factory?” I said earlier that eventually I spotted a four-wheel drive in the driveway, took the number down and, having reported it to the Scottish intelligence unit, I phoned the equivalent of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and told them...

Deregulation Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (7 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Turner of Camden: ...for suitable funding. This is extremely important. It is an aspect that, again, we should look at in more detail when it is before us in Committee. There is then a list of recommendations dealing with taxis and private car hire. As someone who uses car hire frequently because of disability, I am interested in ensuring that the drivers are safe and mostly good in their driving—and...

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