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Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Jim Shannon: .... Those figures show how the economy has had an impact throughout the United Kingdom, and that is magnified in rural areas. And with less funding for community groups, services such as community transport are having difficulty putting on the special taxis and buses for those who are disabled and live in the countryside. That is yet another blow for those who cannot get out of the house and...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: Clause 26 - Trial by single justice on the papers (25 March 2014)

Julie Hilling: ..., who sent me back to Justice Ministers, who sent me back to Transport Ministers. In all of that, I have made very little progress. As I have already said today, I am concerned about trivialising driving offences and worry that these low-level cases can add up to some serious issues, particularly people choosing to continue to ignore driving law. How on earth can people tot up the number...

Public Bill Committee: Deregulation Bill: New Clause 9 - Private hire vehicles: circumstances in which driver’s licence required (25 March 2014) See 3 other results from this clause

Chi Onwurah: ...convenience. It effectively allows minicab operators to get around local licensing conditions and would also make effective enforcement of local licensing by licensing authorities impossible, thereby further driving down standards. Brighton and Hove Streamline argues that “By sub-contracting a booking an operator devalues the customer’s right of choice. In a competitive market,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Transforming Your Care:  Progress Update (11 March 2014)

Edwin Poots: ...departments.    New support services have also been developed for those with learning disabilities, with a significant shift from day centres towards community-based day opportunities.  The Southern Trust offers work placements as part of its day opportunities programme.  The Zest coffee shop is one such example where service users make a valuable contribution to the...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 February 2014)

Lord Ribeiro: ...I have had with my noble friend and for the way in which the Government have shifted their position both publicly and privately. That is very rewarding. Thanks to the Tube strike today, I came in by taxi. The best way to find out what the average member of the British public thinks about anything is to ask your taxi driver. I noted that he had a no-smoking sign in his cab. I asked,...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Housing (London) (5 February 2014)

Emma Reynolds: ...We need longer-term tenancies, so that families can have the long-term stability that they need, and we need to enable councils to introduce licensing schemes. This afternoon I am going to Newham—by taxi, not by tube—to see the licensing scheme that has been introduced there, which is driving up standards in the private rented sector. The problem in London is not low housing...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Northern Ireland: Security (29 January 2014)

Baroness Randerson: ...were fired upon in north Belfast. Three men were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with this incident. There have also been a number of significant attacks on commercial targets. In November, a taxi was hijacked in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast and its driver forced to drive to Belfast City Centre with an IED on board. The device later partially exploded close to the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Security Situation (29 January 2014)

Theresa Villiers: ...upon in north Belfast. Three men were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with this incident. There have also been a number of significant attacks on commercial targets. In November, a taxi was hijacked in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast and its driver forced to drive to Belfastcity centre with an IED on board. The device later partially exploded close to the Victoria square...

[Nadine Dorries in the Chair] — Backbench business — Immigration (Bulgaria and Romania) (19 December 2013)

Christopher Chope: ...the companies mentioned is based in my constituency, describes British companies going to Bucharest to recruit Romanian workers. The example from my constituency is of a company that goes out to recruit heavy goods vehicle or van drivers, because the HGV and van drivers available in this country are not prepared to do the extraordinary out-of-hours work or the one-off. They are prepared...

Cycling (London) (26 November 2013)

Mary Macleod: ...features. If they do not, maybe the Mayor could impose a levy or fine. The fourth issue to consider is the importance of clamping down on all road users who break the law, with on-the-spot fines for dangerous driving or cycling. Those who use the roads must respect each other; I say that as both a driver and a cyclist. I think that being a cyclist has helped me be a better driver, and I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Report on the Inquiry into Comprehensive Transport Delivery Structures (4 November 2013)

Cathal Ó hOisín: ..., you are required to take a bus to the village of Claudy, a second bus into Derry city and then another bus out to Altnagelvin.  So to get to an appointment, you are required to make six separate bus journeys.  At the Causeway Hospital, a bus drives past the front gate, so you must either take a taxi or have some other way of getting to the hospital. Some villages served by...

Scottish Parliament: Community Transport (30 October 2013)

Adam Ingram: ...” and to deepen “our understanding of what services are currently available.” We look forward to getting feedback from the Government on that in due course. As many members have said, the challenges for community transport that are associated with driver licensing and its cost are already significant and are growing year on year. There is no easy solution, because the...

Scottish Parliament: Strict Liability (29 October 2013)

Kevin Stewart: ...debate on the issue. Last night, I arrived in Edinburgh at about 9 o’clock and, as we all know, it gets a little bit dark then—it is that time of year. Tiredness got the better of me and I took a taxi from Waverley station to the Canonmills area. On that short journey, I spotted two cyclists on the road without lights, and three pedestrians crossed the road in front of the cab...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2013-14 (3 September 2013)

Alex Salmond: ...of our people and our local communities. Our licensing bill is a further example of our commitment to stronger local powers. It improves and extends powers for local authorities in areas such as the regulation of metal dealers—a move that will help to tackle metal theft—and the licensing of taxis and private hire cars. The bill will introduce a new offence of supplying alcohol...

Social Security (Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 — Motion of Regret (24 June 2013)

Baroness Wilkins: ...scheme. What work has been done to see if this could in fact be a more expensive alternative? For example, the chief executive of my local disability organisation needed to use Access to Work while he could not drive a car. The daily cost of the journey both ways was £80—£400 per week. On top of that, he has the cost of taxis for shopping, getting to the doctor, et cetera....

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day] — Arts and Creative Industries (19 June 2013)

Tom Greatrex: ..., was also in that film. It was not the greatest of films, but it was interesting to see. Those things are an indicator of the ability of Glasgow as a city, and as a city region in the west of Scotland, to drive that interest and investment in film, and of the greater contribution that film development makes to the wider economy. A number of people are in the city centre when some of these...

Public Bill Committee: Finance (No. 2) Bill: Clause 2 - Personal allowance for 2013-14 for those born after 5 April 1948 (23 April 2013)

Sheila Gilmore: ...;150,000 or £200,000 is very different from losing 10% or even 5% of a much lower income. That is where the cash terms and the impact on spending power matter. There is also an impact on the wider economy. One thing that is driving the ongoing recession and causing the economy to stagnate is the fall in living standards. People have less money in their pockets to spend in the way they...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (15 April 2013)

Sheila Gilmore: .... That is not a growing economy. It is not a healthy economy. It is, however, the reality for Joe and many others like him. I also spoke yesterday to a constituent who clearly understood how economics should work. She told me that she and her husband had already lost £85 a month in tax credits; their income had gone down. Her husband is a self-employed taxi driver, and she told me...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (25 March 2013)

Eric Pickles: In common with the right hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark (Simon Hughes), I too drive a London taxi, and no reasonable offer will be refused. This is the coalition Government’s fourth Budget—a Budget determined to stay the course and fill the sink-hole of debt left to us by the last Administration. Thanks to our actions, the deficit is down by a third—from 11%...

Prayers: Human Rights Act 1998 (Repeal and Substitution) Bill (1 March 2013) See 1 other result from this debate

Charlie Elphicke: ...Rwandan war criminal, suspected of committing crimes in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, could not be deported because he could not get a fair trial in Rwanda to answer for his crimes. Today, he is to be found driving a taxi around Essex. I do not think that that strikes the right balance, and I think that most people would agree with me. A Honduran man could not be deported to answer charges of...

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