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Results 61–80 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Estimates Day — [3rd Allotted Day] — Estimates, 2008-09 — Department for Transport: Public Transport (7 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: The hon. Gentleman is correct that in the first round of the new concessionary fares system, when it was restricted to localities, we had a problem in the Tyne and Wear area, and there were cuts to concessions for young people. However, the latest round of expenditure has meant that that can be reconsidered, which is happening as we speak.

Bill Presented: Members' Expenses (3 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: Will the hon. Gentleman tell the House how much all this will cost and how much it will save?

Business of the House (3 Jul 2008)

David Clelland: When can we have a debate on support for carers and the carer's allowance? Although the increase in the earnings threshold to £95 was welcome, it remains the case that for every £1 increase above the threshold carers lose the whole allowance. That means that they can end up more than £40 a week worse off. They also lose the allowance when they retire, although they have to continue their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Local Transport Plans (22 Apr 2008)

David Clelland: May I pay my tribute to Gwyneth Dunwoody, who will be sadly missed by all who knew her and who worked for her? Does the Minister agree that the best way to achieve successful local transport plans is to ensure that transport authorities continue to be made up of democratically elected and accountable local representatives?

Orders of the Day: Local Transport Bill [ Lords] (26 Mar 2008)

David Clelland: I rise to support the Bill and oppose the amendment. My contribution will be brief, but I want to welcome the Bill. This Second Reading follows last night's approval of the financial regime for the new national concessionary fares scheme; together with this Bill, that spells a good week for public transport. The Bill is long overdue, of course; as the Minister pointed out, the privatisation...

Orders of the Day: Local Transport Bill [ Lords] (26 Mar 2008)

David Clelland: I agree. The Bill does include penalties. The important point is that the penalties should be real, not ones that could be passed on to the bus customer or the local authorities. The Bill also makes provision for the creation of integrated transport authorities that would replace metropolitan passenger authorities such as the Tyne and Wear passenger transport authority. It is vital that the...

Orders of the Day: Local Transport Bill [ Lords] (26 Mar 2008)

David Clelland: Indeed; I confirm that. The north east regional youth assembly and its offshoot called Bus Buddies have done a tremendous job in promoting young people's use of buses in the region.

Orders of the Day: Local Transport Bill [ Lords] (26 Mar 2008)

David Clelland: The Minister is indicating that she has met Bus Buddies members, and I am sure that she is as impressed as we in the region are by the work that they have done. The Bill also deals with local congestion charging or road charging, which, while it may have its place and may even be inevitable in some areas, must be preceded by the provision of much improved, widely available, good-quality,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Short Car Journeys (4 Mar 2008)

David Clelland: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Tyne and Wear Metro system saves some 15 million short car journeys every year? It is now more than 20 years old, however, and it is beginning to creak and groan a bit. The business plan for the improvement of the Metro system was submitted to her Department in June last year, and discussions have been ongoing. Can she confirm that she will soon be in a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Northern Rock (18 Feb 2008)

David Clelland: This morning I received an e-mail from a constituent who is a shareholder in Northern Rock. He said that he was a Labour supporter who would never vote Labour again because of what the Government had done. I have not yet had a chance to reply to my constituent, but should he vote for the Liberal Democrats, who would have nationalised the bank five months ago without seeking any of the private...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Feb 2008)

David Clelland: Gateshead council is planning the development of a 20-acre brownfield site near the town centre for housing, 25 per cent. of which would be affordable housing. However, the completion of the acquisition of the site is being held up by the British Rail residuary board on the rather curious premise that the council has depressed the valuation of the site by planning affordable housing. Should...

Points of Order: Local Government Finance (4 Feb 2008)

David Clelland: I have to challenge my hon. Friend on his comment about inflation-busting rises. He has said that the settlement would "make the system fairer to authorities with a relatively low council tax base." Why, then, has Gateshead—91 per cent. of whose households are in bands A to C—been given a settlement of 2 per cent. when inflation is almost 4 per cent. and the average for the metropolitan...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Jan 2008)

David Clelland: The latest economic survey for the north-east shows high levels of business confidence, and there is no doubt that the region's economy has improved under the stewardship of my right hon. Friend, with massive reductions in unemployment and record levels of employment. Much remains to be done, however, to reduce the gap between the north-east and other regions. What does my right hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Jan 2008)

David Clelland: —and will a slowdown—

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Investment (22 Jan 2008)

David Clelland: When the north-east remains cut off from the nation's motorway system; when it is more than 22 years since the last major improvement to the Gateshead western bypass, which is our region's most congested road; and when the Department continues to pour cold water on the idea of a high-speed rail link, does the Minister understand why there is more than just a raising of eyebrows when we see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Dec 2007)

David Clelland: Does my right hon. Friend recall saying, in answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Mahmood) on 28 November: "We are trying to remove every barrier to young people getting the chance of both training and jobs."—[ Official Report, 28 November 2007; Vol. 468, c. 278.]? Does he agree that transport costs can represent such a barrier? Will he ask the Government...

Petitions: Carer's Allowance (5 Dec 2007)

David Clelland: This petition has been organised by Gateshead carers association and has been signed by 2,850 residents of Gateshead and the surrounding area. The petitioners recognise the all- important and crucial role of millions of carers across the UK. They also recognise the improvements made to carers allowances and support services, but wish to see adjustments to the allowance system to improve the...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Political Parties (Funding) (4 Dec 2007)

David Clelland: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne) has recently been pursuing his leadership campaign in the north-east, and that in doing so he has asked Durham police to look into certain planning applications without a shred of evidence that anything is amiss with any of them? Should the costs to Durham police of pursuing those investigations be considered to be...

Opposition Day — [3rd allotted day]: Political Parties (Funding) (4 Dec 2007)

David Clelland: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (4 Dec 2007)

David Clelland: Does the Minister agree that such plans should be capable of being implemented as speedily as possible, should be meaningful and capable of delivering what local people want, and should be designed so that those local people cannot be unreasonably frustrated by appeals and recourse to judicial review by bus operators?


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