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Results 101–120 of 687 for speaker:David Clelland

Public Bill Committee: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (5 Jun 2007)

David Clelland: I listened with interest to what the Minister had to say. I readily acknowledge the support that Tyne and Wear has had from the Department for  Transport to enable it to extend the free travel service to the metro system, and we are very grateful for that. Nevertheless, the shortfall was as it was, regardless of all the efforts that were made by the Minister and others in the interim. I...

Public Bill Committee: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (5 Jun 2007)

David Clelland: I am not sure that I get the gist of the hon. Gentleman’s question. Did what have a noticeable effect?

Public Bill Committee: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (5 Jun 2007)

David Clelland: Yes, indeed, and the welcome new move forward will have a similar effect on ridership. Some 36 million bus journeys a year are subsidised under the current scheme in Tyne and Wear. It was estimated after the Chancellor’s announcement that the additional cost to the Tyne and Wear passenger  transport executive of free local travel would be £20 million a year. The Minister said that the...

Public Bill Committee: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (5 Jun 2007)

David Clelland: Thank you, Mr. Bayley, for that guidance. I was just about to come on to the amendments. However, I will just say that, unless the £9 million is refunded, when the national scheme to which the amendments refer starts next year, Tyne and Wear will be starting not from a level playing field, but from a £9 million shortfall. I understand that in Scotland and Wales the system of funding for...

Public Bill Committee: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (5 Jun 2007)

David Clelland: I beg to move amendment No. 20, in clause 3, page 3, line 25, at end insert— ‘(2A) After subsection (1) (as substituted by subsection (2) above) insert— “(1A) The Secretary of State shall provide to each travel concession authority in England by means of a direct annual revenue grant sufficient funding for the authority to comply with its obligation to reimburse operators under...

Public Bill Committee: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]: Clause 3 (5 Jun 2007)

David Clelland: As a former Government Whip and a loyal supporter of the Government, for the most part, I regret the necessity to table amendments to a Government Bill. However, as has been suggested, particular problems in Tyne and Wear are not dealt with under the Bill, so I make no apologies for taking a little time to refer to them and to suggest some possible solutions. At the time of the Chancellor’s...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: I am not quite sure that my hon. Friend has answered the point that was made. The Bill deals with the national roll-out of concessionary fares. Is there any reason why it cannot deal with the shortfall in Tyne and Wear last year and this, which was quite unique, as it goes through its parliamentary stages? It is all very well saying that discussions are going on in the background; in my view...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: rose—

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: When the scheme was introduced in 2006—indeed, when it was announced by the Chancellor in 2005, too—it was widely welcomed, not least in Tyne and Wear, because it returned us to a position that we were in 30 years ago. The Labour Tyne and Wear authority introduced a free travel scheme around the county 30 years ago, which had to be abandoned because of the Conservative party policy of...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: My hon. Friend raises a couple of points that I shall come back to later. There are several anomalies in the distribution of this money, and nowhere else in the country has suffered to the same extent as Tyne and Wear. Meanwhile, because of the method of distribution, some authorities with lower public transport usage than Tyne and Wear will once more gain from the funding formula as my hon....

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: Indeed I have. In fact, among the early complaints that we received from elderly people about the scheme was that, although they welcomed the idea of returning to free fares, they did not want them at the cost of student concessions and other bus services, which is how the increase was paid for. We still receive those complaints, which is why the issue needs to be ironed out. Some elderly...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: Yes, indeed. In fact, some of the services that were cut were to outlying areas, to which it is not profitable enough for bus companies to run services. Certain subsidised services that were run by the passenger transport authority have therefore been cut back in order to pay for the concessionary fares scheme. People in areas such as those to which my hon. Friend referred have suffered as a...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: The hon. Gentleman refers to a point that will come up in other debates and in other Bills, although I acknowledge that the north-east of England is unfunded so far as transport provision generally is concerned. That is something that some of us will be taking up tomorrow with the Minister responsible for roads. The exploitation of the system by bus companies also needs to be addressed, if...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: My hon. Friend tempts me down a road that would extend this debate longer than was intended. I certainly agree that we need to put in place a regional facility for transport issues generally. Public transport would probably be included in a regional look at such issues, now that we have acknowledged that transport can go beyond local government boundaries. As I said at the outset, the scheme...

Orders of the Day: Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] (14 May 2007)

David Clelland: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way and I apologise for intervening so early in his speech, but I do so as he has mentioned the importance of bus services to vulnerable people. What would he say to vulnerable people in Tyne and Wear whose essential services have been cut because of the way that the funding formula was applied when the concessionary fares scheme was...

Concessionary Bus Fares (25 Apr 2007)

David Clelland: I hear what my hon. Friend has said about local discretion, but local discretion in Tyne and Wear before the free bus pass system was introduced was that an extra £3.4 million should be spent on local services because of the introduction of the free pass.

Concessionary Bus Fares (25 Apr 2007)

David Clelland: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer) on securing this important debate. I join my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Attercliffe (Mr. Betts) in praising the Labour Government for introducing the free transport scheme for elderly and disabled people and for rolling it out nationally next year. That is not something new for many...

Written Answers — Health: Prostate Cancer (23 Apr 2007)

David Clelland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical nurse specialists are working with prostate cancer patients in the NHS.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Funding (17 Apr 2007)

David Clelland: The last time there was any major investment in the Gateshead A1 western bypass, which runs—or should I say crawls—through my constituency, was more than 20 years ago. When can we expect further investment to bring that important artery up to national standards?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: 2012 Olympics (Lottery Costs) (16 Apr 2007)

David Clelland: I hear what my right hon. Friend says about lottery-funded schemes, but will she comment on the suggestion that Sport England is to divert £26 million from the sort of schemes mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Jarrow (Mr. Hepburn) into the Olympics? Can she give us the same sort of reassurance on that front?


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