John Grogan: In support of the hon. Gentleman’s argument, does he think it significant that the Campaign to Protect Rural England estimates that just over 10% of all the houses built on the green belt since 2009 are actually affordable?
John Grogan: I beg to move, That this House has considered public transport on Boxing Day 2018. Christmas 2017 is already a distant memory for most of us, with all the joys of Christmas and some of the minor irritations such as our football team losing, which happened to me in the case of Bradford City, or the turkey going in slightly late, which happened at my family gathering. But there were also other...
John Grogan: It gives me great pleasure to give way to the chair of the all-party rail group, no less.
John Grogan: I accept that the spirit of enterprise should be there, and I have some good news for the hon. Gentleman before I sit down. I will certainly take up the his invitation—it will be one of the highlights of my parliamentary year to come to such an august body. I do not want to adopt a particularly party political approach, but I would make a gentle reflection to both...
John Grogan: I agree with the hon. Member for Moray (Douglas Ross). We have to provide a quality service such that people know when the trains are running and that they will be of good quality. We cannot run a ramshackle service, because people will not use it. My worry would be that someone would say, “Why are we running these services at all?” as happened south of the border in 1980. As I...
John Grogan: They will, and the seaside in winter is particularly attractive. I end by saying that I have every hope that both Front-Bench teams will get behind the idea of Boxing day transport. Devolution will help. This is one way of ensuring that the northern powerhouse in particular—obviously, I am concerned for the rest of the country as well—is powered for one extra day a year.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets on the railways.
John Grogan: Do Virgin East Coast’s franchise promises to run trains every two hours from London to Bradford, Harrogate and Middlesbrough still hold good, or have they been scaled back?
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Virgin Trains East Coast on the franchise commitment to run direct trains every two hours to London from Bradford, Middlesbrough and Lincoln from 2020; and if that commitment will still hold in the light of the early ending of the franchise agreement.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway franchise holders are contractually obliged to put forward proposals to provide a Boxing Day train service; and when such proposals should be made.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to change the regulations on the appeals process against the imposition of penalty fares by rail operators.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the names are of all the joint military exercises with other countries which Royal Navy vessels participated in during 2017.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications have been called in during the last five years; and how many of those applications related at least in part to development on or adjacent to an airfield.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what financial contributions the Government has made to the US administration to date to support the D5 Life Extension programme; and what future such payments the Government plans to make.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to collate and assess the information which was published in brownfield registers by local authorities on or before 31 December 2017.
John Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much brownfield land has been identified by each local authority in part (a) 1 and (b) 2 of their registers; and what the national figures are for such land in each category.
John Grogan: How many pilots have applied to leave the Royal Air Force in each of the last three years.
John Grogan: Does the Minister agree that the RAF needs to do everything possible to retain its experienced pilots, particularly in the light of competition from the civil sector? Will he look at the case of 100 experienced pilots who have been disadvantaged in relation to their peers by the latest change to pay and conditions?
John Grogan: Bearing in mind the strictures of the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), I will try not to be too stale in my three minutes. We have heard a lot about the implications of the potential loss of £2 billion in premium payments following the premature ending of the east coast franchise. We have not yet heard what will happen to the promises made by Mr Branson and Mr Souter...