Results 1–20 of 11523 for speaker:John Hayes

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Navigation (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: The Department holds information on only one case of a criminal investigation, initiated in 2015, into allegations relating to failure to maintain compulsory pilotage in the last ten years.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Navigation (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: The size and volume of traffic, conditions and risks vary greatly between different ports and harbours. Those who are responsible for their management are best placed, given the detailed local knowledge and expertise required, to determine what safety measures, including pilotage, are necessary within their limits and to enforce those requirements. The Pilotage Act 1987 requires competent...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Harbour Authorities (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: Given the importance and significance of the UK’s maritime industry, Ministers meet regularly with representatives from competent harbour authorities and a broad range of other maritime organisations.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Atol (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: The Government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are taking a number of steps to increase the public’s awareness of ATOL protection. Consumers can find information about ATOL and the products and companies that are covered on the CAA’s website. CAA have also launched the ‘Pack Peace of Mind’ campaign to increase awareness of ATOL protection. We are also taking...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: It is unacceptable that drivers continue to refuse assistance dogs and I strongly encourage licensing authorities to take robust action against those who are unwilling to comply. Under the Equality Act 2010 it is illegal for the driver of a taxi or Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) to refuse to carry an assistance dog unless they hold a medical exemption certificate issued by the local licensing...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Airports: Northern Cyprus (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: All flights from Ercan to the UK are subject to additional passenger screening at the departure gate in Turkey. We believe these are necessary measures, especially given aviation remains a systemic target for terrorists, and those with malicious intent. We work with our international partners on aviation security, and keep measures under constant review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Industries (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: Another opportunity to inform, another chance to perform—what is better than that, Mr Speaker? As my hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch and Upminster (Julia Lopez) may know, the Law Commission provided a report on reforming taxi and private hire vehicle legislation, since which the sector has undergone profound and rapid change. With characteristic assiduity and determination, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Industries (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: As I glanced at the Order Paper, as you must also have done, Mr Speaker, I noticed my hon. Friend’s change of name due to the happy event of her marriage, on which the whole House will want to congratulate her. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] She has become our own J.Lo. My discussions with the Mayor are regular. The Government are determined to find a way forward on taxi...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Industries (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: I met Leeds City Council just yesterday to discuss such issues. Licensing poses real challenges, which is why I set up a working party to consider the whole matter following a Westminster Hall debate on this subject. That working party will consider the very issues that the hon. Gentleman and many others have raised and then report back to me, and it would be reasonable for us to publish its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Industries (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: I would not want to pick from among all my favourite towns. However, there are concerns about the inconsistent application of regulation and guidance, which is one of the things that the working party is considering. The key thing is that there has been a lot of change, partly as a result of modern communications and how people access information and book taxis and private hire vehicles. As...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Industries (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: As I said, this is not just about London; it is about places across the country. There is a case for new statutory guidance, and while I do not want to second guess the working party and its recommendations, I think we will issue some new statutory guidance early next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Industries (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: I welcome the hon. Lady’s question. She is right that the system is being gamed. Where a local authority tightens the system—Leeds City Council described this to me yesterday—neighbouring authorities sometimes adopt a more permissive regime. That cannot be right, which is why I want to introduce new guidance and greater consistency in how licences are issued. At the end of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: London Underground (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: As I said a few moments ago, Ministers and officials from my Department regularly meet the Mayor and his representatives to discuss transport in London. These meetings cover a wide range of issues, including upgrades to the London underground.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: London Underground (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: My right hon. Friend is right to be disappointed; the Mayor has decided to pause the purchase of new trains for these lines, as she describes. As she knows, transport in London is a matter for the Mayor and it is for him to agree the investment programme for transport, but it is a disappointment and he must do much better.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: London Underground (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: I can sense, as you probably can, Mr Speaker, a clamour coming from across the House. The rallying cry I have issued is that the Mayor must do more and better, and it seems that the hon. Lady joins my calls.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: The most recently published statistics on the distribution of regional transport infrastructure investment appear in Her Majesty’s Treasury’s “Country and Regional Analysis November 2016”.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: I always try to be helpful in the Chamber, and I know that the hon. Gentleman is doing his best, but a lot of what has been published about this is, quite frankly, just wrong. He may be drawing on the Institute for Public Policy Research North figures, which do not take account of the whole picture. They consider only 40% of the national infrastructure pipeline, exclude schemes that cross...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: As my hon. Friend, who is such a great champion of his constituents, knows, I am a representative of Lincolnshire, so I could hardly fail to have rural interests deep in my heart.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: Let us try to find common cause, shall we? It is absolutely right that we look at regional investment inequalities, and it is absolutely right, too, that we do not regard all investment in the south of England as good, while ignoring the rest. The Government are not doing that; that is the point. The Government are rebalancing investment across the whole kingdom, for we recognise that. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

John Hayes: Again, I simply say, let us look at the facts. We are investing in rail in the north. After all, this Government are investing in Transport for the North to do exactly what he describes. It is true that we need to look at a range of technologies to achieve what we want, but the answer to the hon. Gentleman’s question is: new trains, faster routes, more rail, more road...


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