Results 1–20 of 6837 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Hayes

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I know that the hon. Gentleman has only a few seconds left. The Taylor review has just been published, and we will consider how it applies to the sector. That is specifically why I set up the second working party. I do not want to pre-judge the courts, but I assure him of that.

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: Prejudice gets a worse name than it deserves. Burke said that prejudice “engages the mind in a steady course of wisdom and virtue and does not leave the man hesitating in the moment of decision sceptical, puzzled, and unresolved.” I seek, I strive, I emule to little more than to match the prejudice of the hon. Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting), whom I congratulate on...

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: Most of what inspires me goes back to the time of Jesus Christ, so I do not think the fact that something goes back a long way is necessarily indicative that it is inappropriate, but I certainly want to make sure that it is fit for purpose. Part of the job of government is to make sure that the legislative framework that we operate in is suitable for the changing circumstances, as I...

Taxi Trade — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: Yes, that is true; my hon. Friend makes a valid point about the scope and powers of those missioned with doing what I described. I am certainly prepared to consider both of those things in direct response to this debate. If these debates are to be meaningful, they must take policy further forward; they must not simply be repetition of the status quo or an opportunity for Ministers to read...

Drones: Risk to Aviation (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: It is a pleasure to respond to this brief debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy) for bringing these matters to the House’s attention. He is right that they are salient. His concernment about drones is a result not of any amaritude, but of a fear of risk and an understanding that drones may not only pose problems but may have beneficial uses. I shall...

Drones: Risk to Aviation (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I hope to deal with that later, but if I do not, I am more than happy to get back to the hon. Gentleman. As this is a short debate, we will not necessarily have time to explore all aspects of the subject, and there some important matters I want to make absolutely clear. The misuse of drones poses a significant challenge. We already have regulations that prohibit some of those misuses....

Drones: Risk to Aviation (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I have heard the point my hon. Friend makes very clearly, and if we are to consider further action, that will be one of the areas to look at closely and, as I said, urgently. The argument in favour of registration is advanced frequently, but it is none the worse for that. Certainly, I have heard what he said and we will take it into account. The CAA launched a campaign to get large retailers...

Drones: Risk to Aviation (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: For me, summer is an endless affair—my life is a constant summer, with a touch of spring and the warm glowing fires of winter—but frankly we need to act early this year, and given where we are, that means summer. The hon. Gentleman asks the question, perfectly reasonably, and I am happy to answer that I hope to be able to do something in the summer—if it can be done. I want...

Drones: Risk to Aviation (18 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I have talked about the critical role of the CAA and about the existing restrictions around airports, so there are two points there: first, to ensure that the law is in the right place; and, secondly, to ensure that enforcement is adequate. As it is about both those things, airports in particular, but also other critical national infrastructure, will of course need to be taken into account in...

Driving Offences: Private Land (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: Accidents in residential settings are just as tragic as those elsewhere, so when considering whether to formulate dangerous driving legislation for private land, we certainly need to think more widely than the health and safety legislation as it applies to work. Although we should recognise that the highway is a different environment from private land, we should not lose sight of the...

Driving Offences: Private Land (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I would be honoured and delighted to meet them, so of course the answer is yes. I have a reputation for quoting poets, and I usually do so in a light-hearted or jocular fashion, as the Speaker mentioned recently. But sometimes poetry can be applied to the most difficult circumstances, and the poet John Donne said this: “any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in...

Driving Offences: Private Land (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Elmet and Rothwell (Alec Shelbrooke), who secured this Adjournment debate; he will have moved everyone who heard it today. As he knows, I am the father of two young sons, and I respond to the debate not only as a Minister of the Crown, but in that capacity. We have just been debating Passchendaele; how unfortunate that we should come to the Adjournment...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: It is always a delight to perform under your benevolent gaze, Mr Speaker. The industrial strategy Green Paper set out the Government’s commitment to take account of the balance of spending per head on infrastructure between different regions. The hon. Lady will be familiar with the transport investment strategy—published just last week—which sets out the Government’s...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: The hon. Lady is being untypically churlish—[Interruption.] No, untypically churlish. The Government have committed to build the infrastructure to support regional growth. She knows that that is why we are increasing Government infrastructure investment by 50% over the next four years, supporting growth and jobs right across the country. That includes the £15 billion we committed...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: My hon. Friend has made that point previously to champion the cause and interests of people in Bradford. We are waiting for proposals from Transport for the North. I have no doubt that he will lobby for and so contribute to those proposals, and that he will make his case to Transport for the North. We will consider the proposals when we get them, but I fully understand the strength of his...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: The rail Minister has made it a priority, and when he makes things a priority, they get done.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: I am always willing to do that, as you know, Mr Speaker. I was pleased to visit the Cleethorpes constituency to unveil the new road we built as part of our road investment strategy. My hon. Friend is right, however, that there is a challenge associated with the nearby road surface. I considered that at the time, and the Secretary of State has asked us to look at these things in greater...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: The east coast main line is the line I use regularly, and I am extremely familiar with the quality of that service. The hon. Lady will know that the new express trains we will be using on that main line by the end of 2018 will offer greater capacity, reduced journey times and more reliable services.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: My goodness, Mr Speaker. This is like a journey to a past that never happened. I remember one of British Rail’s last, and perhaps most poignant, slogans: “We’re getting there”. Well, getting there is a pretty fundamental requirement of any journey. Could there be a less ambitious objective than merely getting there? That is what nationalised railways were like—we...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Liquefied Natural Gas (13 Jul 2017)

John Hayes: The low carbon truck trial, which ran to 2016, provided over £11 million to support industry-led trials of alternative fuels in the road freight sector, the majority of which involved liquefied natural gas.


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