Results 1–20 of 4118 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Patrick McLoughlin

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (8 Feb 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: What steps his Department is taking to support tourism across the UK.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (8 Feb 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: Bearing in mind what my hon. Friend has just said about Dorset, may I say that tourism is also incredibly important for the Peak district? We get more than 20 million visitors each year. What is Visit England doing to support tourist attractions in those areas and to show what is available?

Capita (1 Feb 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: Will my hon. Friend look at the total contempt that the Labour party has for the private sector today? Will he take the time to publish, in due course, a full list of all the contracts with the private sector that were entered into between 1997 and 2010? That will provide a fine example of how the Labour party of today is nothing like the Labour party of that period when they were in government.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I want to start by thanking my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House for tabling the motions and for the very able way in which she moved the debate and put the arguments so very clearly. Nobody wants to leave this House—of course we do not—but we do have a duty and an obligation to future generations to make sure that it is looked after and repaired properly. That is the most...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I would rather not, because I know that other Members want to speak, and time is rather tight. Those are some of my suggestions about the way forward. We should set the delivery body up and move forward, and that body should be instructed to look at doing it a lot more quickly and efficiently; 24/7 working would suffice. That would mean we would be out of this place for a lot less time. On...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: The two biggest projects in this country in the past few years have been the Olympic games, which involved a complicated build and had to be delivered on time, and Crossrail. As the hon. Lady rightly says, Sir David Higgins was involved in both those projects, and they were both delivered on time and to budget. We have got better at this, and following that particular procedure is by far the...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: We do not want to spend too much time on this issue, but the simple fact is that in the past, when the nationalised railway had to rely solely on the Government, the Government cut off its funding. With privatisation, it has attracted funding. The truth of the matter is that that has seen growth in the rail industry that has made something like HS2 absolutely necessary.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on bringing forward this Bill. I also congratulate all those people in the Department for Transport and in HS2 who are working to finalise these proposals. It is a pleasure to follow the shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald), although I think he slightly spoiled his speech by going off piste and...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I think that HS1 was operating before Labour came into government.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will make some progress. It is right to say that we have seen a renaissance on our railways since privatisation, and that renaissance continued under the last Labour Government. Indeed, in their 13 years in government, they did not seek to change the franchising at all. They felt that that was the best way to operate the railways. We had the private...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I completely accept that, but the simple fact is that that is one of the reasons for the new line. We want resilience, alternatives and something that is much more modern. We have spent a fortune on upgrading the west coast main line from Birmingham up to Manchester, although I understand that we did not carry out any upgrade south of Rugby. The upgrade was essential, and if the then...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: More than £200 million is being spent in Derby on re-signalling and a new platform to ensure that London trains no longer have to cross the lines going to other parts of the country, thereby enabling those trains to go straight through on the main line. That is the kind of investment that is already happening in our railways up and down the country. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I do not think that that is the case, but there is nobody better than the Secretary of State to answer those points. The tremendous investment at Reading station has improved the whole network to the south-west. The investment at that station alone was in the region of £800 million or £900 million. Extra flyovers were put in to improve capacity down to the south-west.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: My hon. Friend is right that HS2 will free up a lot of capacity that is currently used not for local services, but for services from London to Birmingham and on to Manchester. That is one of the answers provided by HS2.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: I give way for the last time.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman wants us to have a detailed timetable for 10 years’ time, but extra capacity will become available for new services. I believe that Stoke-on-Trent will benefit greatly from HS2 because of its link, its service and its closeness to Crewe. We then have to improve some of the road structures in and around Stoke-on-Trent so that people can receive the benefit....

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: Does my right hon. Friend agree that we have Crossrail as a model? It is being finalised this year, and will be operating next year. That project was built on the use of suppliers in the United Kingdom, and the spread of its supply network throughout the UK. Although it was a London project, many parts of the country have benefited from it. What HS2 is doing is the natural follow-through from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Primary Schools: Academies (29 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: Will my right hon. Friend, in promoting multi-academy trusts, also show the role that secondary schools can have in leading primary schools that become part of those trusts? That is very important for people attending primary schools and then going on to the secondary school in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: One reason why our countryside is so admired and so respected by urban dwellers is the way it is looked after and managed by our farmers. When will the Secretary of State be able to build on his Oxford speech this month, and say more about long-term support for agriculture?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Affordable Homes: Rural Areas (22 Jan 2018)

Patrick McLoughlin: In welcoming my hon. Friend to his new role, may I ask him to look, with the intellectual vigour that I know he has, into what national parks do to supply affordable homes? They are not exempt from the need.


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