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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: We want our future relationship with the European Union to be mutually beneficial. It is in the interests of both sides to maintain closely integrated aviation markets. However, it is the Government’s responsibility to prepare for all potential outcomes. The Government continue to work closely with the aviation sector to ensure the industry continues to be a major success story for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: My right hon. Friend makes a good point. Those with any concerns about 2019 just have to answer the question: how many hotels in Spain would be empty if the Spanish Government choose not to continue our aviation arrangements? That is why we will continue to make good progress towards satisfactory arrangements for the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I can give the hon. Lady that assurance. We believe it would benefit all the nations of Europe to continue the freedom of the aviation sector that we have seen over the past decade and more. That freedom particularly benefits regional economies and regional airports across the European Union, in this country and elsewhere. It would be foolish for anyone to try to stop that freedom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: The hon. Lady needs to remember that aviation regulation operates at a global level, at a pan-European level—in which there is an “open skies” agreement—and at a national bilateral level. I have worked carefully with the airlines and all those involved, and I am certain that not only will aviation continue post-2019 but that everyone wants aviation to continue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: Of course, the big question is about the expansion of slots at Heathrow airport in particular, which will be a matter for the Government both to negotiate and agree. Right at the top of our priority list in allocating slots—and we have committed to this in what we have said about the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport—is that we reserve slots for regional connectivity. One of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Civil Aviation (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman, an experienced lawyer, did not read everything the Chancellor said. The Chancellor said that that was not going to happen and that, therefore, he will not spend a lot of money preparing for it. The actual reality is that we are doing a lot of preparatory work for all eventualities but, of course, the reason the Chancellor said what he said is that, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: As my hon. Friend will be aware, the Government have allocated significant resources to West Yorkshire for local transport schemes through the local growth fund, including £781 million over 30 years from local growth funding and “gain share”. In addition, I am pleased to be able to inform him this morning that £2.3 million is being allocated to Bradford Council for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: As I indicated, it is very much my hope that a number of schemes around the country will start to be brought forward for development under this fund. I would be rather surprised if the Shipley eastern bypass is not one of those brought forward as a proposal to the Government early on. As he knows, I will be joining him to see the issues around the Shipley eastern bypass and to see the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: It is worth putting on the record that I have not announced any changes to that programme. There is money for the trans-Pennine modernisation. I am expecting the detailed proposals from Network Rail later this year. However, it is worth saying that we are spending more money on more projects across the north of England than any Government have for decades and decades, including during the 13...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I know that Highways England listens carefully to the comments made at Transport questions. My hon. Friend highlights something that is an issue in his area and throughout the country. I am clear that we need to do everything we can to ensure that the technology for future road surfaces delivers both durability and quietness.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I am always happy to meet the hon. Gentleman. I am not aware of the specific scheme he asked about, but it is precisely for the reasons he outlined that I have set aside money to create the bypass fund for the years ahead. I recognise that in a number of important regional towns too many areas are congested as a result of through traffic. That is particularly true in the Lake district and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: May I first wish my hon. Friend a happy birthday? I am slightly surprised to see him wearing a more muted tie today. Although I cannot give assurances on every individual scheme, it is very much my intention that the bypass fund is there to fill in holes in what was once the strategic network. The network was de-trucked many years ago, leaving congestion problems in many regional towns and on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I am afraid some of the figures bandied around by think-tanks in the north are simply inaccurate. We are putting more investment into transport in the north of England than there has been for decades and decades—into the road system and the rail system. We are replacing every single train in the north with either a brand new train or one that has been refurbished as new. It is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I meet my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Exiting the European Union and for International Trade regularly—indeed, I did so yesterday—to discuss the UK’s exit from the EU. Seeking new aviation arrangements—both with the EU and with those states where we currently rely on EU-negotiated arrangements for market access—is a high priority for my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: I have a big team that is experienced in dealing with such things, because, across the world, we have bilateral arrangements with countries in all continents. I have experienced teams that are working on that right now. We are pursuing the necessary successor arrangements that we will need for flights to countries around the world, and there is nothing but good will and constructive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: Of course, the choice of routes is ultimately down to the airlines themselves, but the hon. Gentleman will know that we provide significant support for important links from Northern Ireland, and we will continue to do so. The biggest difference for Northern Ireland will come with the expansion of Heathrow airport towards which we are working at the moment, and a guarantee of slots to provide...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Aviation Agreements (19 Oct 2017)

Chris Grayling: The hon. Gentleman makes his comment about air passenger duty in Scotland, but we did what the Scottish Government asked: we devolved air passenger duty and they have not cut it. I am afraid that they are discovering the realities of government. It is all very well making demands from the Opposition Benches, but when they actually have to take tough decisions, they discover that it is not...

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

Chris Grayling: Before I respond to any topical questions, may I take this opportunity to express my thanks, and I hope those of the whole House, to all those involved in the repatriation of passengers affected by the collapse of Monarch Airlines? It was a huge effort across government, but particularly by the Civil Aviation Authority, and we all have good reason to be thankful to the team involved.

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

Chris Grayling: Indeed, as my hon. Friend knows from my past visits to Boston, I am well aware of the importance of the Boston bypass project. The town is situated on an A road with a congestion problem and is one of those for which I would expect to see proposals come forward for the bypass fund. We will look very carefully at the bridge issue, and I am very happy to talk to him about that.

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

Chris Grayling: This is an historic moment: the Scottish National party is opposing a funding allocation that uses the Barnett formula. I was under the impression that it regarded the Barnett formula as sacrosanct. However, when the UK Government use the Barnett formula, it complains. The SNP cannot have its cake and eat it.


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