Results 1–20 of 9862 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chris Grayling

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Government are investing record sums to deliver the transport infrastructure that Britain needs. The Department for Transport’s annual capital spending will more than double over this decade, from £8 billion in 2009-10 to £17 billion in 2019-20. This money will deliver our ambitious five-year investment plan for the rail and strategic road networks, take forward delivery...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I echo the hon. Lady’s comments about the NHS: I am looking forward this afternoon to travelling out with my local ambulance service to see the work of NHS staff, which, as she rightly says, is first rate. As you will be aware, Mr Speaker, we have already launched the process of airspace reform in this country. We are currently depending on technology that is decades old; it is not now...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I regard that scheme as a quick win that could make a real difference to passengers. I have asked my officials to consider it carefully, and I will carry on talking about it with my right hon. Friend. I am sympathetic towards the potential benefits of creating a better interchange between the underground and the mainline railway in her constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I will absolutely take a look at that issue. We try to devolve responsibility for such things, but I will look carefully at that. We should always be mindful of stretches of road where there have been fatalities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: My officials are currently considering what it would take to move the project forwards, and I have had discussions with the combined authority. The potential route sits alongside a growth area in West Yorkshire, so I am personally taking an interest in the scheme, which is now subject to careful assessment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I am afraid that this is a total misnomer. First, the part of the country that will receive the highest Government spending per head on transport over the next five years is the north-west. Spending is higher per head of population across the north than it is in the south. Secondly, as I have already announced, we will start the £3 billion trans-Pennine upgrade next spring, which will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: The hon. Gentleman keeps arguing for that, but it was not recommended by the commission that examined what powers the Scottish Government should have. My advice to the Scottish Government is to try to use the powers they have well rather than ask for more.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: De-trunked roads are an important priority for me. We are shaping our plans to introduce the major road network and to start making funds available for things such as bypasses on roads that were de-trunked 20 or 30 years ago and where there is a pressing need for improvement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow Expansion: Landing Charges (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I have been absolutely clear that expansion will be privately financed, and the Government have taken independent expert advice which demonstrated that expansion is capable of being financed without Government support. I have been clear that airport charges must be controlled, which is why I set out in 2016 that expansion should be delivered with airport charges remaining as close as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow Expansion: Landing Charges (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: We have of course been working to ensure that the cost of the original scheme was brought down in order to avoid a 70% rise in landing charges, but I have been clear that the requirement to set aside around 15% of slots for regional connections is non-negotiable and fixed. It will not be possible to change those slots to long-haul destinations because they are an essential part of the reform.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow Expansion: Landing Charges (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I expect that we will complete plans for airspace modernisation over the coming months. There will be a rolling programme in the early 2020s, and I expect details of that plan to be made clear, probably in 2019.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: UK ports are adaptive and market-oriented. They are ready to facilitate growth in trade when we leave the EU. Over the medium and longer-term, patterns of maritime and inland traffic may be affected by the trade agreements we reach with the EU and with countries elsewhere. It is too early to predict in detail what those patterns will be, but ports nationwide are prepared for all likely...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: As we plan infrastructure improvements over the coming years, I want us to look at how we best connect, in the most effective way possible, the ports upon which our country depends, both large and small. Of course, my hon. Friend will be aware that we are already demonstrating our commitment to improving the road network in his area, with the planned completion of the new link road up to the A30.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: As the hon. Lady will be aware, this is not really a transport matter. Our ports will be ready, and our plans for how we manage our borders will be ready for all eventualities, but I want, I believe and I expect that we will have a sensible agreement with the European Union that avoids the charging of tariffs. That is certainly what the EU wants, and it is what we want.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: The answer is yes but, of course, most of our ports are well used to dealing with traffic from both inside and outside the European Union. Those handling freight move it through extremely quickly and effectively, and they have great expertise in doing so. I am very optimistic that our ports will do a great job in the post-Brexit world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: The Government and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are doing extensive work for all eventualities. As I have previously said in the House, we do not intend to impose any form of hard border in Dover. It would be logistically impossible to do so, and therefore any flow of customs through Dover in the post-Brexit world will have to be managed in an online, electronic way. It is not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: Transport infrastructure has an important role to play in helping to increase our productivity. That is why we have set out to more than double our capital investment in transport over the decade to 2020, and why it is a central part of our industrial strategy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend, who has been doing a fantastic job of trying to get the A27 project back on track. I am absolutely aware of its importance to her constituency and to the south coast. It is important that the community in Chichester reaches a consensus about the right option, and of course I then want to see the project go ahead.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: Actually is this Government who are investing in rail and are providing new trains right across the north; who have just opened the last stretch of motorway-grade road between London and Newcastle; who are investing money in smart motorways; and who are putting money into Leeds, to ensure better connectivity there, and into towns and cities around the north. I wish Opposition Members would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Chris Grayling: This is why I am committed to saying that the 15% of slots set aside for regional connections are set in stone. We are not going to see those suddenly disappear from 15% to 10% to 5%, with routes diverted elsewhere. The expansion of Heathrow is a really important part of delivering improvements right around the United Kingdom, and I am committed to making sure that happens.[Official Report,...


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