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Results 1–20 of 1000 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 Mole

Kidderminster Railway Station (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: It is good to be back again, Dr. McCrea. I congratulate the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Dr. Taylor) on securing this debate on what is clearly an important issue for him and his constituents, as well as for others travelling to and from Kidderminster station. I listened carefully to his points, and the Government share his vision for stations to have that gateway role both to the railway...

Kidderminster Railway Station (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: I was worried that the hon. Gentleman might draw that conclusion, although I assure him that designs that I recently saw for a sustainable station at Accrington were a little less angular and, although modern, it would fit into its setting. We realise that modular designs do not provide the appropriate solution for all stations-for example, where there are buildings of historic or...

Swindon to Kemble Rail Line (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: Dr. McCrea, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this debate about the redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble railway. I congratulate the hon. Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown) on securing the debate. Along with a number of other Members of Parliament, he has been diligent and very determined in promoting the case for the redoubling of the route. At the same time, of...

Swindon to Kemble Rail Line (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: The officials within the Department to whom I speak advise me that the people working on the situation are absolutely committed to making it happen. I know that my hon. Friend is concerned about when the team will finish work on the Cotswolds line. As the issues are considered more closely, one factor to take into account is that carrying the team across might be a way to reduce costs from...

Swindon to Kemble Rail Line (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: The hon. Gentleman has asked me two specific questions about Network Rail, one of which I just answered; it concerned potential savings from future renewals and maintenance costs that could be offset by undertaking the work earlier. The other involves the franchise operator, First Great Western. He made the case that it might be interested in an investment that could enable it to grow its...

Swindon to Kemble Rail Line (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: rose-

Swindon to Kemble Rail Line (6 Apr 2010)

Chris Mole: In my experience as a rail Minister since last July, it is impossible to make a speech about rail without using a rail metaphor, so I forgive the hon. Gentleman.

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the second time this afternoon, Mr. Wilshire. I did not realise earlier that this is likely to be one of the last times. I wish you well for the future. I congratulate the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) on securing this debate and providing us with an opportunity to discuss litter on motorways and trunk roads. I recognise...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: I will discuss the different types of roads, as I think that it will put my comments in a little more context for the hon. Gentleman. Roadside litter is a national problem. It is unsightly. It pollutes our environment, blocks drains and endangers wildlife. It also presents a risk to service providers carrying out their maintenance duties and to public health. It is composed not just of crisp...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: I will certainly raise with Highways Agency officials the hon. Gentleman's concerns about the signage that has been left following the recent roadworks. Litter would not be such a problem if people disposed of it more responsibly. The Highways Agency encourages drivers and passengers to take their litter home with them by having a rubbish bag in their vehicle. The agency runs local events and...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: I said that I am happy to engage with my colleagues in the Ministry of Justice on the community punishment approach. I am pleased that the national campaign that encourages people to take their litter home is supported by the AA, the Royal Automobile Club Foundation and the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Yesterday, the Highways Agency's south-east region began holding local events at...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: I was going to refer to work being done by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and it might be able to raise that directly with suppliers and motorway service area providers. The hon. Gentleman mentioned litter escaping from vehicles. There are issues with vehicles that should have nets across the back to contain material that could be drawn out by the wind and left on the...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: The hon. Gentleman might be right about certain types of vehicle for which waste is the primary function. However, other vehicles might not be covered by that framework and could be pursued directly. On the hon. Gentleman's point about prosecution for people who throw litter out of vehicles, traffic officers do not have those powers. It is not our intention to give them such powers because...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: The hon. Gentleman is right that it is an offence to pass a traffic officer engaged in a rolling roadblock, but I am not sure whether he is right that they have the power to undertake the prosecution. I think that has to be done by the police. On its routes, the Highways Agency is continuously looking at ways to prevent the dropping of litter. In parts of the east region, signs requesting...

Motorways and Trunk Roads (Litter) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: indicated assent.

High Speed Rail (Government Policy) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: I have a limited amount of time to respond to a range of excellent contributions from hon. Members. I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (Mr. Martlew) on securing this debate, and I welcome all the points that have been made. It might be helpful if I first explain that the Government believe that high speed rail is the best way of enhancing our inter-urban...

High Speed Rail (Government Policy) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: The hon. Gentleman, who speaks for the official Opposition, has raised again the prospect of an earlier start. The Government were commended by the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth (Jeremy Wright) for their inclusive and all-encompassing consultation approach. Does the hon. Gentleman seriously believe that the legal mechanisms and appropriate consultation could take place and that work...

High Speed Rail (Government Policy) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: Does my hon. Friend not agree that one of the challenges of upgrading the west coast main line has been trying to do the work at the same time as trying to maintain an increasingly busy service, which is moving towards full capacity, as he has already mentioned? The joy of being able to promote the high speed network is that that delivers capacity without disruption to the existing lines and...

High Speed Rail (Government Policy) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: The hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) asked a legitimate question and at the risk of offending my hon. Friend, may I answer the question from the hon. Gentleman with another question to my hon. Friend? Where does he think the majority of his constituents who would benefit from reduced journey times to London would want to go? Would they want to go to London as a city, or to Heathrow...

High Speed Rail (Government Policy) (30 Mar 2010)

Chris Mole: I would just like my hon. Friend to reflect on the benefits of the potential west London connection that is proposed as part of HS2, at Old Oak Common to the Crossrail link, which would encourage many people coming into London via high speed train to reach their final destination by changing at that point, rather than having all those people come into Euston, where we understand that there...


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