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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Charlotte Wilson (30 Jun 2005)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps through (a) the UN, (b) the EU and (c) diplomatic channels to ensure the December 2000 killings in which British national Charlotte Wilson was killed is fully pursued and its perpetrators are brought to justice and are not given any amnesty; and if he will make a statement.

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I thank the Minister for allowing me to intervene. In terms of the grounds that the Secretary of State might consider—

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: Thank you, Sir Nicholas. With regard to the grounds that may be reviewed by the Secretary of State and Ministers to reverse a proposal of a local airport, what criteria would be reviewed?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend starts to get to the heart of the problem, which is the absence in the Bill of provisions to compel airports—or indeed the Secretary of State or any other body—to measure   actual facts and data, rather than using estimates on which a control framework is based. That is perhaps the main issue for my constituents in Putney, in terms of noise created by aircraft landing at...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: The debate is moving in an important direction from my perspective, and we can start to see how local, national and European regulations could fit together. It is incumbent on our national Government to start talking about what they believe is excessive noise. That would give residents in Putney and other places close to airports, but outside what would normally be regarded as an airport's...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: We must consider the low rumble of an aircraft versus the concept of maximum noise being extremely disturbing to people. That is at the heart of our debate and it is why I am not in favour of removing the movements limit. It is very important that we define what we believe to be excessive noise. A Bill that proposes to rely purely on the quota system for managing noise is dangerous. When we...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I absolutely agree and I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. It is incumbent on the Government to ensure that any system that we use to measure noise is robust, and that when we discover that it is not, we are seen to be acting to address the anomalies. It might be possible to use the quota count system, but not if its estimated noises are so divergent from actual noises as measured on...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: May I add that it is particularly incumbent on the Government to consider night-time noise? Certainly many of my constituents are pragmatic about the fact that they live reasonably close to Heathrow and use it. They recognise that it is a vital part of our economy, but I draw to the Minister's attention in particular the fact that night-time noise is most disruptive to their lives, especially...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: Surely it is all the more imperative to accept the amendments given that the Government are not setting targets to control noise. It is perhaps the only remaining mechanism to put in place more formal arrangements for bearing down on noise.

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 1 - Aerodrome charges: noise and emissions (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: Surely it is a question of mixing tactical and strategic issues in relation to an airport. It is all about tactically, year on year, seeing noise reduced rather than about the strategic question of an airport that expands and invests capital.

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 2 - Regulation by Secretary of State of noise and vibration from aircraft (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I beg to move amendment No. 14, in clause 2, page 2, line 41, leave out subsection (2).

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 2 - Regulation by Secretary of State of noise and vibration from aircraft (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: The amendment removes that part of clause 2 that would enable the Secretary of State to change the current regime, which is set out in section 78 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982. The current regime restricts night flights at the designated airports of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and the amendment would guarantee that the existing movements limit is retained as a control mechanism, whereas...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 2 - Regulation by Secretary of State of noise and vibration from aircraft (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. At present, there are two mechanisms for controlling noise: one is to restrict the movements limit, which the Bill proposes to remove; the second is to restrict the total amount of estimated noise that people have to bear on the ground. That regime of mixed measurement works well, because it not only combats the concept of excessive noise, but addresses...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 2 - Regulation by Secretary of State (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I think that I will start with a reprise of the comments that I made before lunch, to set in the context of the amendment. The amendment would remove the part of clause 2 that gives the Secretary of State the powers to remove the movements limit. As I was explaining, at present, noise at designated airports is controlled via a mix of controls. On the one hand there is a quota count system,...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 2 - Regulation by Secretary of State (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I think that I can answer that question. It goes to the heart of why relying purely on the noise quota system is problematic: namely, that it is based on estimate noises. The hon. Gentleman is right. Currently, we have no mechanism to address the case of a landing plane that is significantly louder than its estimate. That is my fundamental concern about relying on the noise quota system; it...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 2 - Regulation by Secretary of State (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I will withdraw amendment No. 14, but I am not satisfied with the Minister's response. I understand that my hon. Friend the Member for Canterbury will return to the subject on Report. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 3 - Power for aerodromes to (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: This is a valuable amendment. One of the things that struck me in the debate about aircraft noise and how being close to airports impacts on people's day-to-day life is that there is a lot of scrutiny of the environment immediately around airports and that there is often good consultation   with local councils, as, in the case of Heathrow, in Hillingdon and Hounslow. However, my observation...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 3 - Power for aerodromes to (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: There are some conditions under which the term ''flight path'' is determined. However, the hon. Gentleman raises an excellent point, which is, at what stage do we set the scope? My proposal is that the scope be set more broadly, which would force that question to be properly answered. The hon. Gentleman raised a good point, which brings me back to my agreement with my hon. Friend the Member...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Clause 3 - Power for aerodromes to (5 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: I do not disagree with my hon. Friend. I have concluded my speech.

Development (Basingstoke) (13 Jul 2005)

Justine Greening: The Minister raises an interesting point. It is incumbent on all Governments, regardless of their political hue, to examine policies, such as that of Wandsworth borough council, which is called "Hidden Homes". It focuses on existing council housing stock, and addresses whether there is space within it to create fresh housing stock that is more cost-effective to build because there is no need...


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