Results 1–20 of 1567 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tim Farron

Rail Services: Cumbria (20 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: The Minister says that Transport for the North and the Department for Transport share the franchise. Can he clarify that the Department was asked for and granted permission to extend the suspension of services on the Lakes line?

Rail Services: Cumbria (20 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: To press the Minister on that point, I spoke to Mark Carne a couple of weeks ago and he said he would look again at electrification of the Lakes line. Admittedly, that was before I criticised his award of a CBE, but I hope that he does not take that personally. I would be grateful if the Minister paid serious attention to the possibility of reopening that case, given the evidence I put...

Rail Services: Cumbria (20 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of rail services in Cumbria. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I will try to make my speech a little shorter than it would have been, to allow time for the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness (John Woodcock), who shares my deep concerns on this issue. The Lakes line, between Oxenholme and Windermere in my...

Rail Services: Cumbria (20 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: I completely agree with everything that the hon. Lady has said. It feels to me very much as though all the lines in Cumbria are afterthoughts for Northern, given its huge empire. Many of the staffing problems would have been completely foreseeable and predictable by competent management who were planning for the future and had Cumbria’s interests at heart, so the hon. Lady is...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: The Secretary of State will be aware that for two weeks in my constituency, there were no services at all along the Lake district—the service into Britain’s second biggest visitor destination. It took a heritage charter train to provide any service over the past few days, and I very much thank all those who were involved in making that happen. Does he agree that this is perhaps a...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: rose—

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: That is very decent of the hon. Gentleman, and I am grateful to him. He is making an important speech. Does he agree that there is something of the red herring about conversations suggesting the new timetable is the source of the current calamity? Does he also agree that strategic decisions by the Government have led to the problem, which predates timetabling, not least the decision to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I seek your advice? Last Monday, following the oral statement on rail timetabling, I asked the Transport Secretary whether he would refuse any request by Arriva Northern to extend the immensely disruptive two-week suspension of the Lakes line in Cumbria. He replied: “I am not prepared to accept more than the current two weeks and…I have been...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Feed-in Tariff Scheme (12 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: What the timetable is for the publication of the Government’s consultation on the feed-in tariff scheme.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Feed-in Tariff Scheme (12 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: Ben Dyson at Lakes Renewables Ltd in Kendal, which focuses on solar power, has seen a 50% reduction in his work due to the impending closure of the scheme. He has kept going by diversifying, but many other firms have gone to the wall. Ben urgently needs policy clarity from next March, and to see business rates on commercial rooftop solar abolished. What steps will the Minister take to ensure...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: The Secretary of State knows that every single train on the Lakes line is to be cancelled over the next two weeks, and at least 11 trains have been cancelled on the Furness line so far today. He is clearly not immediately planning to remove the franchise from either line, as he should, and he mentioned neither in his statement. Will he clarify now that, if Arriva Northern asks for an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Illegal Migrants: Employment (4 Jun 2018)

Tim Farron: Those seeking asylum in the UK are currently banned from working and, as a result, they are forced to live in penury and are denied the right to contribute their skills to our society. Does the Minister agree that this system is lacking in both compassion and common sense? Will she reform it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Rail Industry (24 May 2018)

Tim Farron: EU rules clearly did not prevent the Government from taking the east coast franchise off Stagecoach last week, which shows their power to remove a franchise from a failing operator is not hampered by them. Given that this week we managed to pass 300 cancellations on the Lakes line in Cumbria since the beginning of April, and the enormous and catastrophic impact that is having on commuters,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 May 2018)

Tim Farron: The Lakes line from Oxenholme to Windermere has seen 160 cancellations in the month of April and 72 cancellations in the first week of May alone, risking the potential futures of GCSE students as they try to get to school and are left stranded, people trying to get to work, and the hundreds and hundreds of people visiting what is Britain’s second biggest tourist and visitor destination....

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill (15 May 2018)

Tim Farron: The Minister is making important points and the Bill does some important things. However, it could do something important that it does not—it does not allow local authorities, such as his and mine, in very rural areas to vary council tax on second homes. He will be aware that in the Yorkshire dales and the Lake district, vast percentages of communities are empty most of the year round...

NHS Staff Pay (21 Mar 2018)

Tim Farron: The minimum amount that nurses in south Cumbria will have lost since the pay freeze is £4,306. Given that the average house price in my constituency is 10 times the value of the average nurse’s salary, Members will understand the huge impact that there has been on retention and recruitment. The rise is therefore deserved, welcome and overdue, but without a long-term plan for...

Health and Social Care: NHS Primary Care: Ageing Population (20 Mar 2018)

Tim Farron: I cannot compete with that, Mr Speaker. Back in November, I wrote to the Secretary of State about the increased service charges on GP practices. Ambleside surgery in my constituency, which serves an increasingly ageing population, faces a huge increase of £25,000—more than double—and the staff there fear they cannot keep the surgery going long term with that kind of increase....

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Tim Farron: I will try to be brief, Mr Deputy Speaker, because the most important thing today is that this Bill proceeds. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil), and to all hon. Members who, unusually, are here on a Friday. This is my fourth debate on a Friday in 13 years, because this Bill matters. It is a chance and a test. It is a test of our support for the...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Tim Farron: I am sorry, but I will not give way because we need to get on. This is not a question of age, but of family. It is difficult to imagine anything more agonising for a parent than to know that they can keep some of their children safe but not all of them. It is ludicrous that that should be in the immigration rules and I welcome the commitment in the Bill to change them. Common sense is missing...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Tim Farron: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is right. It is not a simple process when it involves DNA testing and legal wrangling over birth certificates. Many Members will have seen in their constituency surgeries just how complex it can become. Leaving some of the most vulnerable people in our society to navigate the system on their own is deeply unfair. There is one last reason to commend this Bill: doing...


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