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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: May I start by paying tribute to my predecessor in this role, my hon. Friend the Member for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara), who has been typically generous and helpful with his time and efforts during the handover? I am sure that everyone on both sides of the House will agree that we all owe a vast debt of gratitude to the heroism and bravery of British servicemen and women who were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: I understand and empathise with the hon. Gentleman and his constituents. In fact, as I visited the former Massereene Army barracks in Northern Ireland last week, I paused to pay my respects at a local memorial to two former Army engineers who were killed in 2009. There are many such memorials to individual acts of heroism or tragedy scattered not just across Northern Ireland, but around the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: Having been in the job for three and a half weeks, I am afraid that I do not have the precise number, but it was very many and the tragedy was huge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: British Service Personnel Memorial (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: I will gladly go to that memorial.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: Britain is a global trading nation and is about to become more global, so we want to promote the strengths of Northern Ireland’s business community to a global audience. So far, I have visited CM Precision Components in Downpatrick, the Causeway Chamber of Commerce, Randox in Antrim, Coca-Cola in Lisburn, Queen’s University Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine in Belfast and many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: I completely agree that things would be hugely improved by a functioning Assembly and Executive. I have been in this role for only a couple of weeks, but, as a former businessman, I have been hugely impressed by the economic progress since the Belfast agreement. Northern Ireland is open for business and we want the whole world to know.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: In the meetings that I have held so far, I have been hugely impressed by the skilled and stable workforce in Northern Ireland. I have also been impressed by its world-leading research—for example, in the precision medicine centre that I visited at Queen’s in Belfast—and by the strong sectoral abilities in cyber-security, life sciences and aerospace. We are doing a great deal and we need...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: The short answer is yes. If the hon. Gentleman brings me the details, I will be delighted to discuss them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: As I understand it, city deals vary from place to place. They are situation and location specific almost by definition, so there is not a particular standardised approach to any one of them. They are tailored and deliberately so. I am afraid that that is what inevitably happens. With any luck, some other city deals, perhaps in other parts of Scotland, may conform more closely to what the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Business Promotion (12 Dec 2018)

John Penrose: My hon. Friend, the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, is absolutely right to point out that these are devolved matters and that they need to be taken forward by a devolved Assembly and Administration—the Executive. We want to encourage all sides to get going again, because, clearly, these issues are important to the people of Northern Ireland and need to be addressed.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (18 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: We are nearly there. With fingers firmly crossed, it looks as though this is the last, or last but one, trot around the track for the Bill before it goes off for Royal Assent. I echo the thanks that have come from all sides for the combined and cross-party efforts to get us here. The fact that everyone is rushing to claim a degree of authorship shows the truth of the old saying that success...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: I thank everybody who has contributed to this afternoon’s debate. There has not been complete cross-party unanimity—far from it—but what we do have is a clear framing of a likely political choice. I encourage the Minister, who has been helpful and encouraging, to go further and faster in this area. At that point, we will frame a very clear political choice between those who want to give...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: Before the Minister moves on—he is being very helpful in trying to cover all the different points—may I just ask him a question? He just mentioned and celebrated the existence of this integrated ticketing system that he is talking about. Does that not rather solve the problem that he is then saying will crop up if we try to have people who cannot turn up and go using different operators...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: The Minister is being generous with his time. I suggest to him that he can avoid quite a lot of this regulatory and bureaucratic complexity if he simply switches to auctioning track slots for these things. At that point, the market-clearing price would be discovered. He does not have to set all these other additional points at all.

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: Nothing says that open access has to be among profit-making companies. There could be not-for-profits and publicly owned companies, providing that they all compete with one another on a level playing field. I just want to reassure the hon. Gentleman about that.

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: I beg to move, That this House has considered increasing choice for rail passengers. It is a pleasure to have you in charge of our proceedings, Mrs Moon. It seems that almost no one is terribly happy with how our railways are performing at the moment. Not passengers, who have to suffer delayed or cancelled trains when timetables go into meltdown, as they have done repeatedly recently, causing...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: I completely agree; Network Rail has all the wrong incentives. I plan to lay out how we might be able to improve them in future. If it had the right incentives to find and to build more capacity, it would be better for Network Rail, the travelling public and rail firms. If franchising is bust, I will come on to what I think is an alternative in a second. Before I do so, at the risk of perhaps...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: I completely agree with my right hon. Friend. I fear that renationalisation is trying to answer the wrong question when we are starting from a position where we, as taxpayers, own the track and network in the first place. It is time to stop obsessing about the failed and stale old-fashioned options of yesterday, whether franchising or nationalisation, and instead to try a new, better...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: My hon. Friend is exactly right; it is much easier to introduce open access rail where there is no established incumbent franchise operator at all. I plan to go on and develop that idea on a broader basis along just the line he mentions, but that is a good example to get us started, if I can put it that way. Open access rail forces train companies to raise their game; therefore, open access...

Increasing Choice for Rail Passengers (11 Jul 2018)

John Penrose: That is a crucial point. The answer is that if we do any system wrong then passengers could lose out. It is perfectly possible to organise open access rail in a way that avoids the problem that my hon. Friend rightly points out could exist. If he will bear with me for a second, I plan to develop that point a little further, but he is absolutely right to point out that it is a potential...


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