Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the EU Commission's proposal for bus passenger rights on bus passengers; and what response the Government has made to the damage liability for operators contained in the proposal.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals bus operators have made in respect of the rate of reimbursement for concessionary fares since April 2008; how many of these appeals (a) have been successful, (b) have been rejected and (c) are still outstanding; and what estimate he has made of the average cost to his Department of (i) processing and (ii) resolving an appeal of...
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the track works outside Waterloo station required to bring the old Eurostar platforms into use for commuter services; and what the annual cost of maintaining these platforms is.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the most recent Northern Ireland quarterly employment survey findings on levels of unemployment in Northern Ireland.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the funds previously earmarked for public transport improvement in Manchester as part of the Transport Innovation Fund bid.
Stephen Hammond: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recent findings of the Competition Commission on the market for the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services; and what steps he plans to take in response to the Commission's recommendations for Government.
Stephen Hammond: rose—
Stephen Hammond: I am extremely grateful to the Minister for giving way. He will have noticed that one of the other representations made to him was a joint representation from the chief executive and the leader of Merton council. A continuing problem for many outer-London boroughs and constituencies is that, although we pay our hard-working teachers inner-London rates, we get the outer-London settlement in...
Stephen Hammond: I know that my hon. Friend is a military historian. It is important to be clear that, however the Sri Lankan Government see the position militarily, there can be no international credibility in a purely military victory—indeed, that will not be a victory. Anything that happens militarily must be accompanied by solutions that involve suffrage for the Tamil community. Should we not say to...
Stephen Hammond: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that we need to be very careful that any sanctions imposed do not hurt more the communities that we are seeking to help? There is evidence that taking action in respect of GSP-plus will potentially harm the Tamil community as much as anyone else. That would be unfortunate.
Stephen Hammond: I am grateful for this opportunity to say a few words. I will try to be brief so that the hon. Member for Edmonton (Mr. Love), who is the chairman of the all-party group on Sri Lanka, can say a few words. It is clear and important that today in the House we heard strong words of criticism from the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the hon. Member for Harlow (Bill Rammell),...
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1432W, on public transport: Greater Manchester, how many high quality Transport Innovation Fund proposals he has received.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what matters were discussed at his recent meeting with the Association of Train Operating Companies and chief executives of the train operating companies; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has agreed Transport for London's Metro Standards for the Southern Franchise; and whether he has had (a) representations from and (b) discussions with bidders for the Southern franchise on deferral of the bidding deadline.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants in Wimbledon constituency were overpaid tax credits in each of the last five years.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to establish bail hostels in (a) Wimbledon constituency and (b) the London Borough of Merton.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department and its agencies (a) earned more than (i) £65,000, (ii) £120,000 and (iii) £190,000 in the last 12 months and (b) received a bonus payment in each of the last five years.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any rail franchises have been (a) red lighted and (b) put on a watch list by his Department; and what criteria his Department applies in deciding whether to red light a franchise.
Stephen Hammond: Does the hon. Lady agree that, although the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (David Lepper) has a point, it is difficult to know whether the extra half an hour added on to the train journey in his area has been caused by the train operating companies or by the timetables dictated to them by either Network Rail or the Government?