Stephen Hammond: I thank my right hon. Friend for her statement and warmly welcome the progress she has outlined towards the deal that both we and our European partners require. I also welcome the statement about EU citizens. I note that my right hon. Friend says in her statement that “there are a small number of issues that remain outstanding”. What progress might be made in front of the December...
Stephen Hammond: I thank my right hon. Friend for coming to the House again today. He obviously recognises that the fire at Grenfell has implications for the wider area. What are the Government doing to listen to residents’ concerns and how are they addressing their needs?
Stephen Hammond: What plans he has to issue safeguarding directions for the unsafeguarded sections of the Crossrail 2 route.
Stephen Hammond: I listened carefully to the Minister’s answer. However, the delay to Crossrail 2 is causing real anxiety to constituents in Wimbledon and across south London and causing investment decisions to be delayed. Will he urge the Mayor to get on with the funding proposals so that the Department can make a decision one way or the other?
Stephen Hammond: There was widespread excitement last December when the Secretary of State announced a plan to publish a rail strategy document. Will he say what progress he has made and whether he will publish the report that his Department has commissioned on the future of rail franchising?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which new rail schemes to be jointly funded between Network Rail and the private sector his Department has assessed and analysed in the last 12 months.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new projects or schemes Network Rail has agreed to in the last 12 months which are to be jointly funded with the private sector; and which those projects or schemes are.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish the report it commissioned from First Class Partnerships on the commissioning of new rail services; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projects jointly funded by the private sector Network Rail has completed in each of the last 12 months.
Stephen Hammond: Will my right hon. Friend ask the Secretary of State for Transport to make a statement on the work of the National Infrastructure Commission and the progress of major projects—in particular, to give a timescale for the implementation of the northern hub and to say why there are such lengthy delays to Crossrail 2?
Stephen Hammond: Does the Minister intend to make extra resources or help available to prison governors at high-security prisons, to ensure that our prisons are calm and well controlled?
Stephen Hammond: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on a different point?
Stephen Hammond: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for the opportunity to make a short contribution to this debate. Like perhaps a number of Members, I was somewhat surprised to find us debating this issue today, when there are so many other things we should be debating, but you are absolutely right, Sir. As the shadow Leader of the House said, you are entrusted with grave responsibilities, and it is only...
Stephen Hammond: The charge of ambiguity is a serious one, but it does not hold up. The Government Front-Bench team answered that question when they responded to the motion, so I do not think that that charge can really be levelled against the Government. In the short time that I have left, let me make the point that as a Government Back Bencher, I have experienced the frustration of sitting here with my...
Stephen Hammond: Now that it is autumn, many of our constituents are concerned about the cost of fuel and energy this winter. What can the Secretary of State say to reassure all our constituents that fuel and energy will be accessible for all this winter?
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential additional administrative and financial burdens placed on UK financial services of complying with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of what additional compliance requirements the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act will place on UK-based companies over and above the requirements of the UK system with which they are already compliant.