Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken any assessment of Network Rail's capability to deliver major infrastructure investments over the last three years.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which projects his Department expects Network Rail to complete in Control Period 6; and what the cost will be for each such project.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on ensuring that the railway supply chain receives a sufficient volume of orders through to the end of Control Period 6 to its maintain skilled workforce.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report Ensuring a Sustainable Railway Industry, Options for developing franchised passengers services, published in May 2017.
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on (a) that country repealing its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and (b) exempting non-life insurance services from the remit of that Act.
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to his counterpart in the US on the effect on UK financial services businesses of complying with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
Stephen Hammond: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US on repealing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and exempting non-life insurance services from the remit of that Act as part of ongoing trade discussions between the UK and US.
Stephen Hammond: I commend my right hon. Friend for his statement. He is right to be tackling the issues of intergenerational fairness, but retirement is not about the state alone. What other measures, alongside this one on intergenerational fairness, will he propose to ensure that younger people can save for their retirement alongside state provision?
Stephen Hammond: The Minister will know that I have previously questioned his Department about rehabilitation. As a result of the report, will he prioritise rehabilitation plans for offenders and employment opportunities for ex-offenders?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will consider setting a lower interest rate for student loans.
Stephen Hammond: Last night, I met a major financial institution. Does my hon. Friend agree that for London to retain its place as the leading financial centre we need a regulatory regime based on mutual recognition and an early-agreed transitional phase to provide certainty?
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on changing the schools admissions code to give summer-born and premature children the right to start reception at compulsory school age.
Stephen Hammond: Just for clarity, when I intervened on the Opposition Front-Bench spokesman, he was making a point about insolvency, but the generous offer that my right hon. Friend just made would clearly cover insolvency as well.
Stephen Hammond: rose—
Stephen Hammond: I always hesitate to stop the Minister in full flow because he is such a joy to hear. Surely his commitment is the key point, because the Government consulted in 2012 and have committed to consulting in bringing in this legislation and aligning ATOL with the European directive. That needs to continue, because we will not transpose it into law until next year.
Stephen Hammond: I have been following the hon. Gentleman’s line of thought carefully. He seems to be seeking full protection for UK consumers buying in the EU. The EU package travel directive applies while we are still a member of the EU, but when we cease to be a member, the repeal Bill will have put its provisions in UK legislation, so surely the hon. Gentleman’s argument is unnecessary.
Stephen Hammond: rose—
Stephen Hammond: I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington South (Faisal Rashid) on his maiden speech and his gracious tribute to his predecessor. When I read the Queen’s Speech, I see the essence of the Government’s economic policy—to continue to improve the public finances. Government is about taking the right and the hard decisions for this country. Improving the public finances,...
Stephen Hammond: Is it not even worse than that, in that the IFS said that there were £58 billion of uncosted promises in Labour’s supposedly costed manifesto?
Stephen Hammond: Following on from the comments of the hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz), I look forward to welcoming my right hon. Friend to the best constituency in England at any stage in the next fortnight. Will my right hon. Friend ask the Transport Secretary to come to this House and make a statement on Crossrail 2? The Department has been considering the business case for a substantial time...