Results 1–20 of 1390 for speaker:Mr Steven Norris

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: South West Trains (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Steven Norris: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is extraordinary to hear Labour Members urging the franchising director to fine South West Trains for its acknowledged errors and mistakes when, under the previous nationalised railway, such nonsense occurred regularly and the only redress for passengers was the usual unintelligible announcement of some vague excuse? Is not the reality that this time, South...

London Underground (25 Feb 1997)

Mr Steven Norris: Having had a direct responsibility for London Underground for nearly five years, may I place on record my warm appreciation of the work of the management of the Underground, who have done a huge amount to increase the efficiency of the system? I assure my right hon. Friend that they are the first to point out that, even with those efforts, it has not been enough. There is a backlog, despite...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Feb 1997)

Mr Steven Norris: Does my right hon. Friend agree that not the least of the advantages of the privatisation of London Underground would be the substantial capital receipts that could be reinvested in the system? How could any Government who voluntarily chose to deny themselves that capital receipt make good that funding other than through a substantial increase in public expenditure and the taxation necessary...

British Prisoners of War (15 Jan 1997)

Mr Steven Norris: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have many friends in his constituency. I am happy to say that Freddie Hams is one of my oldest friends. I have known him for a great many years. I cannot stay until the end of the debate; I hope that the hon. Gentleman and my hon. Friends will forgive me. I want to place on record the extent to which I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I knew little of the matter...

Traffic Law (Keepership) (27 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: First, I congratulate warmly my hon. Friend the Minister for Transport in London, the hon. Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis), on his appointment. I imagine that it must have been a matter of great regret to him to leave the Department of Health, where he had had an extremely distinguished tenure of office, to come to the Department of Transport. I know that the people of London believe that my...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: rose—

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who shows his customary courtesy, but I ask him to reflect on the point that he has just made. If the freeholds had been transferred to Railtrack in a way that allowed it to dispose of them without the slightest consideration of the needs of the railway, that would indeed have been—to say the least—irresponsible and, others might say, downright dangerous, but...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: I very much appreciate the hon. Gentleman's contribution; it is always considered and worth listening to. With reference to the so-called protection of discount fares, is it the case that the only one of the discount fare offers that was a net cost to British Rail was the disabled persons railcard? It cost British Rail about £3.6 million a year. A private operator might not take on an...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: Is the hon. Lady somehow suggesting that the amount of subsidy required by the new privatised train operating companies is greater than the amount required by the old British Rail? Do not we already know that the train operating companies in the private sector are taking £2 billion less than the amount that was previously demanded by her great nationalised British Rail?

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: I shall start by recording my enormously happy experience over four and a half years as a Transport Minister. Specifically, I should like to put on record my enormous admiration for the three Secretaries of State for Transport with whom I had the pleasure of serving during that time. My right hon. Friend the Member for South Norfolk (Mr. MacGregor) was the architect of the Railways Act 1993...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: Ex-Ministers have the great advantage of not needing to crawl. And when they intend to leave these hallowed portals when the Prime Minister calls the general election they have even less cause to make such remarks—unless they are sincerely meant, as I assure the House that they are. I have admired the present Secretary of State for Transport for many years, since his wonderful principled...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for pointing out that I am not old enough to have heard Stalin's granny verbatim. However, I have a vivid picture of what her morning breakfast lectures must have been like and I suspect that the hon. Lady must have taken them in as mother's milk. However, it is ungentlemanly to refer to an hon. Lady's age and I shall not do so.

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: The hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody) has taken her accustomed ill-humoured corner in which to spread herself over a number of seats. One of the characteristics of the debate so far has been the extent to which body language is so obviously different. Opposition Members show that rictus of mild terror which suffuses any party which knows that it is about to lose the argument....

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: I will come to that point because the central point of our debate today is whether privatisation has worked and will work, or whether it has been the disastrous failure that the Opposition allege. It is important to note that the Opposition's Front-Bench spokesman devoted so much of his speech to the fact that one or two people in the railway industry have already done rather well. It is that...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: For auld lang syne, I will give way.

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: The invariable response of the Labour party, when a privatisation proves to be not only successful but rewarding, is to complain that any of the reward that is gained once the industry has been privatised is somehow an amount due to the public purse. What it overlooks, of course, is that one of the beneficial consequences of privatisation has been the receipt of £4.4 billion of capital...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: As my hon. Friend observes, the railways were alleged to be unsaleable. Some asked how we could possibly have one operator operating an inter-city train, another running a regional railway train, a third running a freight train and a fourth in charge of the signalling. They asked how we could possibly make that work in the private sector, and they were perhaps rather alarmed to discover that...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: As my hon. Friend says, it is now new Labour and we all know the jokes, which are now so old and tired that they are hardly worth repeating. [HON. MEMBERS: "Go on."] No, I have no wish to intrude on private grief and the House does not have the time to listen to my rantings on that subject. I shall just make one point crystal clear: until the successful privatisation of Railtrack and the...

Rail Privatisation (15 Nov 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: It is an extraordinary burden that we all bear with fortitude, but some of us have learnt over the years to wear a cynical veneer that protects us from its worst excesses. Sadly, the hon. Member for Ladywood has yet to learn that lesson. She indulged in a critique of rail privatisation which implied that every private sector involvement in the railway was just an opportunity for a private...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Driving Tests (8 Jul 1996)

Mr Steven Norris: I am confident that the new theory test, which has received wide support from motoring and road safety organisations, will improve road safety and reduce the accident rate among newly qualified drivers.

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