Results 1–20 of 1391 for speaker:Mr John Bowis

Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords]: Waste Reception Facilities at Harbours (17 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: On the last point, I can confirm that progress has been made. We have reached the stage where that will occur. On that happy note, I can pass on to the amendment. We have no difficulty with the aims of the hon. Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Ms Jackson). Harbour authorities in the United Kingdom have for many years been required to ensure the provision of adequate reception facilities...

Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords]: Assistance for Training (17 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I am grateful to the hon. Members who have spoken in the debate. In moving the new clause, the hon. Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Ms Jackson) talked about this country's great maritime traditions, and she was right. Those traditions have been based on a quality of seamanship that has been the envy of the world, and many of those qualities have been the result of the training given to our...

Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords]: Appointment by Secretary of State of Advisors on Marine Salvage, & C. (17 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I am grateful to the four hon. Members who have spoken. The hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Ainger) introduced the debate on new clause 4, and the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) spoke to new clause 5. At the outset, I must say that both new clauses are unnecessary. New clause 4 seeks to give the Secretary of State powers that he already has, although it does not use, as the hon. Member for...

Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords]: Powers of Intervention Where Shipping Accident Threatens Pollution (17 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) for raising this issue and for the terms in which he has done so. I hope that I can give him the reassurances that he seeks. The amendment would remove the Secretary of State's power to give directions to harbour masters and harbour authorities. That would restrict his ability to monitor and, if necessary, take overall...

Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords]: Powers of Fire Authorities (17 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Ainger), who, in a sense, answered the point made by the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) about the need for the ability to fight fires outside territorial waters. The hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow made important points about equipment, training and so on, and that applies to fighting fires at sea however...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: River Thames (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: My Department is in regular contact with boat operators, the millennium exhibition organisers, the Port of London Authority and other interested parties about the possibility of introducing new passenger services on the River Thames. I met my hon. Friend, with representatives of the Transport on Water Association, to discuss this subject last September.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: River Thames (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: My hon. Friend is right persistently to draw attention to the need to attract more passenger traffic to the Thames, particularly in the context of the millennium exhibition at Greenwich. Bids can be made to support the building of piers, and in the recent capital challenge allocations we have been able to support a pier for Bankside which will serve both the Tate and the Globe. The pier for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: River Thames (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: The hon. Gentleman will recognise that the Jubilee line extension will carry many more people to the millennium exhibition and the other stations on the route than could possibly be transported by water. Nevertheless, I acknowledge that he has consistently supported travel on water. With his twin interests, I suspect that he will one day press us to introduce a Thames pedalo. We have taken on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: River Thames (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I am happy to acknowledge my hon. Friend's support for extending the use of the river right along to the mouth of the Thames, and he will know that the Thames gateway initiatives are working on that in terms of road and rail links. I am sure that my hon. Friend will continue promoting the interests of north Kent for many years to come.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Congestion, London (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: There is no agreed measurement of the cost of traffic congestion to businesses, but we have in place a programme of road and rail improvements designed to reduce congestion to enable buses and bicycles to move more freely and to encourage greater use of rail services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Congestion, London (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I would say to them: unlike the Labour party's programme of no new money, no new lines, no new roads, and no privatisation—for ideological reasons—we have in place a programme of about £200 million for London's trunk roads, £22 million for the red routes, over £100 million for the transport supplementary grant and capital challenge network enhancement projects, about £47 million for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Congestion, London (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: My hon. Friend is 100 per cent. correct. We have a programme of renewing investment in London's underground over the years leading up to privatisation and thereafter, within five years, completing the task of bringing the system up to date, in addition to the work and investment in new lines. Privatisation will come with all the guarantees in terms of fares and travelcards that the public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Congestion, London (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I am tempted to give way and let the hon. Gentleman's Front-Bench colleagues endorse that, if it is new Labour's policy to stop cars moving at all in London. I have already described to the hon. Member for Lewisham, East (Mrs. Prentice) our investment in a range of policies for road and rail, as well as the underground. Much of the road investment is aimed at improving traffic movement and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Markings (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: The information collected by my Department about accident sites and road conditions does not distinguish between road markings and other traffic signs, but only 0.5 per cent. of all reported accidents involve defective road surfaces or signs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Markings (10 Mar 1997)

Mr John Bowis: My hon. Friend makes an important point. He is right: the purpose of such road hatching is to segregate traffic, discourage overtaking, encourage driver discipline and provide crossing opportunities for pedestrians. However, as he said, it can also lead to vehicles being closer to pedestrians. Great care is required when planning such measures. It is the responsibility of the highway...

Prayers: Ice fall (Aircraft) (26 Feb 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Mr. Deva) for raising this important issue. We are sorry to hear of the distressing incident that affected his constituent, Mr. Kashieris, and his difficulties in seeking compensation. My hon. Friend has been zealous on behalf of his constituent, and I congratulate him on that. He is right to suggest that when public bodies, be...

Orders of the Day — Theory Test Centre (Huddersfield) (17 Feb 1997)

Mr John Bowis: This seems to be the Compo debate—all I can say is that I bet Nora Batty votes Conservative. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Riddick) on his consistent and persistent work on behalf of his constituents regarding the theory test centre, and on gaining all-party support in the form of the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr. Sheerman). I welcome this opportunity to...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords] (10 Feb 1997)

Mr John Bowis: To continue where the hon. Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Ms Jackson) left off, we can join hands across the Chamber in seeking to build on the work of Lord Donaldson. I think she said that she thought this a good Bill. The hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) said the same, as did all hon. Members who spoke. That was also the view of all parties in the other place. Lord Clinton-Davis...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords] (10 Feb 1997)

Mr John Bowis: The best thing would be to discuss that further at a later stage. We are hastening to try to reach agreement with the statutory advisers so that we can bring forward proposals for regulation. Tugs have been mentioned. It was decided that emergency towing vessels should be stationed on a trial basis at the three locations highlighted by the Donaldson report and the Belton report as having a...

Orders of the Day — Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords] (10 Feb 1997)

Mr John Bowis: I think that that is not necessary, because the Bill enables regulations to be laid. The intention is to consult following the passage of the Bill on the regulations that would achieve that aim. We can pursue that point further in Committee. The detection of polluters at sea, which was mentioned by several hon. Members, and the issue of plastics, which was raised by the hon. Member for...


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