Results 61–80 of 395 for speaker:Mr Irvine Patnick

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my hon. Friend for his guidance. When I was a much newer Member, I committed a flagrant sin. I caught one of those "change at Derby" trains, as I thought that I could get back to Sheffield more quickly. That, as I discovered, was another fallacy. I spent a happy hour sitting in the station hotel—which, believe it or not, adjoins the station—drinking Coca-Cola, until the train...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Is it not a fact that people travel to Doncaster, are met by company cars, and then driven to Sheffield?

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Has my hon. Friend considered the possibility of British Rail owning the track and the signalling and other equipment, and private trains running on the line? [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh, really!"] Opposition Members say, "Oh, really," but that is no different from—

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Gentleman says that I should put my money where my mouth is. I recollect that Opposition Members used that argument when bus services were deregulated. They said that deregulation would result in no bus services. [HON. MEMBERS: "Speech."] It is not a speech; it is an intervention. It is now possible to catch a bus from Sheffield to any other city in the north, but Opposition...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: It is interesting that the journey time on the Leicester-St. Pancras section has increased, although British Rail promised to reduce it once resignalling was completed at the end of 1987. The journey time from Sheffield to London is two hours 35 minutes, which means 60 mph with, typically, six intermediate stops. It is a matter of time and speed. I listened to my hon. Friend the Minister for...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Dick Turpin's trip to York set me thinking about this point. I inquired whether there was a link between Doncaster, on the route to York, and Sheffield. I discovered that that link was run, not by British Rail, but by South Yorkshire passenger transport executive. British Rail's press release—I apologise to the House for having lost the front sheet—states: This together with a new...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: About 12 trains a day run from the major cities of Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham to London and back, whereas smaller towns such as Kettering and Wellingborough have about 16 to 18 trains a day, even though InterCity provides a service to all those major towns and cities. Even without the electrification, which I dearly want, I contend that areas such as those represented by my hon. Friend...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: To assist my hon. Friend, I shall give a quotation from a British Rail press release dated 1 March. It concerns an investment of £306 million in the east coast main line to London. It says: The secret lies in new engineering techniques and the purchase of 11 track stabilising machines. These permit trains to run at full speed as soon as engineering work is finished. It continues, and this is...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I think that I was expecting too much assistance from Opposition Members. The press release says: InterCity will save £1,000 per day in brake wear on the London-Edinburgh journey alone, and £213,000 a year in fuel savings from a smoother ride.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Is my hon. Friend aware that the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Mr. Snape) does not have a job for life?

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I wonder whether I can assist my hon. Friend with his case for electrification. The journey time from London to Edinburgh is 25 minutes shorter, at four hours and 23 minutes. The journey from Newcastle to London is 269 miles, which is completed in three hours or less, at 90 mph. The fastest journey is two hours and 50 minutes. The fastest time for the journey from Leeds to London is two hours...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I advise the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) that Nottingham was discussed before he graced the House with his presence. Nottingham has been included in our great plan.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: There are three trains serving the London to Doncaster route. There is one at 22.55 hours, which arrives in Doncaster at 1.29; one at 23.20 hours, arriving at 1.20; and another at 23.59, which I do not commend to the House, arriving at 4.03 hours. Again, it is the east coast route that is provided with the rolling stock and a better timetable.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: That is not what I said.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: As I said, the problem is timing. I cannot see how hon. Members can be in the House and vote and still catch a train that went as they passed through the Lobby.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Benefit Offices (Computers) (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the computerisation programme benefit my constituents who receive benefit?

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Clause 47: Recovery etc. of Grants (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: I am obliged to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. The hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) did not make himself very clear. I wonder whether the hon. Member for Knowsley, North (Mr. Howarth) will give way so that his hon. Friend can explain a little more and I can follow every word?

Clause 50: Housing Action Trusts: Constitution (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Gentleman is still the European Member of Parliament for Sheffield. I recollect that, when the Government nominated Councillor Roy Thwaites, the then leader of South Yorkshire county council, to the chairmanship of the South Yorkshire residuary body, he at first accepted the position, but subsequently declined. How does that square with your thinking?


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