Results 1–20 of 949 for speaker:Mr Ernest Popplewell

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade: British Railways (Pay Claim) (17 Feb 1966)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: Is the Prime Minister aware that the allegation made about the statement of Mr. Sydney Greene is a gross distortion and the worst possible example of Press misreporting, and would it be my right hon. Friend's opinion that this type of grossly distorted reporting would be a suitable matter to refer to the Press Council for investigation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways: Transport Services (Co-ordination) (26 Jan 1966)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: Would my hon. Friend convey to the Minister that we on this side of the House look to her to stop proposed closures pending the establishment of an integrated transport system? We on this side of the House believe That the amount saved by closures compared with the gross revenue of the Railways Board is infinitesimal. In view of the desirability to maintain the general well-being of the...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: I beg to move, to leave out from "That" to the end of the Question and to add instead thereof: this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries in the last Session of Parliament and of the Second Special Report from the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries relating to London Transport. I speak as Chairman of the Select Committee on Nationalised...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: The hon. Gentleman will see the figure which I quoted with regard to mileage. It must be related to that figure. I hope that the House will forgive me if I make a longer speech than I normally do, and also if I try not to be as political is I usually am, because I am trying faithfully to report the evidence given to the Committee. The inadequacy of the rail service on the Underground is...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: If the hon. Gentleman curbs his impatience, he will find that I shall deal with many more contributory factors. Staff shortage is only a contributory factor. Many other things are responsible for the present state of affairs. I warn the hon. Gentleman that I am going to make a long speech, and I hope to deal with the point to which he has referred. The problem is due partly to a staff...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: The evidence submitted totally refutes the wild statements made from outside as to the effects of the delay. I am speaking from memory, but I believe that the original estimate, when permission was given for the Victoria Line to proceed, was about £56 million. Since then it has been decided to embrace certain automatic ticket collecting stations, which have increased the cost by £10 million...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: We would not have minded the comments if there was a clear indication that the plan was half baked. However, there was no evidence to that effect. The witness made a general and sweeping observation and our difficulty was that the Ministry had refused to allow the plan to be published for people to see whether or not it was half baked. It was merely when considering the question of...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, but I had better continue with my remarks. We hope that some progress is being made, although we are not altogether happy about the closeness of the liaison which exists between the Board and the Ministry about these plans. For example, the Board seems ready to start work on either the Aldwych or Brixton schemes by 1966 or early 1967, while the...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: The result of the advanced tunnelling methods that have been evolved is that the tunnel will not cost any more than the original estimate, as distinct from the suggestion of the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. Bessell).

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: I appreciate my right hon. Friend's observations about the plan being regarded as a working document, but it was a document prepared by the experts of the Board. They wanted to have discussions with other interested traffic authorities—so it is clear that the Board regarded it as a working document, also—before a final scheme was presented. I am not satisfied about the great amount of...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: In view of the fact that this document has been quoted, would it be possible to make sufficient copies available so that hon. Members can study it?

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: I should think so too.

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: The hon. Member is making very heavy weather of this. If he had read the evidence given to the Select Committee, he would know that these points are well covered in a whole series of questions and he would have discovered that, since 1955, London Transport has granted 49 applications for consent to operate stage carriage services wholly or partly within the special area, of which 27 are still...

Orders of the Day — London Transport (Select Committees' Reports) (9 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: If I may speak again, by leave of the House, we have had an extremely useful debate. I will end the debate with the words with which I commenced it. The House has definitely emphasised that there is a real problem in London Transport. It demands some new thinking and some courageous decisions. These will of necessity inconvenience some people, but they are absolutely essential. We shall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways: Liner Trains (1 Dec 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: In view of the success of this experiment of running liner trains with the Railways Board's own collection and delivery staff, will my right hon. Friend be more insistent with the Board to allow it to continue the policy of quoting through rates so that it can use its own road services for collection?

Transport and Technology (16 Nov 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: That is not quite correct.

Transport and Technology (16 Nov 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Transport and Technology (16 Nov 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: What did you do about it?

Transport and Technology (16 Nov 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: I adopt the words which my right hon. Friend the Member for Vauxhall (Mr. Strauss) addressed to the Minister of Transport. No matter what he does in his Department, the Minister will be subjected to an enormous amount of criticism. But I echo also the other words of my right hon. Friend the Member for Vauxhall, that he must face this criticism and let us have action. Let him take his...

Transport and Technology (16 Nov 1965)

Mr Ernest Popplewell: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to make his speech in due course. It has been the same sad story in transport almost throughout all the years since the advent of the motor vehicle. We had our first Transport Act in 1930, and since that time, with one exception, the Statute Book has been littered with legislation affecting motor vehicles and transport generally, but...


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