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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Private Sector Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: This Government are committed to supporting private investment, which finances about half our infrastructure. We have a trusted and stable regulatory system, and through the UK guarantees scheme we have supported projects worth more than £4 billion. We are also introducing innovative support such as the digital infrastructure investment fund, which will accelerate the roll-out of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Private Sector Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: I simply do not recognise what the hon. Gentleman says; investment in our infrastructure is at a record high. We are seeing investment in roads, rail and south-east air capacity—in all modes of transport. The point is how we deliver that investment, and it is a combination of public and private. He is clearly right to champion the requirement for infrastructure in his area and to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Private Sector Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: I see significant merits in Crossrail 2, just as I see them in northern powerhouse rail and projects right across our country. I will of course take on board my hon. Friend’s point and relay it to the Transport Secretary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Private Sector Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: I am not going to speculate on the negotiations, as that would be way above my pay grade. I just refer the hon. Gentleman to the Chancellor’s answer a moment ago on the merits of a Brexit deal that secures our economic future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: Infrastructure is at the heart of this Government’s economic strategy, and our investments will boost productivity and growth. Since 2010, more than a quarter of a trillion pounds has been invested by the public and private sectors, about 3,000 individual projects have been completed, we have almost completed Crossrail, and more than 4 million homes accessed superfast broadband for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I have just learned something about Chelmsford and its history in the development of our digital and radio infrastructure. The investment will boost Britain’s internet, making it more reliable and consistent and easier for people to live and work more flexibly, which will of course boost productivity right across the UK. Fibre is the technology...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: My hon. Friend is a great champion for her constituency and for these projects. I have absolutely no doubt about the importance of them locally. If nothing else, we have met on the subject a number of times, and she is very tenacious. These projects not only open up opportunities for development, but help to relieve the congestion in the heart of her constituency. I will of course ensure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: The efficiency in the way that we deliver our infrastructure is a critical consideration when the Government are putting in so much money to transform our infrastructure. The points that the hon. Gentleman makes about Network Rail will have been heard by my hon. Friends in the Transport team, and I will highlight his comments to them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: I simply highlight the extremely rigorous business case process, which every single project has to go through before it receives approval. The idea that these schemes are not considered is just wrong.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Infrastructure: Government Investment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: Again, that is a question that will have to go to colleagues in another Department. I will make sure that they hear the hon. Lady’s comments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Youth Unemployment (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: The GCHQ cyber-accelerator in Cheltenham is part of the Government’s £1.9 billion cyber-security strategy. It allows business start-ups to gain access to GCHQ’s world-class personnel and expertise, and the accelerator helps these businesses to expand, contributing to jobs and opportunities, including in Cheltenham, and it makes the UK a safer place online. I know that my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Rooftop Solar (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: Immaculate parliamentary manners, but not immaculate parliamentary procedure—sorry about that, Mr Speaker; I thought we had moved on from that question. Solar is a UK success story. In 2013, solar capacity was expected to reach between 10 and 12 GW by 2020; we now expect Government support to bring forward about 13 GW by then. Feed-in tariffs provide an incentive for businesses to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Rooftop Solar (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: The Government are continuing to support the take-up of solar panels through business rates by maintaining the exemption for new installations of solar power generating less than 50 kilowatts of power; of course, we also have all the transitional relief schemes and the cut in business rates announced in the Budget last year, which cost nearly £9 billion. The Government have listened to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Rooftop Solar (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: I thought my hon. Friend was going to say that the sun may be shining more brightly post-Brexit. We are very keen to see the progress of solar as well as all other renewables. We will have to see what happens with pricing, but the key thing is that we will be supporting solar, as it is a key part of our power mix for the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Rooftop Solar (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: The support for solar comes directly from people’s bills. When the costs of installation and generation come down, through efficiencies and economies of scale and production, so should support. We are taking steps to control the cost of support schemes and putting solar on the path to delivery without subsidy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Andrew Jones: The South Tees Site Company is currently undertaking ground investigations to assess the levels of any contamination on the SSI site. The mayoral development corporation is leading on the development of plans for the future of the site. I look forward to working with my hon. Friend, the Mayor of the Tees Valley and others to promote the economy of the area.

Regional Flags: Driving Licences and Number Plates (19 Apr 2017)

Andrew Jones: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Nuttall. May I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) on securing this debate about the use of regional or national flags on driving licences and number plates? I welcome this opportunity, because this is clearly an area of much interest to colleagues from all over our country. We all know...

Regional Flags: Driving Licences and Number Plates (19 Apr 2017)

Andrew Jones: I fear that that is potentially temptation to rerun the referendum debate. We have been there, and we need to come together and implement the decision of the British people. Obviously, there are practical implications, some of which are risks, and some opportunities. The key thing, of course, is to make sure that we have the best possible deal for the country, and far more opportunity than...

Regional Flags: Driving Licences and Number Plates (19 Apr 2017)

Andrew Jones: I am coming on to Yorkshire. We have heard from two proud and passionate Cornishmen in the debate, speaking up for their county, as ever; but other parts of the country also have strong identities. I am a proud Yorkshireman and I think nowhere beyond Yorkshire and Cornwall can match that sense of identity. However, I am treading into dangerous territory, and that is partly the point. We would...

Regional Flags: Driving Licences and Number Plates (19 Apr 2017)

Andrew Jones: I recognise that we are moving into a place where the old rules will cease to apply, and we can determine more as we wish, but I will come to my right hon. Friend’s point. The law changed in 2009 to allow the voluntary display of either the European flag or UK national flags, so we have choice in the area of number plates. Motorists can choose between the Union flag, the cross of St...


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