Results 1–20 of 2680 for speaker:George Freeman

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2020)

George Freeman: Following the outbreak of covid among staff of Banham Poultry, in my constituency, more than three weeks ago, the company has had to shut down its plants, and slaughter or sell millions of pounds-worth of its chickens to competitors for pennies, without the compensation it would normally receive for culling in relation to animal health, incurring losses of about £2 million a week. The two...

Transport: Hydrogen Vehicles (2 Jul 2020)

George Freeman: Whether the transport decarbonisation plan will support the UK to become a world leader in hydrogen technology.

Transport: Hydrogen Vehicles (2 Jul 2020)

George Freeman: I thank the Minister and the Secretary of State for the work that they are doing, in particular, on the transport decarbonisation plan that he and I started together. Does the Minister agree that to make the post-covid recovery a real catalyst both for levelling up and sustainable growth, an industrial strategy for hydrogen fuel with four, five or six green hydrogen transport hubs, from...

Economic Update (17 Mar 2020)

George Freeman: I congratulate and thank the Chancellor on behalf of the people in Mid Norfolk for a coherent and comprehensive package, in particular the support on rates and mortgages. In my rural and quite fragile economy, it is the pubs, the high streets, the small businesses, tourism and farming, and food processing that are the backbone of the economy. May I press him on the insurance point? The...

Income Tax (Charge) (11 Mar 2020)

George Freeman: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Sir Edward Davey). I have happy memories of being in government with him in the coalition Government 10 years ago. It is also a pleasure to speak from the Back Benches for the first time since the reshuffle. I congratulate colleagues from both sides of the House on some outstanding maiden speeches and our new...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (12 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: In 2018 the previous Government consulted on proposals for requiring the provision of audible and visible information on-board local bus and coach services in Great Britain. In particular, it sought evidence on the impact of installing audio-visual equipment on different vehicles. Responses were received from a range of stakeholders, including representatives of smaller operators. We are...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (12 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: Alongside publication of its 2018 Inclusive Transport Strategy, the previous Government allocated £2 million to help smaller local bus and coach operators provide audible and visible information on board their services. This money will be made available to operators in England, Scotland and Wales through a funding competition later this year, and further information on how they can apply...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: The proposed power would enable the Government to compel manufacturers to recall road vehicles, and non-road mobile machinery, if they are found not to comply with the environmental standards which they are required to meet by law. The Government will set out how the regime will operate in full in secondary legislation.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Safety (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: I want our motorways to be as safe as possible. That is why the Secretary of State asked the Department to carry out an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about the safety of smart motorways and make recommendations. The Department will present the findings of the stocktake shortly. While I would not want to pre-judge the results of that work, what I can say is that we will continue to...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving under Influence (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: There are no immediate plans to lower the drink drive limit in England and Wales. The Government believes that rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink driving limit.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving under Influence: Scotland (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: The Scotland Act 2012 provided amendments to the original 1998 Scotland Act which included devolving the power to prescribe drink driving limits in Scotland. There are currently no plans to devolve the powers to vary penalties.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Trains: Hydrogen (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: The Government supports the use of hydrogen trains on the railway where appropriate to deliver our legally binding target to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from the UK by 2050. Network Rail is developing a Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy which will examine which parts of the network are best suited to use of hydrogen trains, as well as battery and electrification. This...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: The number of new registrations of battery electric cars in the first nine months of 2019 in the UK are provided in the table below. NUTS Code NUTS Name New Registrations: January to September 2019 UKC North East 375 UKD North West 1,533 UKE Yorkshire and The Humber 1,789 UKF East Midlands 1,225 UKG West Midlands 3,591 UKH East of England 2,820 UKI London...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (11 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: Government collaboration with the devolved administrations and local authorities is crucial to facilitating the transition to zero emission vehicles and addressing local air quality issues. Regular discussions about rapid chargepoints, as well as other measures to support electric vehicles, are held on an ongoing basis with the Welsh Government. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Standards (10 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 4 February, to Question UIN 10420. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-ques tions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-01-30 /10420/

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Accidents (10 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: The Government is committed to improving the safety of all road users and reducing the number of those needlessly killed and injured on our roads is a key priority for the Department. The Road Safety Statement, ‘A Lifetime of Road Safety’, published in July last year, describes in some detail the Department’s intention to undertake a set of actions in the coming years aimed at improving...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Road Traffic (10 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: Congestion statistics on the Strategic Road Network and local ‘A’ roads are published quarterly. The latest statistics are up to June 2019. On the Strategic Road Network (SRN) up to June 2019, the average delay is estimated to be 9.4 seconds per vehicle per mile compared to speed limits, a 1.2% increase compared to the year up to June 2018. The average speed is estimated to be 59.0 mph,...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (10 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: For the seventh year in a row, the Department has capped regulated rail fares in line with inflation. We have already cut costs for hundreds of thousands of passengers with new 26-30 and 16-17 railcards, and will be rolling out a new Veteran’s Railcard to give 830,000 former servicemen and women a third off their rail costs. We are committed to taking decisive action on the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Young People (10 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: Concessionary travel legislation gives local authorities the flexibility to offer local travel concessions such as free or discounted bus travel to young people, if they choose to do so. Such enhancements are not funded by central Government but from local resources such as Council Tax. In 2019-20, local authorities in 19 of the 89 Travel Concession Authority (TCAs) areas outside of London...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Large Goods Vehicles: Testing (10 Feb 2020)

George Freeman: Pursuant to the answer of 3 February, I can confirm the Secretary of State has had no discussions with stakeholders on privatising heavy goods vehicle testing stations.


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