Results 181–200 of 2682 for speaker:George Freeman

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles (4 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: The department procures data and analysis from external consultants, which allows us to assess current and potential future capital costs, running costs, and the whole life cost or ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ (TCO) for different categories of electric, diesel and petrol vehicles. We monitor for similar analysis produced by external parties to verify our understanding of how TCO, and the...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Digital Technology (4 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: As Minister of State for the Future of Transport, I am responsible for the digitisation agenda, with digitisation of the transport system being one of my three core priorities - digitisation, decarbonisation and (tackling) disconnection. Delivery of this priority is overseen and managed by a group of director-level officials, including the Department’s Digital Director, which is chaired...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Construction (4 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: The Government has already committed to holding a public consultation on options for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, to which respondents will be able to offer comment on the overarching case for the scheme. Highways England has been preparing for such a consultation. We are not able currently to announce any updates on the project or proceed with a public consultation on the project...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A34 (4 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: The Lodge Hill junction scheme is being led by the local highway authority, Oxfordshire County Council. I understand the council is continuing to work closely with Highways England to agree traffic modelling and design.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A27: Chichester (4 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: Highways England undertook a public consultation on the viable options for improving the Chichester section of the A27 in 2016. There are no current plans for another consultation on this subject.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Alternative Fuels (1 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: In 2018 the UK was the second largest market for ultra-low emission cars in the EU and the fourth largest market for battery electric cars in the EU. The UK is also global leader in the development and manufacture of electric vehicles; in 2018 a fifth of battery electric cars sold in Europe were made in the UK. So far in 2019, sales of battery electric vehicles have topped 25,000, up by over...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Exhaust Emissions (1 Nov 2019)

George Freeman: The Government recognises the UK aviation industry’s success in taking steps to de-couple the growth in emissions from the continued demand for air services, but that there is still significant work to be done. Between 2010 and 2016, international air transport movements within the UK grew by 20%, but international greenhouse gas emissions increased by only 7%. The UK has played a leading...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways (31 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: My Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State set out in the House on 24 October 2019 that he has asked the Department to carry out, at pace, an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about smart motorway safety.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: St Helens (31 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: To date, drivers in the St Helens metropolitan borough have benefitted from grant funding for the installation of 125 domestic chargepoints, under the electric vehicle home charge scheme, and for the installation of 11 sockets, under the workplace charging scheme. Both of these schemes remain open for motorists of St Helens choosing zero emission vehicles. St Helens metropolitan borough are...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: Thank you, Sir Christopher, for the chance to serve under your chairmanship. I echo your justifiably warm comments about the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham). It is a pleasure for me to make my first appearance as the newly created Minister for the Future of Transport, but it is also a real pleasure to pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman. In my 10 years here, I have seen the...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: There may well be an appeal, but I obviously cannot comment on it. I simply make the point that the appeal will be against the ruling in favour of the Government. On concessionary travel, we all know that for many people the concessionary bus pass can be an absolute lifeline, providing access to work, public services, healthcare, education and, particularly in rural areas, to the very fabric...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: The hon. Gentleman makes a very interesting point; will he drop me a line about it? As he knows, I am a champion for rural areas and tackling rural inequality, and I will be looking at what we need to do in our new bus package, which I will describe shortly, to ensure that rural areas do not suffer. In April last year, we announced a change in the legislation to protect the concessionary...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: I am grateful for that excellent question. In my new role I am looking, not just at that issue, but at the costs and benefits of widening access to bus and public transport for people in areas where it can tackle disconnection and help to drive up productivity. In my constituency, and possibly in the hon. Gentleman’s, many communities are quite cut off and isolated from the very exciting...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Instruction: Electric Vehicles (30 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: The Department provides incentives through grant funding schemes to assist with the cost of purchasing new electric vehicles. These incentives are available for all motorists, including driving instructors. Grant funding schemes are also available to help pay for installing chargepoints in motorists’ homes, residential streets and workplaces. All electric vehicle motorists benefit from a...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorways: Accidents (30 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: The top three contributory factors identified by police officers attending the scene of collisions on smart motorways, which represent around three quarters of those identified are: Driver/Rider Error (i.e. failed to look properly, loss of control) Injudicious Action (i.e. close following, travelling too fast for the conditions); Impairment/Distraction (i.e. fatigue, mobile phones and...

Endometriosis Workplace Support: Bus Services: Cumbria — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: Thank you for that, Dame Cheryl. I echo those sentiments and thanks. I congratulate the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron) on securing the debate and thank him for raising this issue. He now has a meeting in the diary with my noble Friend Baroness Vere, who leads on buses in the Department. It is an absolute pleasure for me to respond to the debate, partly because, as a...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Tests: Glasgow (29 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: The figures below show how many (a) part time and (b) full time staff have been employed at Baillieston driving test centre, by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, in each year since 2016. Full time staff Part time staff September 2016 5 6 September 2017 8 5 September 2018 7 6 September 2019 5 5

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Tests: Glasgow (29 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: The lease at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) Glasgow Baillieston test centre expired on 14 March 2019. The DVSA still remains at the location under tacit relocation rules, until the landlord serves notice to end the arrangement or renew the lease.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving Tests: Glasgow (29 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: There is no record of a Minster from this Department visiting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s Baillieston driving test centre in Glasgow.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Repairs and Maintenance (28 Oct 2019)

George Freeman: Highways England has one project regarding “Automated Cone Laying” which seeks to develop a first generation fully automated cone laying vehicle which requires no personnel on the back of the vehicle. £1.133m is forecast to be spent in 2019/20 from a total approved allocation for the project of £1.27m. There is a break point at the end of this financial year after completion of live...


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