Results 1–20 of 687 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alec Shelbrooke

Shale Gas Exploration: Planning Permission (12 Sep 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I will expand on comments made by the right hon. Member for Rother Valley (Sir Kevin Barron). My constituency is an area that can be fracked, and has a rich history of mining, especially in the village of Allerton Bywater. Because that history of mining is so long, there are many unmapped mine shafts and mine workings in the area, and a great many of my constituents are gravely concerned...

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: About a year ago, I held an Adjournment debate in this Chamber about young Harry Whitlam, who was killed by a drunk-driver of a tractor. This man was three and a half times over the limit and he crushed Harry, in a totally avoidable accident—[Interruption.]

Business of the House (12 Jul 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: It is not often that has been requested of me. Harry was 11 when he was killed by the tractor. As the accident took place on private land on a farm, the driver could only be charged under health and safety legislation and he got an 18-month sentence—for a totally avoidable accident. In my earlier debate, I asked for the law to be looked into so that we could get parity of esteem,...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Thank you for that endorsement, Mr Speaker. My constituency contributes roughly half a billion pounds to the GDP of this nation, mainly through small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the most important thing we must achieve is that those small and medium-sized enterprises, which are the lifeblood of this country, are able to supply the big...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: On that point, I share my hon. Friend’s view that when there is the demand to build such huge numbers of homes, there should be a stand-alone community. However, the phrase “stand-alone” must mean stand-alone, and not a community that is dumped in a place, such as the Parlington estate in my constituency, which would have a massive effect on the villages around it?...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: On the point about councils’ incompetence, Leeds City Council has been heard to say that it simply cannot be bothered to reassess the numbers. It has now moved to a position of saying, “We will assess the numbers after the site allocations plan.” If it reduces the numbers, it makes it even easier to build on the green belt and greenfield land.

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: The simple truth is that our constituents, the public, have no faith whatever left in the planning system. That is hardly a surprise when one is dealing with, to be frank, the rank incompetence of a council such as Leeds City Council. It has created a totally over-inflated housing target figure, which even the academics at Leeds University have claimed simply could not be built in the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: This has been a very wide-ranging and cross-party debate, with Members agreeing on many areas. In the brief time I have, I want to raise one issue that worries me immensely about the future of NATO and how it operates. We will need more time on the Floor of the House for this, which I will seek from the Leader of the House during business questions at some point. It is the issue of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I will not give way. I believe we need at a future date to spend time in the House discussing the relationship between PESCO and NATO in order to advise the NATO Parliamentary Assembly how to take this forward.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Going back to the naval issue and equipping NATO, does my right hon. Friend agree that that is about not just increasing the level of spending to 2%, but where it is invested? The Royal Navy is going through a period of complete renewal and will have some of the most advanced ships and capabilities in the world. Will he be making representations, especially at the NATO summit, about the need...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: My constituents at Garforth, Micklefield and Woodlesford stations are agog at how bad the trains have got, and I lay the blame for a lot of this at the door of Network Rail, not the Secretary of State. There have been plenty of opportunities and plenty of promises made over decades; I was using this train line 20 years ago, and it was rubbish then and it is rubbish now. What can he do to...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: The hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell) commented on the French nationalised railways. Does my hon. Friend agree that they are in terrible straits, and that the President has recognised that the present system cannot continue because it is haemorrhaging billions of euros every year?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am most grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. Will she now clarify from the Dispatch Box that in order to nationalise the railways, it is Labour’s specific policy not to be a member of the single market?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am sure that my hon. Friend recognises that President Macron, a centre-left politician, has recognised that the French railway system is completely unsustainable, and that has led all the workers out on strike.

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: The problem this afternoon is that we are just going to fall into the ideological arguments about nationalisation and privatisation, rather than getting down to some of the key causes of why we are in this position today. Quite frankly, the nationalisation argument has been blown out of the water with the single market argument, as I said earlier. I am pleased to be following the hon. Member...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Just give me two seconds. When we look at the money that was earned, some £1 billion was returned in three years compared with £1 billion in five years under nationalisation.

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman has made that point. Indeed, that is the problem with a nationalised company. Many people have said, “Oh, it’s the Secretary of State’s responsibility in a nationalised company, ” but that is not how it works—it is not how it has ever worked. On the one hand, people are saying that the Secretary of State should take complete...


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