Results 1–20 of 462 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Craig Whittaker

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Craig Whittaker: I fully understand what the hon. Lady says, but we only have to look a few miles to the west of York, to my constituency of Calder Valley, to see what the Government have done. They have done a tremendous job in developing a full catchment plan that looks at how agencies work together, tree planting, leaky dams, grip blocking and the management of reservoirs. Does she not agree that the...

Upper Catchment Management (26 Apr 2017)

Craig Whittaker: I want to challenge the 40 cm figure. If my memory serves me correctly about the research that the hon. Lady quotes, there is a line that clearly says the flow is unimpeded. As we know, in the uplands we do not have unimpeded flow, so that is an incredibly worst-case scenario if we had flat moors and the flows came straight down the hill. The evidence quoted is not evidence because it uses...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments (28 Mar 2017)

Craig Whittaker: My right hon. Friend has already said several times that there is very little appetite on the doorstep for another election so soon after the last one. Will he therefore explain to the residents of Northern Ireland what other tools in his arsenal he may be considering to get agreement without the need to call a second election?

Aviation Security (22 Mar 2017)

Craig Whittaker: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right when he says that security must be the Government’s top priority, and this is something I am sure people will feel comfortable with in the long run. He mentioned minimising disruption and frustration for passengers. What discussions has he had with Home Office counterparts at Border Force to minimise disruption, given that only five of...

Vauxhall/Opel: Proposed Takeover (20 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: Opel has not made a profit in the EU since 1999, and Carlos Tavares, the chief executive of PSA, has a record of drastically reducing costs. What further tools does my right hon. Friend have in his armament to ensure that PSA does not move vehicle producing factories and the supply chain out of the UK?

Unaccompanied Child Refugees (9 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: While the Dubs amendment is one part of the overall strategy on refugees, would my right hon. Friend agree that the UK’s record on the full strategy has been exemplary and our biggest humanitarian contribution in our history?

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Small-scale radio multiplex services (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: On the digital technology that my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) mentioned earlier, we really struggle with reception in Calder Valley, so for community and small radio stations to go digital, surely we have to have the technology in place first.

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill: Small-scale radio multiplex services (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: The same report said not only that was there an appetite for community radio but that it was technically possible and economically sustainable.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: There are local business initiatives in Brighouse and Hebden Bridge in my constituency, and businesses work tirelessly to organise events to boost the footfall in the town centre. Consultations should involve a high level of input from business organisations and traders, because they know exactly what goes on.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: I am extremely pleased to be able to contribute to this debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Bosworth (David Tredinnick) for bringing his private Member’s Bill to this House for what is now its Third Reading. The Bill seeks to make provision for the procedure to be followed by local authorities when varying the charges to be paid for off-street parking and parking on...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: A massive point about the floods was the great outpouring of support for our communities from the whole of the UK—we had not tens, dozens or hundreds of volunteers, but thousands and thousands of people coming to the Calder Valley, as no doubt other areas did as well. People came from Cornwall and even from overseas to help. There were firemen and other people bringing food, mops,...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. I referred earlier to having spent 30 years in retail, and I know that when there is a proper parking strategy in place, it benefits everybody. I remember that when I was a general manager for Wilkinson home and garden stores in its development store in Bury in Lancashire—I hope that will not be held against me, as I represent Yorkshire—the...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: I think I said earlier that it is welcome when councils do things well, but sadly there are far too many that do not. My experience is of a Labour-controlled council in Calderdale, which has openly admitted that it uses parking as a cash cow, as did Barnet Council, which was taken to court. I was not being particularly partisan; I was merely pointing out that Calderdale is a Labour-controlled...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: As always, my hon. Friend makes a valid point. The strategies that councils have in place in the centre of London, Manchester, Birmingham or Leeds will be entirely different from those in some of my smaller local villages, such as West Vale, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Brighouse.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. For a retailer, it is vital that a local resident can pop down to the town centre to get a pint of milk or a loaf of bread—the essentials that we need for daily living—with absolute ease. An excellent car parking strategy would allow them do that as easily and quickly as possible. High streets and town centres continue to play a fundamental role...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: Although I appreciate that there has been much talk about town centre car parking, does the Minister agree that one of the biggest areas of contention for residents and local people—the Bill will, without question, help with this—is around our local hospitals, where there are huge parking problems? The facility to allow a consultation with local people will ensure that we get some...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: On my hon. Friend’s point about online retail, a 2011 report called “Re-Think! Parking on the High Street” highlighted the fact that small towns and villages were charging way above the UK average for parking, putting them at a disadvantage. Does he agree it is important that town and borough councils have the flexibility to react very quickly in light of the threat from...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Craig Whittaker: Some councils, however, do not lower parking charges but use them as cash cows—my own local authority, Calderdale, being one of them. Would my hon. Friend like to comment on that aspect of the issue?

Jobcentre Plus Offices: Closure (30 Jan 2017)

Craig Whittaker: I support the rationalisation and modernisation of any service, but Brighouse is the largest township within the Calder Valley, so relocating our jobcentre uphill and down dale out of the constituency will be a disaster to the long-term unemployed who rely on it for job advice and training. Will my hon. Friend assure me that those who have put forward the proposals have visited places such as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2017)

Craig Whittaker: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.


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