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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: High Speed 2 (Scotland) (12 Jan 2012)

Nigel Mills: There is great interest in the east midlands about where the route of HS2 and the east midlands station will be located. Will she bring forward the timing of the first announcement of the plans so that we can all understand the potential benefits and downsides of the route?

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris). I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones) on securing this debate. I have the pleasure of representing a seat with three town centres, Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley, and there are various other high streets. I could go on all night and list them, but probably...

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Nigel Mills: Does my hon. Friend agree that when councils get the power to keep any increase in their local business rates, we will soon see whether they are convinced that by reducing parking charges, they can generate extra business rates and therefore extra revenue? Cutting car parking charges might not be a lose-lose game, but rather a win-win game.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Civil Aviation Bill (30 Jan 2012)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Luton North (Kelvin Hopkins) and to have witnessed the maiden speech of the hon. Member for Feltham and Heston (Seema Malhotra). Having visited her constituency several times a couple of months ago, I can understand why she chose to speak in this debate—I have never seen planes fly so low, except at an airport, and at one point I could almost...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Civil Aviation Bill (30 Jan 2012)

Nigel Mills: I rise to give my hon. Friend some hope for his campaign. A few years ago, East Midlands airport changed its name to Nottingham East Midlands airport, in the face of huge opposition in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, which jointly fund the airport. The name was eventually changed back to East Midlands airport, so such campaigns can be successful.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding Settlement (6 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: Does the Minister not think that it is time to review the damping mechanism in the settlement, which deprives forces such as the Derbyshire constabulary of large amounts of funding each year?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: A lot of the Bill is about licensing the airports with market dominance. Can the panel just give me their views on how many airports need to have that licence going forward? Now that BAA has lost Gatwick and may be losing Stansted, would it only be Heathrow that would ever be subject to this? Is that what you would like to see?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: Just to develop those responses, how would you compare the handling of security in Britain with the handling of security elsewhere in the world? Are we more effective but more onerous, or are we worse? How do you see it?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: I am quite attracted by this process-based security checking, rather than checking for holes in fences, as you put it. If you move to that, how do you handle the risk of having a huge queue and airlines moaning that passengers are delayed, and thinking, “Well, we’ll just let a few go through without the random checks and we will stop making them taking their belts and shoes off”? Do you...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: My point was not that the process should be different day to day, or that the standards on paper would not be different, but it is that problem of, “We’ve got a queue and people are screaming and moaning, can we relax it a bit because it will get them through?” Is that a risk that you ever see happening, or would that be such complete madness that you do not think any operator would...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: At the risk of asking you to put the cart before the horse again, how many airports do you think you would need to issue a licence to? Will it just be Heathrow? Do you think that, now Gatwick has been sold, it might not need to be company-regulated? What about the position for Stansted?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witnesses (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: Not everything that goes wrong for the passenger is the fault of the airport operator. Quite often it could be the airline that has not got the plane there, or gets the baggage handling completely messed up. Do you have the power to fine the airline directly if it is at fault for causing significant delay, or would you effectively have to fine the operator of the airport and have it pass it...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: One of the issues passengers have with airports and airlines is that you get a headline price for your flight, but by the time you have paid baggage charges, seat charges, trolley fees and, heaven forbid, use-of-toilet fees, and you have been corralled through a duty-free shop where people try to flog you drink and cigarettes, you feel the system has milked you from every angle. In terms of...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: On that topic, one thing that must give passengers some comfort is that if an airline—especially a charter airline—goes bust on them, they will get flown back or they will get a refund. It is not easy for many passengers to work out what is actually covered by the  ATOL regime, or similar regimes, and what is not. Do you think the extensions the Bill proposes to such regimes will help...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: Two questions, Chair, if I am allowed.

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: I always associate Passenger Focus with the rail industry. Do you currently have a role in the air industry and do you think that you should have? Would you like to have such a role?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: I presume what you see from your rail passenger surveys, or parts of them, is complaints about how much it costs to buy food or drink on long train journeys or even at stations. For most rail passengers, you pretty much have a choice: you can bring it from home or it might only be a short journey. For a lot of air passengers, they are not legally allowed to take any drinks through security,...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: You will be aware that some smaller airports have concerns about some of the additional costs that the Bill will provide. They will struggle to pass them on to the airlines. Do you have any comments about that concern? Do you think it really will be a problem?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: Yes. As a second question, how many UK airports do your members think need economic regulation?

Public Bill Committee: Civil Aviation Bill: Examination of Witness (23 Feb 2012)

Nigel Mills: Even after Stansted is sold by BAA?


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