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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: North-south Rail Connections (30 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: We learned yesterday that the east coast rail franchise will be terminated in 2020—three years early—potentially forfeiting billions of pounds in premiums due to the Treasury, yet the Secretary of State told the House that Stagecoach will meet in full the commitments it made to the Government as part of this contract. So, can he confirm that the full £3.3 billion due from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: North-south Rail Connections (30 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: Can we get to the heart of this? Will the premiums of some £2 billion due under that contract covering the years 2020 to 2023 be paid? Will they be paid—yes or no?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker. I seek your clarification. Not an hour ago, I raised the question of the £2 billion that was due from Stagecoach to the Treasury. The Secretary of State said yesterday: “let us be absolutely clear for the House that as we bring the east coast franchise to a close and move to the new arrangements, no one will get any bail-out”.—[Official...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: rose—

Rail Update (29 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for advance notice of his statement, the contents of which have already been well trailed in the media. The Secretary of State and I can be in agreement on rail’s need for investment and new capacity, and I am delighted that he has picked up Labour’s manifesto commitment to reopen branch lines. The problem is that the current system and the structure...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Environmental protection: principles under Article 191 of TFEU (15 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I seek your guidance concerning the cancellation of the proposed new lorry holding park at Stanford West in Kent to deal with congestion from the port of Dover and Eurotunnel, which was announced in a written statement by the Secretary of State for Transport. We are told that Highways England has been tasked with finding an interim solution by...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: Wil the Minister give way?

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Andy McDonald: I welcome the debate, and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) on initiating it. This issue goes to the heart of the current political debate about the fairness and justice of our economic system, and the equity of the way in which our resources are distributed. I know that the Secretary of State will be busy, but I am sure that the people of...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Andy McDonald: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. We have had a very thorough debate, so perhaps Members thought that the ground has been well covered, as it has. As has been previously stated, Labour is supportive of the Bill. We intend to vote in support of it but to table key amendments in Committee. Indeed, we supported these clauses the first time around, when they were part of the Vehicle Technology and...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (23 Oct 2017)

Andy McDonald: I am very interested in the hon. Gentleman’s comments. If we have totally automated vehicles end to end, and the whole purpose is to liberate people who would not otherwise be able to drive, is it not completely logical that they would not be subjected to any test whatsoever in the conduct of that vehicle?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

Andy McDonald: This week, the OECD argued that addressing the regional productivity divide between high-productivity areas, such as London, and lower productivity regions can be a key channel for fostering long-term growth and sharing prosperity. Does the Minister not accept that the Government’s cuts to rail upgrades will entrench regional transport inequalities and damage business by embedding the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Transport Infrastructure Investment (19 Oct 2017)

Andy McDonald: The Secretary of State has claimed that cancelling upgrades means affected areas will be spared disruption and that electrification is no longer necessary because the same benefits will be achieved with bi-mode trains reliant on diesel. Is his policy to provide regions across our country with second-rate railways, and is not the reality that his claims about the wonders of polluting diesel...

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Andy McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. Britain’s fifth largest airline, Monarch, collapsed because of a litany of failures by the Government, the regulator and the company’s financial backers and advisers. Its demise must also be seen in the context of a ferociously competitive aviation sector, which is adjusting to major overcapacity problems and the...

Points of Order (20 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. On Monday night we had the farce of the Secretary of State for Transport being dragged to the Chamber to face questions about HS2. Today, the last day of the Session, a written statement has been sneaked out which is of massive economic detriment to the country. It lays waste to any semblance of industrial strategy; it totally conflicts with what was...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: May I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement? I also thank you, Mr Speaker, for hearing the point of order made earlier today by my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband) about what could be done to encourage the Secretary of State to better inform the House of the crucial decisions that he has reached on one of the most significant and...


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