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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Rail Usage (5 Jul 2018)

Andy McDonald: May I take this opportunity to convey my very best wishes to the NHS—the greatest social achievement in British history—and also to convey my best wishes and a happy birthday to my hon. Friend the Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell)? Quite clearly from yesterday’s PMQs, the Prime Minister is clueless about the sharp decline in bus ridership that her Government have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Rail Usage (5 Jul 2018)

Andy McDonald: Poor, very poor. The fact that the Minister is not more alarmed by this sorry state of affairs will be of great concern to millions of long-suffering passengers. It has never been clearer that there is something very seriously wrong with the railways on his watch, with franchising failure, timetabling chaos, broken promises on investment and people shifting from rail to road. He says that he...

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Andy McDonald: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to update the House on Govia Thameslink Railway and his plans for rail electrification.

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Andy McDonald: Reports over the weekend said that a decision had been taken to cancel the electrification of the trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Leeds. If true, much needed investment will be slashed, despite the north lagging far behind the south-east in terms of transport spending. It will kill any notion of a northern powerhouse. The Government should be matching Labour’s commitment of...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords]: Consequential amendments (26 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: Does the right hon. Gentleman not agree that, while it may well be right to retain flexibility on the allocation of permits, to put in the Bill that they could be allocated on a first come, first served basis could mean people in sleeping bags waiting for permits to be handed out or some random selection? This is serious stuff. Should we really be using such vague and indeterminate language...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords]: Consequential amendments (26 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for enhancing our parliamentary education by explaining the words, “I move”. We are wiser because of your guidance. The Opposition recognise the Bill as necessary for Brexit preparations and it is right that the Government prepare for contingencies on leaving the European Union. A failure to retain an essentially unchanged operating...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: Is my right hon. Friend as surprised as I am that there is nothing specific in the revised national policy statement that adequately sets out a framework for dealing with our air pollution crisis?

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: Airport expansion in the south-east of England has been a deeply contentious and divisive issue for 50 years. If the motion is agreed to, it will generate many winners, not least the shareholders of Heathrow Airport Ltd, but it risks making losers of many, including the communities in which thousands of people will lose hundreds of homes. I regret to say that the Government have not been...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: I respect the point of view expressed by my hon. Friend, who has been entirely consistent in his support for this project for many years. I acknowledge his point about union support, but there are unions that support Heathrow expansion and those that do not. My predecessor was responsible for writing the tests, and it is my job to implement them—my predecessor has a new career. I...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a good point, which I hope shortly to be able to address in some detail.

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: My hon. Friend raises two significant points about air quality and investment across the United Kingdom. I hope to address them in great detail as I proceed with my speech.

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: I will make some progress, because I am aware that many Members want to speak. This has not been a great year so far for the British transport system, with meltdown on the railways and growing frustration across the transport industry about the Government’s “It will be all right on the night” approach to Brexit. Last week’s news from Airbus struck like a thunderbolt,...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention but, of course, we must always ensure that any growth is delivered sustainably—that has to be the point. Hon. Members will not have the opportunity to see the hugely important Committee on Climate Change report before they vote. Global warming is the single most important issue facing the world, yet Members of this House are being asked...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: I will give way, and I will than make progress.

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: The critical word is that it “could.” That is the important point—not that it will, but that it is quite possible that it could. There is an awful lot of work to get from one place to the other.

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: There are grave misgivings on the whole issue of regional connectivity, which I will address, but first I will deal with the tests. Can the airport actually be built? It is not clear that it can. Heathrow’s borrowing costs depend on whether it can increase landing charges at what is already the most expensive airport in the world. The Government have provided no guarantees that landing...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: We should consider which airports they may be, because—

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is listing names from overseas, but how about others—Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester? On test 2, we are being asked today to support a significant expansion in UK aviation capacity without a plan from the Government for tackling aviation carbon emissions. The Secretary of State did not even mention climate change in his statement to the House on 5 June.

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: I am going to plough on, if the hon. Gentleman does not mind. Plenty of people want to speak. I know he has just walked into the Chamber, but I want to crack on. The Government have still not set out aviation’s place in the overall strategy for UK emissions reduction, despite their having a legal requirement to do so. According to the Department for Transport’s own projections,...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a very powerful point because this whole process is predicated on banking technological achievements that do not currently exist. We must be more thoughtful about this. The Committee on Climate Change’s last progress report saw the UK failing to stay on track to meet its 2030 carbon targets. The CCC publishes its latest report on Thursday, and it reportedly will...


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