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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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Points of Order (17 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Has there been any discussion between you and the Secretary of State about whether the further reports and documents that are scheduled to be published today should have been delayed until the Secretary of State was before the House tomorrow, if at all possible?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (13 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: Two weeks ago today, the High Court gave the Secretary of State 14 days to make a decision over Southern rail’s claims that its appalling service was not its fault, but was all down to industrial action. With the record fine that has been imposed today, such nonsense has been totally blown out of the water. After months and months of the Secretary of State and his Ministers coming to...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (13 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: rose—

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (13 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We are missing appendix 9 from the Gibb report. Can we see it, and will the Secretary of State tell us which claims he accepts and which he rejects?

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill: Air travel organisers’ licences (11 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: indicated dissent.

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: May I make it plain from the outset that I am a proud member of the Labour and trade union movement, and very happy to declare the support that I have received from all three trade unions in the rail industry? I am grateful for this opportunity to debate Southern rail and the Gibb report, but it should be noted that this debate should have taken place six months ago, when the report was...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: Perhaps the Secretary of State would like to confirm that he has been ordered by the High Court to produce the report within 14 days, and that he would not have done it otherwise. Who won that one? Crucially, the section of the Gibb report that would have been the most informative—appendix 9, “Recommendations regarding the GTR franchise agreement”—has been redacted....

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: Does not that just lay bare a complete failure to understand what this situation is about? It is not about money; it is about the proper running of our railways, so that we have a safe and accessible railway. If Members on the Benches opposite could get their heads around that, we might find ourselves working toward a resolution.

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: No. The hon. Gentleman has had a go. He can sit down. The buck stops with the Government. The Tory Ministers who designed and awarded the franchise are responsible for the shambolic delivery of enhancement works and have directed this unnecessary industrial dispute.

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: I am happy to.

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman has raised that point, which I will address shortly. We know all too well the Secretary of State’s idiosyncratic approach to workers and unions, but even so, the handling of industrial relations in the case of Southern has been especially appalling, and relations are not helped by the antagonistic behaviour of GTR, the Department for Transport,...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Andy McDonald: It demonstrates what can be achieved when we sit down and have an intelligent conversation with people. Where there is a willingness to talk on all sides, it is clear that agreements can be reached that benefit passengers. To put it simply, the Secretary of State’s militant anti-worker, anti-trade union stance has significantly worsened industrial relations and had a devastating impact...


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