Results 1–20 of 791 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Brown

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: Obviously, I echo the sentiments expressed by the two Front-Bench spokespersons about the accident yesterday and the workers who helped to keep people safe. Another week, and here we are having another transport debate or statement. I am a little unsure of the Labour party’s tactics in trying to shift the Transport Secretary from his position, because it seems to me that the longer he...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: That misses the point. The German state railway company can bid for its own work in Germany. The whole point is that the UK Government refuse point blank to allow UK companies to bid for the franchises. As I have said time and again, when it comes to the merits of privatisation and franchising, the Transport Secretary wrongly connects cause and effect. He has always played up the increase in...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: Yes, I do. The Secretary of State says that there was a parent company guarantee of £165 million for VTEC, which is a lot of money, but if the parent company is picking up other money in franchises, including the direct award of the west coast main line, it is not actually losing that money. It should be penalised properly, and I agree with the hon. Gentleman that it should not be able...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: I do not think that the hon. Gentleman listened to the point that I made about the subsidy that is paid to the rail franchise companies. It is a circular process, which makes it more complicated and more expensive, because of the number of cost consultants involved, taking money from one direction and paying money in another direction, and then blaming Network Rail. All that money can then...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: I will, briefly, but I am pressed for time.

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: I agree that the failed franchise should be addressed and immediate action taken. The Secretary of State has been too slow, and the ongoing review will take too long and kick everything into the long grass. When Abellio took over the ScotRail franchise, there were teething problems, which made national news. Opposition politicians in Scotland were not slow in calling for the head of Humza...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: It could make a big difference to rail travel in Scotland, and it could also make a Treasury saving. The fact that the Secretary of State continues to refuse to do that defies logic. We have also seen the railcard fiasco. The railcard has been put on hold because, apparently, no one wants to pay for it. Who would have thought the industry would not want to pay for a gimmick that the...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: I agree wholeheartedly with the hon. Gentleman’s comments on the programme motion, but on the vote itself, he tried last week to justify Labour’s abstention by saying that had we defeated the Government on the amendment, it would have reverted the devolution clause back to an even less satisfactory position. Is it not the case that had we defeated the Government, the Bill would...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (18 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: What is the timescale for putting cash on the table for the Ayrshire growth deal?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: A reminder: the Tory-friendly Spectator magazine said that no self-respecting party of any colour could give consent to the EU withdrawal Bill in its current format. As other hon. Members have said, much of civic Scotland agrees about the impact on devolution, yet, instead of showing any contrition whatsoever, the Secretary of State comes to the Dispatch Box and tells us to like it or lump...

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: On Saturday I visited my local branch of the Samaritans, and I pay tribute to the good work that they do in helping people in times of trouble. I have been at the funeral of the son of one of my best friends, who committed suicide. I have been at the funeral of one of my early childhood friends, who committed suicide. My office recently had to help a constituent to get his son sectioned for...

Rolls-Royce Redundancies (14 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: Any job losses are clearly a concern, so the potential loss of 4,600 jobs is a huge concern. I have constituents who work at the Inchinnan Rolls-Royce plant, so will the Secretary of State advise us of whether the restructuring will have any impact on jobs in Scotland? While people often talk in general terms about having too many chiefs and not enough Indians, does the Secretary of State...

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (14 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: The Conservatives are already arguing about what promises were made, or not made, at the Dispatch Box on Tuesday night; the Cabinet cannot agree a position on the EU; and the Brexit Secretary threatens to resign every other week. What message does that send to the international business community?

Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I have to be honest—sometimes I get easily confused. Today, I have wondered whether some hon. Members have been trying to confuse me further or, more concerningly, have perhaps inadvertently misled the House. I have two examples. The Minister for the Cabinet Office spoke about the Scottish Government withholding a legislative consent motion. The reality...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gas Sector: Scotland (12 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: What steps he is taking to support the oil and gas sector in Scotland.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gas Sector: Scotland (12 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: That all sounds very good, but the reality is that in 2016 the Budget measures on support for the oil and gas industry were only a third of the measures on inheritance tax. The measure on transferable tax history has been delayed further, so when will that come forward? Why can the Government find billions and billions of pounds for nuclear but not for the oil and gas sector?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: Army numbers are at just over 77,000, rather than the 82,000 promised in the 2015 Tory manifesto. Is this due to Tory incompetence, Capita incompetence or a combination of both?

Airports National Policy Statement — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Jun 2018)

Alan Brown: The Minister will be aware that the Secretary of State said in his statement on Tuesday that the Government will find a legal mechanism for the protection of slots. How is that going to happen? That seemed to be a rather more vague commitment.


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