Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I congratulate the hon. Member for Stockport (Navendu Mishra) on securing this debate about Manchester airport and the local economy, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (Andy Carter) for his contribution. I know that the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) has a keen interest in Manchester airport but is unable to speak in the debate. I have...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Obviously, commercial discussions are not for discussion in the Chamber, but I reassure my hon. Friend that I am in regular communication with all the airports in the United Kingdom, and officials in the Department are in weekly contact with them. The measures put in place include the Bank of England’s covid corporate financing facility, which provides funding to businesses to pay wages and...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is correct. Major infrastructure such as airports always have a wider impact than the activity that they directly partake in. The success of Manchester airport has been a big contributor to the wider local economy and the supply chain, and that is something that we are very mindful of within the Department for Transport. We are working with our colleagues across Government to...

Manchester Airport and the Local Economy (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman will have heard, and maybe seen, the Secretary of State announce last week the formulation of the Jet Zero Council, which has been supported by the industry and will bring together the Government with aviation and environmental groups to make net-zero-emissions flights possible. I have spoken with Manchester airport and others across the industry this week, and there is a...

Transport: Aviation Sector: Worker Protection (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Government remain committed to an open dialogue with the sector as we work towards our shared ambition of getting aviation up and running again. We encourage the industry and unions to engage constructively with each other.

Transport: Aviation Sector: Worker Protection (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: All redundancies or any threat to jobs in this unprecedented pandemic is incredibly worrying for all workers, and my sympathies are with all those affected at this time. I have spoken to Willie Walsh and encouraged BA and the unions to engage constructively with each other. Employees should be treated fairly and in the spirit of partnership and we are working with the aviation sector on a...

Transport: Aviation Sector: Worker Protection (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The Chancellor announced an unprecedented package of measures to support business and particularly the aviation sector. The Chancellor and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State have been clear that we stand ready to talk to and hear from businesses that need further support. Of course, my absolute sympathies are with everybody affected with regards to redundancies or any kind of change...

Transport: Maritime Sector Jobs (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My officials and I engage extensively with the maritime sector on the support that it needs, including unprecedented financial assistance.

Transport: Maritime Sector Jobs (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I note the hon. Gentleman’s particular interest in this policy area. We have had many discussions on this issue and he knows that I am committed to doing what I can as the Minister responsible for maritime to increase the ability of UK seafarers to work on our routes. We have supported the ferry sector with a with a freight support package to protect what we needed within the UK, but the...

Transport: UK Seafarers (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: We recognise our international obligations, our borders remain open to seafarers, and we are enforcing their rights under the maritime labour convention.

Transport: UK Seafarers (2 Jul 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I very much thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question. I happen to be able to inform him that next week I will be holding an international summit with a particular focus on crew change and how we can do our best for seafarers internationally.

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor has asked me to respond on his behalf. The covid-19 crisis has affected every person in the country and every sector of the UK economy, and aviation is essential to that economy. It connects the regions together and it plays a huge part in the UK’s future as a global trading nation. That is why the Government have responded to the crisis with an...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his work as Chair of the Select Committee on Transport and the fair but firm way in which he is standing up for the aviation sector. My hon. Friend asked about the Government’s ability to stop employers making poor use of the pandemic to slash terms and conditions. I certainly would not expect employers to use the pandemic as a chance to do so. I think most people...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to his place as shadow Minister. I am responding to this urgent question as the Minister responsible for aviation who has been working with the sector over the last 10 weeks to understand the impacts and the issues related to our airlines, airports and the whole aviation sector. We cannot overestimate the impact that the coronavirus has had on the whole UK...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I recognise the importance of the aviation sector, particularly in my right hon. Friend’s constituency. The restart and recovery unit, which we set up within the Department, is working across Government, the sector, including the airlines, airports and ground handlers, and trade bodies, and looking at how we can do exactly that—get internationally agreed standard health measures. We are...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman has raised several of these points with me previously, and I have tried to articulate to him before the support being offered to the aviation sector. Once it has looked at all the Government schemes and exhausted all other possibilities, such as going to shareholders to see whether they can support their businesses, businesses in the sector can come to the Government to...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is right. Across Government, we are working with the sector, at pace, and with officials and representatives, to get those measures in place so that people can get back into the air and travel as soon as possible. I caveat that with the point that ultimately, limiting the spread of coronavirus and keeping the UK population safe must be our priority, but I am determined and...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: Shareholders and employers should consider their social responsibility to the people in their businesses. They take the benefits in the good times, and they should share the burden when times are harder, particularly when in receipt of taxpayer moneys. As I have said, I will do all I can to ensure that that is understood by those organisations.

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Air connectivity with all our devolved Administrations, particularly Scotland, is important, and regional connectivity and our smaller airports will very much feature in our planning for the recovery stage. I am incredibly cognisant of the fact that we must do a lot of work to keep that connectivity and deliver on our levelling up agenda, and that is...

Covid-19: Aviation (3 Jun 2020)

Kelly Tolhurst: I recognise the importance of the aviation sector in my hon. Friend’s constituency; he has been a champion of it and spoken to me about this issue a number of times already. We absolutely have already delivered unprecedented financial support already for the airlines, which have the ability to access the Government schemes. As we move through the period of restart and recovery, we are...


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