Results 181–200 of 10459 for speaker:Mark Harper

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. First, the high-speed trains were not going to get to Manchester until 2041 anyway. Secondly, as the facts have changed, it has become clear that we will receive better returns on taxpayers’ hard-earned money by cancelling the second phase of HS2 and reinvesting every penny in alternative rail projects in the north, the midlands and elsewhere. We have set...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: One thing that we will do, as we work through the consequences of the decision, is set out the details exactly. I will not do so now because there are important legal consequences for such things, but we will set out the details exactly for people whose properties were subject to compulsory purchase orders—my hon. Friend will know, there are rules detailing what happens when such properties...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I am grateful for what I think was a welcome for the north Wales mainline electrification. I met Network Rail following the announcement we made, and it will now do the detailed work on delivering that scheme. It will announce the details, the timeframe and so forth in the usual way, and I look forward to the hon. Gentleman’s support for each stage of the project.

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I am grateful for the campaigning work my hon. Friend has done on pushing for that scheme. It was very clear from the work that he and other colleagues have done that it was a very important priority. I can confirm that the Ely area capacity enhancement project includes Haughley junction, and we have started the work with Network Rail. It is seized of trying to do it as quickly as we can, but...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I am not quite sure why the hon. Lady does not think that an extra £685 million for transport in the north-east, adding up to £1.8 billion of investment, and the fact that we have started work with officials in that area on that project should not be welcomed. I think it should be welcomed, and I am sure that she and other colleagues who support it will continue working with us on making...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: It is ultimately for local authorities to make decisions. They are accountable, and it is for them to make decisions about how they choose to spend the taxpayers’ money for which they are responsible. I have heard very clearly what my hon. Friend has said about where that money should be spent, and his local authority will have done so. More importantly, however, so will have his voters,...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: I am not entirely certain exactly what the hon. Lady’s question was, but we have set out the plan very carefully. We are going to deliver the first phase of HS2 from Euston to Birmingham, we are going to cancel the second phase and we are going to reinvest every single penny—the £36 billion we have saved—in the north, the midlands and the rest of the country. That is a very clear plan,...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: On the second point, which is very important for the hon. Gentleman’s constituents, all outstanding claims for land that has already been acquired for phase 2 of HS2 will still be paid. Applications that are in progress will be handled on a case-by-case basis after consultation with the claimants, because people may well have made plans based on the land being purchased and it is important...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: It is very important, when projects are promised, that we have the funds to pay for them, and it is by cancelling the second phase of HS2 that we are able to fund that important project, which I am glad the hon. Gentleman welcomes. I do not think that the rail Minister and I, in the time we have been in post, have had any communication from the hon. Gentleman campaigning for the station,...

Zero-emission Vehicles, Drivers and HS2 (16 Oct 2023)

Mark Harper: With permission, Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a statement on how this Government are improving the journeys that matter most to the British public. Our path to net zero remains ambitious, but we are making that path more proportionate. We are backing Britain’s drivers and slamming the brakes on anti-car policies. Thanks to record Government investment, everyday journeys for more people...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Rail Update (19 Sep 2023)

Mark Harper: I am updating the House that the Department for Transport has negotiated a National Rail Contract for the West Coast Partnership rail operator. In March 2023, the Department extended the contract with First Trenitalia to operate passenger rail services on the West Coast Partnership. Under this contract, which ends on 15 October 2023, First Trenitalia – as Avanti West Coast – operates...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: UK Government support for a UK SAF industry ( 4 Sep 2023)

Mark Harper: Today the Government is committing to introduce a revenue certainty mechanism to support Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production in the UK. The intention is that this will be industry funded. I have published a plan that includes a timeline for how this mechanism can be delivered by the end of 2026, subject to Parliamentary time. The Government has brought forward an amendment to the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Rail Infrastructure Update (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: Yesterday (on Wednesday 12 July), HS2 Ltd announced that its Chief Executive Officer Mark Thurston would step down after six and a half years at the helm of Europe’s largest infrastructure project. I want to thank him for his work over the last six years on progressing Britain’s most transformative rail project. He successfully oversaw the start of construction and drove the project to...

Transport: Rail Privatisation (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: The private sector has played an integral role in improving our railways over the past quarter of a century, delivering a doubling in passenger journeys and an expansion of services on offer. The current railways industry structure is in clear need of simplification and reform. Under a revitalised public-private partnership, we will deliver a joined-up, customer-focused railway, with an...

Transport: Rail Privatisation (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: Because the facts simply do not support the hon. Lady’s contention. On the eve of the pandemic, passenger numbers had more than doubled since privatisation, services had increased by a third and investment had doubled, including more than £1 billion of private sector investment, while the UK had one of the best safety records for rail in Europe. There have clearly been challenges because...

Transport: HS2 Planning Assumptions: Rail Travel Patterns (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: Before I answer the right hon. Gentleman’s question, I hope you will give me permission, Mr Speaker, to inform the House, if it has not already noticed, that HS2 Ltd announced yesterday that Mark Thurston, its chief executive officer, will stand down in September. I want to thank him on the record, in the House, for his work over the last six years on progressing Britain’s most...

Transport: HS2 Planning Assumptions: Rail Travel Patterns (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: I think the right hon. Gentleman fundamentally misunderstands. First, HS2 is a railway for the coming decades, not for the next few years. What happened during the pandemic should not affect the case for HS2. Also, he assumes that business travellers are the only people who will use HS2. It is true that business and commuter traffic is down following the pandemic, but we have seen leisure...

Transport: Rail Services (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: Earlier this year, I set out my vision to modernise the railway industry as part of my Bradshaw address. This includes ambitions for a customer-focused, commercially led rail industry and the creation of Great British Railways as its new guiding mind. We continue to invest record sums in improving infrastructure and, just last week, I was pleased to officially open the latest phase of the...

Transport: Rail Services (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: I am not entirely certain exactly what the hon. Gentleman is asking. The rail Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman), set out the purpose of the rail companies’ proposals very well. The rail companies are consulting on the proposals, the purpose of which is to recognise the changed reality that most passengers purchase their tickets either online or from...

Transport: Under-10 Metre Fleet: Exemptions (13 Jul 2023)

Mark Harper: The requirement for people working at sea to have a medical fitness certificate applies to vessels of every size, in every other commercial sector. However, Ministers are listening carefully to the views of colleagues across the House on the best way to progress this issue and I look forward to the hon. Lady’s follow-up question.


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