Results 81–100 of 10459 for speaker:Mark Harper

Transport: Road Resurfacing ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: It will not surprise the hon. Gentleman to hear that I do not agree with him at all. Before the Network North announcement, the Government were already investing over £5.5 billion of capital funding in highways maintenance between 2021 and 2024-25, and in the Budget last year, the Chancellor found an extra £200 million for eligible highways authorities. The £8.3 billion is on top of that,...

Transport: Transport for London: Funding ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London. Since 2020, the Government have given TfL £6.6 billion of funding to support transport services. It is the responsibility of the Greater London Authority to hold the Mayor and Transport for London to account. The Department is in regular contact with TfL and monitors its finances in accordance with the terms of our funding settlement...

Transport: Transport for London: Funding ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: My hon. Friend is right: it is important that the money is used for the benefit of Londoners. We have provided very significant support, as I have set out, but it has not stopped the Mayor of London from putting up taxes on the poorest motorists, with the extension of his ultra low emission zone scheme to outer London. Rather than my having a meeting with him, the best way to hold the Mayor...

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: This week, the Government showed once again that we are on the side of Britain’s drivers. New measures from our plan for drivers will make it simpler to charge electric cars, with schools and colleges receiving grants to boost charging and the release of the first payments from our £381 million levy fund. We are also consulting on speeding up charge point installation. We have a plan to...

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising those issues. We will come out with a response on pavement parking very shortly. I cannot give him a specific date. On roadworks generally, we will consult on plans to improve the measures that stop utility companies causing roadworks to overrun, putting more pressure on them to ensure that our roads can keep moving, to support drivers.

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: Two things: first, Avanti does not have any money under the performance regime, because it has not delivered appropriate enough quality, demonstrating that we pay only for good performance. On the specific issue that the hon. Lady raises, the Rail Minister and I raised that with Avanti. Senior executives at FirstGroup agreed with us that those comments were appalling, and they are taking...

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: It absolutely is not. The hon. Lady referred to Avanti West Coast, I gave her the answer to the question on Avanti and then she just repeated something that simply was not the case. According to the service quality regime under which Avanti West Coast operates, it has not received any payments, because it has not been hitting the quality targets—[Interruption.] If she would listen to my...

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: The hon. Gentleman will know that the primary responsibility for delivering road transport in Scotland is the responsibility of the SNP Government, because it is devolved. I am pleased that he has welcomed the levelling-up bids that have been delivered in Scotland—this Government delivering for the people of Scotland where his Government have failed. On the specific issue he raises, I will...

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: I am familiar with that scheme, on which I have been briefed, and I know that the Chancellor has been involved in it as well. The Government will look carefully at the proposals that are brought forward and will want to do what we can to ensure that that exciting proposal comes to fruition.

Transport: Topical Questions ( 8 Feb 2024)

Mark Harper: No. What I find surprising is that the London Mayor spends an awful lot of time pretending that he does not have any money, so he puts up taxes on hard-working motorists in outer London, and then just before an election, he finds a secret war chest that enables him to do popular things. Everyone knows that if he were to win, he would put up taxes again on the poorest motorists as sure as...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: HS2 Safeguarding (18 Jan 2024)

Mark Harper: I am today formally lifting the Safeguarding Directions for HS2 Phase 2a (between the West Midlands and Crewe). In doing so, this Government is delivering on a commitment made in the Command Paper ‘Network North: transforming British transport’, published on 4 October 2023. Safeguarding is a planning tool used to protect the land needed for the HS2 scheme from potential conflicting...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Inquiry into the Channel Incident of November 24, 2021 (Cranston Inquiry) (11 Jan 2024)

Mark Harper: On 09 November 2023 I announced the establishment of an independent, non-statutory Inquiry into the circumstances of this tragic mass-casualty incident which resulted in at least 27 fatalities. My thoughts continue to be with the loved ones of those who died, the survivors, and with those who responded to an extremely distressing event. The Inquiry will be chaired by Sir Ross Cranston, who...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Transport Update (18 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: I am pleased to be able to inform the House that today the Government has agreed a capital funding settlement for 2024 with Transport for London (TfL). This Government has showed its continued commitment to supporting London’s transport network to recover from the uncertainty of demand following the Covid-19 pandemic. Since March 2020, Government has provided TfL with almost £6.4bn of...

Transport: Road Resurfacing (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: Mr Speaker, before responding, given that these are the last Transport questions of the year, may I put on record my gratitude to the staff of the House, and also to those across the transport sector who will be working tirelessly across the Christmas period to ensure that families can get together and goods can keep moving? As part of the Prime Minister’s Network North plan, the Government...

Transport: Road Resurfacing (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, including for telling us about the good work that his local authority is doing to improve the quality of local roads. Utility companies already have legal duties to ensure that their works and reinstatements are to required standards. Earlier this year, we introduced a new performance-based street works regime to crack down on the worst performing...

Transport: Road Resurfacing (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: My hon. Friend is right to highlight the importance of tools to deliver increased productivity so that we get more for what we spend. I was lucky enough to visit JCB myself and see the Pothole Pro in action, as well as the innovative work it is doing, as a fantastic world leader in innovation, on some of its hydrogen engines for its mobile off-road machinery. I am sure that local councils...

Transport: Road Resurfacing (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: I of course share the hon. Gentleman’s concern about the deaths of anyone on the roads, but particularly of young people. I do not recognise the characterisation he has set out. Our road safety record remains one of the best in the world. [Interruption.] Well, it does. The Department spends a great deal of resource on campaigns to get people to drive more safely, and we do that when we are...

Transport: Motor Traffic (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: This Government recognise that most journeys in this country are made by car, and that is why we are providing comprehensive support for motorists through our plan for drivers, which includes a package of measures to improve traffic flow, and also through the £8.3 billion investment in road resurfacing. That historic investment in road condition will benefit all road users, as we have set...

Transport: Motor Traffic (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: My right hon. Friend is right: we are pro-driver, but also pro- public transport and pro-active travel, and those things are about giving people better choices and making sure that councils do not deliver anti-driver traffic management measures. The network management duty requires local authorities to manage their roads as efficiently as possible for the benefit of all road users, including...

Transport: Motor Traffic (14 Dec 2023)

Mark Harper: My hon. Friend makes a good point that I am well aware of, representing a rural constituency myself. Some of the benefits of investment in infrastructure such as broadband do bring with them traffic disruption. One of the things we have put in place, as I mentioned in an earlier answer, is the change to make sure that good utility companies will have much less inspection and much less cost...


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