Results 1–20 of 33 for brexit speaker:Andy McDonald

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Freight (4 Oct 2019)

Andy McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what timeframe is in place for the award of contracts under the procurement framework for Brexit freight capacity after 31 October 2019 published by his Department on 20 September 2019.

Thomas Cook (25 Sep 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...the work done yet again to repatriate holidaymakers. I applaud their sense of public service and duty. Aviation is a fiercely competitive industry that has lost services because of terrorism and Brexit uncertainty. The Government’s dithering on their aviation strategy has only added to these difficulties. In May, speaking on airline insolvencies, the Secretary of State’s predecessor...

HS2 (5 Sep 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...he intends to put that right, but it still remains, as does a lack of candour. Once we can be assured that there is no prospect of the Government reneging on the legislation to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Labour relishes the prospect of a general election to turf them out.

No-Deal Brexit: Cross-Channel Freight (2 May 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...did he dismiss my concerns, and was he poorly advised? Yesterday, we discovered that the Department must pay around £43.8 million to cancel no longer needed ferry contracts. Given that the entire Brexit process has been characterised by uncertainty, why did the Transport Secretary not negotiate contracts that could be delayed if the Brexit date was delayed? If he had, he could have...

EU Exit Preparations: Ferry Contracts (5 Mar 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...to be paid implies that payment was conditional on particular outcomes being achieved. There is a lack of clarity on whether the Government can claw back money from Eurotunnel if it is not used on Brexit preparations. So do such provisions exist? On that point, was the permanent secretary at the DFT correct to say of the Seaborne contract award: “I am confident that our process was...

EU Exit Preparations: Ferry Contracts (5 Mar 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...it not the case that the Secretary of State’s blundering interventions have directly undermined the industry? He promised to ensure continuity of supply for six months in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Key to that was not increasing traffic around Dover, yet the Eurotunnel/Getlink route still goes through the same bottleneck road network on either side of the channel. The Secretary of...

EU Exit Preparations: Ferry Contracts (5 Mar 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...could have paid for the annual salaries of 118,000 nurses or 94,000 secondary school teachers. Instead, it has been squandered. He has even wasted more money than the Prime Minister offered as a Brexit bribe to towns. Shamefully, all this has been allowed by the Prime Minister, who keeps him in post because she is short of allies in the Cabinet. The country is being made to pay a heavy...

Eurotunnel: Payment (4 Mar 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...directed to him. His disregard for taxpayers and this House is clear. On Friday he reached a £33 million out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel to provide services in the event of a no-deal Brexit because the Government were going to lose the case. The Transport Secretary’s decision to bypass procurement processes in awarding a contract to Seaborne Freight, a ferry company without any...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...airline to fail within months, while the UK’s direct connectivity has declined. The Government’s complacency is staggering. Flybmi has said that “the challenges, particularly those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable”, and: “Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our...

Seaborne Freight (11 Feb 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...) To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the cancellation of a contract with Seaborne Freight as part of the Government’s contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit.

Seaborne Freight (11 Feb 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...? He simply cannot keep blaming others for his own mistakes. This disastrous decision sits squarely with him and his office. Is this Transport Secretary’s approach to transport and wider Brexit contingency planning not off the Richter scale of incompetence? And for the good of the nation and the sake of some semblance of faith being restored to this shambolic Government, should he not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (10 Jan 2019)

Andy McDonald: Putting to one side the ridiculous and desperate allegations of the Secretary of State that Labour is anti-business and his banal allegations over Brexit, I point out that the Seaborne fiasco lays bare his total incompetence and the complete failure of due diligence. Before granting the ferry contract, was he aware of the debt or the promissory note between Ben Sharp, now Seaborne’s CEO,...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Drones: Consultation Response (7 Jan 2019)

Andy McDonald: ...Gatwick over the last few days has been a national embarrassment of near-biblical proportions. With most of Europe already sniggering at the United Kingdom over our Government’s inept handling of Brexit, we did not need to add more lines to the pantomime script.” Of course, right hon. and hon. Members will vividly recall the Secretary of State describing the ennoblement of General...

Rail Review: Terms of Reference (11 Oct 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...for rail. In fact, his review is simply a 12-month prelude to justifying this proposal, which no one in the rail industry takes seriously or thinks is workable. It is ironic that, as an ardent Brexiteer, he is doing so much to perpetuate a rail operation system that enriches those foreign Governments who own the majority of rail franchises. His review offers nothing for the private UK...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords]: Consequential amendments (26 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for enhancing our parliamentary education by explaining the words, “I move”. We are wiser because of your guidance. The Opposition recognise the Bill as necessary for Brexit preparations and it is right that the Government prepare for contingencies on leaving the European Union. A failure to retain an essentially unchanged operating environment would damage...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...for the British transport system, with meltdown on the railways and growing frustration across the transport industry about the Government’s “It will be all right on the night” approach to Brexit. Last week’s news from Airbus struck like a thunderbolt, so the proposal to undertake a large-scale infrastructure project in the UK should be a good news story. The expansion of our hub...

Point of Order (22 May 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...(Jesse Norman), setting out plans for a solution to the problems of Operation Stack, and explaining how the Government intend to avoid queues 20 miles long should customs checks be introduced post-Brexit. This is an issue of strategic national importance, which, if mishandled, will devastate not only Kent but the national economy. The Secretary of State did not make an oral statement...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords] (14 May 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...£124 billion. One of the privileges of my job is to meet people from across the transport, freight and logistics sectors. In the course of those discussions around transitional and post-Brexit arrangements, I hear an increasing frustration and anger at the cavalier “it will be all right on the night” approach from this Government, and rightly so, because there is no evidence that...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords] (14 May 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...of a no deal. These measures will not respond to the needs of the country should that contingency arise. The Bill must be regarded as the first piece of legislation that provides for a no-deal Brexit. It sets out new powers for the Government to allocate permits to hauliers if required by future agreement or lack thereof, so that UK lorries can continue to operate to and within the...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords] (14 May 2018)

Andy McDonald: ...continue, that is exactly what I am going to outline during the course of my speech. I hope that this Bill represents the dawn of the realisation of the catastrophe that would flow from a chaotic Brexit. A few months ago the “beast from the east” left supermarket shelves across the country empty, while logistics problems forced fast food chain KFC to close hundreds of outlets because...


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