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Results 121–140 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:Paul Clark

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: Works to convert one platform of Waterloo International for domestic use will be completed by December 2008. The Department continues to work with South West Trains with a view to some existing services operating into and out of platform 20 from next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that there are, in a sense, two stages—a short-term and a medium-term solution—in relation to, in this instance, Waterloo station. In the short term, we need to establish a service by next year through South West Trains. The longer-term solution will involve HLOS—the high-level output specification—and the reconfiguration of all routes into Waterloo,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my right hon. Friend for his comments. I am currently dealing with issues related to transport, but he is right to point out that redeveloping and proceeding with plans in an optimal way invariably involves many other players. We will certainly take his comments on board, and I am sure that the relevant authorities will imagine seeing Waterloo in the same splendid way as we now see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The right hon. Gentleman has raised a wider issue, relating to capacity and ways of making the best possible use of our existing facilities and infrastructure. The current HLOS plan is to build on capacity and the available options through that £10 billion package. My right hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Ruth Kelly) has asked Network Rail formally to consider a number of options...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: One thing of which I am certain is that we must invest constructively in infrastructure fit for the 21st century. I am well aware of the vast increase in passenger journeys over the last ten years, causing substantial demand on our safe, secure and relatively efficient network. That is important. Reliability has improved tremendously and South West Trains' latest figures show that its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A46 (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: Plans for substantial highway improvements on the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool are well developed and being reviewed by the east midlands region in its assessment of funding priorities. The Department for Transport expects to receive the region's advice early in 2009.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A46 (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for his words of welcome. I am well aware that this has been a long saga. He will be well aware that the costs for the scheme have increased tremendously. He mentions £370 million, but he will find that the figure is between £370 million and £500 million, at some £437 million. We are looking at the possibilities. The Highways Agency is working closely with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A46 (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I hear exactly what the right hon. and learned Gentleman is saying and I thank him for welcoming me to my post. There are many schemes that right hon. and hon. Members would describe as absolutely critical, for a whole host of very sound reasons. We took the decision, rightly, to bring together the decision-making processes on roads, economic development and housing at regional level so that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A46 (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I am interested in the fact that this road scheme has been waiting since 1958—and I wonder why progress was not made under other Administrations. [Interruption.] Yes, the former Chancellor, the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke), may have had something to do with that. The safety issues are rightly recognised locally, by the region, by the Highways Agency and by us,...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I am delighted to be able to take the Bill through its Report stage and Third Reading. I genuinely believe that it has the potential to help local authorities, bus operators and passengers alike to achieve substantial change in bus services and other provision to reduce congestion and climate change problems.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank the hon. Gentleman for welcoming me and the amendments; I am sure that if we had not introduced them we would have been accused of not listening and of failing to take due account of the deep discussions in Committee, which I have read about and spoken about with the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, Central (Ms...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that comment. He is absolutely right that under the 2007 Act, sectoral tribunals will be done away with in favour of the new first-tier and upper tribunals. Decisions on interim arrangements and which levels will be used are still being consulted on, but we are keen to ensure that processes are not drawn out by any individuals or groups. The Bill contains provisions...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The proposing transport authority will need to do a cost-benefit analysis using the five public interest criteria laid out clearly in clause 19, including the benefits for passengers and whether they are delivered in an economic way. It will have to follow all five of those criteria. That will have to be set against any disadvantages for operators, and the effect of delivering the revised and...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I assure my hon. Friend and the House that we are consulting our colleagues at the Ministry of Justice on how the appeals should be handled. Hon. Members will be aware that the provisions are that if the QCS board gives the scheme a clean bill of health on meeting the requirements, an appeal can be made only on points of law. If a clean bill of health had not been given, there would a wider...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments in welcoming me to my post. How long the process takes will depend, in part, on the nature of the scheme. Obviously, a city-wide scheme will take longer than a localised scheme because of the advance work needed build up to having a scheme to work with, regardless of any provisions in the Bill; the time needs to be taken for that to be done. The...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend is right that there would be no requirement to consult the operators again. In fact, the QCS boards will consider the scheme only after the consultation process, when everyone has had the opportunity to participate.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The role of the QCS boards is clearly laid out. They judge whether due process has been followed and whether a scheme meets the five public interest criteria. It is not their role to make a judgment about a local authority's overall transport policies. I hope that my hon. Friends and the Liberal Democrats will conclude that the Government amendments address their concerns and will therefore...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: That is my understanding of the exact operation of the amendment. It affords protection from that very moment. Government amendment No. 127 is a technical amendment, intended to provide certainty that the pension protections afforded by sections 257 and 258 of the Pensions Act 2004 will apply when there is a TUPE transfer in connection with a quality contracts scheme in exactly the same way...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: We are making that provision in the Bill, and as I said, we will be consulting on our guidance and so on with trade unions and bus operators alike to take the provisions forward. They are clearly laid out on the face of the Bill to give a true minimum position. I shall now turn to Government new clause 9, together with Government amendments Nos. 121 and 122. In Committee, my hon. Friend the...


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