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Results 21–40 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: Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman should be well aware that there have been increases in capacity to trains serving places such as Kettering, there are faster journey times to Sheffield, and there have been improvements for Bedford. At the moment most of the peak trains consist of eight cars, and he will be aware that we will be able to strengthen the service still further when the first phase of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I will certainly take on board the points made by my hon. Friend, and accessibility and reliability requirements are indeed part and parcel of the franchise agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: The underlying intention and main thrust of the Government's investment programme of some £10 billion is to meet those immediate requirements for increased capacity between now and 2014. That is why we have invested in additional carriages and cars to increase the number available. We have also invested in programmes to lengthen platforms to accommodate longer trains, so that we can meet the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I accept that an improved service at weekends is required, but that will inevitably be the case when there is a major programme of investment to improve the infrastructure of the rail network. The best time for it to be carried out is at weekends—but I appreciate the inconvenience that it causes to the travelling public.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: Interestingly, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State suggests that I should join in with what the schoolchildren are doing. [Interruption.] I shall decline that opportunity—but the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) raises an important point. We very much wish to encourage cycling for a host of reasons, not least of which is the need to reduce congestion and the number...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: The simple answer is yes. I am happy to meet any Members and their delegations. Chorley had a 33 per cent. increase over and above outturn last year—some £280,000—

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: A huge amount, to help to meet the cost of the Government giving 11 million people the freedom to travel the length and breadth of England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I was not aware that the road was closed yesterday. For investment in roads, the process involving the priority of meeting the requirements is kept under review through the regional funding allocation process. None the less, I will certainly look into the issues that the hon. Gentleman has raised.

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I welcome your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir Nicholas. This has been a very interesting debate. It has featured substantial contributions from many hon. Members on both sides of the Chamber—but particularly on the Government Benches—who have committed themselves to debating what is critical to our transport infrastructure. I congratulate the Select Committee, under the chairmanship of...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I said clearly that they will come into service between now and 2014. Those decisions have been taken on the basis of capacity studies through the regional planning process and the Network Rail route utilisation system. In addition, the Secretary of State made an announcement today about the new express trains. Those will bring benefits across the country of faster journeys and further...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I also said that I will move on to the longer-term programme. As part of that we must link towns and cities closer together so that people can travel between them for business, pleasure and other reasons far more quickly and effectively than is possible today, hence the investment that we have put in to a number of schemes. You would not wish me to speak about road schemes, hard-shoulder...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: Of course I am concerned. Indeed, maintenance and the achievements that have been arrived at on many of the networks, with greater reliability and better performance, have been the result of investment in maintenance services that did not exist in the past. I know that is the case in my neck of the woods. Various stories have circulated about train operators, but I am not in a position to...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: The franchises are set up so that they do not penalise the travelling public, as happened in the south-east when Connex gave back the keys. In that case, of course, we asked the company to do so because the service was not being met. Costs are obviously involved, but the company has to provide a bond at the start of the franchise that would cover the costs of the administrative process...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that such information would be commercially sensitive. It would therefore be difficult to do as he asks. The question of electrification was raised. In the White Paper, the Government said that we were keeping the case for further electrification under review. We are doing just that. Electrification makes sense on busier routes, where the high capital cost of...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: In order to ensure the best route utilisation, a process is ongoing to assess where the heaviest demand exists. That will be part of the process. In addition, there will be technical requirements on feasibility and, following on from that, the cost. High-speed lines have been mentioned by many hon. Members. I take on board what was said by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: We have said how easy it will be to get to London; equally, it will be quicker to reach Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield or wherever. I recognise what has been said about the links between the cities; that is why we have the 14 strategic corridors. I will write to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer) about Manchester Victoria and the Salford stations. I am...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: No, I will not give way. As for the reopening of lines, which was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn), there are various mechanisms for that. Sitting adjourned without Question put ( Standing Order No. 10(11))

Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (23 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, East (Mr. Heppell) on securing this debate. I recognise the passion with which he has put his case on behalf of his beloved city of Nottingham. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, he undertook work in many guises for that fair city, including as a councillor. My hon. Friend has already expressed clearly in correspondence concerns...

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: At the outset, I congratulate the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr. Stuart) on securing this debate on an important issue. I ought also to take this opportunity to congratulate Members of all parties on their hard work, including the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr. Knight) and those who are sitting behind me—my hon. Friends the Members for Brigg and Goole (Mr....

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: Absolutely. Indeed, I noted that the bridge board had listened, which shows not only that are the Government listening, but that the bridge board is listening too. I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman and I can agree on that point. The Secretary of State must await the inspector's recommendations before deciding whether to approve the proposed increase.


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