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Results 41–60 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

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I hear what my right hon. Friend is saying. Let me make it clear that the issue before the public inquiry that will start next week is raising the tolls, by the amounts that I have specified. A number of hon. Members have referred to a £1 toll, but the Government have received no specifics about that proposal for us to consider. We have not been approached by the Humber bridge board on the...

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: Obviously the timing of the report, written by the inspector, is a matter for the inspector, but my hon. Friend is right that we have to await that report, and the Secretary of State will then make a final decision whether to approve the proposed increases. It has been the policy of all Governments since 1945 that estuarial crossings should be paid for by the user rather than the taxpayer,...

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Devine) on securing this debate, which raises some important issues. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee, West (Mr. McGovern) on his interventions, which added to the points made. Hon. Members will be aware that Network Rail is the not-for-dividend owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which...

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Of course the Government have responsibility to ensure that there is value for money. Whenever taxpayers' money is used, they have to ensure that it is used in the most effective and efficient way. As my hon. Friend is aware, numerous agencies exist within the Department for Transport—for example, those that run safety regimes for the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency—that operate on...

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I intend to answer them, but I wanted to set out that we have a company that is making provision to recruit, train and retain staff within its organisation. That is why I was referring to the apprenticeship schemes that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport visited at HMS Sultan in Gosport recently, and the advance apprenticeship scheme that was launched in September 2005....

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: That is why this debate is important. I am sure that members of the Office of Rail Regulation and of the Network Rail board will read this debate with interest and focus their minds on the issue. In conclusion, Network Rail is running policies that are helping to recruit and retain members, but there is, as always, a long way to go. This debate will highlight the concerns that exist across...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We have had a wide-ranging debate, with substantial contributions from many hon. Members. However, it is interesting that, at the outset of his speech, the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) could not bring himself to acknowledge the work of the Transport Committee or to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs. Ellman) on her work as Chair. I would like...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I have just laid out clearly—I do not know whether this is difficult to understand—that 423 of the 1,300 carriages have already been ordered, that invitations to tender have been issued on 320 and that we are discussing the rest. [ Interruption. ] My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport asks from a sedentary position which ones the Conservatives would cut as a result of...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way, because I want to cover the points raised by other hon. Members. My hon. Friend the Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) mentioned the inter-city express programme, as did the hon. Member for Lewes and others, including the Chair of the Select Committee. We have set out a £7.5 billion investment programme to replace the existing, ageing inter-city trains. The benefit...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way, because I wish to cover a number of points, including some that relate to the hon. Gentleman's contribution. The disruption experienced by passengers and freight customers on the west coast main line in early January last year was unacceptable. A number of Members asked questions about the bonuses for Network Rail. They are a matter for the company's remuneration...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no such discussions. In accordance with the ministerial code of conduct, the decisions on the city council's workplace parking order and tram extensions will be taken by Ministers on the Secretary of State's behalf because they might have an impact on his constituency of Ashfield.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I send my congratulations on the fifth anniversary of NET Line One, which has proved extremely successful. I am well aware of the commitment shown by my hon. Friend, and by my hon. Friends the Members for Nottingham, East (Mr. Heppell) and for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson), in their determination to secure transport improvements for the city. Under the Transport Act 2000, we introduced a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We on this side of the House recognise that we cannot ignore the facts clearly set out in Eddington's response on congestion. If we do not do something now, the cost to businesses across the length and breadth of this country will be some £22 billion by 2025. We need to be innovative in our approach, and allow local areas to introduce schemes that will maximise their attempts to deal with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Again, I recognise my hon. Friend's commitment, and I congratulate him on the Adjournment debate on this matter that was held in this Chamber only recently. It was a shame that Opposition Members did not think it important to attend and listen to the issues and arguments. It is important that we take all possible steps to deal with congestion, and we will make a decision about Nottingham as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Again, I recognise my hon. Friend's commitment; over the past 10 years or so, he has been campaigning for the city of Nottingham. This Government introduced provisions to ensure wider understanding and improved governance on transport issues, allowing us to join those requirements together. However, we are talking about a matter for local authorities, as I indicated. The Transport Act 2000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The Department for Transport takes safety and accessibility at stations very seriously. More than 1,100 stations have already been earmarked for access improvements through our £370 million Access for All programme. Meanwhile, crime levels continue to fall while the railways build on their already good safety record.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The short answer is yes. I am delighted that First Great Western has used the £20,000 from the small schemes funding to provide a safer and more secure station and I congratulate it. The latest national passenger survey indicates that personal security at First Great Western stations has increased over the past year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We have taken a number of steps in our Access for All programme at 145 stations, and the small scheme programme is helping to make 1,000-odd stations accessible and secure. There is also the assisted passengers reservation system, which is about helping people who have disabilities, and of course we work closely with the disabled persons transport advisory committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I am obviously concerned about any proposed cuts that would make accessibility for all difficult. I am delighted that in London, for example, all buses are fully accessible. With reference to London Underground, some 20 per cent. of stations have step-free access, and we are working to ensure that 25 per cent. are step-free by 2010. However, that needs commitment from all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I am happy to look into the circumstances of that station. The requirement is to look at the programme that we are putting in. Many of the stations were built at times when accessibility was not a key factor, although obviously new requirements for stations and rolling stock all demand modern standards of accessibility. However, I am willing to look at the individual case. We are having to...


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