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Results 61–80 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: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: It might surprise my hon. Friend to hear that I do not actually have at my fingertips a list with Silverdale on it. However, I am more than happy to look at the request.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Catering Services) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The Secretary of State for Transport has no plans to meet representatives of train operating companies to discuss catering on trains.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Catering Services) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I hope that all train operators will bear in mind the travelling experience in the round for all passengers, particularly on long-distance journeys, through the provisions that they make for the travelling public. The main concerns for us and the travelling public will be punctuality, reliability overcrowding and affordable fares. That is where we have concentrated our efforts as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Catering Services) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: In the franchise provision for National Express East Anglia, there is a requirement for a catering facility based on a trolley service, and I understand that National Express is providing over and above that requirement through an at-seat service for first-class passengers. I take on board and note the hon. Gentleman's comments, but National Express East Anglia is meeting the requirements of...

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

Paul Clark: Officials in the Department for Transport have recently discussed ticket office change proposals made by South West Trains, First Capital Connect, National Express East Anglia and National Express East Coast. Some of those are small changes and some outline proposals.

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

Paul Clark: The hon. Lady will be well aware that South West Trains made a substantial number of proposals, many of which were in fact rejected by my noble Friend the Minister of State, Lord Adonis. Indeed, many of those proposals were made on the basis that there would not be unfettered continuation of ticket supplies to the travelling public where there was clearly demand for it. Decisions were taken...

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

Paul Clark: I know that my right hon. Friend has campaigned extensively in respect of the stations that fall within her constituency. She will be aware of the benchmarks that my noble Friend Lord Adonis put in place with South West Trains, one of which is that if there is an average sale of 12 tickets per hour in the hours that would be affected, a proposal will be rejected outright. That benchmark has...

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

Paul Clark: We have been in consultation with several London authorities and, indeed, with Kent county council, about proposals for dealing with roadwork schemes. That consultation continues. The schemes have to be robust and meet the requirements, but I recognise motorists' frustration about the major roadworks to replace some of our major utilities. We are well aware of that, and I am in dialogue with...

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

Paul Clark: In earlier answers we indicated that there is a programme to work on our stations to improve accessibility. I understand the frustration that the hon. Gentleman may feel, but that programme costs money. The money must be found and the priorities—ensuring better and more reliable services, ensuring that they arrive on time and ensuring affordable fares—must be set. We continue to roll out...

West Coast Main Line (Commuter Services) (24 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I shall endeavour to answer the questions asked by the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes (Mr. Lancaster) in the few moments that remain. I congratulate him on securing the debate about an important issue for his constituents and other rail users on the west coast main line. It is right that we have invested substantially in the west coast main line. That line is experiencing a record...

West Coast Main Line (Commuter Services) (24 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I am certainly willing to help and shall write to the hon. Gentleman with the answer. Although the overall performance of the railways has improved tremendously, the performance of commuter services on the west coast main line in the south has indisputably fallen. On 14 December 2008, a planned commissioning timetable was put in place on the west coast main line to allow a phased...

Motorcycle Testing (Wales) (22 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I think that this is the first time that I have served under your chairmanship, Mr. Pope. So far it has been a delight. I congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mark Williams) on securing the debate, which builds on his contributions to the debate before the Christmas recess in which he raised many similar matters. I believe genuinely that the goal of everybody present, the DSA and the...

Motorcycle Testing (Wales) (22 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I understand the hon. Gentleman's concern and I shall come to where I see our way forward. As he has said, a number of sites have been considered, but it is not easy to find a route through that is suitable to meet the required standards for the new test, which is of benefit in making sure that we have good standards of training and good test sites available for those whom we want to make...

Pedestrian Crossing Installations (27 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin) on securing the debate. If the operations of the Highways Agency were as pure, clear and precise as he describes them, I would be the first to agree that the situation is totally unacceptable. I accept, however, that we need to be ever vigilant about how we can improve matters and about efficiency, as hon. and right hon....

Pedestrian Crossing Installations (27 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: Let me pick up on those points. The Highways Agency has to meet certain requirements. Some of the crossings that it would install are not as described in the story that appeared in The Daily Telegraph, which refers to putting a zebra crossing outside the school in Winterbourne Abbas. The right hon. Gentleman referred to mind-boggling costs but, as he will be well aware, we are not talking...

Pedestrian Crossing Installations (27 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I understand the right hon. Gentleman's point, but almost no two crossings will involve exactly the same costs. [Interruption.] Well, they will not. I understand that it makes good copy to talk about designs on a computer that can be copied, and of course the designs are the same in basis. However, in the case of one of the crossings to which I have referred, for example, we have run into...

Rail Timetables (Lewes) (5 May 2009)

Paul Clark: At the outset, I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on securing this debate about rail services on the Brighton main line and the effect of the timetable changes on his Lewes constituents. The hon. Gentleman acknowledged the substantial investment that has benefited many towns in Sussex, where, 10 years ago, there was a shabby service provided by the 40-year-old, slam-door...

Bus Regulation (5 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb) on securing this debate. I know that the matter is close to his heart, and he referred to a similar debate 18 months ago when he concentrated on young people and their travel. My predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, Central (Ms Winterton), responded to that debate and stated clearly that the Government were...

Bus Regulation (5 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Let me answer that at this stage. As far as I am aware, it is not the case that companies cannot cross-subsidise between local routes. Let us think about a process of negotiations that might well happen. "Here is a package of routes that we want to be provided," says the local transport authority to the bus company. It sets that out as a specification. Some of those routes would undoubtedly...

Concessionary Bus Travel (6 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper) on securing this debate on an important issue, and I take on board her request for my Department to consider the issues that she raised. I am proud, as is she, of the Government's achievements and our commitment to our older citizens and those with disabilities to provide the freedom and opportunities, which did not...


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