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Results 81–100 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

Concessionary Bus Travel (6 May 2009)

Paul Clark: It was agreed through the usual channels, principally the Local Government Association, that the special grant arrangement should be separate from the formula grant process that funds the lion's share of local government expenditure, and that it should not be ring-fenced. Indeed, my hon. Friend will be aware that our general ethos is to give more power to local government and elected...

Concessionary Bus Travel (6 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Yes, most certainly we will take that on board. The issues that my hon. Friend has raised must be taken forward, and my officials will raise the matter with officials in West Lancashire and for the Lancashire scheme as a whole. I can confirm that, according to my figures, West Lancashire—her own authority—is well funded by the moneys that have gone through the special grant. I understand...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Local Authorities have available to them a number of funding sources that they could use to bring unadopted roads up to the standards for adoption. They include revenue support grant, prudential borrowing, capital receipts, local transport plan funding and the neighbourhood renewal fund. It is a matter for local authorities to prioritise how their funds are allocated.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I recognise that there is a problem in coalfield communities. The matter has been considered by the coalfields forum, which is led by my colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government, and by the coalfield alliance. A number of regeneration programmes have worked in former coalfield communities to look at the possibilities. Essentially, the matter is one for local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: The assessment that was undertaken back in the 1980s found some 40,000 unadopted roads throughout the country. The estimate is that, at today's prices, it would cost £3 billion to bring them all up to adopted standards. However, I must point out to right hon. and hon. Members that, excluding London funding, £2.1 billion has been allocated up to 2010-11 for capital expenditure programmes. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend will be aware that our general thrust has been to ensure that local authorities have substantial funds in several areas, but that they should be able to prioritise, meeting and consulting the people whom they represent and on whose behalf they work. I reiterate that we have provided generous funds over the three years to 2011, with more than £2 billion, excluding London...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman had a useful meeting with officials, and we will always endeavour to assist in that way. He will be aware of the complications involved in the programming, together with the hard-shoulder widening in the M1 programme. We are considering various issues arising from those discussions. Work is continuing, and we will push ahead as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I reassure the House that we are proud of our decisions in 2001, 2006 and 2008 to give some 11 million people access to free local bus services across the country. The current consultation is examining an improved administrative system and is looking at raising it from district authorities to county councils. I encourage all concerned to contribute to that review, but we are emphatic about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: We take seriously, obviously, the accessibility of public transport for all concerned, in particular for those with disabilities. That is why there are end dates for all buses to be Disability Discrimination Act compliant by a rolling programme of 2015-16, and that is the case for railway stock as well. Programmes such as access for all, which allow people to move on to station platforms and...

Heart of Wales Railway Line (19 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Mr. Caton) on securing the debate, and I pay tribute to him for his work on promoting the Heart of Wales line and taking forward this campaign. I thank him for running through the journey that one can take on this undoubtedly beautiful railway line. I was listening very carefully to the pronunciation of some of the towns so that I could...

Heart of Wales Railway Line (19 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Having not said a great deal, I shall certainly give way.

Heart of Wales Railway Line (19 May 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the general thrust of our work on railways is to reduce congestion on our main routes. The investment that there has been in infrastructure, including work on lines and electrification, is indicative of longer-term planning, as are the investment in rolling stock that we have announced through the high-level output specification programme, which has been...

Public Transport Accessibility (2 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. Anderson) on securing this debate on what undoubtedly is an important matter for all concerned. I recognise and thank him for his comments about what we have achieved to date and the fact that there is still substantial work to be done. They were echoed by my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper). Let me put on...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) on securing this debate. This issue is very important to the Government in terms of ensuring that the railway system is sufficiently robust to meet the requirements of the travelling public and of the movement of goods through freight operations. I will endeavour to cover as many of the points that have been...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The Government's actions, such as bringing forward fiscal stimulus packages at the pre-Budget report to invest in public transport, including the railway programme, show our commitment to ensuring that that investment continues at this time. My hon. Friend the Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) said that it is at exactly this time that we should keep such investment going, and we...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way because I only have four minutes left and I want to cover some of the points that have been made. I want to talk about the issue of franchises, which was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington and the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker). The hon. Gentleman asked whether we were going to play "hardball" with the operators to ensure that they deliver...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way. In addition, longer franchises would also raise further questions about our ability to ensure that we hold operators to account over any difficulties. We recognise that the issue of fares, including getting the balance right between the fare payer and the taxpayer, is absolutely critical. The hon. Member for Lewes quoted from what Lord Adonis said to the Transport...

Private Parking Companies (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: It is nice to be with you again in the Chamber today, Mr. Bayley. At the outset, I want to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Mrs. McGuire) on securing the debate. It is an issue of importance to many people. There is a debate about where a motorist can leave his or her vehicle on land owned by an individual company or institution. As my right hon. Friend pointed out,...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill [Money] (15 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act. That also covers any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill [WAYS AND MEANS] (15 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill, it is expedient to authorise— (1) the imposition of fees in connection with exemptions from prohibitions concerning registration, and (2) payments into the Consolidated Fund. I kept my remarks on the money resolution brief, but I also put on record our thanks to...


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