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Results 101–120 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

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Windsor (Adam Afriyie) on securing the debate and allowing an opportunity for the issues to be raised again; no doubt they will be raised in further debates in the ensuing months. We are talking about the important issue of meeting the aviation demands of our country, whether that relates to private travellers, travelling for leisure purposes or to visit...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I will take a few interventions, but I am conscious of the time.

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The continuing work of listening to the views that are raised across the board—by those who are for or against—in this important debate is absolutely essential for any Government worthy of their name.

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: May I make some progress? I may well cover some of the points that have been raised. There has been more than an hour and a quarter of debate, and I am trying to respond in 10 minutes. I welcome the opportunity to respond on behalf of the Government, but I preface my remarks by noting that the decisions that we announced on Heathrow in January are subject to an application for judicial...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I am more than happy to write to my hon. Friend on that. I want to deal now with some of the substantive issues that have been raised. As I was saying, there is the economic side, the demand and the capacity issues, and we clearly said that we believed in principle that there should be a third runway. However, we said that that should not be at any cost, which is exactly why we set criteria...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I recognise what the hon. Gentleman says. He will be well aware that the Government are getting on with the job of making sure that there is a robust case for a High Speed 2 link that meets the requirement of linking into an expanded Heathrow. There are also the investments that we have put into the Piccadilly line to increase capacity, as well as the commitment that we have given on...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: They were already there. However, he said that hardly anything was operating, and that was, indeed, the case. That is why Heathrow is fundamentally important. Some 70 per cent. of foreign businesses locate their headquarters within an hour of Heathrow, as right hon. and hon. Members will be well aware. In the last couple of minutes, let me bring in some of the other issues. The hon. Member...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Exeter Airport (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: First, Mr. Speaker, may I congratulate you on your appointment as Speaker of the House? The Ministers in the Department for Transport look forward to working with you on the business. On 6 May, the Department gave outline investment approval for £12 million towards the east of Exeter phase 2 improvements. Measures include improving the junction access to Exeter airport. This investment was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Exeter Airport (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Department for Transport's overriding goals are to deal with congestion and with climate change. We have imposed strict rules in relation to climate change, and they are monitored independently. The work that needs to be done at local level to ensure joined-up thinking on business and housing development and on transport requirements is part of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Exeter Airport (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to say that there is always a need to look across a region to examine demand, the economy, proposed developments and the transport infrastructure. We know the importance of having a good transport infrastructure, be it for people travelling to and from work, for businesses moving their goods or for people visiting those businesses' headquarters in order...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Lifeline Flights (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The Department has received little correspondence on existing lifeline services in Scotland and Wales. There have been calls to introduce public service obligations on some domestic routes to London, although no formal applications have been received. Our policy on this subject is set out in the published guidance of 2005.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Lifeline Flights (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: Let me make it clear that we continue to support the use of public service obligations as a means of helping to subsidise important lifeline services for communities such as that represented by the hon. Gentleman. Some of the issues to which he refers will be partly subject to a commercial decision-making process, but we will continue to consider how to ensure that people in such communities...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Lifeline Flights (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: Indeed. The Government have been committed to ensuring that passengers get a fair deal, whether on rail, buses or aircraft. Clearly, that is part of the reason for considering introducing a role for Passenger Focus with regard to airline passengers. Within the provisions that we have, we will do all that we can to ensure that passengers get the best deal. As the hon. Gentleman understands,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Lifeline Flights (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman well knows the Government's commitment, not only in policies and words in the Chamber, but in deeds and investment in high-speed rail, and in our continuing work on issues, some of which have been raised, such as improving overcrowding with additional rolling stock. Whereas the Lib Dems see a bottomless pit of taxpayer's money to fund schemes that are not in balance, we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Lifeline Flights (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: In our aviation White Paper, as the hon. Gentleman will be well aware, we are clear that regional airports have an important role to play in supporting individuals and businesses and giving people freedom and choice. We shall support that position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's role is to act for the safety of ships and their crew and passengers. Equally, it has a responsibility under health and safety regulations for cargo of animal by-products that are liable to leak. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that last autumn discussions were held and a route through was found, which involved improvements to the containers. I understand...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: We take every opportunity to take the steps necessary to ensure that our roads are as safe as possible for all users, and that we use everything available to us. I am delighted to tell the House that the road casualty statistics for 2008, announced today, show that the number of deaths has fallen by 14 per cent. Although that figure is now down to just 2,500, we cannot be complacent and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: At the outset, let me say that I am appalled at the examples given by my hon. Friend, which I should be more than happy to discuss with her. The provision of oxygen, whether free or for a charge, is clearly a matter for the airline operators, and I recommend that people look at their websites to see what is available before they travel. The key UK airlines provide oxygen free of charge, but I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The investment going to the regions through local transport plans and other funding streams has more than doubled in the past 10 years. It is for local authorities to target that money appropriately, but rural roads are central to the new road safety strategy that is currently out to consultation. We want to focus on finding engineering and other solutions to improve safety on rural roads.

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill: Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill (26 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I am delighted to be here in support of the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Willie Rennie). I thank him for introducing the Bill and congratulate him on his considerable efforts over recent years in pursuing the underlying issue that the Bill seeks to address. He has certainly shown a commendable tenacity. I shall pick up on one or two comments that have been made. The hon....


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