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Results 121–140 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

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

Paul Clark: There about 45,000 driving instructors. The Driving Standards Agency monitors numbers and requirements. The average learner takes 52 hours of formal lessons in training; that is 50 per cent. more than 15 years ago. There has been an increase in the number of driving instructors. Of course, part of the role of the DSA is to monitor whether there is enough provision in parts of the country...

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

Paul Clark: I certainly take those comments on board. If I can give the hon. Gentleman any specific figures before the end of the debate, I will. Undoubtedly, in times of difficulty in other areas of employment, and in a recession, the number of people considering such a route increases, so he is absolutely right. I think that I am right to say that without the change in law that the hon. Member for...

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

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. As has been said, the provision can be used only in conjunction with the steps that will be taken to revoke a licence and along the lines indicated. We want to avoid a repetition of the effects of malicious rumours or gossip on members of other professions, and we have ensured that the provision can be used only in conjunction with a process that was...

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

Paul Clark: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's point. I shall come to the processes that we have undertaken in conjunction with the Home Office to ensure that such cases are flagged up. It would be wrong for us not to discuss with colleagues in other Departments any lessons to be learned from cases that come up. We will develop guidance from the knowledge that we have so far, including learning from cases...

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

Paul Clark: I will not speculate on the detailed provisions of other areas. It is always right that there should be fairness and openness in our systems when we seek to take away someone's livelihood. We must have that balance. That is why it is good that the Bill provides for a compensation scheme. However, it is equally important, as I know the hon. Gentleman agrees, that we protect people such as...

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

Paul Clark: I will come to Northern Ireland, although I wanted to leave it to the very end. Since the hon. Gentleman has pressed me, I shall tell him now that the Bill does not cover Northern Ireland because it involves a devolved matter. It is as simple as that. The Bill strikes the right balance between the need to protect the public and the rights of individuals to go about their business and earn a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (10 Jan 2008)

Paul Clark: What recent discussions his Department has had on the availability of apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (10 Jan 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for that response and I welcome the expansion in the number of apprenticeships. Along with that review will come further development. My constituents in Gillingham and Rainham will undoubtedly benefit from apprenticeships. I am worried, however. As this is a regeneration area where much work has been done on identifying shortfalls in skills opportunities and where we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2008)

Paul Clark: At the end of November, our right hon. Friend the Prime Minister launched a multi-million pound plan for the regeneration area of the Thames Gateway. An integral part of that plan was the skills, training and opportunities sector. What progress has my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made with the commitment to deliver three new campuses throughout the gateway area? Will he accept an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jul 2008)

Paul Clark: My right hon. Friend will be aware of the importance of volunteers and the voluntary sector in our communities, as amply demonstrated by the Sunlight Development Trust in my constituency, which is leading on social enterprise work and campaigns locally. However, there is concern that central Government support for the third sector must continue, so what steps will my right hon. Friend take to...

South Central Rail Franchise (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Sir John Stanley) on securing this debate, and on providing the House with this opportunity to discuss these important issues based on the new South Central rail franchise. I am delighted that he has had the opportunity to speak for more than the traditional amount of time. I should also like to thank him for his kind words...

South Central Rail Franchise (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman would not wish me, or come to that the Secretary of State, to dictate to Passenger Focus what report it should present. However, I can tell the right hon. Gentleman that Passenger Focus conducted surveys of some 6,500 South Central passengers seeking their views on areas of deficiency and the improvements that they wanted to see. It is on that basis...

South Central Rail Franchise (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I was just coming on to precisely the point about the potential customers for rail services. The Gatwick services have been in existence for more than 10 years. The right hon. Gentleman said in his opening comments that the Minister would probably respond by saying services were not being used and were under-utilised. That is exactly what the position has been—the demand has been very low....

South Central Rail Franchise (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that where we have an infrastructure and we are trying to achieve the best possible utilisation, there may well be consequences as a result of required changes. In such cases, one looks at the services that are being best utilised and where there is a possibility of increasing capacity. For example, increased capacity is available for the travelling public at...

M3 (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs. Miller) on securing this debate, and providing us with the opportunity to discuss noise pollution and congestion on the M3. I know that it is a matter of concern, and the hon. Members for Winchester (Mr. Oaten) and for North-West Hampshire also contributed to the discussion. I am aware of the keen interest that the hon. Member for...

M3 (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: What the hon. Lady can certainly take from my comments is that we look at all possible and affordable options. That is where we have to be. The programme on the various road surfacing and changes that are ahead, which I shall run through in response to her final points, obviously has to be subject to the funding available. The hon. Lady has said, and rightly so, that we have specifically...

M3 (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I am more than happy to give an undertaking to listen to people who are at the sharp end—whether in relation to operating businesses or living and working in a community. I am more than happy to meet a delegation and directly listen to their concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: Works to convert one platform of Waterloo International for domestic use will be completed by December 2008. The Department continues to work with South West Trains with a view to some existing services operating into and out of platform 20 from next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that there are, in a sense, two stages—a short-term and a medium-term solution—in relation to, in this instance, Waterloo station. In the short term, we need to establish a service by next year through South West Trains. The longer-term solution will involve HLOS—the high-level output specification—and the reconfiguration of all routes into Waterloo,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Waterloo International (21 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my right hon. Friend for his comments. I am currently dealing with issues related to transport, but he is right to point out that redeveloping and proceeding with plans in an optimal way invariably involves many other players. We will certainly take his comments on board, and I am sure that the relevant authorities will imagine seeing Waterloo in the same splendid way as we now see...


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