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Results 1–20 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

Self-Balancing Personal Transporters (14 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik) on securing this debate. I expected nothing less from him than a very informed and equally entertaining contribution to the deliberations of this House, and we certainly were not disappointed in that. I should say at the outset that I have already passed a note to my officials asking for research on CO2 emissions in respect of...

Self-Balancing Personal Transporters (14 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I am interested in the hon. Gentleman's interpretation and the dictionary that he has used to determine the meaning of the word "pedals". In my dictionary, a pedal is described as a foot-operated lever used to control a vehicle or machine while pedalling is to propel a cycle using pedals. In my view, those descriptions cannot apply to Segways. However, at the meeting in November with...

Rail Fare Increases (South-East) (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: We have had a good and wide-ranging debate, and I am delighted to congratulate the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Gregory Barker) on securing it, because it has given us a real opportunity to discuss the issues facing rail operations in the south-east. As has been shown today, he, like many other hon. Members, has a keen interest in the subject. I include the hon. Member for Croydon,...

Rail Fare Increases (South-East) (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: It is unfortunate that the hon. Gentleman did not listen to what I just said. The RPI plus 3 per cent. is invariably there to cover the £690-odd million that is being invested principally in replacing rolling stock, such as in the case of the slam-door services. It is not for use on the Javelin trains that many hon. Members referred to. The hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark) and...

Rail Fare Increases (South-East) (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I shall certainly come to the issue of the reduction in the length of the trains and the steps that I took as soon as I heard that that was the case.

Rail Fare Increases (South-East) (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: Clearly, there is a need to manage the demand from the hon. Gentleman's constituents and from the constituents of other hon. Members. People travelling by train clearly find it an attractive option, because the number of people doing so has increased substantially. I have already said that the travelling public have increased by 50 per cent. over the past decade. One way of increasing the...

Rail Fare Increases (South-East) (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman claimed that the rises were not always known about but, with due respect, I must tell him that it was well known that they were being introduced. They were announced in November, as I well remember. The vast majority of travel—some 60 per cent.—is undertaken on regulated fares, while any-time unregulated fares apply to approximately 20 per cent. of all travel. The hon....

Rail Fare Increases (South-East) (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: We have put in substantial sums, as evidenced by the letter from Charles Horton, managing director of Southeastern, which the right hon. Gentleman quoted. I find it interesting that Members in the Chamber argue that they should not ask their travelling public to pay for a service that is almost on their doorstep, albeit High Speed 1, yet consider it okay for the pensioner in Yorkshire to...

Simon Slade (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: Let me congratulate the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr. Duncan Smith) on securing this debate and, importantly, on the words that he said about this sad incident. I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Simon who, as the right hon. Gentleman said, died two years ago. Like other hon. Members, as a father I can only imagine the experiences...

Simon Slade (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I understand the right hon. Gentleman's point. The Rail Safety and Standards Board considered a change to the rule book. I shall come to that in a moment. No one saw Mr. Slade run down the platform after the train began to depart from the station, fall over and disappear down the gap. As a result, he was not found for a considerable length of time, which is deeply regrettable. The rules and...

Simon Slade (20 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: Under guidance laid out in the rule book, dispatchers check that the train is clear to move off from the station. In summary, I genuinely understand the concerns and depth of feeling about this case. I have made it clear already that we will take steps in relation to the British Transport police and keep under review the situation concerning railway safety— Sitting adjourned without...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: A comprehensive fares index is published by the Office of Rail Regulation in the "National Rail Trends" yearbook, and is available on the ORR website. Until 2008, regulated fares were below accumulated inflation. The average increase in regulated fares on 2 January was 6 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: That would obviously bring into question the funding required by train operating companies, thus involving another funding commitment. We must make a decision on the basis of the priorities. The hon. Gentleman referred to an "inflation-busting" increase, but that increase was linked to the RPI in July plus 1 per cent., which is the working cap that we have imposed on operating companies. At...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: My noble Friend the Minister of State has raised those issues with Southeastern Trains, and will continue to monitor the position. I entirely agree that job reductions should not lead to any loss of reliability, punctuality and safety, which are core concerns for us.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: As the hon. Lady will know, operating companies—including Southeastern—take account of the need to put rolling stock to the best possible use, and changes in timetables have involved adjustments to achieve that. We continue to monitor the changes introduced recently in the network.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend for his suggestion. In a recent Adjournment debate in the House on rail fare increases, it appeared that Opposition Members had forgotten exactly where we were vis-à-vis the number of operating companies that we have, and our requirements in relation to private companies. Substantial investment has gone into the rail system, which is why we have record levels of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: No increase in prices, for whatever reason, is welcomed, and we recognise the clear pressures on train travellers. But, invariably, as some fares have reduced because of the capping system that we have put in place, some have gone up. If we were to introduce a freeze, we would then need to spend more public funds on those rail companies. That would be another subsidy taking money away from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I am always willing to listen to right hon. and hon. Members and to look into matters of concern. Passenger Focus is very much at the heart of giving a stronger voice to passengers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regulated Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: I have already said yes to the request. Passenger Focus is there to help represent the concerns of passengers across the board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares (27 Jan 2009)

Paul Clark: The Secretary of State has received very few letters on fare increases for those franchises.


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