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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

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Vehicle Cloning (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: We already assist victims of cloning and will give their vehicle a new registration, if appropriate. Number plate supply is tightly regulated to counter the availability of false number plates and prevent cloning. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has sponsored the development of a standard for theft-resistant number plates, which are now commercially available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Vehicle Cloning (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: First, I extend my sympathy to the elderly couple in the hon. Lady's constituency who face this difficulty. We recognise the issue, which is why we put out clear guidance. Someone who is, for example, receiving parking tickets that they have not incurred should take the matter up, first and foremost, with those who have issued the tickets, and then with the DVLA. Extensive guidance is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Vehicle Cloning (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: The answer is very simple. The Opposition spokesperson will know that the DVLA has introduced a standard for anti-theft number plates. It has worked with the industry so that people can buy what I call "self-destruct" number plates, which break into many pieces if removed. Other developments include the use of clutch-head screws, which can be tightened but not unscrewed. We are taking those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Car Journeys (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: In 1997, cars travelled an estimated 195.9 billion miles on roads in England. This rose to 214.2 billion miles in 2008. Figures for traffic on roads in England in 2009 will be published in July 2010.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Car Journeys (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: There is a very simple answer to that. The proof has been in the delivery in terms of investing in our infrastructure, across railways and roads. It is a result of having a substantially buoyant economy, with 2.5 million more people in jobs. The number of households with more than two cars today is 32 per cent., which is more than the households with no car, which is 25 per cent. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Drink-Driving (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: My noble Friend the Secretary of State announced in December that we had asked Sir Peter North to undertake an independent review of drink and drug-driving legislation. The review is examining options for changes to the legal alcohol limit for drivers. Sir Peter has been asked to report initial findings by the end of March. We will then consult on his findings before finalising and publishing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Drink-Driving (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I will not prejudge Sir Peter North's report, but we will certainly take on board his recommendations on whether there should be a new lower limit in tandem with the current limit and whether penalties should be revised. I am determined to ensure that the 430 deaths recorded in the 2008 statistics as a result of drink-driving are reduced still further and that we continue the successes that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (Air Quality) (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: The Department for Transport published its latest assessment of the likely effects of a third runway at Heathrow Airport on local air quality in the "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport-Impact Assessment" document in January 2009. A copy of the impact assessment and earlier technical reports on the air quality modelling have all been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (Air Quality) (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: No, I do not accept that. When in January 2009 we announced our decision to proceed with the third runway at Heathrow, we made it clear that we would have in place stringent requirements on air and noise pollution. We have worked with the Committee on Climate Change, which has indicated that, even at the most pessimistic level, we would be in a position to meet growth in passenger numbers of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (Air Quality) (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: We certainly believe that we should continue, because what we cannot do is put at risk UK plc and the requirements of businesses in this country, or bury our heads in the sand about the requirements for aviation. At the same time, however, we have to make sure that we meet the stringent requirements on environmental pollution and noise levels for all concerned that we set out in our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling and Motorcycling Accidents (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: Specific road safety initiatives aimed at motorcyclists and cyclists include a new Think! campaign on motorcycle safety, training for young cyclists via Bikeability, and the enhanced rider scheme for post-test training for motorcyclists. Last year, we published proposals to improve road safety in the consultation document, "A Safer Way". That included proposals for new guidance on encouraging...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling and Motorcycling Accidents (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend makes an important point about the number of people who die or are seriously injured on our roads, but I am pleased that all those involved in road safety have been able to achieve substantial reductions in the number of deaths and serious injuries among both cyclists and motorcyclists. However, we recognise that there is further work still to do, and we will continue to take...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Cycling and Motorcycling Accidents (18 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I will not mention the Mayor of London; that would not be right. I will say, however, that the hon. Gentleman raises an important point. Everyone who uses the road, whether they are cyclists, drivers of four-wheeled vehicles, lorry drivers, bus drivers or pedestrians, needs to respect the rules of the road and operate accordingly. I agree entirely.

Petition — Mobile Telephone Mast (West Midlands): Personal Oxygen (Public Transport) (17 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen, West and South Pembrokeshire (Nick Ainger) on securing this debate; it is his second debate on this issue in the past nine months. I recognise his commitment, and also the hard work of the British Lung Foundation, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, of which he is a trustee, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Cystic Fibrosis...

Petition — Mobile Telephone Mast (West Midlands): Personal Oxygen (Public Transport) (17 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: Regarding the code we issue to assist airlines and to enable interpretation, we are clear that that is possible, but that code is based on the EU regulation so it would be difficult to go beyond that for the UK only. Indeed, in the cases that my hon. Friend listed, many UK-based airlines have a good record in meeting the needs of those who require this service. We should recognise that since...

Petition — Mobile Telephone Mast (West Midlands): Personal Oxygen (Public Transport) (17 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that the current regulation is due for review. I am sure that all interested parties will clearly express their views as to its shortcomings, and we as a Government will put our own experiences on the record as well. This is a relatively new regulation-2006-and I would not want unnecessarily to lead the House to believe that great changes may happen because...

Petition — Mobile Telephone Mast (West Midlands): Personal Oxygen (Public Transport) (17 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I accept what my hon. Friend is saying. Perhaps I should make it clearer that the assisted passengers reservation service was introduced to help people with physical disability-those in wheelchairs, for example-rather than to address issues about portable oxygen supplies and so on. Having said that, I must add that our "Access for All" programme to improve railway stations the length and...

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: HM Revenue and Customs (10 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I welcome the work of the Transport Committee and its inquiry into taxes and charges on road users. I thank the Committee for its work over the year in helping to identify critical issues in transport matters. We had interesting contributions from the Chair of the Select Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs. Ellman), from the Opposition Front-Bench...

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: HM Revenue and Customs (10 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman raises the issue of vehicle excise duty. We have introduced the 13-band system for vehicle excise duty, which is linked to carbon emissions. Of course, people in rural areas do not have to have vehicles that are in the highest band. As I believe the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby pointed out in the recent debate in Westminster Hall, not all large...

Supplementary Estimates 2009-10 — Department of Health: HM Revenue and Customs (10 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: There are always a number of schemes to be considered at any given time. We have introduced ours because we believe it will have the desired effect as part of our carbon reduction and climate change policies, and we will need to see how it works. I should say that VED raises some £5.6 billion annually.


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