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Results 201–220 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

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Of course the Government have responsibility to ensure that there is value for money. Whenever taxpayers' money is used, they have to ensure that it is used in the most effective and efficient way. As my hon. Friend is aware, numerous agencies exist within the Department for Transport—for example, those that run safety regimes for the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency—that operate on...

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I intend to answer them, but I wanted to set out that we have a company that is making provision to recruit, train and retain staff within its organisation. That is why I was referring to the apprenticeship schemes that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport visited at HMS Sultan in Gosport recently, and the advance apprenticeship scheme that was launched in September 2005....

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: That is why this debate is important. I am sure that members of the Office of Rail Regulation and of the Network Rail board will read this debate with interest and focus their minds on the issue. In conclusion, Network Rail is running policies that are helping to recruit and retain members, but there is, as always, a long way to go. This debate will highlight the concerns that exist across...

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: At the outset, I congratulate the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr. Stuart) on securing this debate on an important issue. I ought also to take this opportunity to congratulate Members of all parties on their hard work, including the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr. Knight) and those who are sitting behind me—my hon. Friends the Members for Brigg and Goole (Mr....

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: Absolutely. Indeed, I noted that the bridge board had listened, which shows not only that are the Government listening, but that the bridge board is listening too. I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman and I can agree on that point. The Secretary of State must await the inspector's recommendations before deciding whether to approve the proposed increase.

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I hear what my right hon. Friend is saying. Let me make it clear that the issue before the public inquiry that will start next week is raising the tolls, by the amounts that I have specified. A number of hon. Members have referred to a £1 toll, but the Government have received no specifics about that proposal for us to consider. We have not been approached by the Humber bridge board on the...

Humber Bridge Tolls (24 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: Obviously the timing of the report, written by the inspector, is a matter for the inspector, but my hon. Friend is right that we have to await that report, and the Secretary of State will then make a final decision whether to approve the proposed increases. It has been the policy of all Governments since 1945 that estuarial crossings should be paid for by the user rather than the taxpayer,...

Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (23 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham, East (Mr. Heppell) on securing this debate. I recognise the passion with which he has put his case on behalf of his beloved city of Nottingham. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, he undertook work in many guises for that fair city, including as a councillor. My hon. Friend has already expressed clearly in correspondence concerns...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I welcome your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir Nicholas. This has been a very interesting debate. It has featured substantial contributions from many hon. Members on both sides of the Chamber—but particularly on the Government Benches—who have committed themselves to debating what is critical to our transport infrastructure. I congratulate the Select Committee, under the chairmanship of...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I said clearly that they will come into service between now and 2014. Those decisions have been taken on the basis of capacity studies through the regional planning process and the Network Rail route utilisation system. In addition, the Secretary of State made an announcement today about the new express trains. Those will bring benefits across the country of faster journeys and further...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: I also said that I will move on to the longer-term programme. As part of that we must link towns and cities closer together so that people can travel between them for business, pleasure and other reasons far more quickly and effectively than is possible today, hence the investment that we have put in to a number of schemes. You would not wish me to speak about road schemes, hard-shoulder...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: Of course I am concerned. Indeed, maintenance and the achievements that have been arrived at on many of the networks, with greater reliability and better performance, have been the result of investment in maintenance services that did not exist in the past. I know that is the case in my neck of the woods. Various stories have circulated about train operators, but I am not in a position to...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: The franchises are set up so that they do not penalise the travelling public, as happened in the south-east when Connex gave back the keys. In that case, of course, we asked the company to do so because the service was not being met. Costs are obviously involved, but the company has to provide a bond at the start of the franchise that would cover the costs of the administrative process...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that such information would be commercially sensitive. It would therefore be difficult to do as he asks. The question of electrification was raised. In the White Paper, the Government said that we were keeping the case for further electrification under review. We are doing just that. Electrification makes sense on busier routes, where the high capital cost of...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: In order to ensure the best route utilisation, a process is ongoing to assess where the heaviest demand exists. That will be part of the process. In addition, there will be technical requirements on feasibility and, following on from that, the cost. High-speed lines have been mentioned by many hon. Members. I take on board what was said by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: We have said how easy it will be to get to London; equally, it will be quicker to reach Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield or wherever. I recognise what has been said about the links between the cities; that is why we have the 14 strategic corridors. I will write to my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer) about Manchester Victoria and the Salford stations. I am...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Sustainable Railways (12 Feb 2009)

Paul Clark: No, I will not give way. As for the reopening of lines, which was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn), there are various mechanisms for that. Sitting adjourned without Question put ( Standing Order No. 10(11))

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.


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