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Results 241–260 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

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...

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...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Hornchurch (James Brokenshire) on securing this debate. As all hon. Members in the Chamber are aware, the Dartford crossing is a vital part of our strategic road network and brings huge benefits to users. However, its success has created some real challenges over the years, and I am conscious that as we have addressed those challenges, some of the complex...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: Let me just say this before I give way: I noted that several Members said that the tolls are creating congestion. I want to deal with that matter, and the effect that removing the tolls would have.

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: I will come to the issue of the charges that were put in place as of 15 November—four weeks ago. On the position once the bridge had been paid for through the toll, the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, but would it have been possible in the 1980s to predict the volume of traffic that we have today? Some 53 million people make that crossing each year. Would he have been able to predict...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: One thing I can certainly agree with is that my hon. Friends the Members for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay) and for Dartford have been the most consistent in arguing their case. In part, that resulted in the discussions that followed and the consultations with residents which led to the residents' scheme being introduced.

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: I will give way once more but I want to be able to put answers to the questions on the record.

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: With due respect, the hon. Gentleman and, unfortunately, others seem to assume that the road is used by local people only, but it is not. In the first few paragraphs that I had a chance to deliver, I said that it is part of the strategic road network. The hon. Gentleman is well aware that with the M25 on either side, it is part of a critical route. It is not just the people of Kent and Essex...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend will be well aware of substantial funds that are made available through the Department for Transport and of various funding allocations, including through Transport for London and elsewhere—in terms of regional funding—through local transport plans for substantial investment in a number of ways and through various funding streams for those areas falling within the Thames...

Dartford River Crossing Tolls (17 Dec 2008)

Paul Clark: No, I have been very generous in giving way. Let me deal with one further point relating to the future. It would be wrong for us as a Government to bury our heads in the sand in respect of congestion on the Dartford crossing or wherever. That is why I am more than happy that we work with Essex and Kent, along with our own study in the Department on the possibilities of further crossings, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Bus Services (25 Nov 2008)

Paul Clark: Just under 4.5 billion bus journeys were made across England in 2006-07. There was a further increase of 600,000 journeys in 2007-08. Overall, local bus use has increased by over 17 per cent. since 1997. This achievement is due in part to the success of the London bus network, the hard work of operators and local authorities, and the introduction, of course, of increasingly generous...


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