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Results 21–40 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

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

Paul Clark: There is not a three-line whip that requires people in any given setting to have the most polluting and largest vehicles. Equally, because of the technology under the bonnet, not all large vehicles fall within the higher bands. We have been incentivising vehicle manufacturers to work together in partnership to reduce emissions levels from any particular model. To pick up on a point that the...

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

Paul Clark: The record investments that have been going into the railway system at a national level have been made to ensure that, for example, we have a decent west coast main line that is reliable and punctual. We must have investment in that. Further investments have been made, including, for example, in Reading station. We have always said that the case for the reopening of stations can be made...

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

Paul Clark: I recognise my hon. Friend's arguments. It is about striking a balance in our transport infrastructure, which might involve investment in the railways or in the bus network, in which we have put some £2.4 billion. That investment, free local travel for older people across the country, ensuring that the roads are safe and secure enough for people to walk or cycle, and ensuring safety for...

Tankers (Lyme Bay) (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr. Bayley. I congratulate the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin) on securing this important debate. He said at the beginning of his speech that the matter does not affect everyone but that it is important. I concur with that 100 per cent. It is obviously important to his constituents and others who are affected...

Tankers (Lyme Bay) (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: Before the right hon. Gentleman jumps to his feet, I will deal with the threat issue. There are a couple of points that I would make about Lyme bay. First, there are designated anchorages within the limits of Tor Bay harbour that are controlled by the harbour authority. They are primarily used by ships waiting to enter the harbour. Yesterday morning, there were three such vessels: two cargo...

Tankers (Lyme Bay) (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I was coming on to this. International guidance on the proximity of vessels to each other would provide cover in that regard. I will mention the role of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in maintaining and keeping a close eye on the necessary provisions in respect of ships at anchor for any period, whether for a day, a week, a month, or whatever. I shall also mention some points that are...

Tankers (Lyme Bay) (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: As I was saying, it is not just one process that is relied on to ensure that the protection and procedures that are needed are in place: there tends to be a multilayered or multifaceted process. The MCA is an important part of that process. I accept that there can be times when things will not go as planned-that is so in any walk of life and in any aspect that we look at-but it is worth...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Motoring (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: It is a pleasure to be under your chairmanship in this important debate, Mr. Martlew, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on securing it. The statements and comments that have been made show that anything goes in trying to get a point across. At no point has Government policy said that motorists are a bane of society or that driving is wrong. Indeed, the policies...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Motoring (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will appreciate the juncture that we are at in the current cycle in terms of preparations for the Budget. Such matters are kept under review by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Motoring taxes are primarily revenue-raising to serve and support public finances and to fund public services. I note that the hon. Gentleman kept referring to them as stealth taxes. I suspect,...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Motoring (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman refers to the Dartford crossing. I intended to speak about it, and I will do so now. The toll is not a tax; it is a congestion charge, which was changed in 2003 on the basis of modelling that showed that if there were no charge, the level of use of the tunnels and crossing would increase by some 17 per cent. To remove the toll process or congestion...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Motoring (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that any Department worth its salt has continuous discussions with the Chancellor and the Treasury, and those discussions continue on a range of taxation issues. I shall leave the matter at that, because it is a continual process. I have made it clear that fuel duty contributes to the Government's sound financial provision of services. We announced in the...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Motoring (9 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman has raised that issue. The carbon reduction programme runs across the Government, including the Department for Transport, and I am delighted that the Secretary of State for Transport has announced substantial funding for research and development along those lines, to look at electric vehicles and at investment in charging points, which were mentioned by...

Proposed Poole Bridge (3 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Poole (Mr. Syms) on securing this debate on the Poole bridge major transport scheme, which is sometimes known as the Twin Sails bridge scheme. It is an inspiring and iconic scheme, and both he and the hon. Member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Annette Brooke) covered its progress. I recognise the assiduous campaigners that they have been on this...

Proposed Poole Bridge (3 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: It will be very soon. The hon. Lady will appreciate that we must carefully manage the transport programme and establish the current situation in relation to demands in this difficult economic cycle. However, hon. Members made it clear that we should not cut capital investment now, because that would undermine economic recovery. I am delighted by that cross-party agreement.

Proposed Poole Bridge (3 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman raises a valid point, and it is a problem that I recognise. A cap is usually put in place once an agreement is reached, and in December 2001 it was set at £14.14 million. That remains the position, and although I would not rule out discussing the matter with officials, the outcome would depend on the talks that we have. However, I also recognise the determination of the...

Proposed Poole Bridge (3 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his skill in introducing to the debate a scheme that is clearly important to his constituents, and perhaps further afield. I cannot be held responsible for everything that has happened since 1934, or even during the lifetime of this Government, but I spoke about the regional funding allocations. I believe-

Proposed Poole Bridge (3 Mar 2010)

Paul Clark: Thank you for your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is important that major, significant infrastructure projects such as the Poole bridge are considered by local people and leaders as part of the process on regional funding allocations. I have no doubt that that is the way in which the hon. Member for North Dorset should press his case. Let me conclude by reassuring hon. Members that the...

South-East London Transport (24 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr. Brady. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Eltham (Clive Efford) on securing the debate. Let me at the outset, in the short time available, place on the record my knowledge of his unstinting work on transport of all types: roads, public transport, the DLR and, indeed, as I have learned this morning, bus route 132. Those forms of...

South-East London Transport (24 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: I recognise what my hon. Friend is saying but, equally, he will be aware, given his comments, that the issue is not just about south-east London, but about wider areas. There are important benefits to the provision and not just for people living in the immediate catchment area. It will bring people in and take people away from other forms of transport, which will then be available for his...

Foreign-Registered Lorries (23 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Miss Begg. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) for securing the debate. I recognise, as do the brains of the Department, that the issue gives rise to a great deal of heated feeling. However, he will be aware that this is not a new debate. It has probably raged for at least a decade, with various statements...


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