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Results 41–60 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

Foreign-Registered Lorries (23 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: There were a number of reasons, and value for money was one complexity. Another was managing the necessary reduction for UK-registered vehicles without introducing a heavy bureaucratic and costly exercise that would not achieve in reality what I believe my hon. Friend wants. The Eurovignette directive, which governs the whole lorry-charging policy throughout the European Union, is complex,...

Foreign-Registered Lorries (23 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: I am setting out the complexities of finding a scheme that would be fair, meet my hon. Friend's objectives, not tie us up in litigation, and achieve what we both want without being unfair to our domestic hauliers. The Eurovignette directive is being reviewed, and we are strongly backing amendments that would allow member states to charge more for externalities, and to include, for example,...

Foreign-Registered Lorries (23 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: I will give way once more, but I want to make cover some other issues.

Foreign-Registered Lorries (23 Feb 2010)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend knows that a Minister will never rule out anything for ever, but clearly I want to ensure that if we had such a system at some stage-as I said, work on that continues-we would want it to be robust and to provide exactly the objectives that we both want. I want to deal with some other issues that my hon. Friend raised. On cabotage, he will be aware that stringent changes that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: Security staff at Heathrow are undergoing training in behavioural analysis techniques, whereby passengers are selected if they are behaving suspiciously. We will review the effectiveness of that trial before deciding whether it can be rolled out more widely.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: All approaches to security have one underlying aim, which is to make sure that those flying to, from and within the United Kingdom are safe and able to go about their business knowing that all agencies and all parts of the industry have taken the necessary steps. Profiling has certain considerable limitations, which is why aviation security is multi-layered. Behavioural analysis techniques...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: Yes, I believe that we do. We have an arrangement whereby a range of security and intelligence agencies come together to advise Ministers, agencies and airlines on the operations that they need to undertake.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: I shall certainly look into the specifics of that issue, but our role is to set the required security standards; the airport operators need to ensure and manage the necessary processes, including queues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: I know that my hon. Friend the Member for Sedgefield (Phil Wilson) is a strong campaigner for his constituency's industries and, particularly, for Kromek. I assure him that members of my Department, along with the police and the Home Office, have been collaborating closely with Kromek and, indeed, other companies to take forward that work and ensure that our security systems are ahead of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: The hon. Lady is right that it is not possible to go into operational details. As regards the techniques that are available to us, we continue to receive information and consider opportunities through the intelligence agencies as to what is possible. Behavioural analysis techniques are being trialled at Heathrow with the BAA and UK Border Agency staff based there. I saw that for myself...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: The hon. Lady will be well aware of the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary earlier this month, and of the Prime Minister's statement to this House on 20 January, clearly taking forward the options and rolling out further the e-Borders programme, as well as the watch list and no-fly list, which we are working on. We are in discussion with other countries, and working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (Screening) (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: The requirements for security have always been very clearly known, and meeting the costs involved is a matter for the business that is running the airport. However, we have regular discussions, and we have obviously had substantial discussions since 25 December last year with airport operators to discuss the roll-out and mechanics that are required. The costs are an operating cost that falls...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A47 (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: I am aware of the recent fatal accident at East Winch, and I extend every sympathy to the families and friends of those killed. As part of the strategic road network, the established procedures are being followed, which involves the Highways Agency undertaking a fatal accident study following any police investigation, which may identify recommendations for safety improvements.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A47 (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: Obviously, recommendations may be made arising from the investigation by the police and the Highways Agency. There are no plans to dual that part of the A47, which is, overall, one of the safer stretches of A road in our country, as is indicated by the figures on personal injury in accidents. However, any lessons that can be learned arising from a fatality will of course be taken on board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: A47 (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that that matter is part of the work we have done in the new road safety strategy for 2011 and beyond, particularly in relation to the types of roads referred to by the hon. Member for North-West Norfolk (Mr. Bellingham) and the Opposition Front-Bench spokesman. We are aware that single carriage, rural A roads account for proportionately more deaths given the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: Let me at the outset say that I am more than happy to meet hon. Members to discuss road safety issues. The additional resources that we have given to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to undertake checks and issue Fresnel mirrors has had a significant effect on the number of accidents. As I said, I am more than happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss the matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: Let me assure the hon. Gentleman that we have regular meetings with the airport operators to discuss exactly those issues. I wish to put on record our thanks to all those who have worked on the new measures that have come into force since 25 December, and to the travelling public for their patience when experiencing delays immediately after the new requirements were introduced. Most people...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] (5 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: I offer best wishes for 2010, Mr. Atkinson. Let us hope that we have a constructive year. If Mr. Olner had still been here, I might have said "successful", but I will not say that. Seasons greetings to you and to hon. Members in this Chamber. At the outset, I congratulate the hon. Member for St. Ives (Andrew George) on securing this debate on a fundamentally important issue. It is important...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] (5 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: I hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying and I recognise that. Let me reassure hon. Members again that we are doing all that we can. My ministerial colleague, the Minister of State for Transport, said in a letter written in December that "officials are working very closely and positively with Cornwall Council on this scheme with the most recent meeting held" in the middle of November. We...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] (5 Jan 2010)

Paul Clark: I take that point on board. The Scillonian III was built in 1977 and I want to ensure-as does the hon. Gentleman, I am sure-that we continue to have a regime that is fit for purpose and ensures the safety of passengers, staff and operatives who use such vessels. That must be the overriding concern. If I am right, two overriding considerations were taken into account in 2002-03, one of which...


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