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Results 61–80 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

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

Paul Clark: I was coming on to the implications of that. The hon. Gentleman is right: if there is to be any major revision to the proposals, we will need a new appraisal process that would, quite rightly, have to be followed to ensure that a business case could be made and to protect the public funds and so on. There have been some issues about whether an options analysis was undertaken. My understanding...

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

Paul Clark: That sounds like resounding support for the continuation of regional development agencies. I am delighted that the enlightened hon. Gentleman supports the bringing together of investment in jobs, homes and the prosperity of regions such as the south-west.

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

Paul Clark: However, this is about bringing together minds and having representatives from local authorities-from Cornwall council in this case-and so on involved. It is about partnership, going back to the very first comment of the hon. Member for St. Ives. It is about partnership, not dictatorship, and drawing together many strands of importance to ensure that we have economically viable regions. That...

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

Paul Clark: I will, but I may well be going to answer the question that the hon. Gentleman raises.

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

Paul Clark: This is an interesting debate. Clearly, the south-west regional body has said that it believes that one of the top priorities or the top priority is to go forward with the link service-with all the associated works-which needs to be in place for a host of reasons, and to take it through all the modelling and so on that is required to ensure that it is viable and has a sustainable future. The...

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

Paul Clark: I want to respond to one or two other points that have been raised and talk about a way forward. There is no deadline on the full approval submission. A business case could be submitted only when all the statutory processes-the legal and the planning-had been completed. The harbour revision order is subject to judicial review. As the hon. Gentleman will know, I have no powers over that to...

London City Airport (15 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: At the outset, may I congratulate the hon. Member for Hornchurch (James Brokenshire) on securing this debate? I am delighted to face him again and to have a further discussion on transport issues. Our commitment to sustaining economic growth and protecting the environment is at the very heart of the Department's aviation policy-making process. With specific regard to smaller airports such as...

London City Airport (15 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: I was just about to come to that issue. A judicial review launched by the campaign group "Fight the Flights" is currently looking into whether there was consultation with the neighbouring boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and their residents. The hon. Gentleman will recognise that it would be wrong for me to comment further, other than to say that the guidance as to the routes that...

London City Airport (15 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: As I have indicated, the Secretary of State vests that power in the independent regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, but it has to make those considerations in conjunction with the guidance-particularly on the environmental side-that is laid out in conjunction with the Government's policy. I shall now turn specifically to the environmental impact of the recent changes to London City...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: We are committed to improving the personal security of public transport passengers. For example, new rail franchises now specify minimum levels of investment in public safety, and we are encouraging crime and disorder reduction partnerships to work with the transport industry in helping to tackle transport crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: I could not agree more. The situation the hon. Lady describes serves as a good example of why it is important that there is work going on at the local level through programmes such as the crime and disorder reduction partnership, which can bring together all those players in making sure that crime levels continue to decrease on our public transport, and particularly at railway stations. I,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: Obviously, I take every opportunity to work with colleagues to improve the position of the BTP and those involved in security at our stations. In 1997, there were just over 2,100 BTP officers, whereas there are now 3,200 police and community support officers patrolling our network. Obviously, the budget is a matter for the BTP authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Passenger Security (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: All the research on this matter and the consultation that is conducted with consumers and customers of the public services show the importance of CCTV in deterring antisocial behaviour and in increasing safety, and the feeling of being safe, at stations. The number of CCTV cameras has increased, and they are now in 50 per cent. of overground stations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Seafarer Training and Employment (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: I am grateful to the maritime trade unions and the Chamber of Shipping for submitting joint maritime training proposals, and I am aware of the strength of feeling on this matter. However, the proposals would require significant additional investment at a time of increasing pressures on Government resources, which is why we need to consider all elements of the proposals very carefully.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Seafarer Training and Employment (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: I appreciate that. Actually, the latest proposal was submitted on 30 March this year. I have had regular meetings with Nautilus International, the Chamber of Shipping and others concerning support for training and employment opportunities for seafarers. I want the UK's position to continue to be strong. I also want to build on these opportunities, and I am currently considering how we can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Mobile Phones (Road Deaths) (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: Contributory factor data reported in the statistical returns to the Department show that "driver using a mobile phone" was a factor in 19 deaths in road accidents during 2008-the returns do not distinguish between hand-held or hands-free phones. However, there has been no formal estimation of the numbers of deaths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Mobile Phones (Road Deaths) (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: Tackling distraction and excessive speeding is important if we are to ensure that the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads continues to decline. I should point out that there were 135,000 prosecutions and fixed penalties issued in 2007 for hand-held phone offences, those enforcement actions being undertaken by the law enforcement authorities-the police.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Mobile Phones (Road Deaths) (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: Most certainly. Invariably, getting the message across about the implications of certain actions in cars is fundamental. I congratulate Gwent police on what they have achieved, and we need to continue exactly that sort of work. The pre-driver programme that we are looking at for 14 to 16-year-olds will seek to change behaviour; we also recognise the importance of getting people to understand...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Mobile Phones (Road Deaths) (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: Both are important. I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman drew attention to a hard-hitting anti-drugs campaign. Since its launch in August, we have had substantial feedback about its effect. Unfortunately, he clearly did not listen to the response that I gave to his Front-Bench colleague about the police undertaking the enforcement regime correctly and their rightly looking at both the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (3 Dec 2009)

Paul Clark: We have endeavoured to ensure that the vast majority of people are within a recognised mileage or distance travel limit of a recognised centre. Of course, I recognise that there will be some difficulties in achieving that and I believe that I have corresponded with the hon. Gentleman on the matter. However, we want a safe environment for the training required to ensure that people are not...


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