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Results 141–160 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

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The continuing work of listening to the views that are raised across the board—by those who are for or against—in this important debate is absolutely essential for any Government worthy of their name.

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: May I make some progress? I may well cover some of the points that have been raised. There has been more than an hour and a quarter of debate, and I am trying to respond in 10 minutes. I welcome the opportunity to respond on behalf of the Government, but I preface my remarks by noting that the decisions that we announced on Heathrow in January are subject to an application for judicial...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I am more than happy to write to my hon. Friend on that. I want to deal now with some of the substantive issues that have been raised. As I was saying, there is the economic side, the demand and the capacity issues, and we clearly said that we believed in principle that there should be a third runway. However, we said that that should not be at any cost, which is exactly why we set criteria...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I recognise what the hon. Gentleman says. He will be well aware that the Government are getting on with the job of making sure that there is a robust case for a High Speed 2 link that meets the requirement of linking into an expanded Heathrow. There are also the investments that we have put into the Piccadilly line to increase capacity, as well as the commitment that we have given on...

[David Taylor in the Chair] — Heathrow Airport Expansion (16 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: They were already there. However, he said that hardly anything was operating, and that was, indeed, the case. That is why Heathrow is fundamentally important. Some 70 per cent. of foreign businesses locate their headquarters within an hour of Heathrow, as right hon. and hon. Members will be well aware. In the last couple of minutes, let me bring in some of the other issues. The hon. Member...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill [WAYS AND MEANS] (15 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill, it is expedient to authorise— (1) the imposition of fees in connection with exemptions from prohibitions concerning registration, and (2) payments into the Consolidated Fund. I kept my remarks on the money resolution brief, but I also put on record our thanks to...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill [Money] (15 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act. That also covers any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so...

Private Parking Companies (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: It is nice to be with you again in the Chamber today, Mr. Bayley. At the outset, I want to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Mrs. McGuire) on securing the debate. It is an issue of importance to many people. There is a debate about where a motorist can leave his or her vehicle on land owned by an individual company or institution. As my right hon. Friend pointed out,...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) on securing this debate. This issue is very important to the Government in terms of ensuring that the railway system is sufficiently robust to meet the requirements of the travelling public and of the movement of goods through freight operations. I will endeavour to cover as many of the points that have been...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: The Government's actions, such as bringing forward fiscal stimulus packages at the pre-Budget report to invest in public transport, including the railway programme, show our commitment to ensuring that that investment continues at this time. My hon. Friend the Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) said that it is at exactly this time that we should keep such investment going, and we...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way because I only have four minutes left and I want to cover some of the points that have been made. I want to talk about the issue of franchises, which was raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington and the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker). The hon. Gentleman asked whether we were going to play "hardball" with the operators to ensure that they deliver...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way. In addition, longer franchises would also raise further questions about our ability to ensure that we hold operators to account over any difficulties. We recognise that the issue of fares, including getting the balance right between the fare payer and the taxpayer, is absolutely critical. The hon. Member for Lewes quoted from what Lord Adonis said to the Transport...

Public Transport Accessibility (2 Jun 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. Anderson) on securing this debate on what undoubtedly is an important matter for all concerned. I recognise and thank him for his comments about what we have achieved to date and the fact that there is still substantial work to be done. They were echoed by my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper). Let me put on...

Heart of Wales Railway Line (19 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Mr. Caton) on securing the debate, and I pay tribute to him for his work on promoting the Heart of Wales line and taking forward this campaign. I thank him for running through the journey that one can take on this undoubtedly beautiful railway line. I was listening very carefully to the pronunciation of some of the towns so that I could...

Heart of Wales Railway Line (19 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Having not said a great deal, I shall certainly give way.

Heart of Wales Railway Line (19 May 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the general thrust of our work on railways is to reduce congestion on our main routes. The investment that there has been in infrastructure, including work on lines and electrification, is indicative of longer-term planning, as are the investment in rolling stock that we have announced through the high-level output specification programme, which has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Local Authorities have available to them a number of funding sources that they could use to bring unadopted roads up to the standards for adoption. They include revenue support grant, prudential borrowing, capital receipts, local transport plan funding and the neighbourhood renewal fund. It is a matter for local authorities to prioritise how their funds are allocated.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I recognise that there is a problem in coalfield communities. The matter has been considered by the coalfields forum, which is led by my colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government, and by the coalfield alliance. A number of regeneration programmes have worked in former coalfield communities to look at the possibilities. Essentially, the matter is one for local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: The assessment that was undertaken back in the 1980s found some 40,000 unadopted roads throughout the country. The estimate is that, at today's prices, it would cost £3 billion to bring them all up to adopted standards. However, I must point out to right hon. and hon. Members that, excluding London funding, £2.1 billion has been allocated up to 2010-11 for capital expenditure programmes. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Unadopted Roads (Former Coalfield Areas) (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend will be aware that our general thrust has been to ensure that local authorities have substantial funds in several areas, but that they should be able to prioritise, meeting and consulting the people whom they represent and on whose behalf they work. I reiterate that we have provided generous funds over the three years to 2011, with more than £2 billion, excluding London...


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