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Results 161–180 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman had a useful meeting with officials, and we will always endeavour to assist in that way. He will be aware of the complications involved in the programming, together with the hard-shoulder widening in the M1 programme. We are considering various issues arising from those discussions. Work is continuing, and we will push ahead as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I reassure the House that we are proud of our decisions in 2001, 2006 and 2008 to give some 11 million people access to free local bus services across the country. The current consultation is examining an improved administrative system and is looking at raising it from district authorities to county councils. I encourage all concerned to contribute to that review, but we are emphatic about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

Paul Clark: We take seriously, obviously, the accessibility of public transport for all concerned, in particular for those with disabilities. That is why there are end dates for all buses to be Disability Discrimination Act compliant by a rolling programme of 2015-16, and that is the case for railway stock as well. Programmes such as access for all, which allow people to move on to station platforms and...

Concessionary Bus Travel (6 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper) on securing this debate on an important issue, and I take on board her request for my Department to consider the issues that she raised. I am proud, as is she, of the Government's achievements and our commitment to our older citizens and those with disabilities to provide the freedom and opportunities, which did not...

Concessionary Bus Travel (6 May 2009)

Paul Clark: It was agreed through the usual channels, principally the Local Government Association, that the special grant arrangement should be separate from the formula grant process that funds the lion's share of local government expenditure, and that it should not be ring-fenced. Indeed, my hon. Friend will be aware that our general ethos is to give more power to local government and elected...

Concessionary Bus Travel (6 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Yes, most certainly we will take that on board. The issues that my hon. Friend has raised must be taken forward, and my officials will raise the matter with officials in West Lancashire and for the Lancashire scheme as a whole. I can confirm that, according to my figures, West Lancashire—her own authority—is well funded by the moneys that have gone through the special grant. I understand...

Rail Timetables (Lewes) (5 May 2009)

Paul Clark: At the outset, I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on securing this debate about rail services on the Brighton main line and the effect of the timetable changes on his Lewes constituents. The hon. Gentleman acknowledged the substantial investment that has benefited many towns in Sussex, where, 10 years ago, there was a shabby service provided by the 40-year-old, slam-door...

Bus Regulation (5 May 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb) on securing this debate. I know that the matter is close to his heart, and he referred to a similar debate 18 months ago when he concentrated on young people and their travel. My predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, Central (Ms Winterton), responded to that debate and stated clearly that the Government were...

Bus Regulation (5 May 2009)

Paul Clark: Let me answer that at this stage. As far as I am aware, it is not the case that companies cannot cross-subsidise between local routes. Let us think about a process of negotiations that might well happen. "Here is a package of routes that we want to be provided," says the local transport authority to the bus company. It sets that out as a specification. Some of those routes would undoubtedly...

Pedestrian Crossing Installations (27 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin) on securing the debate. If the operations of the Highways Agency were as pure, clear and precise as he describes them, I would be the first to agree that the situation is totally unacceptable. I accept, however, that we need to be ever vigilant about how we can improve matters and about efficiency, as hon. and right hon....

Pedestrian Crossing Installations (27 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: Let me pick up on those points. The Highways Agency has to meet certain requirements. Some of the crossings that it would install are not as described in the story that appeared in The Daily Telegraph, which refers to putting a zebra crossing outside the school in Winterbourne Abbas. The right hon. Gentleman referred to mind-boggling costs but, as he will be well aware, we are not talking...

Pedestrian Crossing Installations (27 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I understand the right hon. Gentleman's point, but almost no two crossings will involve exactly the same costs. [Interruption.] Well, they will not. I understand that it makes good copy to talk about designs on a computer that can be copied, and of course the designs are the same in basis. However, in the case of one of the crossings to which I have referred, for example, we have run into...

Motorcycle Testing (Wales) (22 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I think that this is the first time that I have served under your chairmanship, Mr. Pope. So far it has been a delight. I congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mark Williams) on securing the debate, which builds on his contributions to the debate before the Christmas recess in which he raised many similar matters. I believe genuinely that the goal of everybody present, the DSA and the...

Motorcycle Testing (Wales) (22 Apr 2009)

Paul Clark: I understand the hon. Gentleman's concern and I shall come to where I see our way forward. As he has said, a number of sites have been considered, but it is not easy to find a route through that is suitable to meet the required standards for the new test, which is of benefit in making sure that we have good standards of training and good test sites available for those whom we want to make...

West Coast Main Line (Commuter Services) (24 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I shall endeavour to answer the questions asked by the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes (Mr. Lancaster) in the few moments that remain. I congratulate him on securing the debate about an important issue for his constituents and other rail users on the west coast main line. It is right that we have invested substantially in the west coast main line. That line is experiencing a record...

West Coast Main Line (Commuter Services) (24 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I am certainly willing to help and shall write to the hon. Gentleman with the answer. Although the overall performance of the railways has improved tremendously, the performance of commuter services on the west coast main line in the south has indisputably fallen. On 14 December 2008, a planned commissioning timetable was put in place on the west coast main line to allow a phased...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had no such discussions. In accordance with the ministerial code of conduct, the decisions on the city council's workplace parking order and tram extensions will be taken by Ministers on the Secretary of State's behalf because they might have an impact on his constituency of Ashfield.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I send my congratulations on the fifth anniversary of NET Line One, which has proved extremely successful. I am well aware of the commitment shown by my hon. Friend, and by my hon. Friends the Members for Nottingham, East (Mr. Heppell) and for Nottingham, South (Alan Simpson), in their determination to secure transport improvements for the city. Under the Transport Act 2000, we introduced a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We on this side of the House recognise that we cannot ignore the facts clearly set out in Eddington's response on congestion. If we do not do something now, the cost to businesses across the length and breadth of this country will be some £22 billion by 2025. We need to be innovative in our approach, and allow local areas to introduce schemes that will maximise their attempts to deal with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Again, I recognise my hon. Friend's commitment, and I congratulate him on the Adjournment debate on this matter that was held in this Chamber only recently. It was a shame that Opposition Members did not think it important to attend and listen to the issues and arguments. It is important that we take all possible steps to deal with congestion, and we will make a decision about Nottingham as...


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