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Results 141–160 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Geoff Hoon

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I am sorry that the hon. Lady has put her question in that way. This is not about a particular plane. Every new aircraft that comes into service has reduced carbon emissions, improved efficiency and lower noise levels. As I made clear earlier, steady progress has continued in that regard since the mid-1970s. We have far more efficient aircraft today. Every time the airlines bring new aircraft...

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: It is not a question of "any plane will do". I have made clear that it is necessary to ensure that the newest, most efficient, most up-to-date aircraft fill the new slots, but that is something that the airlines themselves will accept and encourage. If the hon. Lady looks at the kind of aircraft that generally operate from Heathrow, she will see that most airlines use their newest, most...

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: That will be something for the Climate Change Committee to determine, but I am absolutely confident that we can satisfy the commitments that we have made generally on carbon change within a regime involving aviation. We are not simply saying that aviation will get a free ride, or that it can go on expanding at the expense of other parts of our economy. There will be a determined effort, both...

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: As I said in my statement, it is an equal priority. We must not only ensure that we speed up journey times across the United Kingdom to improve our transport infrastructure in the United Kingdom, but recognise that we need effective communications around the world. We must do both.

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her observation, with which I entirely agree.

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: One of the clear economic justifications for looking hard at future capacity on our rail network and the requirement to build new lines is the increasing use of that capacity on lines such as the west coast main line. Despite the difficulties that we have faced, and while I well understand the impact on travellers in recent weeks and sympathise with them, an £8.8 billion investment is...

Business of the House: Transport Infrastructure (15 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: My hon. Friend has been assiduous in making the transport case for his constituency. I have had a number of meetings with him where he has argued it extremely effectively. I am pleased to be able to respond in the way that I have in relation to mixed mode—he has argued that case extremely effectively. It is right to make allocation judgments that spread the noise around Heathrow airport...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: The Department for Transport received almost 70,000 responses to the "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport" consultation, which closed on 27 February this year. An equalities impact assessment consultation has since been undertaken to consider how development at Heathrow might affect equality priority groups. Responses showed a wide range of views on the proposals, and we are still...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: As I have made clear, this is not an alternative—we are not posing expansion at Heathrow as an alternative to high-speed links. It may well be that, on economic grounds, both are required. That is why I have taken forward urgently work in the Department for Transport to look precisely at how we can develop new capacity, new rail links and, if necessary, high-speed rail links. I hope that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: The Environment Agency made a submission to the consultation. That, of course, will be taken fully into account alongside the other submissions that were made during the relevant period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: It is certainly my intention that the decision should be announced before the Christmas recess.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: My hon. Friend will be well aware that the Government in this country operate on the basis of collective Cabinet responsibility, and I am sure that all my colleagues will express their views in their usual fashion.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: Of course, I am aware of the controversy. I know that the hon. Lady has researched these matters assiduously, so she will be aware that the assumptions made about that particular aircraft were not helpful in relation to any argument about noise or air quality. It was not a particularly noisy aircraft.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his suggestion. The last time I looked, I was the Secretary of State for Transport in the Government, not the chief executive of British Airways.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: The hon. Lady knows full well that a number of schools are in the immediate vicinity of Heathrow. Action has been taken to provide noise insulation at those schools. Clearly, in the event of there being any decision to expand Heathrow, further action would have to be taken to ensure that those schoolchildren were able to attend and participate in lessons in the way that they do already.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: Unfortunately, the statistics that the hon. Lady quotes are not additional to any decision to build an extra runway. She simply gives the number of children currently affected. I anticipated that in the answer that I gave a few moments ago. She needs to ensure, when she is putting forward this case, that she has her statistics right and that she deploys them accurately as far as the House is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: The White Paper on rail set out the Government's commitment to increasing rail capacity by 2014, backed by investment of some £10 billion. This includes the procurement of an additional 1,300 carriages for operation right across the network; 423 vehicles have already been ordered; and yesterday, we announced proposals to procure a further 200, which will benefit passengers in the Thames...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: We simply did not anticipate the remarkable success of the funding that Labour Governments have put into the railways since 1997. Had we based things on the likely forecast when the Conservatives were in power, we would be managing a very small rail network today. In a sense, I take the hon. Gentleman's question as a tribute to the success of Labour's policy on rail. Obviously, we want that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: I am grateful to Conservative Members for thinking about my health and welfare and ensuring that I eat oily fish. Having already received a tin of sardines from one of the hon. Gentleman's colleagues, I suggest that rather than sending his to me, he sends it to an appropriate charity in his constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network (25 Nov 2008)

Geoff Hoon: As I have already said to the House, some £15 billion is set out to improve our rail network, and it will concentrate particularly on capacity. We want to ensure that trains are appropriate and that platforms are of the appropriate length. I have established a group under the leadership of my noble Friend Lord Adonis to consider the question of new lines, electrification and high-speed lines...


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