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Results 81–100 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Hammond

Local Transport Funding (21 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Complete nonsense.

Local Transport Funding (21 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Good afternoon, Mr. Bercow. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the hon. Member for Pudsey (Mr. Truswell) on gaining this debate. He may be surprised to hear that I agree with some of what he said, but probably not surprised that I do not agree with it all. Since being appointed to speak for the Conservative party on transport, I have had the honour of...

Local Transport Funding (21 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Indeed, the same criticism could be made of this Labour Government in respect of numerous authorities all over the country. I do not think that we need any lessons there. Let me return to TIF, and the revenue support grant, because that is where the bulk of funding for local transport comes from. Local transport plans and local funding are inextricably linked to the Lyons review, and to the...

Local Transport Funding (21 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Perhaps it has halted that deterioration, but how many of the 200 schemes promised at a local level in the 10-year plan have actually been implemented?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iraq (26 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Iraq.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iraq (26 Jun 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I listened carefully to the answers given by the Secretary of State. In response to one of the earlier questions, he said that there is a threat posed to the security situation in Iraq and to our forces by infiltrators in the security services and the police force. Could he confirm whether he has spoken to the new Iraqi Defence Minister about this? What steps will the UK take in conjunction...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Nuclear Power (6 Jul 2006)

Stephen Hammond: What the Government's policy is on nuclear power.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Nuclear Power (6 Jul 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Given the Prime Minister's confirmation to the Liaison Committee on Tuesday that the Government have decided that there will be a new generation of nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom, can the Secretary of State tell us today, please, how many the Government intend to build and at what cost, and what the time scale will be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Industry (11 Jul 2006)

Stephen Hammond: The biggest problem on our railways today is overcrowding. Lloyd's corporation has estimated that 60 per cent. of commuters into London travel on overcrowded trains. It is estimated that passenger growth nationally will increase by 30 per cent. between now and 2014, yet there are no plans for capacity increases. The Government's strategy emerged a couple of weeks ago—they intend to do deals...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Immediate suspension and revocation of drivers' licences (9 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: We agree with the Government on one of the new clauses, but probably not on the other. New clause 6 introduces new provisions into the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. That Act currently allows a local authority or other licensing power or body to exercise the power to revoke, suspend or refuse a licence where the subject is convicted of specific offences or for "any...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Immediate suspension and revocation of drivers' licences (9 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: But as we said in Committee, and as I said in my speech, these people are CRB-checked, so the case the Minister makes does not arise.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 6 — Immediate suspension and revocation of drivers' licences (9 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: The Minister is carefully—but not helpfully—intertwining the two clauses. Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 a taxi or minicab driver can be suspended for being convicted of a specific offence or for any other reasonable cause decided by the licensing authority. I would like the Minister to tell us what public safety requires beyond "any other reasonable...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 28 — Delegation of power to make level crossing orders (9 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I shall certainly apologise for the failure of Members on the Treasury Bench to vote with us on these matters in Committee. During the passage of the Bill in the other place six new clauses were added to deal with safety at level crossings. The Government stated at the time that they would remove them. In Committee, my hon. Friends and I aired and discussed those clauses and amendments, which...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 28 — Delegation of power to make level crossing orders (9 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: We have again heard the Minister say that he regards the two violations as the same offence. He surely must recognise that there is a major difference between jumping an ordinary red light and jumping a red light at a level crossing. The potential impact and other possibilities are significantly greater than they are for jumping a red light on a normal road, and the consequences thereof need...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Bus Services (10 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I congratulate the hon. Member for Eccles (Ian Stewart) on the eloquent and passionate way in which he presented his case. I note from his comments and from reading the parliamentary website that he has had a long tradition of concern about this issue during his time in Parliament. I read a number of his parliamentary questions yesterday and know that he has been a forceful advocate for his...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Bus Services (10 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Both the PTE and the bus operator in the hon. Gentleman's own area have taken full-page adverts in the local newspaper criticising one another. I would have thought that that would count as evidence. I agree with the hon. Member for Eccles in accepting that no one model is right. That is one of the lessons that we should learn from this debate. The policy does not necessarily need to be as...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Bus Services (10 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: We can have franchising within the quality contract. Various other areas are available as evidence of co-operation rather than non-co-operation. I met the managing director of the Brighton and Hove Bus Company—some Members did not want to talk about that this morning—who wrote me a letter about the ingredients for success: "The key ingredients that we have put into the partnership mixture...

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Bus Services (10 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: If I understand rightly, Mr. Coleman has tried two experiments in Barnet, the other one of which is to remove road humps. That is also part of his strategy for Barnet, but it is not necessarily the overall strategy for London, nor is it necessarily the policy of this Front Bench. I shall touch on London later, for I have heard it described—as ever in these debates—as a paragon of virtue....

[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Bus Services (10 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I am happy to talk about pricing for families, because I was coming to that point. There are some pricing irregularities worth noting. Under this Mayor, London has done away with the family railcard. In my constituency, two adults and two children travelling one stop from Wimbledon Park to Wimbledon now pay £9.10 rather than £3.40, so I do not think we need learn any lessons from the Mayor...


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