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Results 101–120 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

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

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman makes much of what Londoners may vote for. I hear consistently from my constituents that, given how much they have to pay for the Mayor, they will use their voting opportunity in two years' time to change the situation. Much has been made this morning of real powers to make a real difference, which is the clarion call of the new Secretary of State. Will the Minister tell us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Local Government White Paper (26 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, South (Mr. Binley), I suspect that those of us who have been councillors or are recently retired councillors will find today's statement not only a disappointment but a failure to recognise much of the reality that we face. The Secretary of State talked about councillors being champions for their wards. Most of us have been doing that for...

Business of the House (26 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Will the Leader of the House ask the Secretary of State for Health to make a statement to the House on the continuing delays to the Better Healthcare Closer to Home programme in south-west London? The provision of local care and services at the Nelson in my constituency has been delayed owing to the Secretary of State's erroneous decision of last December, which was retracted in July. She has...

Opposition Day: Crossrail Bill (Carry Over) (31 Oct 2006)

Stephen Hammond: London, as we know, is the global city. It is the Olympic-winning city of 2012. It is competing in the global world marketplace and therefore it needs the highest quality of infrastructure. Let me state at the outset my party's position, as my hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) did. It is clear that the Opposition have backed the concept of Crossrail. We will back...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Supplies and Sewerage (2 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: What assessment he has made of the need for new reservoirs, water treatment plants and sewage systems.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Water Supplies and Sewerage (2 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: In Wimbledon this year, my constituents experienced a water shortage and faced a potential drought order from Thames Water Utilities. That underlies the long-term supply problems in south-east London. Last month, the Minister in the other place suggested that people should move further north to solve their water shortages. Can the Minister tell me today that that is not the Government's only...

Rail Network (7 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I support the hon. Gentleman's view on freight and was interested in what the hon. Member for Luton, North said about the channel tunnel rail link, but the Government have the contract with the channel tunnel rail company. It is the Government who are failing to get involved and sort out the contract so that freight can continue to move through the tunnel.

Rail Network (7 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I congratulate the hon. Member for Southport (Dr. Pugh) on instigating this debate and, once again, the prisoners of the Crossrail Committee on their good work. It is good to see them here this morning. It is clear that Britain's transport infrastructure will face almost unprecedented pressures over the next 25 years. Forecasted growth in the number of cars is far greater than what we can...

Rail Network (7 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: I agree with my hon. Friend and congratulate him on getting Shrewsbury mentioned a record number of times in a debate. We can all do the maths. All that we are seeing adds up to more and more passengers, on more and more overcrowded trains, with a constant upward pressure on fares to try to take the sting out of overcrowding. I am concerned that neither Network Rail nor the Government seem to...

Rail Network (7 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: Some element of the leasing structure is undoubtedly problematic, but as the hon. Gentleman will recognise, part of that is driven by the length of franchise in this country, which fails to allow the TOCs to invest in a way that they might otherwise want to. It is madness for franchises to be so tightly specified that the TOCs have little incentive to invest or to innovate.

Rail Network (7 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: No, I do not see any evidence for that. Innovation and investment are much more likely. I see no problem with the infrastructure either, because we could operate a full repairing lease, as we have elsewhere, so I am not convinced by the hon. Gentleman's point. I am convinced that the status quo is not the answer to confronting the capacity challenge. The current system cannot drive the sort...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Buses (21 Nov 2006)

Stephen Hammond: The Secretary of State will know that No. 10's website on the draft transport Bill states that it will enable "local authorities to improve the standard of bus services". He will also know that, since deregulation, the average age of the fleet has fallen as investment has risen, and that fares have risen at less than half the rate of council tax. In 2006, overall satisfaction levels are...

A1: Bus Services (19 Dec 2006)

Stephen Hammond: You, Mr. Speaker, will have read, as I have, the "Putting Passengers First" document, which on the opening page states: "One size will not fit all." That at least confirms what the Secretary of State said last month about no return to the pre-1985 regulation era. Will he also confirm something else? According to the document, bus usage has been declining since 1970, and page 21 states that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Executive (10 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: What requirement exists for Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive to support the police, the courts and the rule of law.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Executive (10 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: I welcome that reply, but what steps will the Secretary of State take to ensure that any commitment made on the police and upholding the rule of law is permanent, rather than transitory? What steps does he intend to take to ensure that Ministers encourage their supporters to give information to bodies such as the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains?

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — First Great Western (24 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: Like so many other hon. Members before me, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr. Vaizey) not only on securing this debate, but on his eloquent advocacy on behalf of his constituents. That has been a feature of this debate—I was going to name all hon. Members who had spoken, but I have counted 17 contributions or interventions so far. That shows the strength of feeling...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — First Great Western (24 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. I am sure that the senior civil servant who said that standing was acceptable will be regretting his remarks. Rail commuters from Reading may well want to hold him up as one of the villains of the piece. I want to talk about long-distance as well as commuting issues, as considerable wider west and south-west needs are also involved. The corridor from the...

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — First Great Western (24 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: Will the Minister give way?

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — First Great Western (24 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: On a point of information, then?

[Mr. Peter Atkinson in the Chair] — First Great Western (24 Jan 2007)

Stephen Hammond: On a point of order, Mr. Atkinson. I hear what the Minister has said, but he replied to a parliamentary question to confirm that there are 15 civil servants in his Department.


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