Results 181–200 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: Workplace Parking Levy (Nottingham) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Again, I recognise my hon. Friend's commitment; over the past 10 years or so, he has been campaigning for the city of Nottingham. This Government introduced provisions to ensure wider understanding and improved governance on transport issues, allowing us to join those requirements together. However, we are talking about a matter for local authorities, as I indicated. The Transport Act 2000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The Department for Transport takes safety and accessibility at stations very seriously. More than 1,100 stations have already been earmarked for access improvements through our £370 million Access for All programme. Meanwhile, crime levels continue to fall while the railways build on their already good safety record.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The short answer is yes. I am delighted that First Great Western has used the £20,000 from the small schemes funding to provide a safer and more secure station and I congratulate it. The latest national passenger survey indicates that personal security at First Great Western stations has increased over the past year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We have taken a number of steps in our Access for All programme at 145 stations, and the small scheme programme is helping to make 1,000-odd stations accessible and secure. There is also the assisted passengers reservation system, which is about helping people who have disabilities, and of course we work closely with the disabled persons transport advisory committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I am obviously concerned about any proposed cuts that would make accessibility for all difficult. I am delighted that in London, for example, all buses are fully accessible. With reference to London Underground, some 20 per cent. of stations have step-free access, and we are working to ensure that 25 per cent. are step-free by 2010. However, that needs commitment from all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I am happy to look into the circumstances of that station. The requirement is to look at the programme that we are putting in. Many of the stations were built at times when accessibility was not a key factor, although obviously new requirements for stations and rolling stock all demand modern standards of accessibility. However, I am willing to look at the individual case. We are having to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: It might surprise my hon. Friend to hear that I do not actually have at my fingertips a list with Silverdale on it. However, I am more than happy to look at the request.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Catering Services) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The Secretary of State for Transport has no plans to meet representatives of train operating companies to discuss catering on trains.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Catering Services) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I hope that all train operators will bear in mind the travelling experience in the round for all passengers, particularly on long-distance journeys, through the provisions that they make for the travelling public. The main concerns for us and the travelling public will be punctuality, reliability overcrowding and affordable fares. That is where we have concentrated our efforts as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Catering Services) (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: In the franchise provision for National Express East Anglia, there is a requirement for a catering facility based on a trolley service, and I understand that National Express is providing over and above that requirement through an at-seat service for first-class passengers. I take on board and note the hon. Gentleman's comments, but National Express East Anglia is meeting the requirements of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Ticket Offices (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: Officials in the Department for Transport have recently discussed ticket office change proposals made by South West Trains, First Capital Connect, National Express East Anglia and National Express East Coast. Some of those are small changes and some outline proposals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Ticket Offices (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: The hon. Lady will be well aware that South West Trains made a substantial number of proposals, many of which were in fact rejected by my noble Friend the Minister of State, Lord Adonis. Indeed, many of those proposals were made on the basis that there would not be unfettered continuation of ticket supplies to the travelling public where there was clearly demand for it. Decisions were taken...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Ticket Offices (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I know that my right hon. Friend has campaigned extensively in respect of the stations that fall within her constituency. She will be aware of the benchmarks that my noble Friend Lord Adonis put in place with South West Trains, one of which is that if there is an average sale of 12 tickets per hour in the hours that would be affected, a proposal will be rejected outright. That benchmark has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We have been in consultation with several London authorities and, indeed, with Kent county council, about proposals for dealing with roadwork schemes. That consultation continues. The schemes have to be robust and meet the requirements, but I recognise motorists' frustration about the major roadworks to replace some of our major utilities. We are well aware of that, and I am in dialogue with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: In earlier answers we indicated that there is a programme to work on our stations to improve accessibility. I understand the frustration that the hon. Gentleman may feel, but that programme costs money. The money must be found and the priorities—ensuring better and more reliable services, ensuring that they arrive on time and ensuring affordable fares—must be set. We continue to roll out...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: We have had a wide-ranging debate, with substantial contributions from many hon. Members. However, it is interesting that, at the outset of his speech, the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) could not bring himself to acknowledge the work of the Transport Committee or to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs. Ellman) on her work as Chair. I would like...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I have just laid out clearly—I do not know whether this is difficult to understand—that 423 of the 1,300 carriages have already been ordered, that invitations to tender have been issued on 320 and that we are discussing the rest. [ Interruption. ] My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport asks from a sedentary position which ones the Conservatives would cut as a result of...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way, because I want to cover the points raised by other hon. Members. My hon. Friend the Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) mentioned the inter-city express programme, as did the hon. Member for Lewes and others, including the Chair of the Select Committee. We have set out a £7.5 billion investment programme to replace the existing, ageing inter-city trains. The benefit...

Department for Transport: Railways (9 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I will not give way, because I wish to cover a number of points, including some that relate to the hon. Gentleman's contribution. The disruption experienced by passengers and freight customers on the west coast main line in early January last year was unacceptable. A number of Members asked questions about the bonuses for Network Rail. They are a matter for the company's remuneration...

Network Rail (4 Mar 2009)

Paul Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Mr. Devine) on securing this debate, which raises some important issues. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee, West (Mr. McGovern) on his interventions, which added to the points made. Hon. Members will be aware that Network Rail is the not-for-dividend owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which...


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