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Results 61–80 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

Royal Assent: New Trains (Investment) (12 Feb 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I note that making an announcement about capacity on a particular line has laid me open to a general discussion abut capacity on all our lines. I repeat that I recognise that there are capacity issues to be addressed. We have a very significant programme of investment in capacity, along with a programme to establish where new lines will be required to relieve those capacity problems. That is...

Royal Assent: New Trains (Investment) (12 Feb 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I should be delighted to send the hon. Gentleman a letter about that. I shall also send a copy to his hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Susan Kramer).

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from "House" to the end of the Question and add: "notes the Government's commitment in the 2003 Aviation White Paper to limit noise impacts and to be confident both that statutory air quality limits will be met and that public transport will be improved before expansion is permitted at Heathrow; welcomes the Government's new enforceable target to...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: Those comments would have some credibility if the hon. Lady could set out the basis on which those assertions are made. She and her Front-Bench team are desperate to get into government, to sit on the Government Benches and to take decisions such as on the third runway, but unless they can set out the basis on which their decisions are taken, whatever they say on these issues simply does not...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: If the hon. Lady is not worried about jobs and the economy —[Interruption.] Well, the position of the Conservative Front-Bench team—I heard some sedentary comments—appears to be that a list of environmental and other organisations will be cited as a reason for not taking a decision on the runway. If that is the policy of the Conservatives, they should articulate it, instead of...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I would have been delighted to make such visits, but unfortunately, and unusually for me, I found my presence in such demand in so many different places that it was necessary to find a means by which such discussions could take place. I would be delighted to meet the hon. Gentleman and representatives of his community, but as I say, I could not spend the next year touring west London, much as...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I will be dealing with that in due course, but the hon. Gentleman can take it that we will not be reconsidering that particular option. May I, again, tempt the hon. Lady to answer some basic questions about her proposals?

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I shall give way in a moment. First, does the hon. Lady recognise that our constituents and British businesses demand that they should be able to travel by air and that there is growing demand from our constituents and from British business for such services? Her own leader, the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), made that point quite clearly in 2007, when he said: "It's unrealistic...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: My hon. Friend makes a fair point. Of course, the process will be governed by the Planning Act 2008, which will set out the process that he has at least in part described. I anticipate that the Government would want to bring forward a new aviation White Paper that would set out the up-to-date position, given the history since 2003. It is important that we acknowledge something that the hon....

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I am sorry that I gave way to the hon. Lady, because she clearly did not listen to the question. The question is straightforward. If a Government take a decision, they have to take similar decisions according to a consistent process. They cannot pick and choose for political reasons the kinds of decisions that they would like to be subject to votes on the Floor of the House. Until she...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I am going to make a little progress. What is important is that we should—

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I have given way to my hon. Friend. I shall give way in a second. As the Opposition have accepted that there is a requirement for some increase in capacity, where will that increased capacity be made available? The hon. Member for Chipping Barnet appears to have ruled out in the past any extra capacity at any of the airports in the south. Today, I was not quite so sure what her position would...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: Unless the hon. Lady is able to provide the criteria by which that decision has been taken, she cannot be taken seriously.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I have already given way to my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell). I shall give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Joan Walley).

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I made it clear in my statement to the House that any further expansion beyond that which was permitted would require a new process by which any new slots would be made available. That process would depend critically on the views of the Committee on Climate Change, which would have to report to the Government, and therefore indirectly to the House, that we were on track—that is, that we...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I do not accept the way in which my hon. Friend has made his point, not least because I took great pains to set out in my statement the week before last that such decisions are necessarily a matter of balance between the requirement to allow more flights and to allow more people to travel on those flights, and the consequences for the local environment and the people affected by Heathrow as...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I am going to make some progress, in the light of Mr. Speaker's observation. One suggestion set out in the motion tabled by the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet is that we should "give full consideration to alternative solutions". I have no idea—and I am none the wiser from her speech—what that would mean in relation to her previously stated opposition to expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick and...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: I have visited Manston airport, and I can see the argument for its expansion and I recognise that it has a part to play. Indeed, several airports in and around London could help in relieving the expansion capacity problems that we face. However, no one is seriously suggesting that one of those 400 sites could be a substitute hub airport. The hon. Gentleman knows enough about aviation to...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: My right hon. Friend is right to say that Mr. Oakervee is employed by the Department, and in that capacity I have met him. I am delighted by his judgment, because it is that it will never be built. That was his conclusion. The hon. Member for Chipping Barnet suggests that increased competition will somehow provide a solution. I welcome the work that the Competition Commission has done and I...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

Geoff Hoon: That is simply not the case. Unfortunately, The Times seems to have confused the projections for carbon and not taken into account the kinds of policy changes that have been agreed. The pressure will be on the airlines to use more efficient aircraft, so that they are not required to buy permits under the emissions trading scheme, to reduce their emissions and fuel consumption. That is a much...


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