Results 1141–1160 of 1184 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Tredinnick

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, yet again, for his wisdom in amplifying my points. Running on from that—no doubt you will be glad that I am, Mr. Deputy Speaker—the demand for rail services is another aspect of the issue. That demand is increasing. The hon. Member for West Bromwich, East was good enough to draw my attention to the effect of people moving away from town. The trend...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: As a new Member I hesitate to make that point, but I accept my hon. Friend's wisdom. I have relied on his advice and help and, I hope, learnt quite a lot from him, not least from his approach to the Bill—which may not be lost on the Opposition. As I was saying before that helpful intervention, the impact of the changing travel pattern all over the country is illustrated by increased...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for guiding me back to the points that I now hope to make. There are three lines in my constituency. There is the charming Market Bosworth light railway. I recommend hon. Members to visit my constituency in the summer so that they can chug along by steam. There is the important link from Hinkley to Nuneaton and beyond in one direction, and to Leicester in...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I have considered only the question whether fast trains can use that track, but my hon. Friend is right. The issue of the new trains and track is relevant. As a result of the development of the brilliant new trains, the amount of money needed to be spent on relaying the track will be reduced. The French had to lay a completely new track for the 160 mph train from Paris to Lyons, at vast...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for preventing me from straying. I was not advocating building a railway line across a green belt, but it is possible to run lines along existing lines. That is the way it is done in Japan. As we are tackling the problem in such a sophisticated way, with the tremendous mainline station in London and all the money that will be spent on it, it may be necessary to...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for helping me on that point. We have a sophisticated new transport system. It must be sensible to make improvements to the track for the Channel tunnel—I shall leave it at that—but the midlands should be included in it. Hon. Members will recall that trains that do not run on the new electrified track will not be able to go to Europe. That is of...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: My hon. Friend puts his case eloquently and speaks from the heart. I speak from the heart, and I assure hon. Members that if I did not feel so strongly about this issue I would not be advancing it in the way that I am.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am not sure that a fatigue allowance would be permitted. The Channel tunnel is soon to be completed, there is the new St. Pancras-King's Cross terminal, with its wonderful new underground platforms, there are the new high-speed trains and there will shortly be a new cross-London market of 12·5 million people. It will be feasible to run trains from Sheffield to Brighton, so the market...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: If trains ran through the old West Kensington station they might run into a District line train, and that could cause all kinds of complications. There will shortly be a vastly increased travel market. When a service is increased and routeing is improved, there is an increase in demand. That has been well illustrated by what has happened to long-haul air routes around the world. One can now...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, and I assure you, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I shall have words with him after the debate about attempting to lead the House astray. If you will forgive the pun, Madam Deputy Speaker, I do not want to get into a loop, but I must return to the issue of curves. The implications of what has been said by the opponents of the electrification of the midland main...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for mentioning that. There are times when efficiency involves cutting certain projects. I may be out of order when I say that the TSR2 was cut by I forget which Government. I think that it was the Labour Government who cut that brilliant technological project.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I remember that happening when I was at school and it had a great effect on me and—I was about to say my honourable schoolmates—my not so honourable colleagues. Indeed, as far as I remember, most of them were thoroughly dishonourable and disreputable. We had fairly extensive opportunities to study railways there and my interest came about because I always had a Boy's Own interest...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I did not intend to score political points tonight, because I was looking for the hon. Gentleman's support.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's remarks, but in the spirit of the debate in which we seem to have all-party agreement on this midland main line electrification it would be churlish of me to try and score points off the hon. Gentleman, although I am tempted to do so. Electrification is not just an issue for Members of Parliament. The House should be aware that Leicestershire county...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I do not know whether my hon. Friend is dropping a tactful hint when he says that time is money, but I assure him that I am not being paid for this delivery tonight. I am hesitant whether to leave some points to be made by my hon. Friends. One of my hon. Friends is shaking his head.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I hope that the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) will have a chance to make that point. The hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I have not majored on Nottingham tonight, but, if I had, I might have had problems driving through my constituency tomorrow. The first thing is to get the line built to Leicester. That is what we are talking about. One of the arguments that is made about...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I was saying, before yet another helpful intervention by my hon. Friend the Member for Hallam, that there is one other argurnent—[Interruption.]

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: In just outlining my speech, which is all I have had time to do so far, it has not been possible for me to go into the matters that pertain to other lines. However, it is very helpful that my hon. Friend the Member for Leicestershire, North-West (Mr. Ashby) has brought up this matter.

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He accuses me of having a constituency interest, but I cannot think that his interest in Nottingham is anything other than parochial. If he thinks a little more carefully about what I have said, he will realise that I have spent a lot of time on strategy and concentrated on Leicester because I am a Leicestershire Member and proud of it, as the hon. Member...

Opposition Day: British Railways (No. 2) Bill (27 Apr 1988)

David Tredinnick: The hon. Gentleman says, "Not for long." I do not want to appear parochial, but we must take first things first. I now want to turn to the success of the electrification of the St. Pancras-Bedford stretch. Before that line was electrified, we were told in a whole range of arguments why that could not be done; why it would be a great waste of money; why it could not possibly work; and that...


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