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Results 161–180 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Soulsby

Orders of the Day: Clause 57 — Application of act to extensions (13 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that contribution. It is clear that the frustration was shared by other members of the Committee. I wonder whether the Modernisation Committee might like to look further into the hybrid Bill procedure—quite an unusual procedure for Parliament, but one that can be of very considerable significance when it crops up. Let me pick out two of the most significant...

Orders of the Day: Clause 23 — Overriding duty of Office of Rail Regulation before Crossrail operational (13 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I understand what the hon. Gentleman seeks to achieve, which is the construction of the whole scheme, and to have it open and carrying passengers. Does he not accept, however, that setting such an artificial limit could have a perverse effect? Because the clock would start ticking, as it were, on the day that the first passengers were carried, the artificial time frame he seeks could have the...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Acquisition of land not subject to the power under section 6(1) (13 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I have looked closely at the amendment. The hon. Gentleman talks about the easements expiring no later than the day on which the first passenger train runs. Does he not accept that it is highly unlikely that every aspect of work on every stretch of the Crossrail scheme will be completed on that day? It is likely that the easements will need to continue after that first train runs, just to...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — Acquisition of land not subject to the power under section 6(1) (13 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his explanation of what he is trying to achieve, but does he accept that ending the easements at that particular stage of construction is totally unreasonable?

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Canals (11 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: On that point, does my hon. Friend agree that it is perverse that the opening of new canals produces liability for British Waterways, even though they are of enormous benefit to the communities that they serve and those who navigate them? Events such as the worthwhile one in the centre of Birmingham, with which he began his speech, can produce a cost to British Waterways rather than an income.

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Canals (11 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if British Waterways sought to meet the deficit through a massive increase in licence fees, it would be a major deterrent to people who use the waterways—people who are often on comparatively low incomes—and who ought to be encouraged further to do so, in order to make them the lively and thriving places that they deserve to be?

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Canals (11 Dec 2007)

Peter Soulsby: May I join the hon. Gentleman in paying tribute to the excellent work of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, and to its endeavour to create a link with the top end of the Birmingham canal navigations, which, as he rightly says, is so underused? Indeed, many similar trusts do similar work throughout the network. Does he agree that the potential for further cuts in the funding...

Business of the House (22 Nov 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I was indeed, Mr. Speaker. The Leader of the House will be aware, from Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform questions, of the widespread concern about the closure of post offices, not only in rural areas but in urban areas such as my constituency. The post offices in Francis street and Walnut street are a vital part of their communities and provide valuable services. May we have a...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Peter Soulsby: As a frequent user of St. Pancras, I have watched with some frustration the work that has been going on there in recent years. Along with countless thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of others, I have picked my way through the building work on a daily basis. Indeed, visitors to St. Pancras have at times been on something of a voyage of exploration, with the pedestrian routes changing...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I thank my hon. Friend for his well-informed intervention. I know that he takes a particular interest in matters of rail freight, and he emphasises my point about the fraction of the potential that is used at the moment and the enormous potential that is there for the future. Finally, the completion of High Speed 1 and the excitement around it emphasises the potential associated with...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Peter Soulsby: Does the Minister accept that while there has been an understandable focus on the enormous success of the passenger facilities that will be available with the reopening of St. Pancras, there needs to be an equal focus on the potential use of the rail link for freight? That has been a much less successful development, with, at times, as few as one train a day using the line for that purpose,...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I want to revert to the pressure that has been put on my hon. Friend to consider other high-speed links in the UK. He has talked about the excitement that opening High Speed 1 has generated. Given the genuine excitement, the continuing and growing concern about climate change—and the effect of other modes of transport on that—and the ever-increasing congestion on existing lines, is not...

Orders of the Day: Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill (20 Nov 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way again. Does he not accept that the energy necessary to get those high-speed trains up to speed is worth expending if they get people off domestic airlines and make rail a realistic alternative for them?

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: In fact, induction was discussed earlier; several Members referred to it. The point was made that induction should not just be a one-off event when new Members are overwhelmed having just arrived—there should be an ongoing process of enabling Members to understand the business of the House and make best use of its procedures.

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I hesitate to follow the authentic voice of the luddite tendency, but I feel provoked to respond to some of the points made by the hon. Member for Northampton, South (Mr. Binley). The Modernisation Committee's recommendations are very modest, especially where they deal with the use of modern technology by hon. Members in this Chamber. It is not suggested that hon. Members should be able to...

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I assure the hon. Gentleman that he and the colleague to whom he referred are not the only members of the Committee who can think for themselves. I and a number of others can do that, too, and we gave careful consideration to what initially seemed an attractive option. However, given that the subjects for topical debates are to be matters of "regional, national or international importance",...

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: I suspect that if I pursue the hon. Gentleman's suggestion at the length he invites me to do, Mr. Deputy Speaker, you would pull me up short and suggest that it was not something for debate this afternoon. The proposals made by the Leader of the House in response to the Modernisation Committee are important steps to re-empower Back Benchers and reinvigorate the Chamber, although no doubt many...

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: May I suggest that the hon. Gentleman cannot be particularly observant? Were he to have been more observant, he would have noticed on many occasions Members, no doubt with the Speaker or Deputy Speaker turning a blind eye, using such hand-held devices in the Chamber. Indeed I saw a prominent member of his own Front-Bench team using such a device comparatively recently. During an earlier...

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: Does my hon. Friend accept that a powerful case was made in Committee that it is not just a matter of the initial induction? Those of us who are comparatively new Members experienced quite a lot in a very short time. Some of us remarked, "Too much, too soon." There should be continuing development and continuing opportunities for Members to understand the business of the House and the ways in...

Points of Order: Modernisation of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007)

Peter Soulsby: Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that the concern that has been expressed about the resource implications of creating regional Select Committees should not lead to a retreat from that commitment, and that the answer to that concern is to make those resources available?


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