Results 101–120 of 659 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kevin Hollinrake

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The Minister mentions rosters and communication, but TransPennine promised those measures to me in a meeting four or five weeks ago. Does he know whether it has implemented them? It would be interesting to see whether it has actually implemented them or whether it is still promising them.

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: I am grateful to the Minister for his comments. Is he able to shed any light on the issue of short-forming? Is it appropriate policy, and what can we do about it? It is clearly causing significant overcrowding on some routes, and some people are being prevented from travelling on certain trains and have to catch later trains.

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: I beg to move, That this House has considered Trans-Pennine rail travel and delays. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. Like those of many of my colleagues, my postbag has made for pretty grim reading this summer, with letter after letter from frustrated passengers. We have seen totally unacceptable delays and cancellations of trains, leading to a decline in...

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady makes some good points. There are longer term benefits to some of the work. It has been poorly executed, but I can speak only for my constituency, where, in the longer term, we will see a doubling of rail journeys between York and Scarborough. That is good news, but in the short term the delays are totally unacceptable. Other issues have combined to make the situation even...

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right: operators can take a number of measures to reduce the impact of some of the problems. To give some examples of passengers I have spoken to or corresponded with, one told me that, since the end of May, because of the new timetables, his train “had been cancelled or delayed nearly every single day”. Another complained: “Whether I get to work now...

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady makes some good points on behalf of her constituents. Although some issues, which I will come to later, are beyond the control of TransPennine Express, the operator clearly could deal with some issues that would alleviate many of the problems, and it is absolutely right that she draws attention to them. Another traveller contacted me this week on Twitter to say: “two days in a...

Funeral Poverty: Trans-Pennine Rail Travel and Delays — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady makes a good point. We have had similar issues from York travelling east, and from east travelling west, which I will come on to in a second. There is also the problem of overcrowding due to cancellations and the short-forming of trains, which is when they travel with fewer carriages than specified. My constituent explained: “the late-running train from Malton was so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The Chancellor has been an outspoken advocate of a fairer distribution of regional spending. Has he read the letter that we sent him in late July? Will he commit to the Transport for the North strategic investment priorities in his forthcoming Budget?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: This is the perfect opportunity for me to speak. I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, as a result of which I recused myself from the Select Committee’s pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill. On the face of it, the Bill will cost my business more money than I wish to think about, and it is certainly keeping my finance director awake at...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: I am sorry; I cannot, because of the time. Many people have been here for the whole debate and want to speak. I cannot support amendment 3, because it is restricted to two elements: a lost key, or a late rent payment. Tenants create many other costs for landlords and agents, and it is only fair that landlords and agents should be reimbursed. As an example, one tenant recently rang one of our...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend is making an important point on referencing. Does he agree that it might be beneficial if the Bill were clarified so that everybody was clear about circumstances in which some of the holding deposit might be retained by the landlord or the agent in the case of somebody failing a reference check? If that were not the case, people on low incomes, for example, could be...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Lady makes a point about the length of deposits. Does she not acknowledge that there can be different circumstances? For example, a tenant with pets may damage a property more than a tenant without pets. If we do not allow some flexibility, people in those circumstances might not be able to rent a property at all. Scotland provides a basis for many of the measures in the proposed...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: Are the fair conditions in amendment 3 examples of charges that may be levied or a definitive list? One thing the hon. Lady has neglected to put in the amendment, for example, is what happens if a tenant breaks the terms of the agreement and wants to leave early or change the sharer. That can result in significant costs to a landlord or agent. Is she excluding that possibility with the amendment?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The Minister is doing an excellent job at the Dispatch Box, as always. Does he agree that another method of sanctioning landlords and agents who will not comply with reasonable regulations is through the redress process? The requirement for agents to be members of a redress scheme was introduced by our Administration in 2014. It was a seminal moment in the raising of standards in the...

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: Will the Minister give way?

Tenant Fees Bill: Prohibitions applying to landlords (5 Sep 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: May I take this opportunity to draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests? On the point the Minister was making about redress for a tenant, does he agree that the vast majority of these problems are very easily solved by contacting the redress schemes, which are very effective at resolving any disputes that may arise? Will he clarify the point...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: I thank the hon. Gentleman for bringing forward this important debate. To support his case, I will describe the case of Libby Binks, a very brave constituent who came to my surgery. She described how she went through the six-week check without any consideration being given to her wellbeing, despite the fact that she was clearly in distress and had post-natal depression. A health visitor came...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that £365 million has been set aside for perinatal mental health services. He is not too far away from north Yorkshire himself, and north Yorkshire has just secured £23 million of that to help with perinatal mental health services for new and expectant mothers.

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: I want to speak against new clause 1, which my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) tabled. Among many points my constituents have made to me in the past few weeks, they have asked why the House cannot work together on Brexit. I suppose the simple answer is that our biggest challenge—what divides us most—is not acceptance of the result of the referendum on 23 June...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Kevin Hollinrake: My hon. Friend is making some very good points. I certainly do not argue that we should be members of customs union, but the Freight Transport Association recently gave the example of a situation whereby a trailer full of 40 different consignments goes from Birmingham to Belfast, and then goes into 40 different white vans in Belfast. How does my hon. Friend propose that we would meet our...


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