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Written Answers — Home Office: Catalytic Converters: Theft (5 Nov 2019)

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps police forces are taking to improve the recording of thefts of catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: rose—

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: Will the hon. Lady please explain to me why the Government have not got Brexit through when they have had a majority for three years?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: Is it not the case that the Labour party voted for Brexit—the one that was in our manifesto, rather than the Government’s version of Brexit? Labour has called for a customs union, but the Government have not offered that. Why should we support the Government’s deal, when it is not the promise we made to our own electorate?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: The hon. Gentleman says he will vote for any Brexit that comes forward. It has been seven or eight days now and the withdrawal agreement Bill has not been brought forward. I do not know why—it is rumoured that the Government are on strike and will not bring it back. In the Bill is an amendment for a customs union. He says he will vote for any sensible option to get it through. Why does he...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: I thank you, Mr Howarth, for chairing this debate. I also thank the hon. Members who have contributed to it, including my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn), who probably agrees that rail passengers in his constituency would be liberated by the reinstatement of this rail link, and my hon. Friend the Member for Burnley (Julie Cooper). She rightly pointed out that...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: It does not matter. That does not excuse us from bringing in local contractors to do some of the most basic work, lowering the costs. We do not always have to bring in experienced contractors from the south on high-value contracts; that does not serve the cost analysis very well. I do not think that affordability, cost and value for money should be the drivers of this particular scheme. My...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: And Hyndburn Council.

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: The hon. Gentleman offers a different perspective from that of the Institute for Public Policy Research, which says that there has been a lack of investment in the north. I simply say to him that the public will ask this about the investment that is supposed to be going into the north, “East Lancashire is very deprived; whereabouts in east Lancashire will it go? I am an east Lancashire...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way just on that one point?

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: As I understand it—I will stand corrected if the hon. Gentleman can tell me otherwise—the new rolling stock will not be on the section from Burnley to Colne to Pendle; that section will have revamped old stock. Can he update us on that point?

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered the proposed reinstatement of the Colne to Skipton railway link. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir George. It is interesting that the Government have sent the heavy rail Minister to respond to the debate. I hope he will make the commitments to Colne-Skipton that we all want, about long-overdue investment. It is of course my...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: My hon. Friend is a tireless campaigner on rail and on the matter in question. She was at the forefront of campaigning to reinstate the Manchester link, from east Lancashire—albeit it is a second-rate one; at least we have got it now. She is quite right. The Institute for Public Policy Research has said that in London, for instance, £708 is spent on transport per head of population, but...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: My hon. Friend makes two points. First, St Helens is occupied Lancashire and needs to be liberated. He is right to say that St Helens looks north towards Lancashire, but there is also a serious point to be made about the importance of connecting east Lancashire to the port of Merseyside and the support that we get from Peel Ports, which involves passing through constituencies such as St...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: My hon. Friend is right. I do not have to hand the figures for Manchester Road station in Burnley, which is on that link. It is a circuitous route. It is not the old 30 minutes direct into Manchester; it is 60 minutes. None the less, passenger numbers at Accrington station have gone from, I think, 289,000 to 469,000— or thereabouts. I may be corrected afterwards, but it is not far off. That...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: The hon. Gentleman is quite right; all these little bits of links, as I mentioned in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn), add value to other sub-regions; they are not just an advantage or an addition for that particular sub-region. These things really matter, and with this particular line we are talking about potentially connecting the port of Hull...

Colne to Skipton Railway Link — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: My hon. Friend makes a good point. We have had highs and lows on this issue that we should not have had. There has been a bit of dither and it has gone on for too long; today’s debate is about asking the Minister to make a firm commitment as we are going into a general election. Returning to look at the service more widely, if passenger services were to go on the new Skipton to Colne...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Northern: Contracts (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to maintain existing contracts between Northern Rail and subcontractors in the event that Northern Rail is taken into Government control.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Primary Health Care: Lancashire (29 Oct 2019)

Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the recent cyber attack on Pitney Bowes and its impact on the primary care provision within the (a) East Lancashire CCG and (b) East Lancashire hospitals NHS trust.


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