Debates between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle

There have been 8 exchanges between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle

1 Thu 17th September 2020 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
2 interactions (55 words)
2 Thu 2nd July 2020 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
2 interactions (82 words)
3 Mon 29th June 2020 Dronfield Station:150th Anniversary
Department for Transport
3 interactions (1,399 words)
4 Mon 18th May 2020 Oral Answers to Questions
HM Treasury
2 interactions (124 words)
5 Thu 30th January 2020 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
2 interactions (48 words)
6 Tue 1st October 2019 South Western Railway
Department for Transport
3 interactions (292 words)
7 Wed 19th December 2018 Leaving the EU: No Deal
Department for Exiting the European Union
2 interactions (101 words)
8 Wed 21st February 2018 Finance (No. 2) Bill
HM Treasury
3 interactions (241 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Thursday 17th September 2020

(4 days, 4 hours ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Chris Heaton-Harris) - Hansard

The Government are investing £2 billion in active travel over the next five years. That is the biggest ever boost for cycling and walking and, as we heard in the previous question, it is welcomed widely across the House.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard

It is a pleasure to see Tracey asking this question. We miss you; we really do.

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Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Thursday 2nd July 2020

(2 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Hansard

The Government have a massive agenda of levelling up this country and providing transport infrastructure that is fit for years to come. We are doing that, and we are investing in it. We look forward to supporting my hon. Friend in filling potholes in her constituency, too.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard
2 Jul 2020, 12:03 a.m.

In order to allow the safe exit of hon. Members participating in this item of business and the safe arrival of those participating in the next, I am now suspending the House for three minutes.

Dronfield Station:150th Anniversary

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 29th June 2020

(2 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Chris Heaton-Harris) - Hansard

I thank my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley) for securing this fantastic debate on Dronfield station to recognise and commemorate its 150th anniversary. His speech was a beautiful historical recital of Dronfield’s intermittent relationship with our railways. I hope that it will have a very strong relationship with our railways going forward.

I am slightly concerned because this is the fourth Adjournment debate that I have done without the presence of the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I am not sure whether even having an Adjournment debate without his presence is in order.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard

Just to help the Minister, as we know, even the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) cannot link himself to 150 years of Dronfield railway station, hence he is not here. As much as he would love to and as much as he may find a connection, I could not put him on the right track for this one.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Hansard
29 Jun 2020, midnight

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have just received a text from him, actually; he has got a strong relationship with Dronfield station and wishes it a happy birthday.

As my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire knows, I am a former Member of the European Parliament, and I represented his constituency in the east midlands for a decade, so I know the town pretty well. I have canvassed there—possibly not quite as successfully as he did in recent elections, but I do know it pretty well. I was going through my diaries to see whether I ever did catch a train from the station. I cannot say I ever have, but I very much look forward to having the opportunity of doing so at some point in the future.

My hon. Friend knows that this is a huge milestone for the town of Dronfield. I should start by congratulating him on his support of the Friends of Dronfield Station, and asking him to thank them on behalf of the Department for Transport for everything they do to improve and love their station and its services. I am sure that those who visit the medieval St John’s parish church or Dronfield Hall Barn appreciate the stunning flowers and hanging baskets that adorn the station and how clean it is kept. Until the outbreak of this terrible virus, it was quite possibly one of the cleanest stations on our rail network.

My hon. Friend will know that the Government are investing record levels in rail funding to deliver the biggest rail modernisation programme for over a century. In fact, we are spending £48 billion over what we call control period 6—that is the slightly Soviet terminology for a five-year period of rail spending—which runs from last year to 2024, to improve rail services for passengers and freight customers while maintaining current high levels of safety and reliability.

I was extremely pleased that my hon. Friend mentioned that he had supported a bid to the Restoring your Railway fund to reopen the Sheffield to Chesterfield via Barrow Hill line, which includes Dronfield station. As hon. Members on both sides of the House will know, earlier this year the Secretary of State for Transport invited Members, local authorities and community groups across England to come forward with proposals for how they could reinstate axed local services. Thanks to the Government’s £500 million fund, long-isolated communities across the country will benefit from better rail connections that will level up regional economies, boost access to jobs and education, and kick-start the restoration of lines closed more than 50 years ago. So far, we have committed a sum of £300,000 to an ideas fund to kick-start the process to encourage innovative ideas that will be considered for future funding. We are now working with successful bidders, as my hon. Friend said, to agree the scope of the work. We will provide guidance to help each scheme to get to a point where they can develop a full business case to become part of what we nattily call the rail network enhancements portfolio—the big chunk of money that I mentioned earlier.

I know that my hon. Friend is interested in what goes on around his area to help to connect the town of Dronfield and others, and that he is well aware of what is going on in the Hope Valley capacity scheme. That scheme is an important part of the Great North Rail project to transform journeys between the northern powerhouse cities of Manchester and Sheffield by removing a bottleneck in the Hope Valley line. I am pretty sure that he will be pleased to know that we are continuing to look at ways to speed up this work, and I am quite sure that, actually, we might hear quite a lot from the Prime Minister tomorrow about how we are going to speed up all sorts of things when it comes to big chunks of infrastructure in our country.

For example, on this particular line, Network Rail is currently undertaking early signalling design in parallel to the tendering process. This element of the design is very time-consuming and is therefore a significant driver of overall timescales, and we are trying to speed it up. I am pleased to say that this is proceeding to programme, despite challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic. It is also liaising with train and freight operating companies to secure possessions, where we take control of the whole track and close it down for a period of time, so we can do proper work and agree any changes to the network that may be required during construction. These activities are normally decided once the contract to deliver the scheme has been let, so we are beginning to work out how to improve the network.

I shall turn now to the midland main line upgrade. As Members know, we are investing huge sums of money in the midland main line, which was completed in 1870. It will enable improved long-distance passenger services between Sheffield, Nottingham and London, as well as improved services between Corby, Kettering and London. There will be more seats, faster inter-city journeys, and new fast and efficient inter-city and express trains. For long-distance journeys, we will reduce journey times by up to 20 minutes in the peak and a brand new fleet of bi-mode trains will be introduced. For journeys from Corby through Luton into London, including from Wellingborough, passengers will benefit from a new and dedicated electric service. From 2021, the trains will be fast—like today, but longer and with more seats. This means more comfortable journeys for long-distance and commuting passengers at the busiest times of the day. These measures will provide over 50% more seats into London in the peak, once the upgrade is complete.

My hon. Friend mentioned a concern to me previously about reducing the direct calls at Dronfield in the existing East Midlands rail service to Manchester and Liverpool. I can assure him, having checked, that I do not know of any such proposals and my officials do not either, so I would like to think that they are safe, at least for the time being.

This has been a celebration of a town and its relationship with the railway. My hon. Friend mentioned the successful campaign led by Dr Peter Hayward and Natascha Engel, the former MP for the area. I know how much they worked together to ensure that the reintroduced Nottingham to Leeds service did actually stop in Dronfield.

My hon. Friend also talked about the success of this railway. Railways are very much like “Field of Dreams” moments with Kevin Costner, because when you build it, people do come. They really do use their service, and they fall in love with it. Sometimes it is a love-hate relationship, but they absolutely do love it—because when it disappears, as it had done for a period of time, my word, do we, as politicians, hear about it. As he mentioned, there were just 32,000 people using trains from Dronfield in 2006, going up to a quarter of a million in 2018. It is a fantastic success story.

I am quite sure that with my hon. Friend at the helm and with the amazingly strong campaign by Friends of Dronfield Station, the station has a fantastically bright future in our railways. Dronfield station can feel tremendous pride in this magnificent milestone and has a tremendous amount to look forward to.

Question put and agreed to.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Monday 18th May 2020

(4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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HM Treasury
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Hansard

We have worked with the rail industry to temporarily extend refunds to all ticket types. These changes reflect the exceptional circumstances and the Government’s advice to avoid unnecessary travel. Anytime off-peak and super off-peak tickets can be refunded as usual, and since 17 March all admin fees have been waived. Advance tickets purchased before 23 March for travel from that date onwards are eligible for a fee-free refund, whether the train is cancelled or not. Unused carnet tickets can be refunded or extended depending on the train operator, and season tickets, including station car park season tickets, are already refundable, so we have not changed that policy. A £10 admin fee remains for season ticket refunds.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard

Well, you have made your husband very happy.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Thursday 30th January 2020

(7 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard
30 Jan 2020, 9:56 a.m.

Order. Unfortunately, the question is on Southeastern railways and is not really connected to Birmingham. If the Minister could pick something out that would address that, I would be grateful.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Hansard

I must say that Andy Street is an excellent Mayor for Birmingham and I hope he is re-elected.

South Western Railway

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Tuesday 1st October 2019

(11 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Chris Heaton-Harris) - Parliament Live - Hansard
1 Oct 2019, 5:08 p.m.

I thank Members who have contributed to this interesting debate this afternoon. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and Southampton North (Caroline Nokes) on securing the debate and for the opportunity to discuss this important issue in the House. She mentioned in passing Mr Speaker’s magic touch—her train appeared early the day after he granted this debate. As my right hon. Friend knows, Mr Speaker can work in mysterious ways. She also mentioned my hon. Friend the Member for Gosport (Caroline Dinenage) possibly having in her constituency the largest town without a railway station. The hon. Member for Daventry might have a competition with her on that, because the main town in my constituency does not have a station, either. [Interruption.] It is not good enough, obviously, but there are plenty of towns that do not.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Deputy Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) - Hansard
1 Oct 2019, 5:09 p.m.

And Leigh in Greater Manchester.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Hansard
1 Oct 2019, 5:10 p.m.

And Leigh in Greater Manchester, I am informed by a terrible heckler from a sedentary position, suffers the same.

The current operational performance of South Western Railway for the period 18 August to 14 September, measuring arrival time to within five minutes at the final destination, was 82.9%. That is the common measure used by the rail industry. Using the measure that we, as a Department, now like to use—being on time within a minute—for the first quarter of this year performance was 59.7%. That is clearly not good enough.

My right hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and Southampton North knows that we are a relatively new ministerial team in the Department, and when the Secretary of State came into the Department he set out his priorities for improving the railway. He is absolutely determined to work with the rail industry to deliver a more reliable, passenger-focused railway.

Leaving the EU: No Deal

Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Wednesday 19th December 2018

(1 year, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Deputy Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) - Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 5:23 p.m.

Order. Many Members want to speak, and we are running out of time. The debate must finish at 7 pm, so please, let us be courteous to everyone.

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait Chris Heaton-Harris - Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 5:23 p.m.

It is Government policy that we will not revoke article 50, but I hear what the hon. Lady says. She will hear, in the coming days and weeks, why the Cabinet took the decision to increase the pace of our no-deal preparation, and she will hear a lot more about what the Government are doing, and what we are asking businesses to do, should we reach the unlikely point of a no-deal scenario.

Finance (No. 2) Bill

(3rd reading: House of Commons)
(Report stage: House of Commons)
Debate between Chris Heaton-Harris and Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Wednesday 21st February 2018

(2 years, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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HM Treasury
Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Deputy Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) - Hansard
21 Feb 2018, 7:46 p.m.

I can now inform the House that I have completed certification of the Bill, as required by the Standing Order. I have confirmed the view expressed in the Speaker’s provisional certificate issued on 20 February. Copies of my final certificate will be made available in the Vote Office and on the parliamentary website.

Under Standing Order No. 83M, a consent motion is therefore required for the Bill to proceed. Copies of the motion are now available.

Does a Minister intend to move the consent motion?

Chris Heaton-Harris Portrait The Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household (Chris Heaton-Harris) - Hansard

indicated assent.

The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (Standing Order No. 83M).

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait The Chairman of Ways and Means (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) - Hansard
21 Feb 2018, 7:48 p.m.

I remind Members that if there is a Division, only Members representing constituencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may vote. As the knife has fallen, there can be no debate.

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83M(5)),

That the Committee consents to the following certified clauses of, and schedules to, the Finance (No. 2) Bill:

Clauses and Schedules certified under Standing Order No. 83L(2) (as modified in its application by Standing Order No. 83S(4)) as relating exclusively to England, Wales and Northern Ireland and being within devolved legislative competence

Clauses 3, 40 and 41 of, and Schedule 11 to, the Bill as amended in Public Bill Committee (Bill 151).—(Mel Stride.)

Question agreed to.

The occupant of the Chair left the Chair to report the decision of the Committee (Standing Order No. 83M(6)).

The Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair; decision reported.

Third Reading