Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: Department for Transport

Oral Answers to Questions

Kate Green Excerpts
Monday 18th May 2020

(4 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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John Glen Portrait John Glen
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The hon. Lady makes a reasonable point. We are monitoring the effectiveness of all these schemes, and the way that local authorities are using their discretion in giving out those grants, but this is a matter that we will continue to examine carefully.

Kate Green Portrait Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston) (Lab)
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What assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on regional economies.

Kemi Badenoch Portrait The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury (Kemi Badenoch)
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The Government are closely monitoring the impact of covid-19 on local communities across the UK. We are engaging with local authorities, local enterprise partnerships and mayoral combined authorities, and remain committed to levelling up opportunity all over the UK.

Kate Green Portrait Kate Green [V]
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The public transport infrastructure will be essential to Greater Manchester’s economic recovery, and funding has been provided to help Manchester Metrolink, but it is insufficient and the situation will be exacerbated because social distancing will mean that it can carry fewer passengers for the foreseeable future. Will the Treasury commit to fully funding Metrolink so that it can help to get the city region back on its feet?

Kemi Badenoch Portrait Kemi Badenoch
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I have been in conversation with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, and the Treasury is well aware of this issue. At the moment, we have provided £630 million for councils. We have provided some funding to Metrolink and we will continue to explore the issue further.