Lord Rosser Written Questions

11 Questions to Department for Transport tabled by Lord Rosser


Date Title Questioner
4 Jun 2020, 4:01 p.m. Aviation: Coronavirus Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL Deb, cols 369–72), what steps they are taking to ensure that British Airways and other airlines process and deliver refunds that have been promised to customers as soon as reasonably possible.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

The Department for Transport is in regular conversation with UK airlines and wider membership bodies. We are working closely with the sector, the regulator and consumer groups to help ensure airlines deliver on their commitments.

Airlines are working hard to answer the high call volumes and to process large volumes of refunds. However, the Government appreciates the frustration consumers may be experiencing. We have been clear that where a consumer has asked for a refund, that refund must be paid.

14 Nov 2017, 2:44 p.m. Motor Vehicle Type Approval Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Whole Vehicle Type Approval framework and technical directives will apply in the UK following the UK's exit from the EU; and if not, what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK automotive industry.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

We want to agree an approach that minimises disruption and any additional costs for the automotive industry and consumers in the UK and the EU as of the day of exit. A decision on whether to continue to apply EU whole vehicle type approval will depend on the outcome of the negotiations with the EU.

Departments are working with the Department for Exiting the European Union to understand the impacts that withdrawal from the EU will have on businesses, consumers and other economic factors.

14 Nov 2017, 12:28 p.m. Monarch Airlines: Insolvency Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 946–7), whether the internal review being carried out in response to the insolvency of Monarch Airlines will be fed into their wider review and consultation on consumer protection in the aviation industry; and whether the conclusions and proposals of the internal review will be published.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

We are reviewing consumer protection in the aviation sector as a whole through our aviation strategy. As Lord Callanan indicated in in the ATOL Bill debate of 25 October, we will take on board the lessons learned from Monarch and intend to explore these further in the forthcoming Green Paper on consumer protection to be issued as part of our aviation strategy.

13 Nov 2017, 3 p.m. Package Holidays: EU Law Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 950–951), when the regulations associated with the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 will be published.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

Following on from the recently closed consultation on updating the Package Travel Regulations and the successful passage of the ATOL Bill, the Government will publish the proposed regulations that will implement the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 (PTD) into domestic law as soon as possible. The updated ATOL regulations that implement the PTD for package holidays which include a flight, will be published for consultation by the end of this year.

13 Nov 2017, 2:59 p.m. Travel Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 950), when they expect to publish their description of a linked travel arrangement; and whether Ministers have met with, or intend to meet with (1) online companies including online providers, and (2) consumer organisations, before determining their description of a linked travel arrangement.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Government has published the definition of a Linked Travel Arrangement (LTA) in the recently closed consultation on the updated Package Travel Regulations. The definition has been taken from the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 to ensure harmonisation across Europe. The forthcoming consultation on ATOL regulations, will set out how this will be transposed into UK regulations for holidays that include a flight. The practical points for implementation and operation will be published in the Civil Aviation Authority’s Guidance that will accompany the updated ATOL regulations and the Package Travel Regulations.

In developing these proposals and bringing them in to law, Ministers have a full programme of engagement, which includes online companies, tour operators and consumer organisations. In addition, travel companies and organisations such as the European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA), Trading Standards and ABTA, have attended the PTD implementation workshops.

31 Oct 2017, 12:47 p.m. Mileometers: Fraud Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their recent response to the consultation on vehicle clocking means that no further action will be taken, or whether it means that consideration is being given to further action in the light of the responses to the consultation; and if it is the latter, whether the outcome of that consideration wil be announced before the end of 2017.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Government’s published response to this consultation indicates that the Government will consider further what measures, if any, are needed. The outcome of that decision will be announced in due course.

21 Sep 2017, 1:27 p.m. Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect recent decisions to reduce the previously announced intended extent of route electrification of the Great Western franchise will have on journey times of bi-modal trains.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Intercity Express bi-mode trains being introduced from this autumn will deliver the existing Great Western Main Line timetable.

The Department for Transport is working with Network Rail and Hitachi to ensure delivery of journey times reduced by around 15minutes once electrification between London, Bristol and South Wales is complete. These new bi-mode trains, capable of operating in electric and diesel mode, mean that we can improve journeys for passengers without disruptive work to put up wires and masts along routes where they are no longer required.

20 Sep 2017, 12:51 p.m. Great Western Railway Line Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, for the bi-modal trains running under the Great Western franchise, the switch from diesel to electric and vice versa will occur whilst the train is on the move, and if so, whether at full speed, or slow speed, or whether the switch will be made whilst the train is in a station or otherwise not moving.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

Intercity Express Trains running on the Great Western Main Line will be able to switch seamlessly between electric and diesel mode whilst on the move and whilst stationary. The speed of train during that power change will depend on the line speed at that location.

20 Sep 2017, 12:51 p.m. Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of recent decisions to reduce the previously announced intended extent of route electrification of the Great Western franchise, what additional payment will have to be made to Hitachi to reflect the consequential increase in the use of the diesel engine in the bi-modal train.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Department for Transport is currently in discussions to amend the Great Western Main Line Intercity Express contract. The specific detail of these discussions remains commercially confidential.

15 Sep 2017, 10:02 a.m. Great Western Railway Line: Rolling Stock Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, apart from the new bi-modal trains, there is any passenger rolling stock on order for Great Western franchise which is not yet in service or fully in service.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

A separate order for the AT300 version of the Hitachi Intercity Express Train has been made by Great Western Railway (GWR) to replace HST trains on long-distance services between London and the South West of England. A further order of these trains has been made to cover fast services from London to Oxford and Newbury/Bedwyn. GWR has also ordered Bombardier Class 387 electric trains for electric services in the Thames Valley, the first of which are already in service between Maidenhead and Paddington, with the final ones planned to enter service when the route between London and Didcot Parkway is available for use by electric trains. Some of these trains will also operate local services between Reading and Newbury.

13 Sep 2017, 11:36 a.m. Motor Vehicles: Testing Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their response to the consultation held from 22 September 2016 to 2 November 2016 on roadworthiness testing for fast tractors and other technical changes to vehicle testing; and what are the reasons for the delay in publishing their response.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Government has analysed the responses to this consultation and is preparing a response. The proposals in this consultation are being considered alongside other related proposals in respect of changes to roadworthiness testing. The Government intends to publish a response to the consultation as soon as possible, and within this calendar year.