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star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thismore than 2014-03-12
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Department for Transport remove filter
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government in what areas they operate drones; and for what use. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence operates Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) globally for operational surveillance, precision attack and for training purposes.  Reaper RPAS is the only armed system.  It operates only in Afghanistan, and professional, qualified pilots follow the exact same Rules of Engagement as pilots of other aircraft types.</p><p> </p><p>Whilst the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has not used any RPAS, its Centre for Environment Fisheries &amp; Aquaculture Science, Food &amp; Environment Research Agency, Environment Agency, Natural England and Royal Botanic Gardens have used small RPAS to support work on flood defence and coastal erosion, and the monitoring of crops, plants and nature reserves.  All flights were carried out within the UK except for an aerial plant survey in Peru carried out by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.</p><p> </p><p>The Home Office does not itself operate RPAS and the only police force operationally using a system (albeit very occasionally) is Staffordshire. This system is mostly used for patrol sweeps of car park and camping areas at V Festival, security sweeps for VIP events at the National Arboretum, they have also carried out some missing person, search and rescue, and counter-poaching tasks.</p><p> </p><p>Sussex Police have completed formal training and are now in the process of gathering experience with their own RPAS system – although if an important operational task came up RPAS would be deployed. The formal start date for the trial is in the near future.</p><p> </p><p>Kent Police, as part of the 2 Seas project, have hosted some RPAS trial flights to assess the performance of the system. They are planning to host an event about the project in July.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
43862
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star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to improve the rail infrastructure on the North Kent rail line. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sittingbourne and Sheppey more like this
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Gordon Henderson more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government is working with Network Rail, train operators and Kent County Council to progress the case for journey time reductions between Ashford and Ramsgate by 2019 through infrastructure improvements. Funding is available for this, subject to a satisfactory business case.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Henderson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-20more like thismore than 2014-03-20
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what grants have been approved under the Regional Air Connectivity Fund since its launch. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 193176 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>As part of the 2013 Spending Round announcement on 27 June 2013, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury announced that £10million would be made available in each of financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 to maintain regional air access to London through the establishment of a Public Service Obligation (PSO), where there was the probability that an existing air service would be lost. The Department for Transport is in detailed discussions with regional councils regarding two routes that might qualify for support through a PSO under these conditions. Of these, Dundee Council are currently tendering for an airline to operate a service between Dundee Airport and London.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Chancellor announced in this year's Budget that funding to maintain existing air connectivity to London would increase from £10million to £20 million per year. The Chancellor also announced that support will be provided for start-up aid for new air routes from UK regional airports. European Union aviation State aid guidelines allow for provision of start-up aid to facilitate start up of new routes from airports which handle fewer than five million passengers per annum. This currently includes Liverpool and Newcastle airports, but not Birmingham and Manchester airports. The Department for Transport is working with the Treasury to develop guidance that will clarify how the Government will ordinarily expect to interpret the European Union guidelines, and explain how the funding process will work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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193175 more like this
193177 more like this
193178 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-20more like thismore than 2014-03-20
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) Manchester Airport, (b) Newcastle Airport, (c) Birmingham Airport and (d) Liverpool Airport will meet the requisite passenger number specifications to receive the Regional Air Connectivity Fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 193177 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>As part of the 2013 Spending Round announcement on 27 June 2013, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury announced that £10million would be made available in each of financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 to maintain regional air access to London through the establishment of a Public Service Obligation (PSO), where there was the probability that an existing air service would be lost. The Department for Transport is in detailed discussions with regional councils regarding two routes that might qualify for support through a PSO under these conditions. Of these, Dundee Council are currently tendering for an airline to operate a service between Dundee Airport and London.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Chancellor announced in this year's Budget that funding to maintain existing air connectivity to London would increase from £10million to £20 million per year. The Chancellor also announced that support will be provided for start-up aid for new air routes from UK regional airports. European Union aviation State aid guidelines allow for provision of start-up aid to facilitate start up of new routes from airports which handle fewer than five million passengers per annum. This currently includes Liverpool and Newcastle airports, but not Birmingham and Manchester airports. The Department for Transport is working with the Treasury to develop guidance that will clarify how the Government will ordinarily expect to interpret the European Union guidelines, and explain how the funding process will work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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193175 more like this
193176 more like this
193178 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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465
unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-20more like thismore than 2014-03-20
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Investing in Britain's Future produced by HM Treasury in June 2013, paragraph 8.8, how much of the £20 million referred to has been allocated already; and for what purposes such funding has been issued. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 193178 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>As part of the 2013 Spending Round announcement on 27 June 2013, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury announced that £10million would be made available in each of financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 to maintain regional air access to London through the establishment of a Public Service Obligation (PSO), where there was the probability that an existing air service would be lost. The Department for Transport is in detailed discussions with regional councils regarding two routes that might qualify for support through a PSO under these conditions. Of these, Dundee Council are currently tendering for an airline to operate a service between Dundee Airport and London.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Chancellor announced in this year's Budget that funding to maintain existing air connectivity to London would increase from £10million to £20 million per year. The Chancellor also announced that support will be provided for start-up aid for new air routes from UK regional airports. European Union aviation State aid guidelines allow for provision of start-up aid to facilitate start up of new routes from airports which handle fewer than five million passengers per annum. This currently includes Liverpool and Newcastle airports, but not Birmingham and Manchester airports. The Department for Transport is working with the Treasury to develop guidance that will clarify how the Government will ordinarily expect to interpret the European Union guidelines, and explain how the funding process will work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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193175 more like this
193176 more like this
193177 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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465
unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
44472
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-20more like thismore than 2014-03-20
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the £20 million of annual funding for the Regional Air Connectivity Fund referred to in The Budget 2014, paragraph 2.42 is additional to the £20 million of funding to improve regional air links referred to in, Investing in Britain's Future, produced by HM Treasury in June 2013, paragraph 8.8. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 193175 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>As part of the 2013 Spending Round announcement on 27 June 2013, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury announced that £10million would be made available in each of financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16 to maintain regional air access to London through the establishment of a Public Service Obligation (PSO), where there was the probability that an existing air service would be lost. The Department for Transport is in detailed discussions with regional councils regarding two routes that might qualify for support through a PSO under these conditions. Of these, Dundee Council are currently tendering for an airline to operate a service between Dundee Airport and London.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Chancellor announced in this year's Budget that funding to maintain existing air connectivity to London would increase from £10million to £20 million per year. The Chancellor also announced that support will be provided for start-up aid for new air routes from UK regional airports. European Union aviation State aid guidelines allow for provision of start-up aid to facilitate start up of new routes from airports which handle fewer than five million passengers per annum. This currently includes Liverpool and Newcastle airports, but not Birmingham and Manchester airports. The Department for Transport is working with the Treasury to develop guidance that will clarify how the Government will ordinarily expect to interpret the European Union guidelines, and explain how the funding process will work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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193176 more like this
193177 more like this
193178 more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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465
unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
43858
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Transport more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of cross-subsidy between fare paying passengers and those using the Concessionary Travel Scheme (a) generally and (b) in rural areas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Beverley and Holderness more like this
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Mr Graham Stuart more like this
star this property uin 192473 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>Concessionary travel schemes are considered to be public service obligations.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Legislation requires bus operators to accept statutory concessionary bus pass holders for free travel on off-peak journeys within England, and are reimbursed for doing so. Bus operators may not solicit or accept payment for such journeys.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Reimbursement is provided on the basis that operators are “no better and no worse off” for carrying concessionary pass holders, and we therefore do not believe this to constitute a subsidy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department publishes guidance to help authorities calculate appropriate reimbursement rates. We are unaware of any cross-subsidy between fare paying and concessionary pass holding passengers occurring in rural areas or elsewhere. </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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1585
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Graham Stuart more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of implementing the recommendations in the Civil Aviation Authority's safety review of helicopter operations in the offshore oil and gas industry on the annual number of passenger-carrying helicopter flights in that industry. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame M. Morris more like this
star this property uin 192716 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>The primary concern of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the safety of the public, and the absolute focus of its recent Offshore Helicopter Review has been to make safety improvements in that sector. I am satisfied that implementing the recommendations in the CAA Review will lead to improvements in safety and that all the changes proposed are both realistic and achievable. The CAA is directly engaging with the oil and gas industry, helicopter operators and workforce representative groups through its new Safety Action Group. I do not see that recommendations contained in the Review will have any significant effect on the annual number of offshore helicopter operations.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current level of (a) use and (b) availability is amongst offshore helicopter passengers in the oil and gas industry of emergency breathing systems that meet Category A of the Civil Aviation Authority's relevant technical specifications. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame M. Morris more like this
star this property uin 192715 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>There are currently no Category ‘A' emergency breathing systems (EBS) in use by, or available to, passengers on UK offshore helicopter flights. The EBS currently in use in the UK sector of the North Sea does not meet the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) higher Category ‘A' specification contained in CAA Publication CAP 1034, primarily because it takes too long to deploy. The EBS used in the Norwegian sector also does not meet the Category ‘A' requirement, primarily as it cannot be deployed underwater.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>EBS that would likely meet Category ‘A' is commercially available. In particular the passenger short term air supply system (P-STASS) developed for the UK military, which the CAA understands is currently being considered by the industry, has previously been used for civilian operations (e.g. the Marine Incident Response Group).</p><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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1562
star this property label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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3973
unstar this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Transport remove filter
star this property answering dept id 27 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what agreement his Department has reached with the Welsh Government regarding the funding of electrification of the Great Western Line to Swansea and the Valleys lines. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon more like this
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 192659 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>The Welsh and UK Governments agreed in 2012 to fund the electrification of the Valley Lines and the South Wales Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea. That agreement still stands and Network Rail is developing plans for electrification.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this