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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading South Eastern Rail Franchise more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the specification they have issued for the South Eastern franchise ensures at least as many high speed trains from Maidstone West to London St Pancras as are provided during the current franchise; and what provisions will be included to ensure that the new operator provides a more reliable and punctual service. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Randerson more like this
uin HL15191 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-26more like thismore than 2019-04-26
answer text <p>The franchise specification requires a minimum of two morning and evening peak high speed services, while today there are three. However, this is the minimum requirement of the Invitation to Tender, which bidders are incentivised to exceed.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Regarding a punctual and reliable service, the successful bidder will need to meet stringent contractual targets for operational performance in the life of the franchise. Where targets are not met, the franchisee will face financial penalties.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-04-26T13:19:52.773Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
4230
label Biography information for Baroness Randerson more like this
1122883
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading High Speed 2 Railway Line: Railway Stations more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 10 April (HL14857), whether the proposed height of station platforms above rail for dedicated HS2 train platforms complies with the EU Technical Standards for Interoperability; and if not, whether the Department for Transport has (1) applied for, and (2) received, a derogation for non-compliance. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Berkeley more like this
uin HL15274 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
answer text <p>The proposed height of station platforms above rail for dedicated HS2 train platforms has been designed to ensure level access for all passengers. It does not comply with the current EU Technical Specification for Interoperability regarding platform heights. However, the HS2 network does comply with the relevant EU (‘GC’) loading gauge. No derogation has been applied for as this is not needed at this stage. Further consideration will be given to whether it is necessary to apply for a derogation, depending on the extent to which EU legislation applies in the UK at the point when the platforms are put into use.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-05-09T13:06:09.783Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T13:06:09.783Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
3526
label Biography information for Lord Berkeley more like this
1122892
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Monarch Airlines: Insolvency more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last talked with Greybull Capital about it contributing to the costs incurred by the Government in repatriating Monarch passengers after the airline collapsed. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL15283 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
answer text <p>Greybull Capital is not itself a shareholder in Monarch Airlines but it does perform an advisory and management role for the principal shareholder, Petrol Jersey Limited. There is no formal legal mechanism we can use to oblige Greybull to contribute towards the cost of repatriating passengers.</p><p> </p><p>However Marc Meyohas, partner at Greybull, wrote to the Transport Select Committee acknowledging a moral obligation (if they make a profit) to contribute and help to defray the costs incurred by the Government in repatriating Monarch customers.</p><p> </p><p>Discussions with Greybull in relation to recovering the costs of the repatriation operation have been in writing. Ministers last wrote to Greybull on this matter on 5 December 2018.</p><p> </p><p>The extent of any profit or loss from Greybull Capital and Petrol Jersey Limited’s investment in Monarch Airlines will depend on the outcome of the administration process, which is not due to conclude until October 2020.</p><p> </p><p>I refer to the Written Ministerial Statement made by the Secretary of State on 9 May 2019, which reported that the final cost to the taxpayer from the Monarch repatriation have been assessed to be £40.5m. This does not include any contribution from Greybull Capital or the principal shareholder, Petrol Jersey Limited. We do not expect any material change to the final cost to the taxpayer.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
grouped question UIN HL15293 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-09T14:24:37.97Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T14:24:37.97Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1122900
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading West Coast Partnership Rail Franchise more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what priority they give to at least one of the shortlisted bidders for the West Coast rail franchise being a British company; and what steps, if any, they have taken to achieve this. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Greaves more like this
uin HL15291 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answer text <p>The key aspect of competition is that it is fair and open to all companies. This approach has been followed throughout the West Coast Partnership competition and all bidders have been, and continue to be, treated equally. This allows for the greatest level of competition, which will contribute to us securing both the best value for money for the taxpayer and benefits for the passenger from the franchise.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-05-01T11:42:29.52Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T11:42:29.52Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
2569
label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
1122901
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of all the rail franchises in England and Wales being held by companies owned and controlled in other countries; and whether they consider such a situation to be desirable. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Greaves more like this
uin HL15292 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
answer text <p>Ownership by non-UK governments accounts for 29% of the DfT-managed franchise market (based on notional share of passenger revenues during 2017/18). This calculation excludes train operators other than DfT-managed franchisees.</p><p> </p><p>All franchise bidders and operators are required to be UK tax registered firms, registered with Companies House and at arms-length from owners. Train operating companies pay tax here in the UK and, most importantly, have been awarded franchises through open competitions precisely because they offer the best deal for UK passengers and taxpayers. Private sector franchisees continue to support key investments to improve services to passengers, including expanded car parking provision, station upgrades, and major new train fleets.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
grouped question UIN HL15294 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-09T13:00:41.393Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T13:00:41.393Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
2569
label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
1122902
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Monarch Airlines: Insolvency more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 12 March (HL14267), whether the contribution promised by Greybull to meet part of the cost incurred by taxpayers in repatriating customers of Monarch Airlines is dependent on the completion of the administration of the Monarch group of companies; and when ministers last met Greybull in connection with Greybull's contribution to costs. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL15293 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
answer text <p>Greybull Capital is not itself a shareholder in Monarch Airlines but it does perform an advisory and management role for the principal shareholder, Petrol Jersey Limited. There is no formal legal mechanism we can use to oblige Greybull to contribute towards the cost of repatriating passengers.</p><p> </p><p>However Marc Meyohas, partner at Greybull, wrote to the Transport Select Committee acknowledging a moral obligation (if they make a profit) to contribute and help to defray the costs incurred by the Government in repatriating Monarch customers.</p><p> </p><p>Discussions with Greybull in relation to recovering the costs of the repatriation operation have been in writing. Ministers last wrote to Greybull on this matter on 5 December 2018.</p><p> </p><p>The extent of any profit or loss from Greybull Capital and Petrol Jersey Limited’s investment in Monarch Airlines will depend on the outcome of the administration process, which is not due to conclude until October 2020.</p><p> </p><p>I refer to the Written Ministerial Statement made by the Secretary of State on 9 May 2019, which reported that the final cost to the taxpayer from the Monarch repatriation have been assessed to be £40.5m. This does not include any contribution from Greybull Capital or the principal shareholder, Petrol Jersey Limited. We do not expect any material change to the final cost to the taxpayer.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
grouped question UIN HL15283 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-09T14:24:38.003Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T14:24:38.003Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1122903
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-24more like thismore than 2019-04-24
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Franchises more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of rail franchises currently in operation are held, in whole or in part, by companies wholly or partly owned by foreign governments; and what percentage of total ownership of rail franchises this represents. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Greaves more like this
uin HL15294 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
answer text <p>Ownership by non-UK governments accounts for 29% of the DfT-managed franchise market (based on notional share of passenger revenues during 2017/18). This calculation excludes train operators other than DfT-managed franchisees.</p><p> </p><p>All franchise bidders and operators are required to be UK tax registered firms, registered with Companies House and at arms-length from owners. Train operating companies pay tax here in the UK and, most importantly, have been awarded franchises through open competitions precisely because they offer the best deal for UK passengers and taxpayers. Private sector franchisees continue to support key investments to improve services to passengers, including expanded car parking provision, station upgrades, and major new train fleets.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
grouped question UIN HL15292 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-09T13:00:41.347Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-09T13:00:41.347Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
2569
label Biography information for Lord Greaves more like this
1123281
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Driving under Influence more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 2 April (HL14846), whether they will also monitor the results of the December 2014 reduction in the legal blood alcohol limit for motorists in Scotland from 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrams; and what assessment they have made of the possible effects of introducing such a reduction for motorists in the rest of the UK. more like this
tabling member printed
Earl Attlee more like this
uin HL15337 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
answer text <p>An independent report of the impact of the Scottish limit reduction, led by the University of Glasgow, was published on 12 December 2018. The study found that lowering the drink drive limit was not associated with any reduction in total road traffic accident rates or serious and fatal road traffic accident rates.</p><p> </p><p>There are no current plans to lower the drink drive limit in England and Wales. The Government believes that rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers are a more effective deterrent than changing the drink driving limit.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-05-08T15:09:37.543Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T15:09:37.543Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
3425
label Biography information for Earl Attlee more like this
1123283
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many drivers using mobile phones while driving have been convicted of causing death or serious injury in the last five years; and what assessment they have made of whether drivers using hands-free or other mobile devices have a greater risk of causing an accident. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Berkeley more like this
uin HL15339 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
answer text <p>The Ministry of Justice court proceedings database does not distinguish convictions involving mobile phone use from the broader offences of causing death/serious injury by dangerous driving.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Transport has not carried out an assessment of hands-free mobile phone use, or use of other mobile devices such as satellite navigation equipment, while driving. The Highway Code stresses the importance of proper concentration while driving. If someone drives poorly because they are distracted by a phone conversation, for example, even if using hands-free, then the police can take enforcement action for failing to have proper control of the vehicle.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-05-08T13:28:38.917Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T13:28:38.917Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
3526
label Biography information for Lord Berkeley more like this
1123284
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Shipping: Inspections more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency that four foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports in March after failing Port State Control inspection, who is responsible for paying (1) port, and (2) other, charges incurred by those ships during the detention period. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Berkeley more like this
uin HL15340 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
answer text <p><strong> </strong>The ship operator (owner or manager) has the responsibility for paying all costs incurred while the ship is under detention.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Vere of Norbiton remove filter
question first answered
less than 2019-05-08T15:00:04.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T15:00:04.683Z
answering member
4580
label Biography information for Baroness Vere of Norbiton more like this
tabling member
3526
label Biography information for Lord Berkeley more like this