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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-03-12more like thismore than 2014-03-12
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
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house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
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
uin HL5981 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
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>
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
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
200
label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
42935
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-03-13more like thismore than 2014-03-13
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
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house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their plans to introduce new electrified railway lines between Manchester and Liverpool in December, whether they have taken into account the availability of electric trains as part of their negotiations to procure rolling stock. more like this
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Lord Bradshaw more like this
uin HL6000 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-03-27more like thismore than 2014-03-27
answer text <p>As announced today (27 March) the Department for Transport has granted a Direct Award to Northern for 22 months and is working with them to ensure rolling stock is available for a phased rollout of electric services between Liverpool and Manchester from the December 2014 timetable.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department takes account of availability of electric rolling stock in its decisions and the stock for this route will be modern, cascaded stock from other routes.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-27T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2483
label Biography information for Lord Bradshaw more like this
42070
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-03-10more like thismore than 2014-03-10
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
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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 sanctions have been applied in the last 12 months for poor quality performance on the Birmingham Cross City line by London Midland. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
uin HL5871 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
answer text We have applied no sanctions against London Midland in regard to performance on the Birmingham Cross City line; we do not disaggregate performance by the train operators to that level. In the autumn of 2012 London Midland experienced a high number of cancellations, largely due to issues with availability of train crew. As a result, they breached the terms of their Franchise Agreement, and a remedial plan and package of benefits was agreed with the Department. As the Secretary of State for Transport announced to the House on 20 December 2012, this package included passenger benefits of: 500,000 discounted tickets, free travel for season ticket holders (worth up to c.£5.4m), capital investment, and additional driver training investment worth a combined £6.25m more like this
answering member printed Baroness Kramer more like this
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2024
label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
42646
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-03-11more like thismore than 2014-03-11
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
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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 action they intend to take in the light of the judgments of the Supreme Court in the case of Stott v Thomas CookTour Operators Ltd [2014] UKSC 15 to ensure that airline passengers have redress for violations of their fundamental human rights. more like this
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill more like this
uin HL5915 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
answer text <p>The Department for Transport is currently considering the decision of the Supreme Court Judgement on the Stott v Thomas Cook case and any actions that may be necessary as a result.</p> more like this
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
answering member
1557
label Biography information for Baroness Kramer more like this
tabling member
2037
label Biography information for Lord Lester of Herne Hill more like this
47349
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to improve transport connections between Windsor and London. more like this
tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
uin 195451 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-04-29more like thismore than 2014-04-29
answer text <p> </p><p>The programme to increase passenger capacity on the Windsor to Waterloo railway by 25% is now under way and will be completed in early 2015. 60 additional carriages are being incorporated into an extended and refurbished fleet of trains to operate as a maximum 10 carriage train length. The first additional vehicles are now in service. From May 2014, platform 20 of the former Waterloo International station will be brought into use for scheduled services. Construction of Crossrail is now half completed and electrification of the Great Western Main Line is also under way; the Slough to Windsor &amp; Eton Central line will be electrified by 2019. The Highways Agency is welcoming preliminary comments on the M4 Smart Motorway scheme between Junction 3 (Hayes) and Junction 12 (Theale) until the end of April 2014, and will conduct a formal public consultation on the scheme in the autumn. Subject to development consent and the final business case, construction could start in spring 2016.</p>
answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
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less than 2014-04-29T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-29T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
1585
label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
tabling member
1586
label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
66199
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-07-07more like thismore than 2014-07-07
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Road Traffic more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to reduce congestion (a) in Windsor constituency and (b) around Heathrow Airport. more like this
tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
uin 204116 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-07-14more like thismore than 2014-07-14
answer text <p>Transport investment is central to the Government's long term economic plan. On 7<sup>th</sup> July we announced £3 billion of funding for new local transport schemes within the Local Growth Fund. This included £96.9 million for the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (which includes Windsor). Of this, £94.6 million will support transport schemes that have been bid for by the LEP and will make a real difference to transport accessibility in the whole of the Thames Valley. These include provisional funding from 2016/17 onwards of £4.75 million for a sustainable transport package across the Thames Valley LEP area.</p><p> </p><p>Local transport in the Windsor and Maidenhead area has, since 2010, also benefited from investment that will reduce congestion in the area. This includes just over £2 million of Local Pinch Point Funding, £16.1million investment in improving the state of the roads and on small scale transport schemes and around £2 million from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to ease congestion by promoting travel behaviour change through a package of sustainable travel measures aimed at residents, schools and businesses.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to investment in the local network the Government continues to progress the M4 smart motorway. A further formal public consultation on the scheme will be held in the autumn and subject to development consent and the final business case, construction could start in late Summer 2016. As well as this the Highways Agency is taking forward a £2.5 million scheme to improve the links between the M4 and A329(M), to provide increased capacity at the junction and improve traffic flows. The scheme will be delivered by the end of March 2015.</p><p>The Government is also investing around £500 million in Western Rail Access to Heathrow subject to a satisfactory business case and agreement of acceptable terms with the Heathrow aviation industry. This will facilitate direct rail services between destinations in the Thames Valley and Heathrow airport.</p><p> </p><p /> <p /><p /> <p /><p /> <p /><p /> <p />
answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2014-07-14T15:19:51.0040616Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-14T15:19:51.0040616Z
answering member
1562
label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
tabling member
1586
label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
90879
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Transport: Berkshire more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to improve transport connections between Windsor and Reading. more like this
tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
tabling member printed
Adam Afriyie more like this
uin 208388 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-09-11more like thismore than 2014-09-11
answer text <p> </p><p>On 27 March, the Government and Transport for London announced that Crossrail services will be extended to serve Reading from 2019. Once Crossrail services begin across the whole line in 2019, passengers travelling to London from Windsor, Reading and other Thames Valley stations will be able to travel to more destinations across London without the need to change at Paddington. Construction of Crossrail is now more than half completed and electrification of the Great Western Main Line is also under way. Electrification of the Slough to Windsor route is approved and will improve local connectivity.</p><p> </p><p>The transformation of Reading station was completed on time and under budget as part of the £850 million Reading Station Area Redevelopment programme and formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 17 July.</p><p> </p><p>The Government continues to progress the M4 Junction 3–12 smart motorway project, the next step for which is formal public consultation in the autumn. The Highways Agency is also taking forward a £2.5 million pinch point scheme to increase capacity at the M4/A329 (M) junction.</p><p> </p><p>On 7 July the Government agreed the £96.9m Growth Deal with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. This includes £94.6m to support local transport improvements across the whole of Berkshire, including in and between Windsor and Reading.</p><p> </p><p />
answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2014-09-11T13:49:18.9695852Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-11T13:49:18.9695852Z
answering member
1562
label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
tabling member
1586
label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
100253
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Air Routes: Thames Valley more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the noise impact in (a) Windsor constituency and (b) the Thames Valley of recent flight path trials from Heathrow. more like this
tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
uin 211324 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
answer text <p>The assessment of the noise impact of the trial will be made by Heathrow Airport Ltd in consultation with NATS.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-10-28T15:48:31.7632976Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T15:48:31.7632976Z
answering member
1562
label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
tabling member
1586
label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
167142
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Transport: Thames Valley more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to improve transport links in the Thames Valley. more like this
tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
uin 216493 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Government launched the Roads Investment Strategy on 1 December. The M4 Junction 3-12 smart motorway project to upgrade the M4 between Reading and Heathrow continues to be progressed. This month the Highways Agency is conducting a public consultation on the proposals, including exhibitions at 11 locations in the Thames Valley.</p><p> </p><p>Construction of Crossrail is now more than half completed and electrification of the Great Western Main Line is also under way. Electrification of the Thames Valley branch lines, including the Slough to Windsor line, is approved and will improve local connectivity.</p><p> </p><p>The transformation of Reading station was completed on time and under budget as part of the £850 million Reading Station Area Redevelopment programme and formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 17 July.</p><p> </p><p>The programme to increase passenger capacity on the Reading and Windsor to Waterloo railway by 25% is now under way and will be completed in early 2015. 60 additional carriages are being incorporated into an extended and refurbished fleet of trains to operate as a maximum 10 carriage train length.</p><p> </p><p>In July the Government announced £94.6m to support local transport projects across Berkshire as part of the Growth Deal with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, in addition to the £36.9m integrated transport block funding announced in March for the six Berkshire local authorities, covering the period 2015/16 to 2020/21.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2014-12-08T16:21:09.053Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T16:21:09.053Z
answering member
1562
label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
tabling member
1586
label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
227178
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-03-12more like thismore than 2015-03-12
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 remove filter
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Heathrow Airport more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of noise from aircraft taking off or landing at Heathrow on productivity in (a) schools in the Thames Valley and (b) businesses in the Thames Valley. more like this
tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
uin 227401 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
answer text <p>No such specific assessment has been made. The Government keeps under review all research carried out on the impacts of aircraft noise on health and sleep disturbance, including any effects on productivity, and would take this into account when considering the costs and benefits of any relevant policy or regulatory proposals.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the last review of night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports, my Department commissioned the Civil Aviation Authority to undertake a review of literature on these impacts. The CAA published this review in January 2013 (Report ERCD 1208 on Aircraft Noise, Sleep Disturbance and Health Effects) and updated it in June 2014 (Report CAP 1164).</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Scarborough and Whitby more like this
answering member printed Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
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less than 2015-03-17T15:28:13.303Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-17T15:28:13.303Z
answering member
1562
label Biography information for Mr Robert Goodwill more like this
tabling member
1586
label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this