In Parliament

Nus is one of the most active MPs in Parliament, standing up for Wealden, raising the issues that matter, such as the poor train performance, opposing Gatwick expansion and unreliable rural broadband connections.

Nus has spoken close to 100 times in Parliament in the last year, and receieved answers to 42 written questions - both well above average among MPs.

You can see Nus Ghani's speeches and appearances in Parliament here:

Trade Bill: After Clause 2 - Parliamentary approval of trade agreements (19 Jan 2021)

Nusrat Ghani: I rise to speak in support of Lords amendment 3—the genocide amendment. It is the only vote on genocide on the table today. I regret that the compromise amendment that we tabled has be ...

Trade Bill: After Clause 2 - Parliamentary approval of trade agreements (19 Jan 2021)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend will know that we have offered such a compromise, which very easily separated the role of powers, whether of the courts, the Executive or parliamentarians, but it ha ...

Trade Bill: After Clause 2 - Parliamentary approval of trade agreements (19 Jan 2021)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my right hon. Friend for presenting what the Foreign Office is doing on human rights. We have tabled a compromise amendment that takes into account all the concerns that the Gove ...

Xinjiang: Forced Labour (12 Jan 2021)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Foreign Secretary’s statement today and the four new measures that focus on business requirements and supply chains to Xinjiang, which is something that the Business, Ene ...

Covid-19: Educational Settings (6 Jan 2021)

Nusrat Ghani: I share my right hon. Friend’s concern over schools being closed, especially for children in Wealden who do not have access to technology. Can he double confirm that those children wit ...

Business of the House (30 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Leader of the House is already aware of my concerns about the House not sitting next week. Of course, like my colleagues, I will continue to represent and work with my constituents a ...

Uyghur Slave Labour: Xinjiang (16 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I want to add my weight to the Chief Rabbi’s intervention, which exposes the abuse of the Uyghur. The Chief Rabbi also said that there must be an “urgent, independent and unfettered ...

Covid-19: Effect on People with Learning Disabilities (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: There is now a formal time limit of five minutes. I call Ms Olivia Blake. ...

Covid-19: Effect on People with Learning Disabilities (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I ask the Back Benchers to keep their speeches to about five or six minutes. ...

Covid-19: Effect on People with Learning Disabilities (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I remind the hon. Members that we have some changes due to covid and that we must observe social distancing rules. Before they exit, Members should wipe down any surfaces that they have ...

Welsh Food: Protected Status (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: “Relevant” is getting closer and closer. ...

Welsh Food: Protected Status (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Ms Crosbie, you have given us a gastronomic tour, not only of your constituency but of the whole country. If there are no further speakers, I come to the Minister. ...

Welsh Food: Protected Status (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I remind hon. Members that we have made some changes to normal practice in order to support the new call list, and to ensure that social distancing can be respected. I remind Members tha ...

Planning for the Future — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Ms Olney, you have one minute to respond. ...

Planning for the Future — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (15 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Before I ask the Minister to respond, Members should note that this debate will conclude at 4.12 pm. If the Minister keeps his response to about nine minutes, that will leave time for Ms ...

Covid-19 Update (14 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the fantastic work he has done on the vaccine, but may I make a plea to him on behalf of my constituents in Wealden whom I spoke to this weekend? T ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals (10 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to provide (a) financial and (b) teaching support for schools whose staff have to deliver free school meals to indivi ...

Public Bill Committee: Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill: New Clause 1 - Assessment of the effects and value for money of this Act (2 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 2—Reports by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs— “(1) The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs must make biannual ...

Public Bill Committee: Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill: Clause 1 - Testing prisoners for psychoactive substances and other substances (2 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 1, in clause 2, page 3, line 35, at end insert— “(7) In the Prison and Young Offender Institution (Coronavirus, et ...

Public Bill Committee: Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill (2 Dec 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Welcome to the Public Bill Committee on the Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill. Before we begin, I have a few preliminary announcements. You will all understand the need to respect social ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Coronavirus: Contact Tracing (27 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether teachers will remain responsible for covid-19 track and trace for their students over the Christmas 2020 holiday period. ...

Official Development Assistance (26 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend has said that, going forward, the right decisions will be made to deal with everything from poverty to extremism. For that to be the case, he has to focus on the saf ...

Covid-19 Update (26 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: In keeping with my right hon. Friend’s spirit of working together, I stand not only to represent Wealden, but to speak on behalf of my hon. Friends the Members for Bexhill and Battle ( ...

Covid-19: Restrictions on Gyms and Sport — [David Mundell in the Chair] (23 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Mundell, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) on securing the debate. We are hear ...

SMEs and the Net Zero Target (17 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: That was an eloquent tour of all the SMEs in North Cornwall. ...

SMEs and the Net Zero Target (17 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Contributions are limited to four minutes. ...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Is it not even more dangerous in that, under the national security law in China, not only do people have to hand over data, but if asked by a foreign state they have to deny they are han ...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: From the moment that this Bill was started to now, we have learnt a lot more about security and infrastructure.  Does my right hon. Friend share my concerns that the Chinese national in ...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Passenger Ships: Coronavirus (16 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the joint statement by the UN World Tourism Organisation and the International Maritim ...

Hong Kong (12 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran)—she is my hon. Friend, because we are both members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China—on securing ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Manufacturing Sector (10 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Secretary of State for his response. I wish to seek further assurances on behalf of my three local chambers of commerce—Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield. What further sup ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Manufacturing Sector (10 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: What steps his Department is taking to support the manufacturing sector. ...

Public Health (4 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I do not know whether it is with pleasure or huge difficulty that I follow the powerful speeches from my neighbours in the south-east my hon. Friends the Members for Bexhill and Battle ( ...

Points of Order (4 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I seek guidance on the powers of the House to summon witnesses to attend Select Committee inquiries and answer questions on their businesses’ invol ...

Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: With the UK terror threat level now at severe following the horrific attacks in Paris and Vienna by cowardly Islamic State terrorists, the whole House joins the Prime Minister in heartfe ...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: China: Sanctions (2 Nov 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the evidence base for that country's imposi ...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Events Industry: Coronavirus (22 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on further support for the live events sector during ...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Events Industry: Coronavirus (22 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support freelance venue technicians and producers unable to access Government support. ...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Events Industry: Coronavirus (21 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to make an assessment of the implications for his guidance on holding live events and festivals of t ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Outdoor Education: Coronavirus (20 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional support for the outdoor education sector in (a) East Su ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Outdoor Education: Coronavirus (20 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the ongoing closure of outdoor education centres on children’s physical and mental health. ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Outdoor Education: Coronavirus (20 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to review the guidance for overnight residential trips in outdoor education centres that are covid-safe and can accommodate ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Outdoor Education: Coronavirus (20 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to review the guidance for overnight residential trips in outdoor education centres for regions with low rates of covid-19 ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (20 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department (a) has and (b) plans to fund the cleaning costs incurred by schools in Wealden (i) to make them covid-19 safe and (ii ...

Covid-19 Update (19 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I commend my right hon. Friend for overseeing 300,000 tests a day across the country. Will the Minister thank care workers who do such tremendous work in care homes in Wealden? He will k ...

RAF Valley: Funding and Employment: Productivity: Rural Areas (14 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: If the Minister can conclude by 5.43 pm, that will give enough time for the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) to wind up the debate. ...

RAF Valley: Funding and Employment: Productivity: Rural Areas (14 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: We now come to the Scottish National party spokesperson. Mr Doogan, you have a joyous five minutes. You do not have to use it all. ...

RAF Valley: Funding and Employment: Productivity: Rural Areas (14 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank Mr Warburton for swapping seats with Ms Jones so that she can contribute. ...

RAF Valley: Funding and Employment: Capital Infrastructure Projects: Bristol — [Ms Nusrat Ghani in the Chair] (14 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: In order to allow the safe exit of hon. Members participating in this item of business and the safe arrival of those participating in the next, I am suspending the House for two minutes. ...

RAF Valley: Funding and Employment: Capital Infrastructure Projects: Bristol — [Ms Nusrat Ghani in the Chair] (14 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Before I ask other Members to respond, I alert Members that this debate will not go beyond 4.43 pm. ...

Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations (13 Oct 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I am pleased to contribute to the debate. Many of us on the Back Benches fought for this opportunity to contribute, although I was hoping that we would have longer than three minutes. I ...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Does my right hon. Friend agree that when we talk about NHS staff and testing, we need to focus on the most vulnerable—those BAME NHS workers who are dying at a much faster rate? We ne ...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s earlier statement. My constituents are incredibly concerned about the powers given in this Act, but I would argue that this debate is not only about sc ...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: New Clause 4 - Objectives and general functions (29 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I rise to speak to clause 45 and the amendments tabled by the Secretary of State. I seek further clarification from the Minister about the circumstances in which the clause will be neede ...

Covid-19 (28 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden). I, too, want to thank all our frontline key workers. This has no doubt been a very difficult job for Minist ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats: EU Countries (25 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to protect the interests of UK recreational boaters who travel to the EU after the end of the transition period. ...

Michelham Priory (15 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I am grateful to the Minister for allowing me to intervene again. The frustration is that there have been meetings over eight years—eight whole years during which the priory has been a ...

Michelham Priory (15 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a medieval moat. I do not think the Environment Agency can come up with excuses of potential flooding when the moat has been in place longer than any person of expertise within t ...

Michelham Priory (15 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: This urgent debate is about the viability and future of Michelham Priory, a medieval, historic Sussex feature in my beautiful constituency of Wealden. First, I must place on the record m ...

Backbench Business - Aviation SectorBackbench Business (10 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I am grateful to my hon. Friend and neighbour for giving way. As well as asking for a greater financial package, does he believe that the Government need to work much more closely with o ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (10 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member on presenting the report today and I look forward to working with him on this on the Select Committee. One of the themes that has come out is that of cours ...

Covid-19 Update (10 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s commitment to mass testing. In rural constituencies like mine, mobile testing units such as the one in Uckfield are key, but there seems to be a glitch ...

Detention of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang (9 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Lady on holding this very important debate. She has very clearly laid out the tenet of what is required in international law to say that genocide is taking place ...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (2 Sep 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the merger and a new, bold global foreign policy. When it comes to aid, can my right hon. Friend tell me why we sent £71 million of taxpayers’ money to China, the world’s ...

Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, your office and all the staff who have helped us to keep Parliament open over the last few months. I hope everyone has a welcome break and we return re ...

Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report (22 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: This morning, on the radio, Commissioner Cressida Dick said that people should be concerned about “the threat from Russia”. Will the Minister assure me that our security services wil ...

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: As the Prime Minister takes a well-earned staycation, does he mind if I suggest some holiday reading? “How Innovation Works” by Matt Ridley will give new ideas for how we can recover ...

Coronavirus Response (20 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Health Secretary’s statement and share his concerns that we do not know how the virus will react when we enter our cold weather season. Wealden constituents are already c ...

China (20 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Foreign Secretary’s statement, as we develop a new relationship with China. He mentioned Uyghurs just once in his statement, but he knows that the whole House is concerne ...

UK Internal Market: White Paper (16 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Minister’s statement. Does he agree that these proposals will maintain current economic freedoms, which are vital to ensure that all of our nations survive and thrive pos ...

UK Telecommunications (14 Jul 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Does my right hon. Friend share my concerns after recent coverage of Huawei and security apparatus in the province of Xinjiang, where human rights abuses are taking place against the Uy ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Coronavirus: Passenger Ships (30 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the cruise ship sector will be required to follow the covid-19 public health guidelines as set out for the public transport sector or ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Coronavirus (30 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the economic contribution was of the cruise ship sector to the UK economy in 2019; and what estimate he has made of that economic contri ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Coronavirus (30 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the UK cruise ship sector. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Coronavirus (30 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the cruise ship sector on resumption of their operations as covid-19 restrictions are eas ...

Covid-19 Update (29 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my right hon. Friend share what factors lie behind the infection rate being so high in Leicester? Will those factors be shared with local resilience forums, such as mine in the sout ...

Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Seafarers, global key workers, have given us goods from food to medicine during covid, but that is now under threat. Some 400,000 mariners are stuck on board their ships due to the failu ...

Reading Terrorist Attack (22 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: My thoughts, along with those of my constituents, are with the victims and their families. We pay tribute to the brave police who ran towards danger. On the Home Affairs Committee, we ta ...

Covid-19: BAME Communities (18 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I agree with my right hon. Friend. That goes back to my earlier point: Public Health England needs far more functioning leadership. Public Health England’s report says: “It is clear ...

Covid-19: BAME Communities (18 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to follow the passionate speech of the hon. Member for Slough (Mr Dhesi). I first want to thank all NHS workers, who have done a tremendous job during this covid period ...

Business of the House (18 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The failure of the diplomatic community to end the plight of hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck at sea is shameful—all down to covid travel restrictions. Without our mariners wor ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I would like to put on record my remembrance of my good friend, Jo Cox. In the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, we are undertaking an inquiry into the impact of covid ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Pest Control (16 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what evidence is required for applications for individual licences for the control of (a) jackdaws, (b) jays and (c ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Pest Control (16 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many individual applications for wildlife management licencees for control of (a) jackdaws, (bi) jays and (c) r ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Birds: Pest Control (16 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications for individual licences for the control of (a) jackdaws, (b) jays and (c) rooks to conserve w ...

Public Health England Review: Covid-19 Disparities (4 Jun 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The lack of leadership and transparency in Public Health England and NHS England has been shamefully exposed, with BAME health workers dying at a greater rate. Covid has showed us what i ...

Lifting the Lockdown: Workplace Safety (6 May 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The vast majority of businesses in my constituency and across the country want to do the right thing, and the right thing is to get back to business. Does my hon. Friend agree that we sh ...

Self-employed Persons: Financial Support (24 Mar 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that my right hon. Friend is working night and day to help businesses, and to help people stay in work. I am incredibly grateful for all the support he has given me as I respond t ...

Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Mar 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Taliban have resumed their attacks in Afghanistan, and today the US has undertaken defensive airstrikes, undermining the fragile peace deal, which will mean the release of thousands ...

Recent Violence in India (3 Mar 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome my hon. Friend to his new position. Will he confirm that he will use his high office and every power that he has to make sure that Members’ concerns are relayed to the Indian ...

Airport Expansion (2 Mar 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome my hon. Friend to her new position. It is a difficult job, and she is doing it very well at the Dispatch Box. A total of 40% of all exports outside the EU are dealt with at Hea ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: EEA Nationals (12 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Any seafarer of an EEA country working in Great Britain is currently able to bring a discrimination claim against their GB-based employer to employment tribunal under the Equality Act 20 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Crew (12 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I have not had any recent discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities on employer discrimination against seafarers on the grounds of protected characteristics. However, offici ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Crew (12 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to develop the concept of a social framework, as referred to in the Maritime 2050 strategy. The aspiration is to provide clarity on the standards of welfare expected for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Crew (12 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011 were designed to harmonise legislation as well as provide full protection to the individual. We are currently consid ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Light Dues 2020 - 21 (12 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: River Thames (7 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Two public consultations were carried out on the proposals. The first between 6 November 2018 and 29 January 2019 and the second between 29 May and 10 July 2019. The Maritime and Coastgu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: River Thames (7 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) last met with London Operators on 24 October 2019, which was the most recent occurrence of the routine biannual London Operator’ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Airports and Ports (6 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: UK ports are successful private enterprises, with a long history of private sector investment, that operate on a commercial basis delivering the capacity and capability required to serve ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Schools (6 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government supports the creation of an inclusive transport network, and enabling disabled children to travel to school alongside their non-disabled peers is important for making this ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lifeboats: Finance (3 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Rescue Boat Grant Fund has already provided £4.7 million of grants from 2014 - 2018. We are continuing to review the impact of the Rescue Boat Grant Fund and expect to make a decisi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Safety (3 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department provides guidance to local authorities on how to make streets safe and accessible for all users, including those with visual impairments. It has been carrying out research ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Blue Badge Scheme (3 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport will review the impact of the expanded criteria on the Blue Badge scheme 12 months after implementation. In the first 3 months of the new criteria bei ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Impact Assessments (3 Feb 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The updated Impact Assessment will be published when the Regulations are laid in Parliament in accordance with the Government’s usual legislative process. The earlier version of the ...

Transport: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. We are investing £220 million to ensure that we have much better bus services in our urban and rural areas. Like my hon. Friend, I represent a rural constituency. We have se ...

Transport: Railway Stations: Accessibility (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I am a little cautious about the second point, but I will most definitely do what my hon. Friend asks on the first. Network Rail has a duty to make sure its stations have decent accessib ...

Transport: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I am aware of this case; it was brought to my attention. The hon. Gentleman will know that I regularly meet up with Mick Cash. I am due to meet him quite shortly. I have raised the case ...

Transport: Railway Stations: Accessibility (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady will know that most of our railway stations were built in an era when no thought was given to accessibility, let alone to parents and people with wheelchairs. That is why w ...

Transport: Railway Stations: Accessibility (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: As part of our inclusive transport strategy, we have put together a £300 million fund to improve access at our railway stations. ...

Transport: Bus Services: Staffordshire (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a shame that the hon. Member is always running down buses and does not even speak about the network in his constituency, where bus patronage is going up. We have just committed a f ...

Transport: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that the hon. Member has been working incredibly hard, along with members of the Transport Committee. We put together a task and finish group to ensure that taxi services up and d ...

Transport: Bus Services: Staffordshire (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Buses are at the heart of the Government’s transformative agenda and, with that, we have a new £220 million fund to make sure buses are working across our urban and rural areas. We ar ...

Transport: Bus Services: Staffordshire (30 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has made a stellar pitch for the new Superbus fund both today and previously in a Westminster Hall debate. It would be remiss of me to say anything at the moment. All the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Port Glasgow Station: Access (27 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The process to select options to make Port Glasgow more accessible is underway. The anticipated cost of the project will be known once a single design has been identified. Sufficient fun ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Free Zones (24 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Freeports will be established after we leave the EU and will play a significant role in boosting trade. They will attract inward investment and drive productive activity across the UK, w ...

Public Transport: North Staffordshire — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (23 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher, in this incredibly collegiate and productive debate. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack ...

Public Transport: North Staffordshire — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (23 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: There is always a fly in the ointment. Enhanced partnerships are a positive way forward, but if there is one thing to remind Members and the shadow Minister, it is that services cannot b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (20 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: We have announced the funding currently available for the 2019-2024 rail Control Period. In addition to the 73 Access for All stations announced last year, we will shortly be announcing ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (20 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000 (PSVAR) require vehicles subject to them to incorporate at least four priority seats for disabled passengers, as well as a desi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Minimum Wage (20 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: An Order in Council making the legislative changes is expected to be laid in draft before Parliament next month. This will be subject to the affirmative process and debates will be sched ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Minimum Wage (20 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: An Order in Council making the legislative changes is expected to be laid in draft before Parliament next month. This will be subject to the affirmative process and debates will be sched ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Transport Update (16 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: I have been asked by my Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of State, to make this Written Ministerial Statement. This statement concerns the application made by RiverOak Strategic Pa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lifeboats: Finance (16 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Rescue Boat Grant Fund has already awarded £4.7 million to 103 charities around the UK. We have already extended the Fund by making a further £1 million available for 2019-20 and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Boats (14 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of London Authority (PLA) is the navigation authority for the tidal Thames. Vessel speed and frequency do not fall under the remit of the Department for Transport therefore no s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Boats (14 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of London Authority (PLA) is the navigation authority for the tidal Thames. The Department for Transport therefore does not hold data on vessel movements on the Thames or interm ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Standards (14 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: In accordance with the Cabinet Office guidance on consultation principles, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) conducted two public consultations on the implementation of the review ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Standards (14 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Requests from exemptions against safety standards are considered on a case by case basis. Under proposed legislation for older passenger vessels, no new damage stability requirements are ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime UK: Finance (13 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: To date the Department for Transport has provided £3.3m to Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK). This funding has supported the establishment of MarRI-UK and two rounds of inn ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Walkden Station: Access (9 Jan 2020)

Nusrat Ghani: Stations were selected for this funding against a range of criteria including annual footfall, the incidence of disability in the area, and the availability of third party funding for th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ledbury Station: Access (5 Nov 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: For the Main Access for All programme, we received nominations for more than 300 stations, including Ledbury, and in April we announced the 73 stations that would benefit from the fundin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Industry: North Sea (4 Nov 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No commercial helicopters were involved in the evacuation of workers from the Thistle oil platform to Dunlin Alpha platform on 21 October 2019. The HM Coastguard search and rescue helico ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (1 Nov 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is taking robust action and will introduce National Minimum Standards including mandatory disability awareness training when Parliamentary time allows. In 2020 we plan to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (31 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Match funding was one of many factors that were considered. Other factors considered included annual footfall, the incidence of disability in the area, the availability of third party fu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (31 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Access for All programme provides accessibility improvements over and above those required by the industry. Stations are selected for this funding against a range of criteria includi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (31 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (31 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We advised that that we expected the views of local authorities and other stakeholders to have been sought when making a nomination. However, this was only one of many factors considered ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (31 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: More than half of the new stations selected were at GRIP 2 or higher. However, this was only one of many factors that were considered. Other factors considered included annual footfall, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (31 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The level of development of a scheme was considered as was the level of support from stakeholders. For example, stations that had support from the train operating company were considered ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Sandbach Station: Access (29 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am committed to improving access at all stations. Last year we published the Inclusive Transport Strategy which sets out what we are doing to improve access across all transport modes. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Spaces: Visual Impairment (29 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities are responsible for managing their roads, including making public space accessible. The Department provides good practice guidance in 'Inclusive Mobility' on access to ...

Transport: Buses (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is remarkable that the hon. Gentleman, who represents a Reading constituency, will not even recognise the progress that has been made with local bus services in Reading, where numbers ...

Transport: Buses (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the hon. Lady for her question which enables me to elaborate on the further funding that is available, but of course we know the importance of bus services; not only do they get ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Pedestrian Areas: Safety (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is working to address the problems street clutter can create for vulnerable pedestrians, in particular those with visual impairments. Local authorities are responsible f ...

Transport: Buses (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That is indeed not a difficult problem to fix and I am more than willing to sit down with my Welsh counterparts to ensure that that is done. We have made more than £1 billion available ...

Transport: Buses (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I was pleased to visit Bristol and jump on a bus there, and it does indeed have a fantastic service. Patronage has gone up by 50%—[Interruption.] Well, it is getting better and better, ...

Transport: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is good to see the hon. Gentleman back on his feet promoting everything in his constituency, including free ports. I will of course be more than happy to sit down and meet a delegatio ...

Transport: Buses (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus patronage varies across the country, and as a bus champion I am pleased to say that catching a bus is the most popular form of public transport. Hon. Members will want to know that w ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We will continue to engage with the sector on our plans to reform the regulation of taxis and private hire vehicles, including the introduction of national minimum standards in licensing ...

Transport: Buses (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is a good champion for North Cornwall, and of course the fantastic £1 around town initiative will be hugely successful. Rural buses are absolutely key for rural constitue ...

Transport: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have put together a £2 million fund to help smaller bus companies make audio-visual information available, and that should come into place next year. It is a part of our inclusive tr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tonnage Tax (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: To date we have recorded 25 ratings as having received training from companies within the UK Tonnage Tax scheme during the 2018-19 training year. Though some companies are yet to file th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (24 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My Department will shortly issue statutory guidance to licensing authorities on how they should use their extensive existing powers to protect taxi and private hire vehicle passengers. N ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (21 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Blue Badge Scheme (21 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is for each local authority to decide whether to charge for a Blue Badge. There are no plans to abolish the Blue Badge fee which allows local authorities to recover some of the costs ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Retford Station: Lifts (21 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: All Access for All projects are due to be complete by 31 March 2024 at the latest. Retford is making good progress. The option selection process is finished and Network Rail will shortly ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Blue Badge Scheme (21 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport only has information about the numbers of applications that are submitted online using the gov.uk service. Some local authorities have their own online appli ...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Railway Stations: Disability (17 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving accessibility at rail stations, and have recently extended the Access for All programme with £300m to provide accessibility improvements at even more stati ...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a key piece of our work in the inclusive transport strategy, especially as buses are the form of transport used most often by people with disabilities. We are crunching the data ...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely, and I congratulate my hon. Friend on campaigning so hard on behalf of her constituents and working with Northern Rail. She is right about this. The inclusive transport strate ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (8 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In July 2018 the Department published its Inclusive Transport Strategy, with the intention of supporting a transport network which enables disabled people to travel easily, confidently a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shared Spaces: Visual Impairment (8 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Following the commitment in the Inclusive Transport Strategy, the Department is working with Transport Scotland on the research into inclusive street design. This is a collaborative proj ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shared Spaces (3 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Following the commitment in the Inclusive Transport Strategy, the Department is working with Transport Scotland on the research into inclusive street design. This is a collaborative proj ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (1 Oct 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Later in the year, the Department plans to publish best practice guidance on the provision of disability awareness training in the bus sector, which was informed by the experience of dis ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government wants disabled people to be able to travel easily, confidently and without additional cost, and expects transport operators to play their part in making this happen. Mod ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: London International Shipping Week (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: London International Shipping Week is the largest trade event in the UK this year, with 20,000 individuals attending over 200 events across 80 venues. It is a great opportunity to set ou ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government remains committed to publishing best practice guidance on the provision of high quality disability awareness training for bus and coach drivers, to support operators to en ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Guide Dogs (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government remains committed to publishing best practice guidance on the provision of high quality disability awareness training for bus and coach drivers, to support operators to en ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport publishes annual bus statistics which include an assessment of the proportion of operators requiring relevant staff to undertake disability awareness trainin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport publishes annual bus statistics which include an assessment of the proportion of operators requiring relevant staff to undertake disability awareness trainin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tugboats (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has commissioned a study to review the risks presented to and from shipping within the UK Exclusive Economic Zone and to assess the availability ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government remains committed to publishing best practice guidance on the provision of high quality disability awareness training for bus and coach drivers, to support operators to en ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Training (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Disability awareness and equality training can provide taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to give disabled passengers the assistance th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Blue Badge Scheme: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Eligibility for a blue badge is not restricted to specific conditions. People with Chron's Disease and other Inflammatory bowel disease conditions could receive a badge if they meet the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Passenger Ships (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers have regular meetings with the Mayor of London and the Minister for London to discuss a range of matters. I also responded to a letter of 30 April 2019 from the Mayor and a L ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring disabled people of all ages have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. In July 2018 the Department publishe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Safety (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As Minister responsible for shipping matters, I am aware that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has a generally good relationship with operators of older passenger boats. The MC ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Disability awareness and equality training can provide taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to give disabled passengers the assistance th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have made a further £300m available, which has been allocated to projects until 2024. If the programme continues to be delivered successfully, DfT will make submissions for further f ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All funding is held and managed at a national level and is not allocated separately to Scotland, England and Wales. All projects are in the early stages of development. Once ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Passenger Ships (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below provides details of the (a) dates, (b) names of vessel and (c) date of build of vessel for each recorded collision between older Class V passenger boats and other vessels ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Safety (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ship Construction and Survey) (Amendment) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/2358) and the Merchant Shipping (Fire Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 1992 (SI 19 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Passenger Ships (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below provides details of the collisions between (a) older Class V passenger boats and (b) named Class V vessels built since 1990 with other vessels on the Thames that have bee ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Safety (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has had ongoing dialogue with the Passenger Boat Association (PBA) throughout the development of the proposals for older passenger boats. The P ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Passenger Ships (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As Minister responsible for shipping matters, I have regular discussions with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) about its work. The MCA developed an impact assessment on its pro ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Safety (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As Minister responsible for shipping matters on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, I am aware that my officials in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have developed an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Stations have been upgraded by a variety of organisations, and the department does not hold this information. However, the Rail Delivery Group has created an interactive Access Map which ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Scotland (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Rail Delivery Group has created an interactive Access Map which has accessibility information including step-free access on all stations across Britain, which will enable passengers ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Safety (9 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As Minister responsible for shipping matters on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, I have regular discussion with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) about its work. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shared Spaces: Visual Impairment (5 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The focus of the pause is on level-surface schemes in areas with relatively large amounts of pedestrian and vehicular movement, such as high streets and town centres (outside of pedestri ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Training (5 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government remains committed to publishing best practice guidance on the provision of high quality disability awareness training for bus and coach drivers, to support operators to en ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Invalid Vehicles (4 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport provides guidance to local authorities and others on the accessibility of the public realm via a comprehensive guidance note entitled “Inclusive Mobility ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (3 Sep 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There is not expected to be any change to reliability of services due to improvements to accessibility of trains. Indeed the modern trains which are transforming journey’s for all pass ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Railways (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Decisions on how best to co-ordinate bus and rail services are best tackled locally. The needs of all public transport users must be taken into account when considering how to manage the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shared Spaces (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Holding answer received on 25 July 2019 Ministers meet regularly with groups representing disabled people, including those representing blind and partially sighted people, to d ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads: Safety (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are grateful for the work done by the Road Safety Foundation and we will consider its findings and take action as needed. On 13 June 2018, we published details of funding to improve ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need such as Enhanced Partnerships and Franchising to improve local bus services and increase passenger numbers. Our forthc ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Garages and Petrol Stations (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Legislation relating to the display of registration numbers and number plates already exists and enforcement is an operational matter for the police. Successful prosecution depends on th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Road Works: Small Businesses (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has made no estimate of the amount of revenue lost by shops and small businesses as a result of road works or road closures and there are no plans to introduce legislation ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Post Office (5 Aug 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Holding answer received on 25 July 2019 The information is considered to be commercial in confidence. To disclose information about fees, financial costs and any payments made ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Minimum Wage (31 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have received several representations from unions on staff being paid less than the Minimum Wage on ferries operating from the UK on specific routes, including those being operated by ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Minimum Wage (31 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have proposed, subject to Parliamentary time, amending legislation be made in autumn that will extend the Minimum Wage to all seafarers working domestically in the UK and this will inc ...

Flitwick Station: Step-free Access (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Let me be clear: when we put together the grid to see which stations to support, we do not look at the complexity of transforming those stations to mak ...

Flitwick Station: Step-free Access (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes an important point, but the facts remain the same: all operators have a disabled people’s protection policy, and it is their duty to ensure that disabled passenger ...

Flitwick Station: Step-free Access (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Ms Dorries) on securing this important debate, which gives us ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There are 1988 stations in England. Information on the facilities available at railway stations is collected by the Rail Delivery Group, rather than the Department, and details of the ac ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Scotland (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There are 357 stations in Scotland. Information on the facilities available at railway stations is collected by the Rail Delivery Group, rather than the Department, and details of the ac ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All has delivered step free routes at 202 existing stations, since its launch in 2006. Access improvements are also delivered as part of other major projects, such as the 40 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Wales (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There are 222 stations in Wales. Information on the facilities available at railway stations is collected by the Rail Delivery Group, rather than the Department, and details of the acces ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (24 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have made an additional £300m available for our Access for All programme during CP6. 73 stations are due to benefit from this funding, with 6 in Scotland, 10 in Wales and 57 in Engla ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (23 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Changes to bus services are notified to the Traffic Commissioners. The Traffic Commissioners Annual Report for 2018-19 is due to be published in the Autumn. The latest published data fro ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government response to the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing advised which of the recommendations made to government will be taken forward; this includ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Loneliness (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In May this year, the Government provided a grant of £250k to enable seven of the thirteen Mobility Centres in England to trial an expansion of their services to disabled people who do ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Charging Points (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Clean Maritime Plan, published earlier this month, sets out a route map for zero emission shipping in the UK. Alongside the Clean Maritime Plan, the Government published research set ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions, setting a target for 2050. Emissions for UK domestic shipping fall within this target. Although e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Luton Station: Access (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Luton is one of the 73 stations announced in April that will benefit from the £300 million Access for All funding available over the next 5 years. The Access for All programme delivers ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Loneliness (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport is actively working with the transport sector to highlight the issue of loneliness and develop solutions. At the UK Bus Summit in February I announced a pa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK is a strong supporter of action to improve the international standards for ship recycling. The Hong Kong Convention is not expected to enter into force internationally in the ne ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government response to the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing advised which of the recommendations made to government will be taken forward; this includ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Loneliness (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government believes that community transport operators provide vital services that both encourage growth and reduce isolation by linking people with their communities. Most community ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Community Transport: Licensing (22 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In March the Department clarified the scope of two exemptions to the EU Regulation on operator licensing in guidance and enacted a new additional exemption; so that community transport o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (19 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ahead of a potential exit on 29 March, DfT worked with a number of Departments to develop planning assumptions for a potential no deal exit. Since April, Departments have reviewed the pl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: *No heading* (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In 2018, the Government began engaging on the design of HS2 Phase 2b with local communities along the route, via the publication of the Working Draft Environmental Statement. In June 2 ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Station Accessibility (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: You may have noticed, Mr Speaker, that most of our rail infrastructure is Victorian. That is why we have made £300 million available for the Access for All programme, which will cover 7 ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport for Vulnerable Children: Driver Training (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Chair of the Select Committee knows that I am just as passionate as she is about this issue within this part of my brief. I was hoping that we could start to legislate before the sum ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport for Vulnerable Children: Driver Training (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend touches on an important piece of work that is being carried out across a number of Departments, including the Home Office and the Department for Education, and in local go ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Station Accessibility (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: If funding was denied in the last round of Access for All allocation, another application can be made. If not, I suggest that an application is made with match funding for the next tier ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I recognise my hon. Friend’s passionate and persistent campaigning on behalf of her constituents and the businesses in Erewash. I also recognise the disruption that HS2 causes for peop ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport Operators (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman has mixed up two distinct types of services: community transport, and regular bus services. Over £1 billion is spent on concessionary travel, and over £250 million d ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Station Accessibility (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I agree with my constituency neighbour. As a member of the Transport Committee, he will have heard a lot of evidence about how we can use new technology to make our rail network even mor ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport Operators (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Community transport is incredibly important for both urban and rural communities, and in March the Department took steps to protect community transport operators so that they can carry o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We recently added 73 stations to the £300m Access for All programme, which provides accessible routes at stations. Network Rail will engage with local disability groups to ensure that d ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I share the hon. Gentleman’s frustration, but that is actually already illegal. I am working with a number of charities, including Guide Dogs, to ensure they can complain effectively a ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport Operators (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am more than happy to meet the hon. Gentleman, because I am concerned about the cases that he has raised. I am also concerned that information is not filtering through, and that is cre ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am disappointed that my hon. Friend can no longer support the project, because I know he understands the power of investing in infrastructure and how important this line is to ensure t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Good progress is being made on the development of UK regulations in order to accede to the Ballast Water Management Convention. This work was rescheduled in order to ensure that the legi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport Operators (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am more than happy to celebrate the work of Bristol Community Transport; Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, which is in or close to the hon. Lady’s constituency, also do ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport Operators (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That is a fantastic question. My right hon. Friend has captured my imagination, and that of the roads Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton North (Michael Ellis). I believ ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport for Vulnerable Children: Driver Training (18 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We work across Government to ensure that safeguarding practice is as safe as it can be in the taxi and private hire sector. The issue has been discussed at an inter-ministerial group cha ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Freedom of Information (17 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: From 2015 up to the end of first quarter of 2019, HS2 Ltd received 1,224 Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests. Where an exemption (FOI) o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Freedom of Information (16 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: From 2015 up to the end of first quarter of 2019, HS2 Ltd responded to 79 per cent of the Freedom of Information (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) requests it receive ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am afraid that I am going to have speed on and perhaps not take any more interventions. As I have said before, the intention is to smash the north-south divide. This line is about prog ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, which gives me an opportunity to put on the record the phenomenal support that Andy Street gives this project. I do not doubt that my hon. F ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not sure who is chastised there, Madam Deputy Speaker, but I am pleased to see that my hon. Friend is in his place. The notice to proceed and the business case will be in the public ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I will be delighted to give way to my hon. Friend, as I referenced him earlier, but he was not in the Chamber. ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. In 2015, the Government decided to accelerate the construction of the section of High Speed 2 between the west midlands and Crewe ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Non-Disclosure Agreements (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: indicated assent. The House forthwith resolved itself into the Legislative Grand Committee (England) ( Standing Order No. 83M(3)). [Dame Rosie Winterton in the Chair] ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am running out of time; forgive me. New clause 5 would slow down the process, and I do not think that it would work effectively. There is already a statutory framework in place for HS2 ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I feel that my hon. Friend is talking about particular cases in her constituency, on which I am more than happy to provide further information. I will work with her to ensure that she is ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I cannot speculate on why people are made redundant. I can confirm that no member of staff is subject to a non-disclosure agreement. ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I would uphold my hon. Friend’s concerns if they were valid. As I have said to her, HS2 Ltd has not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with HS2 staff, but when it is business-c ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The NDAs that HS2 has are fundamentally to ensure that it can continue to work with businesses, communities and local authorities on issues that are comp ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend has raised the important issue of transparency and the need for data to be up to date. Members of Parliament who are working hard for their constituents need to know ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I want to put on the record my thanks to James for doing such fantastic work. My hon. Friend raised an important point. It should not be up to Members and their staff to continually liai ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The people I mentioned have all made it very clear that they do not think it is a waste of money. I can confirm for my hon. Friend and others that there is only one budget for HS2, and i ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I completely understand my right hon. Friend’s frustration with the impact that the build is having on his constituency, but I am sure that he and his council would agree that this is ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It has been a pleasure to hear so many passionate speeches about the power of transport to transform the outcomes of our constituencies and our country. Even though there have been some ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local bus journeys remain central to transport choices, accounting for around 55% of all public transport journeys. The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need su ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Navy Day: Flags (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As it has done since 2000, the Department for Transport will fly the Red Ensign flag on Merchant Navy Day. Number 10 Downing Street also flies the Red Ensign flag yearly on 3rd September ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (15 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Last week I was pleased to announce that to help enable the delivery of the ambitions of the Clean Maritime Plan, the Government is supporting Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI- ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Clean Maritime Plan (11 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am today announcing the publication of the Clean Maritime Plan, the UK’s route map to clean growth for the maritime sector and pathway to zero-emission shipping. The UK has one of th ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: English Votes for English Laws (11 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am today placing in the Library of the House the Department’s analysis on the application of Standing Order 83L in respect of the amendments made in the Commons Select Committee stag ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Access (11 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Mark’s Tey Station, in the Witham constituency, was one of 320 nominations received for the latest round of Access for All funding. It was not selected as there were other stations nom ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend is a huge source of knowledge on this issue, as he is a former Secretary of State for Transport. He is right that all of those arguments have always been there. Unfo ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Indeed, because the full stretch of HS2 will go up to Scotland. One of our ambitions is to reduce the journey time from London to Scotland. That is why we are continuing to ensure that w ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are given a tight deadline to respond to any Select Committee. We respond as much as we can to the deadlines provided. I will go on to address the business case. ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that NDAs are a particularly sore point for the Labour party right now, but we regularly engage with local authorities, sharing work at the early design stage with them, which is ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The business case has not moved from speed to capacity. People hooked on to the speed aspect in the early days, because it was seen as a shiny new train, but capacity, job creation, skil ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am sorry, I was not in the House in 1990 when that was reported; I am talking about 2026 and 2033, when we will connect faster trains to Scotland. I will now discuss some real live cas ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire (Andrea Leadsom) on securing this important debate ...

High Speed 2 (10 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As I mentioned, NDAs are used to deal with commercially sensitive or personal information. This is a large project involving a large chain of people and companies. We will put into the p ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Fisheries: Scotland (9 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Fishing Industry Safety Group Strategy and the Government aims to eliminate preventable deaths in fishing in the UK by 2027. The funding is therefore available to all UK fishermen an ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Inclusive Transport Strategy - One Year On (8 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This month marks the one-year anniversary since the publication of the Inclusive Transport Strategy. As Transport Accessibility Minister I am very proud of all that has been achieved in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (8 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In January 2019 the Government published Maritime 2050, which set out strategic ambitions for the future of the maritime sector, including a vision for zero emission shipping. In Maritim ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (8 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK played a key role in the agreement of an ambitious IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy in April 2018. The Government is committed to the IMO’s 2050 goal and broader ambition to fully de ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (8 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government will bring forward legislation in respect of the commitments made in the response to the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing when time allows. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (8 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport is working closely with other Government departments, international partners and industry to develop measures to meet the IMO’s ambition of reducing shippi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime Safety Committee (3 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Vice-President of Apax Partners was present at the International Maritime Organisation's Maritime Safety Committee to represent a consortium which will soon be taking over Inmarsat P ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime Safety Committee (3 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency routinely invite a range of Government and industry stakeholders to a preparatory briefing meeting prior to each International Maritime Organisation se ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Toton (2 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Some of the tunnel options that have been looked at in the East Midlands Hub area included variants of a station, both at grade and below ground. Tunnel options in this area have not bee ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Broxtowe (2 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has considered a number of tunnel options in the East Midlands Hub area including those set out in the Working Draft Environmental Statement Alternatives Report. However, tunnel ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Broxtowe (2 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Whilst no specific assessment of the effect of HS2 on the economy of Broxtowe has taken place, I am aware that the East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, published by East Midlands Councils, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (2 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need to improve local bus services. It allows Mayoral Combined Authorities to franchise bus services and local authori ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Assistance Animals (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide vital services for disabled people, and it is unacceptable for drivers of these vehicles to refuse the carriage of passengers with assistan ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Franchises (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 introduced new bus franchising powers for local authorities as well as providing other tools such as Enhanced Partnerships to improve bus services. Officials ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This varies according to the mode of transport that each company operates. The Office of Rail and Road monitors compliance by train operating companies, the Civil Aviation Authority mo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wigan (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 conventional compatible services will stop at Wigan North Western station from the opening of Phase One. The detail on the frequency and nature of these services will be part of futu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Assistance Animals (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide vital services for disabled people, and it is unacceptable for drivers of these vehicles to refuse the carriage of passengers with assistan ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Maritime Safety (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am delighted to inform the House today about the launch of Maritime Safety Week 2019 following the extremely successful inaugural event last year. The maritime industry is crucial to t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Buses (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to decarbonising the UK bus fleet. Since 2010 over £240 million has been provided to fund the cleanest buses, and in February 2019 announced the winners of a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Loneliness (1 Jul 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Transport has a key role to play in tackling loneliness and the Department is very active in the cross-Government efforts to tackle loneliness, working closely with stakeholders to ensur ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (27 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring that disabled people and passengers with reduced mobility have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. In Jul ...

Petition - NHS Hospital Services in the Consett Area: Disabled Access: Thirsk Station (26 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Thirsk has particular, unique circumstances, but it is not the only station that is not fully accessible at all times, which is why I think it important to ensure that any bid for Thirsk ...

Petition - NHS Hospital Services in the Consett Area: Disabled Access: Thirsk Station (26 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) on securing the debate and giving the House an opportunity to address the important subject of accessib ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Ongoing public engagement (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raised some important points. I agree with him that we need strong community engagement and good public engagement, and that the response has to be flexible and respon ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I return to highlighting how important this line is and the fact that it has to adhere to a single budget. Of course, without HS2 there would not be Northern Powerhouse Rail, because it ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There will be a reduced journey time on high-speed rail, which will open up capacity on existing railway lines. It will also shift people from roads or flights to rail, which is incredib ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That was such a wide-ranging speech that I fear it fell out of the scope of the line-by-line scrutiny of this Bill. However, I will do my best to address as many of the issues as possibl ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Report on forms of railway track (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I do not see the need for the new clause. Again, the environmental statement assesses a reasonable worst case for the impacts of construction and operation of the railway. That includes ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Compensation scheme for tenants (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point, and it is vital that HS2 engages fully with residents and deals with them swiftly, clearly and with humility. As this is such a sensitiv ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Report on disruption to cycling and walking (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Contrary to what the new clause suggests, I do not agree that we have not looked into or provided for non-motorised use. Let me give the hon. Gentleman some examples. On the particular p ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Report on use of rail transport during scheduled works (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We recognise the impact that numerous road traffic movements have on local communities. As such, the promoter has proposed numerous highway works and temporary construction haul routes t ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Report on trees and woodland habitats (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I accept the hon. Gentleman’s comments about ensuring that we have complete confidence in the project along its entire route. I agree that wildlife is important, as are trees and ancie ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Report on trees and woodland habitats (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I do not see a need for the new clause. The environmental statements already report the likely significant effects of phase ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Financial Provision (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I look forward to joining the hon. Gentleman in the Committee and the Chamber, and I welcome his support for the next phase, but let us deal with this Bill in these few short sittings. W ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Financial Provision (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I remind the hon. Gentleman that we are here to scrutinise the Bill line by line, but I welcome the opportunity to remind everybody of the importance of HS2. Of course, it is a crucial p ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Financial Provision (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This is the standard clause that appears in Bills and provides for the expenditure of public money. It simply provides that any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State under the B ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Power to apply Act to further high speed rail works (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 49 allows the use of an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992—a TWA order—to gain the necessary provisions for extensions or additional works relating to phase 2a of HS ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Enforcement of environmental covenants (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 48 enables the Secretary of State to ensure that, following the construction of the scheme, he may impose conditions on land released where such land contains environmental mitiga ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Commencement and short title (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause is the standard clause that appears in Bills. The provisions of the Bill will come into force upon Royal Assent. ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Enforcement of environmental covenants (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point to consider when undertaking such a large construction project. We are working with all stakeholders he would hope we would work with, includ ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Existing agreements (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 44 provides that the undertakings given to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Archbishops’ Council in relation to the powers of the High Speed Rail (London - West Mi ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Protective provisions (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises important points, but most of them are detailed extensively in the environmental statement. My Department and HS2 Ltd have engaged, and will continue to engage, ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Protective provisions (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 43 introduces schedule 32, which protects the interests of statutory undertakers and other bodies who may be affected by other provisions of the Bill. The provisions are similar t ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Burial grounds (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause provides for the disapplication of laws concerning burial grounds and human remains. It also introduces schedule 20, which outlines the process that the nominated undertaker m ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Burial grounds (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ms Buck, may I take some direction? Are you proposing that I speak just to clause 23? ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Listed buildings and ancient monuments (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause introduces schedules 18 and 19, which disapply or modify controls for listed buildings and ancient monuments to allow the construction of phase 2a and to enable the installati ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Burial grounds (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. If he has had time to visit Euston, he will have seen the huge amount of work being undertaken to deal with remains, which are all being remo ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Listed buildings and ancient monuments (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. Of course local communities want to protect their local heritage sites, and of course we will work with local authorities and Historic Engla ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Burial grounds (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I understand. I will do my best, but do call me out if I get it wrong. ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Development consent (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause makes it clear that development consent under the Planning Act 2008 is not required for the authorised works. That Act provides for the construction of nationally significant ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Power to disapply deemed planning permission (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause allows the Secretary of State by regulations to disapply the planning permission granted by the Bill for maintenance or alteration of phase 2a works carried out after a specif ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Consecrated land (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 23 provides that works authorised by the Bill may be carried out on consecrated land without being affected by restrictions and obligations imposed by ecclesiastical or other laws ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Listed buildings and ancient monuments (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Once again, important points have been raised that were also made about HS2 and, no doubt, made to the Select Committee. One hon. Member has a particular issue within their constituency, ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Temporary possession and use of land (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 13 introduces schedules 15 and 16, which give the Secretary of State powers to take temporary possession of land within the Bill limits for the purpose of phase 2a. The land liste ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Extinction of rights of statutory undertakers (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause applies the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which provide a process by which any apparatus of the statutory undertaker on such land may be removed and re ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Exclusion of new rights of way (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause prevents rights of way from being acquired by prescription over land that forms an access to any railway infrastructure and which is held for phase 2a. ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Termination of power to acquire land (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 9 sets out an expiry period for compulsory purchase powers of five years from the date of Royal Assent. The clause allows the Secretary of State by order to extend this period by ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Extinction of rights over land (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 10 introduces schedule 14, which contains provisions about extinguishing private rights and any general rights of access over land, where such land is required for phase 2a. Those ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Enforcement of restrictions on land use (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause allows the Secretary of State when entering into agreements relating to phase 2a to impose prohibitions or restrictions on the owners of land to bind successors in title as if ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Highway subsoil (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 8 allows the nominated undertaker to use any subsoil beneath the highway within the Bill limits which is required for the purpose of construction and maintenance of works authoris ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Highway subsoil (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. I already attend meetings with the National Farmers Union and the Country Land and Business Association. We will of course continue to work ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Use of roads (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises another important point—the issue of ongoing engagement with Highways England, local authorities, those who drive, cycle and walk, and also Members of Parliam ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Time limit on deemed planning permission (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause sets out, as a condition of deemed planning permission, a time limit of 10 years after Royal Assent within which the authorised works must have commenced. The clause also allo ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Acquisition of subsoil or under-surface (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 7 allows the Secretary of State to compulsorily purchase only the subsoil or under-surface of land within the Bill limits for work such as tunnelling. Where the Secretary of State ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Deemed planning permission (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman once again raises valid points about how we remove material and mitigate any impact on the neighbouring communities, which is what HS2 is doing with its local engageme ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Compensation for injurious affection (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause provides that the nominated undertaker will be responsible for paying compensation under section 10(1) of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965, instead of the Secretary of State. ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Deemed planning permission (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause provides deemed planning permission under part III of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for carrying out the works authorised by the Bill. Deemed planning permission is g ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Use of roads (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 14 allows the nominated undertaker to use any road specified in the table in schedule 8, which is land for which only rights may be compulsorily acquired or over which restrictive ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Highways (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. We want the project to be as clean and green as possible, and freight capacity is a major issue that we are investigating to ensure that as much f ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Power to acquire land compulsorily (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. The purchase of land is essential to the completion of the proposed scheme. People directly and especially affected by the Bill have had the ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Highways (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 3 introduces schedules 4 and 5, which allow the nominated undertaker to carry out works to and otherwise affect highways. That includes creating new or improving existing highways ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Power to acquire land compulsorily (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 4 provides the Secretary of State with the power to compulsorily acquire land within the limits shown in the Bill, where such land is required for phase 2a. Subsection (2) introdu ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Further provision about works (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause authorises a nominated undertaker to carry out any necessary ancillary works for the construction and maintenance of phase 2a, as long as such works remain within the limits s ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Power to construct and maintain works for Phase 2a of High Speed 2 (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The clause authorises the nominated undertaker to construct and maintain the works specified in schedule 1 for the construction of phase 2a of High Speed 2 and other incidental works. It ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Power to construct and maintain works for Phase 2a of High Speed 2 (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s comments. We are debating a particular section of the line, and I welcome his support. ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Acquisition of rights and imposition of restrictive covenants (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 5 provides the Secretary of State with the power to acquire rights in land, such as access over it, or to impose restrictive covenants over land for the purpose of phase 2a, rathe ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Acquisition of airspace (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Clause 6 allows the Secretary of State to use the power under section 4(1) to compulsorily acquire airspace only, rather than the land beneath it, for the purpose of aerial works. The cl ...

Public Bill Committee: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That, if proceedings on the High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill are not completed at this day’s sitting, the Committee do meet on: (a) Tuesdays when the House i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Minimum Wage (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are currently in the process of implementing this policy and will be laying an SI when Parliamentary time allows. I have met with my Ministerial counterpart at BEIS and we will contin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Wigan (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Conventional Compatible trains will travel through Wigan in all phases of HS2. Wigan North Western station, will be served by HS2 trains following completion of HS2 Phase One in 2026 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: London International Shipping Week (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is pleased to champion London International Shipping Week 2019, building on the success of previous London International Shipping Weeks. In the six years since its launch, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tonnage Tax (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous answer (254181). I have met with the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on more than one occasion recently, with Tonnage Tax being a core ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (25 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that disability awareness training can provide taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to give disabled passengers the assistance the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime Safety Committee (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s delegation to the 101st session of the International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee was: Head of Delegation Miss Katy Ware, Permanent Representati ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that disability awareness training can provide taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to give disabled passengers the assistance the ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill, Statement of Reasons (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am today publishing the Statement of Reasons Command Paper for the High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill. The Command Paper is titled the ‘Government overview of the case for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Crew (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Data on the (a) age and (b) gender profile of UK seafarers active at sea employed by UK Chamber of Shipping member companies are published in Statistical Table SFR0302. Data for non-UK n ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Crew (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: While an attempt was made to collect information from companies who are not members of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the response rate was not sufficient to allow a robust estimate of the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime Safety Committee (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will release an outcome report of the 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee in due course. This will detail the outcome of each ite ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Rural Areas (24 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognises the importance of public transport in rural areas. All local authorities in England have powers to subsidise socially necessary bus services. The Department p ...

Petition - Uk Bid to Host Un Climate Conference 2020: Port Agents: Medical Duty of Care (20 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. The fact this has been raised on the Floor of the House will be reflected by all Government agencies, and I do not doubt for a moment that this message will reach Barbados, e ...

Petition - Uk Bid to Host Un Climate Conference 2020: Port Agents: Medical Duty of Care (20 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That would be absolutely fit and proper. I accept it, and we will do what we can as soon as we can. We have heard this afternoon of the tragic and preventable death of Gordon Hoyland Spe ...

Petition - Uk Bid to Host Un Climate Conference 2020: Port Agents: Medical Duty of Care (20 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I must start by passing on my deepest condolences to my hon. Friend the Member for Elmet and Rothwell (Alec Shelbrooke) and his family on the tragic death of Gordon Hoyland Spencer. I h ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (20 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous answers to the questions he has referenced. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: HM Coastguard: Staff (20 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HM Coastguard has implemented measures following the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch report of December 2018 and projected staffing levels for the HM Coastguard national network f ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Conditions of Employment (18 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC), which the UK ratified in 2013, provides a global framework for decent living and working conditions for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (18 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a consultation on proposals ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (18 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no effect on the public purse with the UK Ship Registry decision to expand its criteria for shipowner eligibility and with the introduction of a bareboat charter out. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (18 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing considered the regulation of the industry, including the issue of cross border hiring. The report of the Task and Fin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (17 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities and bus operators are not required to inform the Department when they establish individual statutory or voluntary partnerships. Data for the Department’s Annual Bus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (17 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities and bus operators are not required to inform the Department when they establish individual statutory or voluntary partnerships. Data for the Department’s Annual Bus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (17 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities and bus operators are not required to inform the Department when they establish individual statutory or voluntary partnerships. Data for the Department’s Annual Bus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (14 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I was hoping that the hon. Gentleman was going to talk up his own ports and the extra business that will become available once we have left Europe, considering how excited ports are abou ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There is a £300 million step-free access programme. I do not recognise the hon. Gentleman’s complaint, because 73 further stations were identified in Scotland to get step-free access ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am just as eager as the hon. Gentleman to legislate in this area, considering the amount of work done by the task and finish group. Our commitment is to make sure that standards are ra ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As my right hon. Friend will know, decisions on bus routes are down to the Mayor of London. I think he needs to focus on delivering for Londoners and not just faffing around trying to ta ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services: England (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Unfortunately, the hon. Gentleman is painting an unrealistic picture. Up and down the country, there are varying numbers of bus passengers. In Bristol, bus passenger numbers are up by 5 ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services: England (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need, such as enhanced partnerships and franchising, to improve local bus services. We are working with interested loc ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi Services (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I can see that the hon. Gentleman is as keen as I am to legislate in this area. We responded to say that we would be looking at national minimum standards, national enforcement powers an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: P and O Ferries: Irish Sea (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The MV European Endeavour has been sold to Eckero Line and will operate on the Helsinki/Tallinn route. P&O have confirmed that another vessel, the Mistral, that operated the Liverpoo ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that my hon. Friend has been a great champion of his constituency and has been liaising closely with HS2 Ltd. The infrastructure maintenance base that is proposed near Austrey is ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the question. I was at the inter-ministerial group, which I chair, with all the port authorities, and I met Associated British Ports just recently. It is working closely with u ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am afraid that the hon. Lady needs to look again at the notes that have been placed in her hand, because she has contradicted herself in that statement. It is absolutely right and prop ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Disabled People (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In July 2018, my Department published the inclusive transport strategy. Our ambition is to create a transport system that provides equal access for disabled people by 2030, and to ensure ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi Services (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My Department is considering the responses to the consultation on draft statutory guidance, to be issued to licensing authorities, on how they should use their extensive existing powers ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services: England (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Safety is absolutely key. We know that the driver’s relationship with the passengers is what motivates most people to jump on a bus, especially if they have issues to do with disabilit ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK port sector is resilient and flexible, and is well placed to adapt successfully in preparation for Brexit. My Department continues to work with the border delivery group to ensure ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Pollution (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have regular meetings with key stakeholders in the maritime sector to discuss their concerns on a range of important topics, including pollution. Officials have regular contact with th ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Taxi Services (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I never want to lose out to the Mayor of London, so I hope that that is not the case. Greener taxis are on the agenda. Not only has the hon. Gentleman been incredibly supportive of this ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I do not know what to say—the hon. Gentleman is disappointed that the Secretary of State is not at the Dispatch Box, but this is my portfolio and I am pleased to be responding to his q ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Disabled People (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. And that should not be the case. We have put together a really good inclusive transport strategy that sets out how passengers can be treated appropriately in all elements of ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Our plans amounted to just 1% of the no-deal planning, and it was the right thing to do for the Government to prepare for all eventualities. We were responsible in putting together the f ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Disabled People (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Audiovisual is incredibly important, and they should be delivered by 2020. We want to make sure that our buses are accessible, convenient and as cheap as they can be, and this new bit of ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No-deal preparation carried out by this Department for freight capacity was just 1% of the overall budget for no deal planning—1%. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Transport: Disabled People (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are dealing with the responses to the consultation and I will update the House as soon as I can. The hon. Gentleman can rest assured—I chaired the all-party parliamentary group on s ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I know the right hon. Lady will use every opportunity to campaign, even through petitioning, to ensure that the voices of her constituents are heard. HS2 is committed to ensuring that it ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The proportion of merchant ship survey work that will be carried out by accredited Recognised Organisations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency following the UK Ship Register ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK’s bareboat charter-out process is based on processes that are already in place within its Red Ensign Group partners (Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Wheelchairs (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to developing an inclusive transport system which disabled people can use easily, comfortably and without additional cost, and it is essential that taxi and p ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Merchant vessels that are beneficially owned in the UK are already eligible to join the UK Flag, therefore there is no direct impact following the expansion of the UK Ship Register’s ( ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HMRC list a number of relevant commercial features in their guidance on whether ship operators can qualify for UK Tonnage Tax. Although the UK flag is one of these, it is not a necessary ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The effect on seafarer employment of the UK Ship Register’s decisions to expand its criteria for shipowner eligibility could be positive and should provide employment opportunities for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Open international registers do not have any nationality or residency requirements for ship registration and are open to foreign-owned ships, therefore no comparative assessment was unde ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is reviewing no deal contingency planning in light of the Article 50 extension and the ongoing review of planning assumptions. No decisions have yet been taken whether HMG ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There may be some impact on Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) resources of the UK Ship Register’s decision to expand its criteria for shipowner eligibility, but it would be mana ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (12 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As advised in the answers of 9 April 2019, the procurement of rolling stock for HS2 is conducted by HS2 Ltd in line with Utilities Contract Regulations 2016. In addition, I can confirm t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has taken a leading role at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to both secure improvements in UK air quality, and to ensure that the IMO’s global requirements ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Wheelchairs (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring disabled people, including wheelchair users, have the same access to public transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. In July 2018 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities are currently empowered to offer local travel concessions under concessionary travel legislation. If they wish to do so, local authorities are able to offer discounted ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring disabled people, including those with less visible disabilities such as autism, have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Offences against Children (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing issued on 12 February committed to bring forward legislation to enable nat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Travel Information (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport is currently in the process of building the Bus Open Data Digital Service. The Digital Service will enable bus operators to publish their data so that it can ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Employment (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers have not received any representations from employers in the offshore wind industry regarding either seafarer employment or training matters since January 2015. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Migrant Workers (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There have been no discussions with the Home Secretary on this topic, however officials have had discussions with Home Office counterparts. For a non-EEA individual to work in UK territo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (11 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not hold records for the number of Ratings who were trained through the SMarT scheme prior to 2011-12. Prior to 2011-12, SMarT funding was ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (10 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence. Consequently, in Summer 2018, the Government published a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (10 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are permitted to undertake pre-booked work outside of the area in which they are licensed. PHVs are subject to a triple licensing lock; the operato ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Phase 2b update (6 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have today published a Government consultation on eleven proposed refinements to the route of HS2 Phase 2b, the section of HS2 running from Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands, a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Staffordshire (6 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: £250m of Bus Services Operators Grant (BSOG) payments have been made to bus companies and local authorities. Bus operators in Staffordshire were paid a total of £1,016,186 BSOG in 20 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (5 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (4 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government continues to carefully consider how any restriction of out-of-area journeys by taxis and private hire vehicles proposed by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group might work in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (4 Jun 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government will bring forward legislation in respect of the commitments made in the response to the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing when time allows. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Model Aircraft (24 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Drone Operator Registration Scheme will apply from November 2019 and is one of several new measures to address the safety and security challenges that unmanned aircraft pose. It will ...

Whitsun Adjournment: Excessive Speeding and Driving Bans (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady, true to form, shares the praise with all those who have worked behind the scenes, which has been noted. The hon. Lady was probably expecting my hon. Friend the Member for ...

Whitsun Adjournment: Excessive Speeding and Driving Bans (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is good to see you in your place, Madam Deputy Speaker, for this final debate before the recess, which is a good omen for when we return. I thank the hon. Member for Clwyd South (Sus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Since the HS2 property compensation schemes were introduced, the Government has spent approximately £2.3 billion up to March 2019 (nominal prices) on land and property across the three ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have acquired 529 properties within the current safeguarded area across the more than 300-mile-long HS2 route. Of those properties 262 are currently let and provided £3,066,662 of re ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Staff (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd relocated its headquarters from London to the Midlands 3 years ago, and has now established a new base in Manchester city centre, emphasising the benefit of having a presence in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (23 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Sections 168 and 170 of the Equality Act 2010 already require taxi and PHV drivers to accept passengers accompanied by assistance dogs without charging them extra. The Government expects ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (22 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The main civil engineering works contracts for Phase One of HS2 were awarded in July 2017 to 4 joint ventures comprising European and British construction firms. The Department has not a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Conditions of Employment (22 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The decision for P&O to reflag its vessels was a commercial matter as are contracts of employment. However in regard the legislative position;Pension rights remain in place.Subject t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (21 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring disabled people, including those with less visible disabilities such as autism, have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Safety (21 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: London bus services are the responsibility of Transport for London and the London Mayor who is responsible for all aspects of services including bus safety. Bus services outside London ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The scheme has been costed but we continue to refine our understanding of the number of properties likely to trigger the requirement for the Prolonged Disruption Compensation Scheme as t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Prolonged Disruption Compensation Scheme uses noise as a proxy for disturbance arising from construction works. All other forms of disruption arising from construction works are prev ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The provision of noise insulation for those affected by high levels of noise over prolonged periods as a result of construction follows well established practice on major projects and ap ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government expects to make an announcement this summer, subject to final approval of the policy within government. The launch of the scheme is tied into the start of permanent constr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd undertook a number of engagement events with local communities over the summer of 2018. The responses HS2 Ltd received from local people helped to inform the development of the P ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tonnage Tax (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have met with the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury on more than one occasion recently, with Tonnage Tax being one of several subjects that were discussed. Officials have also had re ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Boats (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Operators are required to report certain incidents to the MCA and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). The MCA will liaise with the operator directly and no formal reports ar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (20 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The figures in the table below show the number of trainee ratings who have been supported by SMarT (a) 3 and (b) 5 each financial year since 2011-12. The data held by the Maritime and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Service Operators Grant (17 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is still our intention to reform the Bus Service Operators Grant when time allows. We are currently in the process of digitalising the existing paper-based claim process in line with ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has not directly employed ecologists to install, monitor or remove bird netting; HS2 Ltd contractors, Fusion JV, have employed the services of a sub-contractor for this work. T ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (16 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Sections 168 and 170 of the Equality Act 2010 already require drivers of taxis and PHVs to accept passengers accompanied by assistance dogs without charging them extra. The Government ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (15 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In a little over a year the department has published both the Port Connectivity Study (PCS) and Maritime 2050. The PCS focused upon ways to better connect ports in England to the wider ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (15 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government will bring forward legislation in respect of the commitments made in the response to the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing when time allows. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Pursuant to Question 249174, the Department for Transport does not hold non-disclosure agreements with any individuals working on High Speed 2. However, Confidentiality Agreements are ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (14 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Providing a statutory definition of plying for pre-booking and plying for hire was considered as part of the Government response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (14 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Providing a statutory definition of plying for pre-booking and plying for hire was considered as part of the Government response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (14 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government is considering how any restriction of out-of-area journeys by taxis and private hire vehicles proposed by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group might work in practice, with a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (14 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The minutes have been published and can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-l imited/about/our-governance#board-meeting-minutes ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (13 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring disabled people, including those with less visible disabilities such as autism, have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (10 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government will bring forward legislation in respect of the commitments made in the response to the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing when time allows. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (10 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s position on enabling the restriction of private hire vehicles was set-out in the response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group; that powers already ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (10 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Government is considering how any restriction of out-of-area journeys by taxis and private hire vehicles proposed by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group might work in practice, with a ...

High Speed 2: Hollins Green, Culcheth and Croft — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is not about being close; it is about the importance of the project for our whole country and for the north in particular. Judith Blake said HS2 is “the opportunity to transform the ...

High Speed 2: Hollins Green, Culcheth and Croft — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady raises some important points. I note that she does not actually criticise HS2 but expresses a desire for a station. Unfortunately, if I provided a station to everyone who w ...

High Speed 2: Hollins Green, Culcheth and Croft — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Let me just go through the quote. I have many more—too many for this debate—but this one is important, because it mentions the benefits in the north. Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram ...

High Speed 2: Hollins Green, Culcheth and Croft — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) on securing this important debate on the effect of Hig ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is committed to ensuring that disabled people have equal access to the rail network. As such, officials and Ministers regularly engage with disabled people and organisatio ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The volume of lorry movements to move excavated material by HGV is detailed in the HS2 Phase One Environmental Statement and the cost is included within the HS2 budget. The cost of movin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy, which was published in July 2018, sets out the action the Department is taking to improve access to transport for disabled people, including to the rail ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The 2015 Spending Review confirmed a funding envelope for the whole of HS2 of £55.7bn in 2015 prices. HS2 Ltd has been set Delivery-In-Service targets by Government under its Developm ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: With growing passenger numbers, the Department has been clear that it wants to see more customer-facing staff on the railways, not fewer. For example, there are now more on-train staff o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Per Capita Costs (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has not made a recent assessment of the average price per mile for bus travel. The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding setting the level of fa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Operating Costs (8 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In 2017-18, train operating companies provided a net premium of £0.2 billion to central government. In 1993-94, train operating companies received a net subsidy of £0.9 billion in nomi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The decision whether to uprate the total HS2 budget from the current 2015 price base will be taken alongside the Spending Review. The Spending Review will also consider the latest benefi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport does not hold non-disclosure agreements with any individuals working on High Speed 2. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The environmental effects of moving all of the excavated materials arising from the construction of the HS2 Euston Station and Euston Approaches by road was assessed and published in the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has recently adopted plans to enable excavated material from the construction of the HS2 Euston Station to be moved by rail. These plans require the construction of rail infrastr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In accordance with the HS2 Phase One Environmental Statement and assurances provided to Camden Council, HS2 Ltd has identified an option to maximise the movement of material by rail. In ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bristow Helicopters (3 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department keeps its contingency plans under continual review should Bristow Helicopters Ltd be at any time unable to fulfil its contractual obligations. These plans include compre ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (3 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Prior to 2015, the training of ratings did not contribute to the minimum training obligation placed on tonnage tax companies. As a result no ratings are recorded as having been trained o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (3 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below provides information on the number of new entrant UK resident cadets from 2003/04 – 2018/19. Figures for 2000/01 – 2002/03 are not provided as these are not directly ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My Department is working closely with the Border Delivery Group to help to ensure that trade will continue to flow with minimum friction at UK ports. We are also continuing to liaise clo ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Once again, my hon. Friend is a true champion of his constituency, and he refers specifically to Henley Town Council. When a council has a good relationship and partnership with a bus op ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Well, bus patronage differs up and down the country, as does the number of miles covered by buses. When local authorities have good partnerships with bus companies, the number of bus pas ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local bus journeys remain central to transport choices, accounting for around 59% of all public transport journeys. The number of local bus passenger journeys in England has fallen since ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That is such a lengthy question that I feel the hon. Gentleman has already cracked the urgent question to come after these departmental questions. To go over the whole debate about Brexi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I did not say “franchising”; I said “partnerships”. The Bus Services Act introduced new powers for local authorities and operators to ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I was just going to end by talking about the fantastic work our ports do, including in preparing for no deal, and I look forward to working with them as we increase trade post-Brexit. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That was another question with some flaws in it. First, no taxpayers’ money was paid to Seaborne. In view of the article 50 extension, the Government are reviewing no-deal contingency ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Once again, my hon. Friend is waving the flag for the United Kingdom. We have indeed put together a 30-year maritime strategy called Maritime 2050, which will help to deliver the fantast ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus passenger numbers vary across the country, and I do not think it is appropriate for the hon. Gentleman just to whitewash bus services as if they were one national service. He should ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not going to comment on any procedures taking place in respect of legal action, but if the hon. Gentleman really is concerned about no-deal planning, he cannot in one breath say we ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I can tell the House, on local election day, that we have put in place legislation under the Bus Services Act 2017 to allow local authorities to manage those partnerships with their bus ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: When it comes to maritime emissions, we can look at the work of the International Maritime Organisation, which is opposite us on the Thames. A huge amount of work was done earlier this y ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Port Delays (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have to prepare for no deal; it is the default position of triggering article 50. If the right hon. Gentleman has any concerns about the impact of no deal, I would ask him to vote for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (2 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In Summer 2018 the Government consulted on proposals to require the provision of audible and visible information onboard local bus services in Great Britain. Over three hundred responses ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (1 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Neither the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) nor the Department can offer any financial assistance to operators whose vessels may be affected by these increased safety measures. It i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Recruitment (1 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer to my previous answer (Question 196855) which provides the information requested. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Employment (1 May 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The figures shown in table SFR0302 of the UK Seafarer Statistics are based on data collected via the annual Chamber of Shipping Manpower survey. During the data collection period, the De ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offences against Children: Victims (30 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has consulted on draft statutory guidance to be issued to taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities on how their extensive existing powers should b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Kew Palace: Boats (30 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) consulted upon an Impact Assessment (IA) during a public consultation which ran from 6 November 2018 to 29 January 2019. Consultees were invited ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (30 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of clear, accessible information in helping bus passengers to make informed journey decisions and to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (30 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (30 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Extending the RSZ schemes to non-owner occupiers in this way would be inconsistent with the eligibility requirements for statutory blight upon which the eligibility requirements of HS2 n ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not sure who in the Treasury the hon. Gentleman was referring to, but I remind him that HS2 is a key priority of the Government and a manifesto commitment of the Conservative party, ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Given how much playing of politics there was in that statement, one could forget that the Labour party actually supports HS2. In his “game changer” speech, the shadow Secretary of St ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have not been mansplained to at the Dispatch Box before, but here we are. I am indeed the Minister responsible for this project, and I was passionate about HS2 before I was given the p ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The train fares will be assessed and brought forward at the most appropriate time. We want this line to be accessible to everybody, and because thousands of people will travel on the lin ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am more than happy to put together a note to put on paper the amount of investment we are making in our rail infrastructure in the north. There is one budget for HS2, and we are sticki ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend has posed a number of questions, which I will do my best to get through. She has expressed her disappointment that I am not the Secretary of State, but I am indeed t ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to funding railways in the north. My hon. Friend mentions investment around the ports, and he will see the work I have undertaken with Maritime 2050 to encourage investm ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This project is to bring together north and south and east and west; we cannot have HS3, or any other name that they want to give an east-west line, without HS2. There is only one budget ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 has one budget: £55.7 billion. Constant speculation around the budget undermines confidence in a project that we should be proud of, considering the positive impact it will have on ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Completing HS2 is Government policy and is crucial to unlocking economic growth and improved productivity in the midlands and north. It is supported by Members on both sides of this Hous ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: If my hon. Friend was indeed enraged, all I can say is it will have been a very good meeting. I am sure HS2 will be listening to our exchanges. I know that a meeting took place on 1 Apr ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I absolutely take on board my hon. Friend’s frustration. He has already made a number of representations to me and to the Secretary of State. HS2 Ltd must get better. I am hearing that ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has worked tremendously hard on behalf of his constituency, and I think him for his question. He has been disappointed by some of the behaviour of HS2 Ltd and by the fact ...

HS2: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I feel slightly nervous about answering my hon. Friend’s question, because I have failed to turn up at a number of events in his constituency, and I am worried about the reception that ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd is currently working with their contracted suppliers to update and agree the latest cost and schedule positions for Phase One. Once completed we will make these details public as ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Boats (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) consulted upon an Impact Assessment (IA) during a public consultation which ran from 6 November 2018 to 29 January 2019. Consultees were invited ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) consulted upon an Impact Assessment (IA) during a public consultation which ran from 6 November 2018 to 29 January 2019. Consultees were invited ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Boats (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers have regular meetings with the Mayor of London and the Minister for London to discuss a range of matters. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is in communication with th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the UK, supported by the House of Commons and by regional leaders across the country. It will regenerate and rebalance local e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no National Police Group established to guard HS2 and there is no special police force planned for policing the construction of HS2. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Pay (29 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This information is published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-ltd-annual-re port-and-accounts-2017-to-2018 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (26 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers have regular meetings with the Mayor of London and the Minister for London to discuss a range of matters. In respect of domestic passenger vessels, the Maritime and Coastguar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (26 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Policy officials from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) meet regularly with representatives and operators from the domestic passenger vessels sector. This includes operators of ol ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (26 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The forthcoming consultation on older UK domestic passenger vessels will be published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on GOV.UK. Anyone who subscribes to notifications of MCA ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rescue Services (26 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The current difficulties are contained within Bristow Group and do not affect the Department for Transport’s contract with Bristow Helicopters Limited. Bristow Helicopters Ltd continue ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (26 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The assessment of impact for these proposals is ongoing, and as a result of feedback received, policy officials in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be consulting with the Co ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Finance (25 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities have the power to subsidise bus services in isolated and deprived communities. This can include subsiding a service so that its hours of operation are extended. The maj ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boating: Sewage (25 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has not undertaken an assessment of the effect of the number of pump-out sewerage facilities available to leisure crafts on the amount of untreated sewerage ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: North West (25 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving access to the rail network and a further 10 stations in the North West were included in the recent Access for All announcement. Northern Rail are required t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In Summer 2018 the Government consulted publicly on plans to use powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 to make Regulations requiring the provision of audible and visible information onboar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: River Thames: Boats (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers have regular meetings with the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Transport for London to discuss a range of matters. Both PLA and Transport for London were advised of the cons ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department held a dedicated meeting with representatives of National Historic Ships UK on 14 February 2019 to discuss proposals resulting from the review into standards for older UK ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Neither the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) nor the Department can offer any financial assistance to operators whose vessels may be affected by these increased safety measures. It i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Qualifications (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) sets the international requirements for the minimum standards of training, that the seafarers ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Maritime Safety Agency (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) discharges a number of obligations set out in the International Maritime Organization Conventions on behalf of the EU Members. These obligation ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd formally recognises the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) for collective bargaining purposes for its directly employed staff. HS2 Ltd and the TUC have an 'Initial ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Females (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am determined to see more women entering the maritime industry and taking advantage of the many and wide-ranging career opportunities that the maritime sector has to offer, at sea and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Qualifications (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK already provides information to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). EMSA is aware of the high quality of UK training and certification. UK maritime qualifications will c ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boats (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Both (a) the Port of London Authority (PLA) and (b) Transport for London (TfL) were notified of publication of the first public consultation package on the proposals to implement the out ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Where there is a substantial amount of work that falls outside the 'skill set' of Tier 1 contractors, it would not be feasible for them to be the employer. Notwithstanding, HS2 Ltd requi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (23 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As of 16 April 2019 (a) The number of workers employed on zero-hours contracts on Phase One is 0. (b) The number of workers employed on Phase One on an agency contract are 238. (c.i) ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport asked the industry to nominate stations for the new funding by 16 November last year, and received nominations for over 300 stations. In the Loughborough con ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Equality (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is anticipated that the Post Implementation Review will be presented to the Reducing Regulation Committee before summer recess 2019. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Equality (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have considered oral evidence received as part of wider discussions and input from the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). We have also received external sta ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In summer 2018 the Government consulted publicly on plans to use powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 to make Regulations requiring the provision of audible and visible information onboar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Members: Correspondence (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: An internal review, or investigation, into our response to your constituent’s Freedom of Information (FOI) request was completed on 8 November 2018. All aspects of the subject access e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rescue Services: Ceredigion (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There are six Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRTs) along the Ceredigion coast with 45 volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers (CROs) currently available for service. The number in each team is sh ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East Coast Railway Line (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd is currently identifying the works that may be required to accommodate HS2 services on the Conventional Rail Network from 2033. The initial assessment of areas where HS2 Ltd may ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have made £20m available for Mid-Tier Access for All projects. Details of how this funding will be allocated are being finalised now and we intend to open the nomination process late ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Equality (15 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport was not consulted on this statement and did not make any input into it. All four statutory bodies are independent, and exist to advise and advocate on equali ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: France (11 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport, along with those of other Departments, has engaged in several meetings and discussions with French ports since January 2018. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Hertfordshire (11 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated with the majority of services provided on a commercial basis by private sector bus operators. Smart ticketing is an important element of maki ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (10 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing issued on 12 February committed to bring forward legislation to enable nat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Queen's Park Station (10 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Network Rail will work with stakeholders at individual stations to establish how an accessible route into the station and between each platform can be delivered, before ascertaining when ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bristow Group: Finance (10 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The current difficulties are contained within Bristow Group and do not affect the Department for Transport’s contract with Bristow Helicopters Limited. The Department will assess Brist ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (9 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The procurement of the new HS2 Phase One fleet is being undertaken in accordance with the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016. The regulations require all tenderers be treated equally on ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (9 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As outlined in the Government’s response to the report of the Chair of the Task and Finish Group, published in February 2019, Government is considering carefully how the restriction of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (9 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In Summer 2018 the Government consulted publicly on plans to use powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 to make Regulations requiring the provision of audible and visible information onboar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (9 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The procurement of the new HS2 Phase One fleet is being undertaken in accordance with the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016. The regulations require all tenderers be treated equally on ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Inshore Fishing: Northern Ireland (5 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK has ratified the International Labour Organisation’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), which sets minimum global standards for living and working conditions for fisher ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Equality (5 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Post Implementation Review has not been published as it was not clear whether the proposed recommendations would need to be reconsidered following our exit from the European Union. H ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (5 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy sets out our ambition to create a transport system that provides equal access for disabled people by 2030. Within the Inclusive Transport Strategy, we ha ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Access for All (4 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Improving access to Great Britain’s railway stations is a key priority for this Government and we want all passengers to be able to travel easily and confidently. The Department’s Ac ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (4 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 includes powers for the Secretary of State to make Regulations requiring bus operators to provide audible and visible information on local bus services in Great ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: HMS Collingwood (4 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has not allocated any funding to merchant navy seafarer training courses for Royal Navy personnel on HMS Collingwood in the years 2010 to date in 2019. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd regularly review assumptions for the purpose of economic modelling. The proportion of passengers predicted to switch from car and air to HS2, was last published by HS2 Ltd in 2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (3 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy: Achieving Equal Access for Disabled People was published in July 2018. Its ambition is to create a transport system that provides equal a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As part of the process to prepare the legislation for Phase 2b we intend to consult on aspects of the HS2 Phase 2b plans this year to inform our plans. This work is ongoing and as change ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (2 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have received more than 300 nominations for the next tranche of Access for All funding, totaling £300m. 10 of those nominations are from the Merseytravel area. The assessment of thes ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (2 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s consultation response on bus open data explains that the Government will bring forward a statutory instrument later this year which will require bus operators in Engla ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (2 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As part of the process to prepare the legislation for Phase 2b we intend to consult on aspects of the HS2 Phase 2b plans this year to inform our plans. This work is ongoing and as change ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (2 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (1 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport will periodically update business cases in line with the Government’s protocol for developing major projects. The HS2 Phase 2a Outline Business Case was pu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Tunnel Railway Line (1 Apr 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 Phase One full business case, intended for publication later in 2019, will be informed with an updated assessments of future passenger numbers for all phases of HS2, the conventi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Rural Areas (29 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognises the importance of public transport in reducing social isolation, particularly in rural areas. Where there is not enough demand for a bus route to be commerciall ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East Coast Railway Line (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd is currently identifying the works that may be required to accommodate HS2 services on the Conventional Rail Network from 2033. The initial assessment of areas where HS2 Ltd may ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is not party to this dredging contract and so precise information about its cost is not held centrally. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to the hon. Member for Delyn on 19 February. [UIN 219312]. ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: MCA Business Plan (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am proud to announce the publication of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) business plan for 2019-20. The MCA does vital work to save lives at sea, regulate ship standards an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to the hon. Member for Delyn on 19 February. [UIN 219312]. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Around £1 billion a year is spent on concessionary travel in England and any extensions to the scope of the statutory scheme would further increase costs. Local authorities do already h ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (28 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government understands the importance of accessible on-board information in helping bus passengers to travel with confidence, and in Summer 2018 published a public consultation on pr ...

Railway Stations: Accessibility (27 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has made repeated and powerful representations on behalf of his constituency and his local railway stations, and I know he has worked incredibly hard with his local author ...

Railway Stations: Accessibility (27 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Dr Offord) on securing the debate, which allows the House the opportunit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Rural Areas (26 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department will publish the Government’s response to the Bus Open Data public consultation on 26 March 2019. The consultation sought views on proposals to require bus operators, th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Suppliers (25 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Shipowners are not required by law to notify the Port State Authority (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) of a vessel that has been laid up in the UK although it is considered good practice ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Frieght (25 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Extensive work has been undertaken across Government with a range of key sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry, to understand their needs and ensure that supplies of critical go ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Brittany Ferries and DFDS (25 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Agreements with both ferry operators are currently for the provision of services from 29th March 2019 until 30th September 2019. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Brittany Ferries and DFDS (25 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave on 14 January. [UIN 205908]. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Forests: Conservation (22 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Where losses of ancient woodland are expected to occur, a range of compensatory measures may be proposed by High Speed Two Ltd; translocation of ancient woodland soils; translocation ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journey Numbers (21 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local bus journeys remain central to transport choices, accounting for around 59% of all public transport journeys. Numbers of local bus passenger journeys in England have been falling s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Carbon Emissions (21 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK was a leading participant in the April 2018 negotiations that led to the Initial International Maritime Organization Greenhouse Gas Strategy. The UK continues to play a leading ro ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (21 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend raises an important point; a lot of our rail infrastructure is incredibly old, even though 75% of journeys are step-free. The decisions on the £300 million that has been ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (21 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has made multiple representations on behalf of her constituency. The Access for All funding is about £300 million, and the decision will be made public in due course, aro ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journey Numbers (21 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman is right to say that bus services are a lifeline because, as I said earlier, not only do they get people to school and work, but they also tackle issues linked to lone ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journey Numbers (21 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady raises an important point. Bus passengers and disabled passengers have a close link, and it is right that someone’s ability to jump on a bus is about not just economics b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Liverpool City Region (20 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market in England outside London is deregulated. The Bus Services Act 2017 introduced new bus franchising powers for local authorities as well as providing other tools, such as E ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (19 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The former Minister for Transport, Sir John Hayes, set up a working group to consider how private hire vehicle and taxi licensing authorities use their powers, and produce focussed recom ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Employment (19 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the honourable gentleman to my previous answer 220193 in which I explained that it is not possible to provide an estimate of UK seafarers operating on vessels in the offshore oil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (19 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: During the development of the scheme HS2 Ltd has sought to assess the capacity of the rail freight industry to support its plans to transfer excavated and construction materials by rail. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport (18 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Good progress continues to be made in delivering the commitments set out in the Inclusive Transport Strategy. A monitoring and evaluation framework was published on 19 December setting o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (18 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has been engaging internationally and domestically in order to reduce pollutant emissions from shipping. For the most part, the international nature of the shipping indu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (15 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The legislation that provides for licensing of taxi and private hire vehicle services is enabling in its nature, giving local licensing authorities the discretion to set standards that t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (15 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. The Government is responsible for setting the regulatory structure within which licensing authorities in England issue taxi a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rescue Services: Llanelli (15 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HM Coastguard is reviewing the locations of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Teams in this area. This process is in a very early stage and HM Coastguard will consider all options to find the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rescue Services: Llanelli (15 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HM Coastguard is reviewing the locations of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Teams in this area. This process is in a very early stage therefore no meetings have been arranged. Once the locat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rescue Services: Llanelli (15 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HM Coastguard is reviewing the locations of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Teams in this area. When a suitable site has been determined HM Coastguard will liaise with local authorities as a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd publishes a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis, which includes data on complaints received by HS2 Ltd. The first public progress report covering the pe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (14 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd publishes a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis, which includes data on complaints received by HS2 Ltd. The first public progress report covering the pe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (13 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It would involve the Department in disproportionate cost to identify the fees paid to the named barristers specifically for HS2 matters. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (11 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Under the chairmanship of Allan Cook we are refreshing the membership of the Board of HS2 Limited. We are close to concluding the first stage of this process and expect to be able to mak ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (11 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The draft statutory guidance proposes a number of measures for licensing authorities to consider when setting taxi and private hire vehicle policy and administration of the regime. Adopt ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Assistance Animals (11 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: On the 12th February the Government responded to the report of the chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and PHV licensing, confirming its support for mandating disability awareness ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (11 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing agreed with the principle that all taxi and private hire ve ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (11 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Licensing authorities have a duty to ensure that any person to whom they grant a taxi or private hire vehicle driver’s licence to is a fit and proper person to hold such a licence. Lic ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (11 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The draft statutory guidance on taxi and private hire vehicle licensing which the Department is consulting on is made using powers in the Policing and Crime Act 2017. Section 177 of the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (7 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of vessels over 100 Gross Tonnage (GT) that had their registration restored (re-registered) on the UK Ship Register in each month between January 2018 and January 2019 is show ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (7 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Initial Strategy on Greenhouse Gas does not currently include specific regulatory requirements beyond high level objectives. The detailed re ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (7 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) remains committed to enforce the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) regulations to limit the sulphur content of fuel to 0.5%. To addre ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (7 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are not aware of any impacts on seafarer employment or pay from the introduction of the 0.1% limit for the ECAs in 2015. Consequently, we do not expect any significant impact on sea ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: CCTV (7 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s view is that the use of CCTV can provide a safer environment for the benefit of taxi and private hire vehicle passengers and drivers. The impact assessment that accomp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Effective disability awareness and equality training can give transport staff, including taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers, the knowledge, skills and confidence to provide disa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has been in regular discussions with stakeholders including industry, NGO’s and other States, but we are not aware that greenhouse gas emissions from these systems are a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has been in regular discussions with stakeholders including industry, NGO’s and other States. We recognise that some ports and States are concerned about the potential i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Finance (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Record investment is taking place in Control Period 6 with around £48 billion to be spent on the existing rail network over a five-year period from 2019 to 2024, including more maintena ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Spending Review 2015 confirmed a funding envelope for the whole of HS2 of £55.7bn at 2015 prices. DfT remains determined that the project will be delivered within the £55.7bn fundi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has regular meetings with key stakeholders in the maritime sector, such as through the Ministerial Maritime Working Group and the Clean Maritime Council, on a range of iss ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The international nature of the shipping industry means that regulatory solutions to curb the environmental impacts of international shipping need to be delivered globally. The Interna ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Autism and Learning Disability (6 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: All train operating companies (TOCs) are required as part of their licence condition to have in place a Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) which sets out their plans to make su ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Alternative Fuels and Exhaust Emissions (5 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The guidance on exhaust gas cleaning systems was issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in a Marine Guidance Notice (MGN 510) in January 2015. The MCA has not issued guidan ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Registration (5 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of vessels over 100 Gross Tonnage (GT) that were registered on the UK Ship Register in each month between January 2018 and January 2019 is shown below: Month Number of V ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (5 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: As the IMO 2020 requirements are not yet in force ships are not currently required to make use of compliant fuel and information on the use of 0.5% fuel is not being recorded. We would e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (5 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) conducts inspections of UK ports against the approved Port Waste Management Plans held by them. These plans include the handling of exhaust gas c ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (5 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is already illegal for a taxi or private hire driver to refuse carriage to a passenger on the grounds that they are accompanied by an assistance dog. Responsibility for ensuring that ...

Bus Services: Greater Manchester (4 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is doing what it can through the money that it is making available—for example, the £48 million that I mentioned—and the assumption is that that will help not only to ...

Bus Services: Greater Manchester (4 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point about the statutory instrument tomorrow, but funding for buses, especially for Manchester, is particularly high compared with other parts of the co ...

Bus Services: Greater Manchester (4 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon) for bringing this important issue to the House, and I welcome the opportunity to debate it and to collaborate on how we ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line: Lancaster (4 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I understand the importance of HS2 to the north west and specifically to Lancaster. As I stated in my recent letter to you, I have asked my officials to set up a meeting to ensure that y ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (4 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Having regard to the need to protect personal information the Department does not consider it would be appropriate to itemise the amount paid to individual barristers. It would also invo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (4 Mar 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Responsibility for investigating alleged instances of illegal discrimination by taxi and private hire drivers, and for taking further action where appropriate, rests with respective loca ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Freedom Pass: Fees and Charges (28 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The right to free bus travel for older and disabled people is enshrined in the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007 which does not allow bus operators to charge any part of the fare to a pe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (28 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd will publish a high level overview of the Phase One geographic construction zones covering (a) area south, (b) area central and (c) area north on its website in the next week. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The construction of HS2 will help to build the skills base the UK rail industry needs to export around the world. The UK High Speed Rail Workshop in Budapest on 20-21 February was funded ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (27 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd and their contractors will comply with all relevant legislation, HS2 Environmental Minimum Requirements, as well as any applicable Protected Species Licences when dealing with ec ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (27 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport have been in regular dialogue with Fusion regarding vegetation clearance near Steeple Claydon. HS2 Ltd have carried out assuranc ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (27 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK has begun the process to develop legislation to implement the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention and is currently collating the data and information required ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (26 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In line with commitments made to the HS2 Phase 2a Commons Select Committee a protocol for how to report a possible non-compliance with an Undertaking or Assurance agreed for Phases 1 and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (26 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: (a) There has been one incident of non-compliance involving three related Undertakings and Assurances (U&As), numbers 1969, 2553 and 1976 on the Public Register. (b) This incident of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: National College for High Speed Rail (26 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Capital funding of £33.3m was provided by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills to Birmingham City Council as Accountable Body towards capital costs associated with the es ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (26 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The permissions to undertake the work in question cover the following: Land HS2 Ltd’s contractors will initially undertake the vegetation clearance work using access rights granted u ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Staff (26 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd takes its environmental responsibilities seriously and seeks to reduce its environmental impacts across all staff and project disciplines. There are currently 82 HS2 Ltd staff wo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Staff (26 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Information on the Number of HS2 Ltd staff who left the company and the headcount for each month in the last two years is set out in the table below. All Payrolled staff1 Month H ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Legal Costs (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has instructed a number of barristers in relation to HS2 work since 2010. They include James Eadie QC, Tim Mould QC, James Strachan QC, Justine Thornton QC, Philip Moser Q ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual report and accounts on overall spending. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Complaints (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd publish a community engagement progress report on a six monthly basis. This report includes data on the number of enquiries and complaints received by HS2 Ltd. The first report ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Stoke on Trent (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 (BSA) introduces new bus franchising powers for local authorities as well as providing other tools to improve bus services. We are working with interested local ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that disability awareness training can provide taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to give disabled passengers the assistance the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is illegal for taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers to refuse the carriage of passengers with assistance dogs, and I am clear that they must comply with the law. Responsibili ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Legal Costs (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual report and accounts on overall spending. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: North Sea (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We expect trade to continue to flow as we leave the EU, and UK ports will continue to invest competitively to develop their facilities. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Rural Areas (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Where there is not enough demand for a bus route to be commercially viable, all local authorities have powers to subsidise bus services. The Department provides £43 million per year to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Bescot (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The proposal for a facility in Bescot is being developed by Network Rail to produce the sleepers necessary for them to maintain, renew, and enhance our rail network. The facility requi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Agency Workers (25 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual reporting account on overall spending. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Rural Areas (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus policy for Northern Ireland is devolved. In England, where there is not enough demand for a bus route to be commercially viable in its own right, all local authorities have powers to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Working Hours (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus drivers are generally subject to the domestic drivers’ hours rules, which amongst other things limit daily driving time to 10 hours and require a daily rest of 10 hours (which can ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Inland Waterways: Chesterfield (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not aware of any representations to this Department for investment in the Chesterfield Canal restoration project. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision is primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. Decisions on subsidised bus services are a matt ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transforming Cities Fund (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: While the Transforming Cities Fund is aimed at transforming intra-city connectivity and driving productivity in city regions across England, the Government expects that where market town ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Lancaster (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I understand the importance of HS2 serving the North West. Lancaster will be served from Birmingham in the full HS2 Y network in 2033, as per the central case indicative train service sp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Finance (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The termination of the Seaborne Freight contract has not led the Government to review its policy in relation to ferry operations from Scottish ports. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Working Hours (22 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Most bus drivers are subject to general working time rules and domestic drivers’ hours rules, which among other things limit daily driving time to 10 hours and require a daily rest of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (21 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Based on the Environmental Statement, the approximate duration for accommodation is 3 years 6 months at the A41 Bicester Road compound and 3 years 9 months at the Small Dean compound. Th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: National College for High Speed Rail (21 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Having been operational for only one full academic year, 48 students have so far completed their studies across both the Doncaster and Birmingham Campuses. 341 students have enrolled. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report annually via HS2 Ltd’s annual reporting account on overall spending. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: To date HS2 Ltd has over 2,000 contracts with UK-registered businesses, of which 70% are SMEs. Mark Thurston regularly meets with contractors and businesses in the HS2 supply chain acros ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Over 2000 businesses across the UK have been awarded contracts to deliver HS2 work. Each contract is commercially sensitive. The HS2 overall funding envelope is £55.7bn and we report an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Bristow Helicopters (20 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The value of the current search and rescue helicopter contract is £1.6 billion over 10 years. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Yorkshire and the Humber (20 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Officials are working closely with Leeds City Council and the city region and Sheffield City Region to ensure Yorkshire has good transport links to the proposed HS2 route. To support t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: North of England (20 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 will offer faster, more frequent and more reliable travel between cities and areas of the UK and will increase capacity on our congested railways. The eastern leg of Phase Two of HS2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Industry: North Sea (20 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK issues Certificates of Competency and Proficiency to UK seafarers against the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Bristow Helicopters (20 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bristow Helicopters Limited continues to fulfil its contractual obligations with the UK Government. The Department for Transport has protections in its contract to guarantee a search and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bristow Helicopters (20 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bristow Group Inc is an indirect shareholder of our search and rescue helicopter provider, Bristow Helicopters Limited. Bristow Group issued cautionary guidance to investors on 11 Februa ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I was just trying to find out the statistics for Bristol. The Member, or the resident, was obviously disturbed about how or when they could catch a bus, but if that Member was still arou ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I share the hon. Lady’s frustration and concern for her constituents who rely on bus services, but we have to remember that these are the choices that local authorities are making. ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: These are the choice that local authorities are making. They need to be aware that if they make changes to buses, they do more than just remove a mobility service; they affect people’s ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises a valuable point. Previously, the argument was that the powers were not available. The Department made those powers available in 2017—they have been in place ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady shakes her head. If she wishes to get in touch with the Department, we can lay out how the plans can work for her local authority so it can take the relationship forward. I ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Austin. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) on securing the debate. There has been a wide-ranging ...

Transport for Towns (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I agree, but buses and towns will also play a part in that fund. Most of us have spoken about buses. We all have a role in ensuring that buses are part of that project and that, when loc ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Combined costs of external legal, financial and project assurance advice on all three freight contracts including legal advice up to the end of December 2018 were approximately £800,000 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Electric Vehicles (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Ultra-Low Emission Taxi Infrastructure Competition, awarded a share of over £6m to 17 local authorities to support the installation of chargepoint infrastructure dedicated to ultra- ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department continues to investigate options for promoting freight capacity for the eventuality of a no-deal exit with constriction on the Dover and Channel Tunnel routes. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No specific contingent allocation was made for legal fees in relation to potential court proceedings. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The contract awarded to Seaborne was part of a broader procurement exercise to secure additional freight capacity after Brexit, wherein nine companies were approached and contracts were ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Combined costs of external legal, financial and project assurance advice on all three freight contracts including legal advice up to the end of December 2018 were approximately £800,000 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Several meetings involving executives of Seaborne Freight were held during contract negotiations and subsequently to discuss implementation. The full information requested could be obtai ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No. Nor was any compensation payable for termination of the contract. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 budget is £55.7bn and legal costs are included therein. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: On 12 February the Government issued its response to the report by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing. Government agrees with the principle ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Limited incidental travelling expenses were claimed by civil servants during the course of discussions. The precise total involved could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (19 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has not allocated specific funding for dredging work at Ramsgate. ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes a valuable point. If we look at Flybmi’s accounts, we see that they were not healthy for many years, even before the referendum. Smaller airlines across Europe are ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is good that my hon. Friend notes the importance of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s role in procuring and maintaining the contract, and it is interesting to note the coun ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: An independent review of airline insolvency by Peter Bucks is due to report, and it will make clear what happens to airlines when difficult decisions are made. There is an interesting po ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady makes some important points, focusing on passengers and ensuring that they can continue their journeys and on the staff involved. One of Flybmi’s issues was that its flig ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is a powerful advocate for his constituency and makes some valid points, particularly about the loss of skilled jobs. We were only made aware that Flybmi was going into ad ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. The reason for Flybmi going into administration is that the business has just reached the end of its road. We have an overcapacity here and the power is with the passengers i ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The EU has been very clear that the UK aviation industry can continue as it is. We have been having good conversations with the EU on this, and we have tabled a number of statutory instr ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: On 16 February British Midland Regional Limited, the east midlands-based airline which operates as Flybmi, announced that it had ceased operations from that date and filed for administr ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes a valuable point. People who are nervous about uncertainty need to vote for certainty, which would be the Prime Minister’s deal. We should not undermine the UK avi ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point about his part of the world. He is absolutely right; East Midlands airport is thriving, competitive and nimble when it comes to the changes that pas ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No, but Flybmi’s accounts show that, as far back as 2014, it was not as healthy as it could have been. If a company undertakes flights that are barely at 50% capacity, it is making a l ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point about the PSO, but it does run for this specific period, up to 2021. He noted that the Secretary of State has spoken to the local MP, the hon. ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. Even though the airline sector is a tricky market to be in and it obviously favours larger airlines—for example, it is a little easier for them to buy fuel than it is for s ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I believe the hon. Gentleman is mistaken, as we are working with the EU to deal with deal and no-deal scenarios: we have published no-deal technical notices; we have tabled a number of s ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has my assurance, and I would be at fault if I did not mention Birmingham airport, which I grew up very close to and to which we are obviously committed, as he can no doub ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend makes an important point. The staff are all highly skilled and very professional, and it is important to note that Loganair has already made it clear that it is keen ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes three powerful arguments, and I agree with him. The Department, under my noble Friend the Aviation Minister, is undertaking the “Aviation 2050” consultation, whi ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I have never been a woman who has been “dropped in it”; it is my job and I am disappointed that the shadow Transport Secretary wanted to see a he and not a she at the Dispatch Box, b ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a very competitive market, and no doubt my hon. Friend’s constituents will be well represented here today. If she would like to meet the Aviation Minister, I will ensure that a m ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: If the right hon. Gentleman wants to rule out no deal, he should vote for the Prime Minister’s deal. ...

Flybmi (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: If the hon. Gentleman wishes to have 100% certainty, he needs to vote for the Prime Minister’s deal. [Interruption.] We have had assurances from the EU that the airline sector can cont ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Industry: Continental Shelf (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations apply only to employment businesses and employment agencies based in the United Kingdom. They, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Industry: Continental Shelf (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, has powers in respect of the safe manning of UK ships and enforcement of international requirements ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department welcomes the recent Transport Select Committee inquiry into “The Health of the Bus Market”, which has demonstrated that there is considerable interest in a national bu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: On 25 January 2019 the Channel Tunnel Group Ltd and France-Manche SA (“Eurotunnel”) brought two claims against the Secretary of State for Transport by way of judicial review and unde ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Industry: North Sea (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport does not hold this information. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to PQ UIN 219568. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: None of the documentation associated with this procurement involve cost estimates that are £350m or £300m below the OJEU notice for Euston and Old Oak Common respectively. HS2 Ltd’ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No material arising from the tunnel would be suitable for commercial sale. 100% of the material will be utilised in the scheme for landscaping on the Western Valley Slopes, the area of r ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: a) There were a small number of HS2 Ltd personnel who stayed away from home for a minimum of 2 nights each month through 2018. b) There were no DFT staff working on HS2 that had hotel ac ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: a) approximately 14,200 metres of the tunnels pass through a white chalk sub-group b) approximately 1,000 metres of the tunnels pass through a grey chalk sub-group c) approximately 2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Travel (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The breakdown of the £2,506,977 spent on rail fares by HS2 Ltd between 1 January and 31 December 2018 is as follows a) £0 was spent on first class fares. b) There are no second class f ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Approximately 200m of the tunnel will pass through a contiguous layer of clay with flints. This occurs for the final 200m of tunnelling near Great Missenden. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (18 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s response to the report of the Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Task and Finish Group sets out which of the recommendations the Department proposes to take forward. Many ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The right hon. Lady makes a valid point. So often, we lament that parliamentarians do not deliver long-term projects and that we do not invest in our country or our skills base, but that ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving accessibility and in April I will be announcing the stations which will benefit from an additional £300m of Access for All funding. This is in addition to ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am well aware that my right hon. Friend has been a doughty and particularly inquisitive Member of Parliament on behalf of her constituents on HS2. She knows that there is a set budget ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: For all three freight contracts, the combined costs of external legal, financial and project assurance advice up to the end of December 2018 were approximately £800,000. Subsequent cost ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Social Mobility (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Good transport connectivity is critical for social mobility and allows people to access a wider pool of economic opportunities, from high quality jobs to education and training opportuni ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That is such a ridiculous statement to make. It is just inaccurate. There are complaints when due diligence is not done and complaints when due diligence is done. When funding is allocat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Following the withdrawal of an important prospective backer, Arklow Shipping, the Secretary of State concluded that the core requirements of the contract could no longer be met, and ther ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 budget is £55.7bn and legal costs are included therein. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: For all three freight contracts, the combined costs of external legal, financial and project assurance advice up to the end of December 2018 were approximately £800,000. Subsequent cost ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are in constant communication with port operators, including Associated British Ports, which I believe has invested heavily in the port to prepare for Brexit and all the extra opportu ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I can. My hon. Friend is a great champion of the port of Immingham and I know I have an open invitation from him to visit it. I have indeed discussed that port with ABP and it has confir ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not quite sure what show we are on, but this is Transport questions and the hon. Gentleman attacking an individual because he has nothing left to say is absolutely embarrassing. We ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The contract awarded to Seaborne was part of a broader procurement exercise to secure additional freight capacity after Brexit. The precise staff time involved could be obtained only at ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. I was delighted to visit Nottingham and to have a meeting with all the east midlands business and council representatives. It is absolutely right to say that HS2 is a local a ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Good morning, Mr Speaker. It is a pleasure to share the day of love with my colleagues under your watchful gaze this morning. I have met port operators and their representatives on a nu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Tees Valley (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need to improve local bus services. Bus Open Data powers in the Act will require bus operators in England to open up i ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I would not want anybody not to be flying to Alicante, but it is important to note that, when Labour was in control, bus fares went up three times as fast every year than under the Conse ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Seaborne Freight contract represented approximately a quarter of the capacity acquired in the December contracts. The Department continues to explore options for promoting freight ca ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council receives almost £89,000 of bus service operators grant to support local bus services, and £75.5 million from the Government’s transforming cities fun ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady raises the important point that transport is not just about a single journey but is also about social mobility. I am proud that this Department supports our economy and com ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Buses are indeed incredibly important. Not only do they help people to get to work, but they tackle wider issues such as loneliness. The Government provide more than £1 billion for conc ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (14 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Buses remain the most commonly used mode of public transport, with local bus travel accounting for around 59% of all public transport journeys. The number of local bus passenger journeys ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (13 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government responded to the report of the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing on 12th February. The response can be found at: https://www.g ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: EU Countries (13 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government published a Technical Notice in September on the recognition of seafarer certificates of competency if there’s no deal with the European Union https://www.gov.uk/governm ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (13 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: WSP UK Limited acts as the station design contractor for Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street stations, which were awarded in February 2018. WSP has been paid £20,362,000 for des ...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (13 Feb 2019)

Transport: Health of the Bus Market. 9:45 am; Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, De ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Agency Workers (13 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: For the 6 months from July to December 2018, HS2 Ltd’s total expenditure is £5,663,422 for an average of 89 FTE agency staff per month over this period. HS2 Ltd’s agency staff are p ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (13 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has not commissioned any research since the original development of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). The ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd’s records regarding non-disclosure agreements (or confidentiality agreements) date back to 2012. These agreements enable the sharing of confidential or commercially sensitive i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Stage 1 of the main civil works contracts were awarded in July 2017 and contractors commenced design and development work then. Stage 2 of the contracts will commence when Government aut ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Euston Station and Old Oak Common Station (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: a. The names of the companies that made the successful bids are as follows: Euston: a Joint Venture between Mace Limited and Dragados S.A.; Old Oak Common: a Joint Venture between Balfou ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: A total of £5.5 billion has been spent between financial years 2009/10 and 2017/18, covering both HS2 Ltd and Department for Transport expenditure. We are unable to report spend beyond ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Second Additional Provision to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I would like to inform the House about the introduction of a second Additional Provision to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, which is currently before a Select Committ ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Response and Consultation on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am today announcing to the House the launching of a consultation on statutory guidance to be issued to taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing authorities and that the Government ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This information is regularly published on the gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-departmental-s pending-over-25000, which currently shows spending of over ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Euston Station: Closures (12 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold any estimate of the cost to the economy of these planned engineering works. The implementation of the HS2 Phase One works have been designed to reduce as far ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Hotels (11 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Hotel expenditure for HS2 Ltd personnel is £599,957.80 for the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. HS2 Ltd do not hold a central register of third party hotel costs from our c ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Travel (11 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The expenditure on train travel for HS2 Ltd personnel is £2,506,977.66 for the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. HS2 Ltd do not hold a central register of third party travel ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Northern Ireland (11 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ports policy and connecting infrastructure are devolved matters in Northern Ireland. However, DfT officials occasionally discuss matters of mutual interest with Northern Irish port opera ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Solihull (11 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. Decisions on subsidised bus services are a mat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Community Transport: EU Law (11 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Almost 500 consultation responses were received about how EU Regulation 1071/2009 applies to Transport Act 1985 permits, and over 550 community transport operators, local authorities and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (11 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Responsibility for ensuring that taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers understand the rights and requirements of disabled passengers, including through effective training and commu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) have a statutory duty to advise Ministers on the transport needs of disabled passengers, and we have discussed with them the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Environmental Statement has 2 main areas of accommodation sites for construction workers in the Aylesbury area. The A41 Bicester Road has living accommodation for 60-200 people and t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The anticipated timeframe for HS2’s main works civil contractor to mobilise to the Chiltern Tunnel south portal site is the second half of 2019. It is expected that the tunnel drive wi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Antisocial Behaviour (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The transport industry, local authorities, the police and others are already investing in and undertaking wide-ranging initiatives to improve the personal security of public transport pa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide a vital service for many disabled people. However, as of March 2018, only 38% of licensing authorities required drivers to complete disabil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Guide Dogs (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Assistance dogs play a vital role in helping their owners to travel independently, confidently and in safety, and it is essential that they are granted access to public transport service ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are currently working with their contracted suppliers to update and agree the latest cost and schedule positions for Phase One. Once completed we will make these details public a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide a vital service for many disabled people. However, as of March last year, only 38% of licensing authorities required drivers to complete di ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (8 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Trains on High Speed 2 Phase 1 are planned to operate at up to 360km/h (225mph). ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Phase 2b is estimated as delivering high value for money, with a Benefit-Cost Ratio including Wider Economic Impacts (WEIs) of 2.6 and a BCR excluding WEIs of 2.1. This analysis was ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: HS2 Construction Partner for Southern Stations (6 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I would like to update the House on the progress of High Speed Two. As part of this Government’s industrial strategy we are investing in High Speed 2, a transformational infrastructu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (5 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) have a statutory duty to advise Ministers on the transport needs of disabled passengers, and we have discussed with them the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Standards (5 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need to improve local bus services. We are working with interested local authorities to determine which of the powers provi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (4 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus and coach operators must ensure that drivers subject to the EU Regulation 181/2011 requirement to complete disability awareness training receive appropriate instruction. As part of t ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Light Dues 2019/2020 (4 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Irish Sea: Pollution (4 Feb 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested is not recorded in a format that could easily be extracted from or readily available, and it could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Wales (31 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime 2050 strategy was developed through a wide ranging, extensive programme of evidence gathering and engagement across the UK. Although UK ports policy is a devolved matter in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Wales (31 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime 2050 strategy was developed through a wide ranging, extensive programme of evidence gathering and engagement across the UK. Although UK ports policy is a devolved matter in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Wales (31 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No specific assessment of the importance of ports in Wales to the UK economy has been made by the Government. However, the UK’s ports, including those in Wales, play a vital role in ou ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (31 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, a Government response will be issued in due cours ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (31 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing. A Government response will be issued in due cours ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (31 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon Member to the answer I gave on 14 January 2019, to Question UIN 206796 which is available at: [MS1] https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-ques tions-ans ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (28 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport and opportunities to seek employment as everyone else. In July 2018 the Government launched ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (28 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon Member to my Rt hon Friend's Written Statement of 7 January [HCWS 1233]. A negotiated procurement procedure without prior publication was concluded as allowed for by Regu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (28 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of cancelled bus services in 2017-18 in Great Britain (outside of London), by region, registered with the Traffic Commissioners, can be found in the Traffic Commissioners annu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (28 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State explained in his statement to the House on 11 October 2018, that he expects to consult on further potential changes to Phase 2b in 2019, including some to facilita ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (25 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State has no plans to assess the potential merits of introducing a discretionary compensation specifically for tenants of non-commercial properties who are directly impa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chalfont St Giles (25 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In late 2018, 38 enquiry documents (36 Land Interest Questionnaires and two Confirmation Schedules) were issued to the residents of Jack Hearne House. Design and investigation works are ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Future Maritime Strategy (24 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am today announcing the publication of Maritime 2050: Navigating the Future, the Government’s landmark strategy setting out our vision and ambitions for the future of the British mar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (24 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have received a small number of representations, in confidence, from other freight operators. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (22 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Updated cost estimates will be published in our next updated business cases for Phase 2a and 2b. ...

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (22 Jan 2019)

Economic Affairs Committee: The Economic Case for HS2 follow-up. 3:35 pm; Room 1, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: (at 3:35 PM) Sir Terry Morgan, Former Chairm ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has been working closely with stakeholders and experts to develop the barn owl mitigation plan, which they plan to publish early this year. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (21 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department, individually and in conjunction with Border Delivery Group, has engaged in numerous discussions with freight operators about the outlook for freight traffic in the south ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Dover Port: Road Traffic (21 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Information on the origin and route taken by vehicles using UK ferry ports is not held by the Department for Transport. Data for 2017 indicates that 1.25 million powered Heavy Goods Ve ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (21 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have received representations from other companies in confidence, and will provide further details in due course. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries (21 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the Hon Member to my Rt Hon Friend's Written Statement of 7 January. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey collects information on the number of people in the UK in employment as a ‘Bus or Coach Driver’. The totals for 2010 to 2018 ar ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving accessibility at railway stations and we have made an additional £300m available to extend our Access for All programme until at least 2024. The industry h ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Specific vessel arrangements are a matter for operators. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding the availability of bus drivers to run services is primarily a matter for commercial bus operators. According to data ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In each case, the full procurement process was completed within the month of December. Details of the contracts are commercially sensitive. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Fares (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department publishes a quarterly index of local bus fares from 2005 onwards. The information can be found in the table at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/bus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Rural Areas (18 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The services run by community transport operators are of vital importance to our transport sector and communities. During the most recent financial year, the Department for Transport sup ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Goring and Streatley Station: Disability (17 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Goring and Streatley station has not been nominated for the current round of Access for All funding as it already has step free access to and between all platforms. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (17 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The contracts remain live, so it is not yet possible to determine the total of fees paid. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port (17 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Ramsgate is working in liaison with UK Border Force on the provision of appropriate border inspection facilities should they be required. Specific estimates will be determine ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (17 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave to UIN 205175. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Freight (17 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: None. This information is not held centrally. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Disadvantaged (17 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In December 2018 the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published their annual digest of statistics on a range of social and economic subject areas. This survey also shows ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Indeed, and I apologise if I have given any other interpretation. Without wanting to give a promise, we see this sector as very important to what we are trying to achieve. ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman spoke passionately about the Ensus plant in Wilton in his constituency. I cannot make that commitment here and now, but a meeting is due to take place—it is in the d ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, and I must get it out into the open that I am not the Minister responsible for roads, and neither have I been promoted to tha ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend makes a very valid point about choice; there should choice also in the cost of refuelling cars and appropriate labelling, too. ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman is trying to tease out a statement from me, when he knows that he has to wait for the consultation to get the response that he wants. I thank him for his tricky interv ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I do not think I described it as a barrier but a challenge. We must understand needs and impacts on consumers, which is why we should not rush, but ensure that what we do has a positive ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: When Government make rash decisions that are not fully thought through, when a sector is involved, that further undermines trust in Government. That is why it is our responsibility to en ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman once again champions the employers in his constituency very well. As I said, I do not believe that the time it has taken to ensure we make the right decision on E10 vi ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Indeed; that is why the consultation took place. As the hon. Gentleman knows, he can take up those issues further with the Minister of State, which is why we need to ensure that when we ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: An interpretation of how a Government may respond and a promise are two very different things. The Department is working closely with the sector and will do what it can to support it. We ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I believe that the door has already been bashed down, because a meeting is set in the diary. ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That meeting is in place with the Teesside massive, as I am referencing them now. I completely understand the frustration about not having a date, but we need to make sure that we get th ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: That is an interesting way of responding to how the business environment is dealing with global issues beyond what the Government may or may not have intended to do, so I do not accept t ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government will be looking at all issues to ensure that, if a roll-out is suggested, it is an option favourable to those pulling into petrol stations. That is why it is interesting t ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Forgive me. I know that the hon. Gentleman has spoken very positively about the bioponics of E10. The bioponics will be accounted for in our response to the consultation when it is publi ...

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Teesside massive, as I will call them, have no doubt put this issue back firmly on the Minister’s agenda, although no doubt it was already there. We always want to ensure that any ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This information was placed on the HS2 website on 09/01/19 and can be viewed here: https://www.hs2.org.uk/documents/collections/hs2-exceptional -hardship-scheme-hs2-need-sell-scheme-appl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Exhaust Emissions (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In February 2018, the Clean Bus Technology Fund awarded £40 million of funding to 20 local authorities to retrofit 2768 buses to a minimum Euro VI standard. To date, 467 buses have been ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: There are no plans to cancel the Seaborne Freight contract. Seaborne Freight need to meet a series of contractual milestones. No money will be paid to the company for provision of ferry ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Cheshire (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 Phase 2b route was confirmed in the July 2017 Command Paper, ‘High Speed Two: from Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds and beyond’, including a tunnel at Crewe and th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Crewe Station (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Crewe Hub consultation response, published in March 2018, confirmed the Government’s support for the vision of a Crewe Hub. Fully realising the Crewe Hub vision will also require ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to PQ UIN 205983. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (16 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon Member to my Rt Hon Friend's Written Statement of 7 January. Payments for services will not be made until the services are provided. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No payments have been made to operators for the provision of ferry services. No payments for services will be made until such services are provided. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus fares and services in London are the responsibility of Transport for London. Outside London, bus fares and services are deregulated and set by bus operators. We have no plans to carr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the Honourable Member to the Written Statement laid by my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State on 7 January. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 15 January 2019. The correct answer should have been: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to [PQ 246725]. U ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Channel Ferries (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The last regular scheduled freight ferry service from Ramsgate sailed in 2013, the destination being Ostend. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Specific sailing timetables are a matter for operators. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave to PQ 205166. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Dover Port: Channel Ferries (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The additional capacity secured is equivalent to approximately 8 per cent of current short Strait traffic. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, including the establishment of a national licensi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Dredging (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Work undertaken at ports, including compliance with any regulatory standards, is a matter for the relevant port authorities. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Disclosure of Information (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has entered into non-disclosure agreements – also known as confidentiality agreements - with a number of local authorities to enable the sharing of confidential or commercially ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to [PQ 246725]. UIN 205166. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Channel Ferries (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is not a party to any contract with the port of Ostend. The operational plans for the Ostend to Ramsgate ferry route have been reviewed by my Department. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave to PQ 205175. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers have not met the UK Chamber of Shipping to discuss public contracts for roll-on roll-off ferry services. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Channel Ferries (15 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: In the Government's view, the contracts do not breach the concession agreement with Eurotunnel. Obligations under competition and state aid law were taken into account as part of the con ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Yes. Written assurances were sought from a number of representatives as part of the contractual arrangements. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: All companies operating out of the UK are required to comply with relevant VAT legislation. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Along with the power to compulsorily acquire land for HS2, there is an obligation on the Secretary of State to pay full and fair compensation. Tenants who are directly displaced by the H ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I refer the Hon Member to the Written Statement laid by my Rt Hon friend the Secretary of State on 7 January. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The third party organisations who provided external advice were Deloitte UK, Slaughter & May and Mott MacDonald. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries: Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: All companies operating in the United Kingdom must comply with all applicable employment law. Crewing arrangements are a matter for operators. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Decisions to invite companies to tender were made in November. Companies were identified based on their potential to operate Ro-Ro services between the UK and the Continent. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: No payments are due either in advance of ferry services being provided or in the event of the Company being unable to fulfil the contract. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Ferries (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I expect this route to be open to freight by April 2019. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a commercial decision for any vessel operator, including Seaborne Freight. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus and coach operators must ensure that drivers subject to the EU Regulation 181/2011 requirement to complete disability awareness training receive appropriate instruction. As part of t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) have a statutory duty to advise Ministers on the transport needs of disabled passengers, and we have discussed with them the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Yes. This was conducted as part of due diligence undertaken on Seaborne Freight. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Formal checks were undertaken on all bidders during December. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department was supported by advice from a number of external advisers. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Seaborne Freight will be required to comply with the same stringent International Maritime Organization safety standards that are applied to all vessels. In the UK these are enforced by ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Safety (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department encourages local authorities to think about how they can use the tools in the Act to improve bus safety in their area. In particular, we would encourage local authorities ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd’s Barn Owl Mitigation Plan has not been published to date. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing. A Government response will be issued in due cours ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ramsgate Port: Channel Ferries (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Maintenance dredging is currently in progress. Additionally, limited works are needed to restore the readiness of the port for regular ro-ro services, including appropriate Border Force ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: For eligibility purposes for the HS2 statutory and non-statutory property compensation schemes (including the Rural Support Zone), the Government’s policy is that unless the owner is a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department and HS2 Ltd take very seriously any concerns raised by residents affected by the construction of HS2 and would respond to any formal representations on this issue in an ap ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Scotland (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: HM Government has no immediate plans to offer additional government support to any ferry operators. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The Nominated Undertaker (HS2 Ltd) is required to discharge the obligations and responsibilities in the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017, including those in Information ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Isle of Man Ship Registry (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Although the department are responsible for the oversight and enforcement of performance standards of all the Red Ensign Group (REG) members, the appointment of Directors or Deputy Direc ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Exhaust Emissions (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: £40 million was awarded in February 2018 through the Clean Bus Technology Fund, to support bus operators required to upgrade their fleets so that they do not pass these costs on to cust ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The contract to provide additional ferry capacity is between the Government and Seaborne Freight and therefore Government has carried out necessary due diligence. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing. A Government response will be issued in due cours ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Exhaust Emissions (11 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: £40 million was awarded in February 2018 through the Clean Bus Technology Fund, to support bus operators whose vehicles will be charged to enter Clean Air Zones to retrofit their fleet ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I can indeed assure my hon. Friend that all submissions will be given appropriate consideration, and the report will be published in due course. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I no doubt do not need to point out to the hon. Gentleman that I am a she, not a he, but no matter. We are very supportive of community transport operators, which was why the consultatio ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The services run by community transport operators are of vital importance to our transport sector and communities. During the most recent financial year, the Government supported communi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend will be pleased to know that Hillside station has indeed been nominated. When preparing for nominations, the industry was asked to include any relevant factors, and Hillsi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman is mistaken and has not heard what the Secretary of State mentioned earlier. No money has yet exchanged hands and it is up to the company how it crews ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local bus journeys remain central to transport choices, accounting for around 59% of all public transport journeys. The number of local bus passenger journeys in England fell by 1.5% to ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I cannot provide that assurance right here and now. We had 300 nominations and the decisions will be made in April. If the station was nominated—I do not have the list in front of me ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend knows that we have spoken about Beeston on a number of occasions, and I apologise for having failed to visit the station already. I will do my very best to accompan ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All has delivered step-free, accessible routes at more than 200 stations since it was launched in 2006, and a further 19 stations are currently under construction. To build on ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Those are two very important permits, and I know that they have previously caused some anxiety in the sector. Of course, we carried out a consultation. I want to make sure that we respon ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is a strong advocate for his constituency. I am not exactly sure which funding stream he is talking about, but let us sit down and talk about it, and see what we can do. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I believe that the hon. Lady is talking about the underground, which is the responsibility of the Mayor. Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor and delivered by Transport for Londo ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that community transport operators, even within his own community, opened a new service as recently as a few months ago, with extra support from the Depa ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend raises an important issue. For over a decade it has been illegal for taxi and private hire drivers to refuse assistance dogs, and I am clear that they must comply with the ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: I am a little confused by the hon. Gentleman’s statement, because the Government are yet to put out our response. We are working with the charities sector, including with the Community ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Officials were engaged in a series of meetings with Seaborne Freight during discussions over the proposed contract. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seaborne Freight (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The contractual process was set out in the Written Ministerial Statement made by my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State on 7 January. The due diligence was carried out on a commercially ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady raises two very important issues. I will meet her to see what I can do to help out. She is right that if bus services are being changed, there needs to be communication wit ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: We have £300 million available at the moment and we have received 300 nominations. All the issues that the right hon. Gentleman has raised will be taken into account. It is important to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Underground Railways: Disability (10 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor and delivered by Transport for London. It is a matter for the Mayor to determine how to increase step free access at Underground stations. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Patients: Transport (9 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities should take account of the health, housing, educational and transport needs of their populations when planning and delivering local services. The Government’s Inclusi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Tonnage Tax (9 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The proportion of tonnage on the UK Ship Register, for ships over 100 gross tonnage, at the end of March in each year since 2010 is shown below: Year (a) Coastal Freight (b) Conta ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line (7 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 land and property budget has evolved as the programme has developed. The Government welcomed the National Audit Office (NAO) report in September 2018 into the HS2 Phase One prope ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 Jan 2019)

Nusrat Ghani: 184 letters were sent to residents (postcodes beginning HP5 – HP8 and HP16) in the last three months by WSP Land Services on preparing and serving the relevant notices. These letters w ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: (a) Yes. HS2 Ltd has identified that part of the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate is built on piled foundations. As the planned tunnel is approximately 40m deep at this location, there is ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Yes. HS2 Ltd has identified that part of the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate is built on piled foundations. As the planned tunnel is approximately 40m deep at this location, there is no r ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Registration (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I have had, and will continue to have, discussions with many ship owners and operators about the importance of the UK Ship Register. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Registration (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: While I am disappointed that P&O have taken this decision I understand that it is for commercial reasons and that the company will not be changing the terms and conditions of seafare ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Passenger Ships: Standards (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has a number of initiatives to promote employment of UK seafarers at all ranks and across all sectors. For ratings these include: the training link in UK Tonnage Tax and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Tonnage Tax (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The proportion of tonnage on the UK Ship Register, at the end of March, in each year since 2010 from the short sea ferry sector was: Year GT % of Flag 2018 605,484 3.67% 201 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Standards (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Several different factors will be influencing the 23% increase in the number of ratings active at sea in 2018. These include the changing membership of UK Chamber of Shipping and a large ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My officials and Transport Scotland discuss railway station accessibility at least monthly as part of the governance of the Access for All programme. We have made a further £300m availa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Databases (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Details of this contract can be found on the UK Government Contracts Finder website, by searching for the Seafarers Statistics Data Collection Services notice. It can be accessed via the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Registration (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of short sea ferries registered on the UK Ship Register, at the end of March, in each year since 2010 was: Year Number 2018 19 2017 21 2016 21 2015 23 2014 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (20 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The nominated undertaker (HS2 Ltd) is responsible for any damage to buildings above the HS2 London tunnel route resulting from its works. Claims can be made at any time by a property own ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (18 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Restoring the previous age of eligibility for concessionary bus travel to sixty would re-create the anomaly of some non-disabled people of working-age, some of whom may be on significant ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (18 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing. A Government response will be issued in due cours ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (18 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has been set a target of commencing HS2 Phase One services in 2026. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Community Transport: Older People (17 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is considering the potential of vehicle sharing to achieve transport objectives. We are researching consumer attitudes to car sharing, so we can better understand if there ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Liverpool (13 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Improvements to rail connectivity between Liverpool and Manchester are being considered as part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project. Options include a direct connection from the HS2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (13 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At the 2015 Spending Review (SR15), the Government restated the long-term Funding Envelope for delivery of the full HS2 scheme of £55.7bn (Quarter 1 2015 prices), of which £27.18bn has ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Socio-economic impacts of HS2 are set out in the Phase 2b Working Draft Environmental Statement, currently out for consultation until December 21 2018. I would also note that the East Mi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Sheffield (12 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The northern link for services from Sheffield to the main High Speed Two line is being considered as part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project. Transport for the North is working cl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Sheffield (12 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 services will commence in 2033. A construction timeline for this section of route will be reported in the Environmental Statement, as part of the hybrid Bill deposit in 2020. ...

Private Parking: Ports and Trading Estates (11 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I was just about to come on to that. It is important that we understand any potential damage to our haulage industry, which is key to getting freight in and out of our country and to ens ...

Private Parking: Ports and Trading Estates (11 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (Dr Poulter) on securing this debate on private parking enforcement at commercial ports and trading estate ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (11 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As a condition of their operating licence all train operators must have a Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP). Within the DPPP, train operators are required to provide details o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (11 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy, published in July 2018, summarises the various steps the Department is taking to make it easier for disabled people to travel by public t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (11 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is committed to ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. Throughout my time as the Parliamentary Under ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Redundancy Pay (11 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Sir Terry resigned from his position as Chair. There will be no severance payment, which is consistent with the terms and conditions of this Chair role. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below provides information on the total expenditure incurred by the High Speed Rail Group on consultancy in support of the HS2 project. Financial Year Expenditure 2011- ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Termination of Employment (6 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Leaving Reason FY 2018-19* FY 2017-2018 FY 2016-2017 FY 2015-2016 FY 2014-2015 Resignation 103 90 87 51 13 Dismissal 2 2 3 4 2 Redundancy** 13 34 28 0 0 *2018/ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Grievance Procedures (6 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State does not intend to publish such data as the grievance process is managed by HS2 Ltd’s own HR function. It is not appropriate for HS2 Ltd to release information a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Directors (6 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Information about Director and non-Executive Directors positions is routinely published in HS2 Ltd’s Annual Report and Accounts. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not request information relating to which department individual trainees are trained in. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: International Maritime Organisation (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Public access to documentation and meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a topic currently being discussed at the IMO Council. The UK is actively taking part in th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Recruitment (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The statistics that we hold do not differentiate Red Ensign Group registries and only consider UK registered vessels and non UK registered vessels. As of 30 November 2018; There are 1, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Recruitment (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The requirements of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 are not enforced by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) surveyors. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Recruitment (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Seafarer recruitment and placement agencies registered or otherwise based in (a) Crown Dependencies and (b) British Overseas Territories do not operate in the territory of the UK for the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Recruitment (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We do not ask companies to provide that information when providing data to the government to show compliance with the requirements set down in the Tonnage Tax legislation. The Maritime ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Recruitment (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We do not collect those statistics. The recruitment and placement of seafarers on UK registered vessels must comply with the requirements set down in the Merchant Shipping (Maritime La ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The nominated undertaker (HS2) will reimburse reasonable costs subject to the conditions outlined in the Information Papers C3 & C14 that were prepared in support of the Phase 1 Act. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has spent nothing on compensation grouting to date. HS2 Ltd has required the contractors to procure tunnel boring machines that are capable of limiting ground movements. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold information relating to which vessels specific ratings trainees are employed on. Some companies have Tonnage Tax fleets with a mix of UK and non-UK flagged v ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (5 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State and his officials regularly discuss a range of issues with their counterparts in the Ministry of Defence. The National Shipbuilding Strategy is transforming the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (4 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is this Government which is giving funding to continue the Access for All programme into the 2019 to 2024 period. Around 75% of rail journeys in the UK now have step free access to an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Stroud Station: Disability (4 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving access to the rail network and we have made a further £300m available to extend our Access for All programme, which delivers accessible routes at selected ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (4 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy, published on 25 July 2018, included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme across rail Control Period 6 (2019 to 2024) with an additional ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: North West (4 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In 2016 DfT set ambitions through the Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy to increase apprenticeships in road and rail bodies to help address skills shortages in the transport secto ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Radley Station (4 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving access to the rail network and whenever the industry installs, replaces or renews station infrastructure this must meet current accessibility standards. In ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (4 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are committed to improving accessibility at railway stations. However, many stations date from a time when the needs of disabled passengers were simply not considered. Therefore whe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A geotechnical baseline report (GBR) is a contractual document that defines what the Contractor has to allow for in his price. The actual geotechnical parameters from HS2 project ground ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Registration (3 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The total number of ships newly registered on Part 1 (Commercial) and Part 4 (Bareboat) on the UK Ship Register since 2010 is 680. The table below shows this data for each year, with the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The actual geotechnical parameters from HS2 project ground investigations have been and are being used for the assessment of buildings impacted by the works. Geotechnical baseline report ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Nominated Undertaker (i.e. those acting on behalf of the Secretary of State) will engage with property owners as it is in their combined interest that Settlement Surveys are reflecti ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The total funding envelope of the High Speed 2 project was set at £55.7bn (2015 prices) as part of the 2015 Spending Review settlement. The total spend to date is £5.5bn (nominal), inc ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (3 Dec 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has received a small number of representations regarding the assessment of the risks in relation to HS2 Ltd’s development of the design of the HS2 tunnels on the Park Vi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (29 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market in England, outside London, is deregulated and most services are provided on a commercial basis by private operators. Where there is not enough demand for a bus route to b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Renewable Fuels (28 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are approximately 40,000 buses in regular operation in Great Britain, with 177 powered solely by renewable fuels. 167 of these are powered by biomethane and 10 are powered by hydro ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (28 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State for Transport does not attend HS2 Ltd Board meetings. Neither the Department nor HS2 Ltd have held formal discussions on this matter to date. However, the potent ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line: Buckinghamshire (26 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Neither the Department, nor HS2 Ltd, anticipate that the local government reorganisation in Buckinghamshire will have any significant impact on the efficiency of (i) local community prot ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lichfield Trent Valley Station: Disability (26 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All is already due to provide an accessible route into the station and to and between all platforms, including access to one of the car parks. As only around a fifth of UK sta ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. The Bus Services Act 2017 introduced a number of new tools to help local authorities to improve local bus services, including through partnership working and franchising. Sto ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I would rather stick to the facts. We make over £1 billion of funding available for concessionary bus passes every year, and we continue to be committed to that. Some £250 million is p ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Free Ports (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The cost and benefits of free port status will depend on the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations, but we in the Department are preparing for all outcomes. The hon. Gentleman will kn ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There has been good progress, but we are committed to doing more. Leading transport employers are committed to providing quality apprenticeships, and more than 5,000 apprenticeships have ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman seems confused. When you wait for a bus, three come along at once: over £13 million of bus service operators grant has been made available to Manchester; the transfor ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus patronage is different up and down the country. Those local authorities that work closely with their bus operators and use technology and concessionary fares appropriately see an inc ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Managing bus fares and having transparency on bus fares will further encourage bus patronage. Those bus companies that make bus fares available and public will always see an increase in ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Local bus passenger journeys account for about 59% of all journeys made on public transport. The number of local bus passenger journeys in England fell by 1.5% to just over 4 billion in ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am afraid that Labour Front Benchers have run out of anything positive to say about any part of our transport infrastructure, even to support buses across the country. As I said, there ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Free Ports (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government have been clear that they are open to ideas that deliver economic advantages in the UK. Section 100A of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 provides the legal basi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Air Travel: Disabled People (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend’s Bill raises vital issues. I commend her for all her campaigning work and thank her for the opportunity to meet her and her constituents to discuss the matter. It is cr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Sea Level (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport (DfT) works closely with its operators and the wider sector on climate change risk assessment, mitigation and resilience, including from flooding and coastal ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Engineering: Girls and People from Ethnic Backgrounds (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. We fully appreciate that girls in particular can close their minds to engineering at quite an early stage, at primary school. We want to work with young students throughout t ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Air Travel: Disabled People (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The aviation strategy is due to be published, but the hon. Gentleman will have had sight of the inclusive transport strategy, which covers many elements of work to be done by the Civil A ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Air Travel: Disabled People (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognise and are addressing the needs of disabled passengers who choose to travel by air. This forms an important part of the new aviation strategy, which we are developi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Air Travel: Disabled People (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Thank you, Mr Speaker. That is very kind of you. The Access for All fund has £300 million, and we had more than 300 applications. Decisions on the stations that will be able to receive ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I have been following the Select Committee inquiry very closely. It is interesting that the hon. Gentleman mentions Bristol, because bus passenger numbers have gone up by 42%. He raises ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Engineering: Girls and People from Ethnic Backgrounds (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My Department launched the Year of Engineering to increase the number and diversity of engineers across the UK and to address the engineering skills gap. I am indebted to my hon. Friend ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Engineering: Girls and People from Ethnic Backgrounds (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. We are building on the legacy of this year, working with organisations ranging from Siemens, FIFA and Apple to the Science Museum, and we are committed to building on that wo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Minimum Wage (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department engages regularly with other government departments on the introduction of national minimum wage for seafarers. I will be meeting the responsible Minister in the Departmen ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Engineering: Girls and People from Ethnic Backgrounds (22 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Year of Engineering has been a collaborative project involving more than 1,400 firms and partners. One of their objectives was to reach out to communities that may not have had exper ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Fares (21 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s Best Practice Guidance suggests that signs or notices that set out the expectations of passengers when travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) are displayed ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Highways England: Pay (21 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has commissioned EY to review remuneration arrangements across Highways England. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Scotland (20 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: While responsibility for policy matters relating to ports in Scotland, with the exception of port security, has been devolved to Scottish Ministers, the Secretary of State for Transport ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Dover Port: Domestic Visits (20 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since May 2015 the Secretary of State for Transport has visited the Port of Dover on 16 February 2016 (Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP) and 25 October 2018 (Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP). ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lichfield Trent Valley Station: Disability (20 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All provides an accessible route from at least one station entrance (usually the main one) and all drop off points associated with that entrance, to each platform and between ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (20 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As per my previous answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 180166, the pilot will continue in its current form for the 2018/19 training year. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line (19 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The anticipated final cost of the HS2 project is reported at the most recent Spending Review price base i.e. 1q 2015. Consideration will be given on whether the price base will be revise ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Billing (19 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The department consists of the central department and four agencies: the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Driver and Vehicle Stan ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Charities (19 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: EC Regulation 1073/2009 deals with access to the international market for coach and bus operations. It includes within its provisions, a legal basis so that vehicles from the European Un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (19 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Concessionary travel legislation gives local authorities the flexibility to offer discretionary local travel concessions, such as free travel to jobseekers. The Jobcentre Plus offers a r ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two Railway Line (19 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The next update of the business case for HS2 will be published prior to the authorisation of Notice to Proceed for Stage 2 (main construction) of the Main Work Civils Contracts, for Phas ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Energy (16 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information is provided in the table below. Table – cost of electricity and natural gas used, 2015/16 – 2017/18 (some figures rounded) Body 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 ( ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Exhaust Emissions (15 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to reforming the Bus Service Operators Grant, including reform of the current low carbon emission bus incentive to further encourage the uptake of low and ult ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (14 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide a vital service for many disabled people. However, as of March this year, only 38% of licensing authorities required drivers to complete di ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Private Finance Initiative (14 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Private finance is a way to deliver infrastructure projects in which the private sector invests equity and/or lends in order to facilitate the development, delivery, acquisition, and/or ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Energy (13 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information is provided in the table below. Table – quantity of electricity and natural gas used, 2015/16 – 2017/18 (some figures rounded) Body 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (13 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has not seen evidence that the use of scrubbing technology would have a significant effect on the marine environment. All scrubbers must comply with mandatory Guidelines ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Pay and Working Hours (13 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Non-Executive Directors are paid a fee rather than a salary and this information, together with the salaries of Executive Directors, is disclosed in the Annual Report and Accounts availa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (13 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Funding to local authorities for concessionary travel is not provided in isolation, but as part of their Local Government Finance Settlement. This Formula Grant funding is not ring-fence ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (13 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, played an active role in the development of the Guidelines for the use of scrubbing technology at both European and international l ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East Coast Railway Line: Trains (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: LNER plan to bring the new trains into service from early 2019, to ensure passengers get the best possible customer experience. The department is working with Hitachi, the ORR, LNER, and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Channel Tunnel: Domestic Visits (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Channel Tunnel was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited on 25 October 2018. Numerous off ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Belfast Harbour: Domestic Visits (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Belfast has not been visited by Department for Transport ministers in the last 12 months. Numerous officials from across the Department for Transport engage with and visit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I can confirm that we intend to publish the report before the House rises for the Christmas recess. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Pay (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The rail industry has been shifting away from RPI over time and most rail industry costs now are not linked to RPI, with the primary exception of wages. The Secretary of State for Transp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Fares (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department was notified the day before it was announced publicly. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Laing O'Rourke (12 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s remit is delivered mostly through its Arm’s Length Bodies and Executive Agencies. Each body assesses prospective suppliers’ ability to deliver its obligations duri ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Equal Pay (8 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is working to reduce its gender pay gap in support of the Government’s ambition to close the gender pay gap within a generation. An update on our gender pay gap will be ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: CCTV (7 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has considered both the potential costs and benefits to passengers and drivers of CCTV to inform the Statutory Guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle lic ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Pay (7 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below shows the number of staff (expressed as a headcount) paid below £10.20 for DfT(c) and its Agencies, as at 31st July 2018. The figures provided cover staff in all locatio ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Pay (7 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below shows the number of staff (expressed as a headcount) paid below £8.75 for DfT(c) and its Agencies, as at 31 July 2018. The figures provided cover staff in all locations ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Apprentices (7 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport currently employees 236 apprentices across our central department and four executive agencies. This figure is made up of apprentices who have been externally ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Estimates of UK officers active at sea from 1997 to 2001 are shown in the table Year Number of UK certificated officers active at sea, assuming retirement at age 62 1997 14,300 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Around 20% of stations in the UK have step free access to and between every platform, which accounts for approximately 75% of journeys. This compares with only 50% of journeys in 2005. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The department has not made an assessment of the reasons for the fall in bus journeys in the North West and Merseyside. It is important to consider the fall in bus journeys in the cont ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Civil Aviation Authority: Staff (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below outlines the response from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA): Number of staff directly employed by the CAA as at 28th September 2018 1270 Number of staff seconded to t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: CCTV (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport conducts an annual survey of taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities; this includes information on CCTV, Disclosure and Barring Service checks an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West and Surrey (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: £250m of Bus Services Operators Grant (BSOG) payments are made to bus companies and local authorities. BSOG spend figures have been published on Gov.uk annually since the 2010-11 financ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Exhaust Emissions (6 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Clean Bus Technology Fund awarded £40 million of funding to 20 local authorities to retrofit 2768 buses to a minimum Euro VI standard. To date, 258 buses have been retrofitted using ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Buildings (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Trade unions were informed of the decision to rent additional space but were not consulted on the matter. As part of the preparation for the move from GMH officials engaged with trade un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme across rail Control Period 6 (2019 to 2024) with an additional £300m of funding from the pu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Liverpool Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Liverpool was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when Nusrat Ghani MP visited on 25 July 2018. Numerous officials from across the Department for Transport ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Newcastle Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Tyne was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, visited on 20 September 2018. N ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Hull Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Hull was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, visited on 22 February 2018. Nu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rosyth Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No ministers from the Department of Transport have visited the Port of Rosyth in the last 12 months as responsibility for policy matters relating to ports in Scotland, with the exception ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Around 20% of stations in the UK have step free access to and between every platform, which accounts for approximately 75% of journeys. We remain committed to continuing to invest in t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Dover Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Dover was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited on 25 October 2018. Numerous offi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Wolverhampton Station: Disability (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme (AfA) with an additional £300m of funding. The department has asked the industry to nomin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Pay (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The total monthly wage bill for officials that were members of the Department’s Executive Committee on (a) 1 August 2017 was £166,657.12; and on (b) 30 October 2018 was £143,950.55. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tilbury Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Tilbury was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, then Minister of State for Transport visited on 28 June 2017. Numerous offici ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Career Development (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Percentage of individuals successfully promoted in DfTc White BAME Prefer not to say Applications 45% 44% 11% Successful 68% 26% 7% The data provided relates to ro ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southampton Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Southampton was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, visited on 11 May 2018. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bristol Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Bristol was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the then Minister of State for Transport, Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, visited on 07 November 2017. Numero ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Pay (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As a result of the 2018 pay award, it is estimated that the number of Department for Transport (Core) staff on the minimum of the London grade seven pay scale will be (a) 98 women and (b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Pay (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no guarantee of or automatic progression through pay ranges within the DfT pay structure. Movement through any pay range is achieved through the application of a pay award, the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Portsmouth Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Portsmouth was last visited by a Department for Transport Minister when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, visited on 09 August 2018. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Pay (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no guarantee of or automatic progression through pay ranges within the DfT pay structure. Movement through any pay range is achieved through the application of a pay award, the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Working Hours (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has not made a recent assessment of its compliance with Articles 9 and 10 of the Working Time Directive, which are concerned with the welfare of night worker ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Felixstowe Port: Domestic Visits (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Felixstowe was last visited by Department for Transport Ministers when:Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited on 12 January 2018Parliamentary Und ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Equal Pay (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s 2018 Gender Pay Gap report will be published online, on the DfT pages of the GOV.uk website. This report will be based on data as at 31st March 2018 and, as such, will ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Discrimination and Harassment (5 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The DfT Handbook includes the following statements: “DfT(C) is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment that is free from hostility, abuse, offensive behaviour, ha ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Plymouth Port: Domestic Visits (2 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Port of Plymouth has not been visited by Department for Transport ministers in the last 12 months. Numerous officials from across the Department for Transport engage with and visit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (2 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has not seen any evidence that the use of scrubbing technology would have a significant effect on the marine environment. All scrubbers must comply with mandatory Guidel ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Migrant Workers (2 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below provides details on the number of citizens of non-UK EU countries working in the Department for Transport as at 30th September 2018. The figures provided cannot be consid ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Wallasey (1 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West (1 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Data on vehicle miles on local bus services by local authority and regional area, including Merseyside and the North West region, is available for the years 2013/14 to 2016/17 in the dat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles (1 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below lists the number of (a) owned (b) leased vehicles in the fleets operated by the Department for Transport and its Agencies. Department for Transport & Agencies Fl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Repairs and Maintenance (1 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In Northern Ireland, transport is an entirely devolved matter. However, looking more widely, on 12 October 2017, the Secretary of State for Transport published the Final Statement of F ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (1 Nov 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), or ’scrubbers’ as they are commonly known, are an internationally recognised technology which ships can use to comply with sulphur limits, provid ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Seas and Oceans: Sulphur (31 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK is a strong supporter of taking global action to reduce pollutant emissions from shipping and has played a leading role at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to drive g ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (31 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has not seen any evidence that the use of scrubbing technology would have any significant effect on marine environment. All scrubbers must comply with mandatory Guidelin ...

Leaving the EU: Port of Sheerness (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I see another intervention on its way. ...

Leaving the EU: Port of Sheerness (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend again raises the important issue of lorry parks. We know we need more, but no Member would like them in their constituency. I value his contribution, and I will ensure tha ...

Leaving the EU: Port of Sheerness (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I hope Highways England will acknowledge my hon. Friend’s intervention. Our port connectivity study made it clear that that part of the A249 requires investment to ensure that our port ...

Leaving the EU: Port of Sheerness (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Gordon Henderson) on securing this important debate. ...

Leaving the EU: Port of Sheerness (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Once again my hon. Friend makes a positive intervention on how our ports can continue to be flexible and take on board new technology to ensure that all the checks are made in good time, ...

Leaving the EU: Port of Sheerness (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes an important contribution. He is absolutely right. We must seize the opportunity and recognise that we have many productive and flexible ports up and down our countr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. In July 2018 the Government launched the Incl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Universal Credit (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are unable to provide the requested information as the Department for Transport and its Executive Agencies do not record or collate information on staff in receipt of universal credit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below shows the number of bus passenger journeys in each year since 2009/10 for the North West and Merseyside. In 2016/17, 408.5 million passenger journeys were made by local b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Crimes of Violence (30 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime wherever it occurs in the transport system. We want to see more and more people using public tr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (29 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This was not an official report by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. The document represented an individual’s personal views. We do not comment on leaks. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (29 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is continuing to review stakeholder feedback to the UK’s National Maritime Single Window (NMSW) pilot exercise in conjunction with our Government partners. Further upg ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Bury (26 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold any data on the number and frequency of bus services in Bury. The lowest level geography available is upper tier local authority. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Bury (26 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (26 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has produced a barn owl mitigation plan to manage and reduce the anticipated significant effects to barn owls caused by construction and operation of the Phase One scheme. The pl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (26 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Information Paper E2 outlines how ecological impacts have been assessed and how they will be mitigated or compensated for during the construction of Phase One of HS2. It refers to th ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: With the leave of the House, I wish to thank the House for the opportunity to discuss this important inclusive transport strategy. The debate has been good natured, and both sides of the ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am awful at reading and writing, aren’t I? We have assigned £2 million to public awareness campaigns and we will ensure that we can tackle not only the sector that has to deliver th ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: indicated dissent. ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: That is a very valid point. I assume that when my hon. Friend mentions the games being accessible to people of all abilities, he does not mean the contenders but the people who are going ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: That is an incredibly valuable point. When talking about shared spaces, we may think about those who are using wheelchairs or those with visual health problems, but not about mums or par ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a very important issue on which I gave evidence to the Committee just a few weeks ago. People’s interpretations of shared spaces are varied. There is no agreement, even within ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady, who is an expert in this area, as she chairs the Select Committee on Transport. The goal is that every passenger, regardless of their disability, c ...

Inclusive Transport Strategy (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That this House has considered the inclusive transport strategy. I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce this important debate today on an issue that will affe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (25 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I can confirm that the report by PwC into the comparative costs of developing and constructing High Speed Rail on the Continent and elsewhere will be published shortly. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Standards (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold any data relating to the quantity and frequency of bus services in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency. The lowest level geography available is the upper ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Maritime 2050 will set the Government’s long term strategy for the UK maritime sector. A clear path for the future and a strong partnership between industry and government is crucial i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The membership of the Maritime 2050 Expert Panel is:Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive of RenewableUK and Chair of the Expert PanelDr Panagiotis Angeloudis, Senior Lecturer in Transport System ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: International Maritime Organisation (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK delegation for the 73rd meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee will be as follows: Head of Delegation Ms Katy Ware, Per ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Exhaust Emissions (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Data Collection System for fuel consumption, a metric for CO2 emissions, is not expected to create a significant new b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Greater Manchester (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below shows the number of bus passenger journeys in each year since 2009/10 for Greater Manchester. Passenger journeys (millions) on local bus services by local authority: Grea ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Ellesmere Port and Neston (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (24 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The three-year ratings training pilot was introduced in the Tonnage Tax (Training Requirement) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 following proposals made by the industry and Unions. Since its ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Contracts (23 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information below covers the central Department for Transport and four executive agencies as follows: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Social Media (23 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Digital advertising is a cost-effective way for the Government to share important information the public needs to be aware of. A large proportion of the Department’s social media spend ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This Government is determined to make sure that disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else, and that they are able to travel easily, confidently, and without extr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: South Yorkshire (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision is primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. Decisions on subsidised bus services are a matt ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At the 2015 Spending Review (SR15), the Government restated the long-term Funding Envelope for delivery of the full HS2 scheme of £55.73bn (2015 prices), of which £27.18bn was allocate ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Greater Manchester (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 gave Mayoral Combined Authorities, including Greater Manchester, the powers they need to franchise buses. No additional funding has been provided to Greater Man ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The impact of HS2 on barn owls was assessed to inform the Phase One Environmental Statement which recorded a nationally significant adverse effect on the UK’s barn owl population. HS ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Public Expenditure (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: DfT expenditure for the years from 2010/11 to 2019/20 (the final year of the current Spending Review period) is set out in the tables below. Two separate tables are provided to reflect ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (22 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Our vision is for disabled people to have the same access to transport as everyone else, being able to travel confidently, easily and without extra cost. The Inclusive Transport Strategy ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (19 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Access for All programme does not extend to Northern Ireland as rail matters, including accessibility, are entirely devolved and run by Northern Ireland Railways. There have been no ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Young People (19 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Our seafarers are highly skilled professionals entering STEM related careers and the Department is keen to see more young people entering the industry and taking advantage of the many an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (19 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide a vital service for many disabled people. However, as of March this year, only 38% of licensing authorities required drivers to complete di ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Northern Ireland (19 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: a) Details of Ministers’ overseas travel are published quarterly and are available on GOV.UK. Ministers have also met MPs from Northern Ireland within the last 12 months. b) Details ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Qualifications (17 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My colleagues and I have regular discussions with other Departments, including the Department for Exiting the European Union, on issues related to the UK’s exit from the European Union ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage (17 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I held a meeting with my previous BEIS counterpart and intend to meet with the new Minister shortly. Officials in the Department for Transport are regularly liaising with BEIS officials ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lichfield Trent Valley Station (17 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Work is due to start on site at the end of November with construction lasting until the end of Spring. The project will deliver new lifts at platform level at Lichfield Trent Valley to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Fuels (17 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government supports the 0.5% sulphur cap on marine fuel which comes into force globally on 1 January 2020. Existing UK guidance for shipowners on the issue is published by the Mari ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Disability (17 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This Government is determined to make sure that disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else, and that they are able to travel easily, confidently, and without extr ...

Step-free Access: Battersea Stations (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am thankful for the intervention, which allows me to clarify that the £47 million has not been deferred. All the deferred stations in the last spending round have been put into this s ...

Step-free Access: Battersea Stations (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am glad the hon. Lady is pleased about that. That will apply specifically to new schemes at the design stage that incorporate a level surface. An accessible transport network is centra ...

Step-free Access: Battersea Stations (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Forgive me, Sir Roger. I will make sure not to do that again. The hon. Lady is conflating two issues. There is the 2025 aspiration, but the 2030 target is to ensure that we come into lin ...

Step-free Access: Battersea Stations (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Forgive me, Sir Roger—I should not have referenced you. ...

Step-free Access: Battersea Stations (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I think you are conflating two very separate things— ...

Step-free Access: Battersea Stations (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Battersea (Marsha De Cordova) on securing this debate and giving colleagues across ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Brexit (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: After the UK leaves the EU, the Government will ensure that the UK’s own legislative framework continues to promote and protect the rights of disabled people. The precise extent to whi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No targeted workshops or surgery sessions have been held specifically on the HS2 Need to Sell (NTS) scheme since 9 May 2018. Guidance has been given on all HS2 property support schemes ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boating: Accidents (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since January 2016, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has recorded data taken from Coroners’ Reports that are in the public domain about boating accidents involving a fatality and whe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Minimum Wage (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any taxi and private hire regulatory issues, their causes ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd have developed proposals for the Prolonged Disturbance Compensation Scheme, for those who are likely to be particularly affected by HS2 construction work. These proposals were sh ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Brexit (16 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: For parts (a) and (b) HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Minimum Wage (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Whilst Department for Transport lead on this policy, BEIS have overall policy ownership of National Minimum Wage. I intend to meet with the new Minister shortly and my officials are regu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Staff (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As at 30th June 2018, the number of staff employed directly, seconded to and working under contract in the Department (including the Central Department and Executive Agencies) is as foll ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Working Hours (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Senior Civil Servants (SCS) are contracted to work a minimum (over a 5 day week) either 41 or 42 hours, including daily meal breaks for one hour. The new model contract was introduced on ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Living Wage (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are no staff in the Department for Transport or its agencies, who are paid at a rate below the London Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Living Wage (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are no staff within the Department of Transport or its agencies, who are paid at a rate below the Real Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Staff (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of men and women employed at Grade 7 in the central Department for Transport on the London pay scale as at September 30th, 2018, including those at minimum and maximum pay for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (15 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Ministers are considering the recommendations made by the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, a Government response will be issued in due cours ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All Programme (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Budgets to support our buses are helping bus services up and down the country, and patronages are changing depending on where people are in the country. The hon. Lady is right to say tha ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network Accessibility (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All is a £300 million fund. At present, 75% of all journeys take place via step-free stations. I understand that the Battersea station was put forward for step-free access in ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It will surprise you, Mr Speaker, to know that I had a very productive meeting with the hon. Gentleman, and his councillors and activists, to understand the pressures he is under as he r ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All Programme (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is right: if the Mayor of London spent as much time fixing the tube station as he did promoting himself at the station, it would be far more accessible. As my hon. Friend ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Careers at Sea (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department supports a number of initiatives promoting careers at sea and on land in the maritime sector, including Seafarers Awareness Week, Maritime UK’s maritime careers forum, t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lifeboats: Grants (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund has already awarded 201 grants totalling £3.6 million to 98 charities around the UK. We are currently engaged in the 2018-19 bidding roun ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 will transform the UK economy with construction supporting up to 30,000 new jobs, as set out in the HS2 Skills, Employment and Education Strategy, launched last month. 70 percent of ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All Programme (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bedford station is, I believe, fitted for step-free access. It is unfortunate that the lifts are broken and that they have not been repaired quickly. Hopefully, the hon. Gentleman raisin ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Network Accessibility (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Three quarters of all passenger journeys are now made through stations with step-free access, compared with only half in 2006, and 87% of current rolling stock now meets accessibility st ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Careers at Sea (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The tonnage tax enables us to have six types of apprenticeship, and it encourages companies to employ UK ratings as well. We are doing everything we can, whether it is on ports or workin ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are working on our Maritime 2050 strategy, which will look at ports, infrastructure, the environment, accessibility and employment opportunities. I would be more than happy to meet th ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Access for All Programme (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All has delivered step-free, accessible routes at more than 200 stations since it was launched in 2006, and smaller access improvements at over 1,500 stations. To build on tha ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that the hon. Gentleman is a passionate advocate for buses, and we have met to discuss this issue many times. I am keen to ensure that we are putting the right resources into this ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Careers at Sea (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I recently met the RMT to discuss a number of issues, including the national minimum wage, which I am keen to explore, working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Str ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish Group was established as a result of the ingenious foresight of a previous Transport Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (M ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Careers at Sea (11 Oct 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend, like me, is a champion of Southampton port and of increasing the seafaring population. Ports such as Southampton have a key job to do in accessing our global markets. We ...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (10 Oct 2018)

Women and Equalities: Disability and the built environment: follow-up. 10:15 am; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of Sta ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Sick Leave (19 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below provides details on the number of days sickness absence for the central Department for Transport attributed to mental health reasons from the financial year beginning 1 A ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Motorway Service Areas: Public Lavatories (17 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy, published by the Department for Transport in July this year, announced £2milion to fund the construction of new Changing Places toilets at motorway ser ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Public Appointments (17 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Civil Service is currently looking at the best way to start implementing the measures published earlier in June across Government Departments, to better understand the background of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Official Cars: Procurement (17 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Fifty three cars were procured for the Government Car Service since January 2015. The country of build for these vehicles is as follows: United Kingdom - 29 Spain - 21 Belgium - 2 Port ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping (14 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Figures are shown in the table Year Average age of bulk carriers (years) 2010 11.3 2011 9.8 2012 8.4 2013 7.8 2014 8.1 2015 7.8 2016 8.0 2017 8.0 Source: DfT ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Cumbria (14 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus operators must register their services with a traffic commissioner in the traffic area in which the service operates. The traffic commissioner operates a live system. The number of b ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Health (14 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has allocated more than £61bn in transport capital investment over the five years to 2020/21. This is record investment that ensures communities become better connected a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (13 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government believes that transport should work for everyone and passengers should have the information they need to connect them with the places they want to go to. There is curren ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Rural Areas (13 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Outside of London, the bus market in England is deregulated. Bus operators have no statutory obligations to make public transport available in particular areas. Where there is not enough ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Peers (13 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We do not hold a central record of all those who hold roles, either paid or unpaid, who are members of the House of Lords. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Community Transport (13 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government consultation on the use of section 19 and section 22 permits for road passenger transport in Great Britain closed on 4 May 2018. The consultation focused on proposals to e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Disability (13 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy, strategy published on 25 July 2018, included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme across rail Control Period 6 (2019 to 2024) with an add ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Mobile Phones (13 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport and three of its agencies, including the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (M ...

Petition - Residential Development on Nicholas Road, Irthlingborough: Beeston Station (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend is inundated with guests. No doubt, she will take care of me. I am keen to have a drink at the Beeston pub she mentioned, and maybe all the other guests could pop al ...

Petition - Residential Development on Nicholas Road, Irthlingborough: Beeston Station (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend is being as fair as she usually is, but today we have put Beeston on the map. The deadline is 16 November. Nominated stations will be selected based on their annual ...

Petition - Residential Development on Nicholas Road, Irthlingborough: Beeston Station (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) on securing this important debate about access to Beeston station and on highlighting the good work done locall ...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that my right hon. Friend has been a strong champion of her constituency and has undertaken a forensic investigation into HS2. There will be broader benefits, not only to her cons ...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that my hon. Friend has raised that matter a number of times, including with the Select Committee. It is a detailed question that requires a detailed response. I am happy to provi ...

High Speed 2 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) on securing the debate. The construction of HS2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Polar Regions (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is supportive of the ongoing work at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address the risks associated with Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) in Polar Waters. The use and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Boating: Accidents (12 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport does not hold any information which is not already in the public domain on marine incidents involving alcohol and recreational boaters. The Department does ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (11 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The government is very conscious of the need to minimise any potential for disruption to the national rail network - including the London to Manchester route - during the construction of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Regulation (11 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any taxi and private hire regulatory issues, their causes ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (11 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The ‘benefits realisation’ requirements of the HS2 rolling stock procurement requires the successful tenderer to achieve a number of skills, education and employment objectives inclu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Annual Reports (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A list of agencies and other public bodies which are accountable to the Department for Transport are listed on gov.uk (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations). All accounts that are ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: South Yorkshire (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Garston and Halewood (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Where there is not enough demand for a bus route to be commercially viable in its own right, all local authorities have powers to subsidise bus services which they consider socially nece ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive: Finance (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Garston and Halewood (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold any data on the quantity and frequency of bus services in Garston and Halewood constituency. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive: Finance (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Tyne and Wear (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore un ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Tyne and Wear (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The department does not hold any data on the quantity and frequency of bus services for Jarrow Constituency and South Tyneside, the lowest level geography available is upper tier local a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Oxford (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has reviewed capacity availability on rail lines that pass through Oxford, as well as most rail lines that pass within 50km of the Phase One route. Since July 2017, HS2 Ltd has ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Barnsley (10 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The department does not hold any data on trends in bus usage in Barnsley. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (6 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy, included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme across rail Control Period 6 (2019 to 2024) with an additional £300m of funding from the p ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Dulwich and West Norwood (6 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy, included a commitment to extend our Access for All programme to 2024 with an additional £300m of funding from the public purse. For stations to be in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (6 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Inclusive Transport Strategy sets out the Government’s plans for delivering a genuinely inclusive transport network for disabled and older people. Key funding announcements made fr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (5 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing will be published soon. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (4 Sep 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Licensing has now submitted its report. Ministers are considering the recommendations made, the report and response will be published s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Former Members (25 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are unable to provide the requested information as we do not record employment history prior to an individual joining the Department for Transport or its respective Agencies. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Maritime Safety Agency (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The government is confident that we can agree a deep and special partnership with the EU. However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlik ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Maritime Safety Agency (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The government is confident that we can agree a deep and special partnership with the EU. However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlik ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: WiFi (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: According to the Department’s annual survey of local bus operators there were approximately 10,200 buses used on local bus services in London as at 31 March 2017, of which 3 per cent h ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Service Operators Grant (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No specific assessment has been made regarding Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) and the stability of bus services. But departmental assessments of the £250m of BSOG (in England outsid ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: According to the Department’s annual survey of local bus operators the following local authority areas saw an increase in passenger journeys on local bus service per head between 2011/ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Exhaust Emissions (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At present there are no plans to extend the ultra-low emission bus scheme to coach operators. However, the Clean Air Fund is available for those local authorities with a significant NO2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Press Releases (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: All press releases by my Department aim to be measured, reasonable and in line with the requirements of the Civil Service Code. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Greater London (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London, and it is for him to consider what, if any, assessment is made of the impacts of congestion on the London taxi trade. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Greater London (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London, and it is for him to consider what, if any, assessment is made of the impacts of congestion on the London taxi trade. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Conditions of Employment (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I have had no recent discussions with the Home Office on this matter. I meet regularly with my Ministerial colleagues to discuss Maritime matters but have not discussed this matter. Of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Port State Control (24 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of vessels detained in UK ports after port state control inspections by Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials in each year since 2015 is shown below: Year Detentions ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (23 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below shows cancelled bus services in Great Britain (outside of London), registered with the traffic commissioners. Cancelled local bus service registrations by Traffic Area ...

Use of Chamber (Women MPS of the World Conference): A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon Upgrade (19 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this debate on the A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon upgrade, and on taking us all the way to the Arctic circle. He mus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Annual Reports (17 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Holding answer received on 16 July 2018 The Department is continuing to work with the NAO to finalise its external financial audit activity and plans to publish its Annual Repo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Ellesmere Port and Neston (17 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need to improve local bus services. We are working with interested local authorities to determine which of the powers provi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (17 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The independent panel makes a recommendation to a member of the Senior Civil Service acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport on whether to accept or reject an applicatio ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As confirmed in its response to the Phase 2b property scheme consultation, published in July 2017, the Government has concluded that publishing individual decisions would lead to an unac ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Guidance was republished on the Need To Sell (NTS) scheme in August 2017 in light of recommendations made by the House of Lords Select Committee. The guidance provides more detailed info ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The financial circumstances of an applicant to the HS2 Need to Sell (NTS) scheme, or an immediate family member, would be examined only if relevant to an application. The NTS scheme pa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Information is only held in respect of Need to Sell (NTS) applications for each individual phase of HS2 without distinction as to whether a property is located in an urban or rural area. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Guidance issued to the independent panel which assess applications made under the HS2 Need to Sell scheme has been published and is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has no record of having received representations from (a) not-for-profit or (b) other organisations eligible to apply for the HS2 Business and Local Economy ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The eligibility criteria for the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) were established prior to the Fund’s launch in January 2017, following collaboration between officials at my Dep ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Cost Effectiveness (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The last business case for HS2 was published in 2017 and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-phase-two-eco nomic-case It showed that the full network has a be ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There have been ten applications to the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund to date. Of these, five are in the smaller category (£10,000-£75,000) and five are in the larger category ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The objective of the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) is to add benefit over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation to support local economies that are demonstra ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The procurement of the new HS2 fleet is being undertaken in accordance with the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016 which require all tenderers to be treated equally on a non-discriminat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Travel: Carers (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are working with the sector to encourage operators to continue to improve their concessionary travel offers. Local authorities have the power to offer additional local concessions a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Euston Station (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are currently undertaking design and construction planning to identify and confirm volumes of excavated material that will be removed at Euston station. Current estimates are for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Serco (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are currently undertaking design and construction planning to identify and confirm volumes of excavated material that will be removed by rail and road from Euston station. Detail ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Staff (12 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are unable to provide the requested information because we do not record the method of transport Civil Servants use to commute to work within the Department for Transport and its resp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Ashfield (11 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not hold any data on the frequency or price of bus services serving Ashfield constituency. The bus market outside of London is deregulated. Bus operators have to re ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Inspections (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) monitors the inspection of foreign flag ships in UK and Gibraltar ports and anchorages under the Port State Control regime. The target for this ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Survey and Inspection Programme was initiated to overcome challenges the Agency was facing in meeting its obligations because of critical shortages of appropriate skilled and qualifi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Medical Certificates (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has considered the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the administration of UK seafarers’ medical fitness certification and does not envisage any imp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Medical Certificates (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency publishes the annual statistics by calendar year for ENG1 seafarer medical fitness examinations on gov.uk. Information about the rank of the seafarer i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Service Operators Grant: Eligibility (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Hybrid buses are eligible for both the bus service operators grant and the low carbon emission bus incentive depending on what fuel is used. The government wishes to increase the uptake ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Blackburn (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Buses play an essential role in connecting us to friends and family as well as to vital public services. Where there is not enough demand for a bus route to be commercially viable in its ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table gives the average age of trading vessels that arrived at UK ports in each year from 2010 to 2016. Age of trading vessels arriving at UK ports: 2010 to 2016 Year Number o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Examinations (10 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency opened the North East Exam Centre at South Tyneside College on the 7 March 2017. From March 2017 to end of June 2018, the North East Exam Centre has ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: North East (9 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government wants to ensure that transport in all parts of the country is fully accessible to disabled people. The Department for Transport will publish an Inclusive Transport Strateg ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (6 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Following an open and fair competition, it is expected that a permanent Independent Construction Commissioner will be announced shortly once the relevant processes and clearances have be ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Birmingham Airport (6 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The High Speed Two Birmingham Interchange Station, near Birmingham Airport, is funded from the £55.7bn funding envelope (in 2015 prices). The estimate of the cost and funding arrangemen ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (6 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are break clauses in the contracts between HS2 and its suppliers. The precise wording is dependent upon a number of factors and is negotiated with individual suppliers on a case-by ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Visual Impairment (6 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This Government is determined to ensure that disabled people have the same access to transport as everyone else, and that they are able to travel easily and with confidence. Stations m ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Chilterns (6 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The operation of the Chiltern tunnel Tunnel Boring Machine will not use bentonite. As HS2 Ltd have always made clear, they will not begin works in the area until the Environment Agency i ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Whether for commuting to work or seeing friends and family, buses play an important role in keeping communities connected, with 4.4 billion passenger journeys a year. Between 2015 and 20 ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Local authorities receive a substantial amount of money from central Government to support bus services. The Government paid out some £250 million last year to support bus services in E ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus service provision is the responsibility of local authorities. About £800 million of funding is made available for concessionary bus fares, and £40 million is given directly to loca ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: That very important question enables me to remind the sector and bus drivers that wheelchair spaces on buses are first and foremost for the use of wheelchair users, and other passengers ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The inclusive transport strategy, which is due to be published, will look at issues around accessibility and toilets, especially looking at changing rooms and how we can make that inform ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend, as you may be aware, Mr Speaker, is an intellect in blockchain, having published a report yesterday on unlocking blockchain. My officials explore new technologies such as ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not quite sure exactly what meeting the hon. Gentleman is talking about. Meetings take place between HS2 and the community engagement officers up and down the route. I believe that ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus passes for the most vulnerable, older and disabled people are being supported by this Government with £1 billion, enabling 10 million people up and down this country to travel for f ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my hon. Friend for his question, especially as he is the ambassador for the Year of Engineering. We are working with 1,400 companies up and down the country to create 1 million i ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Camden (4 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 has set out the process for assessing possible damage to buildings in information paper C3 “Ground Settlement”. As the detailed design for the Phase 1 programme progresses, settl ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: South Hampstead (4 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Construction activity by HS2 Ltd will take place along the line of the route as set out in the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017. HS2 Ltd has established a webpage to p ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Construction (4 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd is required to ensure that its construction plans are within the scope of the powers granted by the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act 2017 (which incorporates the five A ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Hampstead and Kilburn (3 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since July 2017 HS2 Ltd has been working with the main works civils contractors SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG), to develop scheme designs and the construct ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Planning Blight (3 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd does not have information as to the specific number of properties that may be affected by ground settlement as a result of construction activity. Buildings which are identified a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Coventry (3 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus operators must register their services with a traffic commissioner in the traffic area in which the service operates. The table below shows the number of live local bus registrations ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Qualifications (3 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Seafarer qualifications are issued and recognised in accordance with the international convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STCW) 1978, as amended. T ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are currently no industry representatives in the Maritime Modal Connectivity Team. However, the team engaged extensively with the sector both directly and with representative bodie ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Maritime Safety Agency (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK is a member of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (PMoU) on Port State Control (PSC). There is an agreement in place for the European Maritime Safety Agency to host The Hybri ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Bristol Channel (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Options for Changes to Revenue Support Freight Grant Schemes research was commissioned by the Department for Transport from Atkins Ltd. Publication of the summary report is likely th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Maritime Safety Agency (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no specific cost attributed to (a) the Department for Transport or (b) the public purse for the original development nor the continued operation of the European Maritime Safety ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Port State Control (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK is a member of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control and will continue to be a member once the UK has left the EU. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Waterborne Freight Grant (WFG) scheme does not have a discrete budget but shares funding with the Mode Shift Revenue Support scheme for rail and inland waterway freight. The curren ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Regulation (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: With the exception of the required changes needed to legislation to ensure that EU retained law continues to operate effectively, the scope of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's regula ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (2 Jul 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The current estimate of the total property cost of HS2 is commercially sensitive information. Estimates of the total property cost are a part of the overall funding envelope for HS2 of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Franchises (29 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 gave Mayoral Combined Authorities the powers to franchise buses and all local authorities the powers to introduce Enhanced Partnerships or Advance Quality Partn ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Policy (29 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport published an updated Single Departmental Plan on 23 May 2018. This set out the department’s main policy objectives and how it will achieve them. Single Dep ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Pay (29 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Joint Maritime Commission’s Subcommittee on Wages of Seafarers is a bipartite meeting between representatives of the seafarers and the shipowners. Government representatives do not ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (26 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since our response to 147409 on the 23 May 2018, it has been confirmed that there are six contractors earning over £1000 a day, recruited via the Contingent Labour one framework. These ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (26 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Due to the numbers of contractors working in the Department for 5 years or more totalling less than five, we are unable to provide the figures requested as it could lead to identificatio ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (26 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The following areas have contractors that are currently paid £1,000 or more per day. DfTc 76 DVSA Nil DVLA Nil MCA Nil VCA Nil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (26 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 05 June 2018. The correct answer should have been: The following areas have contractors that are currently paid £1,0 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Felixstowe (25 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The recent delays at Felixstowe are a matter for the port to resolve. I understand that steps are being taken to rectify the problem and the situation is already improving. The delays ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (25 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The maritime industry plays a vital role in our economy. As a sector that depends on its skilled workforce, that is geographically spread across the country and is forward looking, it po ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Pay (25 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Subcommittee on Wages of Seafarers met in April 2011, February 2014 and April 2016. The June 2018 meeting has been postponed to November 2018. Information about the UK representati ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Research (25 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has no targets or any specific limitations in place for spending on research and development in automotive, aviation and rail technologies. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Bristol Channel (25 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No specific assessment has been made of Bristol Channel shipping routes. In the first instance shipping services are undertaken on a private sector basis. The choice of routes operated w ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Pay (25 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government does not set a sectoral minimum wage for the Maritime Sector and does not monitor the effect of the agreements set by the bipartite International Labour Organization (ILO) ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Irish Sea (22 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Employment rights for seafarers employed on merchant ships working between the UK and the Republic of Ireland are the same as those for seafarers on any other ship trading internationall ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roll-on Roll-off Ships: Irish Sea (22 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a commercial decision and therefore no assessment has been made by Government. However, we are pleased to see the commitment from Stena Line to operate on these routes which reco ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Irish Sea (22 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Data on the number and the nationality of passengers affected will be held by the relevant ferry operator. In this instance, Irish Ferries has stated that 5,746 customers are affected in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ferries: Irish Sea (22 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a commercial decision and therefore no assessment has been made by Government. However, we are pleased to see the commitment from Irish Ferries to operate on this route. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Liability (22 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: During the past twelve months, the Department was unable to give full Parliamentary notification prior to a contingent liability going live on two occasions, as follows: Indemnity and l ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Approximately £173.2m has been spent to 18th June excluding VAT. This represents around 2.6% of total contract value. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Staff (21 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: All staff employed by HS2 Ltd are subject to the following pay bands; bands up to Band 23 are listed in the table below. HS2 Ltd senior salaries over £150,000 per annum are published an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (21 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Eligibility for the statutory scheme is the same in all local authorities throughout England and is currently rising for men and women in line with the equalisation of the retirement age ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Notice to Proceed is the point at which the Phase One Main Works Civils suppliers are authorised by HS2 Ltd to proceed to Stage 2 of the contracts (detailed design and construction). H ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (21 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In July 2017 HS2 Ltd awarded Stage 1 of seven Main Works Civils Contracts (MWCCs) to four joint venture companies. Stage 1 activities include design works that enable the suppliers to co ...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Mr Hollobone, it is an honour to serve under your chairmanship. No doubt my colleagues have realised that I am not 6 feet 4 inches, so I am not the Under-Secretary of State for Transport ...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend has been a strong campaigner for her constituency, particularly on this issue, and I do not doubt that her request for a meeting will be respected and taken forward. ...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It has been a very passionate debate and I was also slightly startled that the Labour party representative today, the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell), could not bring her ...

Backbench Business: A120 Dualling (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend mentioned the phrase “slap in the face” a number of times; I am not sure how I can respond to that. However, the Labour party is not even putting this scheme on the dr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Public Expenditure (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State for Transport meets with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a regular basis to discuss a range of matters of mutual interest. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues, their causes and potential remedies ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Rural Areas (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognises the extra pressures placed on local authorities to provide services in more isolated areas. Where there is not enough demand for a bus route to be commercially ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Conditions of Employment (19 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The membership and terms of reference of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licensing were placed in the libraries of both Houses on 27 September 2017 following a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The next review of HS2 Phase One will take place in September 2018, and the Terms of Reference will be agreed with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority over the summer. We do not pu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Franchises (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 automatically gives Mayoral Combined Authorities the powers they need to franchise buses. It also allows the Secretary of State to grant these powers to other g ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The first of the non-statutory property compensation schemes was introduced on Phase One in January 2010. Since then, the wider suite of statutory and non-statutory schemes have been pro ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Migrant Workers (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The increase in ratings shown by these statistics is welcome. To date, there has been no assessment of the factors that have contributed to this trend, though an increase in vessels in o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Although HS2 will benefit the whole country, the Government understands the impact and anxiety that its proposals had on property owners affected by route proposals. As with other large- ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of letters received by the Department on Property Compensation in the last three years on the original HS2 route is listed below: Year Letters 2016 82 2017 69 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Staff (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Please see the below table with the number of members within the different grades working in HS2 and their salary ranges. Levels of Grades within High Speed Rail Group Number ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Staff (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd have had 143 new starters in 2018. It would be inappropriate to provide a list of job titles and the salary for each individual employee for these posts. Disclosure of this infor ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing is nearing the conclusion of its considerations and is expected to submit its report shortly. The Government will con ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A long term funding envelope of £27.18bn has been established for HS2 Phase 1, expressed in 2015 prices. We are determined to deliver Phase 1 within this amount to provide the best valu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The current age profile of ratings active at sea is presented in table SFR0302, though no estimate has been made of the number of ratings that will reach their state pension age by any s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Registration (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested is not held by the Department. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Migrant Workers (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Based on the latest statistics, which relate to the end of June 2017, an estimated 73 per cent of ratings of known nationality employed by members of the UK Chamber of Shipping are non-E ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Property (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As at 31 May, 923 properties have been acquired, 553 of which are let. 1 has been sold and the remainder are empty, i.e. either seeking letting or have been transferred to the works cont ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (15 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: All HS2 stations are unique, with differing requirements at each location in terms of; landscape, station construction, and local aspirations and connectivity. These requirements need di ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Staff (14 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The total number of staff directly employed by HS2 Ltd in each of the last eight years is as follows: Financial Year Number of Direct HS2 Staff 2010 - 2011 24 2011 - 2012 42 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (13 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues and remedies. The Group’s remit in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: West Midlands (13 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Construction work will begin on Phase 2a of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project after the High Speed 2 (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill has passed through the full Parliamentary process. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Based on the latest statistics, which relate to the end of June 2017, the average age of UK ratings active at sea and employed by members of the UK Chamber of Shipping was 33 for female ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The statistics in table SFR0303 are derived from information collected from members of the UK Chamber of Shipping via an annual manpower survey. The number of seafarers whose nationality ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Non-departmental Public Bodies (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Commissioner for Public Appointments completes and publishes an annual data survey of all new appointments and reappointments made to boards of public bodies by Government including ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The 2017 UK Chamber of Shipping manpower survey was issued to 90 companies, with around 95% of these providing a response of some form. In some cases, companies did not provide employmen ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Wind Power: Seas and Oceans (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There have been no discussions with the Home Secretary on either of these topics. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Manchester Airport (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The proportion of the total costs assigned to each of the interested parties highlighted is dependent on Greater Manchester organising and agreeing a locally-led funding package for the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Other station places along the Phase 2b route, such as Leeds, are proposed to have one HS2 station. Greater Manchester is proposed to have two HS2 stations; Manchester Airport station is ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Costs (11 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No. We do not routinely publish correspondence between Ministers, officials and third parties. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Chief Scientific Advisers (7 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser has had seven meetings with members of the Ministerial team during this period. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (7 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: An assessment has not been made because the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is not aware of any recent delays of six weeks in issuing a coding certificate for UK registered vessels. Most ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Fuels (7 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The government is committed to driving down emissions from ships and reducing the impact of emissions from the maritime sector on the environment, climate and public health. In the curre ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Blaydon (Liz Twist) on securing this debate on transport safety for blind and visually impaired people, and for sharing her experience of a guided wal ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. The purpose of Passenger Assist is to assist passengers with all kinds of disabilities, and handing out a leaflet is just not on. The role of Passenger ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I take the hon. Lady’s point and will reflect on her concerns. An independent task and finish group is looking at taxis and private hire vehicles, and we await its report, which I hope ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point. Extra street furniture or clutter inhibits people in confidently navigating their community, especially streets that they know well. One ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The inclusive transport strategy is due to be published shortly. I am sure the hon. Lady will be very pleased when the report comes out. I cannot highlight the action points—obviously, ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady raises a very valid point, which is why it is important that we base any legislation on evidence, to make sure that the guidance is absolutely appropriate, accurate, and le ...

Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People (6 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are calls for the Government to introduce a law that bans all pavement parking across England, allowing it only in exceptional cases, thereby mirroring the case in London. The Mini ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (4 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have no reason to expect that journey times between Manchester and Glasgow will be affected by HS2, as HS2 is not planned to serve the Manchester-Glasgow route. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (4 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The provision of manual boarding ramps for access and egress to a passenger train is mandatory for regulated rail vehicles where the step/gap between the train and the platform is greate ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Warrington (4 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and wasn’t split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore u ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (4 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd have now published Board Minutes up to March 2018. HS2 Ltd have a quality assurance process ensuring public confidence and accuracy in the information it is disclosing. HS2 Ltd ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (4 Jun 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are several examples of third party funding being provided towards the costs of High Speed Two stations, including towards local connectivity, the details of which are under discus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Concessions (25 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Discounted rail travel is already available via the Family & Friends Railcard which offers one third off fares for adults and sixty per cent discount for children on rail journeys th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Leicestershire (25 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The total cash sum paid to homeowners affected by the High Speed Two (HS2) project in Leicestershire to date is £1,824,533. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (25 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As at 30th April 2018, the number of contractors working in the Department (including Central Department and Executive Agencies) is as follows: 141 working for up to 1 year 86 working ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It happened because I was about to mention two very important packages of funding. The Department contributed just over £32 million towards the £43.2 million Manchester cross city bus ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated, and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. Decisions on subsidised bus services are a ma ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman), is overseeing the consultation, and he will make an announceme ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend raises a very important point. Transport for London manages transport services in the capital and is responsible for implementing the Mayor of London’s transport strat ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. I also read the story, which was very alarming. He knows that licensing authorities are responsible for ensuring that taxi drivers are fit ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that HS2 Ltd has put in place community managers who are meeting communities up and down the line. HS2 Ltd is also hosting regular meetings here in Parliament, at which Members ca ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Greater Manchester (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and wasn’t split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore u ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Fishing Vessel Safety (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I can give my hon. Friend the fullest assurance. Shipping is an international industry, and the UK strongly believes it should be regulated at an international level by the IMO. My offic ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Disability (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government will publish an Inclusive Transport Strategy later this year. We expect all train operating companies to ensure the safe transport of all passengers, including those wit ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the hon. Lady give me a minute to respond? It was not the best use of language, and I can update the House and say that my officials have spoken to GTR and raised concerns about tha ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Of course I am happy to meet the hon. Lady to talk about accessibility in her constituency. As I mentioned earlier, Access for All funding is available for train stations; if she were al ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government will publish an inclusive transport strategy later this year. I assure my hon. Friends that I and the Department believe that disabled people should have the same access t ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman has raised a valid point, but local authorities are responsible for providing local bus services, and we expect them to work with local operators, Members of Parliamen ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Packages for buses are at an all-time high, and I would ask why the mayors who already have the powers have not taken them up. The policy at the moment applies to London and the Mayors ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I like every opportunity to talk about HS2 and the benefits that it will bring across the country. It is forecast to support about 25,000 new construction jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman is right to welcome this legislation. The misuse of lasers can have very serious consequences, and offenders should face tough penalties for endangering the lives of o ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is a great champion for her constituency, so she will no doubt help the local authority and transport operating company to put together the best possible bid. The Access f ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Fishing Vessel Safety (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Fishing safety remains a priority, and we are making improvements through education and legislation. New codes of practice set higher standards and will soon include stability requiremen ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Disabled Rail Passengers (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since 2006, about 200 stations have been made step-free and 75% of rail journeys are now step-free through stations. Funding has been made available and will continue to be made availabl ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: That is an interesting question. The Government have provided plenty of support for bus services in Manchester—[Interruption.] I will continue, Mr Speaker. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Services (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the invitation to Cornwall—my summer holiday seems to have been sorted out—and I welcome the new First Kernow buses. I also welcome the fact that the local authority in my ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Fishing Vessel Safety (24 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Trying to encourage recruit and retain people to work in the fishing, port and shipping sector is a priority for the Department. We know how difficult it is to attract people that are no ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Framework document for High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2 Ltd) (23 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I have today placed in the libraries of both houses a revised Framework Document for High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2 Ltd). HS2 Ltd is a corporate body established on 14 January 2009 to develop, pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Paternity Leave (23 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since the introduction of the shared parental leave scheme on 5th April 2015, the Department (including Central Department and Executive Agencies) have recorded 25 male staff having take ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Official Cars: Hydrogen (23 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government Car Service (GCS) is currently evaluating a hydrogen fuel cell car to determine fitness for purpose under operational conditions. The restrictions on range, refuelling and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport (23 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The 37 Total Transport pilot schemes formally came to an end in 2017. The Department is now analysing the results and will consider their communication shortly. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Manchester Airport (22 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Manchester Airports Group and other local partners made the case for a station at the Airport, with an offer of local funding to pay for its constr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Insurance (22 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The taxi and private hire vehicle drivers affected are likely to be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and, as Alpha Insurance was based in Denmark, some may ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (22 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Total expenditure on HS2 in the period from 2009-10 to 2016-17 was £2.3bn. This consists of expenditure by both HS2 Ltd on delivering the programme and by the Department for Transport o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (21 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is expected that the Task and Finish Group will submit its report for ministers to consider next month. The report will be published in due course. While the Department is eager to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Apprentices: Travel (21 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As per the Conservative manifesto commitment, the Government is clear that it does not want the costs of travel to deter young people from undertaking apprenticeships or training opportu ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Apprentices (17 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This response covers the Department for Transport – comprising the central Department and the four Executive Agencies. We only hold the requested data for the last two financial year ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (17 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Effective disability awareness and equality training can help provide transport staff with the knowledge and skills to give every passenger the assistance they require, contributing towa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (17 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The current national concessionary scheme costs around £1 billion and, given the pressure on public finances, any further extensions to the scheme could jeopardise its sustainability. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency (17 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) remains committed to enforcing international maritime regulations. Rationalising the Marine Office network sits alongside the introduction of r ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Public Appointments (17 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The interviews for the recruitment of the next Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are currently scheduled to take place on 1 June 2018. The decision on the rec ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Apprentices (16 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The last meeting that took place between my Department’s Maritime Minister and the Department for Education’s Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships about apprenticeships was at the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Registration (15 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency requests beneficiary ownership details, when an application is received to register a merchant vessel on the UK Ship Register, through the requirement ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Apprentices (15 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The statistics for apprenticeship numbers are published online at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data- library-apprenticeships#apprenticeship-starts-an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (15 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has always encouraged companies in tonnage tax to employ UK Ratings. In 2015, following proposals from industry in 2014, this position was solidified through a change in r ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Employment (15 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has a number of initiatives to promote employment of UK seafarers. Two leading schemes include: the training commitment link in UK Tonnage Tax and SMarT/SMarT Plus maritim ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Official Cars (15 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department does not provide an official car or driver for any civil servants. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Registration (15 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Apart from the UK Ship Register, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency does not collect information on the beneficial ownership of merchant vessels from the other Red Ensign Group registers ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Training (14 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: All civil servants at the Department for Transport are able to access online and face-to-face training on Devolution and Intergovernmental Working via the Civil Service Learning (CSL) po ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Correspondence (14 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are investigating a technical error that unfortunately resulted in notices being sent to incorrect addresses, and are reviewing the process and systems used to distribute residen ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Disclosure of Information (14 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Civil Service’s policy since February 2015 has been not to use confidentiality agreements in settlement agreements on termination of employment. The Department’s approach is to n ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Disclosure of Information (11 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The leak of any Government information or material is not acceptable and the Government takes such incidents very seriously. It has been the policy of successive Governments not to com ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (10 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The current acceptance rate for Need to Sell applications for phase 2b of High Speed 2 is 31%. Further Need to Sell statistics for all phases of High Speed 2 can be found on the Gov.uk w ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (10 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Petitions against the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill are currently being heard by the Select Committee which will report its findings and decisions in due course. My Depa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Correspondence (9 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I can confirm that there will be no cost incurred by the taxpayer as a result of this error. The supplier responsible for distributing notifications will cover the cost of the original e ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (9 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no obvious reason that acceptance rates under the Need to Sell scheme are lower on the Phase 2b route in comparison to other HS2 phases. The scheme operates identically across t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (9 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Alternate dispute resolution (ADR) is offered by HS2 Ltd in relation to relevant disputed property compensation matters that can otherwise be referred to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chambe ...

Concessionary Bus Passes — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have had the action accessibility plan, which we will respond to shortly—within the month.[Official Report, 10 May 2018, Vol. 640, c. 10MC.] We are working with the Royal National ...

Concessionary Bus Passes — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus services in rural areas are a concern —especially in my constituency of Wealden—when we are dealing with an older population and people who might not have access to cars. However ...

Concessionary Bus Passes — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman started at £1.3 billion and then moved on to £5 billion, which possibly could reach £13 billion—I am a little nervous about the true figure. We already have a con ...

Concessionary Bus Passes — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner) on securing this debate about concessionary bus passes, and it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. I ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of appeals received by the Department is: 12-13: 1 13-14: 1 14-15: 5 15-16: 2 16-17: 1 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Concessions (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Concessionary fares for young people are already available in the vast majority of authorities in England outside of London and such concessionary fares for young people are a matter for ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: National Trust (8 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There has not been any correspondence between the Secretary of State and HS2 Limited (HS2 Ltd) on HS2 Ltd’s engagement with the National Trust. I am grateful to the National Trust fo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (4 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A list of training providers and organisations approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to issue the four basic Standards in Training, Certification and Watchkeeping qualifications ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Mobile Phones (3 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department allows installation of apps according to a policy requiring that the app is installed from trusted and secure providers, for example the Google Play store or Apple App sto ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Diaries (3 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Details of Department for Transport ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and external meetings are published quarterly. This information can be accessed on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Plastics (3 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has reviewed all the single use plastics it uses across its estates and is currently introducing measures in line with those set out in the Government’s 25 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Infrastructure (3 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has recently published a port connectivity study (PCS): https://www.gov.uk/government/news/better-connections-to-por ts-to-help-business-growth. The PCS ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (2 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department agrees that it is important to provide clear, accessible information for passengers about disabled access to, and facilities at, transport hubs. The Rail Delivery Group (R ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shared Spaces: Visual Impairment (2 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government published its response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report on 14 March 2018. It can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-and-t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department of Transport: Procurement (2 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested is in the table below: DfTc Tyre Age Research – to provide scientific evidence concerning the effect of age on passenger coach tyre integrity. A contract ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Infrastructure (2 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The port connectivity study was commissioned specifically to examine the current level of surface access to sea-ports in England. Discussions were therefore undertaken with relevant stak ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (1 May 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Data sharing arrangements between licensing authorities are a matter for each authority to consider. There have not been any recent meetings between ministers and local authorities or ...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Five years is indeed the maximum sentence and the maximum fine is unlimited. The Bill extends to the entire UK and will come into force in England, Wales and Scotland at the end of the p ...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Third time. I would like to express my appreciation to right hon. and hon. Members and noble Lords in the other place for their thoughtful and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Challenging requirements have been set based on a review of current rolling stock performance and relevant research in this area. Mitigation of noise is being incentivised through the pr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Figures from 2016/17 and 2017/18 are not yet available. As a result, it is not possible to be provide statistics as to the number of Standards in Training, Certification and Watchkeeping ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: From April 2009 to March 2016 a total of 27,104 UK Certificates of Competency (CoC) were issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Please note that figures from 2016/17 and 2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not issue the four basic Standards in Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates which are listed below. Personal Surviv ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Accessible taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) services are essential for helping many disabled people to remain independent and complete door-to-door journeys. In 2017 we commenced le ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Great Haywood (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The design of the Phase 2A scheme to date as set out in the Phase 2A Bill and the Environmental Statement deposited in July 2017 provides the level of detail necessary for the purposes o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Conferences (30 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Red Ensign Group (REG) Conference will take place between 12 and 14 June 2018 in Guernsey. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will attend the Conference to co-chair the event ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department of Transport: Procurement (27 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of invitations to tender that have received no bidders in the last two years are as follows: DfTc 4 DVLA 2 DVSA 1 VCA 0 MCA 2 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Noise barriers can be very effective in reducing railway noise. Their attenuation is determined by a variety of factors such as; their dimensions, their design, the nature of the noise s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: East Midlands (27 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need to improve local bus services. We are working with local authorities to determine which of the powers provided are bes ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: ICT (27 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport (DfT) is made up of a number of constituent parts including DVLA, DVSA, Government Car Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency as well as DfT(c). In answerin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd are committed to delivering the High Speed Rail programme within the funding envelope of £55.7bn (2015 prices). HS2 Ltd remain focussed on challenging programme costs, actively ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (25 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2’s procurement processes have been designed in order to open up opportunities for the wider UK supply chain (including small and medium sized enterprises). Contractors delivering ma ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Transport Infrastructure for our global future: A Study of England’s Port Connectivity (24 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am today publishing the Government’s report on port connectivity, entitled ‘Transport infrastructure for our global future: A Study of England’s Port Connectivity’. This countr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (24 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles has meet on nine occasions. The group is independent so I have not attended any group meetings. The group is expected to sub ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (24 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognises the importance of accessible and affordable transport to all young people. Concessionary fares for young people are already available in 86% of authorities in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Disability (24 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Effective disability awareness and equality training can play an important role in giving transport staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to support disabled passengers. We have alr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (24 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Procurements for HS2 are undertaken in accordance with the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016 that transpose EU Directives on procurement into UK law and reflect the EU procurement pri ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (24 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We want to ensure that HS2 leaves a legacy of exportable capabilities. Procurement processes have been designed in order to open up opportunities for the wider UK supply chain – the ap ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Visual Impairment (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to ensuring that all disabled people, including those with visual impairments, have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: West Midlands (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus operators must register their services with a Traffic Commissioner in the traffic area in which the service operates. Information regarding 2011/12 and subsequent years can be foun ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues and remedies. The group’s remit in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Wheelchairs (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Both taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide disabled people with an essential service, enabling them to complete door-to-door journeys where other forms of transport may not be a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Living Wage (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are no direct employees or agency workers paid less than the Living Wage as defined by the Living Wage Foundation in the central Department for Transport, MCA, DVSA and VCA. In DVL ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Recruitment (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport facilitates all its recruitment through the Civil Service Jobs recruitment platform and has done so since March 2013. This platform does not ask for applican ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime 2050: Call for evidence consultation document sought views on a long term maritime strategy. Under the ‘people’ theme the document aims to identify the most viable UK po ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Light Dues 2018-19 (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Recruitment (23 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport facilitates all its recruitment through the Civil Service Jobs recruitment platform and has done so since March 2013. This platform does not ask for applican ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am a bit confused as to where the hon. Gentleman read that, because we have not refused any authorities. We are trying to help local authorities to manage their bus services and work w ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Chesterfield Canal Land Purchase (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd will bring forward a draft environmental statement for phase 2b later this year, which will provide greater detail on the land requirements for the construction, maintenance and ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Extension to Scotland (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: From the day phase 1 opens, HS2 trains will run directly to Scotland, with journey times of less than four hours between London and Glasgow. When the full Y network opens, HS2 will serve ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus pass scheme tends to be reviewed every five years, and what we have been able to do is ensure that that review does not take place every five years and that the concessionary bus ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have been reviewing our accessibility plan within the Department and will be reviewing how we deal with shared spaces. The hon. Gentleman knows that I used to chair the all-party grou ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Chesterfield Canal Land Purchase (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I apologise hugely, Mr Speaker—I had a momentary lapse. I have no idea how to respond. Forgive me—I will take some direction from you. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman raises an important issue. I am glad he has brought it to my attention and I am more than happy to have a meeting with him to discuss it further. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The figures have already changed from around £1 billion to the projected figure of over £13 billion, and now to £5 billion. When the shadow Minister makes proposals, and if he wants n ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Chesterfield Canal Land Purchase (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the hon. Gentleman for repeating himself. The Secretary of State met the FSB yesterday and discussions on negotiations are ongoing. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Phase 2b (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Consideration of the hybrid Bill will take place when it is due to take place in Parliament. It is interesting to note that we have had a lot of support from Members across the House; it ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Phase 2b (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In November 2016, the Government confirmed the majority of the HS2 phase 2b route and launched a consultation on seven route refinements. The Government made a decision on the phase 2b r ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Sleeper Services: Scotland to England (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We do like romance, and the new trains will offer improved facilities, comfort, hospitality and security for passengers. Passengers’ experience will be enhanced, supported by improved ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Chesterfield Canal Land Purchase (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State will continue to realise assets when he can. We will then reinvest them in the railway network. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This was an intriguing policy proposed by Labour at the Budget, and the figures did not seem to add up. At one point Labour was saying it would cost just over £1 billion, but it looks l ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Chesterfield Canal Land Purchase (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Let me assure the hon. Gentleman that HS2 Ltd is working with Chesterfield Canal Trust and is committed to finding a solution. HS2 Ltd will be more than happy to meet him to discuss the ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Extension to Scotland (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have no reason to expect increases in journey times between Glasgow and Manchester as a result of HS2. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Chesterfield Canal Land Purchase (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As I said, Chesterfield Canal Trust is working with HS2 Ltd and is happy with the relationship they have and the potential outcome regarding the canal area. The hon. Gentleman has reserv ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Sleeper Services: Scotland to England (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In his autumn statement of 2011, the Chancellor announced a commitment to contribute £50 million towards the cost of improving and upgrading the Caledonian sleeper service, including ro ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Phase 2b (19 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is a passionate campaigner for the midlands and any opportunity I have to talk proudly about Birmingham in particular, is welcome. Over its course, HS2 will create 100,000 ...

Access to Fertility Services: Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no way that I could stand at the Dispatch Box and contradict my right hon. Friend, given that he spent many months preparing the Bill. No doubt his representations will be noted ...

Access to Fertility Services: Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The additional resources will be provided not only by my Department, in the form of the £100,000 for local authorities, but by BEIS and border control agencies. Getting the Bill through ...

Access to Fertility Services: Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am grateful for the opportunity to respond to this debate. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State set out, the Bill is an aspect of the Government’s important role of improvi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage (18 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime 2050: Call for evidence consultation document sought views on a long term maritime strategy. Under the ‘people’ theme the document aims to identify the most viable UK po ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Minimum Wage (18 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime 2050: Call for evidence consultation document sought views on a long term maritime strategy. Under the ‘people’ theme the document aims to identify the most viable UK po ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Crofton (17 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The new high-speed railway will be designed to further improve standards of railway safety. The HS2 design includes numerous features that minimise the likelihood of a train accident and ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Greenhouse gases from international shipping (17 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: On 13th April the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed a comprehensive strategy to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs) from international shipping. The United Kingdom, led ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Staff (16 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In 2016, the Department for Transport established a new Directorate to co-ordinate the Department’s work on EU Exit and international trade. New EU Exit policy teams have already been ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (16 Apr 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK fully supports the International Convention for the Control and Managements of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments and domestic legislation is currently under development to enab ...

Air Quality and Shore-to-Ship Charging (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead) on securing this important debate on shipping emissions and, in particular, on shore-to-ship charging. I agree that o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As at 31 March 2017, the average age of the buses used as Public Service Vehicles by local bus operators in England was 7.6 years. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: SCL Group (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The central Department and its four executive agencies – Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Vehicle Certificat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Cambridge Analytica (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The central Department and its four executive agencies – Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Vehicle Certificat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Survey and Inspection transformation programme is a four-year change programme currently less than halfway through implementation. The changes to the Marine Office network estate lay ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Parking: Pedestrian Areas (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This survey has not taken place. The Department for Transport is instead undertaking a broader piece of work to gather evidence on the issue of pavement parking, including how it is addr ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Buses: Passengers (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below gives the average bus occupancy on local bus services in England from 20014/15 to 2016/17. Average bus occupancy1 on local bus services: England, 2014/15 to 2016/17 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (29 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A decision on the location of the Eastern Leg Rolling Stock Depot (ELRSD) will be taken shortly. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Hedgehogs (28 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has worked closely with the Royal Parks and the Zoological Society for London on the development of an Ecological Mitigation Plan with the aim of lessening the impact on the loca ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Equality (28 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) provide a vital service for many disabled people, and their drivers should have the knowledge and skills to provide every passenger with the assist ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Licensing (28 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disabil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Qualifications (28 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Shipping is a global industry and introducing mandatory requirements for employers to cover these costs could be detrimental to employment opportunities for UK seafarers. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Surveying (28 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The MCA recruited 12 Marine Office Surveyors in 2015/16 and 18 in 2016/17. External recruitment campaigns were paused in January 2017 as part of a restructuring exercise. Following thi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Fees and Charges (28 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In autumn 2016, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) held a six-week targeted consultation on increasing MCA’s Fees and Charges. We are continuing to work on the Government respo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Cambridge Analytica​ and SCL Group (27 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. These can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Cambridge Analytica​ and SCL Group (27 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The central Department and its four executive agencies – Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Vehicle Certificat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Assets (27 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport has delegated estate management matters to Executive Agencies for reasons of operational effectiveness. The information requested is not held in the format s ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Additional Provision (26 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I would like to inform the House about the introduction of an Additional Provision to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, which is currently before the Select Committee. ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Maritime and Coastguard Agency Business Plan 2018-19 (26 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am proud to announce the publication of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) business plan for 2018-19. The MCA does vital work to save lives at sea, regulate ship standards an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: East Midlands Rail Franchise: Rolling Stock (26 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The incumbent operator is working with rolling stock companies to develop different solutions to achieve compliance. Once the industry has developed a preferred solution, it will be cons ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Cross Border Cooperation: North America (26 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State has met US and Canadian officials through G7 and other meetings, where a range of issues were discussed. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Immigration Controls (26 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State has visited a range of countries where he has discussed a variety of issues. Responsibility for the operation of border controls rests with the Home Office. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Volkswagen (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government Car Service fleet has no VW vehicles and was unaffected. Information on departmental fleets across Government is not centrally held. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Minimum Wage (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am expecting to receive a report of the National Minimum Wage working group and its recommendations shortly which I will consider. It is my intention to discuss the report with the Min ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Irish Sea (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No specific estimate of the impact of Annex IV on shipping companies operating in the Irish Sea from 1 January 2020 has been made. The UK implementation of Annex IV included an impact as ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Automation (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: On 28 February the Secretary of State announced the UK’s ambition to be at the forefront of developments in maritime technology at an event that brought together representatives from a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Cleaning Services (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport does not directly employ cleaners. All cleaning staff are employed and managed under outsourced (PFI or Total Facilities Management) contracts; pay data in s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railways: Concessions (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 19 March 2018. The correct answer should have been: The trial of 10,000 26-30 railcards is an industry-led initiative ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Disability (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Clear, accessible information can help people to feel more confident when travelling on public transport, particularly those who have visual or hearing impairments. In respect of buses, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Infrastructure (23 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK’s major ports are commercially operated and it is for them to consider potential changes to their infrastructure and associated costs in response to developments in shipping. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (22 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Two of the HS2 Main Works Civils contracts were awarded to the joint venture CEK, comprising of Carillion, Eiffage and Kier. The Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and the responses a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Veterans (22 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Veterans’ Oyster Photocard scheme in London is not part of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, but is provided by Transport for London (TfL) and funded by the Mayor a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Assets (21 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Wheelchairs (21 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Wheelchair users should be able to travel by taxi and private hire vehicle free from the fear of discrimination, which is why we commenced the remaining provisions of s.165 and s.167 of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport : Buildings (21 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As part of the Government’s Transparency Agenda information about Department for Transport properties is published on the data.gov.uk website. Information on the properties rented, o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Fishing Vessels (20 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As of 14 March 2018, nine of the 5,678 fishing vessels on the UK Ship Register are owned by international or European companies. These nine fishing vessels have their ports registered as ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At the 2015 Spending Review (SR15), the Government restated the long-term Funding Envelope for delivery of the full HS2 scheme of £55.73bn (2015 prices), of which £27.18bn has been all ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Young People (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is supportive of concessions for 16-25 year olds. However, there are no plans at present to introduce a statutory national bus travel concession for all young people acros ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Rural Areas (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognises the importance of public transport for both the sustainability and independence of rural communities. Since January 2014, £40m Bus Service Operator Grant (BSOG ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Access for All funding is allocated in 5 year Control Periods. For 2014-19 a further 68 stations were selected for the programme. Details of all of the stations which have received fundi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Aside from the dedicated Access for All funding, two funds are partly dedicated to improving accessibility - each of the franchised operators has around £100,000 to £600,000 to spend a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since 2006, spending through the Access for All programme is as follows: (£m) 2006/09 £102.1 2009/10 £57.89 2010/11 £43.67 2011/12 £54.1 2012/13 £52.18 2013/14 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Railway Stations: Repairs and Maintenance (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: For the last tranche of funding, stations were selected based on their annual footfall, weighted by the incidence of disability in the area. We also took into account the priorities of t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Consultants (16 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The following table provides the total published consultancy expenditure for the core Department and its four executive agencies*, covering financial years 2010-11 to 2016-17: Finan ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: Hospitals (14 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market in England outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a matter for bus operators, although local authorities do support socially ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Government Departments: Electric Vehicles (13 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Each department is responsible for its own car fleet and this information is not held centrally. The Government Car Service (GCS) provide cars to departments for use by ministers. Ther ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Motor Vehicles (13 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport consists of a central department and four executive agencies as follows: Government Car Service (GCS) a division of the central department. Driver & Ve ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Internet (12 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My department does not centrally collect the specific data requested. Information regarding contracts above the value of £10,000 is published on Contracts Finder on GOV.UK, available ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Internet (12 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department has a number of cloud hosting contracts, which are typically with large scale vendors via framework resellers. 7 contracts have been awarded to (a), comprising 50% of th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Carillion (12 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since January 2016 Highways England has had no new contracts with Carillion. The Department has not awarded any High Speed Two contracts to Carillion. However, in July 2017 two Main Wo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Hospitals: Public Transport (9 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 will enable local authorities to take steps to improve service and grow passenger numbers. This could include introducing multi operator tickets, improved vehic ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Hospitals: Public Transport (9 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 will enable local authorities to take steps to improve service and grow passenger numbers. This could include introducing multi operator tickets, improved vehic ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Business Interests (9 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: All business appointments for former Ministers are handled by the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, and not by the Departmental Board, as set out in the Ministeria ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Apprentices (8 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department (including Central Department and Executive Agencies) currently employs 230 apprentices which equates to 1.58% of the workforce. This is based on apprenticeship data and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Public Transport: West Midlands (8 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 will enable local authorities to take steps to improve service and grow passenger numbers. This could include introducing multi operator tickets, improved vehic ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (8 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to deliver a national strategy on loneliness, a Ministerial group has been established, chaired by Tracey Crouch. As the lead Minister on the ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Response to advice on the use of wheelchair spaces onboard buses (8 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government believes that where people live, shop, go out, or park their car should not be determined by their disability and recognises the importance of accessible transport network ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Concessions (7 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There have been no assessments on extending the statutory scheme for older person’s bus passes to all 60-year olds in England. Government is committed to retaining the current benefit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (7 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is continuing to review stakeholder feedback to the UK’s National Maritime Single Window pilot exercise in conjunction with our Government partners. We are making furthe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (7 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market in England outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a matter for bus operators, although local authorities do support socially ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Assistance Dogs (6 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Under sections 168 to 173 of the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs), who do not hold a medical exemption certificate, to refuse the c ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: West Midlands (5 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market in England outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a matter for bus operators, although local authorities do support socially ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Offshore Industry: Decommissioning (5 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The UK Ship Register (UKSR) in line with Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Business Plan 2018-19 will carry out focused marketing activities to attract quality ships and quality owner ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Statistics (5 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The 2017 Seafarer Statistics are scheduled for publication in May 2018. This is to allow sufficient time following user engagement to review the existing set of statistics and consider w ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Zero Hours Contracts (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department (including Central department and Executive Agencies) has had no full-time, part-time, temporary or any other staff employed on zero-hours contracts during the last eight ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Trade Unions (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We do not hold records of all civil servants within the Department for Transport who are members of trade unions. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Fair Trade Initiative (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: North West Durham (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision is primarily a commercial matter for bus operators. Decisions on subsidised bus services are a matt ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Cornwall (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Operators Grant (BSOG) is a demand-led grant regime in England under which payments are made to bus companies to help meet some of their fuel costs in running local bus ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Flexible Working (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: 10,860 staff (75.2%) in the Department worked in departmental accommodation, fewer than 5* staff (less than 1%) worked from home and 3582 staff (24.8%) worked from other locations. The s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Contracts (2 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Snow and Ice (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Significant efforts have been made this year across the transport sectors, including road, rail and air, to boost resilience and preparedness. We continue to work closely with all key ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Construction (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Indeed, we recognise the need to keep traffic moving on local roads during construction, primarily for the benefit of residents and businesses. Under current plans, junction 15 of the M6 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Overtime (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of overtime hours worked by staff in the Department (including Central Department and Executive Agencies) in each of the last 12 months is in the attached table. UIN 128904 - ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: HS2: Construction (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I know that my hon. Friend is concerned about the impact of traffic in his constituency; indeed, we discussed it when he came to the Department just last week. HS2 Ltd is already working ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Infrastructure: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have not yet fully announced what we will be doing on electrification, and at times some of the information shared is not entirely accurate. The Government have supported the midlands ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus services, what journeys they take and how frequently they are run, are down to the local authority. I therefore urge the hon. Gentleman to discuss this matter with his local authorit ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Infrastructure: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I apologise to my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Sir Patrick McLoughlin) for my earlier mistake. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Bus patronage is actually increasing for people who go to work—3 million people choose to travel to work on a bus—and 60% of people who use public transport use the bus. Increasing b ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 presents local authorities with new powers to bring about change and unlock the potential for the bus service industry to increase passenger numbers. Since 1982 ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Infrastructure: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has been a great advocate of transport locally and is obviously an expert in the field, as a previous Minister in the Department. He is absolutely right that we are invest ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Infrastructure: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Perhaps not right now, but I will consider it in future. I was expecting a question on High Speed 2. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Journeys (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Mayors have the freedom to do that. It is absolutely right that these decisions are taken locally, whether by the local authority or the mayor. We therefore encourage all local authoriti ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Infrastructure: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In the east midlands, almost £7 billion has been spent on transport since 2010, improving connectivity, shortening journey times, reducing congestion and transporting people, ideas and ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Infrastructure: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (1 Mar 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman is saving it—that is wonderful. Perhaps he will even acknowledge the great jobs that will be coming along the line. On electrification, Labour’s 2007 rail strategy ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two (28 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As a Joint Venture CEK were subject to the following contractual clause: Z12 Joint and several liability Z12.1 If the Contractor is a Joint Venture (1) each of the parties comprising t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Welsh Language (28 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport and its Agencies, with the exception of the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), have published Welsh Language Schemes which include a commitment to reply wit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Children (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is committed to making the transport system accessible to all users, including small children. The draft Accessibility Action Plan, published for consultation last year, s ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Cycling (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has set clear requirements for its supply chain to follow, as set out in the HS2 Phase 1 Route-wide Traffic Management Plan. These requirements include:- a) Vehicles attending ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A feasibility study into the potential for new and improved cycle routes in the HS2 corridor was commissioned in 2013. The Department has made the outputs from this study available to re ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In 2013, the Department commissioned a feasibility study into the potential for new and improved cycle routes within the HS2 corridor. The outputs of the study have been shared with rele ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd’s contractors are required to comply with HS2’s technical standards during the design of all works associated with the HS2 programme. HS2’s Technical Standard for Roads spe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Following discussions between my Department’s officials, HS2 Ltd and the Cycle Proofing Working Group (CPWG), HS2 Ltd has shared extracts of its relevant design standards with the CPWG ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Cornwall (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 presents local authorities with new powers to bring about change, and unlock the potential for the bus industry to increase passenger numbers. In particular, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is currently undertaking a Port Connectivity Study to examine the current level of road and rail access to ports in England, how connectivity issues are managed, and what ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Statistics (27 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The scoping study was published in September 2017 and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-benefit s-from-big-data-and-the-internet-of-things-in-smart-ci ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has been undertaking rigorous and extensive analysis work to support our exit negotiations, as a responsible Government should, in order to inform our understanding of how ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues and remedies. The group’s remit in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Finance (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: UK ports operate on a commercial basis generally without public sector financial support. As such, ports are responsible for identifying and funding their own investment requirements. UK ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Maritime UK People and Skills Working Group, of which DfT Officials are a key member of, are delivering recommendation 8 of the Maritime Growth Study which called for the promotional ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Property (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The information requested can only be provided at disproportionate cost. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Training (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 and the International Safety Management Code (ISM) require all merchant n ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Procurement (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Contracts valued over £10,000 sourced by the Department are publically available via https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: West Midlands (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Spending Review 2015 set a long term funding envelope of £28.55bn for Phase Two, of which £25.07bn is currently allocated to Phase 2b. HS2 Ltd is expected to manage all elements of t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: West Midlands (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Spending Review 2015 set a long term funding envelope of £28.55bn for Phase Two, of which £25.07bn is currently allocated to Phase 2b. HS2 Ltd is expected to manage all elements of t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Employment (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has been undertaking rigorous and extensive analysis work to support our exit negotiations, as a responsible Government should, in order to inform our understanding of how ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (26 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Under SMarT Plus we expect to see the annual cadet intake rise to 1200. No estimate has been made for the breakdown between deck, engine and electro-technical officers being trained thro ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Swansea (22 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Shared Service Centre in Swansea is owned and operated by Arvato, Bertelsmann. The Department for Transport plans to continue to receive Shared Services from Arvato, Bertelsmann unti ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: FV Solstice (22 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I expect the report to be published by the beginning of July. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lifeboats: Wallasey (22 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: New Brighton Lifeboat station is currently operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Operational capacity at any independent RNLI lifeboat station is a matter for the c ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (21 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: For SMarT Plus, the agreement between Government and the maritime sector and unions is that in return for increased funding the industry will train more seafarers. It will also provide n ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (21 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Work is underway in developing a range of rating apprenticeships which will deliver more routes into ratings training. The Deck Rating apprenticeship is now approved and the Maritime Cat ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (21 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Although Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) has a fixed budget, funding continues to be allocated on the basis of demand. The figures in the tables below therefore reflect the level o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (20 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In order to undertake its tasks, HS2 Ltd requires certain information from local authorities (and, on occasions, such local authorities require information from HS2 Ltd). It is typical p ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Sheffield (20 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is not Government policy to fund non-statutory concessions for bus travel anywhere in England, including in the Sheffield City Region. However, individual local transport authorities ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (20 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department interacts with Carillion plc primarily through its Arm’s Length Bodies rather than centrally. Each of these organisations has developed its own contingency plans in ligh ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion: Insolvency (20 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As far as can be determined, there has not been a formal estimate of the number of staff hours spend by staff in the Department for Transport on assessing and dealing with the effects of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Yorkshire and the Humber (9 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State regularly meets with bus operators from all across the country. Details of past Ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on a quarterly basis ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (9 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: 142 applications have been accepted to the Phase 2b Rural Support Zone scheme which offers successful applicants a choice of either the Voluntary Purchase Scheme (the sale of their prope ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (9 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: An Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process is offered by HS2 Ltd in appropriate cases to property owners where statutory compensation cannot be agreed through negotiation. Cases hav ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (9 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are a number of factors that may explain the fall in bus patronage on local bus services seen in recent years. These include: Transport for London attribute the fall in bus patron ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Capita (8 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As far as can be determined, the Department centrally has 2 contracts with Capita, and the Executive Agencies in total have 15 (DVLA - 2, DVSA - 7, VCA - 2 and MCA - 4). Details of the v ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Wales (7 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Officials from the UK and Welsh Governments are in regular contact on a range of issues. The Welsh Government has recently consulted on proposed changes to the licensing of taxi and priv ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (7 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A scheme to provide compensation for those suffering from severe and prolonged disturbance from the construction of HS2 is in development. More details about this scheme will be provided ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (6 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There is no impact on the progress of the HS2 project. Two HS2 Main Work Civils Contracts were awarded to the joint venture CEK (comprising Carillion, Eiffage and Kier) in July 2017. The ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (6 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport funds the National Travel Survey (NTS), a series of annual household surveys which provide consistent data on personal travel behaviour for all residents of ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (6 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s remit within the transport sector is primarily delivered through its Arm’s Length Bodies: Network Rail, Highways England and High Speed Two Ltd. Assessments of a com ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Schools: Transport (6 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers are eligible for an enhanced DBS certificate with check of both barred lists for licensing purposes. This is the highest level of check availa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (6 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Bus Services Act 2017 presents local authorities with new powers to bring about change, and unlock the potential for the bus industry to increase passenger numbers. In particular, ...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Transport: Support for Maritime Training (2 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am proud that the United Kingdom has one of the most vibrant and competitive maritime sectors in the World. We are an outward-looking, global trading maritime nation proud of our marit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: EU Internal Trade (2 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The proportion of port freight tonnage handled by each major UK sea port on routes to the EU in 2016 is shown in the attached table (excel file), broken down by direction (inwards or out ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Public Expenditure (2 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: a) All art used within the Department’s headquarters is on loan from the government art collection, while other images used around the building are sourced through typesetting contract ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Presidents Club (2 Feb 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No Department for Transport Ministers attended the Presidents Club Charity Dinner run by the Meller Educational trust. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services: Modernisation (31 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government has introduced a variety of measures to help operators in England modernise their fleets. As part of a £3.5 billion commitment for air quality and cleaner transport, we ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is with great pleasure that I close the Second Reading debate. This is my first Bill, so there is no pressure; I will try to do it some justice. HS2 presents a huge opportunity for th ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has been a great champion for his constituents and has made his concerns known to me, the Secretary of State and previous Ministers. The Committee is the best place for hi ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are working through the details. We will try and do it as quickly as we can, but it will be shortly—this year. I am sorry; I cannot provide more details now, but I will write to the ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend has raised many issues about HS2 Ltd, its relationship with our constituents and its poor performance in communication previously, with the Secretary of State and wi ...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are a long way from the timetables, but if the hon. Gentleman will let me continue for a moment, I will talk about how and when we will respond to the consultation undertaken on this ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Directors (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s lead non-executive board member is Ian King. The other non-executive board members are Richard Aitken-Davies, Richard Keys, Tony Poulter, Mary Reilly, and Tracey Westa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Drinking Water (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The central Department for Transport and the DVLA and VCA executive agencies have not incurred any expenditure on bottled water since 2010. The DVSA and MCA executive agencies have inc ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department of Transport: Chief Scientific Advisers (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) met with the Secretary of State once during this period, with other senior officials. The CSA also met with the former Parliam ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (30 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Assessments of a company’s ability to deliver its obligations is performed during each procurement exercise Our Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) also have contingency plans which vary depe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The bus market in England (outside London) is deregulated and operated by private sector bus operators. The deregulated bus market works well across much of the country and any operation ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department interacts with Carillion plc primarily through its Arm’s Length Bodies rather than centrally. Assessments of a company’s ability to deliver its obligations is performe ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Expenditure (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Expenditure on delivery of HS2 from 2009/10 until 2016/17 was £2.3bn. This consists of expenditure by both HS2 Ltd on delivering the programme and by the Department for Transport on lan ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Beverage Containers (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The department (including Executive Agencies) has not purchased any disposable coffee cups in the last five years, except the DVSA made one purchase of 3,000 cups in 2016 for conferences ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Belfast Harbour (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Under devolution arrangements, policy relating to ports and harbours in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive. Officials at the Department for Transport have, ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd undertook due diligence on all bids prior to the Main Works Civils Contract Award in July. Each of the joint venture parties individually and collectively were covered. The CEK j ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State did not award the contract himself, he delegated authority to do so to HS2 Ltd. The Secretary of State did not receive reports on the shorting of Carillion shares ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disabil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (29 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department’s Arm’s Length Bodies are the primary source of engagement with Carillion PLC. Specifically within the rail sector, on HS2, one of Carillion’s other Joint Venture pa ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Apprentices (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Education have published apprenticeship starts by subject area over the required time period. The Department for Transport began reporting in 2016 through the Strate ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Procurement (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Contracts that my Department holds with Government strategic suppliers are as follows: Count of Contract DfT(c) 24 DVLA 22 DVSA 17 MCA 23 VCA 10 DfT total 96 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is for the House to agree any instruction to the Select Committee which will consider the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill and there is a motion on the order paper which ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department did not award a High Speed Two contract to Carillion in July 2017. A joint venture called CEK JV (comprising Carillion, Eiffage and Kier) was awarded the contract in July ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As far as can be determined, there is no outstanding money owed by the Department to Carillion plc since its liquidation. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Engineering: Young People (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Inspiring the next generation of engineers is crucially important to the UK economy. The Department for Transport is working across government, the Professional Engineering Institutions ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland (25 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Scotland stands to benefit substantially from HS2. When Phase One opens in 2026, services will run directly between London and Glasgow, bringing the journey time below 4 hours. When the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Infrastructure: Training (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We are on the front foot in ensuring we have the skills needed to deliver transport infrastructure investment. We have a comprehensive skills strategy and are making excellent progress o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Beverage Containers (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: (a) The department estimates single use disposable cups per year of 31,117. (b) Of this figure; at least 22,800 are recyclable cups. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The CEK joint venture has provided HS2 Ltd with assurances that in the event any member of the group being unable to deliver on its responsibilities, the remaining members, now Eiffage a ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disabil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and was in regular contact with the Chair to discuss ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Redundancy Pay (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have made clear to HS2 Ltd that we expect them to always meet their obligations and responsibilities to the taxpayer. The progress of HS2 should not come at the expense of proper cont ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis (24 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since the Law Commission’s comprehensive review of taxi and private hire regulation in England and Wales the sector has undergone profound and rapid change. At a Westminster Hall Debat ...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire) (23 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The paper I have in front of me tells me that there will be 2,000 seats available. I am aware of the note that the hon. Gentleman sent through to the Department; unfortunately, there was ...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire) (23 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley, in my first ever Westminster Hall debate. To prevent any confusion, I must say that I am not the Rail Minister. The Rail Mi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Ministerial Powers (23 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State for Transport issued two Ministerial directions to his Department in 2015, one in 2016 and none in 2017. The directions were previously disclosed via the departm ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: International Maritime Organisation (22 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Since May 2015 there have been four meetings of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. The United Kingdom was represented at all of these me ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Conditions of Employment (22 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of ships detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, sin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department of Transport: Electric Vehicles (22 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The table below lists the number of (a) electric and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles in the fleets operated by the Department for Transport and it’s Agencies. Department for Transpo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (22 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disabil ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Assistance Dogs (22 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The draft Accessibility Action Plan consultation ran from 24 August 2017 to 22 November 2017. The Government will publish a response in the spring, following careful analysis of the cons ...

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill: Rail Connectivity (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leigh (Jo Platt) on securing this debate. As she knows, the Government are committed to creating a northern powerhouse to rebalance our economy. Impro ...

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill: Rail Connectivity (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: We have discussed a variety of ways that investment is being put into the hon. Lady’s area. The plans are in place now; they are not just for future generations. People say that when t ...

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill: Rail Connectivity (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: This is why it is so crucial that as many Members as possible put forward their ideas and make sure we have their input in the plan, because all Members who add in their information will ...

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill: Rail Connectivity (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I shall make some progress because the hon. Lady will want some time to respond. People in Leigh will be able to access HS2 services from multiple locations, including Wigan, Manchester ...

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill: Rail Connectivity (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am pleased the hon. Lady does not deny all the benefits that HS2 will bring to the area. There has been investment in public services, and a lot of these decisions have been devolved t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion: High Speed 2 Railway Line (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of Carillion staff employed in the joint venture working on HS2 Phase One on Monday 15 January, date of liquidation, was 51. Eiffage and Kier’s aim is to make an offer to br ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Secondment (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: i) Neither the Department or HS2 Ltd have a record of any secondments from a) Carillion, (b) Eiffage and (c) Kier since 2012. ii) Neither the Department or HS2 Ltd hold the data reques ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion: High Speed 2 Railway Line (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd undertook due diligence on all bids prior to the MWCC Award in July. HS2 has carried out additional due diligence and sought re-assurance of both Joint Venture partners, Kier and ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Carers (19 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport supports employees with caring responsibilities through a range of employee policies, including part-time and flexible working, job-sharing, and special and ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend has previously raised that with me, and I am pleased that she has raised it with me again today. I am more than happy to meet her and take on board any concerns she has on ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: No, the criteria used to evaluate and award construction contracts for HS2 ltd are commercially confidential. The Department undertakes due diligence in advance of the award of contracts ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 will help transform the UK economy, directly creating 25,000 new jobs - 70 percent of which will be outside of London. It will directly link 8 of the UK’s 10 largest cities and pro ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Accessible Stations (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government are committed to improving station access for disabled people, including those with hidden disabilities. Further funding for the Access for All programme will be made avai ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Severn River Crossing (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Road users will have noticed no difference following the switch of operation from Severn River Crossings PLC to public ownership and Highways England management on 8 January 2018, except ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disabled (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disabil ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am sure the hon. Lady, on behalf of her constituents, will welcome the news that this Government are reducing or abolishing the tolls on the bridges. This will make journeys much more ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Accessible Stations (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to raise this. It is not acceptable, but I believe that it is going to be addressed later on down the line at Charing Cross. I refer, too, to my ea ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my hon. Friend for welcoming me to the Dispatch Box, and of course I will meet him to discuss the matter further. I look forward to arranging that meeting. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Accessible Stations (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: At present, bus drivers must undertake licensing training to ensure that they are able to deal with people with not just visible disabilities but invisible disabilities such as sight los ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Carillion (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: HS2 Ltd has no direct contract with Carillion. The contract is with the CEK Joint Venture which is commercially sensitive. The CEK joint venture has provided HS2 Ltd with assurances that ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Accessible Stations (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I am aware of the hon. Lady’s work on the APPG. As she will know, I was chair of the all-party parliamentary group on eye health and visual impairment, and we did a lot of work togethe ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my hon. Friend for bringing the guide dogs group to the attention of the House. The Government are committed to ensuring that disabled people have the same access to transport an ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: I feel obliged to respond to a fellow Brummie. I congratulate the engineering envoy, my hon. Friend the Member for South Basildon and East Thurrock (Stephen Metcalfe), who I believe is ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number of staff employed by the new HS2 Independent Construction Commissioner will be determined by the permanent commissioner in discussion with the Steering Group once the permanen ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department will appoint the permanent HS2 Independent Construction Commissioner on the basis of merit via an open and fair recruitment process, which the Department aims to commence ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Disability (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) services must be accessible to those who rely upon them, and disability awareness and equality training can be effective in equipping drivers with the ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports: Modernisation (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Ports in the United Kingdom operate on a commercial basis. They have an excellent track record of investment in new and improved facilities and I see no reason why this should change. Th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The duration of the employment contract for the current HS2 interim Independent Construction Commissioner runs from 8 July 2016 to 30 April 2018. However, this term may be extended if th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Government Procurement Card (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Following a review of this transaction, which relates to security matters, further details and names of officials cannot be publically disclosed. This is line with HM Treasury guidance ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line: Staff (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: More than 3000 permanent jobs will be created through the operation and maintenance of HS2. For Phase One of the project they will be located in the NUTS1 regions of West Midlands, Londo ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The full budget for the office of the HS2 permanent Independent Construction Commissioner will be determined in discussions with them once they have been appointed. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Housing: Stafford (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The number and average value of houses purchased in the Stafford constituency broken down by HS2 scheme is as follows HS2 Scheme Number of Homes Purchased Average Value of Purchas ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Equality (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Publication of the Post Implementation Review has been delayed whilst the Department seeks further quality evidence from the industry regarding the impact and cost of the Equality Act 20 ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed Two: Public Appointments (16 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The full terms of reference of the HS2 Independent Construction Commissioner will be determined by the Construction Commissioner Steering Group (CCSG). The current membership of the grou ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Ports (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There are currently 61 ports operating in the UK which the Department for Transport classifies as ‘minor’ for the purposes of the statistics it gathers. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Silvertown Tunnel (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: An application for a Developmental Consent Order for Silvertown Tunnel has been submitted by Transport for London and this is currently with the Secretary of State for a decision. The de ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Public Expenditure (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department for Transport made three fruitless payments over £30,000 between 1 April 2017 and 11 January 2018. The table attached provides a breakdown in the specified format. Tab ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As stated in the answer given by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Hon Member for Blackpool North and Cleveleys (Paul Maynard) of 21 December 2017, it is anticipated t ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Court of Justice: European Aviation Safety Agency (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government is considering carefully all the potential implications arising from the UK’s exit from the EU, including the implications for continued or discontinued participation in ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Travel (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It should be noted that it is not possible to make year-on-year comparisons over these four years due to significant changes in the way that the data requested is recorded, in particular ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (15 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The HS2 Ltd July 2017 route refinement advice (“High Speed Two Phase 2b Crewe to Manchester West Midlands to Leeds Route Refinements: HS2 Ltd’s Advice to Government”), sets out a n ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport: Exhaust Emissions (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As noted in the Revised Draft Airports National Policy Statement, the Government agrees with the Airports Commission’s assessment that a new runway at Heathrow could be delivered withi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Airports Commission undertook a range of detailed assessments to support its Final Report published in July 2015. The analysis included a detailed assessment of transport network imp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: European Maritime Safety Agency (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The government is considering carefully how best to continue collaborating with our European partners on maritime safety, security and environmental issues, including our continued engag ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Regulation (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Department is committed to maintaining a proportionate approach to regulation to enable business growth while maintaining public protections. This will be monitored through the Busin ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Regulation (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will retain EU law as it applies in the UK on exit day. We expect between 800 and 1000 statutory instruments will be required across Government to ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: There has been no recent discussion between the Secretary of State for Transport and either the FCO or the DIT on this topic. The revised draft Airports National Policy Statement sets ou ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Dogs (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Assistance dogs perform a vital role for their owners, helping them to go about their lives independently, confidently and with dignity, and it is unacceptable that a minority of taxi an ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: In October 2017 the Department published within its Updated Appraisal Report: Airport Capacity in the South East, details of the estimated surface access trips for both highway and publi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Appraisal of Sustainability that accompanies the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement provides a strategic level assessment of the potential social, economic, and environ ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Brexit (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Impact Assessments, typically related to specific new primary legislation before Parliament, are narrowly defined. For example, the Government laid an impact assessment alongside the Eur ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Alongside the publication of the Draft Airports National Policy Statement on 2 February 2017, the Department also published an Appraisal of Sustainability and Health Impact Analysis. The ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping: Training (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The statement issued by the European Commission on seafarers training relates to European Union legislation which builds upon the international Standards of Training, Certification and W ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Alongside the publication of the Draft Airports National Policy Statement on 2 February 2017, the Department also published an Appraisal of Sustainability and Health Impact Analysis. The ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Aviation: South East (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: It is for Heathrow Airport Limited to determine the timing for publishing proposed new flightpaths for formal consultation while following the steps required by the Civil Aviation Author ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: As part of its work, the independent Airports Commission shortlisted three schemes for airport expansion, two at Heathrow and one at Gatwick, following analysis of more than fifty propos ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Maritime Law: Greater London (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government recognises the pre-eminent position that the UK enjoys in matters of maritime dispute resolution and is in regular dialogue with industry to ensure London’s global marit ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Aviation: Exhaust Emissions (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Government remains open to considering all feasible measures to ensure that the aviation sector contributes fairly to UK emissions reductions, and is committed to meeting its emissio ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heathrow Airport (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State for Transport and the CAA regularly meet with Heathrow Airport Limited to discuss a number of issues, including the preference for expansion via a new Northwest Ru ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Air Routes (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Our policy is to liberalise air services by seeking to remove barriers to market entry and doing business, thereby enabling airlines and airports to deliver choice and connectivity for U ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Department for Transport: Regulation (12 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: A table giving the titles of new and amended regulations which have been introduced by the department since May 2010 and indicating which of those have been revoked is attached. All re ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (9 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: Violence in Iran has escalated. Does the Foreign Secretary share my concern about the reports that 450 Iranians may have been arrested for taking to the streets against a regime that bru ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping: Wealden (8 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of repeat fly-tipping have been recorded in Wealden District in the last 12 months. ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sentencing: Fly-tipping (8 Jan 2018)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) custodial sentences, (b) fines and (c) community sentences ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Reoffenders: Fly-tipping (29 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the reoffending rate for people convicted of fly-tipping. ...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sentencing: Fly-tipping (29 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to increase the length of sentences for repeat fly-tipping offenders; and if he will make a stateme ...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (21 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement, and I thank all members of the working group across the House for the progress that has been made to date. I am particularly keen to hear mo ...

Attorney General: Business of the House (21 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my right hon. Friend join me in thanking postal service workers over this busy Christmas period? Can we have a statement on future support for post offices, especially those in rura ...

Attorney General: Prisoner Voting (21 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: What plans the Government have to implement the agreement reached by the Council of Europe on prisoner voting in the UK. ...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Lottery Funding: Charities (21 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Does the Minister agree that national lottery funding should also be made available to smaller charities? Although they may help fewer people, in my constituency of Wealden there are ver ...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Lottery Funding: Charities (21 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Happy Christmas to you, Mr Speaker, and to my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne), who does not seem to have any Christmas spirit. ...

Attorney General: Prisoner Voting (21 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Minister for his response, and I am pleased that an agreement has finally been reached to settle what has been a long-running dispute between ourselves and the Council of Eur ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Youth Unemployment (18 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome that news from the Minister. I am a strong campaigner for apprenticeships, including in my constituency, where we have just 70 young unemployed people. Does the Minister agree ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Youth Unemployment (18 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: What recent assessment he has made of trends in youth unemployment. ...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend will recall that the evidence we took on the awful nature of the human rights abuses and humanitarian crisis was in stark contrast to the letter sent to the Committe ...

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: This evening, I will be joining the Uckfield chamber of commerce, which celebrates small businesses across my constituency and provides opportunity and security, at its Christmas dinner. ...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Thank you, Mr Hanson, for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this important debate. Speeches on both sides of the Chamber have been technical, detailed and passionate, including ...

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel isolates the USA. It has been condemned by European and middle eastern leaders, and even by Pope Francis. All say th ...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman mentioned a U-turn. When he was previously the MP for Eastbourne, is it correct that he voted in favour of universal credit in all its forms? ...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: That is where their work coach should be able to help them. The hon. Lady should be challenging the work coaches in that community. People are moving on: they are able to get a loan to g ...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I do not accept the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. There are now more people with better opportunities—whether children going to better schools, more working-class kids going to univ ...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Minister’s statement on making available the reports requested by the Labour party. I am pleased to speak in this debate and to challenge the belief among some Opposition ...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend was talking about transparency. One thing that we do know for certain is that, in each constituency, 400 people are able to go back to work when they are on universa ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: In my constituency, we have a higher level of road traffic incidents, including fatalities, compared with the rest of Sussex. I have long campaigned for increased sentences for dangerous ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Female Offender Management (5 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: As female offenders are more likely than male offenders to have caring responsibilities for children, what role does the Minister think prison governors should play in maintaining and st ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: With the abolition of stamp duty for most first-time buyers, families in Wealden will save, on average, £3,209 on their first home. Will the Minister say what else is being done to help ...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Is my hon. Friend also thankful for the extra £21 million that will be invested in science and tech, helping us to create the jobs of the future? ...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my hon. Friend give way? [Hon. Members: “ Oh.”] I will be very quick. Is my hon. Friend also thankful for the £21 million— ...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend mentioned the British Council, which recently noted that one in seven world leaders studied at a British university. That presents a great opportunity for us not onl ...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: As my hon. Friend might know, the Foreign Office has 274 posts in 168 countries, and they are perfectly placed to export or promote English sparkling wine, specifically from my constitue ...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am a little bit concerned that the right hon. Lady might be misleading the House. The 0.7% figure is enshrined in law, and surely she recognises the extra funding placed not only with ...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am concerned that the Foreign Secretary might be moving on from the aid budget without mentioning a very good project that we are involved in—a finance initiative for women entrepren ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya People (21 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The Burmese military have produced an absurd report claiming that not a single innocent life has been lost and that they have not been involved in any violence against the Rohingya. Does ...

Yemen (20 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The missile attack on Riyadh takes the conflict to a new and dangerous phase, sending ripples through the Muslim world, with Muslims urged to take sides, Sunni versus Shi’a, in a regio ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Shortage of Doctors: Medical Provision (14 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: High Weald Lewes Havens clinical commissioning group has undertaken a consultation on closing Rotherfield surgery, which is in my constituency, against the wishes of the community and lo ...

Counter-Daesh Update (7 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Does the Foreign Secretary share my concerns that while we recognise the destruction of Daesh at its base, it will regroup in other areas? In particular, it could merge with the Taliban ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: GCSE Results (6 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Minister for his response. Crowborough’s Beacon Academy, which is in my constituency, has been named as the best school in East Sussex. It is in the top 3% in the country, ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: GCSE Results (6 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: What assessment she has made of the effect of the free school and academy programmes on recent GCSE results. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I join the Prime Minister in adding that my thoughts, along with Wealden’s, are with New Yorkers. The shocking scenes in New York will have brought back awful memories of terrorist att ...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman has been very generous in giving way. I am a little concerned about the messages he wants to send out, but one message that we most definitely should send out is that ...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I accept that you do not want to talk about the tax gap and want to move forward, but if you want to move forward, will you at the very least welcome the fact that we have collected more ...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am sorry, Mr Speaker. The hon. Gentleman might not want to talk about the tax gap, but will he at the very least acknowledge that an extra £1 billion has been collected under this Gov ...

Sexual Harassment in Parliament (30 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement sending a clear message that sexual harassment is never acceptable. Who would have thought that, as we celebrate the centenary of women getti ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Children in Temporary Accommodation (30 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Wealden District Council has provided a stellar service supporting vulnerable children and homeless children. However, pressure at East Sussex County Council may lead to a change in serv ...

Business of the House (26 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: We in this Chamber —especially you, Mr Speaker—know the power of language, and we also have a duty to respect that power outside of the Chamber. Can we have a debate on the use of mi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory Trade (26 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I, along with students and residents across my constituency, welcome the Government’s commitment to a near total ban on ivory sales in the UK. How will the Government work with our fri ...

Raqqa and Daesh (24 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the news that Raqqa has been liberated from Daesh, especially with respect to Paradise Square, where the terrorists carried out public beheadings. I thank the Minister for all ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Services (24 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Does the Minister agree that it is due to this Government’s responsible management of the public finances that we are able to spend more on education than Germany and Japan, and more o ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Services (24 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: What comparative assessment the Government have made of the level of spending on public services in the UK and other developed countries. ...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I completely agree. My hon. Friend has been a strong advocate for her constituency and a champion of her local charities. I have a great birthing centre in my constituency, the Crowborou ...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach), who made a passionate speech. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (K ...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I have been told that congratulations are not necessary, so I will move swiftly on to say that I join everyone in the Chamber in saying that we should protect our protectors. Emergency w ...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My right hon. Friend is making a very valid point about how brutal and shocking such attacks can be. I want to draw attention to one involving staff from the South East Coast Ambulance S ...

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend raises a valid point about media coverage. I congratulate right hon. and hon. Members on raising the issue in the Chamber today, but I am concerned that it might make some ...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. One slightly positive point was the establishment of the commission chaired by the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. However, while Aung San Suu Kyi was talking about ...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) for securing this important debate. I hope that as well as getting a further commitment from the Minister to do all tha ...

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Although no one disputes the unsettling nature of the Iranian regime, this deal, which was the culmination of 13 years of negotiation, has stopped Iran building a nuclear weapon. Does th ...

Finance Bill: Business Investment Relief (11 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am concerned that we must not put inaccuracies on record. The HMRC figures published in August 2017 show that, overall, £1.6 billion has been invested in UK businesses under the BIR s ...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is spot on. We want absolute clarity. As I continue with my speech, the Committee will realise that the changes in clause 5 will barely have an impact on most people in ou ...

Finance Bill: Termination payments etc: amounts chargeable on employment income (11 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker—sorry, I mean Dame Rosie. I have just been thrown by that magnificent speech by my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall North (Eddie Hughes). His constitu ...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend mentioned support networks, and I want to draw attention to the Crowborough birthing unit in my constituency of Wealden. It does fantastic work with mums and dads, and sib ...

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Price wars, stiff competition and a change in travel habits all contributed to Monarch’s failure. My constituents in Wealden have been in touch about their holidays and business trips ...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Many businesses in Wealden are forced by BT to depend on slow, unreliable broadband, and they get appalling service if they are ever unlucky enough to have to contact the company. Can th ...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: It is an honour to follow the passionate and detailed speech made by my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton). I am not sure, Mr Deputy Speaker, if, like me, y ...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am so sorry; I have been told that I need to crack on because of the time. I do apologise. The Bill allows for an orderly exit from the EU. A vote against it is a vote for a chaotic Br ...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Livingston (Hannah Bardell), who gave an interesting speech. Without the iconic and much-loved bongs of Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster ...

Hurricane Irma (7 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Minister’s statement. The Foreign Office crisis centre and DFID have done us proud by springing into action, and I welcome the £12 million fund that my right hon. Friend ...

Violence in Rakhine State (5 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Over 120,000 Rohingyas have been displaced and 17 villages have been torched, with thousands of deaths. Does my right hon. Friend share my disappointment that Aung San Suu Kyi is yet to ...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. He mentioned some statistics about deaths. I am informed by the Library that there have been 124 deaths during clashes between police and prot ...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the hon. Gentleman for bringing such an important issue forward for debate today. He talks about condemning, and over the summer he suggested himself that the Leader of the Oppos ...

Pensions (19 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Demographic pressures are felt acutely across East Sussex, where we have the most 85-year-olds, most of whom live in my constituency. With life expectancy increasing at birth and at olde ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Daesh’s atrocities have failed to deliver a caliph or a fictional caliphate. Does my right hon. Friend agree that our international partners must provide resources and commitment to ap ...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the extra funding for schools in my constituency, especially the extra investment in the core schools budget and the higher per-pupil funding. Will the Secretary of State confi ...

Saudi Arabia: Anticipated Executions (17 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my right hon. Friend again confirm that the Government oppose and abhor the death penalty in all circumstances and in every country, including Saudi Arabia? Does he share my concern ...

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Daesh’s atrocities have failed to deliver a caliph, let alone the so-called caliphate. As Daesh are flushed out of Mosul, they will convene in other parts of Iraq and Syria. Does my ri ...

Business of the House (13 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Mr Deputy Speaker, you look like a gentleman who enjoys a glass or two of English sparkling wine. [Interruption.] Forgive me. I invite you and my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Hous ...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Local Transport Projects: Funding (13 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The Gibb report put forward a solid business case for the electrification of the Uckfield line, which runs through my constituency of Wealden. Will the Secretary of State meet me and loc ...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is making a strong case. I am a little concerned that this debate might blur the lines between criticism of the performance of a Member of Parliament or a stance they take ...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend might be aware of the Home Affairs Committee’s report from last year that looked at the online abuse MPs have to suffer. There was an issue about the threshold we have t ...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The atrocities of Daesh have failed to deliver a caliph and the so-called caliphate. My right hon. Friend rightly recognises the role of the Iraqi forces, but will she join me in recogni ...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill (10 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The Minister mentions rural areas; could he reference my constituency, Wealden? Broadband is imperative there, not only for the farmers who need to log their files and the teachers who n ...

G20 (10 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The Leader of the Opposition has spent his entire life opposing trade deals with countries such as Mexico and India. The Prime Minister’s success at the G20 meeting means that we can l ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (10 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The armed forces covenant covers equal access to healthcare. While on the armed forces parliamentary scheme, I met many veterans and serving personnel who have issues relating to stigma ...

Business of the House (6 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: As Daesh loses territory and fails to deliver the so-called caliphate, it grows ever more desperate in its death cult crimes, especially against the Yazidi people. May we have an early d ...

Adult Social Care Funding (6 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I have visited many nursing and care homes in my constituency of Wealden and have met committed and caring care staff. Does the Minister agree it is the inspection system introduced by t ...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (6 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: As my right hon. Friend confirmed earlier, the gender pay gap is at its smallest ever, but more needs to be done. What work is being done to encourage girls and women to choose careers i ...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Israel and Palestinian Talks (5 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Forgive me, but due to the time restraint, I forgot in my rush to mention my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I visited the Kness ...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Israel and Palestinian Talks (5 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I agree with my hon. Friend that it just creates further friction when people do not know each other and fear each other. While the US Administration under Obama abstained on UN resoluti ...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Israel and Palestinian Talks (5 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The urgency with which this Parliament must help with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was shown by the five debates held and 19 written statements made during the last Parliament. It is ...

Grenfell Rehousing (5 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Minister for his statement and for assuring the survivors that they will be supported at the pace they want. There have been disputed reports in the media about the number of ...

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The public are rightly fed up with politicians playing politics with the NHS, so let us listen to what the NHS pay review body has evidenced and said. Is my right hon. Friend aware that ...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Democratic Engagement (5 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Democratic engagement must be safe. Will my hon. Friend provide more information on the work being done to support sufferers of domestic violence in registering to vote? ...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: We all want a resolution because we want to ensure our constituents can take the journeys they have paid for. The hon. Gentleman has talked about how much friction there is. I will read ...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: After this morning’s meeting, I just want to clarify whether the unions are striking because 2.75% of trains are running without on-board supervisors. That will have an impact on thous ...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: This morning I attended a meeting with representatives of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. It was a futile and frustrating meeting, in which the unions argued ...

Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Following on from that point, did my right hon. Friend hear the statement on Russia Today television from Mr Hedley, an activist in the RMT? He said: “It’s very clear in our rule boo ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Tobacco Control Plan (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Within East Sussex, Wealden has the highest number of smoking-related deaths. I welcome the update on the tobacco control plan, but how will my hon. Friend raise awareness and provide eq ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line: Electrification (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the Gibb Report's recommendation that the Uckfield line be electrified. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern: Standards (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the recommendations in the Gibb Report on the performance of Southern trai ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern: Standards (4 Jul 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement the Gibb Report's recommendation that stabling facilities and a depot be made available in C ...

Business of the House (29 Jun 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the debate next week on the Chris Gibb report. Will my right hon. Friend secure a statement from the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that the line that runs throug ...

Attorney General: Hate Crime: Aggravated Offences Regime (29 Jun 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not quite sure how to follow that. Will my right hon. and learned Friend join me in recognising the great work that is done by Tell MAMA and Hope not Hate, who build the confidence ...

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety (26 Jun 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The horror of Grenfell Tower will remain with victims and their families and friends for generations. Will my right hon. Friend expand on the role of the victims unit, in particular the ...

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Violent ideologies from far-right Islamists are increasingly appearing online. Will my right hon. Friend provide some more information as to what was agreed at the Council on tackling, f ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Human Rights: Minority Groups (27 Apr 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what programmes his Department runs other than Prevent which aim to ensure that young people from minority ethnic comm ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Social Media: Hate Crime (26 Apr 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing fines for social media companies which ...

Written Answers — Home Office: Detainees: Pregnancy (18 Apr 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women recorded as pregnant have been held in immigration detention since the Immigration Act 2016 came into force; and how ...

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: There just is not enough time for everyone to get in. Some 66% of people getting PIP with a mental health condition get the enhanced daily living amount, which compares with 22% who were ...

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: We have heard experiences of where PIP is not working, but I wanted to share experiences of where it is working, as it is important to hear them, too. The point I was trying to make is t ...

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate. I appreciate the concerns set out by the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams), but the bigger picture is cle ...

Personal Independence Payment: Regulations (29 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am sorry, but there just is not enough time to give way. Research and evidence was gathered by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, Sense and the RNIB, and the key finding of the study, which ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I have only a few minutes for my winding-up speech. It has taken a long time to discuss sight loss here in Parliament, but I am pleased that the Minister has responded so positively. Of ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I hope that the Minister will respond to that and that we can tackle the postcode lottery in treatment and care across the country. More ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Of course. I will go on to mention children and the fact that it is necessary for them to be tested earlier than we previously believed they should be. Wet age-related macular degenera ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I agree. We most definitely need to prioritise sight loss for all vulnerable people, including older people, who might also have mental health illnesses. There are eye health strategies ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That this House has considered preventing avoidable sight loss. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for allocating me this debate, the Chairman of Ways and Means for ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I definitely agree that we need to think about the long term and look at childhood obesity and diabetes, which are on the rise. I would like to put on the record that my application for ...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I hope that the hon. Gentleman does not intend to make a quip about my pronunciation. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yazidi Captives: Daesh (28 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The brutalisation of the Yazidi by Daesh has been a deliberate attempt to destroy the Yazidi people. Yazda, a Yazidi advocacy organisation, estimates that 35 Yazidi mass graves have been ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Ophthalmic Services (27 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the opportunities for improvements in ophthalmology departments as a result of sustainability and tra ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Ophthalmic Services (27 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are guidelines for the inclusion of the delivery of eye services within sustainability and transformation plans. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Ophthalmic Services: Standards (24 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms NHS commissioners use to measure experiences of and outcome for eye patients. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Ophthalmic Services: Standards (24 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the role of NHS England is in reducing care inconsistencies across eye health services; and how effective NHS England has been in that role ...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Wealden (24 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of when superfast broadband coverage in Wealden constituency will reach (a) 90 and (b) 95 per cent. ...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Wealden (24 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many premises in Wealden constituency have access to superfast broadband through the Broadband Delivery UK scheme. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Govia Thameslink Railway: Standards (23 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on how many days during 2017, excluding official strike days, Govia Thameslink Railway has met its target Public Performance Measure on the S ...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Domestic Abuse Victims: Voting (22 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: What steps he is taking to help victims of domestic abuse exercise their right to vote. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Eyesight: Medical Treatments (22 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to promote patient choice with respect to eye treatment. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Visual Impairment (22 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of people in England and Wales living with sight loss; and how that data is collecte ...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Domestic Abuse Victims: Voting (22 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I warmly welcome the Minister’s efforts to make it easier for victims of domestic abuse to register to vote, and to have the all-important right to have their say and be heard, which h ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Eyesight (22 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of devising a national strategy for eye health. ...

Diplomatic Service (United Kingdom Wines and Sparkling Wines) (14 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in certain circumstances to purchase wines and sparkling wines produced in the United ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science (14 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Scientifica is a Wealden-based science and technology business that won the 2016 British Chambers of Commerce awards for business of the year and export business of the year, and I joine ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (13 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The Saudi-led Islamic military alliance to defeat Daesh has grown from 34 to 40 members. The role of Islamic countries in defeating Daesh, especially its poisonous ideology, is absolutel ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Social Networking: Fines (6 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing fines for social media companies which fail to remo ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Internet: Hate Crime (3 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his answer of 25 January to question 61017, for what reasons offences committed online are not recorded an ...

International Women’S Day (2 Mar 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: It is an honour to follow that passionate speech by the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq). The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Be Bold for C ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Forced Marriage (28 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many times schools have reported concerns to her Department or to other relevant authorities on missing children in the context of traffi ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Forced Marriage (28 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, on how many occasions in the last year schools have made representations to her Department about girls being married under religious law whil ...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Domestic Violence: Criminal Proceedings (27 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to her speech on criminal justice reform of 13 February 2017 at the Centre for Social Justice, what proportion of domestic abuse ...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Honour Based Violence (27 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Attorney General, how many cases dealt with by the CPS were flagged as being cases of honour-based violence in the most recent year for which data is available. ...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Recommendations by GREVIO and the Committee of the Parties (24 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I am not sure whether my hon. Friend is referring to reported figures. Surely the point is that if women are aware that their voices will be heard and that support is available, they wil ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (23 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The A27 Reference Group has long campaigned for investment, and my constituency of Wealden—and especially my town of Hailsham—are in desperate need of modern roads. Will the Minister ...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Mass Media: Complaints (22 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the progress update to the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Anti-Semitism Inquiry into the rise in the ...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Daesh continues to commit genocide against the Yazidi people. May I ask the Secretary of State what aid is being targeted to support Yazidi men and women? ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Young People in Work (20 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Apprenticeships are solid routes for young people to secure work. What work is the Secretary of State doing with his counterparts in the Department for Education to ensure that all our y ...

Housing White Paper (7 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the White Paper, which will enable families to secure a home or to feel secure in their present home. However, the lack of infrastructure funding in my constituency presents a ...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: National Funding Formula: Devon (6 Feb 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: In East Sussex, funding per pupil is £193 lower than the national average. What more can be done for my schools in Wealden, which are both small and rural? ...

Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) (31 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the aggravated murder of, and aggravated domestic violence against, women, who are citizens of the United Ki ...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Social Networking: Licensing (31 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing licences for the establishment and operation of social med ...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Nationals Abroad: Honour Based Violence (31 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with international counterparts on permission for incidents of honour-based vi ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern: Standards (31 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what performance penalties may apply in relation to Southern train services since 24 January 2017. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern: Standards (31 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Southern since 24 January 2017 on its performance against contract standards on punctuality, delays and canc ...

Written Answers — Home Office: Honour Based Violence: British Nationals Abroad (31 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on British authorities investigating ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern: Standards (30 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to accelerate the rate of performance improvement on the Southern rail network. ...

Written Answers — Home Office: Hate Crime: Internet (30 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Government plans to convene the ministerial seminar on hate on the internet referred to in Action Against Hate: The UK Gov ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Infrastructure (30 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to ensure that constituencies increasing in popu ...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Internet: Hate Crime (27 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Home Affairs on proposals for a ministerial seminar on hate on ...

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Football: Discrimination (27 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department supports projects in football to tackle anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms ...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia: Football (27 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on plans to provide safe access for football supporters at th ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Hate Crime: Internet (27 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with EU officials on the implications for online hate crime regulation of the ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Hate Crime: Internet (27 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the (a) European Commission on whether social media companies should remove illegal h ...

Written Answers — Home Office: Honour Based Violence: British Nationals Abroad (26 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations her Department has received on the investigation on prosecution of incidents of honour-based violence involvin ...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Seeta Kaur (26 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the government of India on the death of Seeta Kaur. ...

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Lady has raised a number of issues, but we have yet to hear the Labour party’s solutions. Does she agree with Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow Attorney General, that half of all ...

Opposition Day: Prisons (25 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to follow my neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes (Maria Caulfield). Last year Anjem Choudary, an extremist preacher and vocal supporter of the death cult Dae ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Internet: Hate Crime (25 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what data his Department holds on the volume of anti-Semitic and other hate material available (a) online, (b) on Twit ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Social Networking: Antisemitism (25 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with social media companies on anti-Semitic content on their platforms. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (24 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: The use of psychoactive substances, especially Spice, was highlighted in a Home Affairs Committee report last year. Will the Secretary of State tell me what links can be highlighted betw ...

Trident: Test Firing (23 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: To clear up any confusion, will the Secretary of State share with us whether there has been any change in the Government’s approach to informing the House of the demonstration and shak ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Abuse (23 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Any victim of domestic violence should receive equal support and respect, regardless of their heritage and faith. Does my right hon. Friend share my concern about the reports that the Cr ...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the hon. Gentleman give way? ...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the hon. Lady give way on that point? ...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I would say that the UN has considerable skill and considerable resources, but it is falling down on political will. Seventy years have been lost and K ...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: First, I wish to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (Mr Nuttall) on securing this debate and on being such a strong advocate for Kashmir and Kashmiris in the Chamber. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Science and Technology: Innovation (17 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Minister for his answer. Scientifica, one of the largest employers in my constituency, won both business of the year and export business of the year for 2016 at the British C ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Science and Technology: Innovation (17 Jan 2017)

Nusrat Ghani: What fiscal steps he is taking to encourage investment in innovative UK science and technology projects. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (19 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The superb schools across my constituency of Wealden face the double financial whammy of being both rural and small. Under the new funding formula, only eight schools will get an uplift. ...

National Funding Formula: Schools/High Needs: Points of Order (14 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. During Prime Minister’s Question Time, the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) raised the important issue of Southern’s ap ...

National Funding Formula: Schools/High Needs (14 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The Minister for Schools was kind enough to meet me recently to discuss funding for schools in Wealden and East Sussex, and I am very grateful for that. My pupil funding is just £4,433. ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Women on Boards (13 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the Minister’s response, but to get more women on boards we have to get more women into business in the first place. I championed and spoke at the Wayfinder Woman conference ...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Women on Boards (13 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What assessment he has made of trends in the number of women on boards. ...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Antisocial Behaviour (8 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recourse homeowners on mixed estates of homeowners and tenants have for the resolution of complaints relating to ...

Casey Report (6 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I agree with the Secretary of State that, for too long, we have had a soft-headed attitude towards integration, which has led to segregated communities up and down this country. I know t ...

Rail Infrastructure (Train Operating Companies) (6 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Passengers in my constituency just want a better service—one that matches the train timetable—and this is something that I have raised with the Secretary of State on a number of occa ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (6 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I have previously raised my concerns with the Lord Chancellor about the rise of gangs promoting extremist ideology within prisons. Will she update the House on how her Department is crac ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Safety (6 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I warmly welcome the Government’s decision to invest £555 million to recruit 2,500 extra guards, and I hope that Lewes prison in East Sussex, where staff had to deal with a serious in ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Safety (6 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What steps the Government are taking to improve safety in prisons. ...

Southern Rail (5 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I have the misfortune of having the misery line run through my constituency of Wealden. I welcome the Government’s move to one-month compensation. It is now time for the unions to show ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Asset Recovery Regime (5 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What practical measures have been put in place to combat money laundering and terrorist financing? ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employers' Liability: Asbestos (1 Dec 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses which are threatened with legal action from previous employees affected by ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employers' Liability: Asbestos (23 Nov 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses which are threatened with legal action from previous ...

Calais Children and Immigration Act (16 Nov 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my hon. Friend update the House on the lead that this Government are taking in tackling the vile trade of people trafficking? ...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Nov 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I apologise for being late this morning; I was at another Committee meeting. My question is to Detective Harman. I think you have already tackled funding of terrorism this morning but, a ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Military Campaign against Daesh (7 Nov 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the Secretary of State reassure me of the UK’s commitment to supporting the Kurdish peshmerga in the fight to defeat Daesh in Iraq? Will he join me in paying particular tribute to ...

Homelessness Reduction Bill (28 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) for bringing this important Bill to the Floor of the House. On the point the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr ...

Backbench Business - Young People’S Mental Healthbackbench Business (27 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I would like to start by commending the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) for securing such an important debate and raising so many important issues. The quality of ...

Concentrix: Yemen (26 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The situation in Yemen is dire. As the House has already heard, nearly 7,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the conflict, and more than 14.4 million people in Yemen are food ...

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge). I would also like to put on record the fact that I must be the second non-lawyer to speak in the deba ...

Calais (24 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the news that the French are closing the camp now, given that many months ago, in the Home Affairs Committee, we challenged the Calais mayor and other French officials to deliv ...

European Council (24 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: India invests more in the UK than the rest of the EU combined and has spent the last nine years trying to negotiate an EU deal. What plans does my right hon. Friend have to visit India t ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Forgive me, Mr Speaker, as I raise the issue of Christmas shopping. As internet retailers prepare for black Friday and as online shopping breaks records, rural high streets struggle. Wil ...

Community Pharmacy in 2016-17 and Beyond (20 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I welcome the news that this Conservative Government are spending £150 million more a year on pharmacies than the last Labour Government and will be paying pharmacies for not only dispe ...

Liberation of Mosul (18 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Militias have been relied on to help defeat the death cult Daesh, but concerns have been raised about the involvement of Shi’a militias in liberating Mosul, based on the atrocities wit ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kashmir (18 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: There are no winners in Kashmir. The recent clashes have impacted on thousands of people and the economy is struggling, with over £1 million or 10,000 crore being lost in 100 days. A mi ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Adoption (10 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: At a recent inspection, the performance of East Sussex County Council’s adoption service was rated by Ofsted as outstanding. What does the Department do to ensure that best practice is ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Adoption (10 Oct 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What steps the Government are taking to improve support for adopted families. ...

Govia Thameslink Rail Service (12 Sep 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my hon. Friend for bringing the issue to the Floor of the House. Does he agree that even though passengers are being failed by GTR and Southern, going back to the status quo is n ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Daesh (12 Sep 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Challenging the death cult ideology of Daesh is vital if we are to tackle this type of terrorism. Will the Secretary of State update the House on the progress being made by the 34 Muslim ...

Scamming: Vulnerable Individuals (8 Sep 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Solihull (Julian Knight) for bringing this important debate to the Floor of the House. I am going to focus on scams targeted at the elderly. As cha ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Govia Thameslink Railway: Fares (7 Sep 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans are in place for the proposed fare increase due on 1 January 2017 to directly fund improvements on the GTR network. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Negligence (21 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the financial cost of incidences of human error within the NHS; and what steps his Department has taken to reduce ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Extremism takes many forms, from the atrocity in Nice to the violent murder of Qandeel Baloch by her own brother in Pakistan. That murder was justified as an “honour killing”. There ...

Terrorist Attack: Nice (18 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The Secretary of State might be aware that, in the Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into radicalisation and home-grown terrorism, we took evidence on the alarming trend of online radic ...

Govia Thameslink Rail Service — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: On compensation, I had an email from a constituent who is losing earnings day in, day out. They noted “I was unable to travel…due to no trains running between Polegate and Haywards H ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the threat of nuclear proliferation, especially across Asia and the middle east? ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child and Family Social Work (4 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the Minister explain how the Department’s new graduate entry routes to social work, such as Step Up to Social Work and Frontline, and including the award-winning provision of chil ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child and Family Social Work (4 Jul 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What plans her Department has to improve child and family social work. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services: Older People (29 Jun 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources his Department has allocated to support for older people with mental health issues in (a) England and (b) East Sussex in 2016-17. ...

Written Answers — Home Office: Borders: France (9 Jun 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Managing migratory flows in Calais: joint ministerial declaration on UK/French co-operation, published on 20 Augu ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis (2 Jun 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36176, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of endometriosis among ( ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis: Diagnosis (2 Jun 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36175, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the length of time from the onset o ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis (2 Jun 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36176, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in the cou ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis (27 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36176, what steps his Department is taking to support research to develop a non-invasive ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the Chancellor join me in congratulating Barnardo’s, the UK’s oldest and largest children’s charity, which this year celebrates 150 years of supporting and protecting vulnerab ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Bangladesh (24 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The human rights of secularists in Bangladesh are threatened. Last month, Nazimuddin Samad, a law student in Dhaka, was killed for blogging, “I have no religion.” Will my right hon. ...

Defending Public Services (23 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson). I want to talk about protecting and supporting vulnerable people, particularly children ...

Defending Public Services (23 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Can you elaborate on that or give an example? ...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Extremists are adept at grooming and brainwashing our young people. Does the Prime Minister agree that we should be even bolder in offering greater support and encouragement to the brave ...

Tenant Farming (10 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Farming Minister for his response. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston) for talking about diversification. Farmers do much more than t ...

Tenant Farming (10 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: people tend to come to us as Members of Parliament with problems rather than to say that things are going well. I have some fantastic landlords in my ...

Tenant Farming (10 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I beg to move, That this House has considered tenant farming. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this debate ...

Tenant Farming (10 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is reading my mind—I hope to go on to that. For tenant farmers to diversify, which they have to in order to keep their business thriving, they need some assu ...

Tenant Farming (10 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point. Tenancies need to be flexible but, if a tenant farmer wants to explore their industry and their business, they need the opportunity to extend t ...

Tenant Farming (10 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I will come on to that point later. Flexible tenancies and good relationships between landlords and tenants are absolutely key. The big problem for te ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis (9 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the average length of time between a person developing endometriosis and diagnosis of that condition. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis (9 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department has allocated to charities which support women affected by endometriosis in each of the last three years. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Endometriosis (9 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with endometriosis; and if he will estimate the number of people who are affected by endometriosis but have ...

Aleppo (3 May 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Time is not on the side of the people of Aleppo. On Sunday night, the main and only road for those in the rebel-held east was bombed. If the regime manages to close that route, nearly 20 ...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: This is a very sensitive and difficult issue. The hon. and learned Gentleman mentioned vulnerability. Surely the most vulnerable children, families and communities are not those in Europ ...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I thank the Minister for acknowledging the work done across the House in changing the detention of pregnant women, and for coming before the Home Affairs Committee and responding so open ...

Backbench Business - Daesh: Genocide of Minoritiesbackbench Business (20 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: That was a very moving speech by the hon. Member for Glasgow East (Natalie McGarry). I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on securing the debate. “We ...

Backbench Business - Daesh: Genocide of Minoritiesbackbench Business (20 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend makes a powerful statement. I, too, hope that is the case. Sending cross-party support today will also be a very strong message. Previous generations have already struggle ...

Backbench Business - Daesh: Genocide of Minoritiesbackbench Business (20 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: My hon. Friend is right. As the oldest democracy in the world, we have a responsibility to Nadia Murad also. We would be complicit in overlooking the scale of criminality that is ongoing ...

Aircraft Noise — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (20 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my hon. Friend and neighbour the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat) on securing this debate. It is unfortunate that we are here again discussing an issue th ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Gatwick Airport: Travel (19 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of alternative travel options for passengers and employees travelling to and from Gatwick Airp ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: London Airports: Noise (19 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what operational mitigation measures have been proposed by (a) Heathrow Airport Limited and (b) Gatwick Airport Limited to reduce the effect ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Gatwick Airport: Housing (19 Apr 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of households eligible for the property compensation scheme proposed by Gatwick Airport L ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles: Road Traffic Control (29 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage data-sharing between highway authorities, mapping providers and satellite navigation compani ...

Charities: Veterans Care Sector (24 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate, and I wonder whether he would allow me, as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on eye health and visual impairment ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS: Staff Morale (22 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Staff morale at Uckfield community hospital is exceptionally high, partly due to it receiving 100% in a recent friends and family survey. Will the Minister join me in congratulating all ...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (21 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I have just returned from my constituency of Wealden, where the topic over the past few days has been the Budget. I want to share with the House how my constituents are creating opportun ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolved Business Rates (21 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The Sussex chamber of commerce has declared its delight at the Chancellor’s announcement that small business rate relief will be doubled, but will the Secretary of State confirm that t ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolved Business Rates (21 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What estimate he has made of the amount of revenue that councils will be able to collect through devolved business rates. ...

Govia Thameslink and Network Rail — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I wholeheartedly agree. I want to describe the events on the network in an average week, which Southern itself later admitted in an email was “particularly disruptive for passengers” ...

Govia Thameslink and Network Rail — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (16 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Jeremy Quin) on securing the debate, and agree about being rather tired of seeing each other’s faces in these circumstances—so ...

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Perhaps we should reflect on the view of experts. When David Anderson gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, on which I have the privilege to sit, he said, “My view is that if th ...

Investigatory Powers Bill (15 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that to help our police and security services to transfer what they do in the physical world, they need the powers to do that work in the digi ...

International Women’S Day 2016 (8 Mar 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Like many women sitting at home watching this debate today, I remember catching a glimpse of a female MP on telly and wondering what kind of woman one had to be to enter politics. What k ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Every week two women are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner. The perpetrator is the problem: the question is not “Why doesn’t she leave?” but “Why doesn ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kurdistan: ISIL/Daesh (23 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Reports suggest that 45% of Kurdish forces are composed of women. Nesrîn Abdalla, a unit commander in the Syrian Kurds women’s protection units, recently said: “We do this not just ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kurdistan: ISIL/Daesh (23 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: What diplomatic support the Government are providing in Kurdistan to tackle ISIL/Daesh. ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dementia (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of adults in (a) Wealden constituency, (b) East Sussex and (c) England have been diagnosed with dementia in each of the last 10 ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) children and (b) adults in (i) Wealden constituency, (ii) East Sussex and (iii) England were classified as (A) overweight ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: General Practitioners: Wealden (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients are registered at each GP surgery in Wealden constituency; what the capacity of each such surgery is; and how many such surger ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: General Practitioners: Wealden (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent GPs were employed in general practices in Wealden constituency in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012- ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Visual Impairment: Wealden (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Wealden constituency are registered as (a) blind and (b) partially sighted. ...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: New Businesses: Wealden (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new businesses have been set up in Wealden constituency since May 2010. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Licensing (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in Wealden constituency have a full driving licence. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Driving: Licensing (12 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many holders of full driving licences in Wealden constituency are people aged over 70 who have renewed their licence. ...

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (11 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will the Secretary of State outline what progress is being made to secure vital infrastructure investment in the energy sector? Are not thinking for the long term and investing in infras ...

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (11 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities. ...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cancer: East Sussex (10 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cancer mortality rate was in (a) Wealden constituency and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Midwife-led units, such as the brilliant Crowborough birthing centre in my constituency of Wealden, are key to the provision of high-quality, safe and compassionate maternity care. Last ...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Maternity Services (9 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to reduce stillbirths and improve the safety of maternity care. ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern (9 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2016 to Question 23955, how much of those revenues were directed to his Department as fines for poor per ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern (4 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of the revenue raised by Southern Rail in the last five years was passed back to GTR by his Department. ...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands (2 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of people aged (a) 21 to 64 and (b) 65 and over who pay income tax pay tax at the higher rate. ...

Deaths of Journalists: Conflict Zones (1 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Marie Colvin was a The Sunday Times journalist killed in Syria in 2012, while reporting from the siege of Homs. She passionately believed that through her work she could be the voice of ...

Deaths of Journalists: Conflict Zones (1 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. Conflict is changing incredibly quickly. Lots of chaotic terrorism acts are happening all over the world, and, quite often, we rely on journalists ...

Deaths of Journalists: Conflict Zones (1 Feb 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point: the numbers are vast in the past 50 years or so. I hope that the Minister will respond on that, and I will ask him to do so towards the end o ...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Southern (29 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by how much revenue accruing to Southern Rail has increased owing to higher passenger numbers in each of the five most recent years for which ...

Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia (28 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my hon. Friend detail the contribution the United Kingdom is making to alleviate suffering in Yemen? ...

Under-occupancy Penalty (28 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Does the Minister agree that this is an issue of fairness, and that it is about giving help to people who are stuck in overcrowded accommodation and waiting on social housing lists? ...

Iraq Historic Allegations Team (27 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Will my hon. Friend give way? ...

Iraq Historic Allegations Team (27 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Does my hon. Friend agree with one of my constituents who explained in an email that the present wars are not the same as wars in the past, where it was obvious who the enemy was and cer ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: The recent explosion of spurious legal claims against British troops, including those pursued by the law firm that has donated tens of thousands of pounds to the shadow Defence Secretary ...

Central and East Africa (25 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we do not do enough to tell people when we get things right? One such example is Ethiopia, where the UK’s support has reduced child mortality by a qu ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: East Sussex County Council offers award-winning children’s services, but there is always more to learn. What plans do the Government have to reform child and family social work? ...

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Publicity (19 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what she has allocated to the Strategic Communications Plan supporting the Psychoactive Substances Bill. ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (12 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Increased diplomatic and political co-operation is vital in settling international and regional disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. What steps are the Government taking to progress the ...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Syria (12 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: Stability in Syria and the region requires the removal of Daesh. Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating the Iraqi forces on the recent liberation of Ramadi, and when will ...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Design and Technology (12 Jan 2016)

Nusrat Ghani: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to promote design a