Transport Qs – what to ask?

I’ve got Q10 at Topical Transport Questions on Thursday morning. I’m still pondering what to ask, and probably won’t make up my mind till Thursday itself, when I see what issues are raised during the main Transport Qs session. Many of the Qs listed are on HS2, some are on gritting roads and some are on speed limits. Four Tory MPs have tabled the same Q asking Justine Greening “what steps she is taking to improve road infrastructure”. I assume this is because the Secretary of State feels she has good news to impart. (When several MPs ask the same Q, it’s the Minister’s PPS and/ or the whips at work). If anyone wants to urge me to ask anything in particular, feel free… at the moment I’m inclined to ask about rail fares and/ or the renewal of the FGW franchise, but I can be persuaded otherwise. (For those suggesting Qs about HS2 via Twitter – by the time they get to me there will have been lots and lots of Qs about HS2 already….)

Straight after Transport Qs it’s Women and Equalities Qs, with Jo Swinson asking what discussions the Minister has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effect of dieting on the health of women. This is, I suppose, linked to Jo’s campaigning on body image, representations in the media, Barbie dolls, etc.

Interestingly there is also a Q on “male victims of domestic violence” which I may try to come in on.

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  • Quietzaple  On January 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    You might ask what proportion of HMG’s transport infrastructure expenditure is planned to move people/goods to and from counties west of London rather than North.

  • Paul Bemmy Down  On January 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    You can ask why the Gov. has agreed to a spending of over £200 million on a BRT (bendy bus) scheme that has been ditched by London and few in Bristol want, when there is a local rail network ready to be brought back into use. My guess is this is a sweetener to make up for some northern cities receiving far more than us, but I would prefer to see the money given to others than wasted here! It also makes a farce of the claim to listen to local opinion, when all groups responding were totally opposed.

    • Quietzaple  On January 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

      In the early ’70s I spent many happy hours riding a Bennelli 125 trail bike on those disused railway lines. If they’ve not been built on obvious they should be brought into use.

      Bojo’s prejudice against bendy busses absolutely ludicrous. They looked dangerous in Havanna, but in London Not!

  • kerrymccarthy  On January 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I also have Q4 at Welsh Qs next Wednesday, asking about the FGW franchise.

  • Quietzaple  On January 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Let’s hope you have more success than Toby:

    http://www.lordtobyharris.org.uk/eleven-months-and-counting-why-wont-the-home-office-answer-the-question/

    Noteworthy that this government acts fairly consistently to reduce it’s accountability.

    I await the trick pulled by a town clerk in the
    ’70s. He took to prefacing his responses to notified questions with his note of how much it had cost to answer the question. (usually inadequately)

  • David Mock  On January 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    One question I’d like answered is:

    What use in the Greater Bristol Bus Network project? Bristol City Council has forced this unwelcome and unjustified project on its people. It has done nothing to improve traffic flow and, in fact, has increased delays and restricted local traffic movement. Road safety is also compromised in the new design. The Lib/Dem council has failed to listen to its Neighbourhood Partnerships and the Conservative Government keep funding this unwanted scheme and say that it is a “local issue”.

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