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Oral Answers to Questions

Sir Edward Leigh Excerpts
Monday 18th May 2020

(4 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrew Stephenson Portrait Andrew Stephenson - Hansard

I start by welcoming the shadow Secretary of State to his position. It continues to be Public Health England advice that face masks are not necessary outside clinical settings or where Health and Safety Executive employer risk assessments suggest that it would be necessary to protect against non-covid-19 risks. However, workers should refer to the guidance, which I mentioned, when considering whether wearing a face covering would be appropriate and they should consider using a face covering when social distancing is not possible.

Sir Edward Leigh Portrait Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough) (Con) - Hansard

What recent discussions his Department has had with LNER on a direct rail service between Grimsby and London. [902640]

Andrew Stephenson Portrait The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Andrew Stephenson) [V] - Hansard
18 May 2020, midnight

Recent analysis by LNER indicates that such a service could be viable and the Department is exploring this further.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle Portrait Mr Speaker - Hansard

We now go, with audio only, to Sir Edward.

Sir Edward Leigh Portrait Sir Edward Leigh [V] - Hansard
18 May 2020, 12:02 a.m.

Mr Speaker, I am sorry that you do not have a picture because the broadband in rural Lincolnshire is so bad. That is why it is even more important that we get our through train from Grimsby and Cleethorpes down to London, which we have been promised again and again. It is a huge catchment area. All the Government have to do is to kick-start this project. Given that they are spending £100 billion on HS2, if they just give us £1 million, LNER will give us the through train. Will the Government fulfil their promises and kick-start the through train to London from Grimsby and Cleethorpes?

Andrew Stephenson Portrait Andrew Stephenson - Hansard
18 May 2020, 12:02 a.m.

My right hon. Friend has lobbied me on this several times already. I know that the rail Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Daventry (Chris Heaton-Harris), is looking very closely at what my right hon. Friend says, and hopefully he may have some good news in due course.