It is not a new problem but perhaps we can find a new solution? The questions raised in Parliament can occasionally be the problem but far too often the lack of a meaningful answer is the real problem. How can we change the way our Parliament or rather our Government works. If an MP asks a question it seems very reasonable for a meaningful answer. If there is no related answer, unless the question was deplorable how do we challenge the Minister and indeed call for them to be removed? Last Thursday was one of the final days that Chris Heaton-Harris was working for the Department of Transport, it is a role that Wendy Morton has now taken over. Chris Heaton Harris is now working for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for Liz Truss, a role he took over on 19th December. So perhaps Huw can raise the question with Wendy Morton in the New Year? The Question and Answer can be obtained here along with some other contributions and this was the element that I spotted that ignored the question.
Huw Merriman: With regard to restoring our railways post the pandemic, it is essential that we give passengers the confidence to get back on board. I welcome the proposals announced this morning to allow compensation to be easily applied for. Will the Minister consider looking at automated and automatic compensation to allow the money to come straight back into bank accounts even if passengers do not even know they were late?
Chris Heaton-Harris: We are trying to make sure that we go faster, so what he will have seen in the story today is our direction of travel. We want people to have every confidence when they return to our railway that, should they be significantly delayed, it is a very simple process to claim their refund.
Let us hope in the New Year that Wendy Morton will answer this question and also perhaps we can find a way for the Government to be held to account for their failure to answer questions.