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Written Answers — Department of Health: Abortion (15 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were refused on the grounds on coercion in the last year for which records are available.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Congenital Abnormalities (15 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's most recent policy framework is concerning the entitlement of women undergoing screening and diagnosis testing for foetal anomaly during pregnancy to full and informed consent, to proper support in the event of a positive result, and to their right to refuse screening or testing if they so wish.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (9 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: May I put it on the record that I support the Government’s drive to create a northern powerhouse? What assurances can the Chief Secretary give me that constituencies such as my own in Fylde will benefit from such a move?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Infrastructure (9 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to encourage investment in infrastructure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: It is a great pleasure to be called to finish the Back-Bench contributions to the debate. I wish to touch upon a number of items in the Bill, but I will focus primarily on one specific area. Right hon. and hon. Members on both sides have used various terms to describe the Bill, including a rag-tag Bill. I prefer to call it a Christmas tree Bill, given that we are in the festive season,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: I thank my right hon. Friend for that assurance. As the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden) said, when the Bill gets into Committee we will have to be rigorous and specific in considering certain amendments as to how we can improve regulation and its enforcement, and make sure that that regulation is absolutely robust. If I had had the opportunity to intervene on him, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: The hon. Gentleman makes a powerful point about monitoring on behalf of his constituents. Does he agree that it is important that that is done by the Environment Agency and not left to the company doing the drilling?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: The Minister is right to point out that I have been campaigning on shale gas regulation for the last four and a half years. I urge him to take this opportunity to reflect on the need for an independent panel of experts. We need to ensure, above all, that all the regulations are viewed impartially and independently, and that, if this goes ahead, we have the safest shale gas regime in the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Road Investment Strategy (1 December 2014)

Mark Menzies: I thank the Secretary of State for today’s announcement of 40 million-plus for the new section of the A585 that runs through my constituency. This has been talked about for over 20 years, and now it is finally being delivered. May I congratulate him on taking this very important decision?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (27 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: What recent estimate he has made of the contribution of tourism to the economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (27 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: Hoteliers on the Fylde coast have told me they have had one of the best tourist seasons in well over a decade. What steps is the Minister taking to ensure the great British coastal resorts such as those in Fylde have a bumper 2015?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Smith Commission (26 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: When he expects the Smith commission to publish its report; and what steps are planned to implement its findings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Smith Commission (26 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: Is the Secretary of State confident that the Scottish Government will support the proposals, or will they begrudge what is offered to them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: I thank the Prime Minister for his Government having designated Warton in my constituency as an enterprise zone, but may I ask what steps they are taking to ensure that Warton is the most attractive zone for advanced manufacturing inward investment?

NHS (Ttip): Innovative Medicine and Health Care Technology (25 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: Dementia is an abhorrent disease that affects thousands of people across the UK, and a significant number in my constituency of Fylde. With that in mind, what steps is the Minister taking to ensure that dementia sufferers have access not only to the most innovative medicine but to the most advanced early diagnosis?

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Fracking (25 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: I noted your earlier comments about the time, Mr Gray, so I will make my speech brief. My constituency has lived with shale gas and fracking for the past five years. Indeed, three of the sites that have been drilled in Lancashire are in my constituency, and the two that are seeking planning permission from Lancashire county council are also in my constituency. The well at Preese Hall, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Neighbourhood Planning (Community Rights) (10 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: What assessment he has made of the level of the take-up of neighbourhood planning and community rights.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Neighbourhood Planning (Community Rights) (10 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: May I take this opportunity to praise the residents of Warton in my constituency who recently submitted a comprehensive neighbourhood plan in line with the Government’s aspiration for community engagement? Does my hon. Friend agree that neighbourhood plans should be given full consideration by local councils at the earliest opportunity?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Pensions (Taxes) (4 November 2014)

Mark Menzies: Given the significant number of pensioners in my Fylde constituency, may I welcome the sweeping reforms announced by the Chancellor earlier this year? What plans will be put in place to make sure that those pensioners who access their own money get sound advice?

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