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Results 1–20 of 517 for speaker:Mark Menzies

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I rise in support of renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent. Before I speak about that, may I pay tribute to those Labour MPs who have put party politics to one side and are thinking very much of the British national interest? There is no Member of Parliament more valiant in that cause than the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness (John Woodcock), who has been a shining example of what it...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I admire the hon. Lady’s optimism, but we have been told that there will be 8,200 jobs—an increase—as a result of moving Astute-class submarines up there. Does she honestly expect us to believe that there would be that number of jobs, either direct or indirect, as a result of her party’s policy in an independent Scotland? In effect, the ships would be glorified fishery...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: No, I will not give way. That is what we are talking about. It is misleading at best to the people of Dunbartonshire to say that that number of jobs, jobs of that quality, and those skills will be there without a nuclear deterrent.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: Absolutely. Elections are always referendums on the future. I spent the day with the hon. Gentleman on Thursday looking at the aircraft carriers. If we took HM Clyde out of the equation, along with Coulport, Faslane and the skills that those high-paid jobs bring, his constituency would be a far poorer place.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I will not give way, as I want to make progress. The independent nuclear deterrent is vital to the future of this country. It is vital for our manufacturing base, and for our skills base and apprenticeships. I have constituents at BAE Systems in Warton and Samlesbury who are working on the Successor class programme. There are engineers and apprentices who look forward to working on that...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: We know that we live in an unpredictable world. Every strategic defence review has almost been redundant by the time the ink was dry on the paper. At the time of the previous review, no one foresaw the so-called Arab spring or a resurgent Russia. It is vital that the Government maintain all the ability to respond to a threat, regardless what it might look like. That never occurs at a time of...

Isil: National Security and Defence (23 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: May I take this opportunity to welcome the Prime Minister’s statement? I had the privilege of visiting the two aircraft carriers, including the Queen Elizabeth, in Rosyth last week, and I welcome today’s announcement on them. Will he give me, as the Member of Parliament representing Warton, an assurance that the future of unmanned aerial combat vehicles will involve more than...

Scotland Bill (Programme) (No.2): Clause 11 — Scope to modify the Scotland Act 1998 (9 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I agree with the Secretary of State that it is right that we trust the Scottish Parliament on this important issue. It has shown itself to be progressive on issues such as same-sex marriage and has important legislative powers on health and the judicial system, so I urge him to carry on with this measure and ensure that the Scottish Parliament is given the accountability it needs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Police Funding Formula (9 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I was one of the Lancashire MPs who greatly appreciated the meeting with the Minister a few weeks ago. Can he assure us that, when Lancashire is being considered, we will not be losers in the process, as my hon. Friend the Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry) suggested? Speaking as someone with direct experience of a blue-light service, may I also thank the Minister for the open...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (9 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: As the Minister will be aware, I am a great supporter of enterprise zones. Will he assure me that before further consideration is given to yet more enterprise zones in Lancashire, we will make every effort to ensure that the two existing zones—one of which is in my constituency —and a further one that may be announced in coming days, are successful?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (5 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: How many flood schemes are due to begin construction in 2015 under the Government’s six-year flood defence programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (5 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I think the Minister for the work that the Department is doing with the flood protection schemes in Fairhaven in my constituency. Fylde also suffers from inland flooding, so will the Department consider schemes to alleviate the flooding impacting on high-quality farmland in Fylde?

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Policing (4 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this debate. It is a great privilege to follow the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South (Barbara Keeley). I want to put on record my thanks to the Policing Minister for his readiness to meet Lancashire MPs—including you, Mr Deputy Speaker—with officials to hear our concerns about the funding formula. The Minister was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Access to University (4 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: If the Government will make an assessment of access to university education for people from the lowest income families in (a) England and (b) Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Access to University (4 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: My right hon. Friend the Minister anticipated my supplementary question. As someone who came from a working-class background from the west coast of Scotland and who went to university in Scotland, I am deeply concerned about how Scotland is now lagging behind England and how working-class poor people are losing out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (3 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: Jobs, Friends and Houses is an award-winning initiative on the Fylde coast, which provides ex-offenders with real opportunities to work in the building trade. Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating it on its excellent work and seek to support it and other such endeavours in the future?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Employment (3 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to improve the provision of work in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

Maternity Units: Bereavement Care (2 Nov 2015)

Mark Menzies: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way in what is a very, very powerful and emotional contribution. Does she agree that this Government are making great strides to help support parents who are at a very vulnerable point in their lives? I look forward to seeing her, during our time in this House, helping to move the debate forward.

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions(Rate Ceilings) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (27 Oct 2015)

Mark Menzies: Following up on that point, is there a clear commitment from the Government to put measures in place to ensure that NHS funding is not reduced as a result of the measures in the Bill?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (21 Oct 2015)

Mark Menzies: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

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