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Results 1–20 of 4000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Hancock

Tourism Industry and VAT — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: I am very interested in the statement the Minister has just made that there is no conclusive evidence to support the argument that a cut in VAT would generate more activity. So, what is the evidence that he is using to say that there would be no improvement, and who produced it?

Tourism Industry and VAT — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: It is nice to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr Williams) on obtaining the debate. For the past 10 years, until last year, I was responsible for tourism and economic development in Portsmouth, and I cannot remember a time when, on visiting a tourist attraction, the first thing I was asked was not whether there was a chance of a...

Tourism Industry and VAT — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (17 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: The hon. Gentleman is coming on to sustainability. We are looking not only to make jobs, but to sustain those already there. Many people in the industry are finding it difficult to keep going, but if a VAT cut were to be implemented, that would go an enormous way towards retaining those jobs.

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: Will the Minister give way?

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Brooke. I congratulate the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) on bringing this challenge, which we have to face up to, to the House today. We should all be mindful of his words, but, like the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh), I think there is another side to the issue. We ought to look at what the Council of Europe...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: But there comes a time when the credibility of the Council of Europe is at stake. That is the issue, is it not? Sooner or later, we come to a line in the sand and say, “Is it really worth belonging to this organisation?” I do not want Russia to leave the Council of Europe, but I want to call the bluff of those who agitate time and again to nitpick—not “nitpick”, as that is the wrong...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point, and he presented his case extraordinarily well. I have no doubt about the merits of that case, but there is this other argument, which other Members have alluded to, that it is better to have people inside the organisation. Would the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe have the same facilities offered to them in Russia if Russia was out...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: The simple answer to that is that the Council of Europe needs Russia more than Russia needs the Council of Europe. That is the real issue for the Russian Duma Members and I have read with interest some of the comments they have made in the Russian press since the issue in January; they make interesting reading. Those Duma Members genuinely believe that the threat to suspend Russia is a bluff,...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: Some people might suggest that we are getting pretty close to that in the UK regarding the ability of people to speak English, but how can people be classed as non-citizens in an EU state—or, more importantly from our point of view, in a member state of the Council of Europe—and nothing is done or said about it, except by those of us who believe passionately that everyone living in a...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: What the hon. Gentleman is describing could have been the case on at least five previous occasions, but it would appear that this is the straw that broke the camel’s back, certainly as far as the UK delegation is concerned. We could have had this over South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Chechnya, the human rights issues relating to the death penalty and so on. All those have come up one time after...

[Annette Brooke in the Chair] — Russian Membership of the Council of Europe (11 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: I am curious to know why the Conservative group stayed in the same group as the Russians for so long if it felt so strongly about Russian abuses that have gone on for the past 18 years or so.

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Harvey’s Law (2 Mar 2015)

Mike Hancock: I apologise for missing the start of the hon. Gentleman’s speech—I was detained elsewhere in the House. If we go for legislation, does he have any idea how long that will take? I have had letters from people saying, “Isn’t it better to get a promise from the Government to do something?” To wait for legislation might mean that the wait is too long.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Backbench Business — Equitable Life (26 Feb 2015)

Mike Hancock: The hon. Gentleman is being extraordinarily generous in giving way. There is a unanimous feeling in the House that justice needs to be done for these people. We know how much is outstanding and there is a big difference between what people are due under the existing compensation scheme and what they are actually due. Surely what we need is not a five-year plan to pay the money back, but a...

NHS Mental Health Care (11 Feb 2015)

Mike Hancock: I entirely accept the idea that, when a bed is needed, a bed needs to be found. However, that person is at the very start of the crisis that made them seek help. They are shifted several hundred miles across the country, settled in and then, because the NHS suddenly finds a bed available half way back to their home, they are moved there without being given a chance to get used to the idea...

NHS Mental Health Care (11 Feb 2015)

Mike Hancock: I will be very quick. This issue is made worse: Mind carried out a survey of all local authorities in England and found that, on average, they allocated just 1.36% of their public health budget to help people avoid developing mental health problems. Some planned to spend nothing at all. I want to see the Minister put pressure on local authorities to have such programmes that may, just may,...

NHS Mental Health Care (11 Feb 2015)

Mike Hancock: That shows the size of the problem.

NHS Mental Health Care (11 Feb 2015)

Mike Hancock: I am delighted to be able to have this debate with you in the Chair, Mr Pritchard; I am sure that on this occasion you will not be disturbed by colleagues making signals to you, trying to stop you from calling me to speak. The debate is very important, and I have been trying to secure it for some time. It is fair to say that there is widespread concern about mental health services in this...

NHS Mental Health Care (11 Feb 2015)

Mike Hancock: Absolutely. I agree with that entirely and I will come to it when I talk about my own personal experiences of spending a long time in a mental hospital trying to recover from a mental breakdown. I know only too well the issues that the hon. Gentleman has raised. The urgent action plan that is needed cannot be put off for another five years. It needs to be put in place and direct action needs...


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