Results 1–20 of 1800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Lazarowicz

Bill Presented: Clause 1 — Charge and rates for 2015-16 (25 Mar 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case. Is not one example of how the burden is not being shared fairly the fact that, as we were reminded earlier today, there was one food bank in Scotland when Labour left office, but there are now 50? I am sure that example could be repeated throughout the entire country, and it emphasises the inequitable nature of the Government’s policies.

Lesser-Taught Languages (24 Mar 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I look forward to the Minister coming to that point, and I hope he will show what the Government are going to do to encourage or even require the examining boards to meet the demand and the requirement for other languages that has been so clearly identified in this debate. We want not just good words, but action to make that happen.

Lesser-Taught Languages (24 Mar 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: The hon. Gentleman is right. As he says, there has been a campaign with strong support from the Polish community throughout the UK. Dziennik Polski has conducted a big campaign to which many of us have given our support. There is an issue not just for people in Scotland who want to take exams in Polish, or other languages, or for people who are interested in studying Polish. As the hon....

Lesser-Taught Languages (24 Mar 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I congratulate the hon. Member for Enfield North (Nick de Bois) on securing the debate. I am glad that we have a few more minutes than are normally available for Adjournment debates, so that some of his colleagues can comment on this important issue. The debate highlights the changes proposed by examination boards in England, but the issue also affects my constituents very directly. Many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: My constituents, I am happy to say, voted for AV in the recent referendum, but they were not among the majority. Does the Deputy Prime Minister agree that with a five-party system at the UK level—and even more throughout the nations and regions of the UK—we need to look again at the electoral system and that this should be a priority for a constitutional convention hopefully set up under...

Broadband — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] (4 Mar 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I congratulate the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish) on securing the debate. I want to give a different perspective on the issue of broadband coverage, coming as I do from one of the most concentrated urban areas in Scotland. At first sight, it might seem strange that someone from a constituency that has superfast broadband to a degree that colleagues would be envious of...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I also welcome today’s announcement, particularly in relation to the Neart na Gaoithe wind farm in the firth of Forth. I take the hon. Gentleman’s point about cost, but surely he would agree that only through a substantial increase in the volume of offshore wind will there be any possibility of the price falling. I also take his point about consumption, but savings can be made there as...

[Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Low Carbon Energy Generation (26 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I was going to make the point that the hon. Gentleman made. As well as the issue of investment in advanced technologies for storage, there is the fact that there are some very tried and tested technologies for storage that are not fully made use of. Does he agree that that also needs to be ramped up by the Government?

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

Mark Lazarowicz: I may have been present at that debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend on his role in leading the campaign with other hon. Members. Like me and other Members, he will have had the experience of trying to update constituents on the issue but getting back a reply saying, “Unfortunately, my father”—or wife, or husband—“has now died”. That illustrates how important it is to take action...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (26 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: For what proportion of parliamentary constituencies the 95% target for the roll-out of superfast broadband will be reached by 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (26 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I can tell the Secretary of State that thousands of people in my constituency, one of the most urban in Scotland, have no guarantee of getting superfast broadband by 2017 or any date after that. I have raised this with local government, the Scottish Government and the UK Government. I do not want to ascribe blame; I want to see some action so that the residents who have contacted me again and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Government Procurement (12 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: Big projects such as Crossrail and HS2 are UK-wide. What steps are the Government taking to ensure that businesses throughout the UK, including small businesses, have an opportunity to benefit from the procurement and Government spending that is associated with that type of work?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: Members will recall that earlier today, during Prime Minister’s Question Time, a question was asked about political engagement. We often discuss in the House how we can tackle the alienation which, as we all recognise, has become so prevalent in our country and others. We suggest various technical fixes, such as online voting, as well as constitutional reform and the like. No doubt all...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Tax Avoidance (11 Feb 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: I also represent a constituency to which financial services are important, but should we not be defending and promoting the UK financial services industry, rather than those in offshore havens across the world?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: My hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Joan Walley), who chairs the Environmental Audit Committee, referred to the report we have produced on the sustainable development goals. Given the nature of business during the next few months, it will probably not even receive a Government reply and it certainly will not get much time for debate, so I would like to highlight a few of the...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: Absolutely. Public debate, engagement and support strengthen the hand of any Government in international negotiations such as those later this year. Last week, I was fortunate to visit Leith Walk primary school in my constituency, where the students and their teachers had been involved in the important and valuable send my sister to school initiative. I am sure that we all have in our...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: This is about the tragedy of the Mediterranean. I do not blame the Secretary of State for this situation, but tomorrow it is one year to the day since the House of Commons voted to support the Syrian refugee programme, and as of now there are only 90 Syrian refugees in the UK. Is that not shameful? Let us hope the Government will still, even at this stage, reconsider.

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 — Advice on likely impact of onshore petroleum on the carbon budget (26 Jan 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: My hon. Friend is right that we should be discussing that—actually, now is not when we should be discussing it, because it is an outrage that we have 20 minutes or so left for speeches on a matter that could have been discussed at much greater length before. We all know that half the time in Parliament we are not debating Bills and there are no votes, so more time could have been made...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses (22 Jan 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: The Government are currently rolling out the personal independence payment benefit throughout the UK, but PIP benefits will, of course, be devolved to the Scottish Parliament under these proposals. Given that we all know that the PIP system is already causing chaos and misery to many of our constituents, do the Government propose that the PIP benefits should continue to be rolled out in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2015)

Mark Lazarowicz: Local councils and parties up and down the east coast from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to London have come together in the Consortium of East Coast Main Line Authorities with a plan for comprehensive improvements to infrastructure and trains on the east coast main line. Will the Secretary of State look at those proposals? Does he accept that improvements to the east coast main line are an...


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