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Housing, Communities and Local Government: Developers (22 Jul 2019)

Mark Prisk: Developers are not the only ones who do not engage with local people. In fact, the whole way in which we consult on planning is out of date and is regarded with some scepticism by many members of the public. May I urge the Secretary of State to tackle that—not least by putting in proper resources and extending the scope of neighbourhood planning, as his Minister referred to earlier?

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: Examination by the Comptroller and Auditor General (19 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: The point I was trying to make in Committee was simply that, yes, this is a substantial investment—many billions—but, equally, if we get this right, it is a huge investment in trades and crafts right across the country. My only problem with the audit notion is that it is post decision making. If we are to make sure that there is a reasonable sharing of the procurement process, the policy...

High Streets and Town Centres in 2030 — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (13 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests—namely, that I am a director of Stanfords, a travel and cartography business, and, with my sister, a joint owner of a small commercial high street property. It is a pleasure to follow the Chair of our Select Committee, the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts), who gave a good synopsis of...

International Trade: Global Free Trade (6 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: What recent assessment his Department has made of the value of global free trade to developing countries.

International Trade: Global Free Trade (6 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: I thank the Secretary of State for his answer. However, the risk of protectionism is growing and that threatens both free trade and the millions of jobs in developing countries that come with it. May I therefore urge the Secretary of State and his colleagues actively to oppose protectionism, particularly at the WTO and indeed when expressed in this Chamber, so that we can ensure that more of...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Delivery Authority (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: I understand the point about the Comptroller and Auditor General. As I understand it, he reports to my hon. Friend’s Committee, the Public Accounts Committee. I just want to be clear in my own mind about the relationship between the PAC and the Sponsor Body, and whether there is a risk that two horses might be running at one time, particularly in the scrutiny process.

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Delivery Authority (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: To be clear, from what I have heard from the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, there is the option, where the Sponsor Body has concerns about a particular aspect, for it to approach the Comptroller and Auditor General and commission certain works—whether he takes them on or not—and the Comptroller and Auditor General would then report...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: I feel slightly embarrassed by being called elegant on two occasions; that is something that my former rugby colleagues would not necessarily recognise. The Minister is right to say that he needs to take careful consideration with Parliamentary Counsel and he is absolutely right to want to talk to the Sponsor Body. I am guided by that. I have not heard anyone on the Committee say that they do...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: When I first intervened I should perhaps have drawn the Committee’s attention to the fact that I am a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. I very much welcome, as a number of Members have, the principle underlying amendment 14, tabled by the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch. It is right that this Parliament should, in its restoration, benefit the whole UK and...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: The right hon. Gentleman speaks about one of my particular frustrations with all public buildings, which is that we throw money at the capital cost, never put in money for the long-term maintenance, and wonder why the damned thing costs as much as it does—if “damned” is an acceptable word, Sir Gary. I draw the Committee’s attention to my two concerns about the amendment. First, as...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: The hon. Lady is nodding. That is extremely encouraging, because my worry is that we might get into a game between the Sponsor Body, the Delivery Authority and hon. Members from across the House about who gets what quota, which would then ratchet up the cost and distract from the central purpose. Those concerns notwithstanding, the principles under- lining the amendment are good. There may be...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: I envisage that this will be a digital project and that building the information modelling will be at the heart of the way in which it is done. That naturally undertakes what the hon. Lady just described. Is that her expectation of how this contract will be delivered?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: I agree with much of the sentiment expressed by the hon. Gentleman, but, without wanting to appear a pedant, would it be better not to have the word “need” and simply delete the first three words of clause 2(4)(g) so that the clause would read,“the Sponsor Body must have regard to ensuring that educational and other facilities are provided”, rather than having regard to the...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill: “The Parliamentary building works” (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Prisk: Naturally, one of the concerns about this building—we saw this in Paris, of course—is about what would happen if there was an emergency and the building was badly damaged in the interim. Who, once the Bill becomes law, will be responsible for dealing with remedial works before the restoration commences?

International Trade: Service Businesses: Overseas Markets (25 Apr 2019)

Mark Prisk: Three quarters of our economy is in services, yet over 90% of service firms export nothing. What more can be done to change this underlying culture and systemic issue, so that the majority of service firms export?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homes for Social Rent (8 Apr 2019)

Mark Prisk: Three years ago the Mayor of London clearly promised to build 14,000 more low-cost homes every single year, but he has never touched that target. What has gone wrong and what needs to change?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bus Services (2 Apr 2019)

Mark Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the document entitled Bus Services Act 2017: Bus Open Data Consultation Response: Moving Britain Ahead, published by his Department in January 2019, when he plans to publish the steps his Department will take in response to the responses received to that consultation.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Export Finance (14 Mar 2019)

Mark Prisk: What plans he has to mark the centenary of UK Export Finance.

International Trade: Topical Questions (14 Mar 2019)

Mark Prisk: UK Export Finance does some excellent work, but some of its funding capacity goes unused. What can be done to change that to raise British exports?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Future High Streets Fund (4 Mar 2019)

Mark Prisk: One of the main findings of the recent Select Committee inquiry into town centres was that strong local civic leadership is crucial. Given that, may I ask the Minister to ensure that, when judging future bids to the fund, strong local leadership is a key criterion?


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