Results 41–60 of 6340 for speaker:Mark Prisk

Private Rented Sector — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (29 Nov 2018)

Mark Prisk: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. I think it is complex, which is why benchmarking solely on prosecutions is too narrow. She is right to say that it is a constant challenge for councils to judge the resources available, but the different levels of enforcement—even between neighbouring councils in similar areas—suggests to me that the system is not working. My last point is about whether...

2019 Loan Charge — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Nov 2018)

Mark Prisk: My hon. Friend is to be congratulated on securing a debate on this subject. One of the iniquities, in addition to the issue of retrospectivity, is that at least four of the constituents who have been to see me have said that they were told by their companies that unless they signed these new forms of contractual relationships, they would not continue to work for those companies. Given that,...

International Trade: Export Strategy (15 Nov 2018)

Mark Prisk: One key part of the Government’s strategy is to build an extensive business-to-business network of exporters. What progress has been made on that? In particular, what role are business organisations playing so that we can foster such a network?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Residential Property Management (5 Nov 2018)

Mark Prisk: What progress he has made on improving standards in the management of residential property in the (a) private rented and (b) social housing sectors.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Residential Property Management (5 Nov 2018)

Mark Prisk: I welcome the reforms, especially the requirement for all residential managers to be trained and qualified. That is the way to raise standards. However, there are concerns about how the requirement may be introduced. Will the Minister agree to a meeting to discuss how existing qualifications will be accredited by the proposed mandatory qualifications, so that we do not end up worsening the...

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Mark Prisk: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Mark Prisk: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is right to highlight the important role of farmers. I have met many of my local farmers and other quality food producers, and the question they have put to me in recent weeks is how will the new regime enable them to compete against often cheaper and often lower quality imports?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes (23 Jul 2018)

Mark Prisk: Further to that question, in east Hertfordshire we recognise the need for more homes, but they must be matched by additional investment in infrastructure and public services. What are the Government doing to make sure that this investment in these vital services is directed to areas where housing development will be at its greatest?

Trade Bill: Report on proposed free trade agreement (17 Jul 2018)

Mark Prisk: The hon. Lady’s new clause says the impact assessment should include “both qualitative and quantitative assessments”. Can she give an example?

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Mark Prisk: I, too, wish to address the issue of adult social care and the excellent joint report—admittedly, I say that as a Committee member who helped to produce it. The issue is of immense concern to many of my constituents, not least the poor souls I have had to help, who were trying to fight this battle, which Members will recognise, somewhere between NHS funding and social care. May I also...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Mark Prisk: Although it is very welcome to see a rise in exports, Ministers know they are still coming from a relatively small proportion of British businesses. I urge him to challenge business membership bodies to ensure they put exporting at the heart of their work. We need a culture change. They have a role to play.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (18 Jun 2018)

Mark Prisk: A recent Crisis report set out a comprehensive and practical plan for ending homelessness. On top of the excellent plans that the Secretary of State has already announced, I encourage him to work with Crisis so that we can tackle not only homelessness but its underlying causes.

Petition - Closure of Solihull Police Station: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow (5 Jun 2018)

Mark Prisk: I commend my right hon. Friend for his championing of this important cause. He is right to point out that while this facility is important for the people of Harlow, it is just as important for the people of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford, Ware and other towns represented here today. It matters to the whole region. I hope that he will emphasise that point and that the Minister will take it on...

Building Regulations and Fire Safety (17 May 2018)

Mark Prisk: This is a technical report by a leading technician, but it has a glaring omission. For the public and indeed for the people in Grenfell to have confidence in any new system, all combustible materials in external cladding and insulation must be banned. Anything less will not do. I really welcome the tone and substance of what the Secretary of State has said, but I hope he will take this...

International Trade: Free Trade Promotion (17 May 2018)

Mark Prisk: Those who advocate protectionism often claim that free trade means a free-for-all. It is not. May I urge the Secretary of State to make it clear that free trade means trading within the rule of law, with clear remedies to the benefit of everyone?

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Mark Prisk: The right hon. Gentleman’s leader is a keen fan of rent control to cap the total level of rents. Although that may superficially sound attractive, the right hon. Gentleman will understand the impact it will have on the prospects for that market; we may see people leave that market, so there will be fewer homes. Is he too a keen advocate of rent capping?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: New Homes (30 Apr 2018)

Mark Prisk: My constituents recognise that we need more homes but are concerned about overstretched infrastructure and public services. What are the Government doing to ensure that those areas that are willing to build the most homes will get the maximum amount of funding for new infrastructure and public services?

United States Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium (12 Mar 2018)

Mark Prisk: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement in terms of its content and its tone. Free trade is about being free to trade within the agreed rules; it is not about a free-for-all. May I strongly encourage him to reiterate that message both to the United States and to China?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care Funding (12 Mar 2018)

Mark Prisk: When the then Communities and Local Government Committee adopted the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) that became the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, Ministers, to their credit, engaged really positively to make that Bill work. May I urge the Minister to be just as positive about the planned joint Committee inquiry into the funding of adult care?...

International Trade: Trade Envoy Programme (22 Feb 2018)

Mark Prisk: As the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Brazil, I have been immensely impressed by the UK companies already operating there, but frankly there are not enough of them. May I urge the Secretary of State to challenge business membership organisations, including the CBI, to ensure that they put exporting at the heart of their work?

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