Results 1–20 of 423 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 Menzies

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mark Menzies: My hon. Friend hits the nail on the head. There are lots of women who find themselves taking on caring responsibilities because their partners have life-changing health conditions. It is really important that the Minister takes this into account when looking at the pension implications for these women.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mark Menzies: I recognise the type of people to whom my hon. Friend is referring. Women out there clearly feel that they have experienced miscommunication, and they are facing genuine hardship, so I ask my hon. Friend to continue her cause.

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Mark Menzies: May we have a debate on dementia in Government time? Many Members have or have had family members who suffer from this wicked and cruel disease. May we have a debate that covers not only the disease itself but the social care system, the health service and all the other aspects of society on which dementia touches? Hopefully, we can then take forward some action.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scotch Whisky: Exports (6 Dec 2017)

Mark Menzies: What steps the Government are taking to increase exports of Scotch whisky.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scotch Whisky: Exports (6 Dec 2017)

Mark Menzies: The Chancellor’s Budget announcement that he would freeze duty on Scotch whisky is a sign of support for one of Scotland’s great industries. As one of the Prime Minister’s trade envoys, I have recently been in Colombia, Peru and Chile banging the drum for Scotch whisky; does my right hon. Friend agree that the Scotch whisky industry has an enormous opportunity to boost trade...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Mark Menzies: It is a huge privilege to follow my hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr Jones), and I mean to call him my hon. Friend because we work closely on such matters for North Durham. I also thank the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) for securing today’s debate. Defence aerospace really matters to my constituency, which is the home of Typhoon final assembly and Hawk...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (31 Oct 2017)

Mark Menzies: As my hon. Friend the Minister is aware, Kirkham prison is a category D open prison in my constituency that works to enable prisoners to make the transition to life outside. What steps are the Government are taking to support Kirkham and other prisons to rehabilitate offenders, and to improve prisons’ ways of operating?

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Mark Menzies: I am the vice-chairman of the all-party group on Azerbaijan, and I am also a gay man. This afternoon, I had a meeting with Stonewall and I have given it my assurance that I will raise this issue formally with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to London to get assurances that the sort of behaviour towards LGBT people that we saw in September will not be repeated.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Menzies: Madam Deputy Speaker, I am devastated by the news that I have been cut down to a mere six minutes, but I will do what I can. This nuclear safeguard Bill is of real importance not just to me and to my constituency, but to the 1,200 people who work at Springfields nuclear fuels in my constituency. Springfields is at the heart of the British nuclear industry. We are the only site in the UK to...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Mark Menzies: Does my hon. Friend accept that medical isotopes and some associated equipment are also very high value, so it is not in the interests of those who manufacture and seek to export to us to put obstacles in the way of selling high-value, highly profitable pieces of equipment or machinery, be they the isotopes or anything related to them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Mark Menzies: Following yesterday’s announcement of almost 2,000 job losses at BAE Systems, many hundreds of which are in Warton in my constituency where very dedicated and highly skilled people work, can the Prime Minister assure me that she and her Government will continue to do everything they can to support export orders to Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as supporting those dedicated workers in...

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Mark Menzies: As the Member of Parliament for Warton, where final assembly of Hawk and Typhoon takes place and where 750 of the jobs that will be lost are largely located, I urge the Minister to work, as the Government did in 2011, to mitigate job losses. Then a 3,000 headline figure was mitigated to 100 compulsory losses. A similar effort must be put in this time. Secondly, thank you for the work that the...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Mark Menzies: The hon. Gentleman talks about the loss of life. Some is state-sponsored, but much of it is a result of the breakdown in law and order. I want to bring to the House’s attention the numbers of people losing their lives as victims of people trafficking, which is off the scale. These are some of the most vicious people-trafficking gangs anywhere in the world. They have no intention of...

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Mark Menzies: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Venezuela: Political Situation — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Mark Menzies: As chairman of the all-party group on Latin America, I am absolutely delighted in the hon. Gentleman’s debate. May I urge him to look at the misery of people trafficking and the record numbers of displaced persons who are now living in Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia? In fact, we now have more people displaced from Venezuela than from Syria. That is a shocking statistic.

Export Licensing: High Court Judgment (10 Jul 2017)

Mark Menzies: I, too, welcome today’s landmark ruling on a very difficult case. There are tens of thousands of defence workers, many of them in my constituency, whose jobs depend on the deals that are done. Can the Secretary of State assure me that we will continue to work with the Saudis to ensure accurate targeting and robust terms of arms sales?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Mark Menzies: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Digital Technology (25 Apr 2017)

Mark Menzies: What assessment she has made of the effect of increased use of digital technology in the courts system on the effective delivery of justice.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Courts: Digital Technology (25 Apr 2017)

Mark Menzies: The current reliance on printed documents in civil courts burdens people with significant unnecessary costs, and the UK is lagging behind many countries, including Australia and even Turkey, in the use of innovation and technology in civil claims. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that we must speed up the process of digitising courts in England and Wales if we are to retain our...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Mark Menzies: In my constituency, I have Kirkham prison, which has been a pioneer in leading a programme on job, friends and family; the former prisons Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) has met those involved. May I ask the Secretary of State, during proceedings on the Bill, to have a look at the programmes being run by Kirkham prison and see whether similar...


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