Results 1–20 of 917 for speaker:Martin Vickers

Business of the House (1 Jul 2010)

Martin Vickers: The Deputy Leader of the House may have heard or read reports of an incident on Tuesday at the Lindsey oil refinery in my constituency. Sadly, there was a fatality and a number of injuries, and I am sure that the whole House would want to send our condolences in respect of the 24-year-old contractor who lost his life. In the immediate aftermath of the incident there are heightened concerns...

Business of the House (10 Jun 2010)

Martin Vickers: There is great concern in Cleethorpes, particularly among those who are employed in the tourism trade, about the spread of the salt marsh on Cleethorpes pleasure beach, and there is anger at the attitude of the Government agency, Natural England-an unaccountable and unelected body-in respect of overruling the local authority, which is, of course, democratically accountable and elected, in its...

Building a High-Skilled Economy (17 Jun 2010)

Martin Vickers: May I congratulate both you, Madam Deputy Speaker, on your appointment and the other Members who have delivered their maiden speeches this afternoon? In preparing my notes for this speech, I turned, as I am sure colleagues also did, to the guidance; I noted that it says that it is best to be brief and non-controversial and-at least on this occasion, Madam Deputy Speaker-I shall try to be...

Business of the House (16 Sep 2010)

Martin Vickers: Earlier this morning, I met Karen Rastall, the chairman of Shoreline Housing, the principal registered social landlord in my constituency. She explained the difficulty that social landlords have in giving work to small businesses because of the criteria laid down for contractors, such as holding the Investors in People certificate. At a time when small businesses up and down the country are...

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: This is the first time that I have spoken to amendments in my name-amendments 227 and 228 are the two to which I refer-and it is unfortunate that on this first occasion I should do so against my Government, of whom I am an ardent supporter. I appreciate that this might not be a career-enhancing move, but I feel particularly strongly about the issue. It is irrelevant whether the number of MPs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Transport (Investment) (26 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: It is disappointing that the two schemes affecting the port of Immingham will not proceed in the immediate future. Can the Secretary of State give me an assurance that if the south Humber gateway project, which was granted planning permission only two weeks ago, proceeds more quickly than anticipated, he will seriously consider bringing forward the A160 upgrade?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the reply of the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) to my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) in connection with the delay to the A160 upgrade on the access road into Immingham docks. The Under-Secretary will be aware that the delay puts increasing pressure on the town of Immingham, and that the A18/A180 link road...

Business of the House (4 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: I appreciate the comments that the Leader of the House made a few minutes ago about prisoners' voting rights. Notwithstanding that, may I tell him that my constituents have been quick off the mark in letting me know their total opposition to any prospect of prisoners voting? It may be helpful to the Government to have an early debate, so that all Members are given an opportunity to express...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (18 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: The Secretary of State mentions that one of his key responsibilities is growth. North Lincolnshire council in my constituency recently gave planning permission for a major development that offers an opportunity for a renewable energy cluster. Will he visit the area in the near future so as to understand the full potential that it offers?

Women and Equalities: Winter Weather (2 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: All train services into my constituency are currently cancelled. Bearing in mind that the same routes serve the strategically important port of Immingham, through which much of the country's coal is imported for power stations, can the Secretary of State assure me that improvements will be made to the services?

Safe Standing (Football Stadia): European Union Bill (7 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: I shall be as brief as possible, Mr Deputy Speaker. You will be pleased to learn that I have already crossed off my list a few points that other hon. Members have made. A short while ago, I heard a speech given by my own Member of Parliament, the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell). He and I have shared common cause in our fights against the EU over the years, and only a few...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: New Businesses (9 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information his Department holds on the number of small and medium-sized enterprises established in the last 10 years; and what information it holds on the proportion of such enterprises which have continued to operate after three years.

Severe Weather (North Lincolnshire Rail Network) (21 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. Unfortunately, this debate is not about a pleasurable subject, because it is about something that has caused considerable hardship and inconvenience-to put it mildly-to my constituents. Surprisingly, there are 11 railway stations in my constituency although, sadly, there were no trains running through them for between eight and 11...

Severe Weather (North Lincolnshire Rail Network) (21 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: I acknowledge the obvious difficulties that bus operators faced at that time, but many out-of-town buses were operating. For example, the one from Cleethorpes and Grimsby to Hull, via the bridge, was operating. Clearly, there was adequate access, particularly to the A180/M180.

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill (2 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: My thoughts are similar to those of my colleague Mr Stride, and to some extent you have answered the point I was going  to make. I am still slightly confused about your views on whether it should apply to the whole country or only to certain regions. It is interesting to note that you would gladly take anything that is on offer, even if you think it is of minimal value. You have...

Parliamentary Representation (11 Jan 2011)

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Parliamentary Representation (11 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part for the first time in a debate under your chairmanship, Mrs Riordan. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Andrew George), if for no other reason than that the debate gives me an opportunity to repeat the arguments that I made on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on Second Reading. As I said then, there...

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I must first declare an interest: I remain, until May, an elected member of North East Lincolnshire unitary authority, having previously spent 14 years as a member of the former Great Grimsby borough council. The total amount of time I served is 26 years, during which I would like to think there was a certain amount of modest success, but I can assure Members that there was also a lot of...

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: Personally, I would always support the decision of a referendum over an imposition. Why only 12 mayors? Why are the provincial towns not being given the opportunity to have an elected mayor? Local councillors are not generally enthusiastic about elected mayors, as that is seen to risk breaking up the cosy arrangements that exist, particularly if there are two strong parties in an authority....

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I accept the point that my hon. Friend makes. Elected mayors are another advocate for the area that they represent, and provincial towns, particularly those neighbouring cities that will subsequently have elected mayors, should be given an early opportunity in this regard. On the overview and scrutiny role in local councils, a decade of trying to achieve a satisfactory system has, to the best...


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