Results 21–40 of 1029 for speaker:Martin Vickers

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food and Drink Standards (17 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: Is the Department considering improving and increasing standards post Brexit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Protection of Historic Church Buildings (17 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: Sadly, many of our most beautiful churches are now closed for worship and have been declared redundant. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that Church Commissioners will continue to do all they can to preserve those beautiful buildings?

British Bioethanol Industry — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (16 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: I share the hon. Lady’s passion about this issue. She referred to questions she asked back in 2017. I think that the hon. Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin) and I have seen three or four successive Ministers about the matter. I say to the Minister that one thing that we want to get from the debate is a positive route to making a decision, rather than keeping farmers, Vivergo workers and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: In an article I posted on my website in November, I concluded by saying: “Hopefully we will eventually come to a position that both sides who support the agreement and those, like me, who oppose it can…coalesce. I believe this could happen over coming weeks, though there will be more drama before we reach that point.” We have all had our fair share of drama, but would my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Community Transport (10 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: Until recently, the No. 5 bus service that passes through South Killingholme in my constituency was supported by a Government grant. The local authority is making provision for community transport to provide an alternative, but it will not replace the existing service. Will the Minister agree to meet me to discuss whether other funding streams can be found to support the service?

Universal Credit: Managed Migration (8 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: We must not lose sight of the fact that inevitably there are problems during the transition phase, but I draw the Minister’s attention to an email I received yesterday from Brian Herzog, one of my constituents, who wrote that “my mental health did a complete nose dive and it was Universal Credit that saved me in so many ways.” He added: “Please trust me…it’s a great system. I’d...

NHS Long-Term Plan (7 Jan 2019)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the Secretary of State’s plan. He will be aware that our constituents value receiving treatment as locally as possible. Will he give an assurance that he will do all he can to ensure that district general hospitals are there to provide most of these crucial services?

Christmas Adjournment — [David Hanson in the Chair] (20 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: We had direct services to Grimsby and Cleethorpes, but the nationalised British Rail withdrew them in 1992.

Christmas Adjournment — [David Hanson in the Chair] (20 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield). The comments he has just made about Brexit, which is of course the most contentious issue we face, highlight the fact that these end-of-term debates, even when discussing such serious issues, are always conducted in a good-natured way. It is always a pleasure to take part in them. My hon. Friend the Member for...

International Trade: Future Trade Agreements (20 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: Increased trade inevitably leads to more business for our major ports, such as Immingham in my constituency. Does the Minister agree that free trade zones and free ports are worthy of serious consideration post-Brexit?

European Council (17 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: There is growing concern—indeed, growing anger—among my constituents at the prospect of a second vote. They feel that their vote has been stolen from them. Bearing in mind that the advocates of a second vote talk about chaos, confusion and uncertainty, does my right hon. Friend agree with me that that would be the result of a second vote on a smaller turnout?

Police Funding Settlement (13 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: Despite the exceptional efforts of the Humberside force, there is growing concern among my constituents that too many serious crimes such as burglary and attacks on retail staff go without investigation. Will the Minister assure my constituents that the additional resources going to the force will allow for more investigations into those crimes?

Local Government Funding Settlement (13 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: I thank the Secretary of State for our recent meeting to discuss a further devolution deal for Greater Lincolnshire. In his statement, he referred to promoting efficiency. Does he agree that more resources for frontline services could be released if we created more unitary authorities, and would he welcome such proposals?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Public Libraries (13 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: Mobile libraries are a vital lifeline for rural communities. Will the Minister give an assurance that when he is considering whether to push local authorities further in their provision of services, he will consider that the provision of mobile libraries is essential?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Funding (10 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: The budgets of the local authorities that serve my constituency are under particular strain because of the increasing number of looked-after children. What additional resources are likely to be made available to cover that need?

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: The Cleethorpes constituency that I represent, and neighbouring Grimsby, were badly hit by the decline of the deep sea fishing industry in the 1970s and ‘80s, and have never fully recovered. However, the recent revival of the offshore renewables sector, and the town deal that we managed to negotiate with the Government, provide reasons for optimism. Those who operate the Grimsby and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2018)

Martin Vickers: As a vice-chairman of the all-party group on Albania, I and colleagues met the Albanian ambassador and Albanian politicians last week. They are very keen on developing business links with the UK. In view of the Foreign Secretary’s initiative to have more business leaders involved to work alongside our diplomats, can I urge him and the Government to engage with Albania and other western...

Business of the House (29 Nov 2018)

Martin Vickers: Following on from the point about police funding raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman), we in the Humberside police area have a particular problem with the pension contributions that the force may have to make, which could result in the loss of all our police community support officers. The Home Secretary was good enough to meet Humberside MPs earlier this week,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christmas (29 Nov 2018)

Martin Vickers: Many children will be in church over the Christmas period, particularly at events such as Christingle services. Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a great opportunity for the Church to spread the message to our young people in the hope that they will retain that message throughout their lives?

Leaving the EU (26 Nov 2018)

Martin Vickers: May I refer my right hon. Friend to paragraph 54 of the political declaration, which refers to social security arrangements, and ask what assessment the Government have made of the numbers involved? What estimate has been made of the cost to the British taxpayer?

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