Results 61–80 of 1405 for speaker:Martin Vickers

Business of the House (10 Mar 2022)

Martin Vickers: The Phillips 66 refinery in my constituency is Europe’s largest producer of high-grade petroleum coke, which is an essential component of batteries. At the moment, that coke is exported to the far east and then re-imported into the UK as the finished article. May we have a statement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to clarify our policy and explain how we are...

Ukraine: Urgent Refugee Applications (8 Mar 2022)

Martin Vickers: I appreciate that Ministers and officials are grappling with a horrendously complex situation, but it is worrying that some contradictory advice has been offered to Members. I have a constituent who has pre-settled status and I was told by the Members’ help desk on Thursday that she would be able to bring her two young children across. Yesterday, she emailed to say that, no, the published...

Business of the House (3 Mar 2022)

Martin Vickers: The port of Immingham in my constituency is the largest port in the UK, and therefore a major centre for the logistics sector. The sector is experiencing growing frustration at the delays to customs and the processing of import/export certificates and the like. Could the Leader of the House arrange for a debate in the near future so that we can look at this in more detail?

International Trade: Trade and Export Promotion (3 Mar 2022)

Martin Vickers: The renewable energy sector has been one of the success stories in the UK in recent years, particularly in my constituency where there are many well-paid jobs. What are the Minister and his Department doing to ensure that we can export more from the renewable energy sector?

Post Office: Horizon Compensation Arrangements (24 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: I welcome what the Minister has said today. To be honest, previous Ministers have failed miserably to grasp the situation; I welcome the fact that since his appointment we have made rapid progress. I had a couple in my surgery who were elated a few months ago because they thought that real progress was being made, but were deflated when they came a few weeks ago. They are an elderly couple....

Cabinet Office: Brexit Opportunities Unit (24 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: Businesses and business organisations in my constituency are eager to engage with the Brexit Opportunities Unit. Will my right hon. Friend be touring the UK to promote Brexit opportunities, and if so, may I invite him to visit Cleethorpes in the near future?

Written Answers — Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body: Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance (15 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: To ask the Right hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside representing the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body, what the monthly operating costs are of the Restoration and Renewal Programme, (a) in total and (b) by spending on (i) employment/salaries, (ii) planning and( iii) works.

Written Answers — Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body: Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance (15 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: To ask the Right hon. Member for Alyn and Deeside representing the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body, what the latest estimate is that the Delivery Authority has submitted to the Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body regarding the overall cost of the Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Business of the House (10 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: My right hon. Friend will be familiar with the services provided by East Midlands Railway—although in the case of EMR’s Cleethorpes to Barton service, it is the lack of service that is causing my constituents concerns. Will he arrange a debate about reliability and the responsibility of the rail operating companies to their passengers?

Economic Update (3 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. It must have been the mask. As the Chancellor did at the time of the pandemic, he has put together a very comprehensive protective shield around people in my constituency, and that is very welcome. Many well-paid jobs are being created, particularly in the energy sector, thanks to Government policies, but there are many, particularly in food processing or the...

Transport: Ticket Inspection (3 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of ticket inspection by rail operating companies.

Transport: Ticket Inspection (3 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: I thank the Minister for her reply, but my experience is that ticket inspection falls very far short of 100%. As she says, the cost ultimately falls on other passengers and the taxpayer. What further steps can she take to ensure that the companies bear the burden of their inadequacies rather than the taxpayer?

Levelling Up (2 Feb 2022)

Martin Vickers: I thank my right hon. Friend for his visit to my constituency on Monday. He will recall the excellent fish and chip lunch that we shared. During that lunch, a number of points were raised. First, can he ensure that LNER delivers on its promise of a direct rail service from Cleethorpes through to King’s Cross? Urgent decision making was also referred to, and the way to help delivery of that...

Business of the House (27 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: One of the Government’s levelling-up initiatives has been the establishment of freeports. The Humber ports have been granted freeport status, but we really need to get motoring. Could the Leader of the House arrange for a debate or a statement so that we can see how the Government’s initiative is evolving?

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Topical Questions (24 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: Barton upon Humber, a market town in my constituency, is, like many up and down the country, having to contend with many residential planning applications. Public services such as school places and dentistry are unable to cope with existing pressures. Will Ministers consider strengthening the guidance to planning authorities and to planning inspectors to ensure that the availability of public...

International Trade: Topical Questions (20 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: Last Friday, along with a number of local businesses, I took part in a meeting of the parliamentary export programme for my constituency businesses. What additional initiatives do Ministers have to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, to look at and engage in the export market?

Migrant Crossings: Role of the Military (18 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: Any of my constituents watching these exchanges will note the comments of Opposition Members who are trying to pour cold water on a plan that my constituents actually want. They want to see an end to this cross-channel illegal immigration, and they will also be disappointed to hear from the Minister that plans are not yet finalised, because hints and announcements have been made about the use...

Business of the House (13 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: One of the familiar names on high streets up and down the country is Wilko. It is crucial to the vitality of St Peter’s Avenue in Cleethorpes, but unfortunately the company has announced the store’s possible closure, which is of obvious concern, particularly to the staff. The Government have done a great deal to support our high streets, but this is clearly another example of the...

Business of the House (6 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: The Grimsby Telegraph website currently shows an article headed, “Free NHS prescriptions ‘to be axed’ from April”, which I believe to be misleading. My understanding is that Ministers are considering whether to charge the 60 to 65 age group for prescriptions that they get for free at the moment. Could a Minister come to the Dispatch Box to clarify what is proposed? Many of my...

UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (5 Jan 2022)

Martin Vickers: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement on this very encouraging agreement. She says that more than 15,000 companies already export to Australia and that she wants to encourage small family businesses to do so, too. I urge her to build on the excellent support that the Department gives to such businesses, as we need to encourage more businesses, particularly small businesses, into the...


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