Results 141–160 of 913 for speaker:Martin Vickers

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: I speak both as a railway enthusiast and an officer of the all-party group on heritage rail, which is particularly interested in ensuring that locomotives are in steam and that people see them running. I have visited York on many occasions and the days on which the locomotives are in steam draw the real crowds. Will the Minister assure us that if locomotives are transferred, whether to...

UK Relations with Taiwan — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) on securing this timely debate. I, too, visited Taiwan on a delegation earlier this year; as with others, that is recorded in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. We saw a dynamic and go-ahead country eager to extend both cultural and economic...

UK Relations with Taiwan — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (24 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. That is another area of co-operation that we can develop further. Referring to the renewables sector in my own constituency, marine operations are particularly strong in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, and the installation, operation and maintenance vessels that sail from there will be vital to Taiwan as it develops its offshore wind sector. My hon....

European Council (23 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: Over the weekend, television broadcasters and newspapers have repeatedly used a photograph in which the German Chancellor and the French President are covering their mouths. Viewers of “Match of the Day” will be familiar with that pose, which is usually adopted by managers and coaches on the bench when they do not want the opposition to see their change of tactics. Does my right...

Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: The Government have done much work on, and given great support to, our cities and city regions, but our provincial towns, and particularly coastal communities, do not get the benefit of a trickle down from the economies of a nearby city. Will the Government find time for a debate on the support that they can give to our provincial towns?

Grenfell Tower (19 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: I am chairman of the all-party group on local government, and along with other members of the group I have been following closely the responses of individual local authorities. I recognise that much hard work has been done to monitor the situation in social housing, but to reassure people up and down the country, will the Secretary of State confirm that his Department is monitoring the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Shipley Eastern Bypass (19 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: Many of my constituents would like to visit Shipley on many occasions, but in order to do so that they would have to travel along concrete sections of the A180, which causes great disturbance to residents in Stallingborough and other villages in my constituency. Will the Secretary of State urge Highways England to look favourably on funding improvements to that section of the A180?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: As the Prime Minister pointed out in answer to the first question, the northern powerhouse initiative has done a great deal to help the economies of northern areas. But our coastal communities are desperately in need of further investment and support. In north-east Lincolnshire we have established a private sector-led project board that benefits from the expertise of its members, who include...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Martin Vickers: I thank the Minister for the recent meeting that he had with me and other colleagues about Grimsby Hospital, which is in special measures. It was clear from a recent meeting I had with the chief executive that staff vacancies are one of the biggest problems preventing the hospital from getting out of special measures. What additional support can the Department offer in order to get the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Martin Vickers: The results of yesterday’s renewables sector auction were very beneficial for my constituency. Will the Minister outline what further developments he has in mind to encourage and support the construction of turbines in the UK? How will we ensure, particularly in northern Lincolnshire, that the skills are there to meet the demands?

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wakefield (Mary Creagh), whose contribution highlights how useful these pre-recess debates can be for emphasising the important issues that face our constituents. I want to highlight two or three constituency issues, but first I wish to raise a point of national concern, although it has sufficiently irritated a number of my constituents over the...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Rural Parish Growth (20 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: Rural parish growth is being handicapped by the fact that the clergy are responsible for six, eight or even more parishes. What efforts are being made to ensure that more people are recruited to the clergy, and that they are directed towards rural parishes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Core Cities: Economic Regeneration (17 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the Minister’s announcement about the coastal communities fund a moment ago. He will be aware that a major regeneration scheme is being developed by North East Lincolnshire Council, about which I wrote to the Secretary of State a couple of weeks ago. Will the Minister agree to meet me and other representatives from the area so that we can move this forward very quickly?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Transport Infrastructure Investment (13 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: The Minister spoke about places in the sun a minute ago, and I am sure he was thinking of Cleethorpes. As he knows from his recent visit to my constituency, one of the urgent priorities is the resurfacing of the A180 to remove the concrete surfaces. Does the Department have any plans that will help that project? As he was unable to answer Question 3, perhaps he could develop the role of...

Road Infrastructure — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: My main aim in this short contribution will be to talk about the condition of the A180, but perhaps I may join other hon. Members in mentioning two quick asks. I feel somewhat guilty in doing so, because last Friday the Minister of State, Department for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr Hayes), was in my constituency opening the upgrade to the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospitals: Standards (4 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress is being made on turning round hospitals in special measures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (4 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: May I return the Minister’s attention to the issues facing Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust? My constituents are worried that both Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals are in special measures for the second time in as many years. Will he meet me and neighbouring MPs to discuss the situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Martin Vickers: What progress has been made to improve the co-operation between Action Fraud and individual police forces to ensure that, as in the case of a couple of my constituents, people are not passed from pillar to post when they seek information from one of those organisations?

Business of the House (29 Jun 2017)

Martin Vickers: In recent years, my constituency has benefited from Government support but, as my right hon. Friend will be aware, coastal communities continue to face particular challenges. May we have a debate on those challenges, and on how the Government will continue to support coastal areas?


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