Results 2281–2300 of 2411 for speaker:Andrew Percy

Employment Retention: Clause 1 — polling days for parliamentary general elections (16 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: As interesting as the examples from Europe are, does the hon. Gentleman not agree that the countries that share our monarch and have exactly the same problems with prerogative powers and so on provide a better example of where we should be heading?

Employment Retention: Clause 1 — polling days for parliamentary general elections (16 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I shall make a short contribution. I have a great deal of sympathy with the amendment tabled by the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards) for a four-year term. I am not quite so enamoured with the idea of three years, and I shall say something about that in a moment. However, I could not agree with the manner and the tone of some of the contributions in the past hour...

Employment Retention: Clause 1 — polling days for parliamentary general elections (16 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I am just a lowly Back Bencher. I cannot answer that question, but the right hon. Lady has made her point and no doubt Ministers will respond to it when they come to the Dispatch Box. It is important to remember that the subject of the Bill is not one that electrifies the public. We are all in agreement about that. In the Dog and Duck they do not talk about it. In my village the pub is well...

Employment Retention: Clause 1 — polling days for parliamentary general elections (16 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I hope that politicians on all sides take notice of their electorate at all times. The problem with going to a three-year term is that they may take less notice of their constituents and a great deal more notice of the newspapers. Given that Governments tend to be most responsive to newspapers in the last year or six months before an election, the risk with a three-year term is that the...

Employment Retention: Clause 1 — polling days for parliamentary general elections (16 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: The problem with the American Senator term is that a third of the Senate is elected every two years, which means that they, too, are in a perpetual state of elections, so that idea does not carry over completely. The other experience of more regular elections is that there tends to be a greater propensity on the part of the electorate to re-elect their incumbents. As I am now an incumbent,...

Employment Retention: Clause 1 — polling days for parliamentary general elections (16 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I was involved in that in New Jersey in 2000. Such matters were determined on a state-by-state basis and depended very much on who was in control in that state. It is not quite the case that Congressmen themselves are busy dividing up their own seats, but there are examples where that happens. I conclude where I started. For me, a four-year term feels more natural. As I said, I have no...

Support and Protection for Elderly People and Adults at Risk of Abuse: European Union Economic Governance (10 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I am getting a little confused. If the information is already in the public domain and any organisation can find it, and if we do not have to listen to any recommendations made, what is the point of our agreeing to this?

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (9 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: It is really important to get financial education into our schools because one of the big problems with things such as credit unions is that people do not understand what they are. Banks come into schools, but we do not know about the whole range of the market.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Higher Education Funding (3 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I have never liked tuition fees; I did not like them when the Labour party introduced them. My concern is for people going into our public services who will most likely be just above the £21,000 threshold but will then be faced with having to pay down tens of thousands of pounds-worth of debt. What can we do to encourage the very best graduates to continue to go into our public services...

Science, Engineering and Technology (Women) (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Lady is right. However, girls and young women are often pressured later into a more academic route, as it is seen traditionally as female. I am keen to pursue joint pathways, where young people, particularly girls, can take both partly academic and partly vocational qualifications. Does the hon. Lady not think that if we can achieve that in our schools, we will encourage many more of...

National Express East Anglia (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. Although few people in Brigg and Goole probably use the National Express East Anglia route, the quality of our stations is important. Some train operating companies have told me that if franchises lasted longer, companies could plan investment in stations much more and possibly increase it much more. Perhaps the Minister can address that...

Education Maintenance Allowance (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: The young people in north Lincolnshire certainly needed all the support that they could get when the Labour council put their bus passes up by 500%. It is important that we target support in the right area. I used to teach in a private school-only for a short period-where there were parents who were paying fees but whose children were still accessing the EMA. I am a big supporter of the EMA...

Post Office Network (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I will make a short contribution, as I know that many Members wish to speak. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for The Cotswolds (Geoffrey Clifton-Brown) on securing the debate on an issue that is important for all our constituents. The two counties represented in my constituency were badly affected by the most recent round of post office closures. In the Yorkshire part, we lost post...

Post Office Network (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I do. As it happens, I was in a different Red Lion this past weekend, in Epworth-it is wonderful. There is an opportunity for pubs and other organisations to be used for outreach services. In fact, I was planning to speak about outreach in a couple of minutes. The impact of post office closures, particularly on rural communities, cannot be overestimated. I do not believe that the previous...

Post Office Network (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I will give way to my near neighbour.

Post Office Network (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I absolutely agree. I remember reading in local newspapers that my hon. Friend ran a campaign for the Fulford post office and delivered a petition to No. 10 Downing street. I know that he worked incredibly hard on that. I want to say a couple of things about what local authorities can do to support the post office network. The hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) made a point about that....

Post Office Network (2 Nov 2010)

Andrew Percy: I absolutely agree. I join my hon. Friend in condemning that, and I am sure that the Minister will respond to his comments. The additional funding is extremely welcome. In fact, it was publicised in my local paper just last weekend. I was out door-knocking this weekend in several villages, and quite a few people who had seen the article told me how grateful they are that the Government have...

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

Andrew Percy: The A160 scheme has enjoyed the support of local government in north Lincolnshire, but it has now been delayed until 2015. Will the Minister meet me and a cross-party delegation of local MPs to discuss this important scheme in more detail?

Suicide and Self-Harm in a Recession (27 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: If the organisations that we are trying to get to remove content refuse to do so, will the Minister name and shame them?

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

Andrew Percy: For years, Yorkshire and the Humber has had some of the lowest per capita transport funding in the country, so I welcome the investment in Yorkshire and the Humber today and specifically the two schemes in the Humber area-the A63 Castle street and the A161-that are likely candidates for funding into the future. May I ask the Secretary of State whether he will take into account when making a...

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