Results 2321–2340 of 2411 for speaker:Andrew Percy

Written Answers — Home Department: Police: EU Countries (14 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by police forces in the UK on evidence-gathering for police forces of other EU member states in the last three years.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diplomatic Service: Flags (14 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on purchasing and installing European Union flags at UK diplomatic posts in the last five years.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill (13 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: As interesting as it is to hear about what is happening in other countries, I am more interested in what happens here. The hon. Gentleman will of course be aware that the average length of a Parliament in this country since 1945 has been 3.7 years. Actually, four years would be a very British thing to do.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill (13 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: My hon. Friend may be suggesting something similar to mid-term elections, but one of the problems with the Bill is that it proposes a five-year cycle. If we are to opt for the system suggested by my hon. Friend, we really need a four-year Parliament with the council elections two years in, and unfortunately the Bill will not give us that.

Written Answers — Home Department: Deportation: EU Nationals (13 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European Union citizens of each nationality were deported from the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration Controls: EU Nationals (13 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU citizens of each nationality have been refused entry to the UK in each of the last five years.

Business of the House (9 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: Over the summer I met the representatives of several businesses in east Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire who, having survived Labour's recession, are now in a difficult position in relation to their banks and obtaining loans. One particular allegation put to me by those businesses was that banks were refusing to entertain full applications so that their refusal rates, which are published,...

Public Libraries (7 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: One issue that we have not talked about is post offices. My area has lost a number of post offices in the past few years, and along with the post office we also lose the village shop. Will there be discussions between Ministers about how we can get the Post Office to work more closely with library authorities on possibly co-locating?

Public Libraries (7 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: I also congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate-I know that he is a passionate advocate of libraries. My hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Andrew Stephenson) spoke in support of what has been happening in his area, but in my area, our experience of the local council has been a little different. We currently have a Labour council that is proposing the possible closure of a library...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Recorded Crime (6 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: Will the Minister confirm that during the last year of the previous Government, police numbers in the Humberside force-the one that serves my constituency and that of the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull East (Karl Turner)-fell by 150? There are nevertheless still concerns about how to move forward on this issue. Can we have an assurance that when we eventually restructure police...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: European Investigation Order (27 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: The problem with the argument that this is simply a simplification of existing arrangements is that that argument was put forward by Labour Ministers when they were pursuing the Lisbon treaty. That is why many of us are concerned about this and will continue to believe, as we said in opposition, that it demonstrates a relish for surveillance and a disdain for civil liberties. What impact will...

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: New Clause 7 — Social cohesion (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: I was not planning to speak on Third Reading, but I want to respond to a couple of points made by the shadow Secretary of State, particularly relating to Labour Members' concerns about special educational needs and inclusion. We should always use temperate language, and although debate on the Bill has been interesting and measured on both sides of the House, the extreme language used-we heard...

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: I am failing to get my head round the arguments of Opposition Members. There was plenty of consultation-admittedly under the previous Government-on Building Schools for the Future and on transforming our primary school agenda, and it threw up thousands of names on petitions from parents who did not want their schools closed, yet their schools were still closed. Where was the consultation? The...

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: I think I heard the hon. Gentleman correctly and that he was saying that the Opposition are arguing that they want consultation simply so that they can say they have had it, but they are not all that bothered about the outcome.

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: I agree with the shadow Minister that there should always be a way back, but I fail to understand the following fact. When his party were in government, there were plenty of forced mergers and forced school closures through the transforming our primary schools programme and the surplus places legislation. There were thousands of names on petitions against irreversible school closures. Where...

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Gentleman makes the point that I was going to make about amendment 8, which limits consultation on the ballot to the parents at the school at the time, taking no account of the wider community or communities. One of the biggest problems that I have with the suggestion of a ballot for parents is this: given that orders can take up to a year to go through, who do we ballot? Do we...

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Gentleman will probably be disappointed, as I was about to move on to that point. Labour Members have said a great deal about the role of the local authority, and of parents in relation to it, in control of schools. In the area I represented as a councillor, when parents were up in arms about proposals to close our primary schools, the local education authority was in no position to...

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman has come round to the idea of having a 55% rule in certain circumstances. With the ballots proposal, the risk is that we end up with vexatious and frivolous requests for ballots.

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: As someone who has been a teacher, I hope that governing bodies will have a way not only to move in one direction but, potentially, to move back.

Bills Presented — Local Referendums Bill: Clause 3 — Application for Academy order (26 Jul 2010)

Andrew Percy: My hon. Friend has, I hope, allayed some of the fears of the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas). Should the measures not succeed, or should the school not be happy with the position, the Bill would provide a route back. We should trust governing bodies and governors to do their job. They are dedicated people, education professionals, well intentioned parents, and well...


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