Results 1–20 of 707 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Pawsey

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Mark Pawsey: This is an important week in the taxi trade, because the world’s first purpose-built electric taxi, made by the London Electric Vehicle Company in Ansty Park in my constituency, has been certified for use in London. May we have a debate about how investment in electrification can help meet environmental objectives?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I am sure the Secretary of State will have seen today’s report from the British Chambers of Commerce, which concludes that, for our businesses to grow and compete, it is vital that local authorities provide an adequate supply of building land and consents for new commercial buildings. I know he is considering business rate retention, so will he ensure that proactive councils, such as...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a brief contribution on the Budget, which sets out that we have a strong economy that is showing remarkable resilience. Of course, there are Labour Members who would talk Britain down. We expect Oppositions to oppose—that is what they do—but usually they set out what they would do instead and, crucially, the cost implications of their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Suppliers: Innovation (27 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: What steps he is taking to encourage innovation by defence suppliers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Suppliers: Innovation (27 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: The Minister identifies great innovation within our suppliers, but does she also agree that an example is shown by the advanced induction motor technology—the most power-dense electric motors available anywhere—that have been installed on the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which were manufactured by GE in my constituency?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I am grateful for the opportunity to debate district council collaboration and devolution in England. As an MP representing a district area and a former member of the district council in my constituency, I am keen to champion the vital role that district councils play in delivering public services and shaping local communities. It is a great pleasure to see that my hon. Friend the Member for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: We looked specifically at what is happening in England. One of the key points for us is that these should be voluntary arrangements. These should be arrangements where councils get together and work out what is the best for them and their local communities, rather than having something imposed from the top down—from the centre. To that extent, the processes we looked at differed from...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and for his contribution to the report. He is entirely right. We identified all sorts of valuable arrangements in taking evidence, and he gives a good example. It is important to realise that the examples of collaboration that I gave from my district council are very much with authorities that are immediately adjacent, but we also discovered great...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: District councils’ housing authorities have a big role to play in bringing forward additional housing. We need district councils to work more effectively with other agencies to identify land to bring forward for development. There are many ways in which district councils can work more collaboratively, both between one another and with other agencies, many of which will be landowners....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: District Councils (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: My hon. Friend refers to specific incidents in his area, and I am concerned about the compulsion that appears to exist. The evidence that we received shows that these arrangements are much more effective when people work collaboratively and identify the relationships that most suit them. We think that encouraging collaboration across functional economic areas will have many benefits, and that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: In April 2015, the residents of Brownsover saw their only GP surgery close in an area of Rugby that once had significant challenges but that, thanks to the great work of local councillors, has been regenerated. My constituents reluctantly accepted short-term pain for the long-term gain of a new surgery that would open the following summer. Regrettably, the project still has not yet started,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Advance Payments (13 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: We hear a lot from Opposition Members about universal credit, but we have to remember that it is a much more effective system at getting people into work. Nationally, 113 people move into work under universal credit for every 100 under the previous system. My constituency, which was a pathfinder for universal credit, is seeing very substantial falls in the number of people claiming. Is it not...

Temporary Accommodation: Autumn Adjournment (7 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens), who has demonstrated both his effective use of early-day motions and raised some constituency issues, although he did say he would not use the debate as a moanfest. I am not going to use this debate as a moanfest, but as a celebration. I want to use it to recognise the very powerful and important...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Civil Nuclear Industry (7 Nov 2017)

Mark Pawsey: It is very important that we achieve an agreement with the EU that enables us to retain as many of the benefits of Euratom as possible. Will the Minister say something about the future of small modular reactors in the UK?

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I welcome the Secretary of State’s speech introducing this Bill. He set out very clearly the benefits of the smart meter programme and what the Bill’s two main provisions will do. First, the Bill will extend the Secretary of State’s powers by five years, from 2018 to 2023. It is interesting that the legislation gives such powers in five-year batches to ensure that the powers...

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my neighbour for his remarks. Of course, the issue is the use of the second generation of meters—the SMETS 2 meters—and we need to get them into as many places with prepayment plans as possible, so that those households too can get the benefits of seeing when their electricity is cheapest and using their appliances when they get maximum advantage.

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Mark Pawsey: I could not agree more. In many ways I regret the need for us to consider a price cap, because I believe the answer to the problem that we are trying to tackle is to make it easier for consumers to understand exactly how much energy they use and how much it would cost from another supplier and to make it possible for them to make an easy, effective switch.

Smart Meters Bill (24 Oct 2017)

Mark Pawsey: The right hon. Gentleman makes a superb case for getting smart meter roll-out moving as quickly as possible. There are lots of reasons why we need to move on to SMETS 2 meters, but we have some problems with smart meters and SMETS 1. I had not come across those until this weekend, when I received an email from my constituents Mr and Mrs Lafferty, who are dual-fuel customers of First Utility....

European Council (23 Oct 2017)

Mark Pawsey: The Prime Minister will have seen the recent EEF survey of companies’ future investment plans. Does she agree that it underlines how important it is for business that we get on to discussing trade arrangements at the earliest opportunity?

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