Results 41–60 of 1246 for speaker:Nigel Mills

Rail Services (Erewash) (7 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: I congratulate my neighbour and hon. Friend on securing the debate, and I praise her long-standing commitment to this cause. As she knows, some of her constituents are likely to use Langley Mill station in my constituency. Will she join me in calling on East Midlands Trains to sort out access to the platforms there at long last? Southbound passengers arriving at Langley Mill have to go down a...

Rail Services (Erewash) (7 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: I concur with the Minister's assessment. The Liverpool-to-Norwich train was taken off from stopping at Langley Mill, and was effectively replaced by the Leeds-to-Nottingham service, which stops twice in my constituency, at Alfreton and Langley Mill. That service has proved very popular, according to the number of people I have seen on that train when I have used it. I would strongly oppose...

Vote on Account 2011-12 — Home Office: Police Funding (8 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate, and this is the third time in seven months as a Member of Parliament that I have spoken on this issue. It is also a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), a fellow east midlands Member. I am sure he will agree that the east midlands forces have generally fared relatively badly in terms of funding in recent years. We...

Bill Presented: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (13 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate on a Bill that will fulfil many Conservative manifesto commitments, namely electing police commissioners and tackling the antisocial behaviour that is caused by excessive drinking in some of our towns. It is a pleasure to follow the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee for the second time in a week. I found myself losing concentration thinking...

Bill Presented: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (13 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: I am sorry, time is too limited. Police commissioners, as the hon. Member for Blackpool North and Cleveleys (Paul Maynard) said, are not something that one reads about and at once thinks, "Oh, marvellous." People do not come to our surgeries and say that they want a police commissioner by May 2012. However, when one works through the ideas and looks at the problems that we are trying to...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Local High Streets (21 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful to have the pleasure of speaking in the debate, Mr Gray, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore) on securing it. This is an important debate for a constituency such as mine, which has a collection of village high streets and three market towns. I think that I can still refer to them as market towns, as all three have markets, but I suspect...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Local High Streets (21 Dec 2010)

Nigel Mills: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. One thing that councils should have the power to do is to say, "Right, we want this town to be a focus for restaurants or for small shops." They should be able to choose whatever is right for that town and look at how they can encourage that. We have heard talk of granting business rate discounts, and that is certainly something that we can do. We can...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: The idea that a member of the current police authority is accountable to a local area is news to me; I have never had experience of that. I would have thought that having each district council represented on the police and crime panel would help. It would be much more transparent. Every district will have someone, and you will know who that person is. Presumably it will be the leader or the...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: I should like to take that further forward. Picking any example causes a problem, but say that I was—heaven forbid—the west midlands police commissioner in two years’ time and I said, “Don’t want speed cameras. I don’t think that they work. We will do speed reduction through education and perhaps flashing signs in accident black spots.” Would not that be a case in which someone...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Say I said that, and you thought that it was completely ridiculous and mad. Would that be a time when you were trying to agree with me or would you be trying to create a public debate? I am trying to understand what the interaction would be. Would you reject a police plan just because it had that in it?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: I did. One of the issues that we’ve been around the houses with a bit is how you get in the local links and accountability when you have one person with a larger region. It looks like the police and crime panels are the fix for that in the Bill. It looks to me to be positive that you are bringing an individual from every district council into this, which is a bit of progress from the police...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Which individuals at local authorities do you tend to have a relationship with? Is the person the leader or the chief executive?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: I have a couple of differing questions. First, Chris, have you ever found it tricky to walk the line between doing your job and getting into politics? There can be an argument about whether you should ever use fixed cautions for knife offenders, or for some other thing that is topical. Have you ever struggled to stay on the right side of that line? Have you ever felt that you might have made...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Do you think that this change to commissioners will help you toe that line to a certain extent, in that if there is a political problem the commissioner can deal with it, and if it is operational it falls into your domain? Or do you think that it will make no difference in that sort of situation?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Let us pick funding, which is probably a grave situation. On that, it must be hard for you to find a line.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: Not all of your colleagues have taken that view, have they? There have occasionally been some pretty strong requests for funding or warnings about what funding might do.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: My second question is on the late night levy. Is that something that you would welcome? How would you see it working?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (18 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: I would have thought that being able to raise funds from pubs that were causing crime and disorder in the early hours of the morning would be—

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: I think the Minister was heading down the road that I wanted to go down. If we are going to allow councils to choose an area, how exactly do we define what they are allowed to choose? You have referred to “neighbourhood.” Do you think that designating a whole neighbourhood, rather than a whole council area, could work? Would that be effective in this regard?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (20 Jan 2011)

Nigel Mills: One of the issues that I have with licensing is the vicinity test. We want to give all those who are affected by a premises the chance to comment or seek a review without opening the door to too many national campaign-type things, which are not really focused on the local issue. We are making progress with  that, but, in my seat, I have a nightclub in the green belt and the walk-home route...


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