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Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 28 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Can the hon. Gentleman clarify my reading of amendment 288? In paragraph (a), the police and crime panel must “review, investigate, and prepare reports and recommendations about…any actions and decisions by the relevant police and crime commissioner”. If the PCC decided to employ a part-time cleaner on £5,000 a year, do you really suggest that the panel must review, investigate, and...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 28 (1 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: In relation to the challenge that the hon. Member for Gedling gave me, I might tell that councillor in my authority that he had far more influence than under the present system.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 28 (3 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Is that not a bit of a shift for the Labour members of the Committee? We had a long debate over many years about abandoning the committee system in local government and replacing it with mayors, strong leaders and cabinets, which largely meant that back-bench councillors could do very little on a council. Is this a sign that Labour Members are shifting their policy back towards that more...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Schedule 6 (3 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Does the hon. Gentleman accept the point that this has been an issue in many fields of local and national government? For example, say, in Scotland, a Member of this Parliament was elected with a different mandate from that of the local MSP. That would create the same conflict, as would be the case if a Member of Parliament was elected on a different mandate from a police commissioner. Those...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 30 (3 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Does my right hon. Friend the Minister agree that, in many situations where the panel cannot force a suspension, we and the public might reasonably expect commissioners to voluntarily stand down while they seek to clear their name. The power that we are being asked to give would force them to be suspended against their own will, and we would all hope that they chose to stand down.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 30 (3 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: While the Minister is considering that point, may I ask him to consider another? Is there any significance in the fact that the charge has to be only in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man? What would happen if I was charged with murder in the Republic of Ireland? The panel would not be enabled to force me to stand down, but one might expect that to be a good idea.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 30 (3 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I just asked my right hon. Friend to think about it.

Energy and Climate Change: Oil Prices (Supply) (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: What assessment he has made of the likely effects on oil prices and supply of the political situation in Egypt.

Energy and Climate Change: Oil Prices (Supply) (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that information, but, given the current high price and the risk of uncertainty increasing it further, does he agree that there is now no need to encourage my constituents and his to change their behaviour through further duties, and that if we do such things we risk driving our constituents out of economic activity completely?

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 105 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I feel the need to speak on the amendment, but I apologise for detaining the Committee. All of us who have served as councillors are familiar with situations in which a licensed premises is causing trouble. Sometimes the walk home route from such a premises ends up going a way that no one predicted, and the people who are affected are not in the vicinity as defined by the current legislation....

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 105 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful to the Minister for his remarks. Does he agree that the Licensing Act encompasses a huge range of activities that need licences? We must not think only of a friendly local pub but, say, a hugely controversial lap dancing bar in a prominent place in a town. In such circumstances, we all recognise that people who visit a town would have a right to comment about the impact it might...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 106 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I probably signalled that I have different views on the clause from those that I had on clause 105. The Government are going too far with the application for a review. If a planning application for a building is approved, no matter how much I might have disliked that building going up next to me, I cannot object every six months to its existence and try to get it taken down; it is a one-off...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 106 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: When I am making a new application, it is quite right that the council must go through a process to decide whether to grant me those premises, and at that point I have made no significant investment. However, once those premises are there and I am running something, I have made a significant investment—I have a huge amount to lose if there is a scurrilous request to change, and that makes...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 106 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I understand the point that the hon. Gentleman is trying to make. However, when you make an application, there must be a process that the council goes through to decide whether to grant it. Allowing the same person 100 miles away to request a review creates a process that otherwise may not exist. If someone 100 miles away is so concerned about the harm that this site is causing, one would...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 106 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Two-tier questions are interesting. I am trying to draw a distinction, but where we perhaps could have two tiers is on an initial application and then at request for review. I would not be so concerned if a review is requested by someone living near a site and then additional representations are made from people living further away. However, allowing people who are not suffering any harm from...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 124 (10 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I appreciate the logic of the Minister’s comments. Will he clear up one matter? One town out of three in my constituency might have an issue in the early morning and require an extra policeman, or perhaps a taxi rank marshal, and the levy could fund that. How would that benefit businesses in the other towns, which are eight miles away? When there is such geographical separation, it is...

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) on bringing forward his Bill. He made a very persuasive case for the need for these measures in his own constituency and many others around the country, and that case is no less strong in my constituency, which is in the heart of the old Derbyshire coalfields and has a long history of deep and...

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: Does my hon. Friend agree that local councils and MPs oppose these applications not because of nimbyism but generally on strong, robust planning grounds that are entirely consistent with planning policy? That is why it is so incredibly frustrating that their decisions get overturned at appeal by the Secretary of State, who seems just to fly in the face of planning policy.

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I think that we all fully appreciate that the Minister cannot comment on individual applications, but may I press him to comment a little on the annoyance that people feel when county councils turn down applications on valid planning grounds and they see Secretaries of State completely override local opinion? Is that approach appropriate? Does he think it might change a little under his...

Bill Presented: Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Nigel Mills: I struggle with the point that the Minister is making. Does he really think that all the councils that have consistently tried to defeat such planning applications have somehow missed the idea of putting a 500 metre separation zone in their planning policy, and that saying, "Change your policy and put that in," will stand up to scrutiny when applications are made and subsequently go to...


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