Results 101–120 of 1208 for speaker:Nigel Mills

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

Nigel Mills: The Bill asks the Minister to issue that planning policy guidance for England. If the planning policy sets out the 500 metre mark-in some situations, that could be wider or narrower-we will at least have a decent, robust starting point. We understand that that may be varied in local circumstances, but the problem at the moment is that councils struggle to justify 50 metres versus 400, 300,...

Opposition Day — [13th allotted day]: Fuel Prices and the Cost of Living (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to be invited to speak in the debate, and a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray), who made a passionate if somewhat partisan speech. The Opposition’s problem is that out there in the country no one believes a word that they say about this topic. We all know of their record during 13 years of government, but, just in case a reminder is needed,...

Opposition Day — [13th allotted day]: Fuel Prices and the Cost of Living (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful for that intervention from a fellow Derbyshire Member, and I entirely agree with him. The hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann), who is no longer in the Chamber, said that all Governments had chosen to increase fuel duty over the years. We must accept that it was our Government who, nearly 20 years ago, introduced the fuel duty escalator, but the aim then was to encourage...

Opposition Day — [13th allotted day]: Fuel Prices and the Cost of Living (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful for that intervention—I think. The cost incurred in driving to and from work is clearly a factor when people are deciding whether work pays, which is why the increase planned for 1 April really should not go ahead. Let me return to the topic of nudging. I think we all accept that tax can influence behaviour, and that if we further increase the tax on driving we will see the...

Opposition Day — [13th allotted day]: Fuel Prices and the Cost of Living (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am afraid that I have already given way twice. There is anecdotal evidence that foreign hauliers drive into our country with full tanks of petrol, which in many instances means that they can do all their work here without paying any fuel duty. We are making our haulage industry uncompetitive through the prices that we are charging hauliers to buy diesel in this country and the road taxes...

A38 (Amber Valley) (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Dr McCrea. I am grateful to have the chance to raise this issue, which is of great importance to many communities throughout my constituency. It would help to start by putting the issue in context, in case the Minister is not fully familiar with the stretch of road. The A38 is a dual carriageway, providing a convenient link from the M1 to...

A38 (Amber Valley) (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: As with all such matters, trying to work out who uses what route at what time and for what purpose is a challenge. The A38 is a major trunk road, and unless there is a problem for those travelling through Amber Valley from Derby to the M1 or vice versa, I suspect that they are unlikely to divert to other routes. People who are making short, local journeys will clearly take a different view,...

A38 (Amber Valley) (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful for that intervention. I was talking about speed a few minutes ago. Although such a solution would be helpful for my hon. Friend, I struggle to see how practical it is as an option and how likely it is even to be observed. Before my hon. Friend intervened on me, I was asking about the people who are not in the areas of first priority. What hope do they have of seeing some noise...

A38 (Amber Valley) (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: The details provided by the Highways Agency have identified some further locations in Alfreton in addition to the two at Coxbench and Rawson Green. Is that something that is not correct now, or is it something that the Minister needs to check?

A38 (Amber Valley) (16 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful to the Minister for those comments. The “pushback” that we get from constituents is that these action plans are meant to be five-year action plans and what we all want is that, during the five years of these plans, we actually see some action. Is the Minister suggesting that we will start to see some action on some of the 1,500 projects around the country during the life of...

Alcohol Marketing: New Clause 5 — Memorandum of Understanding (30 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: On the point that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) just made, I note that my hon. Friend’s amendment states that “the police and crime commissioner shall have no involvement in decisions with respect to individual investigations”. If there were a high-profile murder, would my hon. Friend think it appropriate for the commissioner to say to a chief constable, “I...

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: New Clause 1 — Power for licensing authorities to set fees (31 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: My hon. Friend said that every town is different, and I am interested in his experience of running a late-night venue. The Bill would apply the provision to a whole council area, and not just to one town in it. As a nightclub owner, would he have been happy to pay for problems in a different town, and for none of his money to be spent in his town?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: New Clause 2 — Alcohol disorder zones: repeal (31 Mar 2011)

Nigel Mills: It would help us and the industry if we understood how we are going to deal with the problem of events accidentally going beyond midnight or 1 am. Although there might not be any problems, a licence might be sought to cover a wedding or other event. At times such as new year’s eve places are open for a long time, which might technically tip them into the levy, although that is not the...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: Government Reductions in Policing (4 Apr 2011)

Nigel Mills: This is the fourth time in my short career in the House that I have spoken in a policing debate and, sadly, the second time I have done so while a murder investigation is ongoing in my constituency. That makes it a good time for me to pay tribute to the police for their hard work. Large-scale and difficult investigations like this one after the senseless murder of young Jia Ashton in...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: Government Reductions in Policing (4 Apr 2011)

Nigel Mills: The hon. Gentleman has made a sensible point. I hope that the Government’s decision not to increase fuel tax even more will not provide any further encouragement for thefts from petrol stations. Various reports have been quoted as saying that in 2009 only 14% of police officers’ time was spent on patrol and 22% was spent on paperwork. That cannot be right: there must be scope for the...

Opposition Day — [14th Allotted Day]: Government Reductions in Policing (4 Apr 2011)

Nigel Mills: It would be impossible not to agree with that; it has to be the way forward for all the services that have interactions with each other to make those interactions more effective and to avoid the duplication that can arise. People must feel that the police are on their side. In the election campaign, I suspect that the following concern was expressed to every one of us time and again: “What...

Sex Education (Required Content): Clause 10 — Plant and machinery writing-down allowances (4 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: The right hon. Gentleman is making an interesting case. Would he care to comment on whether any work was done by the previous Government when the capital allowance rate was reduced from 25% to 20% to determine whether that cut had the kind of damaging consequences that he now envisages with the cut to 18%?

Sex Education (Required Content): Clause 10 — Plant and machinery writing-down allowances (4 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is with a small amount of pleasure that I rise to speak about tax issues, having spent 13 years advising companies on them, mostly under a Labour Government. It was kind of the right hon. Member for Delyn (Mr Hanson) to mention my two former employers and the various comments that they have made, which I happily endorse. I want to comment on the request for a review of the proposed...

Sex Education (Required Content): Clause 10 — Plant and machinery writing-down allowances (4 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: If we want a competitive corporate tax system, the tax rate is key. However, we probably need to examine four things, which include the tax base, as the hon. Gentleman said, and the complexity, stability and predictability of the system. We are in danger of just ticking the first box; I am not sure we are ticking the tax-base box well with this approach, and we are adding extra complexity....

Sex Education (Required Content): Clause 10 — Plant and machinery writing-down allowances (4 May 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for reminding me of that study from almost a decade ago. I gently point out to him that the rate of capital allowances was quite a bit higher at the time of the study. If he did the same exercise now, he might get a slightly different answer.


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