Results 141–160 of 1216 for speaker:Nigel Mills

[Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] — Police Forces (5 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I have had some great times with the police going around the hon. Gentleman’s constituency, because we are advised on the police parliamentary scheme not to go around our own seats in case we attract more attention than the police do themselves. I would not go as far as he did in his intervention. Without doubt, we have a huge deficit, which has to be tackled, and there is no way that...

[Sir Alan Meale in the Chair] — Police Forces (5 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention, but I think he is leading me down a line that would cause some difficulty. There is merit in considering whether police officers should sign up for 30 years, or whether they should join on a shorter contract. There is logic in signing up for 10 years, and if that works out for the force and someone wants to stay longer, they can do so. If it...

Packaging Industry (5 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Meale, for the second time this morning. I pay great tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mark Pawsey) for that 47-minute summary of the packaging industry, which demonstrates his knowledge of and enthusiasm for it. He has made almost all the points that I would have cared to make, but I shall reinforce a few of them. First, we...

Business of the House (Police (Detention and Bail) Bill): Clause 1 — Amendment of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (7 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: One of my concerns is that the decision might mean that the rule was ineffective going back 25 years and that a collection of people who believe that they were wrongly treated during that period might bring claims for compensation. There is some detail about that in the explanatory note and my reading of the clause is that the retrospective effect rules out any such potential issue. Does the...

Business of the House (Police (Detention and Bail) Bill): Clause 1 — Amendment of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (7 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I should like simply to expand a little further on the point I made in my intervention on the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) about the potential for retrospective effect. We have seen, in relation to other issues earlier this year, how concerned the public are about any possibility of compensation being paid to people who...

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gale. I shall try to be relatively brief on this important topic. I am grateful that we have the chance to debate and question the Minister on the future of the UK train-building industry, especially with reference to the recent award of preferred-bidder status for the Thameslink contract to the Siemens consortium, rather than the...

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful for that intervention. I suspect that part of my constituency is a bit nearer to Derby than my hon. Friend’s, but I accept that we are all in the same area and that we have people who commute to work at the Bombardier plant and work in the many support industries in the area and who are threatened by the decision. It is worth starting by saying that the area has a proud...

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am sure that all our constituents are asking that question. If Germany and France do not open their markets, why do we open our markets so much? We all want a level playing field. If Germany and France are going to reward their industries, we may have little choice but to go the same way. The issue is not new, because the previous Government considered it in 2003. They commissioned a report...

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I think that Germany wins 26% of the time when it bids, and we win about 14%. However, I am not sure that those statistics work when we are talking about major infrastructure projects that are of huge overall significance, rather than about some of the smaller ones. Frankly, across the EU as a whole, we are a hugely advanced economy, with all the high skills and the value added. Therefore, we...

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention. Had he been here from the start, he would have heard me quote those very same statistics. His point is valid, however, and he reiterates the question whether the Department for Transport is handling those procurements in the most effective manner. I conclude by asking the Minister some questions about future procurement processes. Do the...

[Mr Roger Gale in the Chair] — Train-building Industry (12 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: On that point, I would like to draw my right hon. Friend’s attention to another quote from Mr Scrimshaw, who is the head of Siemens’s train building in the UK. Rail Professional asked whether he would ever look at building in the UK, and he replied: “I wouldn’t rule it out. Currently, all the tenders from DfT don’t include requirements for UK manufacture. We have a model that works...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Local Government: Debts (14 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much interest on debt has been paid by each local authority in England in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and what estimate he has made of interest on debt that will be paid by each local authority in England in 2011-12.

School Funding Reform (19 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: Parents, pupils and teachers alike at the four schools in Swanwick and Alfreton in my constituency that lost their BSF funding will head into the summer in a much more optimistic mood following the announcement that there might be some funding coming their way. Will my right hon. Friend advise them on whether they should think about dusting off the radical BSF plans that were scrapped—or...

Written Answers — Transport: Rolling Stock (19 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State for Transport on 12 July 2011, Official Report, column 23WH, on the train building industry, how many miles of testing the Siemens bogie had undergone by (a) 22 October 2009 and (b) 16 June 2011; and how many such bogies have been manufactured to date.

Public Confidence in the Media and Police (20 Jul 2011)

Nigel Mills: After a decade of spin, I welcome the Prime Minister’s attempt to sort out the relationship between politicians and the media for the long term, not just to manage the news cycle. Will he recommend that Government Departments, local councils and quangos start dispensing with all their own spin doctors so that we can be truly rid of that spin culture?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 1 — Police and crime commissioners (12 Sep 2011)

Nigel Mills: Perhaps I can help my hon. Friend with his argument. A person who is minded to complain about Derbyshire police might try to find the police authority link on the front page of the Derbyshire police website, but they will find it right down in the bottom left—it has about the same significance as the link to the male voice choir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rolling Stock Contracts (15 Sep 2011)

Nigel Mills: Will the Secretary of State confirm that he will look to include socio-economic conditions in future procurement contracts and to give them sufficient weighting that the full economic impact of the contract can be taken into account?

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Green Belt (England) (18 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: My hon. Friend and neighbour and I are separated by some green belt, which perhaps gives us both an incentive to protect it even more. Before she winds up her powerful remarks, however, may I direct her to another comment in the draft planning policy framework, which says the advantage of the green belt is that it assists urban regeneration by encouraging the recycling of derelict land? Does...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Green Belt (England) (18 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: I want to ask my hon. Friend a question that I know is of concern to her as well as me, about the impact of open-cast mining on the green belt. Last week, sadly, an application for open-cast mining in the area of Smalley in my constituency was approved by Derbyshire county council. Does my hon. Friend agree that homes are not the only problem that threatens the green belt? There are also the...

Business of the House: National Planning Policy Framework (20 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. When I was first elected as an MP, one of the older hands advised me to steer clear of planning applications and leave them to councillors because we have no power over them. I have singularly failed to follow that instruction, but then I have had two open-cast mines, a gasification plant and consultations on various supermarkets to deal with in my...


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