Results 161–180 of 1215 for speaker:Nigel Mills

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

Nigel Mills: I am grateful to my hon. Friend and reiterate that point. One of the key advantages for the green belt set out in the framework is that communities will be prevented from being merged and our distinct historic communities will be maintained. When there have been threats to the green belt in my constituency in recent years, either real or rumoured, the local people have come together strongly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central Asia (25 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: What recent steps he has taken to strengthen relations with countries in central Asia; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Central Asia (25 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: When I was doing voluntary work in Tajikistan recently, it was noted that despite the good work of our ambassador, there was a very low-key British presence. Will the Minister ask the British Council whether it can raise its profile in that country? The council currently deals with it from Uzbekistan, and relations between the two countries are pretty poor.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Manufacturing (27 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: What steps he is taking to support manufacturing.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Manufacturing (27 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating the work of the high-value manufacturing technology and innovation centre, which has had a display in Parliament for the past two days, and especially a business in my constituency, Advanced Composites, on the work that it does as part of that? Does he agree with the strategy and aims that it has set out, especially on having a strategy...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Eurozone Crisis (27 Oct 2011)

Nigel Mills: I, too, welcome the Chancellor’s efforts to protect British taxpayers from further bail-outs. I also welcome his statement that the International Monetary Fund exists to support countries that cannot support themselves, but I reiterate my concern that the IMF does not end up supporting a currency if a country chooses not to take the right action.

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Nigel Mills: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) on his tireless campaigning to secure this debate. I think it was back in February that I last spoke in a debate on fuel prices. Indeed, it should be a tradition that we debate fuel prices two or three weeks before every Budget or the autumn statement. The last debate was a great success, because shortly afterwards the...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am tempted to say that I will give way again to the hon. Gentleman if he will tell us whether he voted against the VAT rise. We have heard a great deal of concern expressed today about the VAT rise, but it is surprising that those feelings are so strong, given that most Members did not vote against it. We have often said that we had to introduce that increase in part to fix the mess that...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Nigel Mills: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I have similar situations in parts of my constituency. Petrol prices are much higher there than they are in large cities. I have perhaps had a bit of luck recently in that Asda has opened a branch in the past year, which has pushed some petrol prices down a little—not that I like to pay tribute to supermarkets all that often. Governments of both...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Industrial Action (30 Nov 2011)

Nigel Mills: Can the Minister tell my constituents who work hard and have no chance of achieving a £20,000 index-linked guaranteed pension what level of contributions they would have to pay to their own scheme to get that level of pension?

Chancellor of the Exchequer: Benefits Uprating (6 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: Does the Minister agree that rather than trapping more low-paid families in the complicated web of means-tested benefits, which has done so much damage already, taking them out of tax altogether is by far the better approach?

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson). Having recently joined the Northern Ireland Committee, I am becoming more familiar with the issues that he raises and, in particular, with Northern Ireland’s attempts to show that one can compete on tax rates to grow one’s economy. It has the right idea in wanting to match Ireland’s lower corporation tax rate in...

Chancellor of the Exchequer: The Economy (6 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: Well, I am sure that she recognises how great an employer it is—and it is very kind of the hon. Lady to give me an extra minute! Many other businesses in my constituency have expressed their concern about the impact of rising energy bills, especially given the Government’s climate change policies, which increase those costs. In my constituency, I have another great business, Denby...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (13 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: I am sure the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Huntingdon (Mr Djanogly), will join me in paying tribute to the work of the citizens advice bureau in Amber Valley. What progress has he made in his discussions with the Cabinet Office to secure future funding for such centres?

Bill Presented — Passive Flue Gas Systems (Strategy): United Kingdom Statistics Authority (13 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn), although I am not sure how I am going to follow some of the details that he mentioned. It will be a challenge for Mr Dilnot to find a statistical measure for happiness; I am not sure that he will find reliable data for that. I start by welcoming Mr Dilnot’s appointment. I pay tribute to the Chair of the Public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (15 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: Many constituents have contacted me with their concerns about the increase in spending on the Olympics opening ceremony. Will the Minister take this chance just to explain the extra value that we will receive for that money?

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (20 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (20 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: Over the years, we have introduced more than 1,000 tax reliefs, ranging from the vital to the obscure. Why is the Deputy Prime Minister so opposed to tax relief that supports marriage?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Public Service Pensions (20 Dec 2011)

Nigel Mills: I congratulate the Chief Secretary on reaching an agreement. The last thing that any of us want is a regular five-yearly salami slicing of public sector pensions. What aspects of the deal will make it future-proof over the 25-year period to which he has referred?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: High-speed Rail (10 Jan 2012)

Nigel Mills: This will be even more popular in Derbyshire if the trains are built at Bombardier. When will we know the detail of the location of the station for the east midlands and the route for the track, which is of some concern to my constituents?


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