Results 101–120 of 198 for speaker:Marcus Fysh

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I welcome the visit to Yeovil earlier this year of the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend the Member for West Worcestershire (Harriett Baldwin), and the investment in Crowsnest fleet protection to be provided by our Merlin helicopters. What is she doing to ensure that Boeing works with Leonardo in Yeovil on the UK’s Apache helicopters, and to encourage Boeing further...

Business of the House (26 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Can we have a debate on how the Government can do better to ensure that the prosperity agenda stemming from defence procurement is used to ensure that existing clusters of high-tech businesses in the south-west, such as in Yeovil, benefit from inward investment by large beneficiaries of UK Government spending such as Boeing?

Backbench Business: UK Helicopter Industry (24 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I beg to move, That this House has considered the UK helicopter industry. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. The helicopter industry is a strong existing centre of research, innovation and excellence on which we must build, using the tools emerging in the Government’s industrial strategy to secure our strategic ability to produce helicopters and other defence...

Backbench Business: UK Helicopter Industry (24 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I absolutely agree with that sentiment. It is essential that we build on the highly skilled workforces in the UK. There is one in Yeovil, and I know that there are others within the industry in other parts of the UK. We have a great opportunity to construct a proper modern industrial strategy for turbo-charging skills development and apprenticeships.

Backbench Business: UK Helicopter Industry (24 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Yes, absolutely. It is an important national industry, and I want to see it mentioned specifically within the industrial strategy. I have been working hard—I thank the Minister for her engagement with me over many months, since she was appointed, as well as the former Minister—on how we can make the industry a part of the industrial strategy. I welcome the support of everybody...

Backbench Business: UK Helicopter Industry (24 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I thank the hon. Member for his intervention and, yes, I absolutely agree that the industry needs to take a holistic view, in order to work with the MOD and other clients in the rest of the world, to see how we can optimise these matters. I call on the Government to support my infrastructure-led industrial strategy plans for the Yeovil area, with broader input from the national work on...

Local Government Finance Bill (23 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Has the Minister looked at the Laffer curve? It is used in economics to indicate the position on the income tax collection spectrum of the optimum place to collect as much revenue as possible. We hear a lot about what this revenue can do for local government, but there is a limit on what businesses can bear, and some of the businesses in my towns are really struggling with business rates....

Industrial Strategy Consultation (23 Jan 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I welcome these proposals and note that in all 10 of the areas of focus, the Yeovil area and its aerospace cluster present outstanding and crucial opportunities to optimise our potential. Will my right hon. Friend visit my constituency and help me to promote a local centre of excellence, an institute of technology, to build local skills and actively to encourage inward investment from the...

European Council 2016 (19 Dec 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Would we be prepared to spend more than 2% of GDP on defence—on carrier battle group support, for example—to underpin security in Europe and elsewhere as part of the constructive ongoing relationship between the EU and the UK?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (19 Dec 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Schools in Somerset have great teachers, but find it hard to recruit. Does my hon. Friend agree that adjusting the funding formula will help rural areas such as mine to attract and retain excellent teachers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (12 Dec 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Will my hon. Friend support me in obtaining Department for Communities and Local Government sponsorship for the lion’s share of funding to bring forward the iAero innovation hub in Yeovil? Rapid innovation in unmanned aerial vehicles could help the MOD to deliver aid and support our military.

Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (29 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: I draw the House’s attention to my outside interests, among which are some financial interests in developing nations. The scale of the development problem facing us is largely to do with the projected world population growth over the coming years, so it is right that the CDC focus on Africa and south Asia, as they are key areas of population growth. Twenty African nations are posting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Community Pubs (28 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Like other businesses, pubs in my constituency are grateful for the raising of the threshold for the payment of rates, but they can suffer following bizarre Valuation Office Agency reassessment decisions that cancel out the benefit. As local authorities such as Somerset are now highly dependent on growing their rates revenue and on 100% rates retention, how can it be right that businesses...

South-west Growth Charter — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (22 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Will my hon. Friend give way?

South-west Growth Charter — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (22 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Yes, that is a wonderful industry and we need to focus on it and raise its skill levels. Investing in infrastructure is absolutely fundamental to what we are trying to achieve in the area.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Mental Illness (21 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that people with mental health conditions are properly supported into work.

Backbench Business (17 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Thank you, Mr Wilson. I was saying that it is often only when a community faces the loss of its post office that it realises what a wonderful service the post office system provides. I speak in support of not just the customers but the postmasters who provide that service. Post offices are often owned by hard-working families who constantly look for ways to improve their flagging...

Backbench Business (17 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Members who have spoken already. I want to support the millions of customers all over the land who rely on the Post Office service in many remote areas as well as in towns. A post office recently closed in my village, East Coker, so I understand how important that is to a community; but it is true even in big towns such as Crewkerne, where the town centre...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Carers (8 Nov 2016)

Marcus Fysh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of provision within the school system for the needs of students who are young carers.

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