Results 141–160 of 196 for speaker:Marcus Fysh

Housing: Long-Term Plan (9 Feb 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Given that in my area of south Somerset, the council’s local plan has failed to deliver a five-year housing land supply, would the hon. Gentleman ally with me in searching out a site for a suitable garden town in south Somerset to provide the infrastructure and homes that he is talking about?

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations (4 Feb 2016)

Marcus Fysh: I believe in the primacy and sovereignty of this House which flow from the people who send us here. It is a great honour to follow such rousing and passionate speeches in that regard. The position that I put to my constituents before I was elected was that I would try to give them my dispassionate assessment of what the referendum choice means in real terms for people and their families, that...

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations (4 Feb 2016)

Marcus Fysh: I agree with my hon. Friend that there is scope for that. Clearly, we would need to spend a lot, so I do not buy the argument that we would have lots of extra money. In summary, in respect of the 10 things I have listed, my score is 36 out of 50. By my logic—it is not an emotional logic to do with sovereignty, which I will come on to in a moment—I am leaning towards thinking that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Feb 2016)

Marcus Fysh: People in my constituency are rightly proud of their contribution to the defence of our country, whether through the skill and readiness of the Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton or through the local high-tech industry that makes and maintains helicopters and equipment for our ships, submarines and aircraft and those who bravely serve in them. At a time of increasing security challenges and...

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [Lords] (1 Feb 2016)

Marcus Fysh: It is a bit rich for the Opposition to be talking about this as if it were some sort of a party political issue. [Interruption.] Let meexplain why I said that. Everybody shares the frustration at what happened in the lead-up to the banking crisis, but we cannot get away from the fact that the Labour party played a large part in it. Even though the regulation and the powers were there, the...

Basic Payment Scheme — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (28 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Does my hon. Friend agree that the issue is not only about having a tax holiday, because many farms are not very profitable? When there is a cash-flow issue, as he has described, perhaps we should look at an emergency loan scheme against which they can draw.

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Twenty-five years ago, I was in New York City, and out of some sort of mawkish interest, perhaps in his notoriety, I did two things related to Mr Trump. I visited Trump Tower, which is a black and gold edifice to a certain sort of narcissism, and I read his book, “The Art of the Deal”, which I have to say was pretty similar in many ways. Those things were not very edifying, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Grant Settlement (11 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Yeovil police station in my constituency is threatened with closure under a local decision. Does my right hon. Friend agree that, with funding now safe, proposed closures in areas that can suffer from antisocial behaviour should be paused to allow further consideration?

[Mr David Hanson in the Chair] — backbench business — Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report (7 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: I have experience of the matter in respect of school places and housing. I have found that, by and large, armed forces families have more children than normal families—perhaps I should say the general population—because of their age group. It is a real issue. Does my hon. Friend agree with me that supporting our armed forces is so important? I congratulate her on her all-party...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: I have sympathy with people when their expectations change and I thank my constituents who have emailed me to highlight this issue. I shall start by looking at the background to it. The longevity of our population is rising, which is a good thing. It is great to live longer and women live longer than men—

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Not at the moment. Women on average have a healthier longevity and that is increasing at a greater rate than it is for men. As a nation we spend a massive and increasing amount on our healthcare system and on our pension system in order to allow as many people as possible a happy retirement. It was in 1908 that the Liberal Government under Lloyd George brought in the first...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: Not at the moment. At the time of the last decision in 2011 a concession of over £1 billion was made to help the age groups who are contacting us now. I want to say a little about equality. I have two very young daughters and I am keen that they should have equal opportunities, as far as possible, with men of this nation in the workplace and as citizens. I shall highlight a few things...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Equality is at the heart of what we are trying to do for women. One of the ways that we are trying to achieve that is by decreasing the gender pay gap. That will be helped by increasing the minimum wage, increasing the availability of jobs and increasing the personal tax allowance. We are pursuing many incentives and programmes that will allow women to...

State Pension Age (Women) (7 Jan 2016)

Marcus Fysh: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, the very point on which I had intended to conclude my remarks. We have a duty to the young people of this nation to keep their taxes down so that they have as much scope as possible to plan for their retirement. They are already being asked to shoulder an unacceptable burden that was put on them by the Labour party. It would be entirely wrong to reopen...

Bill Presented — Marriage Registration Bill: Backbench Business — Sexual Exploitation: Protection of 16 and 17-year-olds (17 Dec 2015)

Marcus Fysh: I congratulate my hon. Friends who have been involved in securing the debate on this excellent topic. I want to lend a little of my experience as someone who has been involved in thinking about how to do things better in Somerset. Somerset has had its challenges recently and has tried to improve the standards of care that it provides to children in its care and to children in the county...

Bill Presented — Marriage Registration Bill: Backbench Business — Sexual Exploitation: Protection of 16 and 17-year-olds (17 Dec 2015)

Marcus Fysh: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. That is one of the things that I am keen to work on with him through the devolution process—ensuring that there are clear lines of accountability and that the governance aspects work well. As MPs, we can be involved in those things in future. The recommendations in the excellent report—I congratulate the Children’s Society on...

Business of the House: Strathclyde Review (17 Dec 2015)

Marcus Fysh: As a new Member of this House, I must say that I find the other place a completely ridiculous anachronism. The people of Somerset are very confused as to why it should have any power at all in this place. I would rather see a much more wide-ranging review of what is going on with it. To limit our powers to countermand it to financial matters with regard to statutory instruments is too narrow....

Business of the House: Local Government Finance (17 Dec 2015)

Marcus Fysh: Somerset county council, of which I am a member, has faced significant challenges over the last few years both on account of the fact that it is a rural council, which means it has not had as much money as some of the urban ones, and because it has had to deal with nearly £400 million-worth of debt, which the previous Liberal Democrat administration had run up. Will my right hon. Friend...

Weymouth to Waterloo Rail Line — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (15 Dec 2015)

Marcus Fysh: Thank you, Mrs Moon. It is a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for South Dorset (Richard Drax). Delivering jobs and opportunities to the south-west is at the centre of my mission as an MP and a major focus of our Government. Somerset is a key gateway to the south-west and presents substantial economic opportunities, including in Dorset, as we have heard. The Government are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Airports Capacity (14 Dec 2015)

Marcus Fysh: Job prospects in the south-west and in the rest of the country outside the south-east would clearly be best enhanced by an expansion at Heathrow, but it needs to be legally secure. Does my right hon. Friend agree that sometimes it is best to have a thorough look at these things and that a stitch in time might in this case save nine?


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