Results 1–20 of 165 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Marcus Fysh

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Marcus Fysh: My hon. Friend is making an interesting speech about the history of local government in Somerset. Does he not think, though, that to deal with the overhang of debt that the Liberal Democrats left the county with in 2009, it has been necessary to take a raft of difficult decisions? Is it not worth at least exploring ways of saving the taxpayers money? This proposal might be a solution, but...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Marcus Fysh: The Minister for the Cabinet Office put very well the argument about why we need to keep Cabinet confidentiality. It is an essential part of what the Government of the UK should be doing whenever they are negotiating a treaty or any international matters of substance. Quite frankly, it is an absurd idea that this House should be making them look over their shoulder at every single step and...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Obviously, I accept that position, but may I just say that that is not what it says in Erskine May? [Hon. Members: “Oh!”] I am just reflecting—

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Indeed I am not. I would never do that. What I am saying is that there is a provision in Erskine May for Parliament to seek an order of the House to release certain documents. I accept that this may be a grey area—an evolving area—of parliamentary procedure. None the less, I genuinely think that it goes to the heart of what the Opposition are trying to do. They are simply trying...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Marcus Fysh: In her Mansion House speech, the Prime Minister set out five tests for the EU negotiations and the agreement that we will reach through them. The first test was the need to respect the referendum result and the desire of the people expressed through that referendum to take back control. The customs union plan entirely gives up control to the EU, and the free circulation of goods would also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Departmental Funding (23 Apr 2018)

Marcus Fysh: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on future funding for his Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Departmental Funding (23 Apr 2018)

Marcus Fysh: One way to ensure that we have enough money to spend on defence is to take full account of British industry’s opportunities and contribution when making procurement decisions. End-to-end helicopter manufacturing in the south-west is a strategic asset supporting more than 10,000 jobs and £700 million-worth of exports. Will the Secretary of State discuss with me developing a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Cold-Calling: Pension Fund Transfers (26 Mar 2018)

Marcus Fysh: What discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on prohibiting cold-calling in relation to pension fund transfers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Cold-Calling: Pension Fund Transfers (26 Mar 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Given the importance of pensions and the many changes that have occurred under successive Governments, what proactive steps can the Department take now to ensure that my constituents and others are kept up to date and informed about their own pensions and the options available to them?

Leaving the Eu: Uk Ports (Customs) (19 Mar 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Does my right hon. Friend agree that provisions related to a transition as per the mooted withdrawal agreement would not be effective until such an agreement were ratified and adopted, and that those stages will not be complete until next year? In that context, can he assure the House that upgraded capacity for inspections and declarations will be implemented behind the border now, so that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Modernisation (5 Mar 2018)

Marcus Fysh: What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on NATO modernisation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Modernisation (5 Mar 2018)

Marcus Fysh: UK defence equipment manufacturers can bolt on to EU defence programmes. For example, with its unmanned systems project with the MOD, Leonardo in Yeovil is well placed to help Leonardo in Italy with its recently awarded EU defence project in multinational unmanned systems integration. Can my right hon. Friend assure us that such co-operation will happen without the UK submitting to EU defence...

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Marcus Fysh: One of the concerns I have is that we might have a political agreement on a transition or implementation period in the next six or nine months, but if that falls over at the last minute, it will be essential that we have made the preparations now. I am concerned that we are not getting on with appropriate speed with some of the infrastructure that could alleviate the potential trade issues at...

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Does the right hon. Gentleman think that there is enough information in the impact analyses to judge whether the impact assessments are objective?

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Marcus Fysh: I have looked at forecasts for many years as a professional. I share the right hon. Gentleman’s concerns about these impact forecasts, but perhaps for different reasons. They have absolutely no value as a decision-making tool. Frankly, I am shocked at how poor and poorly constructed they are. I encourage all hon. Members to read them in detail and see exactly that.

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Marcus Fysh: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right that we saw the border between the US and Canada. The US and Canada have different regulatory and customs systems, yet they have a just-in-time, integrated supply chain that works perfectly well, so it is possible. The forecasts that he referred to earlier take no account of the possibility of such just-in-time supply chains continuing to work in a free...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (22 Jan 2018)

Marcus Fysh: I welcome my hon. Friend to his new post. Somerset, which is underfunded relative to other local authorities, was disappointed not to be part of the business rates pilot. Will he meet me to discuss the upcoming local government finance round?

Forestry in England — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (11 Jan 2018)

Marcus Fysh: Would it help to improve access to, and the quality of, smaller woodlands if crafts using wood grown within the same woodland were always regarded as ancillary to forestry within the planning guidance?


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