Results 1–20 of 137 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

Points of Order (28 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker.

Points of Order (28 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: It is on this matter.

Points of Order (28 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: On page 201 of “Erskine May”, the section on ministerial accountability quotes from a resolution that was passed by both Houses of Parliament in the 1996-97 Session, which makes it clear that Ministers do not have to disclose all information if it is not in the public interest to do so. Does that have any bearing on this?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: It is a pleasure to stand here tonight and to talk about this Bill on behalf of my constituents. Having listened to the speech by the hon. Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd), they might have been a bit surprised to hear that there was no point to this place at all. However, what we are doing tonight, if we pass these resolutions, is giving our consent to the Government bringing in a Bill that is...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I do not accept that at all, but I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. We have a major opportunity to think about what tariffs are best for all of our economy, rather than always having to think about just the EU. This is a really big opportunity to shape many of our industries, when we have just had to cope with a one-size-fits-all solution for many years now. Our ability to cope on...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: My hon. Friend makes an important point, and I completely agree. It is massively important that we look at the data systems, and I have talked a lot with Ministers about the customs declaration service that we are putting in place by January 2019. I have met industry representatives, and I have to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke) for organising some of those...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I thank the hon. Lady. I agree that we need clarity as early as possible on all these issues, and I encourage Ministers to come forward with ideas on that. Returning to what we heard about Ireland in various interventions on the Minister, I would like him to think about whether, in the VAT resolutions, we are confining ourselves a little too much by saying that the Government may not, through...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I thank my hon. Friend. That is a very interesting point, and I am sure that Ministers will look at it. The Irish economy probably has more to lose than any other party in the negotiations between us and the EU. We have been talking in our papers about wanting to maintain the common transit convention, and that is probably right. Ireland is incredibly dependent on that because 80% of its...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I cannot take any more interventions, I am afraid, because other people want to speak. Given the apparent attitude of the Government of the Republic of Ireland to some of these matters at the moment, we should not automatically assume that we will allow them access to the common transit convention. Ministers should take a pretty firm view of that given that we certainly do not want our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Does the hon. and learned Lady agree that one aspect of the legal certainty that the Government should consider is that, as our relationship with the EU evolves, we do not want our judges to have to make decisions that might affect our commercial policy, or indeed our diplomatic policy, towards the EU?

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Our ageing population is undoubtedly one of the challenges of our age, and I am proud of what we are doing locally in Somerset to be in the vanguard in this country on the integration of health and social care, which is an essential part of meeting the challenge. Some of our care providers have faced incredibly big challenges over recent years. The rise in the national living wage has put a...

Leaving the EU (24 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Does my hon. Friend agree that if we do not set the agenda for the circumstances of both having a deal and not, the EU will do it for us, and that is the antithesis of what the people voted for in the EU referendum?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Army Personnel (23 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Does my hon. Friend agree that Yeovil’s multi-role Wildcat helicopters ably support and protect our Army units and could be upgraded with missiles even better to support more focused strike brigades?

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I thank all hon. Members for turning up to this important debate. We have heard that since SDSR 2015 the challenges have increased and so has our need to project our capabilities and to make them available to our allies on a full-spectrum sovereign basis. We heard from many Members about the energy we need and about our potential deficiencies, not least in integration with industrial...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s review of defence capability. It is a pleasure the serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone, and an honour to engage with the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), in this vital debate. People throughout the country will remember his empathy,...

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. She makes an excellent point. I will come on to industrial strategy in a moment. I will be working as hard as I can with industry partners to raise the tempo of productivity and innovation to match the commitment from the Ministry of Defence. Defence should be a fundamental part of our industrial strategy for both military and economic reasons, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Thank you, Mr Speaker. What access can my right hon. Friend give to her Department’s procurement programme for innovative, UK-built food aid drones?

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: Is it sensible to allow the EU to focus on the nature of an implementation phase before we are clear about what the final relationship is? Would not it be a good idea at this point to have Crawford Falconer, who is very experienced in trade negotiations, involved in the negotiations with the EU in a principal position?

International Investment (17 Oct 2017)

Marcus Fysh: I welcome the Government’s attention to this area. I note that research and development in areas of critical national security often occur in the small and medium-sized enterprise sector. Has my right hon. Friend given any thought to how these proposals might impact on the propensity of people to invest in that sector?

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