Results 1–20 of 48 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Colin Clark

Lotteries: Limits on Prize Values — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: I am equally concerned about charities’ costs; administrative and advertising costs can be as high as 49% in some of these society lotteries. Obviously Camelot, because of scale, has much lower costs. However, does the hon. Gentleman agree that by increasing turnover, smaller charities would probably decrease their administrative cost per pound, which would increase the percentage of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Savings (12 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: What estimate he has made of the potential carbon savings due to result from phasing out the use of unabated coal from electricity generation by 2025.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Savings (12 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: Further exploration of the North sea for oil and gas was given a boost in the Budget. Gas is a lower emitter of greenhouse gases and is a better alternative to coal, so will the Minister focus on oil and gas in particular when developing the industrial strategy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (11 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: What steps the Government are taking to encourage pupils to take up science, technology, engineering and maths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (11 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: Children in England are benefiting from the Government’s focus on STEM subjects, but does the Secretary of State agree that all children in the UK should be encouraged to study such subjects? A shortage of STEM teachers in Scotland risks undermining children’s opportunities, including at Inverurie Academy in my constituency.

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: I was recently very glad to speak to a group of sixth-formers who were doing modern studies. They asked me about prisons, and I said that at the first opportunity I would raise the subject on the Floor of the House and ask one of their questions. Given that my hon. Friend is so well versed in the subject, I will ask him this question: “Do you think that the support on offer to those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: When we leave the EU, the UK will be able to set its own farm support policy. What assessment has the Secretary of State made of whether, if the EU continues farm support, the UK will have to do so, because otherwise British farming could be severely disadvantaged?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: The hon. Gentleman should be in no doubt that amendments cannot be a Trojan horse and they cannot frustrate the democratic will of the people of the United Kingdom. The question is really simple: does he accept that the Bill is necessary, and that it is largely procedural?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Colin Clark: Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be of better service to all our constituents if we dialled down the rhetoric and looked closely at the positions that we all hold? We all agree that we need some common frameworks, and we all agree that the JMC and bilateral negotiations are the right way to make progress. Does he agree that we need to let the negotiations progress so that they can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: Will the Secretary of State keep in mind the other northern powerhouse, Aberdeen, and the economic importance of its airport, including in servicing the oil and gas industry?

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: The UK Government absolutely recognise the necessity to address uncertainties. To that effect, the Prime Minister has already committed to maintaining EU citizens’ rights. Many Government Members, including the Minister, have risen—I will not repeat everything they have said—to make that clear. I declare an interest as a farmer and a food processor. I do not grow broccoli,...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: The nub of the matter is that people are living longer and contributions were calculated on the basis of people not living so long. Although I sympathise with what the right hon. Gentleman is saying, the debt burden would be increased on our children and grandchildren, and that is grossly unfair.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Economic Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming the potential for £40 billion of investment in the north-east of Scotland region oil and gas industry, as a direct result of the tax relief announced in the Budget, and could he encourage the SNP and Scottish Labour to get on board?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: It is a privilege to have the opportunity to speak. I congratulate the Chancellor on the Budget. This is a Budget that, with one apparently small tax change—a first in the world—is predicted to inject £40 billion into our economy. That is important to the UK and monumental to the Scottish economy. Scottish Conservative colleagues and I have relentlessly lobbied Treasury...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: In reply to the previous intervention, my constituency of Gordon, which is clearly a big part of Aberdeenshire, is 613th for broadband in Scotland. That is disappointing for constituents and disastrous for business. My hon. Friend mentioned alternatives. Point-to-point technology, already used by wind farms in isolated communities, is often cheaper than delivering fibre. Does he agree that...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: The hon. Lady will agree that the oil and gas industry, which is important to both our constituencies, largely trades internationally outside the EU. It does not fear international trade. Is it wrong?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Digital Infrastructure Investment (16 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: Does the Minister agree that it is vital to invest in digital infrastructure if we are to raise productivity, particularly in rural areas like Gordon in northern Scotland?

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: What steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve the prosecution of terrorism offences.

Attorney General: Terrorism Offences: Prosecution (16 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: What measures are in place to prosecute those linked to the war in Syria?

International Men’s Day — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (14 Nov 2017)

Colin Clark: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Austin. I will do my best to keep it very brief. Thank you to my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy) for securing this debate. International Men’s Day raises some important issues, as we have heard from other hon. Members. I will try not to go over them again. I am a father of two little boys, so I declare an...


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