Results 1–20 of 184 for speaker:Mark Fletcher

A Green Industrial Revolution (15 Jan 2020)

Mark Fletcher: It is an incredible honour to speak in this Chamber for the first time as the Member of Parliament for Bolsover. It is a particular honour to do so with you in the Chair, Madam Deputy Speaker, as I went to school in your constituency. I start by thanking all the House staff and authorities who have been so welcoming to us newbies as we continually get lost. The guidance produced by the...

International Trade: Trading Opportunities: North of England (23 Jan 2020)

Mark Fletcher: What assessment she has made of the extent of international trading opportunities for counties in the north of England.

International Trade: Trading Opportunities: North of England (23 Jan 2020)

Mark Fletcher: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. As we exit the European Union, it is vital that businesses in Bolsover and elsewhere are encouraged to export to new markets. Does the Department have any plans to strengthen regional teams across the midlands and the north to help businesses take advantage of new trading opportunities?

Business of the House (30 Jan 2020)

Mark Fletcher: Residents in Pilsley in my constituency are indebted to Sheila Baldwin, and others, for collecting 600 signatures to oppose the closure of the local health centre by Staffa Health. A lot of the consultation process was done online, and Sheila does not have access to the internet. May we have a debate about online consultations, and about how to ensure that residents in villages, particularly...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Prosperity in Africa (4 Feb 2020)

Mark Fletcher: What diplomatic steps his Department is taking to help promote prosperity in Africa.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Prosperity in Africa (4 Feb 2020)

Mark Fletcher: I echo the comments of my hon. Friend the Member for West Worcestershire (Harriett Baldwin) on the Africa investment summit. Too often, Britain’s interests when it comes to Africa are piecemeal and we are not good enough when it comes to sustained engagement, so what plans does the Minister have to engage with the African Union on a regular basis?

GP Provision: Pilsley (10 Feb 2020)

Mark Fletcher: Once again, Madam Deputy Speaker, it is an honour to speak under your chairmanship; fate seems to keep bringing us together. I am delighted to have the opportunity to raise this important constituency matter in this House. During my maiden speech, Madam Deputy Speaker, you may recall that I invited you to visit many wonderful parts of my constituency. Pilsley was one of the places I...

GP Provision: Pilsley (10 Feb 2020)

Mark Fletcher: It is a delight to receive an intervention from the hon. Gentleman. As I understand it, he is slightly notorious for doing so. He strayed slightly from what I wish to speak about this evening, but I thank him for his support, as do the people of Pilsley. As I was saying, on the face of it, this is about difficulties in recruiting and retaining GPs. That is why this Government have committed...

Education: Further Education Colleges: Future Skills (2 Mar 2020)

Mark Fletcher: What steps he is taking to ensure further education colleges are able to deliver skills required for the future.

Education: Further Education Colleges: Future Skills (2 Mar 2020)

Mark Fletcher: The Bolsover constituency currently has no sixth form or further education college. Does the Minister agree that if we are to unleash the potential of young people in my constituency, we need a proper post-16 pathway that is both local and linked to industry?

Ministerial Code (2 Mar 2020)

Mark Fletcher: Does my hon. Friend agree that there seems to be a pattern involving the appointment of female Home Secretaries and vicious briefings against them in the media? Is it possible that some of these unelected men have a problem with taking instructions from powerful women?

Work and Pensions: Claimants with Disabilities: Number of Assessments (9 Mar 2020)

Mark Fletcher: What steps she is taking to reduce the number of assessments undertaken by claimants with disabilities.

Work and Pensions: Claimants with Disabilities: Number of Assessments (9 Mar 2020)

Mark Fletcher: I thank the Minister for his response. A number of constituents with severe conditions that are not reasonably expected to improve have contacted me with concerns about the current process. What reassurance can he give my constituents that their predicament will be given consideration as part of any future changes that the Department makes?

Commonwealth in 2020 (9 Mar 2020)

Mark Fletcher: I am struggling a bit with the hon. Gentleman’s mental leap. He seems to be saying that we are responsible for all the problems with our colonial past and the laws that were created, and we are equally now responsible—he is lambasting the Government for this—for not forcing other Commonwealth countries to live up to our standards. I cannot see how we are responsible for the former and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: Local Authority Support (28 Apr 2020)

Mark Fletcher: What steps he is taking to regularly assess the adequacy of support for local authorities during the covid-19 outbreak.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Covid-19: Local Authority Support (28 Apr 2020)

Mark Fletcher: District councils face an acute cash flow problem in the next few months as normal revenue streams have dried up. Although, as the Minister has outlined, there is plenty of financial support available from the Government, has the Department considered, as North East Derbyshire District Council and the District Councils’ Network have suggested, providing more flexibility and innovative...

Public Services (28 Apr 2020)

Mark Fletcher: Across Bolsover we have seen many individuals and groups step up and really go above and beyond their duty at this time of national crisis. Will my right hon. Friend’s committee look into the possibility of creating a special honours list for individuals and organisations that have made such a valuable contribution? May I go further and pass on the suggestion of Brian Kirkland, a...

Domestic Abuse Bill (28 Apr 2020)

Mark Fletcher: I start by paying tribute to the maiden speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Hyndburn (Sara Britcliffe). She is a friend, a formidable colleague and today she is a history-maker. I thought she gave a wonderful speech. I strongly welcome this Bill and I add my words of tribute to those from Members from all parts of the House for those who have helped get us to this stage. It is,...

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (18 May 2020)

Mark Fletcher: I rise to warmly welcome the Bill, which ends free movement, eliminates the unfairness between EU and non-EU migration, paves the way for a points-based immigration system and, most importantly, delivers on our pledge at last year’s election. I need no convincing that immigration is and has been a good thing for Britain. As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary said, it is woven into our...

Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Jun 2020)

Mark Fletcher: As we come out of lockdown, it is vital that we get our economy firing on all cylinders. In Bolsover, to level up we need more skilled jobs, so will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister meet me to discuss my proposal for Bolsover to lead the country with a green enterprise zone so that we can bring low-carbon manufacturing and research to our region?


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