Results 141–160 of 1300 for mark pawsey speaker:Mark Pawsey

Grammar Schools (8 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: My hon. Friend’s intervention is profound. The essence of my support for grammar schools and, I am sure, of the support of other hon. Members present, is that they should be available to all children. We want them to be vehicles of social mobility. We want children from less privileged backgrounds to go to them; so my heart went out to the parents I met whose daughter had been denied the...

Grammar Schools (8 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: Absolutely. I share my hon. Friend’s view. One of the difficulties is that in certain primary schools there is an expectation that children will sit the selection exam, whereas in other schools, perhaps in less well-off areas, the expectation may not be present; but it should be. Those schools should put all their children forward, to give them the opportunity to participate in a selective...

[Jim Sheridan in the Chair] (8 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: Absolutely comfortable. I know as a parent that it is possible to identify at the age of 11 the children who will benefit from the more rigorous academic education that would come through a grammar school. However, I do not want children to be assessed in an environment in which they are not entirely comfortable at such a tender, early age. I urge the Minister to do his utmost to ensure that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: In her review of the interval between MOT inspections, will the Secretary of State consider the mileage covered by vehicles? For the average car, which covers about 10,000 miles a year, there is a strong case for extending the interval, but many trade vehicles and company cars cover in excess of 30,000 miles, which means that they have reached 100,000 miles come the three-year first MOT test.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Border Control Scheme (15 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: I have been contacted in the past hour by a constituent who is a photographer, who carried metal boxes full of photographic equipment on private flights and took them through Stansted, with no checks, in the years up to 2002. The problem has therefore existed for years, including when the Labour party was in power, and it is plain wrong for the Opposition to raise the issue in the manner in...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: I would like to make the point that a lot of freight companies are filling up on the continent. If we reduced the amount of duty, particularly on diesel, they would be encouraged to fill up in the UK, which would bring additional revenue to the Exchequer.

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: ...many of whom have to rely on their car and spend a substantial proportion of their income on fuel. In common with my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce), I want to concentrate my remarks on the impact on business—and particularly on small businesses—as a generator of growth in our economy, just as I did when we last debated the matter on 16 March. I will deal first...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: I also note that, according to research conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses, one in 10 businesses says that if something is not done about fuel prices, it will need to lay off staff. A quarter say that a freeze on wages is attributable to the cost of fuel, 36% say that they will have to reduce investment in new products and services, and 78% say that their overall profitability...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Land Drainage: Urban Areas (21 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to issue her consultation on sustainable urban drainage systems and surface water systems at the same time as her foul sewer consultation.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Sewers (21 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to issue the consultation on the mandatory adoption arrangements and the mandatory build standards for new gravity foul sewers and lateral drains.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (28 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: What steps his Department is taking to ensure the new system of universal credit accommodates changes in personal circumstances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (28 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: The constituent to whom the Secretary of State refers, whose domestic circumstances changed, immediately notified Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, but she tells me that it took seven weeks to reassess her claim for working tax credit and child tax credit. During that period, payments were suspended and my constituent was placed in some hardship. Can the Secretary of State reassure the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: Over the past 12 months, unemployment in my constituency has fallen by 13%. According to the headline on the front page of the Rugby Advertiser, that is the largest fall in the country. In contrast to the picture painted by the Opposition, there are some good news stories. Does the Minister agree that in dealing with unemployment, this Government are taking the right steps?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Autumn Statement (29 Nov 2011)

Mark Pawsey: I thank the Chancellor for listening to the representations of energy-intensive industries, and I welcome the measures that he has announced. They will be examined closely by companies such as CEMEX, which is in my constituency. Can he give us an estimate of the number of UK jobs that will be saved as a result of his measures, both directly and in the supply chain?

Chancellor of the Exchequer: Topical Questions (6 Dec 2011)

Mark Pawsey: On Friday, I met businesses in my constituency at an event organised by our local enterprise partnership. They tell me that access to finance is one of the most important issues they face. Will the Chancellor confirm that the measures introduced in the autumn statement will provide more and cheaper finance to businesses in Rugby?

West Midlands and Coventry (13 Dec 2011)

Mark Pawsey: I compliment the hon. Gentleman on securing an important debate on a serious matter, but I was interested in his remarks that not all is doom and gloom. My constituency, which is immediately adjacent to his, has over the past 12 months had a fall in unemployment of 13.2%, which we attribute to a progressive council going out to seek new businesses, bringing them in and having a constructive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement (14 Dec 2011)

Mark Pawsey: What assessment he has made of the potential effects of planned changes to Government procurement on UK businesses bidding for contracts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Government Procurement (14 Dec 2011)

Mark Pawsey: It is the small businesses that often have the greatest difficulty in accessing Government contracts, and that is because of a regulation from the European Union. Will the Minister tell us what steps he is taking to reform EU regulations to make it easier to secure contracts with Government both at a national and local level?

General Matters (20 Dec 2011)

Mark Pawsey: I wish to raise a matter that is of particular concern to the logistics industry. That industry is something of a Cinderella sector whose contribution to the UK economy is often not recognised. It has had a tough few years, not least as a result of high fuel prices. Despite that, it has continued to deliver the goods for the UK, and our economy depends on an efficient, successful supply chain...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: High-speed Rail (10 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: May I advise the Secretary of State that today’s announcement will be heard with concern in Rugby? We currently have an excellent service to London on the recently upgraded west coast main line, but we will be completely bypassed by High Speed 2. What steps will be taken to ensure that cities and towns on the legacy line will retain the speed and frequency of their existing rail links?

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