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Park Homes (Site Owner Licensing): Local Government Finance Bill (10 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Halesowen and Rowley Regis (James Morris), a fellow member of the Select Committee on Communities and Local Government, for keeping his remarks so brief in order to enable me to make one or two comments of my own. Allowing local authorities to retain part of the business rate is a key part of the Bill and I wish to speak from the perspective of a...

Empty Property Rates (SMEs) (11 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: On the exemption period, does my hon. Friend agree that six months is too short a period in which to find a new tenant? The commercial property market is difficult. Six months between one tenant leaving and the finding of a new tenant is insufficient to do the necessary marketing, to show people round and to get people into the accommodation. At the very least, the exemption period needs to...

Empty Property Rates (SMEs) (11 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: rose—

Empty Property Rates (SMEs) (11 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: Mr Davies, I have spoken to my hon. Friend who secured the debate, but not the Minister. Could I have two minutes to speak?

Empty Property Rates (SMEs) (11 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: ...be left vacant, we are making it more difficult for small businesses to get started. There are strong reasons why the Government need to address the issue, and I very much look forward to the remarks that the Minister may make to be able to assuage the fears of businesses in this sector.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: Last Friday, I had the great pleasure to visit Paddox primary school in my constituency, which is an outstanding school where significant improvements have been made in recent years. Parents have told me that much of the positive atmosphere at the school is attributable to the drive and ambition of the head teacher, Brenda Oakes. Does the Minister agree that strong leadership provided by head...

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: Does my hon. Friend agree that in addition to providing a broader range of products, the supermarkets that he refers to have brought the benefit of reducing the cost of living for many people by reducing the price of basic essentials and the general grocery bill?

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: I congratulate my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones), on stimulating a lively, interesting and largely well-attended debate. We must support our town centres. If we do not, we will witness their demise, and the economic, environmental, retail and community value of those centres will be lost. Anyone who has visited the United States, where there are...

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farms (26 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: What discussions he has had with National Grid on the shutting down of wind farms during times of high wind intensity.

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farms (26 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: My constituents in Rugby, who face applications for wind farms, will be concerned about reports that turbines are switched off in times of high wind speeds because the current infrastructure is unable to handle the amount of electricity generated. When that happens, National Grid pays operators compensation—

Energy and Climate Change: Wind Farms (26 Jan 2012)

Mark Pawsey: What steps has the Minister taken to protect consumers from that element of the increase in their electricity bills?

Business of the House (2 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: Following an announcement made some 18 months ago, 170 of my constituents are to be made redundant later this year as a consequence of the decision to transfer the functions of the General Social Care Council, based in Rugby, to the Health Professions Council, based in London. Given that office accommodation costs and the cost of employing people are lower in the regions than in the capital,...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: I am distressed to hear my hon. Friend describe Rugby in such terms. We have a brilliant rail service and a fast-growing town, so I hope that he would look a little more kindly upon my constituency.

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: ...going through much of the disruption and uncertainty that my constituents went through over a period of two years. The improvements that have taken place are highly welcome. Notwithstanding the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton South, the first impressions of Rugby have been transformed. It no longer seems to be an ugly, unattractive town where arrivals have to pass down...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: Absolutely. My hon. Friend will expect me to stand up for my constituents who receive a good service. It is very important that we maintain that service, whether or not high-speed eventually takes place. My hon. Friend the Member for St Albans referred to the accountability of Network Rail in the costing and management of its projects. Although we have a great new station at Rugby, there are...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his advice. We are continuing to talk about the problem, but we are effectively being stonewalled by Network Rail. The thud has been the subject of correspondence between me and Mr Higgins, the chief executive, who has been mentioned. My most recent letter from Mr Higgins in that regard was dated 27 January. I was invited into a resident’s upstairs room, so...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench business — Network Rail (2 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his advice and guidance, but I would have hoped that Network Rail would refer those things to me when I presented the problems to it. In each case, neither remedy has been proposed. Network Rail should be more responsive to a broader group of people, not only those who use the railway and its operators, but those who live by it. As a result of the improvements...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trailers (Height) (23 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: What discussions she has had with the European Commission on the height of trailers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trailers (Height) (23 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: The haulage industry is important to the country as a whole and to my constituency in particular. It has worked hard to maximise efficiency by making use of all the space in larger, streamlined containers. Lloyd Fraser Group in my constituency, which distributes Mr Kipling cakes among other things, is anxious to ensure that the negotiations allow it to remain competitive. Will the Minister...

Vote on Account 2012-13: Department for Transport — Transport and the Economy (28 Feb 2012)

Mark Pawsey: Does my hon. Friend agree that some of the slack that exists in regional airports could be used to deal with the shortage of capacity at Heathrow? I am thinking, in particular, of Birmingham airport, which is just 90 miles away from Heathrow.


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