Results 1–20 of 874 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Martin Vickers

Business of the House (10 Jun 2010)

Martin Vickers: There is great concern in Cleethorpes, particularly among those who are employed in the tourism trade, about the spread of the salt marsh on Cleethorpes pleasure beach, and there is anger at the attitude of the Government agency, Natural England-an unaccountable and unelected body-in respect of overruling the local authority, which is, of course, democratically accountable and elected, in its...

Building a High-Skilled Economy (17 Jun 2010)

Martin Vickers: May I congratulate both you, Madam Deputy Speaker, on your appointment and the other Members who have delivered their maiden speeches this afternoon? In preparing my notes for this speech, I turned, as I am sure colleagues also did, to the guidance; I noted that it says that it is best to be brief and non-controversial and-at least on this occasion, Madam Deputy Speaker-I shall try to be...

Business of the House (1 Jul 2010)

Martin Vickers: The Deputy Leader of the House may have heard or read reports of an incident on Tuesday at the Lindsey oil refinery in my constituency. Sadly, there was a fatality and a number of injuries, and I am sure that the whole House would want to send our condolences in respect of the 24-year-old contractor who lost his life. In the immediate aftermath of the incident there are heightened concerns...

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] (20 Jul 2010)

Martin Vickers: I accept what the Minister says about intervention and passing down power to local authorities. Will he also tell us about the powers that local authorities have in relation to Government agencies, such as the Environment Agency and Natural England, whereby they are mandated to do something, rather than given advice?

Business of the House (16 Sep 2010)

Martin Vickers: Earlier this morning, I met Karen Rastall, the chairman of Shoreline Housing, the principal registered social landlord in my constituency. She explained the difficulty that social landlords have in giving work to small businesses because of the criteria laid down for contractors, such as holding the Investors in People certificate. At a time when small businesses up and down the country are...

Police Terms and Conditions of Service (Redundancy): Clause 9 — Number and distribution of seats (20 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: This is the first time that I have spoken to amendments in my name-amendments 227 and 228 are the two to which I refer-and it is unfortunate that on this first occasion I should do so against my Government, of whom I am an ardent supporter. I appreciate that this might not be a career-enhancing move, but I feel particularly strongly about the issue. It is irrelevant whether the number of MPs...

Natural England (26 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend the Minister mentioned a significant reduction in backroom costs. The total staff costs for this year for Natural England are £96,460,000. Can he give an assurance that there will be a dramatic reduction in that figure?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Transport (Investment) (26 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: It is disappointing that the two schemes affecting the port of Immingham will not proceed in the immediate future. Can the Secretary of State give me an assurance that if the south Humber gateway project, which was granted planning permission only two weeks ago, proceeds more quickly than anticipated, he will seriously consider bringing forward the A160 upgrade?

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson) on securing the debate. It is only proper that I should declare an interest in the sense that I am, and will remain for a few months longer, an elected member of North East Lincolnshire unitary council. As background information, I should say that I have served as a councillor for 25 years-and it don't seem a day...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: That is my personal preference. I accept the fact that there are geographical difficulties in large counties, in the sense that individuals find it more difficult to become local personalities when parts of the county could be 70 or 80 miles apart. For example, within Lincolnshire county council, the distance from Gainsborough in the north to Spalding in the south is about 60 or 70 miles. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the reply of the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) to my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) in connection with the delay to the A160 upgrade on the access road into Immingham docks. The Under-Secretary will be aware that the delay puts increasing pressure on the town of Immingham, and that the A18/A180 link road...

Business of the House (4 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: I appreciate the comments that the Leader of the House made a few minutes ago about prisoners' voting rights. Notwithstanding that, may I tell him that my constituents have been quick off the mark in letting me know their total opposition to any prospect of prisoners voting? It may be helpful to the Government to have an early debate, so that all Members are given an opportunity to express...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (18 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: The Secretary of State mentions that one of his key responsibilities is growth. North Lincolnshire council in my constituency recently gave planning permission for a major development that offers an opportunity for a renewable energy cluster. Will he visit the area in the near future so as to understand the full potential that it offers?

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Transport (CSR) (25 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman) on securing the debate. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak. Some of the decisions that affect transport infrastructure are particularly important to my constituency. Cleethorpes is, as hon. Members will appreciate, the premier resort of the east coast. However, they should also be aware that it takes in the...

Women and Equalities: Winter Weather (2 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: All train services into my constituency are currently cancelled. Bearing in mind that the same routes serve the strategically important port of Immingham, through which much of the country's coal is imported for power stations, can the Secretary of State assure me that improvements will be made to the services?

Safe Standing (Football Stadia): European Union Bill (7 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: I shall be as brief as possible, Mr Deputy Speaker. You will be pleased to learn that I have already crossed off my list a few points that other hon. Members have made. A short while ago, I heard a speech given by my own Member of Parliament, the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell). He and I have shared common cause in our fights against the EU over the years, and only a few...

Severe Weather (North Lincolnshire Rail Network) (21 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. Unfortunately, this debate is not about a pleasurable subject, because it is about something that has caused considerable hardship and inconvenience-to put it mildly-to my constituents. Surprisingly, there are 11 railway stations in my constituency although, sadly, there were no trains running through them for between eight and 11...

Severe Weather (North Lincolnshire Rail Network) (21 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: I acknowledge the obvious difficulties that bus operators faced at that time, but many out-of-town buses were operating. For example, the one from Cleethorpes and Grimsby to Hull, via the bridge, was operating. Clearly, there was adequate access, particularly to the A180/M180.

Parliamentary Representation (11 Jan 2011)

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Parliamentary Representation (11 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part for the first time in a debate under your chairmanship, Mrs Riordan. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Andrew George), if for no other reason than that the debate gives me an opportunity to repeat the arguments that I made on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on Second Reading. As I said then, there...

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