Results 21–40 of 779 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

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Automotive Sector (1 Feb 2018)

Martin Vickers: The port of Immingham in my constituency is vital to the automotive sector. Further to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Fareham (Suella Fernandes), about Teesport and free ports, may I ask whether the Minister is prepared to meet me to discuss the possibility of Immingham’s becoming a free port post Brexit?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pilot Town Deal (30 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: What progress his Department is making on developing a pilot town deal as outlined in the industrial strategy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Pilot Town Deal (30 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: I thank the Minister for his reply, and I would point out that this deal also includes Cleethorpes—it is for Greater Grimsby. I know that discussions are continuing at official level, but I would welcome an opportunity for the Minister to meet representatives of the project board in the new future, so that we can give some political clout to this deal, which could provide a pilot for...

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: The Minister said that, during the implementation period, we will be able to negotiate and sign trade agreements. Will he confirm that there will be no compromise on that, and that it will not be added to the growing list of concessions that the Government have made?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (25 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: As the Secretary of State said, it is vital that we educate our young people about the dangers of plastics in the seas in particular. Will he join me in congratulating Alfie from New Waltham Academy in my constituency, who has done so much to promote this issue? When he visits the area in the not too distant future to meet the fishing and seafood community, as I know he intends to, will he...

Public Transport: Boxing Day 2018 (24 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Transport: Boxing Day 2018 (24 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: It is in that capacity that I wanted to say that the hon. Gentleman is very welcome to come along to the group next time we have a meeting of the train operating companies to put the question directly to them. At the moment, unless it is in their franchise, very few of them provide a service. They ought to be more enterprising—we need more competition in the rail network.

Public Transport: Boxing Day 2018 (24 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: On the subject of TransPennine, which provides the main services via the south trans-Pennine route between Manchester airport and Cleethorpes, when he has those discussions, will he make special mention of the fact not only that my constituents want to get to Manchester airport, but that of course people will flock in their thousands to Cleethorpes, where Grimsby Town will probably be playing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Constituents repeatedly complain to me that dangerous criminals do not as a matter of course serve the sentence given by the courts. What action is the Department taking to ensure that sufficient prison places are available so that dangerous criminals can serve the sentence deemed appropriate by the courts?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Regeneration in Cleethorpes will be greatly assisted if the Government can conclude discussions with the local authority about a town growth deal under proposals by the Greater Grimsby project board. When do Ministers expect to reach a conclusion?

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Vagrancy and Homelessness: Cleethorpes (17 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: I beg to move, That this House has considered vagrancy and homelessness in Cleethorpes. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ryan. I welcome the new Minister to her place, as this is the first debate to which she has responded. We expect great things from her. There is a growing problem of vagrancy in Grimsby and Cleethorpes. In my constituency, the main hotspot is...

Patient Transport Services: Northern Lincolnshire (16 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: rose—

Patient Transport Services: Northern Lincolnshire (16 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Like the Opposition Members and my hon. Friend, I have a long list of complaints from constituents, but I want to highlight a particularly bad case. On two occasions—once at Scunthorpe Hospital and once at Grimsby Hospital—a 91-year-old gentleman in Barton-upon-Humber had to wait for four hours before transport was provided to get him home. On one occasion, he did not get home...

Patient Transport Services: Northern Lincolnshire (16 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: I agree with my hon. Friend that action needs to be taken. Does he agree that the service has had long enough to get its act together, and that the Minister ought to be consulting the local health trust and the CCG with a view to terminating the contract?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Employment (16 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Transport for the North has today published its strategic plan, which forecasts 850,000 new jobs if the plan is delivered. Although the document is disappointing for Cleethorpes and northern Lincolnshire, broadly speaking more investment in transport in the north will provide those jobs. Will the Minister give an assurance that resources will be made available to deliver the plan?

Business of the House (11 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend was an excellent rail Minister before taking up his new role earlier this week. I do not know whether he is in the habit of buying The Daily Mail when he travels on Virgin Trains, but he will know that the company has in effect taken action to ban its customers from buying that newspaper. May we have a debate on this rather unacceptable act by Virgin?

International Trade: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Last month, I welcomed a delegation from Taiwan to my constituency, where we met representatives of the offshore renewables sector and the seafood sector. Will Ministers work with me and with local businesses to ensure that we maximise our exports to that growing market?

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: We have rightly heard from the Secretary of State that there is record investment in the railways and a record number of passengers, yet Opposition Members are here to criticise the running of the railways. I am sure we will hear many tales of woe from Opposition Back Benchers, but the reality is very different. There are problems, and we have heard from my right hon. Friend about the Virgin...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: Perhaps they are a little more free-market and capitalist-minded over in Germany. At present, competition is for the franchise; what we want is more competition in the running of services, and one way we can achieve that is through open access operators. Hull Trains and Grand Central both run on the east coast main line and provide services to areas that in the main do not get a service from...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Hull Trains and Grand Central both get very high satisfaction ratings. The House should take note of last year’s Transport Committee report on rail franchising. It states: “Open access has been a success, albeit on a limited scale to date. The balance of evidence points to potential benefits in open access having an expanded role on long...

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