Results 41–60 of 892 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

East Coast Main Line Investment — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (17 Oct 2018)

Martin Vickers: The hon. Gentleman regularly comes to the all-party parliamentary group on rail, which I chair. I am very familiar with the proposals that he has been championing for a number of years. I am demanding now and have been demanding ever since I arrived here that more investment goes into the routes that serve not only my constituency, but other routes off the main lines. I was rather...

East Coast Main Line Investment — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (17 Oct 2018)

Martin Vickers: I am very disappointed to hear that. I put three alternatives that the Minister could consider in my notes, and one of them was to extend one or two of those new services to Lincoln through to Grimsby and Cleethorpes. Given what the hon. Lady is saying, it might not be possible. The Minister will be aware that an open-access operator has shown an interest and has previously been in...

East Coast Main Line Investment — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (17 Oct 2018)

Martin Vickers: I was not intending to embark on a pro or anti-nationalisation debate, but I remind the hon. Gentleman that since privatisation—I cannot remember, and the Minister can probably give the exact figure—hundreds of millions of pounds from the private sector has been invested in the rail network. The simple reality is that if we nationalise the rail network, which I sincerely hope we do not,...

Backbench Business: Freeports — [David Hanson in the Chair] (11 Oct 2018)

Martin Vickers: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke) on securing this important debate at a particularly opportune time. The UK is an island nation and has always been very dependent on our ports; indeed, 90% of all our trade by volume, and 75% of our trade by value, passes...

Rail Review: Terms of Reference (11 Oct 2018)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the statement. At the moment, there is much competition to gain a franchise, but very little competition once the franchise has been granted. Will the review take account of that and introduce more competition into the actual provision of services?

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Martin Vickers: In recent years, I have taken a delegation to see three successive Transport Ministers in connection with support for the bioethanol industry and the introduction of E10, but a number of my constituents who work at Vivergo Fuels just outside Hull are to be made redundant owing to the lack of a decision from Government. Will the Leader of the House arrange for a Minister to come to the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Mayflower Celebrations (11 Sep 2018)

Martin Vickers: I urge the Minister not to forget Immingham in my constituency, which also played a major part in where the pilgrim fathers sailed from. Will he ensure that Immingham is a major player in any celebrations?

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (24 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: My constituent, Aaron Winstanley, from Barton-upon-Humber is currently in Germany receiving immunotherapy treatment for a rare form of cancer. The local community has reacted magnificently, raising around half of the £300,000 that this treatment costs. Could the Minister outline what is being done to introduce this treatment into England?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (23 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: The recent conclusion of the Greater Grimsby town deal was a welcome boost to the economy in Cleethorpes and Grimsby. A further boost could be provided if a way could be found to revive the failed Greater Lincolnshire devolution deal. Will the Secretary of State meet me and fellow Lincolnshire MPs to discuss a way forward?

Exiting the European Union: Fishing Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: Notwithstanding what the Minister has said and what her colleagues have said on previous occasions, she will be aware that in fishing communities there are still concerns that the Government will use fishing in some way and make further concessions. Can she give an absolute guarantee that there will be no further concessions on fisheries?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: The Secretary of State referred earlier to the visit of his colleague, the Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend the Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry), to north-east Lincolnshire to sign the Greater Grimsby town deal, which is very welcome and I thank him for his support in achieving that. One of the things that his colleague will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: UK Fish Exports (12 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: Many fisheries and seafood-processing companies in my constituency have come together with other businesses to express interest in the concept of a free port, post-Brexit. Will the Secretary of State assure them that the Government will agree to nothing that would prevent a future Government from designating free ports?

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the Minister’s comments, particularly on creating a level playing field. Does he acknowledge that it would be beneficial for perhaps two franchise operators to operate on some of our main lines, such as the east coast? That would provide competition between them.

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: I beg to move, That this House has considered open access rail services. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, as always, Mr Hollobone. It is noticeable that the audience is fleeing just as the highlight of the day is coming on. I secured this debate for two reasons: first, because I think the present system of rail franchising needs a certain amount of reform; and, secondly,...

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: I acknowledge what the hon. Gentleman says, and I have to say that I have experienced similar problems on some of my own journeys. Hull Trains, in particular, has recently gone through a rather bad spell, from which it has now hopefully recovered. That does not take anything away from the concept of open access which, as the hon. Gentleman acknowledges, has provided services to towns off the...

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: I give way to yet another former Transport Minister.

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: I thoroughly agree. My hon. Friend’s experience as a former Minister makes that a particularly relevant point. We are currently experiencing record private investment in UK rail. In 2016-17, that investment totalled £925 million—the highest since records began. The vast majority—£767 million—was spent on rolling stock. Some of that went to Hull Trains. Given the other demands on the...

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: I am perfectly happy to have diversity of ownership—that is what the free market would most likely deliver. Sadly, the history of British Rail did nothing to encourage my enthusiasm for a nationalised system. Indeed, British Rail ended the direct service to Cleethorpes in 1992. There has been record investment and record numbers of journeys in recent years. Passenger numbers fell under...

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: That is an important point. It is essential that we move in that direction. What has been the impact of competition to date? As I said, passenger journeys have increased by 42% on competitive lines, compared with 27% on those that have no competition; revenue has increased by 57%, compared with 48%; and average fares have increased by only 11%, compared with 17%. The east coast main line...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Martin Vickers: Seventy per cent. of my constituents voted for Brexit. In the past two years, they have become increasingly frustrated at the progress and concessions that have been made. That frustration is now turning into anger. What can the Prime Minister say to reassure them that there will be no further concessions?


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