Results 761–780 of 823 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

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: I agree, it was outrageous that a decision of the electorate that had been arrived at democratically through the ballot box should be overturned by a local authority. Having granted the referendum initially, it should have reversed the result, if that was its wish, only through another referendum.

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes an extremely valid point, and I am sure Members of all parties can think of such examples. The hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) made a valid point about premises that cater for people with mental health difficulties. I accept that local authorities have very difficult decisions to make in such cases. I can recall there being such a decision in...

Business of the House (27 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: When I served as a church warden, I was advised that it was an offence to prevent any worshippers from attending divine service, and that as a church warden I had the power of arrest within the churchyard. I never had to test that, but given the confusion at St Paul’s cathedral, may we have a statement on the legal position?

Backbench Business — [34th Allotted Day]: National Referendum on the European Union (24 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: Many Members have referred to the part that they played in the 1975 referendum, and sadly I am one of those who is old enough to have participated. It is interesting to note that that referendum followed a renegotiation of our terms with the Common Market, as it then was, and the question put to the electorate was: “Do we stay in or do we leave?” I voted to leave, and I am pleased...

Backbench Business — [34th Allotted Day]: National Referendum on the European Union (24 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. The Government and the Opposition parties ignore the electorate’s view on this at their peril. We must consider the real people of England, as I like to call them. Yesterday I was at a civic service for a town mayor in Barton-upon-Humber. Members on both sides will have been to these occasions. The real people, those who run our community groups...

Business of the House: National Planning Policy Framework (20 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: As others have observed, this is a good debate which raises issues that go to the heart of our communities. I pay tribute to the way in which the Minister has battled through the last few months. He has taken quite a battering from some rather hysterical media reporting, most of which has been full of misinformation. I spent 26 years as a local councillor. During that time, like many other...

Business of the House: National Planning Policy Framework (20 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: I entirely agree, but none of the measures for which I am arguing would take power away from local people. I spent most of my quarter of a century as a councillor bemoaning the fact that central Government were telling us to do this, that and the other, and not allowing us to note what local people were saying. I believe that the system that is evolving will feature widespread consultation...

Business of the House: National Planning Policy Framework (20 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend, who is rapidly becoming the intervener-in-chief on the Government Benches, makes a welcome contribution to the debate, and I heartily support what he says, of course. Despite the few caveats I have mentioned, I wholeheartedly support what the Government are doing, and the sooner they get on with it, the better.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (13 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: I am frequently advised by potential investors in my constituency that they lack confidence in the planning process due to delays caused by Natural England. Can the Secretary of State assure me that she will look into that and ensure that Natural England is mindful of the commercial pressures on investors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: Those of us who favour reform of the upper House are concerned that there should be no slippage to the timetable. Will Ministers confirm that the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill will indeed report by the end of February?

Rural Bus Services (11 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend makes some compelling points, and my county of Lincolnshire, which is very rural, also suffers from the circumstances he describes. However, does he agree that bus companies—there are exceptions—too often follow Government or council grants, rather than try to stimulate their own services or provide services based on commercial needs?

Business of the House (15 Sep 2011)

Martin Vickers: On hearing threats of industrial action emerge from the TUC conference, my constituents are understandably concerned about the impact on their children’s education and the emergency services, for example. Can the Leader of the House find time for a debate on industrial relations, so that Members can express their views on whether we need to strengthen the laws governing strike ballots?

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill: Clause 1 — Police and crime commissioners (12 Sep 2011)

Martin Vickers: I endorse the opening remarks of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) in as much as I pay tribute to the police for the way they handled the recent riots and the like. Where I differ from him is that I would argue that recent circumstances have strengthened the argument in favour of elected police commissioners. Two of the most widely used words in Government and public...

Business of the House (8 Sep 2011)

Martin Vickers: Despite recent media coverage, planning law has always had a presumption in favour of development. However, economic development in my constituency is being stifled by Natural England, which seems to presume against development. This matter cannot wait for the current consultation and any changes, so may we have an urgent debate on it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Local Television (8 Sep 2011)

Martin Vickers: Channel 7, a local TV station based in Immingham in my constituency, is, I believe, the sole surviving local station from the initial batch, and it has been a success due to forging its partnerships with institutions such as the Grimsby institute of further and higher education. People at Channel 7 have asked me to convey an invitation to one of the ministerial team to visit them and benefit...

Betting Shops: Business, innovation and skills (19 Jul 2011)

Martin Vickers: Let me first pay tribute to the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Mr McKenzie) and commend him on his maiden speech. It was good to hear from a Member who, like me, was born in the constituency that he represents. Given his description of his constituency’s stunning natural beauty, it clearly has similarities with Cleethorpes. I will be as brief as possible, Mr Deputy Speaker. The economy of...

Metropolitan Police Service: Local Government Finance (18 Jul 2011)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcements; anything that can be done to incentivise local authorities will obviously be beneficial. May I just query the section of his statement in which he talked about “a special local levy to capture a share of that benefit”? Local levies can of course sometimes be set at such a level as to create a disincentive. Will he elaborate...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — High-speed Rail (13 Jul 2011)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I congratulate the hon. Member for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) on securing this debate. I am an enthusiastic supporter of railways in general and of high-speed rail in particular. As my hon. Friend the Member for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart) has said, time does not permit development of too many of the economic and...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — High-speed Rail (13 Jul 2011)

Martin Vickers: I accept the right hon. Gentleman’s point. Anything that can advance economic regeneration of the Yorkshire and Humber region is obviously welcome, and anything that we can do to get visitors from his area to Cleethorpes, is also welcome. Cleethorpes and the area more generally is desperate for a direct route to London, and one worry is that HS2 will suck up all investment resources....

Business of the House (7 Jul 2011)

Martin Vickers: The major development in my constituency—the South Humber gateway project—is delayed yet again by Government agencies, particularly Natural England, carrying out their duties within the planning process. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the role of those agencies in planning, because it is causing severe problems, and we need the jobs?


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