Results 761–780 of 878 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

Backbench Business: Common Fisheries Policy (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. There was a great similarity between the boats of the communities. Their boats were similar to the ones that sail out of Grimsby nowadays, which are unlike the deep-sea trawlers of 20 or 30 years ago. I was accompanied on the Gaza visit by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden) and my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr...

Backbench Business: Common Fisheries Policy (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: If I attempted to reply to that, Madam Deputy Speaker, I would be entering into very deep waters! I have not brushed up on my knowledge of the Israeli fishing fleet over the last two or three days, so I will leave my reply for another occasion. As has been said many times, what we want is the repatriation of powers. Whether it be in Gaza or in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, there is a deep sense of...

Backbench Business: Common Fisheries Policy (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: That is a very good point. It stands to reason that those who are involved in the fishing industry and who know how to manage stocks should manage those stocks. It is interesting to note that all three Members whose constituencies are bounded by the River Humber— the hon. Member for Great Grimsby, my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy), and me—oppose our membership...

Backbench Business: Common Fisheries Policy (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: That is an entirely valid point.

Backbench Business: Common Fisheries Policy (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend has made her point very concisely. I could not have put it better myself. Let me emphasise again that this is about communities and their livelihoods. Whether in Cairo or Cleethorpes, Gaza or Grimsby, the livelihoods of those local communities is what matters. I do not envy the Minister his role in the Brussels negotiations, but I know that he will perform his duties very well,...

Backbench Business: Charging for Access to Parliament (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to sum up the motion proposed by my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon). One thing that can certainly be said of my hon. Friend is that he has his finger on the pulse of public opinion.

Backbench Business: Charging for Access to Parliament (15 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow and I will agree to support the amendment, but one thing I have learnt in my short time in the House is that, when I am on my feet, the fact that I might repeat something that has been said, or the fact that the outcome is inevitable, should not stop me from saying what I intended to say. I shall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: The EU is currently consulting on changes to the rules governing state aid in assisted areas. The Government have shown commitment to northern Lincolnshire by establishing an enterprise zone to attract large businesses. The changes will restrict aid only to small and medium-sized enterprises. Will the Deputy Prime Minister assure me that the Government will fight these proposals and look for...

Council and Social Housing (6 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Clark, and I congratulate my neighbour—indeed, my own MP— the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell) on securing this debate. As my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) said earlier, the hon. Member for Great Grimsby has a long history of campaigning on these issues. I was first elected to Great Grimsby...

Business of the House (23 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: In little more than two months, voters in some of our major cities will have the opportunity to vote in referendums on whether to have an elected mayor. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate so that those of us who favour such a move can argue the case, and the case for extending the role of elected mayors and allowing electors elsewhere to trigger referendums?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: May I return the Secretary of State to the issue of rural broadband? My constituents in northern Lincolnshire, in particular in the villages of Kirmington, Croxton and Aylesby, have severe problems with their connection. That is a key issue for the rural economy. Kirmington is the home of Humberside airport and is therefore a vital area. May I wish the Secretary of State a good holiday in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Many of my constituents are among the 337 redundancies announced by Kerry Foods, based at Europarc industrial estate, which straddles the Cleethorpes and Great Grimsby constituencies. The hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell) and I have approached various Departments for support, which I am sure will be forthcoming. One possibility is the extension of the...

Business of the House (2 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: The wife of my constituent Mr Gordon Roberts has been placed in a home against the wishes of Mr Roberts. Sadly she suffers from dementia. May we have an urgent debate to consider the criteria according to which patients can be placed in homes against the wishes of their next of kin?

Business of the House (26 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: My constituents are dismayed to find that, following the resignation of one of their MEPs, they will have no say in who her successor will be. Their cynicism in the political process increased when they found that her successor will be her husband. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the process of replacing our MEPs?

Business of the House (19 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I can only assume that you have saved the best till last. In reply to my question last week after the statement on high-speed rail, the Transport Secretary replied favourably to my request that everything possible be done to ensure that British-based companies receive the orders, such as my constituents who work at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe. Will the Leader of the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christians (Zimbabwe) (19 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: What steps the Church Commissioners are taking to support and monitor the treatment of Christians in Zimbabwe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christians (Zimbabwe) (19 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: The attacks on the Christian community should be roundly condemned. The Christian community in Zimbabwe will have valued and felt greatly strengthened by the archbishop’s recent visit, but, as the Bishop of Harare observed recently, the persecution continues. Can my hon. Friend assure me that the Church Commissioners, in co-operation with the Government, will continue and, indeed, increase...

Northern Rail Hub — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (18 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: rose—

Northern Rail Hub — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (18 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend is making a splendid case, as always, and is speaking up for his constituents. Does he agree that it is fine to increase capacity, but that we must make the process of allowing new operators to access the service much easier and quicker?

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

Martin Vickers: I shall take a slightly less supportive position on the Portas report than my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson), who just made a very effective contribution to the debate. I recognise that our local communities want to retain their high streets and town centres, and ultimately it is in their hands: they will determine where they shop. My hon. Friend the Member for...


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