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Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Fisher

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Mark Fisher: Was not the case to which the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd) referred, which came in front of the Oxford coroner about two years ago, exactly that—somewhat embarrassing to both the American Government and ours? It involved friendly fire that had killed our service personnel. Was not what the Secretary of State has mentioned behind the suppression of those inquests? How...

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Mark Fisher: rose—

Bill Presented: New Clause 14 — Inquests in camera (23 Mar 2009)

Mark Fisher: Like Opposition Members, I recognise that the Government have moved a long way on the matter, but they have sought to replace a provision that Members of all parties felt was dangerous and unreasonable with an extremely complicated paraphernalia of protections and clauses. I recognise that the Secretary of State has substantially removed himself from the process, and that is to be welcomed....

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

Mark Fisher: The Minister knows that I voted against the war and that I want to see an inquiry. Is there not a way out of the timing problem that he is putting to the House? The inquiry will take some time, so could we not split it? Part of the inquiry could look at what went before the war and at the diplomatic and political issues. We could get on with that now. Nothing in our involvement in Iraq at the...

Stafford Hospital (1 Apr 2009)

Mark Fisher: I grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way, because I understand that he is under such pressure. Although I agree with my hon. Friend—and constituency neighbour— the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Joan Walley) about an independent inquiry and the review of case notes, does my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney) not feel that what he is describing is a collapse of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Minton Archive (20 Apr 2009)

Mark Fisher: What steps he plans to take to assist the retention of the Minton archive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Minton Archive (20 Apr 2009)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to the Under-Secretary—I know that she appreciates the importance of the collection and the archive, not only nationally but internationally. With those of Spode and Wedgwood, it is one of the great ceramics industry archives, with all the designs of great designers such as Christopher Dresser. It would be a tragedy if it were broken up, so I urge my hon. Friend to take...

Business of the House (7 May 2009)

Mark Fisher: Does the Leader of the House accept that the views expressed by the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) about the scrutiny of legislation on Report are shared and sympathised with across the whole House? Large chunks of major Bills—such as the Policing and Crime Bill, which the hon. Gentleman mentioned, and the Coroners and Justice Bill—are passing unscrutinised, and they...

Business of the House (25 Jun 2009)

Mark Fisher: May I congratulate the Leader of the House on recognising the strength of support for the amendment tabled by the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) yesterday, and on giving herself and the Government more time to think carefully about these matters? When she does so, will she think particularly carefully about the distinction between Government time and time that should properly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: New-build Social Housing (15 Jan 2008)

Mark Fisher: What plans she has for new-build social housing; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: New-build Social Housing (15 Jan 2008)

Mark Fisher: Although I welcome that, the Minister will have heard my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Joan Walley) saying that the number of people on the council house waiting list in our city has risen to 8,000 and is rising fast—by several thousand a year. Although I accept the interest in the market and in housing associations, and the better management of council assets that was...

Loftus Saxon Treasures (22 Jan 2008)

Mark Fisher: I am interested in what the Minister says and I think that she is absolutely right to say it. When she comes to consider the future of the portable antiquities scheme, which I have no doubt she will be doing in the next few weeks, will she bear in mind this very interesting and important find? Although it was not found under the PAS but by a professional archaeologist, her statistics prove...

Portable Antiquities Scheme (5 Mar 2008)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to you, Mr. Benton, and to Mr. Speaker for allowing me to address this issue in this short debate. Over the past 10 years, the field of antiquities in England and Wales has been transformed—there is no other word for it—by the Treasure Act 1996 and by the portable antiquities scheme. After years of campaigning and lobbying, pressure and private Member's Bills, led by number...

Portable Antiquities Scheme (5 Mar 2008)

Mark Fisher: My hon. Friend is right. If the budget is frozen at its present level of £1.3 million, that will in effect be a cut in real terms, because to stand still and not expand the scheme at all would require £1.49 million. If that £690,000 is not found, three posts in the PAS will be lost.

Portable Antiquities Scheme (5 Mar 2008)

Mark Fisher: Absolutely. The regional element is important and feeds into Renaissance in the regions. My hon. Friend the Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor) will know about a wonderful museum in Leicester that is directed by a Mrs. Sarah Levitt, who, by a curious coincidence, is the sister of my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Tom Levitt). Mrs. Levitt does an extremely good job in...

Portable Antiquities Scheme (5 Mar 2008)

Mark Fisher: The hon. Gentleman who wishes to intervene may talk about his own area, but in Berkshire and Oxfordshire—he will correct me in a moment if I am wrong—I do not think that there is anyone in post. Again, that is a most important archaeological area.

Portable Antiquities Scheme (5 Mar 2008)

Mark Fisher: I did not know that. Berkshire is an extremely important area, which covers the Thames valley and a lot of settlements, so it should not have only one officer. We need to expand the scheme and it seems tragic not to do so when it is such a success. If the scheme is frozen and cut over the next year, it will be a tragedy. Generally, there is much concern in the House about this matter. It is...

Portable Antiquities Scheme (5 Mar 2008)

Mark Fisher: I think that hon. Members will have considerable sympathy with what the Minister is saying, but she knows very well, being extremely experienced, that a standstill budget is much easier for a large organisation to handle than it is for a small organisation, although it is difficult for anybody. There is no leeway in something tiny such as the portable antiquities scheme. As I said in my...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 4 — Tariffs for renewable energy (30 Apr 2008)

Mark Fisher: Is my hon. Friend saying that things are not better in Germany, that we do not have things to learn from that country and that we should not be following it down this road?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 3 — Vehicle excise duty: variation of graduated rates for light passenger vehicles (2 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: I agree with the hon. Lady's criticism that a retrospective tax would be both unfair and ineffective, in that it cannot change a decision made four, five, six or seven years ago. It is an extremely unsatisfactory form of taxation. Any retrospective taxation is, per se, a very bad form of taxation, and I think the House should have no truck with it. But will the hon. Lady say something more...


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