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Results 181–200 of 1600 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

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 — The National Identity Register (18 Oct 2005)

Mark Fisher: The Minister referred to the fact that people should be able to prove who they are, and in answer to the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) cited the usefulness of passports in establishing people's identity before they went on a flight. The difference between a passport and an identity card, as far as I can work out, is that for a passport one's identity must be vouched for by...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 — The National Identity Register (18 Oct 2005)

Mark Fisher: As we will not be able to debate Government amendment No. 1, will my hon. Friend explain the difference between a "registrable fact" and "information"? How does "information" differ from a "registrable fact"?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 — The National Identity Register (18 Oct 2005)

Mark Fisher: As others have said, the hon. Gentleman is being extraordinarily generous in giving way. He is establishing some important points, but before he finishes, will he comment on the fact that the card will not only articulate identity, but allow the actions of the bearer to be traced? It is both a contact card and a contact-less card. As one enters a public place, the card establishes that one...

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow), who is a truly independent-minded Member. I am not sure whether to rejoice with him in his membership of a Select Committee, which, I hope, we are about to endorse in a few minutes, or to commiserate with him about the fact that he has been gagged by his Whips from displaying his independence on an even wider platform.

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: I would be amazed if that were not the case. As the hon. Gentleman said there is an element of déjà vu about the debate. Looking around the Chamber, I see in attendance hon. Members who have debated the issues that lie behind the debate time and again over the years. Those issues are the quality of scrutiny and the independence of Members of Parliament. The only thing that is rather sad is...

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: I think that the right hon. and learned Gentleman knows that I wholly agree with him on that. That will be burden of my remarks, which I hope will be brief to give other hon. Members the opportunity to speak. I had not realised that the debate was time limited, and I will endeavour to be very brief. The hon. Member for Buckingham had an interesting exchange with my hon. Friend the Member for...

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is quite right. What I intended to say is that the Government—

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: Of course, Madam Deputy Speaker. I shall just correct myself. I meant to say that Government have the right to the time to try to get their business through. I accept your admonition and I shall draw my remarks to a close so that other hon. Members can contribute. It is very sad that there are so few new Members in the House, but it is to the credit of the new Member who is here that he is...

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way in the dying moments of her speech. In her interesting, admirable and entirely correct list of characteristics of a good Select Committee, she mentioned the role of a Select Committee in choosing its own Chair. Am I missing something? Has that changed? We are selecting the members of a Committee; we are not selecting any Chairs. Surely there is...

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is an extraordinary anomaly that what is supposed to be a Committee of parliamentarians is chaired by a member of the Government? There is no role for the Government in Select Committees, which are scrutiny Committees of this House. That is not a personal criticism of this Leader of the House or any previous Leader of the House, but there is no role...

Committees — Administration Committee (13 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: Although the Government are in some ways culpable, does the right hon. Gentleman recognise that the remedy is in our hands? If hon. Members had some spine and recognised our role as parliamentarians, we would use our ability to vote off such processes. We do not have to vote for a member of the Government becoming a member of a Committee of this House.

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: The Government have introduced several Bills on immigration and asylum since 1999. This Bill has several aspects that are very welcome, notably measures to control the unscrupulous and thoroughly irresponsible employers who have exploited immigrant workers. I welcome those aspects of the Bill and commend the Home Secretary for them. I want today to address the asylum aspects of the Bill, not...

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: The right hon. Gentleman is right to say that that is a problem, but I do not see anything in the Government's policy that encourages such things—far from it. He cannot seriously say that Ministers are sympathetic to or encourage that sort of behaviour. Indeed, the Government have taken good steps in many respects to crack down on that problem, although he has a fair point when he says that...

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. The attitude towards employment is wholly unsatisfactory and makes the system much more expensive. Many people seeking asylum have skills and would like to work temporarily. That would reduce the cost to the Government and, perversely, it would mean that the Government could track those people more easily. Nothing is more conducive to losing an...

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: Although I am getting comments from my hon. Friends, I accept that point. These are not easy matters and we do not help the quality of debate by flipping accusations across the Chamber. We are more likely to come to decisions that will benefit our country and, in particular, those seeking asylum if we do not throw about accusations relating to good faith or otherwise, either inside our...

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: I am sure that my hon. Friend is right officially, but that does not accord with my experience of surgeries for asylum seekers. People who are refused asylum are in despair because they have lost their access to NASS and their housing. They turn to what they see—perhaps erroneously—as their only method of support, which is each other. That is wholly unsatisfactory. I fear that for all the...

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: The shadow Home Secretary is making an interesting point, but he cannot have it both ways. He cannot say that we should have a quota and not put a figure on it. What is his limit? What does he consider to be the correct figure?

Orders of the Day — Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill (5 Jul 2005)

Mark Fisher: The shadow Home Secretary makes a perfectly fair point but all those factors are in the public domain; they are known to him, as they are to the press and to the Home Secretary, at least in ball-park figures. The right hon. Gentleman is in a position to say what he thinks the limit should be when all the factors that he correctly enumerates are taken into account. What sort of figure is he...

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (28 Jun 2005)

Mark Fisher: I am listening to my right hon. Friend particularly closely, because he chaired the former Home Affairs Committee that produced an excellent fourth report containing a huge amount of expert data. It worries me all the more that he has referred to the use that the private sector would make of the system. I understood the Home Secretary to say clearly that the private sector would have no...


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