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Results 41–60 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

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....

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...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (19 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: Is this not an ideal example of the importance of not rushing straight into a Bill but engaging in wider consultation—not necessarily taking a huge amount of time? The views that have been expressed in the Chamber this afternoon reflect the views of other experts in the judiciary and the court system. Surely the Government would benefit from taking a few weeks before publishing their Bill...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (19 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: The debate has been unusually thoughtful. Every Member who has spoken has expressed not uncritical sympathy with and support for Lords amendment No. 106 without endorsing it wholly. From the thrust of what the House did not say, it is that it is clear that it is unhappy with the level of secrecy that could and will arise unless we do something about it. The House is in the debt of the...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (19 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: I am sure that the Minister wants to reassure the House. We are only a few months after the Jean Charles de Menezes case, which suggests that such reassurances do not operate in the real world.

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (19 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: The Minister suggests that we are considering either/or and that there are no fine lines. However, surely proceedings could be taken in camera and reporting restrictions can be imposed. There are gradations of secrecy, short of complete secrecy, that could allow for the recognition of relatives' grief and frustration.

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (19 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: Pursuant to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble), does the Minister accept that the families of the deceased may not be as happy as he hopes if an independent, security-cleared barrister represents their interests in cases where they cannot hear the evidence about how the person that they loved died? That is a quite human and...

Business of the House (13 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: Will my right hon. and learned Friend find time for a debate on the work of bailiffs? In the present financial climate, such work is sadly likely to increase. If her constituency mailbag is anything like mine, she will be learning of an increasing number of hard and painful cases. Being a bailiff is a difficult job, but the way in which they conduct themselves can make a difference to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan (11 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: Following the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), is it not extraordinary that the EU is making grants and encouraging people to grow poppies in this country when we are bearing down on people growing poppies in Afghanistan? Is that not most illogical?

Schools (Stoke-on-Trent) (4 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: Will my hon. Friend take up the opportunity offered by last week's referendum, in which the elected mayor, who has pushed through the plans, was hugely rejected? The plans, which are very much the mayor's creation, have been rejected by parents at almost every school in the city—in my constituency and in those of my hon. Friends the Members for Stoke-on-Trent, South and for Stoke-on-Trent,...

Schools (Stoke-on-Trent) (4 Nov 2008)

Mark Fisher: My hon. Friend has referred to the Park Hall site, which is in no community whatsoever. It is a gasometer site poised between his constituency and mine, and it has no population around it whatsoever. It is the antithesis of a community school. My hon. Friend's critique of the local authority and Serco has been so devastating that anyone listening to it might feel that it was overstated. I...

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill: Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: The hon. Gentleman talks about evidence. Does he consider the singularity and crucial importance of the evidence to be relevant? Lord Bingham used the words "sole" and "decisive". Are those considerations not as crucial as all the other factors that we are talking about? Are not the nature and particularity of the evidence key if we are to get the balance right?

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill: Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill (Allocation of Time) (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: I agree with almost everything that the right hon. Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) has said. Every Member of this House knows—not thinks—that legislation made in haste is almost inevitably bad, but here we are, producing such legislation again, and doing it with our eyes open. That says something very serious about the House. This short debate has revealed certain extremely...

Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill: Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Bill (Allocation of Time) (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that. Yes, I think that everybody does accept the need for haste, but not necessarily breakneck haste, with the Bill having to complete all its stages this evening. Also, we do not need to finish at 10 o'clock. There is nothing in our Standing Orders to say that debate has to finish then. Indeed, most of us who have been in the House for 15, 20 or 25...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Artists' Resale Rights (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: That is silly.

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Artists' Resale Rights (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to you, Mr. Martlew, and to Mr. Speaker for selecting this subject for debate. Today's turnout shows that the subject was well chosen. Shadow and former Ministers, and people who really care about this subject and who often speak about it, are here today. Such a well contested and attended debate is somewhat unusual in this Chamber, so I shall keep my remarks brief to ensure...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Artists' Resale Rights (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: Perhaps because I share the right hon. Gentleman's position I am not the best person to explain the disadvantages of the scheme. However, one of the qualifications of the joys of the artists' resale right as it was originally envisaged is that if the measure applied to dead artists, their estates and descendants would benefit. That is not improper. It is quite right that the descendants of,...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Artists' Resale Rights (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, but the debate is moving considerably. The French, who originally promoted and envisaged droit de suite—hence the name—may well begin to recognise its effects on their art market, which they are keen to promote. We could see movement on that in future, and on the battle lines that heretofore have been quite well drawn. People other than the UK Government...

[Mr. Eric Martlew in the Chair] — Artists' Resale Rights (8 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: The difference, as the hon. Gentleman knows only too well, is that we secured the derogation. It is right to extend that beyond 2005, perhaps to 2012. While the art market changes and settles in the next decade, the derogation ought to stay. We would be well advised to extend the derogation so that we can see what changes in the art market. Huge changes are taking place. I mentioned that we...

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

Mark Fisher: My right hon. Friend is right. He used the word "expect", but I think that there is an element of hope involved as well. However, this action must be required of the Exchequer Secretary. She might not be able to give us a categorical undertaking tonight, but I believe that she has heard hon. Members very clearly indeed. If the Government do not reconsider this matter in the pre-Budget report...


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