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Results 61–80 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: New Clause 3 — Vehicle excise duty: variation of graduated rates for light passenger vehicles (2 Jul 2008)

Mark Fisher: I will not give way. We have had a very good debate, and I am sure that other people want to get in. The people of this country, on whose behalf we are speaking, see this tax as retrospective and unfair, and the Government have to come back later this year and put this right.

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

Mark Fisher: I hope that not a single Member of the House would dispute the need to increase vehicle excise duty on engines of such a size. To that extent, the Government ought to be congratulated on listening to the Environmental Audit Committee and on increasing the VED on such vehicles. It is interesting that that is the dog that has not barked in this debate. Nobody has congratulated the Government on...

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

Mark Fisher: I very seldom disagree with my hon. Friend and I have a great deal of time for him, but he is completely wrong. We are talking about changing behaviour through the increase in VED, which is very different from stamp duty on houses. The increase is retrospective and principled, but it is not pragmatic because it will not change behaviour. The hon. Member for Putney has won the argument—we...

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

Mark Fisher: I have to confess that I have not read the hon. Gentleman's amendment, so I am at a loss.

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

Mark Fisher: Yes, I was interested that the hon. Gentleman did not speak to his amendment very much—indeed, I do not think that he mentioned it, and I would have been grateful to have had it brought to my attention earlier. I will go away and read his amendment afterwards, but I cannot respond now. The hon. Lady's solution would set the worst possible precedent. We should not start making changes to...

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...

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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gareth Myatt (12 Jul 2007)

Mark Fisher: I welcome my right hon. Friend to his position and I am grateful to him for his concern about this case. When he considers the lessons to be learned, will he be minded to consider the use of restraint generally? As my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, North (Ms Keeble) said, 3,000 occurrences in a year is not acceptable. My right hon. Friend will know, even two weeks into the job, that...

Gareth Myatt (12 Jul 2007)

Mark Fisher: As my hon. Friend knows, Gareth Myatt was my constituent. I wish to make two brief points. First, I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for the extraordinary way in which she has pursued this case. Co-operation between Members of Parliament on cases such as this, which fall in between various constituency responsibilities, is often difficult and sometimes impossible. In the 24 years that I have...

Orders of the Day: Clause 129 — Protected objects (27 Jun 2007)

Mark Fisher: I am most grateful to the Minister. Her response has been extraordinarily constructive and positive. If this is an indication of the new Administration's attitude towards amendments, that Administration will be generally welcomed throughout the House. I am most grateful for her attention to detail. I am slightly nonplussed, however, as a member of the acceptance in lieu panel, which she has...


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