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Results 121–140 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: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2007)

Mark Fisher: Absolutely. Once immunity, and therefore protection from a suit—brought by somebody who believed that they had a better claim to ownership of the work—had been gained, while the immunity was in force and the object was in the country under an immune order, it could be taken off to Sotheby's or Christie's and sold. That is not satisfactory, and I am sure it is not what the Government intend.

Orders of the Day: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2007)

Mark Fisher: These matters need to be explored in Committee and worked out. I accept that the intentions of other hon. Members, such as the hon. Member for South Staffordshire, are good, and that it is not the intention of the Government, or of the hon. Gentleman, that immunity should be a cloak to allow the putative owner to dispose of a work of art while the possibly better claim of another potential...

Orders of the Day: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords] (5 Mar 2007)

Mark Fisher: Does the Minister accept that, although I understand and sympathise with the point that the museums and galleries and the hon. Member for South Staffordshire (Sir Patrick Cormack) made, there are two interests to consider? One is the ability of museums and galleries to loan and borrow works, and the other is the interest of people who have a claim to works of art that may have been illicitly...

Freedom of Information (Fees Regulation) (7 Feb 2007)

Mark Fisher: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if the Government insisted on their regulations, they could constructively allow appeals to the commissioner on applications that are turned down, and allow a public interest defence to be raised? Without those, the whole thing would be a disaster.

Freedom of Information (Fees Regulation) (7 Feb 2007)

Mark Fisher: I am particularly grateful to my right hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn (Mr. Touhig) for being clever enough to secure this badly needed debate. He introduced it admirably and set out the issues very well. I am interested in the issue because I introduced the Right to Know Bill—a private Member's Bill—in 1992. I inherited it from the then Labour Opposition, who had drafted it in the...

Freedom of Information (Fees Regulation) (7 Feb 2007)

Mark Fisher: In the interests of freedom of information, let me say that those people are well known. They know who they are, as does anybody who has taken an interest in this subject. However, the issue was not the individuals; some of the Ministers around that table, like the Minister with us today, had long, honourable and interesting records. None the less, the Government's overall attitude was...

Freedom of Information (Fees Regulation) (7 Feb 2007)

Mark Fisher: Of course; the hon. Gentleman is completely right. The Act can do that, although not invariably or inevitably. It saves money by helping Government to understand and properly debate important decisions, and avoid those that would be wrong, misguided or costly. Indirectly, it can have the effect that he mentioned. We see examples of that happening all over the world under other regimes, and it...

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half-Day] — Iraq (31 Oct 2006)

Mark Fisher: rose—

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half-Day] — Iraq (31 Oct 2006)

Mark Fisher: Does the hon. Gentleman share my view that one of the things at stake this afternoon is the credibility of Parliament, and that the key responsibilities of Parliament are to scrutinise the Executive and hold it to account? If we fail to fulfil those responsibilities in relation to the Iraq war we shall further deepen the growing and worrying imbalance between Parliament and the Executive.

Museums and Galleries (Funding) (11 Oct 2006)

Mark Fisher: I congratulate the hon. Member for South Staffordshire (Sir Patrick Cormack) on securing this debate. I tried to do so, but had no success, whereas he has succeeded heroically. He has been generous enough to allow me a couple of minutes of his hard-won time. I do not disagree with a word of what the hon. Gentleman said. He has great knowledge and experience of these matters, and he has shown...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — National Lottery Distribution Fund: Apportionment (28 Jun 2006)

Mark Fisher: I absolutely agree. This whole area of concern puts the finger on something that has always bedevilled politicians and Governments in their support for the arts and for heritage. The public are asked the perfectly understandable rhetorical populist question of whether they would prefer to help people who are dying and have huge "help" problems, or to help our young get a good education, or to...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — National Lottery Distribution Fund: Apportionment (28 Jun 2006)

Mark Fisher: Interestingly, I thought that someone on the Treasury Bench wanted to intervene. I would willingly have given way if the hon. Gentleman had wanted to contribute to the debate.

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — National Lottery Distribution Fund: Apportionment (28 Jun 2006)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. As he says, the Opposition Front Bench is second best and I would have preferred to take an intervention from the Treasury Bench, but his observations were interesting and helpful. I am simply making a plea to my right hon. Friend the Minister. He is a civilised man who comes from an extremely civilised city, which, ironically, embodies the best of the...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — National Lottery Distribution Fund: Apportionment (28 Jun 2006)

Mark Fisher: That would be the ideal solution; there should not be raids on other areas. I am going slightly wide of the debate, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but I hope that the Minister heard what the hon. Gentleman said about Sir Nicholas Goodison's report. The whole world outside this place has been waiting for a positive response to at least some of its very practical recommendations. That is one way—other...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — National Lottery Distribution Fund: Apportionment (28 Jun 2006)

Mark Fisher: I hope that I was pushing my luck with great gentleness, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and that I was teetering on the borderlines of being in order, because there is a relationship between tax forgone and the concerns that are directly being debated today about heritage. Those things need to be considered together. One of the ways in which we could strengthen the Bill would be through tax forgone. I...

Orders of the Day: Clause 7 — National Lottery Distribution Fund: Apportionment (28 Jun 2006)

Mark Fisher: I am grateful to be able to say a few words in this debate, and to follow the interesting remarks made by the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood). I share some of his concerns about the general drift of matters to do with the national lottery. There is an acceptance in the House that the Government are moving in the right direction with the lottery, certainly compared with their...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 15 — Sub-delegated legislative functions (16 May 2006)

Mark Fisher: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 15 — Sub-delegated legislative functions (16 May 2006)

Mark Fisher: Will the Minister give way?

Orders of the Day: New Clause 15 — Sub-delegated legislative functions (16 May 2006)

Mark Fisher: Instead of intervening on the Minister, perhaps I can make one of the shortest speeches on record. Will the Minister explain his assertion that the Bill does not allow the right to sell on legislation, to use his words? Perhaps he can point to where that is specified in the Bill.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 15 — Sub-delegated legislative functions (16 May 2006)

Mark Fisher: That is a fair point, but it does not address my point about where that is dealt with in the Bill. The whole House has been enormously impressed by the way that the Minister, having picked up this brief only about three days ago, has mastered the intricacies and nuances of a very difficult and incredibly important Bill that goes to the very heart of our parliamentary democracy. The House has...


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