Results 741–760 of 845 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Martin Vickers

Business of the House (26 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: My constituents are dismayed to find that, following the resignation of one of their MEPs, they will have no say in who her successor will be. Their cynicism in the political process increased when they found that her successor will be her husband. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on the process of replacing our MEPs?

Business of the House (19 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I can only assume that you have saved the best till last. In reply to my question last week after the statement on high-speed rail, the Transport Secretary replied favourably to my request that everything possible be done to ensure that British-based companies receive the orders, such as my constituents who work at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe. Will the Leader of the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christians (Zimbabwe) (19 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: What steps the Church Commissioners are taking to support and monitor the treatment of Christians in Zimbabwe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christians (Zimbabwe) (19 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: The attacks on the Christian community should be roundly condemned. The Christian community in Zimbabwe will have valued and felt greatly strengthened by the archbishop’s recent visit, but, as the Bishop of Harare observed recently, the persecution continues. Can my hon. Friend assure me that the Church Commissioners, in co-operation with the Government, will continue and, indeed,...

Northern Rail Hub — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (18 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: rose—

Northern Rail Hub — [Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] (18 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend is making a splendid case, as always, and is speaking up for his constituents. Does he agree that it is fine to increase capacity, but that we must make the process of allowing new operators to access the service much easier and quicker?

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: I shall take a slightly less supportive position on the Portas report than my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson), who just made a very effective contribution to the debate. I recognise that our local communities want to retain their high streets and town centres, and ultimately it is in their hands: they will determine where they shop. My hon. Friend the Member for...

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend has made the point that I was just coming to, so I will skip a few points. However, we have to recognise the difficulties that local authorities face in this regard. Recommendation 15 of the report talks about an “affordable shops” quota in large new developments. That idea sounds fine, but the businesses that would be drawn to such developments are probably those...

Sexual Offences (Amendment): Backbench Business — [Un-allotted Day] — Future of Town Centres and High Streets (17 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: That is a challenging question. The reality is that we have been trying to revitalise our towns. As I have said, I served for a long time on my local authority. I was also a member of the Local Government Association’s urban commission. We had countless presentations from highly paid consultants on how this could be achieved, but many of the ideas fell flat because there was not the...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Care of the Dying (17 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) on securing the debate. Bearing in mind your request for brevity, Sir Roger, I will be as brief as possible. I can only agree with much if not all of what has been said. In considering what to contribute to the debate, I looked up a definition of palliative care. We tend to know what that means, but the...

Business of the House (12 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: Can the Leader of the House find time for a statement that could give an answer to the North Lincolnshire question? The question relates, of course, to the Scottish referendum and why a Scot working in North Lincolnshire for a few years will be denied a vote on the future of his country, whereas someone from North Lincolnshire working for a few years in Scotland will have the opportunity of a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: High-speed Rail (10 Jan 2012)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement. Many of my constituents work at Tata Steel in Scunthorpe, where rail production is one of their most profitable lines. Can she give me a categorical assurance that everything possible will be done to ensure that the procurement procedures favour British-based companies?

General Matters (20 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: On the face of it, my constituency might seem well served by transport as it has an international airport, the largest dock complex in the country and 10 railway stations, including one that serves two farms and an ancient ruin, and was used by 13 passengers in 2010. But the road network needs a little improvement. The main road into the constituency is the A180, but the A160 off to Immingham...

General Matters (20 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I thank my hon. Friend.

General Matters (20 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I certainly agree with the hon. Lady’s point. It is vital for growth and economic development that we should have direct services. However, the system is so complex that there is no incentive for existing railway companies to expand. They can pile people on to existing services, but where is the incentive to take the commercial risk and develop a new service? We must do something to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (20 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: May I return the Deputy Prime Minister to the issue of Lords reform? Like him, I support a 100% elected House. Often, when I read the deliberations of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform, I am concerned that there is a very negative view coming forward from a variety of Members. Does he have any view on the fact that a consensus is perhaps emerging, which might speed the passage of...

Bill Presented — Local Government Finance Bill: Apprenticeships (19 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I must compliment the Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, my hon. Friend the Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr Hayes), on opening the debate with his usual eloquence. We in Lincolnshire know well his commitment to skills and apprenticeships. Hon. Members will be relieved to learn that the limited time available means that I am going to skip the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Fisheries Council (19 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I, too, praise the Minister for his steadfast and robust approach. One of my constituents shrugged his shoulders this morning and told me, “It could have been much worse”, which I can assure the Minister is high praise, coming from them. Many fishermen have virtually eliminated discards through new processes, but that is not reflected in the methodology used in the negotiations....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday’s announcement about local television was good news for my constituency, where Channel 7, the sole survivor from the original batch, is based. Does the Prime Minister agree that local broadcasting strengthens local communities and advances the big society? If he is in north Lincolnshire in the near future, will he find time to pay Channel 7 a visit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: EU Council (12 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: My right hon. Friend will be aware that he has the overwhelming support of my constituents from across the political spectrum. If we are to safeguard jobs and expand the economy, we must be equally robust in all our EU negotiations. He will know that the common fisheries policy adversely affects my constituency. Will he assure my constituents that his colleagues will follow his lead when...


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