Results 741–760 of 819 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

Backbench Business: BBC (Proposed Cuts) (1 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman, and the word “affection” appears somewhere in my notes in relation to Radio Humberside. I suspect, though, that most of my constituents on the south bank of the Humber are more interested in what goes on in Louth and Lincoln than in Cottingham and Kirk Ella. I therefore remain convinced that some savings could be made through joint...

Backbench Business: BBC (Proposed Cuts) (1 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I hope that plug serves my hon. Friend well in his future dealings with his local radio station, just as I hope that Peter Levy will view my next appearance on his programme favourably after my mention of him. With the decline of many local newspapers, although thankfully not the Grimsby Telegraph, local news on BBC stations will become more important, although it is easy for them to overdo...

Backbench Business: BBC (Proposed Cuts) (1 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I entirely agree with the point the hon. Gentleman makes on floods and the like. We have had our share of floods in the Cleethorpes area—most recently four years ago. Local radio comes into its own on such occasions. To go back to the coverage of local politics, it is completely unrealistic to expect local council meetings to be covered individually by...

Backbench Business: BBC (Proposed Cuts) (1 Dec 2011)

Martin Vickers: I think I am running out of time, so if the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will carry on. The licence fee is a significant burden to those on low and fixed incomes. I acknowledge that although various schemes help some categories of my constituents, the licence fee falls disproportionately on the elderly and the housebound, who quite naturally rely to a much greater extent on their radios...

Empty Homes (29 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: As always, my hon. Friend is making a strong and persuasive case on behalf of his constituents. Does he agree that, as well as there being many empty homes, changing shopping patterns have resulted in many empty shops? Many are substantial buildings that could be refurbished at a reasonable cost and brought back into use as homes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Autumn Statement (29 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: On behalf of my constituents, I thank the Chancellor for the many initiatives that he has introduced for northern Lincolnshire and Humberside. Of course I cannot let the moment pass without a particular word of thanks for what he has done on the Humber bridge tolls, as it will be a great boost to the local economy. The national infrastructure plan rightly says that we have to wait until the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Coastguard Modernisation (22 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: The Minister specifically mentioned the importance of the links between the gas and oil sectors in Aberdeen. He will be aware that that is equally important in the Humber, an area where there is likely to be a rapid expansion in the energy sector in coming years. Will he assure me that he is fully satisfied that the expansion will be fully catered for and that it will be kept under regular review?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Housing Reform (21 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: The Minister will be aware that as a result of changing shopping patterns, many of our towns have boarded-up empty shop properties, many of which are substantial buildings that could easily be brought back into housing use. Will he explain what plans he has to do that? In the case of my constituency, this would provide a better and more attractive environment for the town and attract more...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: This is a vital debate that affects every household in the country. As an officer of the all-party group on fair fuel for motorists and hauliers, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) on securing the debate, and the Backbench Business Committee on recognising its importance, particularly as the call for a debate was supported by an e-petition—a valuable...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. My constituency, which I shall come on to, is another centre for the road haulage industry. It, too, would welcome such a proposal. Unemployment in my constituency is above the national average, and incomes are below the national average. Much of the available work is seasonal, and jobs can be many miles away. For many people, travel costs are compounded...

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend, who strengthens my case. I was discussing fairness. In the two unitary authorities that cover northern Lincolnshire, it is estimated that constituents pay £167 million a year in motoring taxes, compared with the £95 million that is spent on roads infrastructure—again, that is clearly unfair.

Royal Assent: Fuel Prices (15 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: I think that I am running out of time. I said earlier that my constituency is a major centre for the road haulage industry. Most large commercial vehicles do about 8 miles per gallon. The planned increase due in January will add £15 a week to the running costs of a single vehicle, which will impact not only on individual businesses but on the supply chain. The Federation of Small...

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend makes a very interesting point, and my response is obvious—I am arguing in favour of binding referendums, so I believe that such a referendum would have to be binding. There could be turnout—

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: That is the word I am looking for; I thank my hon. Friend. Such referendums could therefore easily be accommodated. Members should appreciate that there is growing apathy and disenchantment with our whole political process. The Government have tried to respond to that through measures in the Bill, through e-petitions and so on, but the only way we can really give people power is by giving...

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: The hon. Gentleman makes a valid point. My view—I can speak only for myself—is that democracy means one person, one vote, and that that would apply whether in the City of London or elsewhere.

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: I rise to speak about the referendum issue. Members will note that I am one of the signatories to the amendment tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith). I support the principle of referendums and believe that they are a natural development of our democratic process. Having spent many years as a local councillor fighting against centralisation, I warmly welcome...

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: I agree, it was outrageous that a decision of the electorate that had been arrived at democratically through the ballot box should be overturned by a local authority. Having granted the referendum initially, it should have reversed the result, if that was its wish, only through another referendum.

Localism Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Timetables for changing English district councils’ electoral schemes (7 Nov 2011)

Martin Vickers: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes an extremely valid point, and I am sure Members of all parties can think of such examples. The hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) made a valid point about premises that cater for people with mental health difficulties. I accept that local authorities have very difficult decisions to make in such cases. I can recall there being such a decision in...

Business of the House (27 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: When I served as a church warden, I was advised that it was an offence to prevent any worshippers from attending divine service, and that as a church warden I had the power of arrest within the churchyard. I never had to test that, but given the confusion at St Paul’s cathedral, may we have a statement on the legal position?

Backbench Business — [34th Allotted Day]: National Referendum on the European Union (24 Oct 2011)

Martin Vickers: Many Members have referred to the part that they played in the 1975 referendum, and sadly I am one of those who is old enough to have participated. It is interesting to note that that referendum followed a renegotiation of our terms with the Common Market, as it then was, and the question put to the electorate was: “Do we stay in or do we leave?” I voted to leave, and I am pleased...


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