Results 741–760 of 850 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

Council and Social Housing (6 Mar 2012)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Clark, and I congratulate my neighbour—indeed, my own MP— the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell) on securing this debate. As my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) said earlier, the hon. Member for Great Grimsby has a long history of campaigning on these issues. I was first elected to Great...

Business of the House (23 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: In little more than two months, voters in some of our major cities will have the opportunity to vote in referendums on whether to have an elected mayor. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate so that those of us who favour such a move can argue the case, and the case for extending the role of elected mayors and allowing electors elsewhere to trigger referendums?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (9 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: May I return the Secretary of State to the issue of rural broadband? My constituents in northern Lincolnshire, in particular in the villages of Kirmington, Croxton and Aylesby, have severe problems with their connection. That is a key issue for the rural economy. Kirmington is the home of Humberside airport and is therefore a vital area. May I wish the Secretary of State a good holiday in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Many of my constituents are among the 337 redundancies announced by Kerry Foods, based at Europarc industrial estate, which straddles the Cleethorpes and Great Grimsby constituencies. The hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell) and I have approached various Departments for support, which I am sure will be forthcoming. One possibility is the extension of the...

Business of the House (2 Feb 2012)

Martin Vickers: The wife of my constituent Mr Gordon Roberts has been placed in a home against the wishes of Mr Roberts. Sadly she suffers from dementia. May we have an urgent debate to consider the criteria according to which patients can be placed in homes against the wishes of their next of kin?

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...


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