Results 741–760 of 768 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

Bill Presented: Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Martin Vickers: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Worcestershire (Harriett Baldwin) on presenting the Bill. The contributions so far have shown "what a tangled web we weave". I support devolution as far as it has gone, but I am a great supporter of the Union. That is why my hon. Friend has done a service by promoting further debate.

Bill Presented: Legislation (Territorial Extent) Bill (11 Feb 2011)

Martin Vickers: That is why I used only the first half of the quotation. I would not dream of suggesting anything such as deception. I recognise the growing concern-irritation would be one way of putting it-among my constituents, who rightly or wrongly feel that there is now an injustice and that Scotland has a greater say and influence over issues than they do in Lincolnshire. We in the Cleethorpes...

Backbench Business — [20th Allotted Day]: Voting by Prisoners (10 Feb 2011)

Martin Vickers: It has become a badge of honour to stand up in this debate and say, "I am not a lawyer." The hon. Member for Devizes (Claire Perry) started her speech by saying that she was not a lawyer so she would speak common sense. If I were a lawyer, I am not sure that I would take too kindly to that, but I am sure that she meant it in the best spirit. I am not a lawyer and am more of a kindred spirit...

Backbench Business — [20th Allotted Day]: Voting by Prisoners (10 Feb 2011)

Martin Vickers: I agree entirely. I, too, thought I was being elected to a sovereign body, but as the weeks go by I am beginning to have more doubts than I had six or eight months ago. We are here to articulate the concerns of the electorate. On some decisions there is room for doubt, but on this one they are giving us a clear message. In fact, they are agreeing with comments by the Attorney-General himself....

[Mr Joe Benton in the Chair] — backbench business — Parliamentary Reform (3 Feb 2011)

Martin Vickers: I join in the congratulations to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) on securing the debate. I offer no special insight, merely the random thoughts of a relative newcomer to the House. We must be mindful of the balance between effective scrutiny of Government and allowing Government to achieve their business. I was elected not because the people of Cleethorpes were sure...

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I must first declare an interest: I remain, until May, an elected member of North East Lincolnshire unitary authority, having previously spent 14 years as a member of the former Great Grimsby borough council. The total amount of time I served is 26 years, during which I would like to think there was a certain amount of modest success, but I can assure Members that there was also a lot of...

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: Personally, I would always support the decision of a referendum over an imposition. Why only 12 mayors? Why are the provincial towns not being given the opportunity to have an elected mayor? Local councillors are not generally enthusiastic about elected mayors, as that is seen to risk breaking up the cosy arrangements that exist, particularly if there are two strong parties in an authority....

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I accept the point that my hon. Friend makes. Elected mayors are another advocate for the area that they represent, and provincial towns, particularly those neighbouring cities that will subsequently have elected mayors, should be given an early opportunity in this regard. On the overview and scrutiny role in local councils, a decade of trying to achieve a satisfactory system has, to the best...

Parliamentary Representation (11 Jan 2011)

Martin Vickers: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part for the first time in a debate under your chairmanship, Mrs Riordan. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Andrew George), if for no other reason than that the debate gives me an opportunity to repeat the arguments that I made on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill on Second Reading. As I said then, there...

Parliamentary Representation (11 Jan 2011)

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Severe Weather (North Lincolnshire Rail Network) (21 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: I acknowledge the obvious difficulties that bus operators faced at that time, but many out-of-town buses were operating. For example, the one from Cleethorpes and Grimsby to Hull, via the bridge, was operating. Clearly, there was adequate access, particularly to the A180/M180.

Severe Weather (North Lincolnshire Rail Network) (21 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. Unfortunately, this debate is not about a pleasurable subject, because it is about something that has caused considerable hardship and inconvenience-to put it mildly-to my constituents. Surprisingly, there are 11 railway stations in my constituency although, sadly, there were no trains running through them for between eight and 11...

Safe Standing (Football Stadia): European Union Bill (7 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: I shall be as brief as possible, Mr Deputy Speaker. You will be pleased to learn that I have already crossed off my list a few points that other hon. Members have made. A short while ago, I heard a speech given by my own Member of Parliament, the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Austin Mitchell). He and I have shared common cause in our fights against the EU over the years, and only a few...

Women and Equalities: Winter Weather (2 Dec 2010)

Martin Vickers: All train services into my constituency are currently cancelled. Bearing in mind that the same routes serve the strategically important port of Immingham, through which much of the country's coal is imported for power stations, can the Secretary of State assure me that improvements will be made to the services?

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Transport (CSR) (25 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman) on securing the debate. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak. Some of the decisions that affect transport infrastructure are particularly important to my constituency. Cleethorpes is, as hon. Members will appreciate, the premier resort of the east coast. However, they should also be aware that it takes in the...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (18 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: The Secretary of State mentions that one of his key responsibilities is growth. North Lincolnshire council in my constituency recently gave planning permission for a major development that offers an opportunity for a renewable energy cluster. Will he visit the area in the near future so as to understand the full potential that it offers?

Business of the House (4 Nov 2010)

Martin Vickers: I appreciate the comments that the Leader of the House made a few minutes ago about prisoners' voting rights. Notwithstanding that, may I tell him that my constituents have been quick off the mark in letting me know their total opposition to any prospect of prisoners voting? It may be helpful to the Government to have an early debate, so that all Members are given an opportunity to express...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: I welcome the reply of the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) to my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) in connection with the delay to the A160 upgrade on the access road into Immingham docks. The Under-Secretary will be aware that the delay puts increasing pressure on the town of Immingham, and that the A18/A180 link road...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson) on securing the debate. It is only proper that I should declare an interest in the sense that I am, and will remain for a few months longer, an elected member of North East Lincolnshire unitary council. As background information, I should say that I have served as a councillor for 25 years-and it don't seem a day...

Elected Mayors (27 Oct 2010)

Martin Vickers: That is my personal preference. I accept the fact that there are geographical difficulties in large counties, in the sense that individuals find it more difficult to become local personalities when parts of the county could be 70 or 80 miles apart. For example, within Lincolnshire county council, the distance from Gainsborough in the north to Spalding in the south is about 60 or 70 miles. I...


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