Results 61–80 of 854 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

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: The hon. Lady is obviously very knowledgeable, as we heard earlier. I cannot compete with 33 years’ experience, although I recognise those faults and I can recall the stories of dirty hospitals, which may have had something to do with poor procurement and bad management. However, the reality is that the private sector has a role to play. Are we seriously suggesting that we should...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: I thank my hon. Friend for that timely and helpful intervention. The King’s Fund report “Is the NHS being privatised?” determined that the gradual increase in the use of private providers has improved the choice and service for patients. That must be for the good of everyone. It is the patients who are important; scaremongering does not help them. A focus on process rather...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. My understanding, and she will correct me if I am wrong, is that that 20% of costs could be reimbursed, depending on the individual’s circumstances.

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: The hon. Lady is probably going to tell me that I am wrong.

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention and for her correction, which I am very happy to acknowledge. The debate over healthcare in this country is insular and inward-looking. It is ruined by a counterproductive tendency to pretend that the only imaginable alternative to the NHS is the American system. That is the go-to response for the vast majority of those who oppose reform. In reality,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (19 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: There is traffic chaos in north-east Lincolnshire due to the number of temporary traffic lights. Some have been installed for essential roadworks, but the council is failing to co-ordinate these operations. May we have a debate on how local authorities deal with these situations? Motorists are frustrated, traders are becoming increasingly angry and we need action.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: The bioethanol industry and the farming community that supplies it are looking for some certainty about the introduction of E10. Is the Minister able to give a clear steer as to when they can expect that certainty and whether the Government will be giving support?

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to take part in this important debate. The industrial strategy is an important document that contains crucial objectives relating to skills and young people. The importance of the skills agenda is particularly demonstrated in my own area, where the offshore renewables sector is playing a major role in the area’s economic expansion. Indeed, the Government have referred...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Martin Vickers: The hon. Gentleman may or may not be correct in his analysis, but the reason why we had a Conservative Government in 1979 was due to the collapse of the economy during the late 1970s. There had to be a big shakeout and an acknowledgement of the failed policies of the ’60s and ’70s, so he should reflect on the fact that this industrial strategy is about the future and how we can...

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: Like many colleagues, I suspect, I started to take a particular interest in how we as a society deal with those who have autism as a result of parents coming to my constituency surgery to describe the challenges that they face, and the obstacles that they must overcome to ensure that their children receive what we all want for our children: a good education, healthcare and so on. What struck...

International Trade: Brexit (Trade Agreements) (29 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: What assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to UK businesses and consumers of securing trade agreements with non-EU countries after the UK has left the EU.

International Trade: Brexit (Trade Agreements) (29 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: Many businesses in my constituency, particularly in the seafood sector, are reliant on the free flow of supplies. Does the Minister share my confidence that new arrangements can be made to ensure that, particularly in the seafood sector, supplies are maintained without any undue delay?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (27 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: Last month I was part of an Inter-Parliamentary Union delegation to Albania, where Ministers emphasised how important the security links are between our two countries. That was further re-enforced at a follow-up meeting with the ambassador. What plans do the Government have to further links with Albania?

Business of the House (22 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: Yesterday, I was pleased to entertain Ben McCarthy and Tyler Reeve—two young people from Healing School in my constituency—who won a Humberside police Lifestyle award for work in connection with organ donation. May we have a debate to encourage young people to get involved in projects like that and in the National Citizen Service? Getting more involved in their communities will...

Leaving the Eu: Fisheries Management (20 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: The economies of Cleethorpes and the adjoining town of Great Grimsby have never fully recovered from what local people see as a betrayal in the original negotiations to enter the EU. Since then, successive Governments have not given sufficient attention to coastal communities. Will the Secretary of State assure me that his and other Departments will give greater support to such communities,...

Business of the House (15 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: On Tuesday, amusement arcade operators in Cleethorpes expressed their anger at the possible withdrawal of 1p and 2p coins, and they were later joined by the local hospice, St Andrew’s, and other local charities that also expressed their concern. They are now confused about what the Government’s policy is. May we have a statement to clarify whether the consultation is ongoing, and...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (15 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: Last week, I met the chief executive of the Hull and Humber chamber of commerce, Ian Kelly, who expressed support for the concept of exploring free port status for the Humber ports. Is this yet another opportunity that the Government will have after Brexit?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Devolution to Towns and Cities (12 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: What steps his Department is taking to devolve power to towns and cities.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Devolution to Towns and Cities (12 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: The Minister will be aware that the Greater Lincolnshire deal collapsed last year, despite its having the support of an overwhelming number of the local authorities. Will the Minister look favourably on a revised scheme from a smaller number of authorities in the county?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food Producers (8 Mar 2018)

Martin Vickers: Most of the food produced and processed in my Cleethorpes constituency is reliant on good supplies of fish. Can the Minister give an absolute assurance that the fishing industry will not be sold out in these negotiations as it was in the 1970s?


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