Results 1201–1220 of 1322 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Percy

Bill Presented: Draft EU Budget 2011 (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: It is a delight to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Mr Davidson) and I agree with much of what he had to say. I have no intention of criticising the Economic Secretary tonight. Indeed, I support the new Government's position on the European budget and it is much more robust than was the previous Government's. In fact, I pay tribute to the Economic Secretary's contribution to...

Bill Presented: Draft EU Budget 2011 (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: Indeed, as my hon. Friend says, there is no incentive for any sort of reform. Those who support the budget increase have made great play of the fact that the amount spent on the common agricultural policy has reduced. It has indeed reduced: it is down to about 42%. However, even without the fraud and mismanagement that we all know about, the OECD has warned that the real cost of the CAP is...

Bill Presented: Draft EU Budget 2011 (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: I could not agree more with my hon. Friend. As I said earlier, what we heard from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury today was incredibly refreshing, and I am heartened that she is going to fly off to Brussels tomorrow and bang the table on behalf of British taxpayers. The British people expect someone to stand up for them in Europe, and I have no doubt that the Economic Secretary will do so.

Bill Presented: Draft EU Budget 2011 (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: My hon. Friend hits the nail on the head. It has come to a strange pass when I have to explain to my constituents why a number of their play parks, costing some £5,000 to £10,000 each, can no longer be afforded because we have run out of money-as we know we have, because Labour has admitted it-only to have to tell them that we need to find £435 million more to send to projects...

Bill Presented: Draft EU Budget 2011 (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Bill Presented: Draft EU Budget 2011 (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: I hope that the shadow Minister will be gentle with me-I am a new Member, after all. We keep going back to the same point, which is that for all the good that she says the European Union does-she has highlighted several areas of spending-we still do not know whether that money has been spent, because the accounts are never signed off.

Coal-burning Power Stations (13 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: As my hon. Friend is no doubt aware, Drax has a huge impact on my constituency, too. It is all I see from my front window. However, does he not agree that although we are strong supporters of coal-fired power stations, there is a real potential in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, with its depleted oilfields, for us to pursue clean-coal and carbon capture technologies, which could bring...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Higher Education and Student Finance (12 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: We are all agreed on the need to ensure that the very best people go into our public services where perhaps salaries are somewhat lower. With those graduates now potentially facing largely inflated and increased debts, what assurances can we have that the very best graduates will be supported in going into our public services under these proposals?

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. She talked briefly about the role of education. Does she agree that there is a broader issue about how young people interact with the criminal justice system? In my previous profession I saw many young people come into contact with the system at a young age, but they ended up on a kind of rollercoaster or in a revolving door, as nothing...

Rights of Victims and Families (12 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: Of course; thank you, Mrs Main. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need closer working between schools and the judicial process, to get the messages out to young people properly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Playbuilders Scheme (11 Oct 2010)

Andrew Percy: The Minister may be aware that I have made several representations on this subject regarding a number of play parks in my constituency, including in Winterton, Keadby, Crowle and Burringham. What is now coming back from some of those is the fact that there have been several delays in the process, through the fault of the local councils over the years. May we have an assurance that the...

Military Aviation Industry (15 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Mark Menzies) on securing what has turned out to be a longer debate than we might have expected. It has given many more Members a chance to make speeches, some more political than others. I want to break the Lancashire stranglehold on the debate-or rather the north-western stranglehold. I used to teach geography too, so I apologise to the...

Military Aviation Industry (15 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: I do think that, but Labour Members have absolutely no credibility on this issue. They could and should have undertaken the strategic defence review a number of years ago, and they have left us in the current financial position. They must accept that the decisions being taken today are not down to this Government, but to our inheritance from the previous one.

Military Aviation Industry (15 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: No, I am not going to give way to the hon. Gentleman, because I fear that we will end up getting into too much of a political debate. Perhaps I have contributed to that, and I apologise, so I shall now focus much more on the positives of how we can make progress. There is the potential for us to work on a cross-party basis and for MPs representing different parts of the country to work...

Military Aviation Industry (15 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: Does my hon. Friend think that the absence of the Opposition Front-Bench team is a further sign of the importance they place on this matter?

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: While we are in the spirit of apology, will the hon. Gentleman, from that Dispatch Box, apologise to my constituents for not providing them with a single penny of compensation before his Government got voted out in May?

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: I know that this issue is important to so many Members, so I shall to keep my comments as brief as possible. The one thing I have learned in my short time in Parliament is that those who speak for the longest time often do not have the most to say. It is sign of this issue's importance that the Government Benches have been so full throughout this debate. I accept what the hon. Member for...

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill (13 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: As interesting as it is to hear about what is happening in other countries, I am more interested in what happens here. The hon. Gentleman will of course be aware that the average length of a Parliament in this country since 1945 has been 3.7 years. Actually, four years would be a very British thing to do.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill (13 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: My hon. Friend may be suggesting something similar to mid-term elections, but one of the problems with the Bill is that it proposes a five-year cycle. If we are to opt for the system suggested by my hon. Friend, we really need a four-year Parliament with the council elections two years in, and unfortunately the Bill will not give us that.

Business of the House (9 Sep 2010)

Andrew Percy: Over the summer I met the representatives of several businesses in east Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire who, having survived Labour's recession, are now in a difficult position in relation to their banks and obtaining loans. One particular allegation put to me by those businesses was that banks were refusing to entertain full applications so that their refusal rates, which are published,...

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