Results 121–140 of 1327 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: I would be delighted to take up that invitation. I plan to visit many constituencies across the north during the election period, and I will of course visit my hon. Friend’s constituency. The Secretary of State has already visited. Enterprise zones have made a real difference to the economy of the north and, as I said, 9,000 jobs have been provided in them, so I will certainly visit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: There has been no change to the Government’s policy on HS2. I remind the hon. Gentleman that, in addition, there is £13 billion of other investment. Over the next two years, particularly on the transpennine line, there will be new rail, new carriages and new services—a whole new passenger experience. There will be over £2 billion of investment in that important transpennine route under...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: We are supporting our high streets to thrive as consumer habits change. We have introduced the biggest ever cut in business rates, worth £6.6 billion, and launched the high street pledge and digital high street pilot in Gloucestershire. We are also celebrating our high streets through the hugely successful Great British High Street awards, which Members on both sides of the House supported.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: I am sure it is just a matter of time. Businesses are fully entitled to make a case for a temporary reduction in their rateable value. As a fellow Lincolnshire MP, I know Sincil Street very well. I advise my hon. Friend’s businesses to contact the local valuation office to discuss whether the rateable values can be amended at all.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: May I begin by congratulating the hon. Gentleman on his marathon success yesterday? For such a young man, he did it in such an interesting time; he deserves full credit for it. He raises an issue that I am fully aware of in Scunthorpe, which is a town centre that is on its way back. I am happy to discuss with him further what we can do across Government to help to deal with the problem.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Streets (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: It is a delight to get a question from my other neighbour. Across northern Lincolnshire more generally, we have seen the council in north Lincolnshire actually open new public toilets. We recently allocated £20 million to northern powerhouse projects through the coastal communities fund. There will be a further round of bidding in October. If the local coastal community team wants to come...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: I am obviously going to agree with my hon. Friend’s latter point. I also pay tribute to him for the work he has done in advocating both of those projects. The latest allocation of coastal community grants funded a whole host of projects across the south-west, proving that if they want that investment to continue, residents of the south-west will have to vote Conservative in the forthcoming...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Andrew Percy: It is of course a matter for the Sheffield city region to determine who it consults and what the proposals will be. We obviously have to apply the statutory test, so I am unable to say anything about that in detail, other than that it is really important that residents in Bassetlaw and Derbyshire make their views known as part of the consultation undertaken by the city region.

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists (24 Mar 2017)

Andrew Percy: It is a pleasure, Madam Deputy Speaker—[Interruption.] Mr Deputy Speaker, you have changed. I am still recovering from the exciting debate on Report. I was delighted to be able to contribute to it, as I was to be able to contribute to the debate in Committee. It is also a pleasure to speak on Third Reading on behalf of the Government and once again to offer our support for the Bill of my...

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists (24 Mar 2017)

Andrew Percy: I welcome the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Government, in place, I am sad to say, of the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones), who has responsibility for local government. I know that he would be delighted to be here, were he not otherwise engaged. I, too, would be delighted if he were here, knowing as I do...

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists (24 Mar 2017)

Andrew Percy: I will, of course, give way to my fellow east Yorkshire colleague.

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists (24 Mar 2017)

Andrew Percy: Sadly not, other than that the public seemed to diminish Liberal Democrat numbers somewhat at the last general election, proving once again that members of the public are very sensible individuals, on the whole. I welcome the opportunity to comment briefly on the amendments tabled by my hon. Friends the Members for Bury North (Mr Nuttall) and for Christchurch (Mr Chope), and on the important...

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists (24 Mar 2017)

Andrew Percy: I do not agree. Given its reference to the internet and websites, my hon. Friend’s amendment could unintentionally and unhelpfully narrow the interpretation. Hon. Members may be interested to know that the concepts of journalistic material and publication already appear in legislation many times—although to my mind, “publication” in particular is a simple, plain English definition...

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill: Inspection of accounting records by journalists and citizen journalists (24 Mar 2017)

Andrew Percy: I have listened with interest to my hon. Friend’s comments about the chief executive of Bournemouth, but—perhaps to the delight of my officials—I will not say anything about that decision, especially in the light of the other issues affecting the potential reorganisation in Dorset at this time. Needless to say, extending such a right more generally to any elector across the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Our devolution deals will support economic growth across the country by devolving powers and, more importantly, funding from this place so that they can be determined by local people. By May this year, 33% of England’s population will have gone to the polls to elect their directly elected Mayors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: We have made good on the city deals we negotiated with the Leeds city region. The problem on broader Yorkshire devolution, given that this is a bottom-up approach, is that there has not been agreement across Yorkshire about what form it should take. Some of the hon. Lady’s colleagues have not helped in recent weeks by proposing solutions on a boundary of a nature not within the legal framework.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely. For an example of the sort of leadership we will require in these mayoralties, my hon. Friend need look no further than the west midlands, where Andy Street is a fantastic candidate who I am sure will be a strong Mayor and champion for the west midlands.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Devolution: England (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his unwavering support for the South Yorkshire and Sheffield city region deal. It is a good deal that will deliver funding and powers to South Yorkshire to help to drive forward its economy. We can look at interim mayors if necessary. I assure him that the Government are absolutely committed to the deal and will try to bring it forward as quickly as possible,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: In recent weeks and months, we have of course introduced the first northern powerhouse strategy and, more importantly, put £556 million behind it through the local growth funding allocations, with the north receiving the largest proportion from the broader £1.8 billion fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Northern Powerhouse (27 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: It was a delight to visit the Lomeshaye industrial estate on a wet Lancashire day—is there any other kind?—only the other week, and I thank my hon. Friend for his support for that. On his specific interest in small and medium-sized businesses, just last week I joined other funding partners in launching a £400 million investment fund for northern powerhouse businesses. This will provide...


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