Results 121–140 of 1260 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

Petition - Closure of Cambuslang Jobcentre: Holocaust Memorial Museum (9 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh), who is my constituency neighbour, on securing this debate—he was quite right to do so in order to raise his concerns. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) for making a contribution. I need to begin by making it clear that the decision has already been taken to select this...

Petition - English Language and English Literature Gcse-Level Examinations: World Hijab Day (1 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I thank the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (Ms Ahmed-Sheikh) for introducing this important debate and for regaling us with her own fashion choices in terms of footwear. I cannot match the high-heel wearing—not in the Chamber, anyway—but I can certainly match her support for people wearing what they wish to wear through their own free choice. I entirely agree with her...

Petition - English Language and English Literature Gcse-Level Examinations: World Hijab Day (1 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I thank the hon. and learned Lady for her intervention. I was not aware of that case, but it is clearly completely unacceptable to suggest that because somebody is a member of the Muslim faith they are in some way responsible for a terrorist atrocity committed by people apparently in the name of that religion. As I said, we should celebrate women who decide, through their own choice, to wear...

Petition - English Language and English Literature Gcse-Level Examinations: World Hijab Day (1 Feb 2017)

Andrew Percy: I could not agree more. There is absolutely no connection between what somebody chooses to wear and whether that awful, heinous crime is committed against them. We should be absolutely clear on that. It is important to emphasise in debates such as this one that men are also the victims of domestic abuse, but there is no doubt that the majority of the victims of domestic abuse are women. It is...

Kashmir: Holocaust Memorial Day (19 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: It is a real privilege and honour to respond to a debate from this Dispatch Box for the first time since becoming a Minister, not least because this was such a consensual debate and because I was a secondary school history teacher in Yorkshire before I was elected to this place, so I used to deliver holocaust education to young people. It is also a privilege for me because of my own journey...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Street Store Vacancies (16 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: We have taken significant action to help high streets adapt to changing shopping habits and to thrive. Shop vacancy rates are well down from their peak in 2012 and figures from Savills estate agents show that investment in high street retail property last year was up 17% from the year before.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Street Store Vacancies (16 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: I would be delighted to meet the hon. Gentleman. The business rate revaluation will have a positive impact for his constituents, and I discussed the issue of high street regeneration with the chair of his local enterprise partnership, Christine Gaskell, just before Christmas, but I am more than happy to meet him to discuss that. We are also looking at proposals that we are working up with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: High Street Store Vacancies (16 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: This is an important point—the issue has affected my constituency—and one that I am happy to discuss further with the Treasury. The business rate revaluation will have a positive impact on retail property in my hon. Friend’s constituency, as it will across many parts of the north and midlands.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Pub Closures: Permitted Development Rights (16 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: Pubs are at the heart of community life. That is why we have made provision for assets of community value to be placed on the register by communities that value their pub. That takes away the permitted development rights automatically.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Pub Closures: Permitted Development Rights (16 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: There are now already in excess of 1,750 pubs listed as assets of community value. The moment a nomination goes in, the permitted development rights are removed. Moreover, local authorities are free, if they wish, to apply for an article 4 direction to remove those rights across a whole area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Pub Closures: Permitted Development Rights (16 Jan 2017)

Andrew Percy: As I have made clear, this is an area where we have to balance competing interests. I am keen to continue looking at it as I continue in this role. We want to support community pubs. That is why today I can announce to the House that we are providing £50,000 of funding to Pub is The Hub, which will help more pubs to be transformed and to be valued by their communities. I pay particular...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: I begin with an apology. This is my second appearance in Westminster Hall this week, and on neither occasion have I come to respond on my own area of policy. I can only assume that that is because I am doing such a good job that no one has felt the need to hold me accountable for it yet. However, I apologise today on behalf of the Minister for Housing and Planning, who is in the main Chamber...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: As we are about to prove, Mr Howarth. I was also tempted simply to hand the debate over to the various candidates standing for the mayoralty, so that they could offer up their vision of the plan. Shortly, thanks to the devolution deal negotiated with the Manchester authorities, the spatial framework will land on the combined authority and the new Mayor’s desk, whoever he or she is.

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely. The housing figures are generated by the local authorities. I cannot comment on their validity or the merits of the Greater Manchester numbers because of the obvious proprietary reasons, which I will say more about in a moment. The figures are locally determined and are not provided by central Government. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (William Wragg) on...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: I served for 10 years as a local councillor, and I cannot pretend that agreeing our joint local plans or strategic planning policies necessarily excited the electorate or was the talk of the Dog and Duck on a weekend, but the public are certainly interested in the delivery of more homes, industrial development and all the rest of it. This process is managed locally, not by central Government,...

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: I have literally five minutes, but I will give way to the right hon. Gentleman as long as he is very quick.

Exiting the Eu: Businesses in Wales: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (14 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: I am not going to get into the divisive argument about whether what happens in London should happen elsewhere. This country should be capable of delivering proper rail networks for both London and the north of England. All parties have a responsibility for the decades of under-investment in the north of England, particularly in east-west connectivity. We are putting £2.8 billion into the...

Operation Midland: Henriques Report: Local Government Funding: Birmingham (13 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: I begin with an apology on behalf of the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my hon. Friend the Member for Nuneaton (Mr Jones), who is unable to be here to respond to the debate because of a personal issue. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries, and to respond to a Westminster Hall debate for the first time as a Minister. I congratulate the...

Operation Midland: Henriques Report: Local Government Funding: Birmingham (13 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Gentleman will understand that I have not been in the meetings so I cannot comment on their content. Needless to say, because I was meeting Councillor Forbes yesterday to discuss another matter, I had a brief conversation with him about the issues in Birmingham, but I cannot comment beyond that. I could lists lots of the other investment the Government are putting into Birmingham...

Operation Midland: Henriques Report: Local Government Funding: Birmingham (13 Dec 2016)

Andrew Percy: Yes, some of them do. We have funding differences of many hundreds of pounds below the national average, let alone our neighbouring authorities. Nobody owns one particular community. I grew up in one of the poorest cities in the country and attended one of the worst comprehensive schools, and for many years I taught in some of the toughest schools in the country, let alone in the city. I...


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