Results 1–20 of 812 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mark Pawsey

Speaker's Statement: Economic Affairs and Work and Pensions (8 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: It gives me great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Dundee East (Stewart Hosie) and to be able to speak for the first time in this Chamber as the Member for the new seat of Rugby. I often have to explain to people that I represent a town, rather than a sport. As an enthusiastic former player, it seems appropriate to have joined today the all-party rugby union group. Rugby is unique as...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Did Advantage West Midlands not waste a lot of taxpayers' money when Ericsson was persuaded to go to Ansty business park-a completely unnecessary move?

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Mr Blunkett) and to be in the Chamber for the maiden speeches of my hon. Friends the Members for Dudley South (Chris Kelly) and for Wolverhampton South West (Paul Uppal). Their speeches distinguished themselves from those of the Opposition who seem to be seeking to renew some of the battles of...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: The message is going out loud and clear: this kind of waste cannot go on and should not happen. It is entirely right for the Government to conduct a full review of local government finance and right that that review should restore to our councils a general power of competence. For far too long, councils have been dictated to by central Government. Reference has already been made to the...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: It is not centrally driven at all. The changes will be made by local authorities and I believe these changes, restoring freedom to local authorities, will encourage more people to put their names forward for the role of councillor. The previous Labour Government presided over more than a decade of economic prosperity during the '90s and the early part of this decade-and they should have been...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Local Government Financing (29 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I am running out of time, so I will proceed, if I may. Removing restrictions on how local authorities spend their money is a vital part of allowing them to deliver efficiencies and focus their budgets on front-line services. I refer again to the statement released by the Local Government Association, which understands the need for the plans that the Government are introducing. In some areas,...

Fire Stations (Warwickshire) (30 Jun 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I compliment my hon. Friend on securing this debate and on the strong case that he is making in respect of the consultation affecting the fire service in Warwickshire. Will he join me in advancing the case for Brinklow fire station? It is a retained station north of Rugby in my constituency that serves a rural area. Significantly, it is near junction 1 of the M6. Warwickshire has many...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Last week, I joined students at Rugby high school in my constituency, who were taking part in a business partnership event, in which they learned the principles of running a business. Does the Minister agree that it is vital to encourage and support such entrepreneurs of the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health Service Redundancies (7 Sep 2010)

Mark Pawsey: On the question of redundancies, the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham) and I represent adjacent constituencies covered by the same NHS trust, in which there is currently a review of urgent care provision at the hospital of St Cross in my constituency. Candidates for the Labour leadership recently visited the area, and one spoke to the Rugby Advertiser about his concern that the...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (8 Sep 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for East Hampshire (Damian Hinds) for raising this issue. I want to talk about the issue of people illegally developing land, and to focus particularly on the issues caused by multiple temporary consents. The established practice of a community's moving on to land and putting down infrastructure before the local planning authority can respond has been...

Onshore Wind Turbines (13 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Is not the problem the fact that the determination of where such things are sited is left to local planning authorities? It would be helpful to have guidance that enabled local planning authorities to form a view. The lack of direction from the Government on the issue means that there is massive uncertainty for local residents. Two applications in my constituency have just been made, but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Restorative Justice Pilot Schemes (19 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: My right hon. Friend referred to the community payback scheme. I recently spent a day with the community payback team in my constituency, helping to cut back branches in a local area of woodland. I saw the benefits of such work to both offenders and the community. Does he agree that such schemes play an important part in the justice system?

Independent Financial Advisers (20 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Does my hon. Friend agree that the new regulations will raise the bar in terms of the standard of advisers, which means that there will be fewer financial advisers in future and that individuals' ability to seek advice will be restricted, not enhanced?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Procurement (20 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: What steps his Department is taking to share best practice in procurement among Departments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Departmental Procurement (20 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I thank the Minister for his reply in as much as I heard it. It is sound commercial practice to maximise buying power by adding together the purchases of all bodies within an organisation and to use that to drive down prices from suppliers, yet Sir Philip Green found waste arising from huge variation in the prices paid by different Departments. What steps will the Minister take to co-ordinate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: The development of land without planning permission for use as Gypsy and Traveller sites is of concern to many communities, including the villages of Barnacle and Bulkington in my constituency, where local residents have had to put up with illegal developments on their doorstep, but they are pleased with the proposals of the coalition Government to give additional powers to local authorities...

Comprehensive Spending Review (28 Oct 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Eight days have passed since the Chancellor stood at the Dispatch Box and made it clear why it was necessary to take decisions that many on both sides of the Chamber find difficult. We have heard more today from the Chief Secretary to the Treasury about the scale of the problem and why reducing our massive Budget deficit should be the country's primary concern. We simply cannot go on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (1 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Many of my constituents are concerned that the inquiry desk at Rugby police station is being closed between the hours of 8 pm and midnight. Although I recognise the pressure on police budgets caused by Labour's economic mismanagement, does the Minister agree that this decision should be reconsidered?

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (9 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: Any organisation facing an item of expenditure that has increased by 80% over 10 years would consider it a matter for attention, so it is entirely appropriate that the Government have been looking at housing benefit, given that expenditure there has increased from £11 billion, in 1999, to £20 billion, in 2009, and it is predicted that, without the reforms the Government are bringing...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Housing Benefit (9 Nov 2010)

Mark Pawsey: I am referring to the UK as a whole, and I will go on to show how the current system has driven rents up. When councils make their rates available, landlords use them as a benchmark for the rents they charge, knowing that a proportion of tenants will be able to pay and will not contest the level. The recipients of housing benefit are happy to accept whatever a landlord asks for, because they...

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