Results 181–200 of 544 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 Spencer

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Local Bus Services (5 Nov 2014)

Mark Spencer: The hon. Lady will recognise that there is a great deal of cross-party agreement about the need for bus services and their importance, but I hope she will also recognise the importance of rail services, which might be able to take off some of the pressure on the bus routes if towns are fortunate enough to have a railway station. Will she support my campaign to extend the Robin Hood line in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Rolls-Royce (Aerospace Group) (5 Nov 2014)

Mark Spencer: Can the Minister assure the House that he will liaise with local enterprise partnerships such as D2N2 to secure long-term capital investment in sites such as the Hucknall site, in my constituency, so that those factories can continue to be the most efficient in the world and we can secure the high-skilled engineering jobs they currently provide?

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I just wonder if my hon. Friend recognises the challenge. At Thoresby colliery it is 8 km from the pithead to the pit face, and it is 1 km down. How does it compete in a global market to get that coal from the face to the surface, when in China and the States they can just bulldoze it out of the ground in open-cast sites?

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I give way.

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I am grateful for that intervention. I am the only Member of Parliament in the Chamber today with a working colliery. Although I would like to say that it is a pleasure to speak in this debate, the truth is that I am quite sad to be doing so, as it is a massive missed opportunity to look at the future of our coalfields and former coalfields and how we could work together across the House to...

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I am very much aware. I was there and I lived in those communities at that moment. I saw what was happening on the picket lines. There were friends of mine whose fathers were on the picket lines and whose brothers were on different sides of the argument, one in the National Union of Mineworkers and one in the Union of Democratic Mineworkers. Those scars are still there in my community and...

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: Did the Minister notice that the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Barnsley East (Michael Dugher), spent 24 minutes looking backwards and one minute looking forwards? Does the Minister intend to use his speech to look forward at how we can help improve coalfields and work together in this Chamber to improve the plight of the communities that live there?

Opposition Day — [8th allotted day]: Coalfield Communities (28 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I hope that the shadow Minister will recognise that one of the fundamentals of trade unionism is that the union is there to represent its members, that it has a ballot and that it acts upon the result of that ballot. One of the fundamental flaws in the NUM strategy was that it did not have a ballot, which divided the work force.

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I will take 30 seconds to once again thank the Minister, his officials and the official Opposition for supporting the Bill. I look forward to it going through Committee so that people can get on and raise funds for great causes such as tackling breast cancer. I hope you will not call me out of order, Mr Deputy Speaker, for pointing that today is “wear it pink” day and I am wearing...

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: We are also talking about some of these events being prevented not for health and safety reasons, but for other reasons, where health and safety is cited as the purpose for blocking the event. Sometimes people use health and safety just as a reason from nowhere to try to block an event that they do not want to support or have not had the time to consider. It is those types of excuses, as it...

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: Does the Minister recognise that as a society we seem to have lost the ability to rank risk and understand risk? Members of the public sometimes obsess about things that show no risk at all. When we drive to a community event we probably put ourselves in more danger than we do at the event itself. We sometimes wrongly prioritise and misunderstand the proportions of risk.

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: Before my hon. Friend moves away from donkeys, I should draw the House’s attention to the fact that this could be the first time that donkeys have featured in debates on two consecutive Bills. I wonder whether the fact that we are prevented from bringing hot beverages into the Chamber is a health and safety issue, or whether it prevents Members from having our own little picnic and not...

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister when he is in full flow, particular as he is agreeing with me so wholeheartedly, but I wanted to put on the record the fact that, as I am sure he recognises, most people who work in local authorities have the best intentions and want to support community groups, and it is only in a very small number of these cases that decisions need to be controlled and...

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I hope that if the Bill is passed it will never actually need to be used, because a local authority and the organiser of a community event will have gone through the process of discussing health and safety before the point is reached at which someone would step in to stop the event. That is what causes the most frustration: a community group has advertised an event to the public, and then...

Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This is an important Bill for solving the problem of health and safety interfering with small charities and community groups that are trying to do the right thing in their community but sometimes get bogged down in the bureaucracy of local government. The Bill will make local authorities accountable for health and safety decisions that...

Control of Horses Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I hope that consideration will be given in Committee to areas such as Exmoor and Dartmoor, with which the Minister is familiar, where there are wild ponies. How will one distinguish between animals that are being fly-grazed and wild herds?

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: rose—

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: As his constituency neighbour, I am well aware of the challenges the hon. Gentleman faces in his constituency. He referred to Mr McCloud and the “Grand Designs” programme, but it strikes me that almost all those type of programmes conclude with the projects going over-budget and over-time—a demonstration of the enormous challenges of building one’s own property. Is...

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill (24 Oct 2014)

Mark Spencer: I trust that my hon. Friend recognises that to a developer, the choice between developing a brownfield site, which may have problems of industrial waste or contamination, and developing a greenfield site, which carries none of that extra development cost, makes them much more likely to want to pursue a greenfield or green belt option rather than a more challenging industrial brownfield option.


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