Results 101–120 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

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Sentencing (Cruelty to Pets) (16 Jul 2015)

Mark Spencer: After this debate, will the Minister reflect whether the guidelines for magistrates are robust enough to encourage them to give out the correct sentence? We have heard of a number of crimes of premeditated poisoning for which no one has been given a custodial sentence on being convicted. Might he reflect on those guidelines and write to me with those reflections?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Sentencing (Cruelty to Pets) (16 Jul 2015)

Mark Spencer: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, particularly when he is agreeing with me wholeheartedly, but I think the point is that whatever the maximum sentence is, it has never been implemented for a case of this nature. In one such case, someone had premeditatedly gone out, purchased bait—for want of a better word—and poison and distributed them far and wide. The fact that they...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Sentencing (Cruelty to Pets) (16 Jul 2015)

Mark Spencer: One of the challenges with the burden of proof is that a post-mortem by an independent veterinary surgeon is necessary to mount a prosecution. When a family has lost a loved pet, however, the last thing that they want to do, frankly, is allow their pet to sit in a deep freeze for weeks until it has had a post-mortem operation, only then to be used as a piece of criminal evidence, rather than...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Sentencing (Cruelty to Pets) (16 Jul 2015)

Mark Spencer: I beg to move, That this House has considered sentencing for cruelty to domestic pets. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger, although on this occasion I cannot say it is a pleasure to be here, because some of the incidents that have taken place in my constituency have caused a great deal of trauma, not only to domestic pets but to their owners. Let me give a little...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Engagements (8 Jul 2015)

Mark Spencer: Will the Prime Minister lend his support to plans to extend the Robin Hood line in north Nottinghamshire, so that people living in former coalfield communities can get access to transport and employment, and those people who want to come as tourists can enjoy all that Sherwood forest has to offer?

Opposition Day: Sport and the 2012 Olympics Legacy (24 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I had the privilege on Sunday of taking part in the Great Notts bike ride, where there were more cyclists than at any point in the event’s history. Surely, the hon. Gentleman would recognise, just by stepping out on to Bridge Street, that the number of cyclists making use of cycle roads in London, courtesy of my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson), has...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: When the east and west midlands are given an opportunity, we are really good—Notts TV, which works alongside Nottingham Trent University, has been a successful model—and it is such a shame that people in London do not recognise that and invest more in that talent.

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I beg to move, That this House has considered BBC investment in the East and West Midlands. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. The east and west midlands have a proud history of broadcasting. Looking back through time, the first regional TV station was established in Sutton Coldfield in 1949. We were also the first to have a regional radio station, which was...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: Absolutely. That is the crux of the debate.

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I am grateful for that intervention. From the mood in the room, it is clear that we are proud of both the east midlands and the west midlands, and it is a shame that the BBC management in London do not recognise the importance of the broadcasting ability in the midlands. As the hon. Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) indicated, more than a quarter of all licence fee money is collected from...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I am grateful for that intervention. Many of us will remember the great facility at Pebble Mill, which closed in 2004. Currently, the midlands has no network TV studios at all. The north has dozens. Once again, that demonstrates that the BBC does not invest in the midlands and does not take us seriously.

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I absolutely join the hon. Gentleman in congratulating the Birmingham Post. Its campaign has been a long-running one. I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Solihull (Julian Knight), who since his election to this House has been very active in pursuing the issue.

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I totally agree with the hon. Gentleman. When we consider what the east and west midlands have to offer as backdrops for TV programme makers—the beautiful city of Lincoln, Sherwood Forest in my constituency—the great creative talents of Birmingham and Coventry, the spectacular restaurants of Leicestershire and the rolling hills of Derbyshire—[Interruption.] I am not familiar...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I acknowledge that. I hope that this debate will help the BBC management to understand its poor decision-making processes. It is worth making comparisons on a per-head basis. If spending per licence fee payer was the same in the north as in the south, £473 million would be spent in the midlands.

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I wholly agree. If we pursue the hon. Gentleman’s argument that every pound that the BBC spends creates £2 in the local economy, the economy of the east and west midlands would benefit by £786 million—a substantial amount of investment. Let us compare the midlands with other areas. In the midlands, the BBC spends £12.40 per head. In Wales, the figure is £122.24...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: My hon. Friend has a long-standing record of being supportive of the BBC—of being a critical friend. The licence fee and a subscription service are a separate debate for another occasion. One could argue that the midlands has always been the poor relation, but that is not true. Since 2009, spending in the midlands has fallen by 35.25%, to well below what is spent in London. In the same...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I absolutely agree. Not only do we have John Hess, the esteemed broadcaster, on east midlands TV, but we have good journalists right across the midlands, and they hold politicians like us to account very efficiently. The amount spent in the midlands is very low, but the quality of programmes is often very high. To me, that is an argument for the BBC to invest more in that efficient model,...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for drawing attention to that. Every year, the BBC spends £89 million on its Broadcasting house headquarters in London—more than on the entire midlands region. As has been identified, none of the output for Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 5, BBC 2, BBC 3 or BBC 4 was made in the midlands last year, and no peak-time BBC programmes whatever were...

BBC Investment (East and West Midlands) (23 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: Absolutely. I wholly agree. When the BBC gets programming right, my constituents certainly respect and love what it does. My argument is not with what the BBC is doing; it is that the BBC should be doing more and investing more in a model that is very good and very robust and deserves more investment and support from London. I am conscious that many other colleagues want to speak, so I will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Onshore Wind Subsidies (22 Jun 2015)

Mark Spencer: The Secretary of State will be aware that the cost of an application can be vast, including seeking approval from national air traffic control systems. When such applications meet ferocious local community opposition, is there any way in which she can assist applicants to withdraw the application? They often press on with the application to try to recover the cost of gaining air traffic...


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