Results 1–20 of 1854 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Mowat

Tackling Poverty in the UK (10 Jun 2010)

David Mowat: It is a particular honour to be following the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr Field) in a debate on poverty, and I congratulate you, Madam Deputy Speaker, on your new role. We are in the season of maiden speeches and have heard a good many today. I congratulate in particular my hon. Friend the Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch). She spoke with great passion and conviction...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2010)

David Mowat: Given that last week's announcement on BSF has had an impact on several schools in Warrington-including Penketh high school, where the need is great-will the Secretary of State tell us when his capital review is likely to report, and what criteria will be used in the review to prioritise schools? Is he willing to meet me and Warrington educationalists to discuss their needs?

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — North-West Economy (20 Jul 2010)

David Mowat: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Salford and Eccles (Hazel Blears) on securing this important debate and on her speech, the first half of which I pretty much agreed with. It is important to put the size of the north-west economy into context. I shall talk about the regional development agency, but even in its heyday-before the cuts imposed about a year ago by Lord Mandelson, which...

[Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] — North-West Economy (20 Jul 2010)

David Mowat: The second point on which I seek clarification is how the partnerships are to be funded. Business people believe that they will be funded by the councils that make up the partnerships. Another concern-a slightly more subtle one-is that our industrial regional policy is biased towards small and medium-sized enterprises rather than structural winners, such as nuclear power, defence and advanced...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: BBC Accounts (26 Jul 2010)

David Mowat: What progress has been made on implementation of the proposals set out in the coalition agreement to give the National Audit Office full access to the BBC's accounts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: BBC Accounts (26 Jul 2010)

David Mowat: The move by part of the BBC from London to Salford has been good value for the licence payer, good for the north-west and will be good for the BBC. Does the Under-Secretary agree that it would be useful for the National Audit Office to consider moving further functions of the BBC from inside the M25 to the north-west, particularly Salford?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Annual Energy Statement (27 Jul 2010)

David Mowat: Electricity in the UK-this is a legacy from the past 15 years-costs about 30% more than in France, where it is supplied by cheap nuclear. Is it a policy objective for us to fix that, and if so, under what time frame does the Secretary of State think that that will happen?

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

David Mowat: Let me add my congratulations to my neighbour in Cheshire and in London, my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce), on her excellent maiden speech. Like everybody else, I support the Bill and I applaud our Front Benchers for moving so quickly to get this sorted out. I am disappointed, however, that we appear to be nailing our colours fairly firmly to the mast of Chadwick. The...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions Bill: Backbench Business — [5th Allotted Day] — Contaminated Blood and Blood Products (14 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Mr Spencer) for being brief and thereby letting me contribute to the debate, and I shall be brief as well. Like many others, I welcome the movement from the Minister over the past couple of days. I want to make three points. I would like the Minister to comment on them in her concluding remarks, and I would certainly welcome their being...

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Banking in Scotland (14 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: This discussion has always struck me as a bit odd, because banks need to lend to make money. I understand the things that the Government are doing-the two things that the Minister mentioned-but are there not two real issues here? First, it is not that UK banks are lending less; it is simply that a lot of foreign banks have left the market and UK banks have not filled that gap. Secondly, the...

Incinerators (26 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: I do not want to go into the details of the incineration in Middlewich, but it is important to understand why we incinerate or combust. This country continues to put more waste into landfill than any other country in Europe, which is a disgrace. There is a large landfill tip in Warrington that causes as much distress for residents as incinerators-I prefer to call them combined heat and power...

Incinerators (26 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: I hear what the Minister says about the level of pollution from incinerators, which is correct and broadly in accordance with reports produced, inter alia, by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on this subject. However, it is not true of landfill sites, which sometimes cover many hundreds of acres and are regulated to a much worse standard, creating a much more significant public health...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Transport (Investment) (26 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: Like Members on both sides of the House, I am delighted that the Secretary of State has found the money for the Mersey Gateway. However, the fact that it will be tolled-it has not been historically-will divert large amounts of traffic through inter alia my constituency. The level of traffic that will be diverted is sensitive to the toll set. Will he assure us that his Department will do what...

Women and Equalities: Custodial Sentences (Women) (28 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the number of women given custodial sentences.

Women and Equalities: Custodial Sentences (Women) (28 Oct 2010)

David Mowat: The Minister will be aware of the Corston report, which said that women who pose no threat to the public should not go to prison, owing principally to the attendant issues for children and the next generation, yet in the past decade, the number of women going to prison has increased by 100%, which is four times faster than the number of men going to prison. That cannot be right. What will we...

Rebalancing the UK Economy (3 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: The right answer to the question of how to rebalance the economy is not to shrink the financial services sector. However, the fact remains that we have the largest financial services sector in relation to the rest of the economy of any advanced economy; the financial services sector accounts for something like 27% of our economy. The interesting policy question is whether we want that...

Rebalancing the UK Economy (3 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: Does the Minister agree with the comments made last week by the Governor of the Bank of England vis-à-vis the current structure of the banking sector in the UK?

Business of the House (4 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: Prior to the spending review, it was accepted that Scotland receives approximately 20% more per head than a needs-based analysis would result in, particularly when compared with the English regions. That is due to an anomaly in the Barnett formula, but I understand that the Government do not intend to review the formula. The spending review cuts deeper in England than in Scotland; is it not...

Science Research — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (10 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon Central (Gavin Barwell) for giving me the chance to speak. I am one of three hon. Members in the Chamber from Imperial college-I think that there are only three of us-so we should get our retaliation in first-[Interruption.] My hon. Friend the Member for Windsor (Adam Afriyie) is one of them. I wish to talk about the application of science. We...

Science Research — [Annette Brooke in the Chair] (10 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. The key term is multidisciplinary. Those companies interact with each other, and the pure science laboratory, which was there in the first place, has been the driver. I want to contrast the multidisciplinary model of the Daresbury campus with some of the ideas that have come out of the Hauser review. That is more about excellence, with the Government picking...

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