Results 1–20 of 1859 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

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?

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?

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...

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...

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?

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...

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...

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...

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (11 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: Over the past couple of years, work has commenced in countries other than the UK on about 60 nuclear power stations, which will provide cheap, economically sustainable energy across the world. Does the Minister agree that this represents an opportunity for our own office for nuclear development, and will his Department support it in its endeavours to secure exports?

Bill Presented — European Union Bill: Policy for Growth (11 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: One of the great pleasures of speaking in this place is occasionally hearing Members of the Opposition saying something that I agree with. I agree with both the hon. Member for Copeland (Mr Reed) and the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden) that we must ensure that growth is spread evenly across the country as the economy grows. Perhaps they should pause for thought,...

Bill Presented — European Union Bill: Policy for Growth (11 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: I am about to address infrastructure. We need High Speed 2 to link the north-west as quickly as possible, as we need our rail infrastructure to be linked through to the channel. Yes, I will give credit to the Labour Government for getting the west coast main line done. While I am at it, I shall give them credit for getting the BBC to move outside the M25 and up to the north-west, but that has...

Bill Presented — European Union Bill: Policy for Growth (11 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: There is a risk of that, but the nuclear power industry needs to press ahead quickly, which it did not do under the previous Government. I think that the steps being taken by this Government will help in that regard. Energy is important. The magnificent technical achievement that is the wind farm in Thanet has just come on line, but it will require a subsidy of £1 billion over its life....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: The comprehensive spending review has set out that we intend to spend £16 billion on about 600 schools during the spending period as a replacement for the Building Schools for the Future programme. The Secretary of State will be aware that a number of initiatives, pursuant to BSF, were lost in Warrington. When does he expect to be in a position to announce the results of his capital review?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Legal Aid and Civil Cost Reform (15 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: Has consideration been given in this review to the further savings that may be achieved by addressing the structure of aspects of the legal profession? In particular, the criminal Bar enjoys a near monopoly in some courts, but still constrains new entrants into the profession in a way that keeps rates higher than they might otherwise be?

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: Using the analogy of the IT industry, my right hon. Friend has pointed out that unemployment exists, and that there is a demand from a small number of companies for a large number of people to come into the country. The corollary is that, in a process called outsourcing, we move jobs to other parts of the world. That is just part of being a free trade country. If we wish to position ourselves...

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: I apologise in advance to the House for the fact that my remarks may appear less entertaining and somewhat more low-key than the previous exchange. I am also aware that we are nearing the end of the debate, so I shall be fairly brief. I was particularly taken by two speeches that seemed to sum up the elements that we are trying to reconcile. First, we heard about the real concerns that are...

Backbench Business — [9th allotted day]: Immigration (18 Nov 2010)

David Mowat: I am sure that is true, but I do not think it undermines the point I am making. Two wrongs do not make a right. Finally, I want to consider why we are in this situation in the first place. Nine out of every 10 non-EU immigrants coming into the country are given work permits. That means that, on the face of it, they have a skill or a talent that we do not have here. Why do we not have it? I...

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