Results 1–20 of 2010 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Charles Kennedy

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Energy Supply (25 Feb 2015)

Charles Kennedy: I am sure that the Secretary of State, as a highlands and islands MP, will share the sense of anger and injustice at SSE’s 2p surcharge on electricity costs, given that it made a profit of £1.5 billion last year. Will he do everything possible at the UK level to ameliorate this state of affairs, not least by endorsing the excellent campaign by The Press and Journal ?

Isil: Topical Questions (23 Feb 2015)

Charles Kennedy: Given the very welcome commitments that the Prime Minister made in Scotland just last week about ongoing defence expenditure, bases and so on, will the Government confirm that those commitments extend to the all-important and long-standing BUTEC—British underwater test and evaluation centre—submarine range in and around Kyle of Lochalsh and that it has a viable future, given that defence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (14 Jan 2015)

Charles Kennedy: In echoing and endorsing entirely the points made by my immediate highland constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr Reid), may I encourage the Secretary of State to stress to the Scottish Government the need in particular to draw BT’s attention to Openreach? It is ironically entitled, as constituents and consumers cannot reach it openly and cannot contact...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (12 Jan 2015)

Charles Kennedy: Returning to the question of the issuing of a national defence medal, will the Minister join me in paying tribute to my constituent, Mr Martin Halligan, who has done an inestimable and unstinting job on promoting the campaign for the medal nationally? Despite the review that has taken place, will she take on board the feeling expressed by many current and former service personnel that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 Jan 2015)

Charles Kennedy: Will the Deputy Prime Minister take this opportunity to acknowledge that one of the singular successes of the Scottish referendum campaign was the engagement of new first-time voters from the age of 16 and above? Given the imminent general election, will he encourage local authorities throughout the United Kingdom to build on that groundswell of young people’s engagement with politics—I...

Business of the House (17 Jul 2014)

Charles Kennedy: In welcoming the Leader of the House to his new responsibilities, may I appeal to the notable and, indeed, readable historian in him as he occupies this important office? Given this week’s events, as yesterday the House of Lords was understandably unhappy about its perception that for the first time in contemporary political history there is no fully fledged Member of the Lords in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Jul 2014)

Charles Kennedy: It is just like the old days, Mr Speaker. As the Prime Minister is enjoying a week in which he is making a lot of new best friends, when he gets to the Brussels summit will he give a particularly warm greeting to the man who might yet be his best and certainly his newest friend—President Juncker, who yesterday called for more European reform and warned that applicant states who want to join...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Caledonian Sleeper Service (10 Jul 2014)

Charles Kennedy: Mr Speaker, may I make it abundantly clear that those of us with a clear political conscience sleep very well indeed on the sleeper service? Will the Minister reflect on the fact that 15-plus years ago the then passenger franchise director was seeking to get rid of sleeper services, saying that they had no commercial future? In their wisdom, the Government—I support them on this one, for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Constituency Boundaries (8 Jul 2014)

Charles Kennedy: Assuming that the next boundary review will be—we hope—on a UK basis, will the Deputy Prime Minister look at the unhappy experience of this Parliament and the exceptions that were granted for the Isle of Wight, and the northern and western isles. The manifest absence of any such willingness to appreciate the vast geography of the several constituencies of the highlands and islands of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Regional Air Connectivity Fund (2 Jul 2014)

Charles Kennedy: May I ask the Minister, on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute (Mr Reid) and myself—this is not just a parliamentary pincer movement; it is close to the Secretary of State’s heart, and I am assured that he does have a heart, at least on Wednesdays—about Islay airport and Broadford airport on the Isle of Skye? They could both benefit if that excellent scheme were...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: European Council (30 Jun 2014)

Charles Kennedy: Do not the antecedents of this problem go back to the fateful decision of the Prime Minister when he was running for his party leadership to approve the withdrawal of the British Conservatives from the European People’s party? Mr Juncker was the candidate of the EPP. Had the Prime Minister’s party been a member of it, it could have had influence in private, instead of impotence in public....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Jun 2014)

Charles Kennedy: On matters European, is there truth in the latest word coming out of Berlin that Chancellor Merkel is firming up in her support behind her preferred European presidency candidate? Where British Government influence upon her is concerned, was that decision assisted, in direct contradiction to the view of the Prime Minister, by the British Conservative MEPs voting to admit to membership of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution of Powers (13 May 2014)

Charles Kennedy: Would the Minister concur with the view that in the event of Scotland rejecting the independence option in September, the option of devolving power from Westminster and Whitehall represents a post-referendum way forward—but that it can be only one side of a two-sided coin, with the other being more re-dispersal of power within and across Scotland? The highlands and islands have lost power...

Amendment of the Law (24 Mar 2014)

Charles Kennedy: I wish to deliver a few remarks on the two broad themes that have been outlined for today’s Budget debate—families and communities. May I add my condolences to those expressed to the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn)? I first met his late father when I was at Glasgow university and on a train going to Bristol. He was with the late Eric Heffer. We were debating in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Independence (19 Mar 2014)

Charles Kennedy: Does my right hon. Friend agree that there is more than a sense of irony about the fact that the devolution cause—to maintain but reform the United Kingdom—was based largely on the correct analysis that too many economic decisions were being concentrated here in London. Yet, now in Scotland, if we look at Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Crofting Commission, to take just two...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Job Market (5 Feb 2014)

Charles Kennedy: When the Secretary of State visits the highlands and addresses a Burns supper in Inverness on Friday night, I am sure he will hear a lot from those present about one of the most exciting job prospects for the highlands and for Scotland as a whole, which is the potential of the Kishorn site in my constituency for offshore wind development. May I encourage him and his colleagues to continue to...

European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] (13 Jan 2014)

Charles Kennedy: Although we have just passed the auld Scots new year, this is the first chance I have had to congratulate you on your new appointment, Madam Deputy Speaker. In the context of another debate that is going on outside this place, which is not unrelated to Europe in some respects, it is good that a Scot has been elected by her colleagues to such a prominent and important UK constitutional...

European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] (13 Jan 2014)

Charles Kennedy: I gather from the hon. Member for Stone’s speech that we are going to face a Division on the Bill’s Second Reading, so the House will have an opportunity to decide. The Minister will be aware of the presence of some notable evergreens who remember the days, and particularly the nights, of the Maastricht saga in this House. He will know that, on this Bill, he has the backing of the...

European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords] (13 Jan 2014)

Charles Kennedy: I am less anxious now than I was just before I accepted that intervention. If the European Movement makes an application to such funds, I will be able to quote an opponent of the very measure that gives rise to such access as well as supporters such as the Minister and me. I hope that that might help its prospects as and when it makes an application. For the first time ever in nearly 30 years...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Rural Fuel Rebate (10 Dec 2013)

Charles Kennedy: What progress he has made in extending the rural fuel rebate pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement.

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