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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Is it the Prime Minister’s intention that the United Kingdom should remain part of the common fisheries policy during any transitional period after we leave the European Union?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: With the leave of the House, I shall say a few words. I would not often expect to say this, but it is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone). There was much in his speech with which I had little difficulty agreeing with. On the question of a business bureau for the House, again, that was in the Wright report. I say gently to the hon. Gentleman, however, that to...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Indeed, I was part of the Government then—I was the deputy Chief Whip at the time. That was a decision taken by Government as a whole. Of course I was part of that, as were other Ministers. Others have said that this debate was unnecessary. On one view, I am not without sympathy for that opinion. The debate could have been avoided if the Leader of the House had given us a clear steer on...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: indicated dissent.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I can assure the House that it has been some years since I wrote my own press releases. What I want is an assurance that where the House reaches a decision—this is the point that the hon. Member for Wellingborough made—that decision will be acted on and respected by the Government. We have had no assurance on that point for the third time today. The House will draw its own...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: On that point, when the Government agree at least partially with an Opposition motion, it is open to them to table an amendment. They chose not to do so last month.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: The objection is not to the fact that the Government did not call the Division; it is that, not having called the Division, they do not then follow the will of the House; and indeed, that now it is apparently to be the Government policy to do so routinely. Does the hon. and learned Lady really not think that obnoxious?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Will the Leader of the House give way?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I am grateful to the Leader of the House for giving way at last. What the House needs to hear from her is whether the votes on 13 September were one-offs, or if we should expect routinely and frequently to hear from the Government that, when they are going to lose a vote, they will simply avoid that by avoiding a Division?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. There have been only those two debates so far. It was for that reason that, at business questions on 14 September, I gave the Leader of the House the opportunity to refute what was in the Huffington Post article. Had she chosen to do so, we would not be here today.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: If, as the right hon. Gentleman suggests, a vote is a nonsense, surely that is an argument for going ahead with it, not for avoiding it.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s policy in relation to the proceedings of this House. I thank you, Mr Speaker, for allowing today’s debate to take place, and I thank hon. and right hon. Members from other parties who were in the Chamber yesterday to demonstrate the will of the House in the manner required under Standing Order No. 24. I should also...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I can see how this is going to proceed, and it will not be as I might have hoped. I had hoped we might raise the debate a little bit higher than that. The hon. Lady is well aware that there are 12 Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament sitting in this Parliament, and if she cares to consult the record she will find that we play a full and constructive part in the proceedings of this House.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I can almost read the Whips’ brief that has gone round about the Opposition day debates—“Don’t make this about the Government, because this is not strong territory for the Government. Make it all about the Liberal Democrats or the opposition parties.” With all due respect to the right hon. Gentleman, whom I like and regard as a friend in many senses of the word,...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Indeed, but the hon. Gentleman will be perfectly well aware that the House has for many years used a formula under which the Government would have been entitled at best to a balanced Committee, while in all other respects the majority would have been with the Opposition parties.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Indeed—stitched up, as the hon. Gentleman says. The Government did that on 12 September on the basis that the confidence and supply agreement that they had struck with the Democratic Unionist party gave them a working majority in the House. Unfortunately, that working majority was not in evidence when it came to the Opposition day debates the next day. It is worth noting in passing...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (9 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I stand to request your permission and the leave of the House that the House should debate a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely the policy of Her Majesty’s Government in relation to the proceedings of this House. Before the House went into recess, we considered two Opposition day motions concerning, first, public sector pay and, secondly, student...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: What progress he is making on the roll-out of universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Those of us who remember the chaos around the introduction of tax credits can see the good sense in a phased, gradual introduction to universal credit. However, I have to say to the Secretary of State that if we do not learn the lessons from the pilots, we frankly risk losing any advantage that we will gain. Some 57% of applicants for universal credit are having to borrow money before their...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: On Tuesday evening the Leader of the House justified the changes to Standing Orders on the basis of the Government having, in her words, a “working majority.” That working majority was not much in evidence yesterday afternoon, when the Government sat on their hands on two motions. We now read that that is to be the Government’s approach to all Opposition day debates. Can she...


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