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Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine (13 Sep 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: At the best of times, fishing is the most hazardous peacetime occupation. In the years since I left school, no fewer than five men who were with me at Islay High School have lost their lives while making their living at sea. That is why the sort of behaviour we witnessed on 27 August is simply unforgivable. When the Minister speaks to his opposite number in France, will he impress upon that...

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: May we have an early debate or a statement from Transport Ministers about the management of the volunteers who give their services to our coastguard rescue service? I fear that we are heading to a crisis in Orkney and Shetland that will see substantial or possibly even mass resignations by local volunteers. There seems to be a lack of respect from many in coastguard headquarters in...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: May I invite the Secretary of State to join me in commending Naomi Long on the initiative she took earlier this week in relation to getting the parties together at Stormont and talking? It is surely apparent now that the exercise in collective hand-wringing that we are all engaged in here today is not going to bring about the change that we need. In the past, when we reached an impasse of...

Written Answers — Home Office: British Nationality (5 Sep 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to establish a fast-track citizenship system for people who have lived in the UK for more than 40 years; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Office: Undocumented Migrants: Commonwealth (21 Aug 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to provide free legal advice to Commonwealth citizens who have lived in the UK since before 1971 and who now may face deportation because of a lack of documentation.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Staff (24 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many officials in his and the predecessor Department worked on the Government’s national minimum wage application and enforcement policies in each year from 2010-11 to 2017-18; and what the current staffing level of that policy area is.

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: (Urgent Question): To ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury if he will make a statement in relation to Government policy and practice with regard to pairing arrangements, especially as they relate to Members on maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: Thank you for allowing this urgent question, Mr Speaker. I thank the Minister for his answer. I mean no disrespect to him, but I am disappointed that he is at the Dispatch Box today and not the Chief Whip. There are serious questions still outstanding about the events of last Tuesday evening, and the only person who knows the truth about them is the Chief Whip himself. There is a serious lack...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I had said, “In fairness to the Chief Whip”, so perhaps that is what got them excited, Mr Speaker. In fairness to the Chief Whip, there is no flame apparent today, but there is surely enough smoke to fill the sky.

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: Mr Speaker, you very kindly granted me an urgent question yesterday in relation to the breach of the pair involving my hon. Friend the Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) on Tuesday night. You might recall that I indicated during that urgent question that I had received an apology from the Government Chief Whip, which of course I accepted, but that I did not quite understand how...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill: Report on civil partnership (18 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I very much endorse the views of the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham. Given the terms of the Supreme Court judgment, I encourage the Minister to represent to those whose agreement she will need within Government that at the very least we should be entitled to some sort of timetable, so that we know the Government’s intentions in bringing UK law back into compliance with the...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill: Report on civil partnership (18 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I served on the Standing Committee on the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004. It was dealt with here with a legislative consent motion from the Scottish Parliament. The feeling at the time was that that was an easier way of doing it—another pragmatic step along this long road. I am reliably informed that there are fairly good telephone services between London and Edinburgh. It would not be...

Public Bill Committee: Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill: Report on civil partnership (18 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Gentleman is making a very powerful case. May I remind him and others of the genesis of the current inequality? It was not a point of great principle; it was essentially a point of raw politics. At the point when the marriage equality measure was going through the House of Lords, there arose within No. 10 Downing Street a certain nervousness, shall we say. It was felt at the time...

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: (Urgent Question): To ask the Leader of the House if she will make a statement on arrangements for Members on maternity, paternity or adoption leave and proxy voting.

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I thank the Leader of the House for her statement. I very much welcome the tone of what she says about the importance of maternity, paternity and adoption leave, and I am sure that is a matter of common accord across the whole House. As the Leader of the House has said, as my party’s Chief Whip, I was given an undertaking yesterday by the Government pairing Whip that the right hon....

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: The hostile environment is just one indication of the negative mindset that has shaped Home Office policy and thinking on immigration for years now. We have seen the cost of visa applications going through the roof, the very poor standard of first-instance decision making and the removal of rights of appeal. During this pause, will the Government look at immigration policies in the round and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Management (12 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: When will the farmers and crofters in my constituency know the shape and content of the UK-wide framework for the payment of agricultural support post Brexit?

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation: Fishing Industry: Visas for Non-EEA Citizens (11 Jul 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I am heartened to hear that this process of engagement is under way, but may I just say that there is now a real need for urgency? A decision that will be made after consideration of a report in the autumn could leave it too late.


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