Alistair Carmichael: What steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to encourage sporting venues to recycle plastic containers.
Alistair Carmichael: I thank the Secretary of State for that very helpful answer. People just have to go to any sporting venue to see a massive amount of single-use plastics. This is an area where there are opportunities not only for improving recycling, but for raising awareness. Will the Secretary of State continue to use his office to that end?
Alistair Carmichael: I thank all hon. Members who have taken part in the debate. I feel that we will return to this subject many times. In particular, I thank the Minister, who has been assiduous in addressing the points; he took copious notes throughout, but despite that, he still managed to send me an email at 3.30 inviting me to a reception to mark Cornish Pasty Week. I accept his invitation with some pleasure...
Alistair Carmichael: The Minister’s policy is all very well, but it is meaningful only if we have the money to go with it. Will the Minister address the position of the Treasury in relation to funding of it?
Alistair Carmichael: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Alistair Carmichael: What view do the hon. Gentleman and his party take of the NFUS suggestion that any decision should be taken on the basis of some form of qualified majority voting?
Alistair Carmichael: The issue of labour availability is important, but it is not confined to low-paid workers. The hon. Lady should be aware that the veterinary profession relies heavily on vets who come to work in this country from other parts of the European Union, especially for meat inspection.
Alistair Carmichael: I beg to move, That this House has considered the policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. As ever, Mr Bone, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. Before I start, I should say that I am very grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for having allowed the House the opportunity to debate this subject today. I see a reasonable number of Members in Westminster...
Alistair Carmichael: I beg to move, That this House has considered procedures regarding the detention of people with mental health problems. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie, and I am very pleased to have obtained the opportunity to—[Interruption.]
Alistair Carmichael: Thank you, Mr Hosie; I am grateful for your chairmanship. I am delighted to have obtained the opportunity to bring this matter before the House. It strikes me that there may be a large cross-over between many of the people whom we are about to discuss and those with whom the House has just concerned itself. In recent years, as a community and a society, we have made remarkable progress on our...
Alistair Carmichael: I am almost certain that if the medical condition being experienced by the person in custody was physical rather than mental, that course of action would be routine—simply what was expected. That is what I mean when I talk about a culture change being necessary. We need to treat people with mental illness in exactly the same way as we would treat people with a physical illness. In fact,...
Alistair Carmichael: The point on which the IPCC upheld the complaint of my constituent’s son was that he should have been detained under section 136 as well as the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provisions, and that did not happen. That was a fairly narrow point, in many ways, but anecdotal evidence suggests that it is fairly widespread. What is the Home Office doing to establish an objective picture and find...
Alistair Carmichael: I commend the Secretary of State for the publication of the environmental strategy, which is an important and significant step, but there are still opportunities to do more. Will he tell the House why he allowed 25 years in the strategy for the elimination of non-essential plastics? If they are non-essential, surely we can do better than that.
Alistair Carmichael: Given what we know Saudi Arabia to be doing in Yemen, is it appropriate that we should still be selling arms to it?
Alistair Carmichael: What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the Sawers report on Womenomics.
Alistair Carmichael: The Sawers report was intended to be the start of a road map for the engagement of women in Scotland’s economy and not just an end in itself. I suggest that the Minister would be well advised to meet Professor Sawers to discuss how her report can now be taken forward in government.
Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help reduce rising levels of plastic in the oceans.
Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to reduce noise pollution in the oceans.