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Offshore Helicopter Safety — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (6 Feb 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: I agree with the hon. Lady up to a point. There will be occasions when it is absolutely crucial that the AAIB should proceed in the way that it is doing. It should not insist on proceeding in that way on every occasion, instead of exercising a measure of judgment and discretion about the information that can be shared at any stage with the police, the Procurator Fiscal Service and Crown...

Human Rights: Xinjiang — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: Thank you very much, Mr Wilson, for calling me to speak again. I thank the Minister for that response. We should not fool ourselves that we will probably be the main focus of the world’s attention in Parliament today. However, in many ways that is unfortunate, because the debate we have had here today illustrates what is possible in this place when we manage to put aside differences, and...

Human Rights: Xinjiang — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: I beg to move, That this House has considered human rights in Xinjiang. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I am delighted to have the opportunity to discuss this issue. I am also pleased to see a good number of other MPs in the Chamber, given the importance of business elsewhere in the Palace. I am grateful for their support. I place on the record my appreciation of...

Human Rights: Xinjiang — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: I always think it invidious to try to compare persecution in one country with that in another. However, the hon. Gentleman’s point is a good one. I suspect that we do not hear more about this issue because of the difficulty in getting reliable information out of the province. I will return to that point. To give a bit more of a human flavour of what goes on in the camps, I will share with...

Human Rights: Xinjiang — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: I have heard that suggested. The evidence around the purpose of the use of DNA harvesting—I think, clearly the fact that it is suggested demands proper investigation. I think it is something that we as a country could do, and that we should lead on exerting pressure for such an investigation; but whether or not that is actually happening, I do not honestly know and I am careful not to...

Human Rights: Xinjiang — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: That is absolutely the case. It is the contagion of the abuse of human rights. We have seen it times without number in different parts of the world down the decades. What consideration have the Government given to the use of section 13 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 in response to gross human rights abuses? This could be a good first test of that section. Most importantly of all, what will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: 2019 Loan Charge (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: If he will take steps to prevent the 2019 loan charge from being applied retrospectively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: 2019 Loan Charge (29 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is allowed to go back to 1999 to look at tax records. Records that it can look at include those in otherwise closed years. If that is not retrospective, I don’t know what it is. What word would the Minister use to describe the loan charge to my constituent, who tells me that he started a business working in the oil and gas industry, living in Orkney but...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries (28 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that fishing limits are set in line with scientific recommendations.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Investigatory Powers Commissioner: Annual Reports (24 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the 2017 Annual Report of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner has been submitted to the Prime Minister.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Investigatory Powers Commissioner: Annual Reports (24 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Prime Minister plans to publish the 2017 Annual Report of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (24 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (24 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. The “Whitehall Monitor 2019” report, which was published on Monday, revealed that the overall number of civil servants is up by 19,900 since the referendum, that the cost of civil servants leaving stands at £74 million a year, and that a third of the entire civil service is now apparently working on Brexit. Despite all that, the Government...

Proxy Voting (22 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: May I be another to congratulate the Leader of the House, my hon. Friend the Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) and all others who have finally succeeded in overcoming the forces of reaction? However, in all candour, doing this on a nod or nothing basis on Monday night simply risks affording the dinosaurs the opportunity to bring the Chamber into disrepute one more time. A 90-minute...

Northern Ireland: Security Situation (21 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: I, too, thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement. This incident is of a sort that we all hoped belonged in the past but, in truth, those of us who are briefed regularly by police and security services in Northern Ireland have long known that this was not just possible but likely. The men of violence only have to get lucky once. This, though, should be an opportunity to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration (21 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: Can the Home Secretary tell us how the settled status scheme will work for EU nationals ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, but working in the offshore oil and gas industry, or the merchant marine? Can he confirm that the fact that many of those people work outside the 12-mile limit for more than six months in the year will not be a barrier to their inclusion in the settled status scheme?

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I thank the Prime Minister for her assurance that the motion that will be brought on Monday will be amendable, and may I seek your guidance, Mr Speaker, about how we on this side of the House, and indeed on the Conservative Benches as well, who want to see this matter put to a people’s vote might on Monday be given the opportunity to do so, including the...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Alistair Carmichael: As I understand it, the Leader of the Opposition will allow his party to decide whether he will deliver Brexit should he become Prime Minister. His party has already decided that if he is not successful in getting a general election, he should support a people’s vote. If he does not win the vote tonight, will he then support moves in this House to give us a people’s vote?


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