Results 1–20 of 2843 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alistair Carmichael

Leaving the Eu: Fisheries Management (20 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: (Urgent Question): To ask The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations relating to future fisheries management arrangements after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Thank you, Mr Speaker, for allowing this urgent question and for giving our fishing communities a voice in the Chamber today.

Leaving the Eu: Fisheries Management (20 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. The problem he has, of course, is that as recently as two weeks ago, the Prime Minister did not see this as a necessary step. I have to tell him—if he does not already know it—that the mood in fishing communities today is one of palpable anger. This is not what they were promised. The basic question that the Secretary of State has to...

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: May I take the Minister back to the question that the hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr Djanogly) put to him? Have the Government compiled a list of politically exposed people from Russia, such as First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who could be the subject of unexplained wealth orders? If they have such a list, will it be published and will the Minister give us a timetable for its...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Gentleman asks the very legitimate question about what will be the impact of change. As we have heard from the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, current British policy is leading to authorities in Greece and Italy not sending children who would otherwise be eligible under the Dubs arrangements. Is the hon. Gentleman comfortable with the status quo in this regard?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I think that the way the hon. Gentleman has brought the element of humanity into this debate is very important. I listened to the words of his constituent about how he felt in anticipation of his first visit to Stornoway. I have to say that the first time I visited Stornoway I felt much the same, and for the most part my misgivings were ill-founded. The stories that we are hearing from...

Burma (15 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: As the Minister has reminded us, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has described the conflict as having “the hallmarks of genocide”. It is therefore imperative that everything is done to bring the various actors to justice at its conclusion. The Minister was right to mention the challenges that we face in seeking that end, but there is an...

Labour Reforms: Qatar (14 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Nottingham North (Alex Norris), not just on obtaining the debate but because it is, as he rightly said, on a very important issue. I also congratulate him on the way that he presented the arguments, which I thought was exceptionally fair and even-handed. The hon. Gentleman is...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: In the pursuit of this future relationship, will the Minister update the House on what progress has been made on the continuity of trading terms for our food and drink producers, especially in relation to the protected designation of origin and protected geographical indication schemes? Last week, the Secretary of State for Scotland guaranteed that there would be absolutely no change, but...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: The Chancellor of the Exchequer is doubtless aware that the OECD this morning published its own growth forecasts, putting us at the bottom of the OECD economies, with forecast growth this year of 1.3%. It is pretty clear that there is no Brexit dividend on the scene for the British economy. It is to be welcomed that the deficit is getting back to a manageable level, but he must...

Northern Ireland Finances (12 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: May I, too, thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of the statement? The measures that she has brought to the House are to be supported. It is sad but inevitable that it should have to happen this way, but all that we are doing is treating the symptoms, not the underlying disease. The Secretary of State will have seen the recent comments of the chairperson of the Policing Board about...

Hate Crime: Treatment of House of Commons Staff (12 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: I think it is a matter of common accord that the House is exceptionally well served by the Clerk staff, so I hope it goes without saying that these complaints require to be investigated with rigour, in a comprehensive way and independently. Mr Speaker, when you and I first entered the House, it was almost entirely self-regulating. The position today is very different, but that change has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bottle Deposit Return Scheme (8 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: The plastic that we see on our beaches and at our roadsides is what brings this to people’s attention, but in fact the plastic particles that we do not see should be of the greatest concern. A recent BBC report found that in 1 litre of melted Arctic sea ice there were 234 plastic particles. Surely, that should be why we treat this urgently. If the Minister is consulting on this, it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (7 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: What progress is being made on ensuring that Scotland’s food producers will still have the protection that they need for important geographic brands such as Orkney beef or Shetland lamb after we have left the European Union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Mar 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: On Friday next week the House will debate the private Member’s Bill on refugee family reunification being introduced by the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil). It is a very simple Bill that will allow families torn apart by conflict to rebuild their lives here together. It is supported by a coalition of organisations including the Red Cross, Amnesty...

UK Fisheries Policy — [Mr Ian Paisley in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: Has the hon. Gentleman found, as I have recently, that notwithstanding the insistence that those crews work in the UK only on the basis of a transit visa, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs now insist that they pay income tax here?

UK Fisheries Policy — [Mr Ian Paisley in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I congratulate the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) on securing this debate. It is an all too infrequent opportunity to discuss the health of our fishing industry. This is a moment of great significance for our fishing communities. For decades the operation of the common fisheries policy has been centralised,...

Leaving the EU: Live Farm Animal Exports — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (26 Feb 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Chair, Mr Hollobone. May I place on the record my gratitude to the Petitions Committee for bringing this debate to the Chamber? Despite our differences, there has been a large measure of agreement among Members. People have spoken about the need for abattoirs close to the source of production, and I have no problem agreeing with that. The abattoir in...

Leaving the EU: Live Farm Animal Exports — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (26 Feb 2018)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Gentleman’s question prompts another question: what control is there to be within our domestic boundaries? It is still possible to transport animals for a very long time within the UK. He is right: there is a need for better enforcement across the whole European Union. Part of the unease I have with some of the arguments that he and others advance is that their attitude is...

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