Results 1–20 of 2822 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

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy (Scotland) (12 Dec 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Support from the Government will be required to get marine renewables such as wave and tidal power to the point of commercialisation. Renewables UK has come up with a proposal for innovation power purchase agreements. What is the Government’s view of that?

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to take part in this most important debate. I apologise to the House now, as I did to your predecessor in the Chair, for the fact that, unfortunately, I will not be here at the conclusion of the debate. I am very aware that I will shortly be travelling towards Storm Caroline, and it is worth pausing for a second, as we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I agree with the thrust of the hon. Gentleman’s argument, but in relation to a point made earlier, why would anyone in this House ever give powers to or take back powers from the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly or the Northern Ireland Assembly without the proper scrutiny of this Chamber?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Industrial Strategy (6 Dec 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: First, may I associate myself and my Liberal Democrat colleagues with the Secretary of State’s comments about the late Jimmy Hood? Every inch of his not insubstantial frame was Labour, but he was always capable of moments of humour and kindness across the party divide, and I am sure that he will be fondly remembered in the House and beyond. If the industrial strategy is to reach all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Digital Infrastructure (28 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: When will local authorities be told the basis on which they will be invited to apply for the new money that the Government have earmarked? Will the Minister assure me that it will be distributed on the basis of an area’s need, and not just the population numbers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Cyber-Warfare Defence (27 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: What steps he is taking to improve the UK’s cyber-warfare defence capabilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Cyber-Warfare Defence (27 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Is the Department looking at the recent Russian activity in this sphere, especially in Ukraine and Crimea, where it is clear that cyber-warfare has gone hand in glove with conventional warfare? The initiatives that the Minister has outlined today are very welcome, but does he understand that he also has to speak to and include other Departments, commercial interests and media outlets?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Scottish Fishing Industry: Visas for Crew (20 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: If she will meet representatives from the Scottish fishing industry to discuss visas for crew members from outside the EEA.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Scottish Fishing Industry: Visas for Crew (20 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I will take that as my invitation to the meeting. I suspect that the Minister has already heard about the problem, which is that the few visas available are transit visas, meaning that boats are pushing for the visas allowed—not where the fish are to be found. This leaves many crew members vulnerable and exposed to exploitation. Will the Minister speak to Border Force about its...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (16 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Fixed odds betting terminals generate social harm of a scale and nature that demands an immediate, bold and radical response. I know that the Government are consulting on the question of a maximum stake, but does the Minister understand that unless they accept the minimum stake at the bottom end of those being consulted on, this problem will simply not go away?

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: The Secretary of State is right to say that it is necessary to pass this Bill in order for the machinery of government to continue operating, and for that reason, the Liberal Democrats will support him this evening, but surely more has to be said about how the machinery of government operates. For example, higher education in Northern Ireland is looking at a reduction in student places in...

Northern Ireland Update (2 Nov 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of the statement. Notice of a full minute might have been helpful, but the 50 seconds we got was useful. I quite understand if the usual channels were slightly preoccupied with other matters within the Government this morning. I remember the last time we had direct rule from this place, and it was a thoroughly unsatisfactory way of doing...

Scotch Whisky Industry (31 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I agree with everything the Minister is saying, but two things are worth consideration. First, although we are seeing that growth in premiumisation, it is on the basis of a shrinking market share globally in a very competitive market. Secondly, when opening up new market opportunities, Governments in other countries look here to how we treat our own industry. That is why the domestic market...

Scotch Whisky Industry (31 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of the Scotch whisky industry. It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I am delighted that the Exchequer Secretary is almost in his place. I also acknowledge the presence of, and support from, hon. Members from other parties. I shall take some interventions if time permits but, if colleagues will permit, I...

Scotch Whisky Industry (31 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Indeed. The Scotch Whisky Association and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association would make that point: there is an industry and supply chain across the country. That includes the fact that the grain comes from farms throughout the country. The impact of the industry is particularly acute, however, in rural Scotland. The growth of whisky tourism, in particular, has been phenomenal in recent...

Scotch Whisky Industry (31 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I anticipated that that might be your reaction, Mr Bone. I thank the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) for his intervention—he made a good point—and for his offer, but even by my standards it is a little early at the moment. As I have said, many of the most economically fragile communities are sustained by the whisky industry and many are flourishing as a consequence of...

Scotch Whisky Industry (31 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Gentleman tees up my next point for me beautifully. I promise that is the last time there will be a reference to “tee” this morning. The work in question was done for the Scotch Whisky Association by KPMG, an organisation that is not just going to tell clients what they want to hear. The work is underpinned and supported by the Treasury’s own figures. The increase...

Scotch Whisky Industry (31 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: I am keen to encourage creativity within the Treasury. I must say that that message is not always well received in that particular Department and change is often slow in coming, but I encourage the Minister to pursue that agenda, because—to return to the experience of 2015—having anticipated a £600 million decrease, there was an increase of £124 million in revenue to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Policy Framework (26 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: Whether he has met representatives of the National Farmers Union to discuss a policy framework for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Policy Framework (26 Oct 2017)

Alistair Carmichael: In that case, the Secretary of State should be aware that the UK does not have a single agricultural industry; we have several. The needs of farmers and crofters in my constituency will be very different from those of dairy farmers in the south-west of England, but all will have to be accommodated in the framework. Will the right hon. Gentleman therefore continue to engage with both NFU...

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