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Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Christian Millennium Projects (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I am glad to have this opportunity late in the life of the present Parliament—not to mention late in the day—to raise a topic that bears as much on the future as on the past: the coming millennium celebrations, and the Christian input to the various projects that have been proposed. I am especially grateful to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for National Heritage for taking...

Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Bill [Lords]: Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (17 Mar 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am speechless.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Marriage and Christian Values (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: Although my right hon. Friend and my hon. Friend must necessarily be reactive in responding to the SCAA national forum initiative on values in education, the Government as a whole can be thoroughly positive and proactive in supporting and promoting, not least in schools, the Christian ideal of marriage, as was vividly demonstrated by the Lord Chancellor's significant speech on 11 February...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Finances (24 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: The Commissioners do not make projections of church attendances or giving levels, although both factors are taken into account in the selective allocations made to dioceses for stipends. The proposals for changing the funding of clergy pensions will increase the cost of ministry that is borne by parishes, and the Commissioners have closely consulted dioceses on how quickly the cost of pension...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Finances (24 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I am happy to give a general endorsement to the hon. Gentleman's approach. Issues of churchmanship should not have any bearing on the support that the Church gives or receives in respect of pensions for its retired servants. Nor should political factors carry significant weight; congregations can be not only happy clappy, but militant tendency and even national front. The politics of the pew...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Finances (24 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I am very glad to hear about the splendid performance of Lichfield cathedral. My hon. Friend and I have a personal friend among the cathedral staff. I know that the staff and the cathedral chapter are very much encouraged by my hon. Friend's assiduous and consistent support for their work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Income (24 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: The Commissioners' projected income for 1997 is £125 million. The Commissioners' investment strategy is intended to enable the Commissioners' funds to grow in line with their liabilities over the long term to give stable and sustainable support to the Church.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Income (24 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: The only trouble with the hon. Gentleman's bid for a traditional form of service in the Church of England is that it would unfortunately disbar his ever being invited to take part and deliver the sermon as he represents the shouty-louty tendency in the Church of England's approach. I would be very happy to have the shouty-louty tendency alongside the happy-clappy tendency, but the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Income (24 Feb 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I take my hon. Friend's point. There is a vast gulf between shouty louty, happy clappy and the more traditional forms of service—even those including what I suspect is my hon. Friend's heartfelt preference for the occasional use of Latin. Alas, the spectrum is not quite that wide. We shall, however, certainly try to embrace every other form, short of Latin.

Orders of the Day — Mining Subsidence (North Yorkshire) (30 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I am glad to have the opportunity to raise on the Adjournment an issue which is causing anxiety and detriment to constituents of mine in the Selby district of North Yorkshire. The issue relates to the costs and possibilities of insurance cover for houses and householders whose property is affected by coal mining subsidence. The Selby district is particularly susceptible to the difficulties...

Orders of the Day — Sex Offenders Bill (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I join the hon. Member for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Thurnham) and many other hon. Members in applauding the introduction of the Bill, especially part II, and I wish to say a word of congratulation to my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, who has involved himself in this subject exhaustively over a long period. My right hon. Friend the Minister of State reminds me of one of those great...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Disestablishment (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: Disestablishment would not lie with the Church Commissioners to initiate and, without formal instructions and definitions, cost estimates are impracticable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Disestablishment (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I share my hon. Friend's dismay at the damage that the Lincoln cathedral dispute has done. I am grateful for the concern that he has expressed, the interest that he has taken and the support that he has given to the Bishop of Lincoln. Disestablishing the Church of England, however, could prove detrimental to Church and to state. It would be paradoxical thus to extend even further the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Disestablishment (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I am happy to confirm the point that the hon. Gentleman has shrewdly and pertinently made. Queen Anne's bounty, which has a remote but important historic pedigree and origin, is at stake in the matter of disestablishment and, if disendowment occurred, there would not be sufficient resources to pay clergy stipends at their present level.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Disestablishment (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman should reflect on the point made by the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field)—that disestablishment would inescapably be associated with the controversial issue of disendowment. Although that might be a great benefit to the non-conformist Churches, which might claim some of the assets of the Church of England, and to the Roman Catholic Church, it would bring considerable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Disestablishment (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: I am happy to support my hon. Friend and I hope that my references to the hon. Member for Birkenhead showed that I am intrinsically robust in my approach. In the light of the importance and significance of Church Commissioners' questions every month, I hesitated so as not to exalt too highly the benefits that might accrue to Parliament from having questions answered regularly by a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Funds (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: The statement of recommended practice "Accounting by Charities", issued by the Charity Commission, and part VI of the Charities Act 1993 and the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 1995, provide the framework for charity accounting with which dioceses and parishes of the Church of England must comply. The Church Commissioners are exempt from the regulations but complied in full with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Funds (27 Jan 1997)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman will know that all the details of the losses, which occurred some years ago, were published in the properly scrutinised and audited annual reports. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman, who although he comes from Wales is not inimical to the Church of England, will be glad to know that the largely paper losses that arose from the drop in valuation of the Church of England's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Is my right hon. Friend aware of how greatly the public at large, especially parents, will welcome the Government's decision to press the broadcasting authorities to curb television violence? Does he agree that, if there is even slight evidence that increased screen violence is linked, via imitation or disinhibition, to increased crime, the benefit of the doubt must be given to the potential...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Agricultural Holdings (9 Dec 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: At 31 December 1995, the latest date for which figures are available, the Church Commissioners' agricultural portfolio comprised 137,185 acres.


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