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Dangerous Dogs Act: Staffordshire Bull Terriers — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (16 Jul 2018)

Alister Jack: I have fond memories of my family’s childhood pet, Roger, who was a Staffordshire bull terrier of great character. I wanted to get him into Hansard because he deserves it—he gave us a lot of pleasure as children. To add the breed to the Dangerous Dogs Act would be a travesty. Does the hon. Lady agree that the problem is that people create dangerous dogs? People, not dogs, are the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Legislative Consent (11 Jul 2018)

Alister Jack: Will my right hon. Friend reassure my constituents that the 2018 Act will not remove any of the Scottish Parliament’s current powers?

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Alister Jack: Does my hon. Friend agree that, whether we are talking about the European Union referendum or the independence referendum, we are not in the business of playing “best of three”?

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: I think the point my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) was making is that it is the law-abiding holders of .50 calibre guns who are being made criminals yet these are target rifles. Sometimes the law of unintended consequences in Bills catches us out, such as in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, and we should not be making these people criminals when no crime has been committed...

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Shooting (27 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: The Minister says that Bisley is 20 years old; it has been 20 years since its last refurbishment, but it is much older than that. As a teenager, I shot at Bisley, so I can assure the Minister it is a lot older. It is not a significant cost to bring it up to standard. Could the Minister speak to the games organisers, to put some form of costing in place and to assess generally how expensive it...

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Shooting (27 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: I thank the Minister for her detailed response. The point about the accommodation could be a spurious argument from the games organisers, because the athletes competing in the other sports that replace shooting will still need accommodation. Whether that is near Bisley or Birmingham, there is still a cost. There may be an opportunity cost, but it is not a saving in real terms.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Shooting (27 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: I beg to move, That this House has considered the removal of shooting sports from Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I would like to push forward with the efforts started by the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon)—I am pleased to see him present—to make the case for the reinstatement of shooting sports at the...

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Shooting (27 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend makes a number of excellent points and he will be pleased to know that I will cover them all. As I have said, the organisers said that Bisley, at 130 miles from Birmingham, is too far away. They also claimed that it would be too expensive to renovate Bisley. That argument has little merit when we consider that they decided to use the London velodrome track for cycling, which is...

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: Shooting (27 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: The hon. Gentleman makes very good points and I agree with him. Manchester used Bisley in 2002, although it is 215 miles from the shooting ground. I therefore argue that it can be done and that Bisley can provide the required facilities. I concede that Bisley is not in tip-top condition, but the venue remains fully operational and would require only light modernisation to bring it up to...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: I share the disappointment that has been expressed in the Chamber today that we were not given the opportunity to discuss these very important issues during last week’s debate. However, that is where my agreement with the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford) ends. It is worthwhile highlighting why we did not have the time to debate these matters last week: 11...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: Obviously, I do agree with that, and I also agree with Jim Sillars—[Interruption.]

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: I also agree with Jim Sillars that it is ironic that Nicola Sturgeon wants to take powers from the Prime Minister and return them to Mr Junker, but there we are. Let me go back to the point I was making about a deal with the UK Government being detrimental to the planned re-run of a divisive referendum. Despite the best intentions of her Brexit Minister, who I believe wanted to do a deal, the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: On either side of the Irish border, excise duties are different, VAT is different and the currency is different, and we have had a common travel area since 1923. Does my hon. Friend agree that there is no need to have friction with trade if we have a free trade agreement?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 (12 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: The hon. Gentleman confirms that he and his party want to keep Scotland in the European Union. Can he confirm to me whether he wants to keep Scotland in the common fisheries policy as well?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Legislative Consent Motion (6 Jun 2018)

Alister Jack: Does my right hon. Friend think that the Scottish Government ever wanted to do a deal on the withdrawal agreement?

Historic Allegations against Veterans (15 May 2018)

Alister Jack: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this important debate. Does he agree these that historical allegations cases against veterans, particularly from the troubles in Northern Ireland, and particularly that of Dennis Hutchings, give little confidence to our school and university leavers when they think about a career in the armed services?

Backbench Business - Banking Misconduct and the Fcabackbench Business (10 May 2018)

Alister Jack: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this very important debate and I thank the all-party group on fair business banking for securing it. There are literally thousands of victims of this banking scandal. They are victims not of banks, but of bankers and their advisers who colluded with them—make no mistake about it. This has not been a golden era for British banking...

Prison Officers: Working Conditions (2 May 2018)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend is coming on to changing the pensionable age for prison officers. Recently, I visited HMP Dumfries in my constituency and was most impressed by the prison officers and the standard of their work. They expressed concern about the pensionable age being 68—as they put it, 68 is too late. I agree with them. Not everyone is physically robust at that age and, if they are not,...

Road Traffic Offenders (Surrender of Driving Licences etc.) (1 May 2018)

Alister Jack: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the surrender, production or other delivery up of driving licences, or test certificates, in relation to certain offences; to make provision in relation to identifying persons in connection with fixed penalty notices, conditional offers and the payment of fixed penalties under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988;...

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments: Patient Transport Volunteer Drivers (23 Apr 2018)

Alister Jack: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that without proper reimbursement for volunteer patient transport drivers, we are at risk of having a deeply unfair postcode lottery in which people in rural and remote areas lack the access to the healthcare that they are entitled to?

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