Results 1–20 of 6544 for speaker:Alistair Carmichael

Written Answers — Home Office: Fire Stations: Closures (23 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fire station closures there have been in each local authority in each year since 2016.

Culture, Media and Sport: Local Journalism (23 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: If she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of Government support for local media.

Culture, Media and Sport: Local Journalism (23 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: This seems to be an appropriate moment to acknowledge that in Orkney and Shetland we are blessed with some very good-quality local media: The Orcadian, The Shetland Times, Shetland News, SIBC, BBC Radio Orkney and BBC Radio Shetland—if I have forgotten anyone, I will doubtless suffer for it in the weeks to come. For communities such as ours, a strong local media presence is an important...

Political Violence and Disruption: Walney Report (22 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Where there is a threat to democracy and to people giving service in public life, surely the most effective response will always be one that commands the support of all those who are part of that democratic process. We can only do that by building consensus. The Government have tabled late amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill involving the policing of demonstrations, some of which include...

Arrests and Prison Capacity (22 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: It is obvious from the Minister’s demeanour that he does not like to be called to account, but he should reflect on the fact that the mere fact such a letter was written, and in the circumstances in which it was written, is a cause for concern, which he should be taking seriously. It is symptomatic of a wider malaise in the English and Welsh criminal justice system. Last year, 215,933...

Infected Blood Compensation Scheme (21 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Can we accept that institutional defensiveness has not gone away, and will only go away when we in this House act to make it go away? For the past few years I have been working with constituents who were victims of a Ponzi scheme. They lost millions of pounds. They were failed repeatedly by, first, the Financial Services Authority and then the Financial Conduct Authority. They have been left...

Israel and Gaza (20 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Whatever opinion the Minister has on the subject of jurisdiction, the arbiters on that as a point of law will be the judges of the ICC. In the event that any or all of the warrants being sought by the chief prosecutor, as announced today, are granted, can the Minister confirm that the UK Government will render any assistance necessary for their execution? Is that not what a Government who...

Women’s State Pension Age: Ombudsman Report (16 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The right hon. Gentleman makes a very important point. Looking at the experience of other compensation schemes—the one that comes to my mind is the Icelandic trawlermen compensation scheme—it is clear that the longer we leave these things, and the longer the passage of time, the more difficult it gets to resolve them. Does that not underline the need for speed here?

Transport: Helicopter Search and Rescue (16 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: What recent discussions he has had with helicopter search and rescue operators on the adequacy of response times.

Transport: Helicopter Search and Rescue (16 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I thank the Minister for his answer—he seems to be aware of the situation—but a new threat to search and rescue response times is emerging, namely the poor and deteriorating industrial relations between Bristow’s management and its staff. As we speak, members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association who work in SAR cohort 2 are on strike, having been driven to it by a management who...

Criminal Justice Bill: New Clause 86 - Creating purported sexual image of adult (15 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Before the Minister moves on—I apologise if she has addressed this and I missed it—could I get from her an explanation about Government new clause 102, which seeks to remove the protections of the Human Rights Act by effectively excluding the defence of lawful or reasonable excuses? This is now the fourth piece of legislation that the Government have introduced that will remove the...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sebastien Lai (15 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he plans to meet (a) Sebastian Lai and (b) his international legal team.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Hong Kong: Visits Abroad (15 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of the visit by the Minister for the Indo-Pacific to Hong Kong on relations with China.

Justice: Court Case Backlogs (14 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: What recent assessment he has made of the potential implications for his policies of the case backlog in the criminal and civil courts.

Justice: Court Case Backlogs (14 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: For anyone who has been a victim of crime, delays in getting cases into court add massively to the stress and anxiety they experience. What would the Secretary of State say to any Member whose local magistrates court had 1,954 criminal cases waiting to be heard at the end of December 2023? Would he say that a backlog of that scale was acceptable?

Risk-based Exclusion (13 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. He is of course right about the constitutionality of this, but we all know that, in practical terms in recent times, things have been done differently and that people have been excluded by agreement however obtained from the Whips. Surely what we have here is something that would be more transparent and would apply with equal measure...

Risk-based Exclusion (13 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Did the right hon. Lady’s Committee give any consideration to the fact that what constitutes a charge, and what that means in terms of procedure, is different in Scotland from what it is south of the border? In England it is the initiation of criminal proceedings; in Scotland that decision is taken at a later stage by the procurator fiscal.

Palestinians: Visa Scheme — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (13 May 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I have to say that Orkney and Shetland does not boast the same ethnic diversity as Bolton, but I have been overwhelmed by the number of emails that I have received on this issue. The lesson to take from that is that British people as a whole, whatever their ethnic background or heritage, see people in harm’s way and want to help them. That is why there is the scale of support for a visa...

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