Results 181–200 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Tenancies Bill [Lords] ( 6 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: It was also a feature of the arrangements in the early days of the Church and the New Testament that it was made very clear to the owners of property that they did not have to pool it if they did not want to do so. It was entirely voluntary and not compelled by the collective diktat of an overbearing, authoritarian, secular authority or even, in later days, by the fairly potent directives of...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Tenancies Bill [Lords] ( 6 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman for that important correction. I apologise for attributing that particular time scale to the Opposition.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Tenancies Bill [Lords] ( 6 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I have no doubt that the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East and his colleagues have heard what my hon. Friend has said. When the time comes for tabling amendments in Committee, the Opposition may table amendments aimed at circumscribing the flexible arrangements in the Bill. Those amendments may prove to be exploratory, a good debate may ensue and the Opposition may not push their amendments to...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance ( 1 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend the Minister has the great advantage of being one of the relatively few hon. Members who knows that the sparsity factor refers not to the scarcity of hair on the heads of Yorkshiremen but to the superabundance of acres in Yorkshire in relation to population—not least areas such as Skipton and Ripon. Is my hon. Friend aware that North Yorkshire is very worried that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Pension Fund (30 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: Clergy pensions are currently funded from the Church Commissioners' investment income rather than from a separate pension fund. Following actuarial advice, a number of options for the future funding of pensions are being discussed with the dioceses. They focus on the collection of pension contributions for future service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Pension Fund (30 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The specific question of when a definitive statement is likely to emerge about future pension arrangements—I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will approve of this—will depend to some extent on when the Social Services Select Committee's report on the issue comes out and when the various diocesan consultations have taken place. There cannot in any case be a fundamental change without...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Historic Church Buildings (30 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The commissioners have no direct responsibility within the Church of England on the issue, but they have supported representations by the Churches Main Committee to the Government about the heavy VAT burden which churches currently have to bear.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Historic Church Buildings (30 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: Yes, I very much hope that any changes recommended by the European Commission in this matter will be reflected by changes in the Government's approach to VAT. I endorse what Bishop Michael Baughen has said about the heavy burden represented by VAT, but it should not be overlooked that the Government have been supportive of charities in the past, not only by the long-standing exemption from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Historic Church Buildings (30 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for National Heritage has a peculiarly attuned and sensitive ear and is capable of hearing anything which is bruited around the House. He will have taken careful note of what my hon. Friend has said, and he will reflect that I have had occasion to write to his Department on the matter. I hope that there will be a benign approach to any changes...

York Carriage Works (25 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that if the issue is to be looked at again in 1999 or thereabouts and ABB has gone out of operation, the lack of competition in carriage production will mean that it may cost BR a lot more than it would if it went for the order now?

Prison Service (10 Jan 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: Does my right hon. and learned Friend recall that most improvements in operational performance, for example, in health or hospital care, or rail and air travel, have followed regrettable breakdowns in operational service? With regard to the public interest, the key issue is the positive response that is made to remedial measures following breakdowns. Will my right hon. and learned Friend...

Prison Security (19 Dec 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: My right hon. and learned Friend is clearly right to opt for a tougher and harder internal regime in the category A prisons. In so far as this induces among resourceful but violent and desperate prisoners the attitude of "death or glory", is not the implementation of his tough regime something of an exercise in sophistication as well as determination? Does he agree that the subtleties of...

Bosnia ( 7 Dec 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: Will my right hon. Friend further confirm the Government's full support and approval, in spite of American criticisms, for the key role being played by General Sir Michael Rose in Bosnia? Does my right hon. Friend agree that General Rose's combination of patience, courage and deep humanitarian concern is in the very highest traditions of British military prowess being deployed in the cause of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Finance (28 Nov 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: The Church Commissioners' forward estimates relate only to their own investment income, but their stipend allocations to dioceses take account of the special needs of poorer dioceses, including potential income from church members in those dioceses. Giving is the largest and most important source of funding. In 1992, giving through parishes amounted to about £274 million. Covenanted giving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Finance (28 Nov 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend referred to an individual case in a certain parish with which the Bishop of Norwich is dealing and it would be quite outside the scope of my responsibilities to comment on that. The donation figure that I cited of £4.10 per subscriber per week to the covenanted giving system of the Church of England is a sum which could probably, without great difficulty or pressure, be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Redundant Churches (28 Nov 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: By the end of 1993, 78 redundant churches had been appropriated for storage, light industrial, office or shopping uses and 160 churches had been appropriated for residential uses. The commissioners' latest annual report—a copy of which is in the Library—contains details of the many and varied uses found so far for no fewer than 742 redundant churches since 1969.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Redundant Churches (28 Nov 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I am familiar with the case of St John's, Hanley. Although the friends of the local parish church offered an alternative proposal to the projected climbing enterprise, it seemed to the diocese and to the commissioners that the climbing enterprise idea was a firmer proposition. However, it has not yet received planning permission. If the climbing centre scheme does...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Pensions (28 Nov 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: The security of existing clergy pensions is not at issue as the value of the commissioners' assets comfortably exceeds the accrued pension liabilities for retired clergy and those currently in active service. Separate funding arrangements are in place to pay the pensions of lay employees in the Church of England. The commissioners and the pensions board are discussing with dioceses proposals...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Pensions (28 Nov 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: Yes. The answer that I gave to the hon. Gentleman that the value of the commissioners' assets comfortably exceeds what is needed is based on our past performance. We have increased pensions at a substantially higher rate than the rate of inflation—indeed, at levels almost approaching earnings—and we hope to be able to do that using existing assets for the categories that I have described....

Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill: Video Recordings: Increase in Penalties (19 Oct 1994)

Mr Michael Alison: First, I briefly congratulate my hon. Friend the new junior Minister at the Home Office on the very fluent, concise and grave way in which, in the best Home Office tradition, speaking as if he had been there for many a long year, he placed before us an extremely agreeable legislative dish for our late supper this evening. At the same time, I extend my warm appreciation and congratulations to...


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