Results 41–60 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I shall consider the hon. Gentleman's request, but I have a feeling—I suspect that I might be able to carry the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras with me on this—that something that is well known and familiarly used is, in some ways, best left alone, without too much probing to establish precise legal, statutory or other agreed rights. It might be better to leave customary and...

Orders of the Day — Local Government and Rating Bill ( 6 Nov 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I do not know whether to catch the hon. Gentleman's eye to respond to some of the points that he raised, or yours, Madam Deputy Speaker. I hope that, in due course, I shall successfully catch someone's eye and nail many of the misrepresentations and false points that the hon. Gentleman has made.

Prayers: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Will my hon. Friend comment on another aspect of the post-natal well-being of the child, since the interests of the child are paramount? There is an allegation that not enough is being done to gather data about how the so-called test-tube babies get on later in life and the extent to which they are exposed to the risk of suffering from a late congenital disorder that they contracted via IVF....

Selective Cattle Slaughter (14 Oct 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: In his helpful letter to colleagues on 23 September, my right hon. and learned Friend referred to his recognition of the fact that the specialist beef industry had been hard hit in the past six months. He went on to state that a £60 million cash injection was to be made available under the less-favoured areas scheme. Will he bear it in mind that the disease hits indiscriminately the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Religious Education (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: This is not a matter for the commissioners. They are not directly responsible in this area, and I am afraid that we do not have access to the relevant statistics, but I understand that the number is considerable.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Religious Education (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I sympathise with what my hon. Friend says, but as he will know, because he is an ex-headmaster, that, for clergy to take part in school assemblies, they have to be invited by the headmaster. If they are likely to be competent and helpful, they will be invited. I am glad to tell my hon. Friend that many dioceses, including Lincoln, run in-service courses as part of their programme of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Religious Education (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I entirely accept the point that the hon. Gentleman makes. Religious education is not an occasion for proselytisation. The participation of lay contributors to RE is of fundamental importance. Many lay parents of children in schools are drawn into RE and school worship to assist precisely in that way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ethical Investment (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: It is the commissioners' policy not to invest in any company of which the main business is in armaments, gambling, breweries and distilleries, tobacco or newspapers. I am arranging for a leaflet setting out our ethical policy to be sent to the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ethical Investment (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I think that the rules guiding us on ethical investment would deter us from offering any prayers concerning the shadow Cabinet elections. As for the 30 per cent. figure, the hon. Gentleman is a little wide of the mark. If a company's investment in armaments is as high as 30 per cent., the Church Commissioners are uneasy about investing in it. That is why we are in continual dialogue with GEC...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ethical Investment (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The rule about not investing in newspapers exists purely so that the Church Commissioners do not take sides in the political involvement or the political sympathies of any newspaper. By dint of not investing in newspapers, we do not invest in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent or any others whose politics are different and about whom there might be conflict in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Properties and Land (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The commissioners seek to invest in quality properties which will secure a reliable and growing flow of income, attracting commercial and agricultural tenants whose businesses appear sound and likely to prosper. The commissioners' property portfolio achieved a total return of 19.5 per cent. in 1995, which compared very favourably with industry benchmarks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Properties and Land (22 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman must have a very high view of the value of foxes and of the number of foxes that there might be on the land, to work out that that could have a significant effect on the property values of our agricultural holdings. We leave it, and have always left it, by tradition, to the personal views of our tenants as to whether they ban hunting or shooting on their land or whether...

Prayers: Clergy Pensions (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: As a distinguished ex-member of the Whips' Office, how would my hon. Friend feel about the occasional substitution of parliamentary Bills for Church Measures? He will understand the implications, from a Whip's point of view, of what might then arise.

Prayers: Clergy Pensions (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My colleagues and I in the Church Commissioners are grateful for your great help, Mr. Deputy Speaker, in allowing us to have this debate in prime morning parliamentary time on important matters relating to Church of England pensions. The Order Paper shows that the fifth report of the Select Committee on Social Security, House of Commons paper No. 340 on Church of England pensions, is...

Prayers: Clergy Pensions (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am much obliged to my hon. Friend for reminding us of that and for putting it on the record; the Church of England is unique. The very fact that we are discussing the Church Commissioners' affairs underlines the fact that that statutory duty and responsibility is vastly underpinned by the Church Commissioners' funds—the parliamentary charity with which we are concerned today. The two go...

Prayers: Clergy Pensions (17 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The time frame to which I referred relates to pension liabilities that will arise from the new entrants contributory scheme. In the early years, although vast sums will not be flowing in, there will not be a vast number of beneficiaries. By definition, the scheme will be for people who are at the outset of their careers. Contributions to and demands on the fund will, to some extent, increase...

Opposition Day: Selby Bypass (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I rise to present a petition on behalf of approximately 5,000 signatories from the district of Selby in North Yorkshire. The petition reads: That traffic congestion in the town of Selby severely disrupts its social and economic life and inhibits inward investment in the town.Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House persuade the Department of Transport to construct a new...

New clause 7: Plan for Reduction of Violence Depicted on Television ( 1 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My right hon. Friend is correct. Some 28 per cent. disagreed with Dustin Hoffman and 58 per cent. agreed with him. Dr. Park Dietz, the chief psychiatrist of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, claimed that the factual worldwide portrayal of the massacre at Dunblane was a causative factor in the Tasmanian mass killing which followed soon after. That view, expressed by a...

New clause 7: Plan for Reduction of Violence Depicted on Television ( 1 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I certainly would not claim that Dustin Hoffman is an expert. I am merely suggesting that he expressed a vivid viewpoint that is significant because the public were asked their opinion about it. The viewpoint stands on its own merits and, for a large proportion of those questioned for the survey, it was crystallised by the association with a prominent public figure. That screen violence was a...

New clause 7: Plan for Reduction of Violence Depicted on Television ( 1 Jul 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I have much sympathy with new clause 7, tabled by the hon. Member for Ceredigion and Pembroke, North (Mr. Dafis), but I wish to follow his general introduction to the theme of violence by associating myself with new clauses 10 and 11. Those two new clauses were tabled by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) and it is only by chance, and the way that the turn to speak, like...


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