Results 61–80 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Clergy (Theological Studies) (24 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Stipends for bishops and the parochial clergy are based on the concept of adequacy in relation to duty. The extent of theological training before ordination and the time that clergy should spend in theological study afterwards are not matters for which the Church Commissioners are responsible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Clergy (Theological Studies) (24 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: It would probably be a retrograde step if we once again sought to interweave theology with politics, as happened at the time of the Reformation, so I take my hon. Friend's advice with a considerable pinch of salt.

Clause 7: Period for Reflection and Consideration (17 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My right hon. Friend has been very kind, but he is telling us something that I am finding it difficult to be convinced by. My hon. Friend the Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Evans), the previous Parliamentary Secretary, wrote to all colleagues on 22 May, sating that amendments were accepted in Committee to provide that a statement of marital breakdown could not be made until at least three...

Clause 7: Period for Reflection and Consideration (17 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I do not often find that my mental processes depart very significantly from those of my hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Sir J. Lester), but today I feel that he has slightly misinterpreted the significance of what the Standing Committee did in introducing this special, additional three-month period. I take my position from the advice given to us in the very helpful letter from the...

Clause 7: Period for Reflection and Consideration (17 Jun 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am sorry, but I shall not give way to interventions; I do not want to hold up the House for long. My hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe is misinterpreting the significance of the three-month period. The three months are not an extension of divorce proceedings, but an attempt—through the use of professional counsellors, on a one-to-one basis—to examine with a couple, singly or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Bishops' Palaces (Maintenance Costs) (13 May 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The annual maintenance cost in 1995 for the 45 diocesan bishops' houses, including the Archbishop of Canterbury's London base of Lambeth palace, was £1,704,000. That figure includes repairs and decorations; other outgoings, such as insurance and water rates; garden outgoings, including gardeners' pay; and the cost of staff accommodation, less incomes from lettings and so forth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Bishops' Palaces (Maintenance Costs) (13 May 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks), with almost Gallic fervour, is trying to score a goal in the last five minutes—but he has not succeeded. The good Bishop of Chelmsford occupies a small amount of the accommodation, but the house is impossibly close to the A12 dual carriageway and one cannot hear oneself speak, think or pray in the palace. It would be a good thing if the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Bishops' Palaces (Maintenance Costs) (13 May 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Yes. My hon. and learned Friend makes a good point. Of the 45 diocesan bishops' residences, only 11 can properly be described as having an historic background. Of those 11, Auckland castle, Hartlebury castle and the palace of Wells are already open to the public; and I believe that the Archbishop of York is seeking to open up Bishopsthorpe in York. My hon. and learned Friend's point is well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Residential Property (13 May 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The Church Commissioners do not keep central records of Church of England properties that are not currently designated for use by clergy. Each diocese keeps a record of the property it owns and of clergy's houses, and of whether they are empty or occupied. The Church Commissioners own, as part of their investment portfolio, a total of 3,720 residential units. In view of the number of these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Residential Property (13 May 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: As I have said, that is the responsibility of the parishes and dioceses, but I shall see that the hon. Gentleman's observations are passed on to them, in view of his interest in the matter. It might just be worth pointing out that of the 3,720 residential units for which the Church Commissioners have a direct responsibility, only 24 are currently vacant; of those, 18 are under offer for sale...

Cattle Disposal Scheme ( 7 May 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Is my hon. Friend aware that the 30-month cattle scheme is very welcome—even if, like a heavy aircraft, it is trundling along the runway before becoming fully airborne? Is my hon. Friend conscious of the fact that considerable costs arise for some farmers in getting their cattle to the collecting points? Will those costs be debited from the compensation payable in respect of each cow or...

Clause 7: Period for Reflection and Consideration (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson) only put one foot wrong in his admirable speech—in describing me as the right hon. Member for Barkston Ash. It does not matter, but for the sake of the record, I am now the right hon. Member for Selby. It was extremely reassuring to hear the introduction of the, to me, strange phenomenon of Auntie Wu. It made me think that perhaps you, Dame...

Clause 7: Period for Reflection and Consideration (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am sorry to tell the hon. Lady that this may be a case of going to Auntie Wu. There is no imprint on the document and I cannot tell the Committee where it comes from. All I can say is that it has the clarity, articulateness and elegance of prose which suggests that it has its provenance in lofty official circles. I can say without hesitation that the natural currency of references to time...

Clause 5: Marital Breakdown (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I support the amendment moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough and Horncastle (Mr. Leigh). It focuses the Committee's attention on the issue of fault, to which most of my right hon. and hon. Friends have addressed themselves in their speeches, not the least of which was the important speech made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Sir E. Heath). The...

Clause 5: Marital Breakdown (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: There speaks the reasonable voice of the practitioner in the law. However, I shall quote from a letter to the Committee that shows the attitude and approach of a victim—in this case, a feminine victim—of the various processes that make up a divorce. I make no apology to the Committee for quoting from the letter, which says: to have no 'fault' actually harms reconciliation attempts....

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Bill: Scottish Provision (19 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: As a layman, I am following the trail that my right hon. and learned Friend has suddenly opened up to me—it seems to be absolutely fascinating. Is he advising us that any offence connected with or committed by a British citizen against a child in another country, such as sexual abuse, automatically implies that a conspiracy must have taken place, and that therefore the case is automatically...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Bill: Scottish Provision (19 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I echo the words of the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Mrs. Golding) congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon, South (Mr. Marshall) on taking on this prickly and, in many ways, disagreeable subject, plunging into the ramifications of the sphere with which we are dealing, nursing it through its gestation period in Committee and birth by Third Reading, and generally allowing...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Bill: Incitement to Commit Certain Sexual Acts Outside the United Kingdom (19 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I hope that you will allow me, Madam Deputy Speaker, to refer briefly to the Bolin case, which my right hon. Friend has raised. I believe that he is being disingenuous by suggesting that that case would have failed in a British court. The English prosecution service would not have presented the case in the same way. The essence of the case would have been presented to a British court, which...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Bill: Incitement to Commit Certain Sexual Acts Outside the United Kingdom (19 Apr 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I have a couple of points on the important area that the Minister is covering. Will he confirm that, if a country such as Thailand introduces a death penalty for child abuse, we will still extradite British nationals in conjunction with our extradition treaty? Otherwise, his extradition argument is weaker. Will he confirm that the review that he mentioned in Committee is still continuing,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Divorced Clergy (Accommodation) (25 Mar 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Where a clergy marriage has broken down and the diocesan bishop accepts pastoral responsibility for the spouse, he and his diocesan board of finance take steps to try to provide accommodation. If the diocese has difficulty in providing it, it may apply to the commissioners for a loan.


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