Results 81–100 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

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

Mr Michael Alison: It is purely a matter of history that both the leaders of the Church of England and the future monarch happen to live in palaces. We attempt not to be legalistic; in the past 10 years we have made advances of £10 million in nearly 190 cases, specifically to help spouses who have suffered a marriage breakdown and are without accommodation. Whatever the law may dictate, we try to be humane,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Bequests (25 Mar 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: In 1993 there were about 6,150 bequests to parishes of the Church of England, excluding cathedrals. The total value was about £18 million.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Bequests (25 Mar 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: As far as I know, the Church Commissioners do not sequester any property from parishes; that is more likely to be done by the diocese, and it will be done on the basis that assets flow back into the parish from the diocese. Parishes almost certainly do better by having such a relationship with the diocese. I shall verify the point, however, and write to my hon. Friend if necessary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (25 Mar 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The Church Commissioners are finalising their 1995 figures, which will shortly be published in their annual report. They expect the annual returns to be similar to the benchmark return of 19.1 per cent. in 1995 in the independent WM all-funds index.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (25 Mar 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman is being almost pharisaical in his nit-picking about particular figures. Whatever the exact balance, if the hon. Gentleman wants figures I can tell him that the Church of England believes in 100 per cent. forgiveness and in a reasonable balance of investments that will maintain a flow of funds to maintain the pensions of elderly clergy widows, for example. Clergy in...

Scott Report (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr. Davis) referred to the 38 letters, and I hope to rebut his line by asking hon. Members to focus on one of the letters which was referred to—for those who would like to follow the text—on page 478 of the Scott report. That letter was addressed by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton,...

Scott Report (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I leave that aside, and concentrate on one letter that, in relation to the indictments levelled at the Chief Secretary, is nevertheless highly definitive in the way in which Lord Justice Scott handles it. My right hon. Friend's letter states: "These" guidelines specifically prohibit the sale of any lethal equipment or any defence-related equipment which could significantly enhance the...

Scott Report (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I must make progress. The hon. Gentleman knows the problem we have with time-limited speeches.

Scott Report (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I trust that you will give me injury time, not for being an old Etonian—I can do nothing about that—but for having been interrupted for minute and a half by that assault. The Scott report goes through three different categories of how the guidelines might be understood. It says in paragraph D2.428 that the equipment subject to the guidelines "included...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals (Admission Charges) (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: It is not a matter for the Church Commissioners. Policy on admission charges rests with individual cathedrals, but I would be happy to convey any representations that my hon. Friend might wish to make to the appropriate authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals (Admission Charges) (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend makes a fair and reasonable point. In practice, there is a good deal of variation in regard to the bits of a cathedral to which admission charges apply, but I shall arrange to have the general point that my hon. Friend makes widely circulated in all cathedral cities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals (Admission Charges) (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am happy to tell the hon. Gentleman that cathedrals are almost entirely financed by the residual money left in taxpayers' pockets after the Chancellor of the Exchequer has taken his share, so their funding arises from voluntary donations from supporters of cathedrals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Beneficial Clergy (Salaries) (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The average stipend for clergy of incumbent state for the year beginning 1 April 1995 is £13,450. That is 2.1 per cent. above the previous year's figure of £13,170.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Beneficial Clergy (Salaries) (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I take my hon. Friend's point that some bishops appear to live in substantial and splendid circumstances, but I am glad that he is in a favour of differentials in the ranks of the clergy, as he is no doubt in favour of differentials between Back-Bench Members and Cabinet Ministers, although Cabinet Ministers do not live in palaces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination of Women (Financial Provision) Measure 1993 (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: At 31 January 1996, the commissioners had made payments from their income totaling £6 million. Since the legislation came into effect in 1994, 300 clergy eligible for financial assistance under the Measure have resigned during that period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination of Women (Financial Provision) Measure 1993 (26 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman called the figure of £6 million "astounding". If I had said that the amount was £600,000, £6 million or £60 million, he would still have described it as astounding. His references to the clergy of the Church of England would have been exactly the same, whatever the figures involved. The House may expect the same sort of response when we hear the hon. Gentleman speak...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (15 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: Does my right hon. Friend recall that the now Labour and Liberal-controlled North Yorkshire county council is laggard in appointing civilians in police administration, so keeping police officers in bureaucratic posts when they should be out on the street?

Clause 4: Local Government Reorganisation (Remuneration) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Member for Stockton, North (Mr. Cook) represents a neighbouring county to my own in North Yorkshire, and nobody who lives in and represents the north of England can dispute the fact that Cleveland has been at the eye of the storm in terms of local government change and reform in recent years. I understand the points that he made. As a representative of a county with Cleveland to the...

Clause 4: Local Government Reorganisation (Remuneration) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend is prepared to advise me before I have completed the question.

Clause 4: Local Government Reorganisation (Remuneration) (14 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am obliged to the Minister for that reassuring answer. It shows that the Government have continued to keep their finger on the pulse of some of the sensitivities in this area of transferring from one employment to another. The problem is reflected in the disastrous situation in Selby. Within the coal mining industry, there is profound disenchantment because people working alongside each...


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