Results 101–120 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

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

Mr Michael Alison: Once again my hon. Friend pre-empts my question.

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

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend has—very conveniently, I dare say—put his head into a little noose. In fact, the point at which redundancy liabilities become operative is crucial to Selby's problem. There are two years in question—1995–96 and 1996–97. In 1995–96—the year Selby's redundancy liabilities arose—the council put in a bid for £1.5 million to the Department of the Environment, and...

Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Bill ( 2 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson) who, like me, is a sponsor of the Bill. He speaks with the authority and clarity of a lawyer. I am only sad—or am I glad, I am not certain—that he paddled on the edge of introducing a note of controversy when he questioned the extent to which my hon. Friend the Minister and his senior colleagues expedited the changes...

Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Bill ( 2 Feb 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: It is purely for disinterested advice to my constituents, as my hon. Friend will appreciate. I also congratulate my hon. Friend on his discrimination in selecting this vital and timely topic and making the protection of the world's most vulnerable children his priority. Unlike the hon. Member for Swansea, East, I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary and his...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: As a Member of Parliament who represents a northern seat, I found it bizarre to hear the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) focus so obsessively on Westminster. It is quite impossible to follow the debate, which has serious implications for the whole country, when the hon. Gentleman dwells obsessively on Westminster. I cannot understand why the hon. Gentleman is so obsessed...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: It is true that they sometimes protest about the Government, but that is an occupational hazard that we readily accept—it is part and parcel of being in government. People come to protest for many other reasons. For example, Turkish citizens may protest about events in Bosnia. I hope that the hon. Member for Sheffield, Attercliffe (Mr. Betts) welcomes the fact that many people, including...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I must be careful how I respond to that intervention as I hope to bend the ear of my hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Urban Regeneration about certain improved transfers to the Selby district. I hope to gain his sympathy in that regard. As to the hon. Gentleman's question, I simply refer him to the intervention that my hon. Friend the Minister made during the speech...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I should have received notice of that question. I shall ponder it in my bath when I am in a reflective mood, having carefully read the hon. Gentleman's intervention in Hansard.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I entirely accept my right lion. Friend's reminder. It is bizarre that the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras poured such acidic wit and criticism on the attempts that local government associations have made, in co-operation with the Government, to produce some sort of objectivity in the analysis of need. The hon. Gentleman showed, mockingly, using various lists, how implausible that...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend is very kind not to force me to wait in agony and expectation until he speaks later for that little expression of hope and encouragement. It is very much appreciated. I hope that my hon. Friend will continue to focus on the needs of Selby. There will be a problem if the extra demands have to be paid for purely by local council tax payers and not through the agency of some...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (31 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: I am much obliged to the hon. Gentleman for that helpful contribution. I know that he has some geographical and personal knowledge of the Selby district. I hope that I can end my speech on a note of constructive harmony in the expectation that my right hon. and hon. Friends on the Front Bench will listen carefully to me and to the Opposition spokesman and ensure that everything possible is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The commissioners' investments, as I told the hon. Gentleman when he last raised the subject a few weeks ago, have always been subject to ethical criteria and are continuously reviewed. The ethical working group set up in October 1994 plays an important part in keeping under review the ethical investment policy of the Church Commissioners and of the Church's two other main investing bodies,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman's question covers a wide spectrum. We are investors in GEC, whose armaments portfolio is held to be less than 30 per cent., which is just about the cut-off point for our ethical application. I remind the hon. Gentleman that the five permanent members of the Security Council have reaffirmed, and continue to reaffirm, the inherent right to individual or collective...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The Church urban fund, to which the hon. Gentleman refers, is a very important but, nevertheless, by statute a subordinate part of the claims on the income of the Church of England. Although we shall do everything possible to sustain our cash flow into the Church urban fund, pensions and stipends of clergy and their dependants must remain statutorily the overriding priority. Incidentally, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Cyclists (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: The Church Commissioners make no charge for cyclists using legal rights of way across their land.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Cyclists (29 Jan 1996)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend is quite right to pinpoint the importance of fishing rights as a source of income to this essential charitable fund, whose beneficiaries, I remind him, are clergy and their dependants. In relation to that particular stretch of territory in his constituency, I doubt whether the toll that we could levy on cyclists passing that delectable spot would be payable by them or that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Unfrocked Priests (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The Commissioners do not hold this information. Clergy are added to or taken off the central payroll in response to instructions from dioceses. A clergyman may leave the payroll for a variety of reasons, such as taking a job outside the parochial ministry or overseas, and the Commissioners are not generally informed of the circumstances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Unfrocked Priests (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: These matters lie a little outside the immediate scope of my responsibilities, but I can tell my hon. Friend that a carefully maintained check-list is kept at Lambeth palace of clergy, against whose names an asterisk is placed due to some uncertainty about their performance. Those on the list are informed and may make representations if they consider that their name should be removed from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Income (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The Commissioners' aim is to optimise returns over the long term from their investments. They are currently re-balancing their portfolio and investing in a spread of assets with good growth prospects, while avoiding undue risk from over-concentration in any one area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Income (11 Dec 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman must be careful of using the word "pets". It may have a connotation in Newham that is different from the one in the files of the RSPCA. The hon. Gentleman is full of bright ideas and I can think of nothing better than his arming himself with a barrow and parading up and down parish churches in the Newham district advertising his strong faith in the prospects and benefits of...


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