Results 161–180 of 3419 for speaker:Mr Michael Alison

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: With the leave of the House, I will respond briefly to the debate. I start by warmly congratulating the hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field)—I am tempted to call him my hon. Friend—on having accepted the substantial office of shadow second Church Estates Commissioner.

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I am delighted to learn that Neil Kinnock makes an occasional reference to divinity. I thought that was a dimension of his life that he kept under wraps. He was certainly divinely inspired in appointing the hon. Member for Birkenhead. My only fear is that his status is such that if shadow becomes substance, he is likely to become rather more exalted in any future Administration than second...

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I beg to move, That the Team and Group Ministries Measure, passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which the said Measure was laid before Parliament. The Measure makes a number of amendments to the existing legislation on team and group ministries in the parochial system of the Church of England. It follows the...

Church of England (General Synod) (Measures) (24 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I take note of my hon. Friend's point about the parson's freehold. I know that there have been unsatisfactory cases of over-extended incumbencies, so to speak, but I stand very close to my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Mr. Powell), whose father enjoyed the freehold tenure of his parish for 46 years. In that period, my hon. Friend's father rebutted attacks from various powerful episcopal...

Privileges (20 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I am glad that the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) ruled out the option of the sanction of expulsion that has been tabled as an amendment. I wish to go further in the opposite direction and put on record how mistaken—indeed, unfair—I believe the Privileges Committee has been in recommending so severe a penalty as suspension with incidental loss of salary for my hon....

Privileges (20 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend has made a fair and reasonable argument. I return to the essential evidence that the House has to consider—that the verdict of the Committee of Privileges is that what has been found as a fault is a serious error of judgment, not a crude and unacceptable practice. As a serious error of judgment—a limited, but serious fault—I do not believe that it is reasonable,...

Privileges (20 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: In response to the hon. Gentleman's intervention, that would have been a serious error of judgment in my book. However, I do not believe that one can evaluate and make a judgment about what any other hon. Member might take the offer to be until the full offer and all the implications have been fully and properly spelt out, which they obviously had not been in this case. My hon. Friend the...

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Sunday Hours) Bill: Application of certain other provisions of 1978 Act ( 5 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: For the purpose of clarification, as the Yorkshire neighbour of the hon. Member for Hemsworth (Mr. Enfield), I should point out that the hon. Gentleman was refused membership of the Hemsworth Conservative club not because he is a member of the Labour party, but because control of that club has fallen into the hands of the Militant Tendency.

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Sunday Hours) Bill: Permitted Hours in Licensed Premises ( 5 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) on the persistence and perspicacity with which he pursued this narrow but important and valuable point, and on the way in which he argued his case in Committee. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Minister most warmly on his typical receptiveness and sensitivity in accepting a proposal which I believe will cause...

Prayers: Compulsory Purchase (Compensation) ( 5 Apr 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I am glad to have this brief opportunity to raise the matter of statutory compensation for individuals whose land has been taken, used or damaged and whose entitlement to compensation arises from some provision in law. The scope of my concern includes the taking of land for highway works, the use of land for pipelines and cables, and damage to land caused by coalmining. A number of my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Buildings (Public Toilets) (13 Mar 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: None. This is not the responsibility of the Church Commissioners. The parochial church councils of parish churches and the administrative bodies of cathedrals have sole executive and financial responsibility in these matters, subject to any statutory consents that they may require to carry out work affecting the historic character of a building.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Buildings (Public Toilets) (13 Mar 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: My hon. Friend will agree that a bomb might be slightly counter-productive. He is concerned about public toilets in parish churches. He is probably aware that most parish churches have a toilet in the vestry for the use of the incumbent. It would have to be a parish in which relationships between the congregation and the incumbent had fallen to an exceptionally low level if members of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Buildings (Public Toilets) (13 Mar 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: We have some onerous responsibilities, as the hon. Gentleman knows, especially in property and finance, but we do not have direct responsibility for the matter about which he is concerned. For cathedrals, it comes within the ambit of the administrative bodies and for parish churches, especially large and popular ones, within the scope of responsibilities of the parochial church councils.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (13 Mar 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The commissioners have always managed their investments within ethical guidelines. Specific rules were developed when equity investment was begun in 1948 and those rules continue to be monitored and reviewed. I am arranging for a leaflet setting out our ethical policy to be sent to the hon. Gentleman so that he may study it slightly more fully.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Investments (13 Mar 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Gentleman will note, when he gets the little leaflet that I shall be sending to him, that we do not invest in companies whose principal business is armaments. I do not think that it could be alleged that GEC's principal business is that of armaments. As it is, investments relating to armaments, alcohol, gambling and tobacco, from which we are excluded on ethical grounds, already...

Statutory Instruments, &c.: Local Government (28 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: The hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson), in a disarmingly tentative declaration of interest, reminded us that some members of his family are familiar with the part of Yorkshire that I represent. I hope that I am not disclosing a confidence in alleging that he may even have a brother who lives in the locality of Wheldrake—or at least some members of his family live in that...

Religious Education (15 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: In 1988, Parliament strengthened the law on a daily act of worship in maintained schools by an overwhelming majority of 264 on a free vote. It followed widespread concern that worship was becoming a secular ceremony in too many schools. Broadly Christian worship was made the norm in the Education Reform Act 1988, but non-Christian faith communities were given extensive rights to worship...

Religious Education (15 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I am afraid that I have very little speaking time left so I must ask my hon. Friend to forgive me. I will give way to her later if there is any time left. The situation with the 5,000 schools in the secondary sector is very different. Ofsted has reported that there is basic compliance with the law in 60 per cent. of secondary schools but that even those schools are not perfect. On that...

Religious Education (15 Feb 1995)

Mr Michael Alison: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for reinforcing the evident scope and capacity for building on what is already good and solid ground.

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

Mr Michael Alison: I speak in my capacity as second Church Estates Commissioner. The Church Commission is the second largest agricultural landowner in England after the Crown. We currently own 148,000 acres comprising some 500 let farms averaging about 300 acres each. The value of this holding is about £210 million. As the Church Commission is in effect a parliamentary charity, every hon. Member sitting here...


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