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Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 7 — Road Fuel Regulator (6 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne) for his useful intervention. The new clause has three subsections. As has already been pointed out, the Chancellor of the Exchequer already carries out the provisions under (1B). In relation to (1D), this year, the Chancellor sensibly decided not to implement further plans to increase fuel duty. That simply leaves (1C), which is—

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 7 — Road Fuel Regulator (6 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: The problem is that the hon. Gentleman has tried to word the new clause so that it covers all circumstances, but he has failed. The new clause is unworkable. It would be much more sensible to have flexibility, so that the Chancellor can act, I hope sensibly—[Interruption.] If it were a Liberal Democrat Chancellor, he would act sensibly. Scottish National party Members are trying to use...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 7 — Road Fuel Regulator (6 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: I support the Chancellor's decision not to increase fuel duty. Under proposed new subsection (1C), if oil prices were to rise, we would have to wait for six months, during which people would pay the higher rate of duty. Under the new clause, a small cut would be made in fuel duty; but, of course, that cut could not be refunded retrospectively to the motorists who had paid the higher rate of...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 7 — Road Fuel Regulator (6 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: New Clause 7 — Road Fuel Regulator (6 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman says that hauliers want certainty but, under proposed new subsection (1C), anything could happen for the first six months.

Orders of the Day — Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 48 — Entry to premises under warrant (14 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: I beg to move amendment No. 2, in page 41, line 19, leave out 'includes a reference to' and insert 'means'. We move the amendment on the suggestion of the Law Society of Scotland. Its purpose is to ensure that, in Scotland, only a sheriff and not a justice of the peace will be entitled to grant the search warrants provided for in clause 48. I discussed the issues before tabling the amendment...

Orders of the Day — Consumer Credit Bill: Clause 48 — Entry to premises under warrant (14 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: The Minister listed various Acts from several years ago, under which a justice of the peace as well as a sheriff is able to grant search and seizure warrants. I shall take careful note of what he said, and look at the provisions in those Acts. I shall also discuss the matter further with the Law Society of Scotland. We may return to the matter in another place, but I shall consider the...

Armed Forces (Modernisation) (21 Jul 2005)

Alan Reid: The BBC has announced that there are growing fears about cuts at the munitions facility at Glen Douglas in Argyll. I hope that that report is not true, and that there are to be no cuts there. Will the Minister please tell us what his Department's plans are for the future at Glen Douglas?

Durham and Tees Valley (European Funding) (11 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Wright) on having secured this important debate and on the well argued case that he, the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones) and the hon. and learned Member for Redcar (Vera Baird) have made. I was pleased to hear from an accountant who was able to explain accounting principles in a way that a lay person could understand—I was...

Durham and Tees Valley (European Funding) (11 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I thank the Minister for that explanation of the Government's policy. However, it is not just Opposition parties who are asking for those assurances, but his hon. Friends. I hope that he will be able to provide them with the assurances that they seek.

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Singh) on his success in the ballot and on presenting a Bill that highlights an important issue: public funding for employment discrimination cases. However, although he has raised a important issue, I do not believe that his Bill is the correct way to rectify the present situation. The Bill would create yet another quango: the tribunal...

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I believe in devolution. It is for Wales to sort out the matter for itself; I do not propose to interfere. The functions that the Bill proposes to give to the new board could just as well be carried out by existing quangos—by the Legal Services Commission or the Scottish Legal Aid Board. In most cases, legal aid is not appropriate for employment tribunals. There is, however, one exception,...

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I certainly agree that the complex cases to which I am referring are very rare, but they will undoubtedly occur from time to time.

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I entirely agree; that should be the approach. However, a very small number of complex cases will arise, and that was recognised in Scotland, as the hon. Gentleman said in an earlier intervention. In Scotland, legal aid is available only for a very small number of complex cases. The Scottish Executive introduced the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland)...

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: My perception is that the legal situation becomes complex only in a small number of cases. That was recognised in Scotland. Whereas employment tribunals are a reserved matter under the Scotland Act 1998, legal aid rules have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament. One of the advantages of devolution is that the various Administrations can learn from each other. This is an example of where...

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: I thank the Minister for her intervention. To conclude, I shall not be supporting the Bill today. I do not believe that this new quango is necessary. The hon. Member for Bradford, West has raised an important issue, but I do not believe that the Bill and a new quango are the right way forward.

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: The Library note states that "Legal aid is not available for hearings in employment tribunals in England and Wales." That is a straightforward statement. Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that that is not so—that there are circumstances in which legal aid is available?

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: Under Scottish legislation, the Legal Aid Board is allowed to take into account the applicant's inability to present their case because of, for example, age, inadequate knowledge of English, mental illness or other mental or physical disability. Does the legislation in England and Wales also permit that to be taken into account?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill: Clause 5 — Applications Relating to Entries in the Register (18 Oct 2005)

Alan Reid: Of course, it is a question not only of distance but of the ability to get to a registration centre. The islanders of Colonsay have only three boats a week to the mainland, and if there are to be only 70 registration centres, it will take them at least three days to get to a centre and back again. If the date specified by the Secretary of State happens to fall on a Friday, they will have to...

Scottish Parliament (Electoral System) (9 Nov 2005)

Alan Reid: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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