Results 21–40 of 800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Reid

Business of the House (30 Apr 2009)

Alan Reid: This week's Helensburgh Advertiser starts off by saying that "shocked staff at Faslane naval base have hit out, claiming they were kept in the dark over radioactive leaks." The Ministry of Defence must be completely open when such incidents happen. Attempts at excessive secrecy cause great concern locally and play into the hands of those who would like to see the base closed for ideological...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Economic Downturn (6 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The decisions in the recent Budget, including, for example, the increase in the price of fuel without concessions for remote rural areas and the increase in whisky duty, have made the economic downturn worse in the remoter parts of my constituency. Those increases severely affect Islay especially. Will the Secretary of State come with me to Islay to meet local businesses and discuss how the...

Developing Country Debt (Restriction of Recovery): Finance Bill (6 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The cost of motoring might be lower in real terms, but I can tell the Chief Secretary that on the islands in my constituency the price of fuel tends to be between 15p and 30p a litre higher than on the mainland. Will this Government not do what Governments in other European countries do and apply for a derogation that allows them to charge a lower rate of fuel duty on islands? There would be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Post Office (7 May 2009)

Alan Reid: What plans he has for the future viability of the Post Office network.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Post Office (7 May 2009)

Alan Reid: I thank the Minister for that answer, but with the banking system in great difficulties and discredited in the eyes of the public, the Post bank proposals give the Government an ideal opportunity to provide local and trusted access to the banking system. The banks have long been closing branches in rural communities, but the Post Office's extensive network has the potential to put local...

Business of the House (7 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The report on Equitable Life raises a constitutional issue, in that it was compiled by the parliamentary ombudsman, not the Government ombudsman. The parliamentary ombudsman reports to Parliament, so surely Parliament should have the right to decide the matter. Why will the Government not put their proposals to Parliament so that Parliament can vote on them? If Parliament rejects them, the...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: In the present circumstances, whisky and other spirits are treated unfairly compared with beers and wines because the duty per unit of alcohol is much higher. If duty is being imposed for health reasons, it should be based on units of alcohol, so duty on spirits should come down and duty on beers and wines should go up. Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that spirits should be taxed more highly...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: I am grateful to the Exchequer Secretary. She mentioned exports, but the unfairness of the British duty system, whereby spirits are taxed at a higher rate per unit of alcohol than wines, means that when we complain about other countries unfairly discriminating against whisky in favour of their local brew, they can point to our unfair system. Why, therefore, can we not continue with the system...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: I, too, wish to oppose clause 11. In my constituency, whisky distilling makes an important contribution to the local economy. It brings jobs to remote communities where alternative employment can often be difficult to find. The increase in alcohol duties in the Budget puts those jobs at risk, and the Government should not increase alcohol duty yet again, after two increases over the rate of...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman asks about beer, but I was concentrating on whisky. He has made his point so I will continue my speech. Putting the duty up without a proper assessment of the impact on demand is risky. It could cost the Treasury money. Constant increases are unacceptable without any assessment of the impact on demand or on— [ Interruption. ]

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: I wholeheartedly agree with my right hon. Friend, who makes an important point. The constant increases in duty—the Government have promised another above-inflation increase in next year's Budget—will discourage people from investing in the industry and in new distilleries. In my constituency, old distilleries have been reopened in recent years—when the present Prime Minister was...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: It is quite obvious that these constant increases in duty will deter investment in the industry, and that will clearly have an effect on employment. One illogical aspect of the present system is that spirits are taxed far more heavily per unit of alcohol that beers or wines. If alcohol were taxed on health grounds, surely the only logical way to tax it would be based on the units. The present...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. He makes an important point. Whisky is an important export and, as I was saying, increasing the duty in this country encourages other countries also to discriminate against Scotch whisky. That means that when British trade negotiators protest about others countries' harsh treatment of the Scotch whisky industry, those countries have an easy...

Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill: Clause 11 — Rates of alcoholic liquor duty (12 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The price of whisky is going up, mainly because the Government keep on putting the duty up higher than the rate of inflation. We saw it in last year's Budget and back in December, and we are now seeing it again. A successful industry such as the Scotch whisky industry should be encouraged, not penalised by constant rises in duty. The Government put forward two arguments for the duty...

Bill Presented: Clause 16 — Rates and rebates from September 2009 (13 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman has hit on a problem and proposed a solution, but will he enlighten us on one point? His proposed new subsection (1AB) states: "The Treasury must... reduce the rates of duty", but it does not specify the times at which the Treasury must do that. Would it happen every month, every day, or every six months?

Bill Presented: Clause 16 — Rates and rebates from September 2009 (13 May 2009)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman refers to a two-way regulator, but although his proposed subsection (1AB) in amendment 13 contains the words "reduce the rates", the amendment does not make any reference to increasing the rate.


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