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Results 61–80 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

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

Alan Reid: My hon. Friend is quite correct. I have the map that he produced in front of me and there are one or two pockets where, as he says, there are no petrol stations. Most of the area in the mainland that would be involved in the scheme is contiguous. The hon. Member for South-West Hertfordshire said that our scheme was rather sketchy, but my hon. Friend the Member for Caithness, Sutherland and...

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

Alan Reid: I agree with my hon. Friend that there was no proposal from the Minister. The hon. Member for South-West Hertfordshire said that the scheme was sketchy and would be difficult to operate, but my hon. Friend the Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) pointed out that several European countries successfully operate similar schemes. If they can do it, the UK...

Business of the House (14 May 2009)

Alan Reid: Last week, the Leader of the House rejected a request by me and other hon. Members for a debate and a vote on Equitable Life, and this week she has rejected hon. Members' entirely legitimate calls for more time to debate the Policing and Crime Bill. If there is not enough time in the current Session for those important debates, why can we not add an extra week to the Session at the end of July?

Equitable Life Report (Government Response) (19 May 2009)

Alan Reid: I welcome this debate. Does my hon. Friend share my concern that the process may involve policyholders in engaging legal representation? The ombudsman's service is free, and the policyholders have won their case with her. The Government have now imposed another process, which may require further hearings and possibly a confrontational process. We do not yet know, but it may involve costly...

Business of the House (21 May 2009)

Alan Reid: On Tuesday, Mr. Speaker, you granted yet another debate in Westminster Hall on Equitable Life. That debate, like previous debates, was full of Back Benchers from all parts of the House who supported the parliamentary ombudsman's proposals; the only person to defend the Government was the Minister who spoke at the end. In debating how to strengthen our democracy, can we consider a proposal...

Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill: Clause 1 — Amendments of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957 (10 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: This has been an interesting and informative debate. I am fully in support of the Bill, but I would be grateful if the Minister could respond to a couple of the points that have arisen. First, I have a slight concern about the possible proliferation of symbols. It was mentioned that although the Iranians do not currently use the red lion and sun, they still have the right to use it. Can the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Whips Offices (18 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: At the moment, programming seems to be decided by what are euphemistically called "the usual channels": the Government and Opposition Whips getting together. Will the Government adopt the practice, used in the Scottish Parliament, of conducting a business committee on which all parties are represented? That would mean that decisions on programming could be taken much more transparently.

Business of the House (18 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: The "Digital Britain" report caused great concern in the highlands in relation to radio, because it proposes that all national broadcast radio stations should move from analogue to DAB by 2015 and that all car radios are to be converted. However, the presence of DAB in the highlands and islands is almost non-existent. I hope that if the Government are switching from analogue to DAB they will...

Business of the House: UK Climate Projections (18 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: Agriculture depends on a finely tuned climate balance, and the projected changes in the climate will have severe implications for agriculture in this country and throughout the world. What is the Government's strategy to ensure that farmers here can cope with climate change and that we have the flexibility to increase production in this country if climate change should cause natural disasters...

Bill Presented: Preparing Britain's Economy for the Future (18 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: Looking to the longer term, is the Minister concerned that when the economy starts to pick up again, we might run the risk of inflation? One lesson from the past is that the Bank of England should be instructed to take house prices into account when setting interest rates. It has not done so in the past, and we have seen low interest rates in the good times leading to house price rises, while...

Bill Presented: Food, Farming and the Environment (18 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: While we are on the subject of European directives, I should say that the directive causing great concern to sheep farmers is the one on electronic identification, which is due to come in on 1 January. I know that the Secretary of State shares hill farmers' concerns, but will he update us on what he is doing in Europe to make sure that the directive does not come in on 1 January? If it...

Equitable Life (24 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the hon. Member for Leeds, North-East (Mr. Hamilton) on securing the debate and giving us another opportunity to try to persuade the Government to do the right thing by Equitable Life policyholders. The title that the ombudsman gave her report—"Equitable Life: a decade of regulatory failure"—sums the situation up very well. When Equitable Life was forced to default on its...

Equitable Life (24 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: My hon. Friend is quite right. I am sure that a lot of elderly people are in that situation. The parliamentary ombudsman concluded that there had been maladministration and injustice, yet the Government are fiercely resisting paying the compensation that the ombudsman said was due to policyholders.

Equitable Life (24 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: The right hon. Gentleman is right about what the ombudsman said, and I agree that the Government should take that into account in implementing the ombudsman's recommendations. The case for compensation is straightforward. The maladministration by the regulator was a direct cause of the injustice suffered by policyholders. The regulator was a Government responsibility, so the Government should...

Equitable Life (24 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: The right hon. Gentleman is perfectly correct. It is important also to remember that the ombudsman is the parliamentary ombudsman, and not the Government ombudsman. Parliament, not the Government, should take the decisions. I hope that through the deliberations of the Committee that we shall set up tomorrow, we may get to a situation in which individual hon. Members can initiate motions in...

Business of the House (25 Jun 2009)

Alan Reid: This morning's announcement by Consumer Focus that it has found that energy companies are not passing on the full decline in wholesale prices to consumers must be investigated. May we have an urgent statement from the Energy Minister to get to the bottom of that, as it appears that every consumer is being overcharged by an average of £74? Can we ensure that energy companies are forced to...

Business of the House (24 Jan 2008)

Alan Reid: May we have a topical debate on the rules governing community bids to take over post offices? The Government's response to consultation on the post office network stated: "The Government wants to encourage more community-run post offices". Last Monday, I attended a meeting in my constituency, at which EnviroKirn, a local community group, said that it wanted to take over a post office that is...

Amendment of the Law: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (18 Mar 2008)

Alan Reid: The Secretary of State talks of encouraging investment. Will not the swingeing increases in duty on Scotch whisky deter investment in what has been a Scottish success story? Whisky is already charged a higher rate of duty per unit of alcohol than other drinks. If the Government want to tackle binge drinking, surely they should target the drinks that are responsible for it rather than...

Post Office Closures (Highlands and Islands) (18 Mar 2008)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) on securing the debate on this important subject in the highlands and islands and on presenting the case so well and thoroughly. I want to raise a couple of points. In response to the consultation, the Government said that they wanted to encourage more community-run post offices. In my...

Deferred Division: Post Office Closures (19 Mar 2008)

Alan Reid: The Government's post office closure programme is a complete muddle. There is simply no logic in the choice of post offices to be axed, as an example from my constituency shows. Mine is a large rural constituency in the highlands and islands, but the Post Office decided to lump Argyll and Bute in with the Greater Glasgow area in its closure programme. I could not understand the logic of that...

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