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Results 81–100 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Constitutional Renewal (25 Mar 2008)

Alan Reid: Giving Parliament the power to vote on a dissolution will make no difference when a Government have an overall majority. The farce last autumn, when the Prime Minister dithered over the opinion polls and the decision whether to dissolve Parliament halfway through its term, would still be possible. How can the Lord Chancellor justify the continuation of a situation where the governing party...

Business of the House (27 Mar 2008)

Alan Reid: The Leader of the House will be aware that the laws on succession to the Crown discriminate on the grounds both of religion and of sex. I was disappointed that the Government did not take the opportunity offered by the Constitutional Renewal Bill to address that discrimination, which I am sure she will agree is unacceptable in modern society. May we have an early statement of the Government's...

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) on securing the debate. That is a heartfelt congratulation, not just a courtesy, because the debate is timely and interesting. It is certainly timely, coming the week after the appointment of Sir Kenneth Calman as chair of the constitutional commission, which is examining the powers of the Scottish Parliament. There...

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: I am afraid the hon. Gentleman is labouring under a misunderstanding. We have never given that commitment. We have our own views, and we will argue for them within the Calman commission. Furthermore, such is the strength of our views, we are confident that other parties within the commission will agree with them.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: No, I disagree with the right hon. Gentleman. I believe in democracy and the decentralisation of power, just as I support the presence of the Navy at Faslane in my constituency. However, we must persuade the people of Scotland that that situation should continue, and I am confident that the people of Scotland will support the presence of the Navy at Faslane.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: I will reiterate what I have said: the Liberal Democrats do not support any transfer of powers from the Scottish Parliament back to Westminster, and if the hon. Gentleman and his party would join the commission, they could add weight to that argument.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: That is typical of SNP members: they take the ball away; they will not participate in the discussions, and simply shout abuse from the sidelines, as the hon. Gentleman continues to do.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: Yes, my hon. Friend is quite correct. I remember the process that the constitutional convention underwent. Initially, there were to be 112 seats, which would have meant that the Scottish Parliament would not be proportional. It was through our arguments that we persuaded the Labour party to add another 17 seats, which allowed the Parliament to be proportional.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: Yes, but this is the last intervention that I will accept.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: If it had not been for the Liberal Democrats insisting on proportional representation, the result of the Scottish Parliament elections would be very unfair, and we would have a Labour Government with an overall majority despite the fact that Labour won less than a third of the votes. I hope that the hon. Gentleman is not arguing that we should go back to that situation.

Scotland Act 1998 (2 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman shows that he obviously does not believe in democracy. However, I must press on. The Liberal Democrats set up the Steel commission three years ago to make recommendations on constitutional changes. Chaired by Lord Steel, it reported in March 2006, and I certainly suggest to all hon. Members that they read its recommendations, because it made excellent recommendations about...

Points of Order: April Adjournment (3 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. and learned Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr. Cox). Like him I represent a large rural constituency and I share many of the frustrations that he expressed about the provision of services to rural areas, and the first issue that I want to raise before the House adjourns for the Easter recess is an example of such services being removed from rural...

Points of Order: April Adjournment (3 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: I am grateful to my hon. Friend; he is quite right. The main concern of all the postmasters and postmistresses in my constituency is what is going to happen to the Post Office card account after 2010. We are still waiting for a formal announcement from the Department for Work and Pensions. If the Post Office is not successful in being given the POCA, I can envisage far more post offices in my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Motorcycling (23 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: What recent discussions he has had with the Driving Standards Agency on test facilities for motorcyclists in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Motorcycling (23 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: A well intentioned plan to improve training for motorcyclists is backfiring. From September, motorcyclists from Argyll and Bute will have to travel to Glasgow to take their test—a round trip of more than 200 miles for many. A motorcycle school in Oban has already closed as a result and the same thing is happening elsewhere. Will the Government apply the brakes to those new plans for the...

Orders of the Day: Clause 15 — Rates of vehicle excise duty (29 Apr 2008)

Alan Reid: The hon. Member for Dundee, East (Stewart Hosie) is right. The economies in the remote parts of the United Kingdom are suffering greatly and are very fragile. Many of the businesses in those areas—farming, crofting, forestry and so on—need vehicles that can go off road, and often the same vehicle is used for business purposes as for going into the village. Those businesses therefore need...

Points of Order: Child Poverty in Scotland (1 May 2008)

Alan Reid: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow, Central (Mr. Sarwar), and I congratulate him and his Select Committee on producing its excellent and well-researched reports on poverty in Scotland and on child poverty in Scotland. I also welcome the Government's allocation of this afternoon for this debate. The extent of child poverty in Scotland has reduced in recent years—there is...

Points of Order: Child Poverty in Scotland (1 May 2008)

Alan Reid: I am grateful for the right hon. Gentleman's intervention. Yes, we are disappointed and urge the Scottish National party Government to review that part of their policy. To assist the take-up of credits and benefits and help people find work, we would replace Jobcentre Plus with a new first steps agency—a single, one-stop shop for all benefit and tax credit claims. The front-line staff...

Points of Order: Child Poverty in Scotland (1 May 2008)

Alan Reid: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising that important point and I agree with her.

Points of Order: Child Poverty in Scotland (1 May 2008)

Alan Reid: We would utilise the jobcentres and buildings that are already there, but the Government are taking staff away. Almost half the jobcentre staff in my constituency have been lost in recent years, owing to transfers to the call centre at Clydebank. I want to talk about the problems caused by the world energy crisis that people on low incomes face. Paying their fuel bills, both to keep their...

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