Results 121–140 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

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Maritime and Coastguard Agency (Industrial Relations) (21 May 2008)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael) on securing the debate and on clearly setting out the issues and the solutions required. My constituency has the privilege of having the longest coastline in the country, so I am obviously concerned about the implications of the present dispute. People who earn their livelihood at sea—fishermen, those who...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Maritime and Coastguard Agency (Industrial Relations) (21 May 2008)

Alan Reid: My point is that the work force is not militant and that industrial action was only taken as a last resort, after years of negotiations. Starting salaries for coastguards are extremely low. The basic grade in the operations room is a coastguard watch assistant. That role requires a year of training and assessments and examinations must be passed; however, on entry, coastguard watch assistants...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Postal Services (22 May 2008)

Alan Reid: Will the Secretary of State assure the House that the universal service obligation will not be watered down in any way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: National Identity Register (4 Jun 2008)

Alan Reid: The Scottish Parliament has quite rightly decided that it wants nothing to do with the scheme, yet Scottish residents will still have to pay for identity cards and for the running of the national identity register through their taxes. Will the Government not accept that this is just an expensive waste of money that would be better spent on employing more police?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Fuel Prices (5 Jun 2008)

Alan Reid: The recent rises in fuel prices have caused an economic crisis on our islands and remote parts of the mainland, particularly the Kintyre peninsula. I thank the Exchequer Secretary for our constructive meeting yesterday. However, will the Government examine the evidence presented and consider the problems that the high price of fuel is causing remote rural communities? Will they look at the...

Business of the House (5 Jun 2008)

Alan Reid: May we have an urgent debate next week on the tender for the successor to the Post Office card account? There is a risk that the Department for Work and Pensions will take that contract away from the Post Office, but that would mean the closure of thousands of post offices, and pensioners on several islands in my constituency would have nowhere to collect their pension. The contract must stay...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2008)

Alan Reid: The EU's proposals for recording individual sheep movements are completely impractical on hill farms. Recording each individual sheep movement is not necessary for disease control or food safety purposes, and recording batch movement would provide equally good results. Will the Government assure the House that they will do all they can to get the EU proposals amended so that they will be...

Business of the House (12 Jun 2008)

Alan Reid: May we have an urgent debate on the proposals of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to slash the number of tax offices, and close all three in my constituency? The proposals would mean that my constituents would have to travel long distances for a face-to-face meeting with a tax inspector—over 100 miles in some cases. They also mean the loss of an awful lot of experienced tax inspectors....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Real IRA/Continuity IRA (25 Jun 2008)

Alan Reid: I join the House in sending sympathy to the family of Emmett Shiels, the victim of this horrific murder. In its recent reports, the Independent Monitoring Commission has stressed that transition cannot continue indefinitely and that paramilitary organisations cannot continue to expect the comfort of the decommissioning legislation. How close do the Government think we are to achieving...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Parading (Northern Ireland) (1 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mrs. Humble. I congratulate the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) on securing the debate. At the start of his remarks, he reminded us that it is the anniversary of the beginning of the battle of the Somme, and it is important to remember the sacrifice made by the whole community in Northern Ireland at the Somme and...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Parading (Northern Ireland) (1 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: No, I do not agree. I think that the situation has improved, particularly in the past two years. There have been tremendous strides forward, and the Parades Commission has played a part in that. It is by no means perfect, and changes must be made, but we must recognise that the situation has improved since its establishment. The commission has powers to facilitate mediation between parties to...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 3 — Vehicle excise duty: variation of graduated rates for light passenger vehicles (2 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: I apologise to hon. Members for rushing off after my brief speech, but I have an Adjournment debate in Westminster Hall at 4.45 pm. I want to concentrate on amendment No. 9, which would allow a lower rate of vehicle excise duty for vehicles that are used primarily for business purposes off-road. Although I fully support giving people incentives to buy less powerful cars through higher rates...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 3 — Vehicle excise duty: variation of graduated rates for light passenger vehicles (2 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman is talking about stability, so could he say by how much the regulator would bring the price of oil down under new clause 8, if it increased by 5p?

HMRC Offices (Scotland) (2 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Bercow. I do not know whether you recall the last time I served under your chairmanship in an Adjournment debate, but it was about VAT on the Isle of Mull. I am pleased to say that the then Paymaster General, the right hon. Member for Bristol, South (Dawn Primarolo), and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs were very helpful after the...

HMRC Offices (Scotland) (2 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: I am encouraged by what the Minister said about opportunities for the staff, but will she give some indication of what those options might be? If the office is being moved to somewhere too far away, I understand that the only option will be redundancy. I was pleased that the Minister said that there might be other options. Will she expand on them, and give us an idea of what they are?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Fuel Prices (9 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effect of recent rises in the price of fuel on the economy of the highlands and islands.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Fuel Prices (9 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: I am a bit worried about the complacency behind that answer, because the recent fuel price rises are causing a real economic crisis on the islands and in the remote parts of the mainland, particularly on the Kintyre peninsula. The situation may not have worked its way through to the unemployment figures yet, but unless the Government take urgent action, it soon will. Owing to the long...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: Millions of pensioners have chosen to collect their pensions through the card account at their post office. The contract for the card account must stay with the Post Office after 2010 and should not be given to PayPoint or the banks. When Ministers are asked about the matter, they keep waffling on about commercial issues and legalities. Will the Government please understand that the only...

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Fishing Industry (9 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Sir Alan Beith) on securing this debate at a critical time for the fishing industry, which seems to be going from one crisis to another. The current one is not of its own making, but a result of the rapid increase in fuel prices, which is having a serious impact on fishing and many rural industries. Fuel represents an...

[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Fishing Industry (9 Jul 2008)

Alan Reid: I suspect that you would quickly rule me out of order, Mr. Weir, if we went on to debate the price of fuel on land. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is perfectly aware that the amendment tabled last week by his colleague the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Stewart Hosie) would not have helped the fishing industry, because it does not pay fuel duty. However, he tempts me to enter a different...


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