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Results 21–40 of 1100 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 — House of Commons Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses (22 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the Government on delivering this significant package of powers ahead of schedule, which will bring about a powerful Scottish Parliament. Will the Minister confirm that the Government have completely rejected the submission that the SNP made to the Smith commission to replace the Barnett formula with disappearing oil revenues? It was revealed at a Scottish Affairs Committee...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: The Department for Transport is consulting on removing the MOT exemption for HGVs based on Bute, Islay, Mull and Tiree, but the exemption is there for a very good reason: there are simply not enough HGVs on those islands to justify the cost of an authorised testing facility and the cost of taking an HGV to the mainland is very high. Will Ministers please stop this burden on island businesses?

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: This has been a very interesting debate. I very much want to see a world free of nuclear weapons and we should put every effort into the nuclear non-proliferation treaty talks to try to achieve that. Nuclear weapons are an appalling invention but the reality is that they have been invented. If Britain were to give up our nuclear deterrent unilaterally, as the movers of the motion propose,...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: No, there is no realistic alternative. The Government were right to have the review, which showed clearly that Trident was the minimal-cost credible nuclear deterrent. We have no idea what nuclear threats might emerge over the next 50 years. A nuclear deterrent is like an insurance policy; the intention is never to use it, so it may appear to some to be a waste of money. But if it succeeds in...

Business of the House (15 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: Following a storm more than a month ago, BT has still not restored a landline service to many of my constituents. Mobile phone services are also affected—for example, it took Vodafone 20 days to repair a fault in December, and a large part of Argyll has been without a Vodafone mobile service since last Thursday. Such delays are unacceptable. May we have an urgent statement from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (14 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: What assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of broadband and mobile phone coverage in rural Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Broadband and Mobile Phone Coverage (14 Jan 2015)

Alan Reid: I very much welcome that investment, but the money to bring superfast broadband to my constituency was handed over to the Scottish Government, who are supposed to be organising the delivery work. However, many of my constituents complain to me that neither the Scottish Government nor BT are able to tell them when, or even if, they will benefit from this project. Will my right hon. Friend...

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Bills (18 Dec 2014)

Alan Reid: What recent steps he has taken to help households with energy bills.

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Bills (18 Dec 2014)

Alan Reid: rose—

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Bills (18 Dec 2014)

Alan Reid: The price of oil has been coming down quite dramatically in recent weeks. This opens up the prospect of lower prices, particularly for people who live off the gas grid. What is he doing to ensure that companies selling to those consumers bring their prices down to help them with their heating bills this winter?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Post Office Card Account (16 Dec 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his announcement. It is good news for all the village post offices in my constituency and the pensioners who use them. It guarantees the long-term future of such post offices, and it is a contrast with the attitude of both the previous Government and the banks that are shutting rural branches. For the long-term survival of such post offices, the Post...

Business of the House: Stamp Duty Land Tax (4 Dec 2014)

Alan Reid: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This is indeed a day on which we are witnessing parliamentary events that are not very common. One possible reason for the Minister’s not being here on time is that he was caught unexpectedly—surprised—by the fact that only one Member of the Opposition asked a question in response to the statement by the Minister for Pensions. It is the first time in all...

Business of the House: Pensions and Benefits Uprating (4 Dec 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement and on the tremendous work he has done over the past four and a half years after inheriting economic disaster from the Labour party. Will he confirm that the rise in the state pension next year will be more than double the rate of inflation as measured at the end of September as normal?

Business of the House (27 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: The new DVLA contract with Specsavers for drivers’ eye tests has meant that constituents in Campbeltown or Islay have to travel 90 miles by road or take a four-hour ferry journey to get their eye tests, which is completely unacceptable. May we have an urgent statement from the Department for Transport to allow my constituents to have an eye test locally, because they certainly do not want...

Women and Equalities: Smith Commission (27 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my right hon. Friend, who is implementing a long-standing Liberal policy and succeeding where Gladstone did not. I am delighted to see that the Crown Estate is to be devolved and that the Smith commission recommends further devolution of its assets to the island authorities. Will he support devolution of the Crown Estate’s assets to other coastal and island communities, such...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Mobile Phone Coverage (Rural Areas) (27 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: It is good that the Government are giving Arqiva £150 million to put up mobile phone masts in not spots, but they are moving extremely slowly, and they cannot tell anybody what their plans are for Argyll and Bute. Will the Minister urge them to get a move on and to be more transparent with their plans?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: Royal Mail’s universal service obligation—that is, to deliver mail to every premises in the country and collect mail from every post box six days a week—is vital. Will the Prime Minister give an assurance that he will never allow the universal service obligation to be watered down in any way, and so support red van man?

Isil: Topical Questions (24 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I was pleased to hear the Minister say that negotiations with defence police and firefighters are still ongoing, but time is running out because the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 comes into effect on 1 April. Will my hon. Friend ensure that these negotiations are concluded to the satisfaction of both sides well before then?

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate those hon. Members who secured this important debate today. Just two months ago, the Scottish people voted decisively in favour of remaining within the United Kingdom. Following that decisive vote, the Government kept their promises and moved quickly to set up the Smith commission to convene cross-party talks and an engagement process across Scotland. The timetable agreed by...

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Lady is perfectly correct. That was a vow that was made by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, and I would expect that vow to be kept.

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