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Results 61–80 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

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Some forms of high-volume business mail incur lower costs than for people sending Christmas cards or postcards. Obviously, if a company has high-volume mail from a big organisation coming into its system, that is much easier for it to deliver. In fairness, it should be pointed out that Royal Mail has some advantages. For example, it has a nationwide...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: I agree with the hon. Lady that it is not just TNT and companies like it that would have to pay into the fund, but a wider range of companies. That would be a decision for Ofcom. If Ofcom finds that there is a net burden on Royal Mail, there is a provision in the 2011 Act that allows the Government to direct Ofcom to establish the universal service fund. That would require other operators to...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: I certainly agree with my hon. Friend. The universal service is so important for the country that I hope that any reviews or inquiries will be given a high priority and be conducted as quickly as possible, whether they are being carried out by Ofcom or the Competition and Markets Authority. As I was saying, Royal Mail has pointed out that it has to meet all the targets that are set by Ofcom...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman is perfectly correct. A company that has any ethos at all will want to demonstrate that it is doing a good job. I therefore do not see how rival operators could possibly object to such a proposal. In an e-mail that it sent me, Royal Mail alleged that TNT has dumped and misdelivered mail. We heard interventions from two London Members earlier who said that they had evidence...

Business of the House (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: It has just taken 18 days to repair a mobile phone mast on the island of Islay. That is completely unacceptable, and it is not an isolated incident. Part of the difficulty is that many different telecommunications companies were involved in the repair, and it is difficult to pin down which has responsibility. May we have a statement on how licence conditions might be tightened to make sure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Mobile Coverage (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the Secretary of State on her promotion to the Cabinet. I was pleased when the Government gave £150 million to the mobile infrastructure project, but have been disappointed at the lack of progress in my own constituency so far. Will she please make it one of her early tasks to look at that project and do whatever she can to speed up progress on it, which is vital?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (14 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: When the Minister is taking a decision on the retirement age for defence, police and fire personnel, will she take into account the fact that the strenuous activity demanded by this job is more in line with the other uniformed services than with the majority of civil servants, and that I believe that a retirement age of 60 is appropriate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Passport Office (7 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: It is important that we learn the lessons and improve the operation of the Passport Office, but I want to take this opportunity to put on the record my thanks to the Minister and to the staff of the Passport Office for going the extra mile to ensure that all the constituents who came to me received their passports in time to travel, including arranging for them to be couriered to those who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (3 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: I was pleased when the Government announced the awarding of the contract to look into ways of using satellite to bring superfast broadband to remote areas of Scotland that fibre-optic cables cannot reach. It is very important that that work is done as soon as possible. What time scale does the Minister envisage for bringing superfast broadband to remote areas of the highlands and islands by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Housing Benefit (2 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: I want to thank the Government for recognising the extra costs of living in remote rural areas and giving councils such as Argyll and Bute extra money to give discretionary housing payments to their tenants. I hope the Government will continue to give extra money to such councils in future years.

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Markets (Competition) (19 Jun 2014)

Alan Reid: Many of my constituents live off the gas grid, and there is limited competition for liquefied petroleum gas or heating oil to heat their homes. Many of my constituents depend on one local supplier and have to pay whatever prices that supplier chooses to charge. What can my right hon. Friend do to help my constituents who are in that position?

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (19 Jun 2014)

Alan Reid: People who live in Park homes are often on low incomes. What will the Secretary of State do to improve their access to energy and so help to bring down their bills?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jun 2014)

Alan Reid: Atos is taking even longer to carry out medical assessments of applicants for disability benefits who live in Argyll and Bute than it is taking elsewhere, because it is reluctant to send assessors all the way to my constituency. I am sure that the Prime Minister will agree that that is unacceptable. Will he tell Atos that it must not discriminate against people living in Argyll and Bute in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Currency Union (7 May 2014)

Alan Reid: The success of the Government’s economic policy is proven by the fact that the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in my constituency reduced by 419 in the past year. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the best way to keep this sustained economic growth is to stay within the UK and with the common currency that we have at the moment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Apr 2014)

Alan Reid: Bringing superfast broadband to rural areas is vitally important, and the Government are rightly spending over £1 billion on it, but my constituents are very frustrated that BT cannot tell them when, or even if, their home will be connected, which makes alternative planning impossible. Will the Prime Minister tell BT to produce clear plans for the billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money it...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 Apr 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman refers to the cost of living. Does he not understand that by next year, under his party’s policy, my constituents would have been paying 20p a litre more and those on the islands would have been paying 25p a litre more for their fuel than they are under this Government? That would have been a disaster for the cost of living of my constituents. Will he apologise to them...

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 Apr 2014)

Alan Reid: rose—

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 Apr 2014)

Alan Reid: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way again. What is Labour’s policy on VAT? If Labour is elected, is the plan to keep it at 20p or will his party promise to reduce it?

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 Apr 2014)

Alan Reid: I wish to congratulate my right hon. Friend on including in the Budget a measure that will help voluntary groups that support the rescue boats on Loch Lomond and Loch Awe. Removing the VAT that such groups have to pay on fuel is a big help to them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Crown Estate (19 Mar 2014)

Alan Reid: A social enterprise has bought the Ardroy outdoor education centre in my constituency, but it needs to acquire from the Crown Estate the rights to a sewage pipe over the foreshore. After months of legal correspondence and thousands of pounds of legal bills, the matter is still not sorted out. Will my right hon. Friend meet me to help resolve the problem?

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