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Results 1–20 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

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (4 Jul 2001)

Alan Reid: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Guildford (Sue Doughty), the hon. Members for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) and for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois), and my near neighbour, the hon. Member for Greenock and Inverclyde (David Cairns), on their excellent speeches. I will do my best to live up to the high...

Sub-Post Offices (7 Nov 2001)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) on securing the debate. Post offices, as previous speakers have said, are an integral part of our rural communities. I echo the comment made by the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Hywel Williams) about how long it takes for a letter posted in a remote rural village to get to a house in the same village. It may take...

Scotland Act (27 Nov 2001)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow, Anniesland (John Robertson) on securing the debate on this important subject. He did not refer to alternative systems of proportional representation. He referred to the alternative vote system, but that is not a proportional system. Electing a man and a woman in the same constituency using an alternative vote would mean that the same party would...

Scotland Act (27 Nov 2001)

Alan Reid: Even in Glasgow, the Labour party does not get 100 per cent. of the votes. At the last council election, the Labour party secured fewer than half the votes, but because of the unproportional electoral system, it was elected with a large majority—[Interruption.] I do not carry the figures around in my head. If we had a PR system and the single transferable vote, every Member of the Scottish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Dec 2001)

Alan Reid: Will the Minister please explain why the Government's interpretation of the Barnett formula is such that when a ferry service is running from Scotland to outwith Scotland from the constituency of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK Government will pay for it, but when such a service runs from a deprived area such as Campbeltown, they pass the buck and the bill to the Scottish Executive?

Points of Order (5 Dec 2001)

Alan Reid: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. When answering my question yesterday about the Campbeltown to Ballycastle ferry, the Minister of State, Scotland Office said that he understood that, in relation to funding for the ferry, the Liberal Democrat Ministers in the Scottish Executive were "rather mean about the matter".—[ Official Report, 4 December 2001; Vol. 376, c. 150.] I have a letter...

Rural and Island Transport (8 Jan 2002)

Alan Reid: I begin by joining other hon. Members in expressing my condolences to the Chancellor and Mrs. Brown on the tragic loss of their baby daughter. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Andrew George) on securing this important debate. In rural and island areas, transport is vital; it impinges on all services. I should like to refer to the efforts to re-establish the ferry...

Rural and Island Transport (8 Jan 2002)

Alan Reid: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that, although the price difference between the islands and the mainland is more than 20p a litre, there is also a difference of a good few pence a litre between normal mainland prices and those in remote areas. Although my suggestion would be of more importance to the islands, it should also be applied to parts of the mainland. Another reason for the high cost...

Meat Imports (27 Feb 2002)

Alan Reid: We are all fully aware of the devastation that would be caused to our rural economy should foot and mouth disease enter the country once more. All the suggestions that I was going to make in my speech have already been made during the debate, so I will confine myself to emphasising to the Minister the importance of that issue. A tremendous amount of money was spent stopping the spread of foot...

Nuclear Power (5 Mar 2002)

Alan Reid: Before she turns to Wales, will the right hon. Lady answer a simple question? If a planning application for a nuclear power station in Scotland were submitted, who would have the final say over whether it should be built—a Scottish Minister or a UK Minister?

Nuclear Power (5 Mar 2002)

Alan Reid: If an application to build a nuclear power station in Scotland was turned down by the Scottish Executive, but the Government promoted legislation in this House to overturn that decision and grant planning permission, would the hon. Gentleman support that legislation?

Nuclear Power (5 Mar 2002)

Alan Reid: Will the Minister tell us who has the final say on whether a nuclear power station can be granted to Scotland? Is it a Scottish Minister, is it a United Kingdom Minister, or does the Minister not know?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Schedule 37 — Aggregates levy amendments (4 Jul 2002)

Alan Reid: I, too, support the amendment tabled by the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond). Climate change is leading to higher sea levels and increasingly violent storms, which means that coastal communities are under even greater pressure. Coastal communities on the Atlantic islands suffer from extremely violent storms and are under great threat from coastal erosion. The aggregates tax...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Schedule 37 — Aggregates levy amendments (4 Jul 2002)

Alan Reid: That is a valid point. An alternative may exist several hundred miles away, but in environmental and financial terms a long road and sea journey would be more expensive than paying the tax. The alternatives simply do not exist on the islands. The purpose of the tax was supposed to be environmental, but I cannot see the environmental benefit in charging people more money to avoid having their...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Schedule 37 — Aggregates levy amendments (4 Jul 2002)

Alan Reid: Will the Minister explain where on a small island one can find those materials in sufficient quantities to substitute them for the aggregates that are being taxed?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]: Schedule 37 — Aggregates levy amendments (4 Jul 2002)

Alan Reid: The Minister referred to a distortion of competition, but we are talking about small islands. Does he seriously think that there will be two competing quarries on one small island?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (9 Jul 2002)

Alan Reid: What recent discussions she has had with Postcomm regarding deregulation of postal services in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Postal Services (9 Jul 2002)

Alan Reid: Quilters on the island of Islay found last month that their prices had been almost tripled by Parcelforce. Before that Parcelforce had an arrangement with the mail order company that the quilters deal with to the effect that Parcelforce delivered to any part of the country at a uniform rate. Parcelforce has withdrawn from that arrangement and is now charging almost double for deliveries to...

Indonesia (Detention of DR Lesley Mcculloch) (24 Oct 2002)

Alan Reid: I wish to start by thanking Mr. Speaker for selecting the important issue of the detention of Lesley McCulloch in Indonesia as the subject for this Adjournment debate. Lesley's parents are also grateful to Mr. Speaker and are present in the Public Gallery tonight. I would also like to thank the Minister for responding to the debate tonight and for agreeing to meet Lesley's parents later....

Indonesia (Detention of DR Lesley Mcculloch) (24 Oct 2002)

Alan Reid: Will the Minister give way?


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