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Results 41–60 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: Devolution and the Union (20 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: The vow that was made in the run-up to the referendum—just before polling day—was that the Barnett formula would continue. I think any reasonable person would interpret that as meaning it would continue as it is. I note that the hon. Gentleman’s party leader made that promise in the run-up to the referendum. I assume that his party leader went through the policy-making procedures of his...

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

Alan Reid: The coalition agreement has been adhered to. At my party’s conference in October—it is usually in September, but the SNP chose a date that falls during our conference for the referendum—we passed a motion that the Barnett formula would be continued. The hon. Gentleman is correct that we had a different policy in the past, but we have a democratic policy-making process in our party, and...

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

Alan Reid: Yes, it is all right. That is a point on which we agree, but it is about the only one. Where I do agree with the movers of the motion is that the West Lothian question must be addressed. There is clearly an unfairness that I, as a Scottish MP, can vote on health, education and other matters as they affect England, but not in my own constituency. Clearly, that must be addressed. The only way...

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

Alan Reid: Let me just finish this point. Any solution that involves removing the ability of MPs outside England to vote on English matters will inevitably lead to a situation in some future Parliament in which a Government would not be able to get its English business through the House. We have all seen what happens when there is gridlock in the US, and I hope that we would not want such a situation to...

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

Alan Reid: I certainly agree that a constitutional convention is a good idea, but it must not hold up the present process of devolving further powers to the Scottish Parliament. The present Smith commission process must go forward, but a constitutional convention to look at the whole UK is certainly a good idea.

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

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. Legislation does not of itself lead to more spending. We allocate spending when we pass the estimates every year. Although legislation may mean that carrying out certain functions costs more money, the decisions on spending are made only when we pass the estimates. Certainly when we pass the estimates for the English health service, there is a...

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

Alan Reid: The hon. Lady must be brief because I am running out of time.

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

Alan Reid: Clearly, there is an issue that affects Northern Ireland. It is responsible for a great deal of spending, but has no tax-raising powers by itself. I am not in favour of devolving welfare to Scotland, but it is already devolved to Northern Ireland. Perhaps the Northern Ireland experience is an indication of why it is not a good idea to devolve welfare. Where I part company from the movers of...

Business of the House (20 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: The Post Office card account contract between the Department for Work and Pensions and Post Office expires at the end of next March. It was used to pay out pensions and benefits. I hope the card account will be replaced by a Post Office product that has more facilities, but time is clearly running out. May we have an urgent statement from the DWP regarding its intentions for the contract?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Machrihanish (Spaceport Proposals) (20 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on proposals for Machrihanish to become the site of the UK's first spaceport.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Machrihanish (Spaceport Proposals) (20 Nov 2014)

Alan Reid: I thank the Minister for his answer. When the Government take the decision on the location of Britain’s first spaceport, will they take into account the fact that Machrihanish, with its 3 km runway, all the facilities of the former RAF base and a location that is far from densely populated areas, satisfies the criteria perfectly and is clearly the obvious choice for Britain’s first spaceport?

Isil: Topical Questions (28 Oct 2014)

Alan Reid: My constituent Bill Irving and six other British citizens are still in India, a year after being taken off their ship. Although they are now out on bail, Billy is effectively trapped in a hotel room and is in financial difficulties because he cannot work. What help can my right hon. Friend give Billy and the other British citizens to speed up the legal process and assist with the hotel bills?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Referendum Outcome (Government Policy) (15 Oct 2014)

Alan Reid: When the Secretary of State goes to the population summit in Dunoon, will he remind the Scottish Government that devolution should be not just from Westminster to Holyrood, but from Holyrood to local communities in Scotland? Will he tell the SNP Government that they should reverse policies such as centralising the police and fire services and closing local courts, which are taking people and...

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Alan Reid: I am very pleased that on a huge turnout the Scottish people voted by a decisive majority in favour of remaining within the United Kingdom. When we set out on this process, the aim had been to have a referendum that was fair, legal and decisive, and that objective was clearly delivered. Liberal Democrats have long argued for home rule for Scotland and for a very powerful Scottish Parliament...

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point, but that is why I believe that Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom. That gives us security not only in defence terms, but in financial terms. Although the Scottish Parliament should have more tax powers, we still need to be part of the United Kingdom for that security. Later in my speech I will outline which taxes I think are suitable...

Bill Presented: Devolution (Scotland Referendum) (14 Oct 2014)

Alan Reid: I do not think the hon. Gentleman was listening to my reply to the hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) when I said that devolving all tax-raising powers was not the right solution. I will deal with that later when I talk about the taxes that are suitable for devolving and those that are best left at United Kingdom level. Following the decisive vote in the referendum to stay within the...

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman is well aware that the USO can be changed only if there is a vote in both Houses of Parliament, and I cannot believe that any sane political party would vote to reduce the USO.

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Am I right in saying that the procedures of the House are that an affirmative resolution requires a vote of the whole House, not just a vote in Committee?

Backbench Business: Universal Postal Service (17 Jul 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the Backbench Business Committee on giving us time to debate this important issue, and my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Katy Clark), on introducing it in a very measured and sensible way. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen), although I must correct him on one point. Before Postcomm introduced licence...


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