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Results 81–100 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

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) (27 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman will recall that it was a former shadow spokesperson from his party who used the word “shirker.”

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) (27 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the War on Welfare campaign on its petition and on securing this debate. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) on introducing it today. Although I have not supported every detail of the Government’s welfare reform, I certainly support the overall thrust of what they are doing. Under Labour, the welfare budget had spiralled out of...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) (27 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Lady’s question is based on the wrong premise. I actually voted against the bedroom tax. As I said in my introduction, I did not support every detail of the Government’s proposals. It is interesting to note all the opposition from Labour Members to everything the Government are doing. I look forward to hearing what the Opposition spokesperson says about this later, because I...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) (27 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: I did not catch the year that the hon. Lady mentioned. The WCA was introduced by the Labour Government, and this Government have improved on it. Following Professor Harrington’s reviews, the Government gave Department for Work and Pensions decision makers more flexibility to request additional evidence, such as a letter from an applicant’s consultant. The fourth independent review was...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Welfare Reform (Sick and Disabled People) (27 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman should remember that Atos was appointed by the Labour Government. It was an appalling decision by the previous Labour Government, and this Government inherited the contract. I support most of the Government’s welfare reforms. They are fine in theory, but in practice, there is a huge number of problems. Atos has failed completely. The Government must get the mess sorted...

National Insurance (Renaming): Pensions and Benefits Uprating (25 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman referred to enormous social progress, but why did the last Labour Government not increase pensions in line with earnings, as will now happen over the long term thanks to the triple lock?

National Insurance (Renaming): Pensions and Benefits Uprating (25 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: The defect of the pension credit arrangements, when compared with the new pension arrangements that my hon. Friend the Minister has introduced, was that people had to apply for pension credit, and a lot of people were unaware that they had to do that, whereas under the new pension arrangements everyone will get the single-tier pension.

National Insurance (Renaming): Pensions and Benefits Uprating (25 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: Does the hon. Lady accept that, with the triple lock, pensioners will benefit from an economic recovery by their pension going up in line with earnings, whereas when the economy was doing well in the early years of the Labour Government, pensioners did not share in the increased benefits, because their pension only went up in line with inflation and not in line with earnings?

National Insurance (Renaming): Pensions and Benefits Uprating (25 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: The right hon. Gentleman will accept that the formula introduced by Mrs Thatcher was continued throughout the whole term of the previous Labour Government. As the economy is recovering, thanks to the coalition’s successful economic policies, will he not accept that linking pensions to earnings will mean higher pensions for people in the long run?

National Insurance (Renaming): Pensions and Benefits Uprating (25 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: Had the right hon. Gentleman’s party been in power, would the pension increases over the past three years been at CPI or RPI?

National Insurance (Renaming): Pensions and Benefits Uprating (25 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: If the right hon. Gentleman hopes to be in power some time in the future, will he tell us the formula that he would use for the long term?

Fuel Poverty (11 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the success of his campaign. I am sure that he was as disappointed as me by the Office of Fair Trading investigation into the heating oil market, which concluded that it was working fine, when it is quite clear that in rural constituencies such as mine people are subject to monopolies because they do not have a choice of suppliers. Does he agree that the OFT...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Tourism (VAT) (11 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the hon. Member for South Down (Ms Ritchie) on securing the debate. I am fortunate to represent the beautiful constituency of Argyll and Bute. The scenery is beautiful, but the economy is fragile. “You can’t eat the scenery”, as the old saying goes, but we can sell the scenery to visitors, and that is where tourism plays such a vital role. Tourism provides jobs in remote...

Business of the House (6 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: Unite’s members at the Faslane naval base in my constituency have voted for strike action over the Babcock offer of a 1% pay increase. According to Unite, Babcock claims that the Ministry of Defence says that it must stick to public sector pay restrictions, but that does not seem to apply at other dockyards. May we have a statement on that from the Defence Secretary?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Housing Benefit (5 Feb 2014)

Alan Reid: I am pleased that the Government listened when I pointed out the problems that withdrawal of the spare room subsidy, also known as the bedroom tax, would cause for tenants on islands and in remote parts of the mainland. I am delighted that the Government have given more than £400,000 to Argyll and Bute council to help affected tenants, and I hope that that generous allocation will continue...

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Clause 26 — Meaning of “controlled expenditure” (22 Jan 2014)

Alan Reid: I am concerned that the amendment would exempt bill boards and advertising hoardings and allow a vast amount of money to be spent on them throughout our constituencies, without coming under the constituency limit.

Scotch Whisky Excise Duty (8 Jan 2014)

Alan Reid: I want to put it on the record that Islay, not Moray, is the heartland of the Scotch whisky industry. We can all trade figures, but the point is that under the current duty escalator policy, the duty on spirits will rise in the next few years at a much greater rate than that on beers and will make the already unfair situation even more unfair.

Scotch Whisky Excise Duty (8 Jan 2014)

Alan Reid: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way and also for what he said earlier about the importance of the whisky industry for jobs in remote communities, such as the Isle of Jura and other places in my constituency. It is very unfair that whisky is taxed far more highly than beers and wines. We must be about the only country in the world that taxes our own product more highly than...


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