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Results 121–140 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

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] — Housing Benefit (12 Nov 2013)

Alan Reid: The extra money that the Government have given to sparsely populated towns for discretionary housing payments has been welcome. It has helped Argyll and Bute and other sparsely populated councils. Can my hon. Friend give me an assurance that it will continue in future years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Energy Prices (6 Nov 2013)

Alan Reid: People who are on SSE’s “Total Heating, Total Control” system have been told by SSE that their system will not work properly if they switch to another supplier, which means that they are totally dependent on SSE and the huge price increases that it places on them. That is an unacceptable abuse of a monopoly, so will my right hon. Friend investigate it?

Business of the House: Clause 1 — Preparatory expenditure (31 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: Of course I agree that it is important that the high-speed rail link is extended north to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The hon. Gentleman said that he was speaking to the amendment on behalf of his party. Let me draw his attention to the Scottish Government’s evidence to the Public Bill Committee. Question 174 was answered by a representative from Transport Scotland as follows: “The view of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (Scotland) (31 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: What recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on broadband coverage in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband (Scotland) (31 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: I thank the Minister for that answer, but approximately 17% of the homes in Argyll and Bute will not receive next generation broadband from the BT contract to lay fibre-optic cables. More innovative solutions are needed to deliver next generation broadband throughout the highlands and islands. Will my hon. Friend work with the Scottish Government to come up with innovative solutions, so that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Post Office (30 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: What recent discussions he has held with his ministerial colleagues on the use of the Post Office as a front office for Government services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Post Office (30 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: The Minister is correct: the Post Office already delivers a lot of Government services. It has the technology to enable it to back up the Government’s digital agenda and to be the front office for the Government. For example, people without internet access could make universal credit applications through it. Post offices are at the heart of our communities, and I urge the Minister to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: Rural post offices are vital, but they need more government work to survive. They must continue to pay pensions and benefits and are ideally placed to handle universal credit applications, provide banking and identity check facilities and act as a front office for government. Will the Prime Minister encourage all his Ministers to give more government work to post offices?

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Coastguard (Maritime Incident Response Group) (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: I was pleased that the Minister announced the 59 extra staff. Does he have the figures to show how staffing at Belfast and Stornoway compares with what their establishment should be? If he does not have those figures, will he write to me?

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Coastguard (Maritime Incident Response Group) (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman is highlighting these concerns. He speaks as the Labour party spokesperson, so perhaps he will tell us whether the Labour party would, if it won the next election, propose to have an ETV on the west coast?

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Coastguard (Maritime Incident Response Group) (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I congratulate the Transport Committee on its report and on paying close attention to so important an issue, as well as on securing this debate. I join the Chair of the Select Committee, the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman), in paying tribute to both professional and volunteer coastguards—the professional...

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Coastguard (Maritime Incident Response Group) (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the community does not have confidence in the new system. The seafaring community was very nervous about the closure of the Clyde station, particularly because of the loss of local knowledge. When figures show that Belfast, which has become responsible for most of the Clyde area, was understaffed 71% of the time during the six months following the closure...

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Coastguard (Maritime Incident Response Group) (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: As I have said, prevention is definitely better than cure. It is important to stress that there are two emergency towing vessels in Scottish waters—the same number as there were before—so the Government clearly listened to the concerns that many of us expressed. None the less, the hon. Gentleman makes the important point that one of the vessels should be based in Stornoway to cover the...

[Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Coastguard (Maritime Incident Response Group) (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is not the number of vessels that is the problem but the location. There is no vessel based in Stornoway to cover the west coast, and I hope that the Government will take that on board. I also note that funding for the emergency towing vessels is only guaranteed until the end of the current spending review period in 2015, which is not far off, so I hope...

Energy and Climate Change: Energy Bills (17 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: SSE’s 8.2% average price increase—we should remember that some people have to pay more than that—is unacceptable when the company is boasting on its website about the large dividends it pays out to its shareholders every year. I see competition as the answer. Will my right hon. Friend tell my constituents what concrete steps are being taken to improve competition and when they will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Oct 2013)

Alan Reid: Millions of people have chosen to collect their pensions and benefits at the post office using a Post Office card account. That contract is due to expire in 18 months’ time. It is vital for these people and the future of rural post offices that either the Post Office card account or a similar Post Office product continues after 2015. I hope the Government will ensure that it does.

Business of the House (12 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: Three million people have chosen to collect benefits or pensions at the post office through a Post Office card account, but the contract between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Post Office is due to end in 18 months’ time. It is important for those 3 million people and for rural post offices that either POCA or an alternative Post Office product continues after 2015. Time is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: High Speed 2 (12 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: The KPMG report showed that every region of Britain will benefit from plans for HS2 to go as far as Leeds and Manchester, but Scotland and the north of England would benefit even more if the lines extended to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle. How are the Secretary of State’s discussions with the Scottish Government progressing in that regard?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Rural Economy (11 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: What recent assessment he has made of the performance of the rural economy in Scotland.


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