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Results 141–160 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

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

Alan Reid: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. Many of my constituents are expressing concern that a privatised Royal Mail will try to wriggle out of its universal service obligation to deliver mail to every house and collect from every postbox in the country every day at a fair, affordable price. Will the Secretary of State assure my constituents that the Government will never abandon the...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] — Living Standards: Energy Prices and Profits (4 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman is right that the Opposition should put forward ideas. One of their ideas in the motion was to reintroduce the pool, which Labour abolished in government. What is different about the arrangements Labour proposes from the ones they abolished 12 years ago?

Backbench Business — Private Members’ Bills: Cycling (2 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridge (Dr Huppert) on introducing the debate, and all members of the all-party cycling group on their excellent report, “Get Britain Cycling”. I support the report’s recommendations, in particular for an annual cycling action plan and for sustained funding for cycling. Liberal Democrats have long recognised the positive benefits of...

Backbench Business — Private Members’ Bills: Postal Services (Rural Areas) (2 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: I am pleased that the Labour spokesperson is speaking up for rural post offices, because thousands of post offices were closed under the last Government. We are not going to take lectures from Labour on saving rural sub-post offices, given the thousands that they closed.

Backbench Business — Private Members’ Bills: Postal Services (Rural Areas) (2 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman is right to criticise the private energy companies, but Royal Mail has been guilty of excessive price increases. Royal Mail, which is under public control, put the price of a stamp up from 36p to 50p last year. Both public and private organisations are equally guilty.

Backbench Business — Private Members’ Bills: Postal Services (Rural Areas) (2 Sep 2013)

Alan Reid: I agree with my hon. Friend on the importance of local post offices. Does he agree that the Department for Work and Pensions has an important role to play by giving business to the Post Office? It is essential that the Post Office card account contract continues and that post offices are used as places where people who do not have access to the internet can apply for universal credit. Does he...

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

Alan Reid: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

Alan Reid: Labour Members have stated a few times that Labour might go down to three boats, so what would the hon. Gentleman say to workers about the jobs that would be lost as a result?

Business of the House: Trident Alternatives Review (17 Jul 2013)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman said that the Labour party may reduce the number of successor submarines from four to three. What would be the implication of that for Barrow?

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Investing in Britain’s Future (27 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: I am delighted by the broadband announcement, but Scottish Government money is also required. In the current round, the Scottish National party Government reduced this Government’s target of 90% to only 75% in Argyll and Bute. Can the Chief Secretary please persuade the Scottish Government to put in their fair share of money so that the new targets can be met in Argyll and Bute?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: I am pleased that in recent years the volume of freight being carried on our railways has increased, and it is important that that welcome trend continues. What plans do the Government have to encourage as much freight as possible to transfer from road to rail?

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill (26 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: I very much welcome the Bill. It is an important stage in implementing a promise from the Liberal Democrat manifesto. The Bill gives the Secretary of State the power, subject to the approval of the Treasury, to incur expenditure in preparation for the high-speed rail network. The language used in the Bill is open-ended because it states that this expenditure must include at least rail lines...

High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill (26 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: I have seen some of that analysis, but I disagree with it. All the past experience is that by connecting cities, we bring jobs and growth to both ends of the network. Our Victorian predecessors had great vision. No doubt there were people in those days who said, “This will all be a waste of money. Rail will never take off”, but experience shows that when we connect up people and cities,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Economic Performance (26 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: Superfast broadband is very important for the economy of rural areas. The Government’s target is 90% coverage by 2015, but in the highlands and islands, Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s target is only 75% coverage in each local authority area by December 2016. Will my right hon. Friend meet me to discuss how we can get this target up to something comparable to the rest of the country?

East Coast Main Line Franchise (20 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: Will the hon. Lady give way?

East Coast Main Line Franchise (20 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: But the crux of the matter is this: is it Labour party policy that this service should remain in public ownership for ever or simply for a temporary period that happens to be longer than the one the Government have set out?

East Coast Main Line Franchise (20 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: The east coast main line is vital in providing connections between Scotland, north-east England, Yorkshire, eastern England and London. Liberal Democrats in government are delivering a massive investment in rail infrastructure and are determined to put passengers at the heart of the railway system. That is why, as part of this coalition Government, we are investing £240 million in the east...

East Coast Main Line Franchise (20 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: The Government are providing the money for the new rolling stock. Yes, it is perfectly possible that if the railway was to continue under the directly operated company that new rolling stock could still be provided. Before the hon. Member for Edinburgh East (Sheila Gilmore) interrupted me, I said the word “but”, and I want to draw the House’s attention to one of the conclusions of the...

East Coast Main Line Franchise (20 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: I have been listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman’s speech, but I am still not sure whether he is arguing for the east coast main line to be operated by a publicly owned company permanently or just for a temporary period that happens to be longer than the Government propose?

East Coast Main Line Franchise (20 Jun 2013)

Alan Reid: I have been listening carefully to the hon. Lady’s argument, but I am afraid that I have lost the thread a bit. Will she clarify whether she is opposed to the refranchising of the east coast main line in principle, or does she simply want it to be held back for a certain length of time so that other franchises can be retendered, which is what she seems to be arguing for?


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