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Results 161–180 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 — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 May 2013)

Alan Reid: This Government have helped motorists in my constituency by cutting fuel duty by 13p on the mainland and 18p on the island, compared with Labour’s disastrous plans. Now that the European authorities are investigating the oil companies, will the Government ensure that oil companies here obey the rules and end any price fixing that might be going on? It is important that the Government’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Private Sector Job Creation (14 May 2013)

Alan Reid: Small businesses in remote areas such as Argyll and Bute have been greatly helped by the Government’s decision to freeze fuel duty and to introduce the island fuel duty discount. This means that businesses on the islands of Argyll and Bute benefit from fuel duty being 18p a litre less than it would be under Labour’s plans. I very much welcome the Government’s policy, and will the Chief...

Growth and Infrastructure Bill: Railways (25 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: The fourth railway package is the latest effort by the European Commission to reform a European rail sector still dominated by state-owned railway businesses that control both tracks and trains. Most national domestic markets in Europe are largely closed—other than the UK, only Sweden has opened its rail markets. Because the UK already has an open market, it is unlikely that infrastructure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Fares/Ticketing Review (25 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: If I try to book a train ticket from Glasgow to Sheffield, the cheapest standard single is £108. However, booking three tickets—Glasgow to Preston, Preston to Manchester, and Manchester to Sheffield—is half that cost. There is a whole host of similar examples throughout the network, so will the fares and ticketing review put a stop to such nonsense?

Planning Permission (Financial Penalties): Defence Fire and Rescue Service and Ministry of Defence Police Capability Review (24 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I am pleased that the Government have agreed to make this amendment. My constituents who work as police officers and firefighters at Faslane and Coulport will be pleased that the Government have listened to their case and tabled this amendment. The report will look at the impact of the Bill on the health and well-being of defence police and firefighters, and at the ability of those over 60 to...

Scotland Office: Budget 2013 (24 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I congratulate the Government on cancelling Labour’s planned fuel duty increase and introducing an island fuel duty discount in the Budget, which means that fuel duty on the mainland will be 13p a litre cheaper than it would be under Labour and 18p a litre cheaper on the islands. A Labour Government would have destroyed the Argyll and Bute economy. I congratulate the Government on...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Schedule 1 — Persons in public service: definitions (22 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I want to make it clear on the record that I believe the Government when they say that they want to keep the retirement age at 65, instead of increasing it progressively to 68 when the state pension age goes up. The Government have made that offer. My argument was that the retirement age should be 60, because of the decline in their physical ability to perform at peak fitness after that age.

Public Service Pensions Bill: Schedule 1 — Persons in public service: definitions (22 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I agree that the pension rules are immaterial to their ability to carry out the job. That is the point that I am trying to make. The work of the uniformed services is unique because it involves short bursts of high physical effort and mental alertness. That is what makes these jobs different and why I do not believe it makes sense for them to have to carry on beyond 60. There should be a...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Schedule 1 — Persons in public service: definitions (22 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Service Pensions Bill: Schedule 1 — Persons in public service: definitions (22 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: It was a legitimate question from the hon. Member for Stevenage (Stephen McPartland). Labour is seeking to form the next Government. The next election is only two years away. Surely the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Chris Leslie) should answer questions about what his party will do if it is in power?

Public Service Pensions Bill: Schedule 1 — Persons in public service: definitions (22 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I am disappointed that the Government have not accepted Lords amendments 78 and 79. I support the rest of the Bill, which I think contains good proposals for tackling the issue of people living longer, but I think that that one part is an anomaly and an oversight, as Lord Hutton has admitted. It will leave MOD police and fire personnel in an anomalous position as the only uniformed personnel...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: The hon. Gentleman was asked a simple question by the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Mr Donohoe): how many flights will be affected? In the half hour since then, has he managed to find out?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: Let me put it on record that I will not support the new clause because, as I said, the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil) did not make the case for it. There has been no proper impact assessment. There are mechanisms by which the case could be made, but SNP Members have not done so today.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: It is important to set out first of all what the debate is not about. It is not about whether air passenger duty is a sensible tax; it is about whether we should be devolving air passenger duty on long-haul flights to Scotland and Wales. I must admit that I was disappointed by the lack of preparedness of the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil) for the debate, as he was not able...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I am waiting for somebody to advance the case for that. The Scotland Act 2012 contains provisions whereby, if the Scottish Government make the case to the UK Government for any tax to be devolved, that tax can be devolved. I am waiting for the Scottish Government to make the case.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: It is the hon. Gentleman who tabled the new clause and spoke to it today. It is incumbent upon him to make the case. I do not have the benefit of the entire Scottish civil service machine at my beck and call, which the SNP has.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: What we are debating today is a proposal from the SNP and Plaid Cymru to devolve certain aspects of APD relating to long-haul flights from Scotland and Wales. I was expecting an analysis to be presented, but hon. Members could not even tell us the number of flights that would be affected. When the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar moves amendments in future, he should present detailed...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: As the hon. Gentleman perfectly well knows, the SNP policy is clearly for independence, not for devolving particular taxes. He may put forward a good case for not having APD at all, but that is not what we are debating today. There are perfectly good arguments for abolishing APD or for a lesser rate of APD outside London and a higher rate of APD for the likes of Heathrow. The Heathrow tax was...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: Well, that is something the Scottish Government could put forward to the UK Government as an argument for devolving the tax. I will take an intervention from any SNP Member who can—

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Part 2 — Devolution of Wales Long Haul Rates of Duty (18 Apr 2013)

Alan Reid: I gave way to the hon. Gentleman on the assumption that he would answer my question, rather than coming up with another one himself. I think that we have exhausted this debate. In conclusion, the SNP and Plaid Cymru have not made the case today, so I will not be following them into the Lobby.


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