Canlyniadau 41–60 o 6544 ar gyfer speaker:Alistair Carmichael

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: If my new clause had been selected for debate, I would probably not seek to press it. I am not in a position to do anything more, but I thank the Minister for his assurances on independence.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I thank the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows) for organising the briefing for us today. I attended it; I think there was only one sub-postmaster and one solicitor present at the time, but it was useful to hear from them. I pay tribute, as I have done before, to her for the work that she has done. I suppose it is a consequence of the motion before the House that we have...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Will the hon. and learned Lady let me explain why I take that view? On 16 January, the Lord Advocate made the following observations, and I think that she is quite right: “The vast majority of the cases that may be affected by the issue were cases in which the accused pled guilty to the offence. Often, those pleas were tendered under legal representation. Although it is impossible to...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. and learned Lady has said herself that this is a matter of opinion. I put great confidence in the opinion of Professor Chalmers, but I come to a different conclusion, because the route to conviction lay through civil servants employed by the Scottish Government—[Interruption.] As the hon. and learned Lady reminds us, almost three decades ago, I was one of them, so I understand...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I am intrigued to know what that final question about shutting down the Scottish Parliament is about, but it is open to the Scottish Parliament to deal with such matters through an emergency procedure. That would be sensible, and it would bring sub-postmasters across the whole United Kingdom to exactly the same place at the end of the day. That can be done in a matter of days, as I am sure...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Lady knows that I agree with her a lot more than either of us would ever admit, but on this matter, there is clearly a difference of opinion. The decision on whether the route to exoneration should be through the Scottish Parliament or through this place is a political choice.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I say gently to the hon. and learned Lady that the Scottish judiciary would never comment publicly because, in my experience, they have ways of making their views known. But she is right to point out that on this occasion, the Opposition spokesperson confused the office of the Lord Advocate with the judiciary. I would say to the hon. and learned Lady, however, that that in itself demonstrates...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I have worked with the hon. Lady in her role as chair of the APPG, and I commend her for her work over many years. The point about the Lord Advocate is surely that the route to justice must go through the Scottish Parliament, because the route to prosecution went through the Scottish Parliament. That is where the route of accountability lies. [Interruption.] There was some talk about...

Assisted Dying — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (29 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Is not the truth of the matter that the debate will continue whether we have it here or not? My colleague Liam McArthur has a Bill going through the Scottish Parliament at the moment. Similar legislation is being considered in the Isle of Man and in the Channel Islands. This issue will have to be addressed. Either we do that in our own time, with our own measured, reasoned debate, or we risk...

Global Ocean Treaty — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (25 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Ms Vaz. I congratulate the hon. Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) most warmly on securing time for the debate. I hesitate to predict anything in politics these days, but I have more than a strong suspicion that this may be one of those occasions when we are all in violent agreement with each other. In order that everybody may have the...

Space Industry (24 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point. Inevitably in a competitive process, that kind of rivalry can emerge, but the real rivalry is between the UK space industry and the space industry elsewhere in Europe and the world. There must surely be a role for horizontal launch in Cornwall and for vertical launch in Shetland, and also at the Sutherland space site.

Space Industry (24 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Mrs Murray. I pay warm tribute to the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Mark Garnier) for securing this debate and for the work he does in the sector. We have spoken about the strategic significance of the space industry for the United Kingdom as a whole. Everything he said in that respect was absolutely correct, but the words in his...

Space Industry (24 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I am delighted that my hon. Friend understands that it was a privilege to visit Shetland. She is absolutely right about that. What I am coming on to say fits well with that, because there are lessons for Shetland to learn from its engagement with the space industry and from how we have successfully engaged with the North sea oil and gas industry for the past 40-odd years. The history of Saxa...

Universal Credit: Farmers (24 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I am sure we can all play a role in ensuring that this transitional relief and the importance of returning the form are understood—doubtless, the NFU and others will do that, too. The difficulty I have, however, is that even at the end of that transitional period, I do not see what in the farming business model will have changed. There will still be self-employed people with income coming...

Universal Credit: Farmers (24 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: On a point of order, Mrs Murray. It was remiss of me while intervening in the debate not to remind the House of my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I hope you will allow me to do so now for the record.

Universal Credit: Farmers (24 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Like my hon. Friend, I have had correspondence with the Government on this issue. The sheep farmer example is a very good one. That sheep farmer will have income, possibly in the autumn from the sale of the sheep, possibly from a basic payment, and possibly from something like the less favoured area support scheme. There might be a small wool cheque at some time in the late summer or early...

Partner and Spousal Visas: Minimum Income — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (23 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Lady is making a very important point. Whether or not there is the case for a spousal visa—income connection—in principle is one matter, but does she not highlight the difficulty that we now have? This area of policy has become so complex, and there are so many exceptions and different rules applying to different people, that if we are going to have a scheme of this sort we need...

Partner and Spousal Visas: Minimum Income — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (23 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Lady is making a very important point. Whether or not there is the case for a spousal visa—income connection—in principle is one matter, but does she not highlight the difficulty that we now have? This area of policy has become so complex, and there are so many exceptions and different rules applying to different people, that if we are going to have a scheme of this sort we need...

Partner and Spousal Visas: Minimum Income — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (23 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Member makes a compelling case. On the question of regional and local variations, in my community, we expect young people to go away for further and higher education due to the limited provision within the community. I encourage that, because I always say to young people, “Orkney and Shetland will still be here when you are ready to come back.” They go away, they meet people from...

Partner and Spousal Visas: Minimum Income — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (23 Ebr 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Member makes a compelling case. On the question of regional and local variations, in my community, we expect young people to go away for further and higher education due to the limited provision within the community. I encourage that, because I always say to young people, “Orkney and Shetland will still be here when you are ready to come back.” They go away, they meet people from...


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