Canlyniadau 141–160 o 6535 ar gyfer speaker:Alistair Carmichael

Business and Trade: Topical Questions (25 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Mr Speaker, I wish you and the rest of the House a happy Burns night for this evening. Is it not a scandal that the only way to get the great chieftain o’ the puddin-race exported to the United States is by sending the vegetarian version? [Hon. Members: “Oh!”] Could not the Secretary of State put that into her 18-point action plan and get on and do something, or does she want to risk...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Groceries Code Adjudicator (25 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of strengthening the enforcement powers of the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Written Answers — Treasury: Pensions: Hong Kong (25 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make representations to (a) HSBC and (b) other UK-based pension providers to accept early withdrawal requests from Hong Kongers on the British National (Overseas) visa scheme who intend to obtain an indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Shared Rural Network Implementation (24 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: My own experience, and I have the scars to prove it, goes all the way back to the mobile infrastructure project. My experience has always been that the mobile operators will only come to the table when they are put under serious pressure. My hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Helen Morgan) pointed out that three of the mobile operators will be wanting extensions to the time they...

Shared Rural Network Implementation (24 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: There’s a problem in this building!

Shared Rural Network Implementation (24 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Dame Maria, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Helen Morgan) on securing this debate. It is hardly a new one, sadly, and of course we have been around this issue many times. I was struck by what my hon. Friend said about the attitude of the industry to rural roaming. The exact same arguments were advanced over...

Extreme Weather Events: Resilience (24 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Even by the standards of what we are accustomed to in the northern isles, the last week has been exceptionally disruptive. I associate myself with the previous expressions of gratitude to the road staff, electricity engineers and others who have gone about their jobs, and to those who are responding even though it is not part of their job. The response of farmers, who just get on with...

Extreme Weather Events: Resilience (24 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: You would not have done that last week!

Human Rights in Hong Kong — [Derek Twigg in the Chair] (23 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: This is possibly the most important part of the many aspects of the destruction of freedom and liberty in Hong Kong: the absence of a free and fair court system. It shows why Jimmy Lai’s case is so important, as the one that we can hear about most easily in this country when there are so many hundreds of others. Does the hon. Gentleman share my frustration that, after all this time, seeing...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (18 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: Is the Minister aware that Zeyno Baran of the Hudson Institute has observed that the British chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir is the “nerve centre” of the international movement? As is so often the case when dealing with terror organisations, the responsibility to protect our own citizens extends to citizens in other countries as well.

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (18 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I place on the record my support, and that of my party, for today’s measure. The right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith) gave a lot of important international context, particularly in relation to recent events in the Red sea and in Yemen. I will spare the House a repetition of what he said. I simply place on the record the fact that I very much endorse...

Business of the House (18 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The House will recall that on 2 January the Prime Minister posted on X: “I said that this government would clear the backlog of asylum decisions by the end of 2023. That’s exactly what we’ve done.” In fact, it was pretty soon apparent that they had done nothing of the sort, with more than 4,500 legacy applications still awaiting a decision. Accordingly, I took the matter to the UK...

Cabinet Office: Personal Smartphones: Government Business (18 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: What recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of personal smartphones for conducting Government business by Ministers and officials.

Cabinet Office: Personal Smartphones: Government Business (18 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I may be part of a very small and shrinking group, but I think it is sensible that Ministers, officials and advisers should be able to share their thinking and thoughts in private on occasion. However, the truth of matter is that the constant drip of stories—whether about Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon or anybody else—and WhatsApp messages not being available to hold people accountable,...

Defined-Benefit Pension Schemes (17 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I agree with most of what the Minister is saying, but there is something more that comes into play here, which is the question of light-touch regulation. Light-touch regulation only works if it is possible to proceed on the basis of good-faith acting by both parties, particularly the companies. Where there is evidence of the lack of good-faith acting, as we have with BP and Shell, is it not...

Defined-Benefit Pension Schemes (17 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I beg to move, That this House has considered the regulation of defined benefit pension schemes. After the heat of the debate on High Speed 2 that has just ended, I hope that we might be able to generate a little more light. The subject of defined-benefit pension schemes and their regulation does not always lead to that sort of excitement, important though it undoubtedly is. I suppose that in...

Defined-Benefit Pension Schemes (17 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: It absolutely does. Representing a constituency that had the Sullom Voe oil terminal managed by BP for many years, I suspect that the reasons why the hon. Gentleman has Shell pensioners in his constituency and I have BP pensioners in mine are very similar.

Defined-Benefit Pension Schemes (17 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: The hon. Gentleman strikes at the reasons why I brought forward this debate. We might benefit from a wider and longer ventilation of the issues at some later stage, but we have 30 minutes today, so let us use it. I had the opportunity to discuss the issues yesterday with the Minister, and he is alive to the concerns. When it comes to regulating pensions, and indeed other similar financial...

Defined-Benefit Pension Schemes (17 Ion 2024)

Alistair Carmichael: I almost entirely agree with my hon. Friend. The way in which the BP pension fund works is that the trustees have virtually no discretion up to 5%, and then from 5% to 9% there is a discretionary level. In the last year, the BP trustees recommended 9% but the company refused to pay it. I can see that there might be good reasons why a company does not want to be tied to that discretionary...


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