HIAL plans challenged with CAA

Northern Isles representatives Alistair Carmichael MP, Liam McArthur MSP, and Tavish Scott MSP today held talks with the CCA to discuss concerns surrounding plans by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) for the future of air traffic provision in the region.

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Offshore helicopter transport safety improvements essential – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has sponsored a Parliamentary Motion that calls for urgent improvements in safety on North Sea transport helicopters. Since February 2009, there have been six helicopter accidents resulting in the deaths of 33 offshore workers and crew and the rescue of 65 from the North Sea. The Motion also calls for a public enquiry to improve confidence in helicopter safety procedures among those who use them.

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Immigration Minister meeting shows positive next steps – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has attended a meeting with Brendan Lewis, the Immigration Minister, to discuss the issue of visas for fishing crews coming from outside the EU. This followed up on a question Mr. Carmichael asked the Minister earlier in the week. Mr. Carmichael encouraged the Minister to ensure that visas for the fishing industry were issued as skilled workers, rather than transit visas, a change that the industry has sought, for some time.

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Fishing Visas must work for industry says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has challenged the Minister for Immigration Brandon Lewis, to meet with the Scottish Fisheries Industry to discuss ensuring that fishing visas allow fishing boats to fish where the fish are rather than where the visas allow.

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Farming framework must work for all Agricultural Sectors – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today told the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, that any post-Brexit farming deal must work for all of the countries and communities which make up the UK.

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Carmichael calls for Universal Credit pause

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, today challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to think again about the way in which Universal Credit works. The new benefits system that has been gradually rolled out is leaving almost 57% having to borrow money in order to make ends meet according to research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research also showed that one in ten have to wait longer than ten weeks before receiving anything through the system.

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‘Protection for islands’ produce must continue Post-Brexit’ – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has called on the UK Government to prioritise international agreement on protection for geographically special produce after Britain leaves the EU. Mr Carmichael asked the Secretary of State for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, what his department is doing to ensure protection for British food producers is “at least as good” post-Brexit.

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‘Fishing policy post-Brexit must learn the right lessons from Cod Recovery Programme’ – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has called for an assurance from the UK Government that they will engage directly with the fishing industry itself in order to create “credible” policy after Britain has left the EU. Mr Carmichael asked the Government to adopt the “best examples” of fishing management from by the Cod Recovery Programme, following news on Wednesday that the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has accredited North Sea cod as a sustainable species once again.

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‘We need more international cooperation on the environment, not less’ – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, says international cooperation must continue after Britain leaves the European Union. Mr Carmichael made the comments as he signed a ‘Pledge for the Environment’ created by Greener UK, a group of leading environmental charities.

The pledge aims to encourage the Government to keep EU environmental law intact as part of the Great Repeal Bill, and making sure that any changes are subject to proper parliamentary scrutiny.

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Visas for fishing workers “not fit for purpose” – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, says the system for issuing visas for people outside the EU working on British fishing boats is not working and must be re-visited by the Government. Mr Carmichael made the comments after being elected as Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fisheries in Westminster on Wednesday (12 July).

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