House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 15 December 1976

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions

    1 speech

    Before Questions begin, may I without undue optimism remind hon. Members that supplementary questions should, first, be brief and, secondly, seek information rather than impart it?

    • Scotland

    • Springburn Comprehensive Development Plan

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the progress of the Spring-burn Comprehensive Development Plan.

      Civil Servants (Scottish Assembly)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had to date with Civil Service unions in Scotland about the likely status of civil servants consequent upon the establishment of...

      Royal High School, Edinburgh (Conversion)

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the progress of the plans for converting the Royal High School, Edinburgh, for the proposed Scottish Assembly.

      Association of Scottish Chambers of Commerce

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next intends to meet the Association of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

      Fishery Protection

      12 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that the fishery protection vessels at present in use will be entirely satisfactory to give adequate protection in the waters...

      Scottish Trades Union Congress

      10 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet representatives of the STUC.

      Local Government Expenditure

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he will take to persuade local authorities to curtail unnecessary expenditure on administrative and advertising undertakings in the interests...

      Shetland Isles

      9 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next proposes to visit the Shetland Islands.

      Rate Support Grant

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the rate support grant negotiations.

      Moray Firth Area (Transport Developments)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the need for major future developments in transport in the area, following the publication by the Highlands and Islands...

      Colleges of Education

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the future of Scottish colleges of education.

      Murders

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons were murdered in Scotland in each of the last three years; and how many persons were murdered in Scotland in each of the three years...

      Buckhaven and Methil (Employment)

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he intends to take to offset the economic consequences for the Buckhaven and Methil community of the 1,000 impending redundancies at RDL...

      Unemployment

      13 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make an up-to-date statement on the extent of unemployment in Scotland.

      Fishing Industry

      8 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next intends to hold meetings with representatives of the fishing industry.

      Islay

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will pay an official visit to the Isle of Islay.

      Immunisation

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about the drop in the percentage of children now being immunised against disease and illness as a protection for their future.

      Crime Prevention

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his proposals to combat the substantial increase in serious crime in Scotland over the last 10 years.

      Barra (Hospital and Old Folk's Home)

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when funds will be available for the construction of the hospital and old folk's home in the island of Barra.

      Legal Aid

      4 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to review the operation and administration of the legal aid scheme in view of apparent anomalies; and if he will make a statement.

      Rates

      6 speeches

      asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will now seek powers to introduce a ceiling for rate increases.

      Legal Services (Royal Commission)

      6 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate what representations he has made to the Royal Commission on Legal Services in Scotland.

      Intent to Defraud

      8 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate if he is satisfied with current legal practice pertaining to intent to defraud.

      Court Trials (Scotland)

      6 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate what is the average time taken in : (a) the stipendiary courts in Glasgow district, (b) the sheriff courts in Lanarkshire, and (c) the High Court in Glasgow to bring a...

      Football Hooliganism

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate what new instructions he has issued to procurators fiscal regarding prosecutions of football hooligans.

      James Griffiths and Patrick Meehan

      4 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate what steps he now proposes to take to exonerate the name of James Griffiths and to bring a prosecution for the fabrication of the evidence which resulted in the wrongful...

      Crown Prosecutions (Edinburgh)

      6 speeches

      asked the Lord Advocate how many Crown prosecutions he has personally undertaken in the High Court, Edinburgh, during the six months to the end of November 1976.

  • Economic Situation (Government Measures)

    1 speech

    3.30 p.m.

  • Reduction in the Public Sector Borrowing Requirement

    1 speech

    The latest forecast prepared before the measures showed a PSBR of £10½ billion in 1977–78 and £11½ billion in 1978–79. These forecasts embodied unrealisticaly...

  • Expenditure or Taxation

    1 speech

    The fiscal adjustment in both years will come mainly from savings in public expenditure rather than increases in taxation. This is for two reasons. First, although the level of our public...

  • Public Expenditure

    1 speech

    The White Paper which we published in February this year set out our medium-term strategy for public expenditure. In accordance with this strategy, we are holding expenditure in this financial...

  • The Civil Service

    1 speech

    So far as the Civil Service is concerned, we intend, in addition to the economies already announced, to obtain further economies of some £30 million next year and £10 million in...

  • Local Authority Current Expenditure

    1 speech

    Local authority current expenditure is now more strictly influenced by the central Government through the recent reduction of the main rate support grant for England and Wales from 65frac12; per...

  • Capital Expenditure and Construction

    1 speech

    There will be a reduction in housing capital programmes. Without these adjustments there would have been a substantial overspend on housing. The reduction now decided will offset most of the...

  • Community Land Act

    1 speech

    Borrowing approvals will be reduced to achieve a slower build-up of land acquisitions under the Community Land Act, producing savings of £35 million in each year, although the total amount...

  • Food Subsidies

    1 speech

    The planned programme for phasing out the Government's food subsidies will be accelerated and will be completed in 1977–78, saving £160 million in that year and about £60 million...

  • Education

    1 speech

    Besides reductions in school building, to which I have already referred and which will not affect basic needs, the programme for current expenditure on education will be reduced by economies in...

  • Nationalised Industries

    1 speech

    Under the new treatment of the nationalised industries on which we have consulted the Expenditure Committee, we shall in future be including in public expenditure only Government finance for...

  • Regional Employment Premium

    1 speech

    As I told the House in July, the Government want to move progressively towards a more selective approach to assistance for industry. It is doubtful whether the regional employment premium now...

  • The Defence Budget

    1 speech

    In an exercise of this magnitude, spending in support of our external policies must inevitably play its part. Despite the big cuts which we have already made in defence expenditure, we cannot...

  • Overseas Aid

    1 speech

    There will be reductions in the provision for overseas aid which, until now, has been almost entirely protected from expenditure savings. The Government have taken this decision with great...

  • Export Credit

    1 speech

    The refinancing by the Government of fixed-rate credit for exports and shipbuilding imposes a major charge on public expenditure and the PSBR which threatens to exceed previous forecasts. Partly...

  • Measures to Help Employment and Investment

    1 speech

    On the other hand, we have decided to add to expenditure in two areas which we believe should have the highest priority—incentives to promote industrial investment and expansion, and...

  • Indirect Taxation

    1 speech

    To finance this additional expenditure on investment and employment, I must look for some contribution from the specific Revenue duties, which are fixed in money terms and are therefore...

  • Sale of BP Shares

    1 speech

    There is one further step which we propose to take to reduce the public sector borrowing requirement in 1977–78. Two years ago the Government rescued the Burmah Oil Company from severe...

  • Incomes Policy

    1 speech

    A central objective of Government policy is to continue the attack on inflation. To maintain a continued fall in inflation through to 1978 we shall need agreement between the TUC and the...

  • Taxation of Overseas Earnings

    1 speech

    There is one aspect of taxation which I intend to start considering at once. I believe that it is important to find ways of improving the tax treatment of employees who live in this country but...

  • Domestic Monetary Effects

    1 speech

    I have already described the targets which we have set for the PSBR of £8·7 billion for 1977–78 and £8·6 billion for 1978–79, in order to create monetary...

  • Summary

    1 speech

    To sum up, the Government's measures amount to a total fiscal adjustment of £1½ billion in 1977–78 and £2 billion in 1978–79. In addition, the PSBR will benefit from...

  • International Monetary Fund

    1 speech

    Dr. Witteveen, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, has told me that he supports both the economic strategy which I have described—[An HON. MEMBER: "He must be...

  • Sterling Balances

    3 speeches

    As the House knows, the Government have been concerned to remove the pressures exerted on the sterling exchange rate by the overhang of the sterling balances. Considerable work has already been...

  • Economic Prospects

    73 speeches

    The Government are releasing today and placing in the Vote Office the first economic forecast published under the provisions of the Industry Act 1975, and this will give the House a picture of...

  • STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c.

    3 speeches

    In order to save the time of the House, unless there is objection, I shall put the Questions on the two Statutory Instruments together.

  • Orders of the Day — Scotland and Wales Bill

    152 speeches

    Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [13th December], That the Bill be now read a Second time.

  • Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Speed Limits)

    29 speeches

    9.57 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Returning Officers (Scotland) Bill

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — MR. B. T. Allen (House Purchase)

    4 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Stoddart.]

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