Results 61–80 of 7052 for speaker:Lord Darling of Roulanish

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Scotland (17 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of all grants awarded by UK research councils was awarded to universities in Scotland in each year since 2007-08.

Bill Presented: The Economy (11 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: I hope that the hon. Member for Macclesfield (David Rutley) will forgive me if, in the time available to me, I do not follow him down the road of bulldozers or anything else. I should begin by drawing the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am sorry that the Chancellor is not present, partly because he used to kick up a real fuss...

Bill Presented: The Economy (11 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: I will address that point later. It is an important point, and I do not believe we should just sit back and hope that growth returns. The shadow Chancellor and many others both inside and outside the House also do not believe that the Government’s approach is right. We are heavily dependent on money that is coming in from a financial transaction. In addition, the OBR has now found that...

Bill Presented: The Economy (11 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: There is a lot of debate about that issue. I do not have the time to address it in detail, but I have said—including in a programme that will be broadcast tonight—that I think the Bank of England needs to examine its role, because for a long time we have said its job is purely to target inflation, yet central banks across the world are now also targeting growth, and perhaps we...

Written Answers — Defence: Military Bases: Scotland (11 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the future of Dreghorn and Redford Barracks in Edinburgh and on the development at Kirknewton; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (5 Dec 2012)

Alistair Darling: If I understood the Chancellor correctly, the profile of rising growth that he announced today looks remarkably similar to the profile that he announced in 2010, but which singularly failed to materialise. That, of course, is one reason why he has missed his debt target. Will he tell us why we should have any more confidence in the next set of figures, which show recovery, albeit postponed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: West Coast Main Line (29 Oct 2012)

Alistair Darling: Will the Secretary of State tell us whether Mr Laidlaw considered the implications of the decision to make this a 15-year franchise? He will know that when I had his job I reduced the franchises to seven years, because after that time trying to speculate on the state of the economy, and therefore on what fair revenue is, becomes increasingly difficult, if not impossible. The problem is that...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Legionnaires Disease: Edinburgh (6 Sep 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland to publish the results of their investigation into the outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Edinburgh in May 2012.

Written Answers — Defence: Military Bases (3 Sep 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a decision on the future of Dreghorn and Redford barracks; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: LIBOR (FSA Investigation) (2 Jul 2012)

Alistair Darling: The Chancellor referred to my quote in a newspaper yesterday. I should just tell him that I was asked specifically about the investigation of individuals, and I made the point that there are authorities, such as the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Services Authority, who are supposed to be doing that. On the Chancellor’s broader point, let me say that this inquiry will work only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: EU Council (2 Jul 2012)

Alistair Darling: Does the Prime Minister agree that the customary celebrations after last week’s euro summit were, yet again, premature? There is not nearly enough money in the European stability mechanism, as its £500 billion is not enough to deal with Spain, let alone other countries. Equally, the German Chancellor’s opposition to eurobonds means there must be a question mark hanging over...

Business of the House: LIBOR (FSA Investigation) (28 Jun 2012)

Alistair Darling: I am sure that, in his quieter moments, the Chancellor will reflect on the fact that we are kidding ourselves if we think that the UK was the only country where this sort of thing was going on. The American authorities are just as concerned as our authorities. The situation is symptomatic of a culture that prevailed for much of the last decade, when, frankly, anything was allowed to go. Does...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Legionnaires' Disease: Edinburgh (14 Jun 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland has visited the premises operated by (a) North British Distillery Company, Edinburgh, (b) Macfarlan Smith, Edinburgh and (c) Burton's Biscuit factory, Sighthill, Edinburgh, for the purpose of ascertaining that measures to prevent the development and spread of Legionnaires'...

Written Answers — Treasury: Business: Loans (11 Jun 2012)

Alistair Darling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Bank of England's quantitative easing programme on bank lending to small business; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: G8 and NATO Summits (23 May 2012)

Alistair Darling: While I welcome the change of rhetoric over the weekend, particularly from the Prime Minister, in recognising that austerity alone will not work—at least, from his point of view, in Europe; he might apply that here, too—will he tell us whether the German position has changed at all? It does not seem to have done so, but until it does, I shall find it hard to believe that the...

Debate on the Address: Jobs and Growth (17 May 2012)

Alistair Darling: The Chancellor seems to be setting out quite a significant shift in the Government’s policy on what should be happening in Europe, in particular urging the German Government to do things in relation to promoting growth that many of us have argued for several months. Interestingly, they are not to apply to this country. Will he confirm that this is a significant shift, and will he add to...

Debate on the Address: Jobs and Growth (17 May 2012)

Alistair Darling: The Chancellor is actually confirming what I thought. It is good that they are saying these things in public, but it does suggest that perhaps there is an opportunity to change direction in Europe. I know we will not agree about what is necessary in this country, but does the Chancellor agree with me that we need to be explicit now that austerity on its own will not work—we need...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (15 May 2012)

Public Administration: Operation of the Honours System. 10:30 am; Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Lord Jones of Birmingham, and Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP; Graham Smith, CEO, Republic Campaign, and John Lidstone (at 11.30 am)

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (15 May 2012)

Public Administration: Honours System. 10:30 am; Room 16
Witnesses: Lord Digby Jones and Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP; Graham Smith, CEO, Republic Campaign and John Lidstone

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (15 May 2012)

Public Administration: Honours System. 10:30 am; Room 16
Witnesses: Lord Digby Jones and Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP; Graham Smith, CEO, Republic Campaign and John Lidstone


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