Results 3421–3433 of 3433 for speaker:Henry McLeish

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Labour Statistics (17 Nov 1987)

Henry McLeish: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the suspicions that surround the method of producing the unemployment figures? Is he willing to tell the House about the claims experiment, started by his Department on 1 September and to last for three months, which seeks new ways of harassing the unemployed to ensure that they leave the register and thus contribute to the claimed glowing Conservative success.

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: While my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Maxton) was speaking, the Secretary of State for Scotland suggested that he was incharge of distributing the money that is spent in Scotland. If that is the case, does my hon. Friend accept that the figure of £343 million that was spent in 1982–83 has been reduced to £66 million and that the Secretary of State is therefore...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: I am sure that most hon. Members will have been entertained this afternoon by English Members who have come along to lecture us, but I do not think that we have been informed about what is happening in Scotland. I want to discuss comments made by the hon. Members for Darlington (Mr. Fallon) and for Stockport (Mr. Favell). Considering the economic problems that we have in Scotland, it angers...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman reads The Scotsman of 28 October, where there is a headline: Business brisk although jobs lost". I refer him to the third paragraph in the first column of the article and the top of the second column. Business reports in the press and speculation by universities show that they have mixed views about what is going on.

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: I welcome my hon. Friend's intervention because it highlights and reinforces the necessity for a debate and the importance that we in the Opposition attach to it. There are continuing job losses on a large scale. I should like to mention three or four areas that reinforce the dilemma. I refer first not to some ideologically motivated paper but to the "Labour Market Quarterly Report", which I...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: I hope that I shall not need to respond as I was not asked about my views on that development on Clydebank. I was talking about young people—

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: I was never asked about that subject. The fourth matter to which I shall refer is young people. Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that in 1981 42 per cent. of all children who left school in Scotland found work? In 1986 the figure dropped to 25 per cent. Long-term unemployment, adult unemployment and the lack of training of young people show that the Government neither care nor have any...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (29 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: In view of the extravagant claims made by the hon. and learned Gentleman, may I refer him to the most recent labour market quarterly report produced by the Manpower Services Commission in Scotland, which is an arm of the Scottish Office? The hon. and learned Gentleman asserts that more people are employed in Scotland than ever before. Let me remind him that in March 1985, 1,906,000 Scots were...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Development Agency Bill (21 Oct 1987)

Henry McLeish: Like many of my hon. Friends, I regret that I am unable to talk about my constituency problems or the qualities that the SDA has brought to many activities in my area. I shall address myself to the closure motion, because that is important. As the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood) said, it shows a complete contempt for the Scottish people—although that is nothing new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Youth Unemployment (22 Jul 1987)

Henry McLeish: Is the Minister aware that in a report published by the Department of Employment in Scotland last week 31,275 claimant and non-claimant school leavers were registered as unemployed? Is the Minister further aware that 131,000 young Scots under 25 are registered as unemployed? Is he also aware that there are only 400 registered vacancies at careers offices in Scotland? In view of that appalling...

New Clause 3: Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (20 Jul 1987)

Henry McLeish: Does the Secretary of State agree that it was through the extreme skill of the local authority in resisting the Government's embraces for selective action over so many years and through the ineptitude of the Scottish Office that we have accomplished so much?

New Clause 3: Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (20 Jul 1987)

Henry McLeish: I am grateful for the opportunity to make my first speech in this Chamber, and pleased for a number of reasons. First, it is an honour to take part in the activities of a House that has such important traditions in history. Secondly, it is important for me to represent the views of my constituency on an important rate support grant order that has grave implications for jobs and services and...

New Clause 3: Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (20 Jul 1987)

Henry McLeish: Does not the hon. and learned Gentleman realise that the entire ranks of the Conservative party north of the border now represent the county of Perthshire? Will he give us an assurance that the Perthshire Conservative party is united?


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