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Orders of the Day — Housing and Local Government (17 May 1979)

Michael Martin: It is a privilege to represent the Glasgow, Springbum constituency. I have lived in the constituency for more than 13 years, and before that I resided in the neighbouring constituency. Therefore, I know of the good work that my predecessor, Dick Buchanan, has done for the area. I was pleased to learn that he was held in high regard in the House. He had many fine qualities. I was always...

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Michael Martin: I have listened to the debates on the two orders that have been before the House and I am astonished that Conservative Members have not mentioned the plight of workers who may face unfair dismissal. We have been asked to cry over the problems of small business men, but no mention is made of those who are likely to be dismissed by small employers. My experience is that small employers are...

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Michael Martin: We are interested not only in creating jobs but in creating secure jobs in good working conditions. It is useless to create jobs in firms where an employer can tell a worker that he will be on the dole by Christmas. My hon. Friends have been accused of having no experience of the running of businesses. That is certainly true of me, but I have experience of being made redundant two or three...

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Michael Martin: —where laymen—

Unfair Dismissal (24 Jul 1979)

Michael Martin: The tribunals should be places where laymen from both sides of industry are able to take their grievances and have them heard fairly. There is enough work in the courts for lawyers without their being given the tribunals as well. It is claimed that six months is not enough time in which to assess a worker. But a week, two weeks at the most, is enough time to assess whether a man is a decent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Bangladesh (31 Oct 1979)

Michael Martin: asked the Lord Privy Seal what cuts he proposes in the aid programme to Bangladesh.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Bangladesh (31 Oct 1979)

Michael Martin: Is the Minister aware that all the major Christian denominations in Scotland are compiling a petition urging the Government to raise their overseas aid figure to 0·7 per cent. of the gross national product to help such countries as Bangladesh? Will the Minister give the House an assurance that he will seriously consider the petition when he is presented with it?

Cambodia (6 Dec 1979)

Michael Martin: Like my hon. Friend the Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell), I, too, was heartened by the response within my constituency. I have received a great deal of correspondence and representation to urge the Government to do what they can. I understood that in his statement a few weeks ago the Minister said that the contribution of the Government was £4 million. If that is so—and that is my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Devolution (19 Dec 1979)

Michael Martin: Is the Secretary of State aware that local authority housing contracts have been held up by the SDD? Will he give us an assurance that the Government are not using the SDD to delay housing contracts and modernisation contracts submitted by the Scottish Special Housing Association, such as those in the Balornock and Robroyston area? Will he also give an assurance that he will investigate...

Orders of the Day — Tenants' Rights, etc. (Scotland) Bill (14 Jan 1980)

Michael Martin: There is great concern in Glasgow about the Bill. People on housing waiting lists, elected members and officials of the district council are concerned because the Government have failed to consult them. The district council there has 180,000 houses in its stock and the Government have had one meeting only with the district council—one meeting with representatives of a city which has many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Robroyston Hospital, Glasgow (6 Feb 1980)

Michael Martin: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on the sale of land by his Department at Robroyston hospital in Glasgow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Robroyston Hospital, Glasgow (6 Feb 1980)

Michael Martin: Will the Secretary of State accept that that independent review is most welcome? However, is it possible to extend the review's powers to examine local authorities that are involved? Is the Secretary of State aware that there is a great deal of disquiet throughout Scotland over the land deal?

New Clause 9: Settlement of Claims as to Recognised Terms or Conditions of Employment (22 Apr 1980)

Michael Martin: I ask the Minister to reconsider the Government's decision on this matter. Before I was elected to the House, I was a full-time union officer with the National Union of Public Employees. We recruited mainly in the hospital services and in education, but a small minority of our workers worked for charitable institutions up and down the country. The only way in which I could help the members...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Special Housing Association (Modernisation Schemes) (17 Jul 1980)

Michael Martin: (Glasgow, Spring-burn): Less than two years ago Glasgow district council agreed that the Scottish Special Housing Association should take over several hundred of its houses for the purpose of modernisation. Many of the houses were what is known as nontraditional houses, built just after the war when traditional materials were difficult to obtain. In my constituency there are 250 houses known...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Robroyston Hospital (6 Aug 1980)

Michael Martin: Will the Secretary of State ensure in future that no land is handed over or sold to a company that has been created only a matter of weeks before the application is made? Will he also ensure that any company involved in a transaction does not acquire a further number of companies so that it can evade the development land tax? Will the right hon. Gentleman also ensure that the farmland that is...


Michael Martin: I notice that almost every Conservative Member has attacked Glasgow district council. It is worth pointing out that before last May that council contained a substantial number of conservative members. Every Labour candidate in Glasgow made it plain to the electorate of the city that he was opposed to the Tenants' Rights, Etc. (Scotland) Bill and would do all in his power to prevent the sale...

Orders of the Day — Engineering Industry (4 Dec 1980)

Michael Martin: Not so long ago in my constituency, it was practically unknown far any worker to travel out of it to his place of work, because three large railway workshops were located within the constituency which employed several thousand skilled and semi-skilled men. Only one railway workshop is now left. It ill becomes the Secretary of State to attack the nationalised industries, because, were it not...

Oral Answers to Questions: Unemployment (11 Feb 1981)

Michael Martin: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the latest unemployment figures in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions: Unemployment (11 Feb 1981)

Michael Martin: I thank the Minister for his reply. Is he prepared to come to my constituency, in which the only area of expansion is the employment exchange, and speak to the unemployed in my constituency and tell them that the Government's work is successful? Is he prepared to do that, or will he have the guts to resign?

Oral Answers to Questions: Police (Establishment) (11 Feb 1981)

Michael Martin: Is the Solicitor-General aware that a constituent of mine was detained by the Strathclyde police for three days before he stood trial and was refused bail? If I submit the details of my constituent's problems to him, will he be prepared to investigate the matter?

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