Results 1–20 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (14 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: I do not need to underline to this House the pride I have in being elected as Member of Parliament for Hamilton. I hope that my presence here and the result in that constituency are of some little relevance to this debate. It is a great honour for me to follow in the footsteps of the late Member for Hamilton, Mr. Alexander Wilson. I knew him well and I know that he was widely respected in...

Scottish Economy (Oil Resources) (22 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: This subject is of considerable importance, and not only to the people of Scotland around whom this debate has been framed. It is important for the people of all of these islands. In discussing the management of oil and the possibilities that it opens up, we have to assess, as the electorate will have to assess at some stage, the credibility of the various parties and the policies they put...

Scottish Economy (Oil Resources) (22 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: I do not agree. In that respect, I quote from a document called "A Scottish Government and the Oil Revenues" published by the SNP. This was a document that was given some degree of publicity. It speaks of Holland and on page 8 makes a number of assessments about the impact of national resources on the Dutch economy. It says: The 'Dutch Disease' is a warning to us. We must avoid frittering...

Scottish Economy (Oil Resources) (22 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: It is not within the context of oil resources that the recent figures seem to suggest that the public sector deficit exists at the moment between £600 million and £700 million. I stand to be corrected if that figure is not accurate. But certainly the figure is at least in excess of the £400 million last published, and undoubtedly, on the basis of studies recently done, it must be nearing...

Scottish Economy (Oil Resources) (22 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. The document, which is crucial to the assessment of this debate, again for almost the first time, makes a detailed study by the SNP of the difficulties and problems that would be associated with negotiating a settlement of the division of the continental shelf. Indeed, the document says: The 1968 Order —that is, the Continental Shelf order— had...

Scottish Economy (Oil Resources) (22 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Scottish Economy (Oil Resources) (22 Jun 1978)

Mr George Robertson: rose—

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The Scottish Assembly (6 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: It may initially seem an impertinence for a second new Members to speak at this stage in the proceedings, not having participated in the preceding lengthy deliberations. However, like my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar), I have been involved in the discussion that has gone on in Scotland about the Bill. Therefore, we come here with no little knowledge of the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: The Scottish Assembly (6 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: I accept that eventually people would perhaps grow to understand the system and thereby create the degree of consent which I believe to be essential. But my anxiety is about the initial stages of the Scottish Assembly's life. I stood as a candidate for this House on the basis that I believed in the Government's proposals for the Assembly. I believe, not only that these should be a Scottish...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Defamatory Statements in Assembly Proceedings (6 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is presumptuous of me at this early stage in my parliamentary career to raise this matter. But, earlier today Mr. Speaker, in response to a question by the hon. Member for Inverness (Mr. Johnston) advised the House that quotations from speeches in the Lords, other than those from Government spokesmen, were not allowed. Hon. Members who have spoken...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Committees (6 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: I was highly impressed by the eloquent and circuitous argument of the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) about the juxtaposition of clause 26 and the amendment to it. I do not feel qualified at this stage to counter the right hon. Gentleman's complex and highly convincing argument, but no doubt there is an answer to it. Amendment no. 57 clearly seeks to underline the attempt that...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Committees (6 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: I think that the Scottish Assembly can do that, anyway. But simply because it is denied the right to set up a Committee will not prevent it from doing the horrifying things that those who are hostile to the concept of devolution believe that it will do anyway. All this amendment does is deny the right to the Committees to make this sort of perambulation round these subjects. It does not deny...

Police (Pay) (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: Will my right hon. Friend take it from me, as a new Member who faced the electors not so long ago, that the report and his statement today will be warmly welcomed by members of the public? Will he also take it from me, as the son, the brother and the grandson of police officers—and also as one who was, until his election to this House, a member of the board of governors of the Scottish...

Scotland Bill: Proposals for Powers to Raise Moneys (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: It is surprising that this debate, which was to last for about 75 minutes, was preceded by a debate in which lengthy periods were devoted to speculating whether the Scottish Assembly would be part-time or full-time. If we take those lengthy speeches as an indication of the subject matter which will be considered by the Assembly, it is virtually guaranteed that it will meet for the maximum...

Scotland Bill: Proposals for Powers to Raise Moneys (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: On this and a number of other Lords amendments, I calculated that those hereditary peers who were in the Chamber for the first time should be counted as life peers, as being created in their own right, and that those hereditary peers who were there because they were now life peers, again the next time around, were also to be taken as life peers. The majority was still 27 votes against the...

Scotland Bill: Proposals for Powers to Raise Moneys (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: If the hon. Member will allow me to finish, I shall try to establish that I and a large number of other people in Scotland, if asked which tax-raising powers could be levied bearing in mind the restraints we have placed upon ourselves, would find it very difficult to say. I believe strongly that it is the Assembly itself which eventually will have to take the initiative in this matter. I do...

Scotland Bill: Proposals for Powers to Raise Moneys (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: My hon. Friend attempts to suggest that no one has come up with any suggestions. In fact, large numbers of people have come up with an even larger number of suggestions for levying taxes. The Scottish National Party, for example, is full of suggestions. Various permutations are invented every day. However, at the moment the discussion is taking place in a vacuum. The Scottish Assembly does...

Scotland Bill: Voting of Scottish Members of Parliament (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: The noble Lords in another place, who spent quite some time considering the matter that they chose to call the West Lothian question, did so in the belief that they were considering the problems associated with groups of people voting on matters for which they would have no ultimate responsibility. It is perhaps the ultimate irony that that decision was taken by them in the other House, where...

Scotland Bill: Voting of Scottish Members of Parliament (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: They were at least appointed on the basis of the skills they have and not the skills that their fathers had. I will paraphrase the words of Lord Campbell, who, in a previous debate on another subject, asked where the Government would be without a second Chamber. There are two responses to that. One of them is self-evident. The second is to ask where that particular noble Lord would be without...

Scotland Bill: Voting of Scottish Members of Parliament (17 Jul 1978)

Mr George Robertson: What facts have been produced here?


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