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Adjournment (Spring) (19 May 1992)

Rachel Squire: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech to the House. I begin by congratulating you on your election to your new post—a tribute to your ability and of most welcome assistance to new and inexperienced Members like myself. I shall refer first to previous—experienced—Members of Parliament for Dunfermline, West and Dunfermline Burghs. My immediate predecessor...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Enterprise (21 Oct 1992)

Rachel Squire: Is the Secretary of State for Scotland aware of the high unemployment throughout Scotland and of the desperate need to create jobs and to fill them rapidly? Is he aware that there are parts of Fife where the official unemployment figures are 23.4 per cent? If the right hon. Gentleman is aware of that and is concerned about creating jobs, why does he not tell British Coal to reopen the Frances...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Equipment (27 Oct 1992)

Rachel Squire: Is the Minister aware that the largest industrial complex in Scotland is Rosyth royal dockyard? Is he in particular aware that 4,200 direct jobs and many hundreds more indirect jobs depend upon the assurances that the Government and their Ministers have given since 1985? In particular, will he remind the present Chancellor of the Exchequer of what he said in 1985: that the Government's...

Business of the House (29 Oct 1992)

Rachel Squire: May I join my hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) and the hon. Member for Tayside, North (Mr. Walker) in urging the Leader of the House to arrange a debate next, week on early-day motion 668? Such a debate is surely vital, given the report in today's Scottish Daily Record, which implies that Scottish Conservatives have been told that Rosyth dockyard will close. It is vital...

Business of the House (5 Nov 1992)

Rachel Squire: Will the Leader of the House arrange for us to debate early-day motion 668, which deals with the uncertainty of Rosyth royal dockyard? [That this House notes with concern reports that the Government in considering closing one of the two remaining naval dockyards at Rosyth and Devonport; notes that the closure of either dockyard would mean the loss of several thousand jobs in the defence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Support Services (24 Nov 1992)

Rachel Squire: Will the Minister confirm that for the past seven years Rosyth royal dockyard has been given repeated and specific assurances that it would obtain the future submarine refitting work? Will he give his promise that that will in fact happen?

Petitions: Rosyth Dockyard (25 Nov 1992)

Rachel Squire: I begin by offering my thanks and by paying tribute to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, to the other Deputy Speakers and to Madam Speaker for allowing this debate to take place. Last week, Madam Speaker generously granted a debate on Rosyth dockyard but, for reasons of which everyone is aware, it was not possible for it to occur. I know, however, that everyone involved has been working to ensure...

Petitions: Rosyth Dockyard (25 Nov 1992)

Rachel Squire: Will the Minister be more specific about the dates involved in reaching a decision and making it public?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Maternity Services (16 Dec 1992)

Rachel Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards provision of full maternity services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Maternity Services (16 Dec 1992)

Rachel Squire: Is the Minister aware that the choice of the vast majority of the people of Dunfermline and West Fife is that there should be full maternity services in Dunfermline? Is he further aware that the most recent survey of the wishes of local people, carried out by the local newspaper the Dunfermline Press and West Fife Advertiser, found that almost 1,000 people—the vast majority—were in favour...

Prayers: Rosyth Dockyard (Defence Diversification) (17 Dec 1992)

Rachel Squire: I wish to present two petitions on behalf of Dunfermline district council. The first is about the future of Rosyth royal dockyard and the importance of a Government industrial strategy which enables employers to promote defence diversification. You will be aware, Madam Speaker, of the uncertainty over the future of Rosyth royal dockyard as it is no longer absolutely guaranteed the work of...

Business of the House (28 Jan 1993)

Rachel Squire: The Leader of the House has already said that no decision has been taken on the future of Rosyth and Devonport royal dockyards. However, he must be aware of the uncertainty and the fierce competition between the two dockyards. Will he ask the Secretary of State for Defence to make an announcement next week and to comment on early-day motions 1236, 1237 and 1238? [That this House notes that in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Unemployment (3 Mar 1993)

Rachel Squire: Is the Minister aware that Fife Enterprise is struggling to deal with the second highest unemployment rate in Scotland? In south and east Rosyth, for instance, it has already reached 12–1 and 12.5 per cent. respectively, and unless the submarine refitting order is awarded to Rosyth dockyard it will soon be 30 per cent. or even higher. When does the Minister intend to meet representatives of...

Statement on the Defence Estimates (18 Oct 1993)

Rachel Squire: I thank right hon. and hon. Members for their good wishes during my illness and on my return. I am pleased to follow the right hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton (Sir G. Pattie) in his call for a review, for this is a debate about the defence of the realm, the security of the country, and the men and women who both rely on and provide that security. In the time available, I shall...

Members' Salaries (3 Nov 1993)

Rachel Squire: What the hon. Member for Dorset, West (Sir J. Spicer) said about pensions could be even more of a reason why this debate should be about public service pay generally, not just the pay of Members of Parliament. I have three points to make about the pay of Members of Parliament and public service workers. First, we are public servants. We are here to serve our constituents and to argue for the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Rachel Squire: The hon. Member for Ayr (Mr. Gallie) started his speech by accusing Opposition Members of "talking, talking, talking". The hon. Gentleman has just given an absolutely marvellous example of an hon. Member who has the ability to talk but—as was clear from the rest of his speech—does not have the ability to listen to the people of Ayrshire or to the people of Scotland. The hon. Gentleman's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Support Agency (6 Dec 1993)

Rachel Squire: Does the Minister agree that, as other hon. Members have said, the Child Support Agency should take account not only of travel expenses but of items such as council tax, insurance costs and fuel bills? Does he further agree that it is totally unreasonable to expect one of my constituents—who is one of many—to be asked to live on a meagre £6·49 a week after he has paid his bills and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health Boards (8 Dec 1993)

Rachel Squire: Does the Secretary of State agree that the financial allocation process in the health service is being used to create not only two classes of patients but two classes of employees? For example, the previous general manager of Fife health board, Francis Gibb, who left under a cloud, has now been given a £65,000 a year job, whereas hundreds of vital, low-paid health service workers, who have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Budget (11 Jan 1994)

Rachel Squire: Does the Secretary of State agree that a sensible approach to public expenditure on defence is to seek value for money? If he does, will he explain why he is planning to waste taxpayers' money and lose control of vital strategic interests by going ahead with the privatisation of the two dockyards?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Devonport (8 Feb 1994)

Rachel Squire: Will the Minister give a commitment that any increase in the work load for Devonport will not be achieved by closing either Rosyth royal dockyard or Rosyth naval base? Will he make a statement about the future of both those establishments for the next five years and explain why naval personnel at the Rosyth base have recently been sent a questionnaire asking them where they would like to...

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