Results 41–60 of 1114 for speaker:Mr Peter Duncan

Strategic Defence Strategy (Scotland) (15 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Absolutely. Unlike others, I have paid tribute to those who are recruited to Scots regiments from beyond the border with Scotland. However, these proposals will not help to address the central issue of recruitment difficulties. The Government will face increasing recruitment demands, with the consequent negative effect on retention levels, unless morale can be improved. There is no doubt that...

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I share in the common congratulations to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on his timeous selection of this debate in our first week back after the summer recess. I suppose that a lot has changed over the last couple of months. For him to have shown such foresight over that period is truly remarkable. Obviously this is an important and pertinent debate, but I greatly...

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about the considerable benefit to be gained by moving offshore. However, the issue is not entirely straightforward. I am reminded of a proposal approved for the Solway firth, adjacent to my constituency. I understand that it is not a long distance offshore, but some of the arguments are pertinent. A proposal was made for an area adjacent to a stretch of...

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I look forward to reading the Official Report when it is available to see how closely the wording reflects what the hon. Gentleman said. Anger is mounting in Scotland as huge numbers of proposals come forward and there has been a step change in public opinion on the issue.

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I can confirm that we have called for a moratorium on wind development in Scotland until the Scottish Executive can prove to us that that policy is worth pursuing. There is huge concern that we are embarking on a course to have 40 per cent. wind power that will put our stability at risk. I will come to that issue later.

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I assure the hon. Gentleman that we are looking forward anxiously to the Scottish Executive justifying the continued pursuance of wind power. There is a lack of accountable decision-making by the Scottish Executive.

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: There is no confusion. Our policy is clear: we need a moratorium until such time as the Scottish Executive can come forward with a rational basis on which to support 40 per cent. of Scotland's power coming from renewable resources. Long term, there is a change in the balance between nuclear power, which is being decommissioned, and wind power. That is playing Russian roulette with the energy...

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: My message is clear: we are looking forward to the Scottish Executive's early justification for pursuing the 40 per cent. target. There will be question marks over the stability and security of supply in Scotland if that target is pursued. The Scottish Executive must produce that reassurance very quickly. The market needs to supply electricity in a stable as well as a secure manner. In my...

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: No. It is reckless and irresponsible to propose a target when the Scottish Executive cannot justify it or provide a reassurance that Scotland's electricity generation will be stable and secure in the future. To return to network stability, there is an imbalance in the assessment of customer minutes lost across Scotland, but that is not reflected in figures for the investment that is required...

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Another one!

Electricity Market (Scotland) (8 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I hope that the hon. Gentleman is not suggesting that it is appropriate for local democracy for scrutiny of the proposals to be removed and replaced by central Government diktat.

Scottish Regiments (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The future of my constituency's local regiment is close to the hearts of the people of Dumfries and Galloway. For its future to be in doubt is simply unbelievable. The King's Own Scottish Borderers have served with valour across the globe for generations while providing a local source of opportunity for our region's young people. For the Government to suggest massive cuts in our armed forces...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing Industry (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Is the Minister aware that the success or failure of Government policy in the manufacturing sector will be judged over the longer term by its failure to improve competitiveness levels in Scotland? With our international competitiveness ranking slipping to 36th out of 60, some nine places behind the UK as a whole and behind China, Colombia, India and Slovakia, what is she doing to arrest that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing Industry (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: If existing manufacturing businesses are becoming less competitive on her Government's watch, would the hon. Lady agree that it is particularly vital that we see a growing number of new businesses in that sector? If so, is she content to see the report this week from the Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers, showing new business start-ups falling by 10 per cent.? When will that trend by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing Industry (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The Minister clearly needs a longer summer recess. Scotland's manufacturing exports have decreased by more than 12 per cent. during the past year, and Scotland's manufacturing and business sector continues to suffer from more talk, more tax, more tape and more complacency from both the Scotland Office and the Scottish Executive. When will the Minister and her colleagues take their eyes off...

Written Answers — Scotland: Parliamentary Boundaries (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what indications he has received from the Boundary Commission for Scotland as to when it expects to deliver to him its report on Parliamentary Boundaries in Scotland.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Newspaper Market (7 Sep 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will refer the wholesale newspaper market to the Office of Fair Trading for investigation.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (22 Jul 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pension credit payments are being paid into Post Office card accounts.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Post Office Card Accounts (22 Jul 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many applications for Post Office card accounts have been completed and returned, but not yet processed and approved; (2) how many applications for Post Office card accounts have been rejected owing to errors on the application form.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Post Offices (22 Jul 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices have closed in Dumfries and Galloway region since 1997.


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