Results 61–80 of 1114 for speaker:Mr Peter Duncan

Petitions — Fuel Duty (20 Jul 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The voice of rural Dumfries and Galloway has not always been heard by this Government, but wind of this petition has clearly blown across Parliament square to the Treasury. Faced with the signatures of thousands of my constituents, the Chancellor announced late today another postponement in the proposed 2p a litre rise in tax on petrol and diesel. That increase displays callous disregard for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Road Fuel Taxation (29 Jun 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The Prime Minister has indicated that the Government will review September's proposed 2p rise in fuel tax in August. Just so that ordinary Scots know how strong their voice is in Cabinet, are there any circumstances in which the Secretary of State would intervene and advocate abandoning that tax hike? Today's press says that desks are being thumped throughout Downing street; are there any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Dungavel Centre (29 Jun 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Having visited the centre recently, may I say to the Minister that one of its strengths is the separation between the centre's detention staff and the Home Office officials dealing with the legal process? However much those detained endeavour to destabilise the process, they are in my view still treated with the same concern. May I seek the Minister's reassurance that there are no plans to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Dungavel Centre (29 Jun 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Does the Minister agree that she and her Department would be under considerably less pressure over Dungavel if the wider asylum issue were not in such widespread chaos? Is not the real scandal the fact that so many of those awaiting removal have had to wait so long for the legal process to be concluded, in the knowledge that so many others have evaded the process entirely?

Transport (15 Jun 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Talking of coherent policies, did the right hon. Gentleman agree with the Minister of State, Department for Transport, the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells), when he said that he wanted to tax motorists out of their cars? Does he agree with that coherent policy?

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensioners (27 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Scotland receive council tax benefit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing (25 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: How content is the Secretary of State with the fact that manufacturing and other businesses in Scotland pay business rates some 7 per cent. higher than businesses in England and Wales? Speaking hypothetically, and saying that he was to be the next Chancellor of the Exchequer, what more does he think could be done to help businesses to grow by reducing business burdens?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing (25 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: But the Secretary of State has missed one simple policy that could be delivered from right here at Westminster. Has he not heard the voices from across the manufacturing sector that point out the crippling effect that high fuel prices are having on competitiveness, and the resulting disincentive for operations in Scotland, where distances from the factory gate to the customer are often at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Manufacturing (25 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: One day, just for once, the Scotland Office will stand up for Scottish interests instead of letting us down. Two months ago, at this Question Time, the Secretary of State told me that he was "in the very happy position of always being in"—[ Official Report, 16 March 2004; Vol. 419, c. 141.] favour of "whatever the Government" want to do. When will he make a stand on behalf of the Scottish...

Written Answers — Scotland: Telephone Costs (13 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's expenditure on (a) fixed and (b) mobile telephones was in each of the last five years.

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman said that 129 is the minimum figure. Does that mean that the Scottish National party would like a bigger Scottish Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Perhaps I have not made myself clear—if so, I accept the hon. Gentleman's admonishment—but the commission is being set up to resolve the problem of non-coterminous boundaries. Despite the lack of support from the hon. Member for Glasgow, Pollok (Mr. Davidson), we still think that we might muster the numbers to oppose the Bill. We have not given up hope. Until the Bill completes its way...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I have said consistently today, and on Second Reading too, that this Bill is unnecessary. It has no purpose. It is merely a political fix that the Government are determined to force on their Back Benchers. The evidence from the debates today and on Second Reading is that those Back Benchers are, at best, unwilling and, at worst, complicit in that fix. The Government have performed a...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I do not want to speak for the Minister, but I think she made it clear that we are not holding up the process. My right hon. and learned Friend's letter is clear: the phrase "If and when the Bill is passed" implies approval by both Houses. At that time, we will submit a name for consideration by the Secretary of State. The devolution referendum was a dialogue with the Scottish people, based...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: I do not see any need for that process to take very long, and there would also be other ways to achieve that end—for example, by secondary legislation. There are too many politicians in Scotland, the cost of the Parliament is burgeoning and the cost of the Executive is exploding. Administration costs have risen by £95 million in the past seven years. Ministerial cars have increased from...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The Minister, without getting too hot under the collar, has to answer the simple question: if the commission is being set up to address primarily the issue of non-coterminous boundaries, why is it necessary to set it up now, prior to the Bill being passed by both Houses of Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: The hon. Gentleman will have played a key part in the referendum campaign in Glasgow in 1997. Can he conceive of the reaction if the Labour party had proposed to the Scottish public a system whereby different constituencies would have been in place for Westminster and the Scottish Parliament only six years on?

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

Mr Peter Duncan: Has the hon. Gentleman himself been guilty of crawling over parts of Scotland?


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