Results 1–20 of 281 for speaker:Mr Mike Watson

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Mike Watson: Are not the past 18 years important—not the past three years of legislation—during which the Government have attacked the unemployed, the homeless, local authorities and trade unions in Scotland? Is it not a matter of having a general election within weeks rather than months, so that a Labour Government can begin to repeal some of that legislation and introduce a Scotland Bill so that,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health Service Reforms (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: When the Minister meets the Grampian health board chairman, will he discuss the problems associated with the private finance initiative which, as a result of health service reforms, is virtually the only source of capital projects in the health service in Scotland? Will he draw to the chairman's attention the difficulties associated with the Victoria infirmary in my constituency, where no...

World Poverty (6 Nov 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: I, too, congratulate the hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Mrs. Winterton) on securing this debate, which concerns a very important topic. She may be as surprised as I was when I heard her speech to hear that I agreed with very much of it. Indeed, I agreed with most of what she said about the current position of aid. I am not at all happy about the reduction in aid that has taken place...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: What is the Government's attitude to the Swedish Government's proposed amendment with regard to convergence for economic and monetary union? It is proposed that an employment chapter should be added to the Maastricht treaty. The United Kingdom Government are almost alone in opposing that suggestion. Will the Minister explain why they do not consider it important for the intergovernmental...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: I take the hon. Gentleman's remarks in the jovial sense in which, I am sure, they were intended. I have not added to Labour party policy. I have simply repeated existing policy on Scotland and Wales, which is well known and has been widely debated in those countries in the past two to three months. A referendurn on the voting system has been policy for some considerable time. On the single...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: I found the speech of the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier) interesting, because I have been quite close to developments in Bosnia-Herzegovina over the years and have heard experiences, similar to those that he reported, from a friend of mine who works for a non-governmental organisation and was there at the time of the elections. He reported great difficulty in moving...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: They have overreacted to the Labour party's proposals. It would be fatuous to suggest that there are no differences of opinion on Europe in the Labour party. Of course there are, but I believe that they are neither as wide nor as deep as those in the Conservative party. Not all Labour Members are in agreement, but the party policy advocated by my right hon. Friends the Members for Sedgefield...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: No doubt the hon. Gentleman is aware that my party will either use the general election as a guide or may at some stage use a referendum. That has not been ruled out. Labour has no difficulty with referendums. There are to be referendums in Scotland and Wales and following a Labour victory there would be a referendum on the issue of this country's voting system. My view is that on...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (24 Oct 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: Does my hon. Friend agree that the situation that he has so eloquently outlined in respect of Zaire, Rwanda and, indeed, Burundi is an example of where the UN might play an additional role in the future? Would not a centre for the resolution or avoidance of conflict be one way of ensuring UN involvement to a greater extent than occurred in the early days of the Rwandan dispute?

Points of Order (8 May 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I apologise for the fact that, as you are aware, I was not present when my question was called earlier in Question Time. The reason for my absence was that I had not received notification that the Foreign Secretary had decided to link my question with others. I am aware that, under the new procedures introduced last year, a list is posted in the House to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Lebanon (8 May 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government relating to recent bombing raids on Lebanon. [27202]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Commission (8 May 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: Is the Minister aware that, today, in the European Commission and the European Parliament, a visit is taking place by 25 civil servants from the Scottish Office? Notwithstanding what the Foreign Secretary said earlier about Europe day and what the Scottish Secretary said about not flying the European Union flag, does not this show the hypocrisy in the Government over Europe, the confusion and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Greater Glasgow Health Board (1 May 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to meet Greater Glasgow health board to discuss NHS funding. [26067]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Greater Glasgow Health Board (1 May 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: The Minister knows that one of the acute hospitals covered by Greater Glasgow health board is the Victoria infirmary, which is suffering a severe funding crisis. Partly as a result of that, it is indulging in a competitive tendering process for support services, about which I have written to him. Will he address the concerns of trade unions, staff and, to some extent, management about the...

Prayers: British Council (1 May 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: This is one of the rare occasions when hon. Members on both sides of the Chamber seem to be singing more or less from the same song sheet. I hope that, because of the pressure exerted from both sides, when the Minister responds he will have something positive to say about the future funding of the British Council. I should like to put to him a quotation from his colleague the Foreign...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Budgets (28 Feb 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends meeting the leader of Glasgow city council to discuss its 1996–97 budget. [15786]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Budgets (28 Feb 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: If the Minister had any sense of contrition, he would not have the nerve to show his face in the House because, although his predecessors told us that the reorganisation of local authorities in Scotland would cost about £30 million, we find that the real figure is more than £400 million. I would not mind that if the Scottish Office would pick up the bill, but it will not—the people of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kashmir (7 Feb 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: The Minister betrayed, in his response to my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice), the narrowness of the Government's approach when he talked of "both sides". He then said, in answer to the hon. Member for Romsey and Waterside (Mr. Colvin), that it was not for his Government to decide what the outcome might be. Does he accept that there is not simply a choice between the...

Severe Weather (Scotland) (17 Jan 1996)

Mr Mike Watson: I do not think that it is necessarily important to apportion blame for any aspect of what happened due to the severe cold weather. It is much more important to look ahead and ask how we can deal with the problems that have been shown to result from such severe weather. My hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Shettleston (Mr. Marshall) eruditely outlined the situation in Glasgow in its widest...


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