Results 1–20 of 3903 for speaker:Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Fishermen's Federation (15 May 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met office-bearers of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation; if decommissioning was discussed; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Fishermen's Federation (15 May 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: I thank my right hon. Friend for having arranged the meeting between the fishermen's leaders and the Prime Minister in Perth last Friday, which was greatly appreciated. Does my right hon. Friend acknowledge that decommissioning is an effective conservation measure which takes vessels out of the fleet and thereby reduces fishing efforts? What advice would he give to the fishermen's leaders...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Tax (15 May 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: In the light of experience with the community charge, will my hon. Friend keep his two major objectives—first, simplicity in relation to the new tax, and secondly, low costs of administration and collection? If both those are achieved, there will be better understanding among taxpayers and, as a result, better accountability from local authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Government Finance (17 Apr 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: While I believe that it would be quite wrong for the Secretary of State to speculate in any way on what announcements may be made in the next week or so, does he accept that if we return to a form of property taxation, it is very important that the basis of valuation and revaluation of property is the same north and south of the border?

Bills Presented: Piper Alpha (Cullen Report) (7 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: Would it not enhance the operating level of those who work in the oil companies in Aberdeen if the senior level of control of the offshore installations were in Aberdeen too? Would not that contribute to a greater commitment to safety at senior levels in the oil companies?

Bills Presented: Piper Alpha (Cullen Report) (7 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: I have a considerable and direct interest in this subject. As I have declared previously, I have some interests in the offshore industry, the most important of which, especially in the light of the speech of the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson), is that I was responsible for it in the early 1980s. Like my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, I do not duck any...

Bills Presented: Piper Alpha (Cullen Report) (7 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: There have already been many interventions, and I should like to get on with the debate. I should not like to let the opportunity pass without recording my sympathy, and I believe that of the whole House, for those who were involved in the Piper Alpha accident. I visited all the families in my constituency who were affected by it, so no one is more conscious than I am of what the tragedy...

Bills Presented: Piper Alpha (Cullen Report) (7 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: I disagree totally with the hon. Member. He is wrong. I shall deal now with objectivity, but I remind the hon. Gentleman that the Burgoyne committee—with a minority report, which I acknowledge, from only two members—recommended that responsibility for safety should rest with the Department of Energy. Therefore, the Government acted on a clear recommenda-tion. At a meeting in the House a...

Bills Presented: Piper Alpha (Cullen Report) (7 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: That is significant. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention. I might point out that, in the Department of Energy, I worked with staff in the inspectorate who dealt with safety. I want to make it clear that I have rarely worked with a body who, as individuals, showed greater integrity or higher objectivity. When it came to the crunch, and prosecution was under consideration, I...

Bills Presented: Piper Alpha (Cullen Report) (7 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: I would rather not give way, because many hon. Members wish to speak, and I have spoken for long enough. We do not want to underestimate the importance of the establishment on installations of safety committees. The possible role of unions in safety committees is a central point in the debate. There may be a role for unions, but I am not convinced that it has to be prescribed in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Housing (6 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: When my hon. Friend meets COSLA to discuss housing, will he also discuss the needs of ex-service men and their families, who have had great difficulty finding accommodation—especially accommodation to buy—when they leave the services? Will he try to impress upon local authorities the fact that they should give more priority to them? If he cannot make progress in that direction, might he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Warrant Sales (6 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: As has already been mentioned, there is a deep resentment among those who pay and obey the law as regards those who will not pay. Is my hon. Friend aware that the resentment is compounded in areas such as Kincardine and Deeside, where the percentage collection is good, but where next year people will have to pay more than a proportion of what is uncollected in that area because other...

Orders of the Day — Ways and Means: Sea Fisheries (5 Mar 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: I speak more in sorrow than anything else. I was slightly disappointed by the remarks of the Minister at the beginning of his speech. I beg him to be under no illusion about the strength and depth of feeling among fishermen in Scotland about this matter. This is demonstrated by the number of fishermen who are attending this debate and by the support that they have had from councillors, fish...

Fishing Industry (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Fishing Industry (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: Did not my hon. Friend hear me refer to combining decommissioning with a strict licensing scheme? If the Government set the rules properly, it would not be necessary for funds used for decommissioning to be recirculated. That does not necessarily follow.

Fishing Industry (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: It would be remiss of us to allow the debate to pass without paying tribute to the late Gilbert Buchan. He was a most distinguished former president of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, and he died two weeks ago. He was respected in the industry, throughout Scotland, the United Kingdom and Europe, and, having worked with him in European Community negotiations, I can say that I know few...

Fishing Industry (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: I said a few moments ago that if measures are sensible and practical they are easier to enforce and much more likely to be observed. That is why they are more effective. I am glad to have the hon. Gentleman's support on that. The hon. Member for Glanford and Scunthorpe (Mr. Morley) was right in what he said about structure. We cannot separate structure from other conservation measures which...

Electricity Privatisation (16 Jan 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: As ever, the House was entertained by the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson). I certainly was, but I should have regarded his speech as slightly more credible if he had gone wider than the issue of flotation, which he made the centre of his speech. Flotation is obviously an important issue, but the hon. Gentleman's comments might have been more credible if, on the general...

Electricity Privatisation (16 Jan 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: No; I was referring to the proposals by Conoco, which is involved in a consortium. That is direct evidence. There is a great deal of other evidence of contracts under discussion involving projects along the east coast of England where gas may be piped ashore to generate electricity. That underlines two other points. The first, which again stems from Government legislation, is the importance,...

Electricity Privatisation (16 Jan 1991)

Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith: The hon. Gentleman used the critical words "shop around". When the contract ends, industrial users of electricity can shop around. That will impose on the generating companies the disciplines of the market which will make them more efficient. Given the role of the regulator, there will also be a far greater certainty of the domestic consumer benefiting from the rigours of the market. I have...


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