Results 1–20 of 528 for speaker:Mr Russell Fairgrieve

Orders of the Day — Solvent Abuse (Scotland) Bill ( 6 May 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: I am happy to follow the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Foulkes) but I am sorry that he spoiled a good speech by introducing a totally spurious political point. He knows perfectly well that the subject is far too serious to be made a party political issue. On the question of care, he also knows that the Government, in every year since they have been in office, have spent more money in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Glasgow ( 4 May 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Does my hon. Friend agree that the first hyperbaric centre in Scotland should be set up in Aberdeen? As this Government have encouraged industrial, oil and health interests to co-operate in this sphere there, may we hope that Aberdeen will eventually give the lead in the whole area of hyperbaric medicine?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Unemployment ( 4 May 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Would my right hon. Friend care to comment further on what he thinks the effect on unemployment in Scotland would be if the inept, inane and myopic policies of the Labour party to take Britain out of the EC were ever implemented?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (21 Apr 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what stage of agreement has been reached in the Council of Agricultural Ministers on the current year's agricultural price fixing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Unemployment Statistics (30 Mar 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Is it not true that since the end of the second world war every time a Labour Administration held office unemployment was higher when they left office than when they entered? Does my hon. Friend see any reason why that should change in the foreseeable future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Forestry Plantings (30 Mar 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that, at about £10 million a day, timber and timber imports have virtually become the United Kingdom's largest import bill? As Scotland can make a major contribution, will he do everything to ensure a far greater planting effort in both the private and public sectors in Scotland?

Anderson Strathclyde (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: What does all this mean to the industrial and commercial case for the takeover of Anderson Strathclyde?

Anderson Strathclyde (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: I trust that the right hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Mabon) will not object if, for the sake of others who wish to speak in this debate, I do not follow his arguments too closely. I hope that the same will apply to interventions. Before proceeding with my remarks, I should like to declare that I could well have interests in some of the companies that I shall mention. I am...

Anderson Strathclyde (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: No chance. The three bids to which I have referred all ended up by being dealt with in a few short sentences on page 61, which state that bids can be looked at if they are "against the public interest". This is a very subjective judgment to ask members of any commission to make. I have just been before a committee of the commission which is looking at a bid of a completely different nature...

Anderson Strathclyde (22 Mar 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: I think I can show you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, how close my remarks are related to the motion. The matter is similar to the present bid. It was stated, as in the case of Charter Consolidated, that the headquarters of all its desired and ambitious operations into the European Common Market and elsewhere were to be situated in Edinburgh, not London. The Royal Bank's subsidiary, Williams and...

European Community Budget (21 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: I listened with interest to the right hon. Members for Stepney and Poplar (Mr. Shore) and Down, South (Mr. Powell). It worries me that when we debate European matters, mainly Opposition Members, but also some Conservative Members, come back to the basic idea of withdrawal, no matter what the subject. I say to the right hon. Member for Stepney and Poplar that, as 40 per cent. of our exports go...

European Community Budget (21 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: I was very careful about the figures that I gave. The figures have been worked out at 2·5 million jobs being at risk in industries that export to Europe. One reason why we have been in trouble with Europe from the beginning is that we did not join each of the European institutions at the very beginning. One of the things that I learnt in my business career was that, if a new product came...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Monopolies and Mergers Commission (21 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Is it not a bit odd for a nation such as Scotland, which has sent its people all over the world to run other people's industries, to be so frightened of itself that it cannot accept a sensible rationalisation in Scotland's interests? The proper people to decide the issue are the shareholders of Anderson Strathclyde. It should not be done by a statutory body taking a subjective judgment about...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Confederation of British Industry ( 9 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: In the interests of this and other Community policies, may I give added weight to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Mr. Nelson)? Will my right hon. Friend ask his colleagues in the Treasury to consider an early, rather than a later, joining of the EMS?

Orders of the Day — Nuclear Material (Offences) Bill ( 8 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Is the right hon. Gentleman arguing that this country's industry should be denied cheap energy when our European competitors obtain far cheaper energy for their industry by using nuclear power?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: European Regional Development Fund ( 2 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind the number of jobs that would be at risk in Scotland if we pulled out of the Common Market and that the synthetic remarks made by the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Craigton (Mr. Millan) and by the hon. Member for Fife, Central (Mr. Hamilton) are trivial compared with the effect on unemployment if such a disastrous policy were ever invoked?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Constitutional Reform ( 2 Feb 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, despite the furore and interesting views expressed in the past decade on devolution, if his constituency is anything like mine, at present there is no interest in that subject?

Opposition Day: The Economy (19 Jan 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: It is a great honour for me so quickly to follow, after the Front Bench speakers, three experienced parliamentarians. It was a pleasure to listen to what they said. I particularly agree with what was said by my right hon. Friend the Member for Sidcup (Mr. Heath) and the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Jenkins), not only about the Third world but about their belief that we should...

Opposition Day: The Economy (19 Jan 1983)

Mr Russell Fairgrieve: The hon. Gentleman cannot raise his sights to the areas and vistas that I am trying to explain. We shall have to look at schemes for early retirement, different employment patterns of work-sharing and shift work, and all the other areas of human endeavour that were outlined by the right hon. Member for Down, South. I was amazed when the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer said that an...


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