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Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: rose—

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: I wish to comment first on the remarks of the hon. Member for Monklands, West (Mr. Clarke), who refused my second intervention. I do not criticise him for that; he was good enough to allow me to intervene once. The hon. Gentleman listed matters for which he thought a Scottish assembly should be responsible. Some Opposition Members have suggested that a Parliament would be more in line with...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: I am not sure what I am not supposed not to understand. Is it the policy for a Scottish convention? Is it the policy for a Scottish assembly? Is it the policy of the Labour party that I am supposed to know about? Is it the policy of the Liberals, or that of the Scottish National party? Each of those groups has different ideas. They are a hotch-potch; they are crazy ideas. The hon. Gentleman...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: No, I am not giving way. The hon. Gentleman had his opportunity. As the hon. Member for Monklands, West said, the vote at the last election suggested support for Scotland's place within the Union and support for an assembly. There are two interpretations of the consequences of that vote. The hon. Member suggested that 75 per cent. of the population voted for a Scottish assembly. My...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: I accept your ruling, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and I shall come back to the topic. I was simply trying to pick up points raised by the hon. Member for Monklands, West. The hon. Member for Falkirk, East (Mr. Connarty) criticised Kincardine and Deeside for spending at below Government limits. Voters in Kincardine and Deeside elect local councils to do just that. They fully recognise that the...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: As it was when Labour ran the district. The revenue support grant has three elements. The first is aggregate external financial support—RSG and business rates combined—which totals £5.165 billion. As the Minister suggested, the figure for Scotland is 47 per cent. higher than the equivalent figure for England. The total allowable expenditure for local authorities in the coming year is...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: I do not believe that there are many second homes in my constituency, so the problem does not really arise. I recognise, however, that, in many areas—especially in the constituency of the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Wilson)—second homes were a problem when the community charge was introduced. Therein lay another problem with the implementation of that charge for local...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: A roof tax was something that was in the Opposition's minds. I hold no brief for property taxes, but I believe that the council tax is the best of such options, and I support it on that basis. Let us look once again at the rate of revenue support grant in the current year. I must draw attention in particular to the added injection of the community care allowance—some £63·5 million. I...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman's comments do not surprise me, especially as they are based on the findings of Lothian regional council. In my experience, whatever aspect that body is considering, it always envisages a need for more money. The allowances give a 3·2 per cent. increase across the board—above the rate of inflationßžto local authorities. If one adds in the community care component, as...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: I would need to examine closely the budget of Strathclyde regional council. When I find that the regional council can spend £500,000 on a campaign against changes in the water structure, and when it publishes glossy magazines and information on 29 January —the date that the consultation period closes—I must examine the budget. There must be a lot of money in the coffers which the...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman suggested that Conservative Members were responsible for the maintenance of schools. I suggest to him that the responsibility is with the local authorities. They had the cash to manage properly. The problem lies in the fact that they have not managed their affairs in a reasonable manner.

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: indicated dissent

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: indicated dissent.

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: rose—

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: rose—

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman suggests that central Government have taken more and more control over the affairs of local authorities. I acknowledge that, if central Government cap local authorities, the hon. Gentleman's argument has some merit. However, the way that local authorities administer their affairs does not allow for central involvement. I asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to...

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman refers to Castlehill school in my constituency. My complaint about Strathclyde is that it has not planned a reasonable closure programme over a number of years. Originally, Strathclyde planned to rebuild Castlehill, but in January it suddenly decided to close it. That is atrocious management. That is the problem.

Revenue Support Grant (Scotland) (17 Feb 1993)

Mr Phil Gallie: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. It is wrong to say that I say all these things in my constituency. I should like evidence of it—


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