Results 1–20 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Constitutional Reform (20 May 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: My right hon. Friend is certainly looking after the interests of people in Scotland, 78 per cent. of whom voted to continue to maintain Scotland's place within the United Kingdom. That must be his priority. It is admitted on all sides that a halfway house would endanger that.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (21 May 1992)

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

Orders of the Day — Sea Fish (Conservation) Bill (8 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for inviting me to make this, my first House of Commons speech. Thank you also for accepting that I have been in and out of the Chamber attending the Scottish Grand Committee which was organised as an extension at fairly short notice at popular request. I might point out that it finished well over an hour ago. I shall comply with the traditions of the maiden...

Opposition Day: Employment and Training (9 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: We have heard many words from the hon. Gentleman, but on what facts are they based? Until recently, I worked in engineering and in industry. I found the standards of our young people exceptionally high. I had little problem in finding the skills that were required. Employers are increasingly putting cash and resources into training. What we are hearing from the hon. Member is nothing but words.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Coal Prices (10 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my hon. Friend and the House take note in response to an earlier question that Scotland is a supplier of low sulphur coal? May I welcome my hon. Friend's comments on the reference price and urge him to take urgent action to ensure that our coal can be sold on a level playing field with other coal produced in Europe?

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Prevention of Terrorism) (10 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman refers to those incidences on the basis of media reports. I wish to point out the dangers of doing so. A programme broadcast some time ago entitled "Death on the Rock" was acclaimed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and won an award. But that programme was based on very unreliable witnesses. Bearing in mind the media content of the hon. Gentleman's speech,...

Orders of the Day — Boundary Commissions Bill (15 Jun 1992)

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

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: It absolutely amazes me that Opposition Members feel that the Bill should go to yet another Committee, particularly as they say that they agree with its contents. Perhaps that is simply a means of inducing an argument. To date, we have had two Scottish Grand Committee sittings; today we are having the Second Reading debate, and the Bill will then be committed to a Standing Committee. At that...

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. The Bill addresses real problems. The Government have examined it in detail, and many items in the Bill will assist better administration in future. The matter is urgent and I certainly support the Government. I deplore the attitude of Opposition Members who complain about lack of time to debate the issues. The Scottish Grand Committee lost 45...

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have taken much time to examine all the consultations in detail. Further, I have met representatives. [Laughter.] Perhaps it is hilarious to the hon. Member for Garscadden that Conservative Members take time to talk to those bodies. I have taken time to talk to the Scottish Consumer Council. I have also taken time to talk to accountants and advisory bodies. I recognise the points that they...

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: Of course I share that concern. I have borne it very much in mind. The Bill provides protection. 1 do not necessarily agree with every issue that has been raised. Conflicting views have been put forward. I acknowledge that. I will make my judgment, and no doubt other hon. Members will also do so. I return to the Bill. The Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 was designed to help people who had...

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: rose—

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman has referred to civil servants' belief that, without the Bill, costs would escalate. May I draw his attention to the intervention of the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Wilson), who pointed out that relatively few cases had passed through Lerwick sheriff court? Surely that gives substance to the estimates made by civil servants.

Orders of the Day — Bankruptcy (Scotland) Bill (17 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have had constituents who have claimed that they have signed on to the sequestration process while in an emotional state without being aware of the consequences and that if they had been so aware they would not have signed on. That is a fact which to my mind is indisputable and which is part of the situation we face.

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Discipline) (17 Jun 1992)

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

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (18 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Member for Londonderry, East (Mr. Ross) referred to the Prime Minister's speech in Ayr. I had the privilege of being there when that speech was made. In it, my right hon. Friend demonstrated the effects of devolution on the future of Scotland and the suggestion of it being one step towards removing Scotland from the United Kingdom. Does the hon. Gentleman believe that devolution...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Police (24 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to discuss police manning levels in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Police (24 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my right hon. Friend aware that my police authority, Strathclyde regional council, consistently undermans the force by, on average, 200 policemen? In view of the Conservative party's manifesto pledge, when will my right hon. Friend make minimum police levels mandatory?

Orders of the Day — British Coal and British Rail (Transfer Proposals) Bill: Power to Act in Relation to Proposals for Transfer of Functions, Property etc. (29 Jun 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Member for Gordon (Mr. Bruce) made several valid points about profitability and the involvements on offer. Did not capital investment in the electricity supply industry give very reasonable returns, and would not investment in the coal and rail industries also give reasonable returns?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Jul 1992)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 2 June.


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