Results 181–200 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

EU Beef Ban (21 May 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: In his words today, my right hon. Friend clearly identifies with the frustrations felt by many of my constituents who work in the agriculture and food processing industries. They recognise the need for dialogue in Europe. Their frustrations have grown in the past two months, and their lives have been totally disrupted. It is now time to make a stand, and they will welcome my right hon....

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: 'Conditions for existing licences (1 May 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The term "ice hockey cooler" might also be useful in this context. I too welcome the passage of the Bill. The hon. and learned Member for Fife, North-East (Mr. Campbell) referred to the tragedies that lay behind the Bill, which is what brought me to my feet. Many people thought that the impetus for the Bill came from the tragic events at Hangar 13, where there were three deaths. Sheriff Neil...

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: 'Conditions for existing licences (1 May 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my hon. Friend the Minister for the way in which he has responded to some of the points made in Committee. I fully endorse the amendments and welcome the fact that he sent to us his suggestions for model licensing conditions. In Committee we used the word "flexibility" a great deal with respect to applications in different parts of the country. The amendments allow for that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Veterinary Scientists and Technicians (1 May 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my hon. Friend agree that the use of veterinary and other scientists in the United Kingdom goes beyond that of other countries in relation to food hygiene and ensuring the safety of the public in general? On that basis, does he not despair that the sound advice given by scientists in our country that British beef is safe is ignored by scientists elsewhere, who do not carry out tasks at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Income Tax (1 May 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my right hon. Friend agree that additional revenue raised by Government means lower take-home pay for individuals? What effect would that have on business, on high streets in Scotland and on people attempting to create wealth?

Clause 5: Marital Breakdown (24 Apr 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Much has been said about the situation in Scotland, and it is time that a Scottish voice was heard. I will be in the Lobby tonight with my hon. Friend. However, if there were a Scottish Assembly, I would be able to go into the Lobby with him to judge English law, but if there were a change of heart in Scotland, I would not be able to take part in the debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Public Sector Borrowing Requirement (18 Apr 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my right hon. Friend tell us how important the recent successes of the car industry have been in dealing with the continuing pressures on the public sector borrowing requirement? Following the words of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Ms Short), will he also tell us what effect such ideas, if implemented, would have on car ownership?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farm Animal Welfare (28 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my hon. Friend aware that today McDonald's is importing foreign beef products? Is she also aware that health observation in other countries throughout Europe is perhaps not so stringent as ours and that animal welfare considerations have been shown not to be of such great concern? Does she feel that McDonald's has made a great error of judgment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: School Buildings (27 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the problems in Strathclyde has been the fact that the education authority has kept open far too many school buildings for the number of pupils attending school? As a consequence, it has overstretched its budget. Does he recognise that the change to single-tier authorities will allow the local authority in my area to meet the needs of local people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Taxation (Inward Investment) (27 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my right hon. Friend welcome the investment into Ailsa Perth in my constituency by Cathelco, which has taken Ailsa Perth out of receivership? The company has good order books but has been short of cash recently, and the investment augurs well for my constituents, for jobs in my constituency and for the local authority.

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I immediately take the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) to task on three issues. On the issue of nuclear industry economics, he said that the Government were wrong in the past to expect cheaper units from the nuclear industry. He is wrong. I shall explain later how the price of nuclear energy—the nuclear unit—has been driven down, disproving his point. The hon. Gentleman has also...

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The nuclear installations inspectorate has done the job it is there to do, in the public sector or the private sector. It has identified a problem that the industry will have to rectify. That is precisely as it should be. I do not honestly understand the point of the hon. Gentleman's intervention—

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Not for the future operation of the nuclear industry. This is a question of confidence. If there is a problem with a reactor and a consequent threat to public safety, it must be shut down. That is the same whether it is owned by the public or the private sector. So I do not understand the hon. Gentleman's intervention.

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have probably spent more time in the electricity supply industry than Commander Killick has. His opinions differ from those of others in Scottish Nuclear. Why should I believe his opinions as opposed to those of other sages who have been involved in the industry for many years and who are highly competent? During the opening speech of the right hon. Member for Derby, South, I referred to a...

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I know that other hon. Members, such as the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell), want to speak in this debate, and I do not want to be delayed by too many interventions. The hon. Gentleman, however, is most persuasive.

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman will not allow me the opportunity to do so—he keeps jumping up and down and intervening. I shall deal with all the points to which he refers later in my speech. The nuclear industry has been built on the successes of private industry—of companies such as Parsons, English Electric, AEI, Clarke Chapman, Babcock, Weir, Howden, and John Brown. I could reel off many more...

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mr. Purchase) said that with privatisation will come pay and productivity schemes. One of my tasks in the electricity supply industry was to introduce pay and productivity schemes in the 1970s and 1980s. They were tools used by the public sector. They are therefore not the preserve of the private sector. The hon. Gentleman's comments bore no...

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Once again, I disagree with the hon. Gentleman against a background of experience and involvement. I was an employee of the nationalised industry when it was the South of Scotland electricity board. At the time, the employees had the same fears and concerns for safety standards, but when changes were made and the industry entered the private sector, many of the old shackles, particularly on...

Opposition Day: Nuclear Privatisation (26 Mar 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I stated earlier, when I gave way to a host of interventions, that I might overrun. I feel passionately about the industry; it is my industry and I want to contribute to it. I am only sorry that so few Members are here today. I would have thought that on an Opposition motion on this issue, the Opposition Benches would have been packed, but that is not the case. I want to make one point on...


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