Results 21–40 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I cannot speak for England and Northern Ireland, but I would certainly expect them to have got something. I am prepared to be corrected by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, whose figures I never dispute, because I find accuracy behind them. I do not know the figures for Wales, but I do know what I understand to be the factual figures for Scotland.

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I shall re-examine my figures. If the figures were not what I understood them to be, I would be quite happy to apologise to the hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley) in advance and thank him for correcting me on the issue. The amount of defence spending in Scotland and in my constituency is a major factor. I know that the hon. Member for Moray takes great interest in the Nimrod programme....

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I do not know what the local authorities in the hon. Lady's area are doing, but in my constituency in the past five or six years, we have been blessed by a Conservative majority on Kyle and Carrick district council. It has done more than any other local authority in Scotland to improve the standard of local authority housing. It achieved that partly with capital receipts and partly with the...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my hon. Friend recall a meeting of the Scottish Grand Committee not long ago when the hon. Member for Moray (Mrs. Ewing) suggested that Scotland would have to subsidise the rest of Europe, unlike Ireland?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman's comments on a minimum wage may well be true. A minimum wage exists in other countries. In France, for example, it is set at the equivalent of about £2. Would he like to tell the House at what level he thinks a national minimum wage would be set on its introduction here?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I have read the Opposition motion on the Order Paper. It refers not to principles but to poverty and the means of addressing it. As far as I am aware, that is precisely what my right hon. Friend is doing.

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Lady will be aware that only this week my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Social Security announced far-reaching changes to the pensions system, looking well into the next century. Does that not suggest that we take a long-term view rather than relying on short-term soundbites as she suggests?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Quota Hopping (6 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Difficult though discussions on fishing are in Europe, have there not been some successes for British fishermen, and would not Britain's strong voice on these issues diminish to a Scottish whimper if the hon. Member for Moray (Mrs. Ewing) and her colleagues got their way?

Hunterston Power Station (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: May I commend my right hon. Friend for the speed with which he has acted on this? It is breathtaking that, since last night, so much appears to have been done. Again, the emphasis on the fact that this incident does not threaten health is very important, but in any such incident there are lessons to be learnt. I wonder—being wise after the event, and thinking about the supply of CO2 from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Tax (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my hon. Friend aware that residents in south Ayrshire are absolutely delighted that South Ayrshire council has received an above inflation rate grant this year? Does he agree that there should be an element of optimism— [Interruption.] Well, perhaps not when it is a Labour council. Does my hon. Friend agree that there is cause for some optimism that the council could hold the council tax...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I listened to the hon. Gentleman the other day on the radio—he is a caring Member—when he expressed his reservations about young ladies who cannot get homes. At the same time, however, he expresses concern about capital investment in housing. I am sure that I heard him say that he did not want people on Department of Social Security benefits on Benbecula and that he wanted to knock down a...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I listened carefully to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Leith (Mr. Chisholm). I hear once again proposals from the Opposition to establish yet another quango. Every argument that they ever advance seems to involve the creation of just one more of these bodies. When the hon.Gentleman spoke about the windfall tax, he failed to address the point made by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: My hon. Friend is right. The regulator has already confirmed that, and the hon. Gentleman must take it on board. I was disappointed that the hon. Gentleman did not turn up at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Dundee on Thursday morning.

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I accept the hon. Gentleman's comment, but he is the shadow housing Minister for Scotland. I should have thought that he would attend that important conference in Dundee. He was missed by those who were there. Some thought that he was absent because he has recently had a hard time in Scotland on housing issues, principally because of the Labour party's change of tack. Despite his claim that...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: A number of 16 and 17-year-olds in my constituency have been housed under the legislation, and there is resentment among other constituents, some of whom have waited for six or seven years to be housed under the normal system. It is from my constituents that I get my evidence, and I tend to believe my constituents.

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I do not think that the hon. Lady listened to what I said to the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman). [Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman is now not listening in any case.

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I never claimed that young girls deliberately went out to get pregnant. What I am saying is that an extraordinary number of 16 and 17-year-old girls do get pregnant, and do end up being housed under the homelessness legislation. It would be far kinder to them, and to all concerned, to enable them to go into proper units where they would receive support—the support that their families should...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I will, but time is short.

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I well understand the point that my hon. Friend is making, but I do not want to follow that line. I have given my views, as, like every other hon. Member, I have a democratic right to do—irrespective of sedentary comments from some individuals who should know better. It is said that the solution to all Scotland's housing problems is to establish a Scottish Parliament. Such a parliament...


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