Results 41–60 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is it not true that 18,000 homes were built in Scotland in each of the past three years? Is it not also projected that 130,000 homes will be required in the next 10 years? On that basis, are the Government not on target to meet anticipated need?

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Member for Midlothian (Mr. Clarke) speaks as a member of the shadow Front-Bench team and as a Labour Whip, and he has just challenged the entire thrust of Labour's position on local government expenditure. Labour has said, "Not 1p more"; but he says, "The Government are shortchanging Midlothian." I can tell him that the Opposition will shortchange Midlothian in exactly the same way,...

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I fully accept that point, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was attempting to illustrate how wrong Opposition Members are on those issues. They believe that attempts have not been made in other areas, such as the health service, to rationalise and to produce results and wise expenditure levels. Such results have been achieved in the health service, unlike in local government. It is time for local...

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I suspect that the hon. Gentleman approves. He and his hon. Friends have criticised the Government for spending £600,000 on advertising the nursery voucher system. The public need to be advised about the system so that they know how to use it. That is purely an information exercise. If it is good enough for Glasgow to spend £130,000 on a relatively small number of the Scottish people—

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Picking up on that point of order, I should like to talk about councillors' allowances. The number of councillors in Scotland has been reduced in recent times by about one third. We now have 1,245 councillors, of whom 739 receive special allowances. One might think that the level of special allowances would have reduced, but the level of councillors' allowances has gone up from £7.1 million...

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Planning departments spend a heck of a lot of local authority money. They are getting involved with petty matters and having a major effect on the expansion of town centres. At Towans hotel in my constituency, the council insisted on keeping a dilapidated building occupied—it was empty but occupied by an owner. Demolition and redevelopment of the site would obviously have been a better...

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman referred to an extra £150 million for local authorities, which is more than 1p in the pound on income tax in Scotland. He has also said that the Liberal Democrats would raise 1p in the pound specifically for education. Does that mean that they want to raise income tax by 2p in the pound? Education is only part of local authority expenditure. Higher education must be paid...

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: He is always like that.

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does not at least 65 per cent. of local government funding come from general taxation? Therefore, do not the residents of Eastwood probably contribute more than their fair share?

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that one of the disappointments of these debates is the way in which he talks down to Conservative Members and uses personal abuse? He should stick to the issues. Is it not a greater disappointment to him that the majority of Scottish Labour Members have not turned up? Perhaps they are all on foreign trips.

The Constitution (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have great feelings of tenderness towards the devolution debate. I really enjoy getting stuck in to this argument. I look back affectionately to the last debate in 1979, when we were told that the people of Scotland and Wales were demanding assemblies. Referendums were conducted, and we found that there was no great demand. Eighteen years of Tory government followed, so we owe much...

The Constitution (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: If the hon. Gentleman followed what I said and followed my line much more often, he would be far better advised than he is at the moment, and he probably would not have spent 18 years on the Opposition Benches. Why am I concerned about a Scottish Parliament? Scots have a leading role to play in whatever role they choose to follow. In the United Kingdom, Scots have played that leading role...

The Constitution (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thought you were calling time on my speech; I am delighted that you were not. Opposition Members tell us that candidates for the parliament will be selected on a 50–50 split of men and women. Is that discrimination in favour of women or in favour of males? Would it be permissible for 52 per cent. to be women, or do they want a bang-on split? They must...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 11 February. [13744]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the importance of defence-related jobs in my Ayr constituency? Is he aware that the Nimrod 2000 programme will provide many jobs, as does the small boat maintenance and construction work at Ailsa Perth and Troon? How would those jobs stand up if we reduced our defence expenditure to the European average?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my right hon. and learned Friend get the impression from the comments of the spokesmen for both the Opposition parties that they are obsessed with buildings and beds? Conservative Members are concerned about patients. We want waiting lists to drop and treatment to be improved. We want new techniques to be adopted. Is not that Conservative policy?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: rose—

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

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

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

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

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman comes from Scotland, as I do. Is it not a fact that Scotland has the greatest teaching hospitals in the world, and Scots have always taken their excellent skills worldwide? Should we not be proud of that rather than bemoaning it?


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