Results 61–80 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Surely the words of the hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) underline what my hon. Friend says. He points out the values and the excellence of the NHS. It has been demonstrated that, where someone had the choice between private and NHS, the individual plumped for the NHS. That is surely a great credit to the NHS, and surely backs my hon. Friend's argument.

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Given the hon. Gentleman's comments on waiting lists, is he aware of the service offered by hospitals in Ayrshire to patients from Northern Ireland for orthopaedic surgery, aimed at reducing waiting lists in Northern Ireland, and does he feel that that strengthens the bond between Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Opposition Day: National Health Service (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: A point that comes to mind from serving on Select Committees and listening to debates in the Chamber is that I repeatedly hear Opposition Members demand statistics. Is it not so that, the more statistics we gather, the more bureaucracy is required to gather them and the greater the cost imposed on the health service or any other service, yet Opposition Members complain about administrative...

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: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Borders Health Board (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my right hon. and learned Friend assure the House that Borders is not the only region where increases have taken place? In south Scotland—in Ayrshire—has not expenditure on health care gone through the roof? It is well above the 50 per cent. real terms increase per head over recent times—

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Unemployment (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my right hon. Friend aware that unemployment in my constituency has fallen by 35 per cent. in the past five years? Will he take on board the words of the hon. Member for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (Mr. Hogg)—whom we all respect—and look at the money that is to be spent on the A80? Considering the opposition that is coming from north Lanarkshire, would not that money be better spent on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Guardsmen Fisher and Wright (30 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received in regard to Guardsmen Fisher and Wright, currently imprisoned in Northern Ireland. [11971]

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Guardsmen Fisher and Wright (30 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my right hon. Friend. Is he aware of the exemplary service given by those two young men, who were prepared to lay down their lives to protect all the citizens of Northern Ireland? Is he further aware that, in the past, two soldiers who were convicted for similar crimes were released within three and a half years? Those young men have now been in prison for four and a half years. Does...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Repeals (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. In the previous debate, I referred to the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980, which banned alcohol at sports grounds and on coaches in Scotland. At the time, I was howled down and told that the measure was introduced by a Labour Member before the Conservatives took office. That is not true: the measure was introduced by this Government and...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Confiscation of Alcohol from Persons Under 18 (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Has my right hon. and learned Friend any guidance on why Opposition Members are taking this line? I hear repeatedly of their dismay that people are sent to prison for not paying fines. A fine of £2,500 would be well beyond the means of the majority of people who would be affected by the clause, and it would be nonsense unless they were sent to prison for non-payment.

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Application of Provisions with Respect to Early Release (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I should like to make a quick contribution, picking up on some of the points made by the hon. Members for Dumbarton (Mr. McFall) and for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace). I accept some of their points, but do they honestly believe it right that someone who is sentenced to four years should be released automatically halfway through that sentence? The Bill addresses that and I believe that...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I shall be fairly brief. The hon. Member for Paisley, North (Mrs. Adams) who stated, "We got over the problems of alcohol abuse and hooliganism at football matches." The Government certainly did that by introducing legislation during the 1980s. I was not in the House at the time, but I suspect that Opposition Members opposed those changes. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] That surprises me. It must have...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I certainly welcome that legislation. I am quite sure that the Government pushed it along and that it was a case of Scotland first and others following. It was good legislation. The hon. and learned Member for Fife, North-East (Mr. Campbell) appeared to suggest that we should impose on sheriffs strict guidelines on sentencing. I agree with him to some extent, but I find it difficult to ...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I am quite sure that the Bill does that. From my understanding of it, and perhaps beyond the comprehension of the hon. and learned Gentleman who made such an insulting comment, the Bill contains an element of choice in that individuals will be able to choose whether or not to wear a monitoring device. As far as I am aware, it is an alternative to custody. Opposition Members have referred to...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: It does not, because children's panels have the power to pass on cases involving young offenders to the courts. The provision could well be in their minds when they do so. It is a decision for the panels, but they are not dealing with the problems on our streets as effectively as I would like. The measure imposes an additional facility to be utilised to control hard-line offenders for the...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Has the hon. Gentleman lost his sense of hearing? I gave a response here tonight.

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I compliment the hon. Gentleman on his research. How many Scottish Labour Members took the time and trouble even to write a three-letter word on the consultation document?

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

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

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill: Restriction of Liberty Orders (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Where does the hon. Lady gel that interpretation from? It seems that a young offender from any background could be submitted to this recourse.


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