Results 81–100 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

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

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. and learned Gentleman criticised the proposals partly because the local authorities, rather than the police, would supervise the young people. Would he like to comment on the fact that the local authority has overall responsibility for those sentenced to community service, which is the present equivalent of probationary service?

Hunger Strikers (Rochester Prison) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: I recognise the sensitivity of the issue. My hon. Friend said that medicine, food and liquids were available to the prisoners. There is a fine line between suicide, euthanasia and taking one's own life by depriving oneself of food. Has my hon. Friend given the matter thought? Is there any point at which the Government would step in to save a life?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Income Support (28 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my hon. Friend give a commitment to maintain the level of old-age pensions above the rate of the rise in the cost of living, as the Conservatives have done over the past 18 years, unlike Labour, who allowed the value of pensions to plummet while they were in office?

Business of the House (23 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the gastronomical and cultural disaster that faces countrymen of ours right across Europe? I refer to the haggis ban by the European Community. Is he aware that the haggis consists mainly of sheepmeat? Will he find time for a debate to discuss the merits of French frog legs and snails, or German rubber sausages, compared with the juicy, succulent haggis?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Family Mediation Scotland (22 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: My hon. Friend will have noticed in the Scottish press comments by the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Wilson) about my right hon. and learned Friend and his ability to listen and take the message on board. It seems that my hon. Friend has certainly been listened to, and he must be delighted by the way in which the message has been taken on board in this instance.

E. Coli (Pennington Report) (15 Jan 1997)

Mr Phil Gallie: This has been a terrible episode in Scotland's history, albeit a short-term one. I commend my right hon. Friend and Professor Pennington on the production of the report, but I am slightly concerned about the comments made on enforcement. Butcher businesses across the country are often small, family businesses and they have a very good record. I noted the comments on enforcement and I would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Inward Investment (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I welcome the fall in unemployment in Scotland—from 7.8 per cent. to 7.4 per cent. —that has been announced today. What proportion of that fall could be attributed to inward investment, and how much to the uniform business rate and its beneficial effects on small businesses? Does my hon. Friend agree that changing the uniform business rate—as the Labour party wants—would be a disaster...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my hon. Friend aware that a recent survey revealed that 80 per cent. of people in Scotland say that they want to own their own homes? Can he confirm that since 1979, when 35 per cent. of homes were in private ownership, we have achieved 58 per cent. ownership, and that we are well on the way to achieving recognition by the people of Scotland of the fact that we are meeting their aspirations?

Forensic Explosives Laboratory (17 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: In commending my right hon. and learned Friend on initiating the report, may I suggest that not only the forensic science community but the public at large should take satisfaction from the report? It will restore the public's confidence in the forensic science system.

Electricity Generation (East Lothian) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Electricity Generation (East Lothian) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I accept that the Secretary of State is right to take on board local opinions on such issues, and at least to re-examine them. I also accept that the Minister has not totally finished talking about this subject, but may I point out that, when the power station was built at Inverkip, a stretch of cable was put underground, to protect the environment, and that to the high costs involved must be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Utilities (Privatisation) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my right hon. Friend comment on the safety record of the privatised electricity suppliers? Have not accidents in those industries plummeted since privatisation?

Electricity Generation (East Lothian) (4 Dec 1996)

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

Electricity Generation (East Lothian) (4 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does the hon. Gentleman recall environmental arguments that the best way to use Scottish coal was sending the electricity by wire? The proposal would mean coal by wire to Northern Ireland. Will the hon. Gentleman also comment on North Yorkshire, because there seems to be a block on upgrading the interconnector there, which would also be of great value?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Surgery Outcomes (3 Dec 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my hon. Friend agree that the move away from the old, unwieldy health boards with 20 or so members to small, compact trust hospital management groups has done much to introduce local factors, which have allowed surgical outcomes to be much improved?

E. Coli (Scotland) (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Sympathy and concern, especially for those who are directly involved, must be in the mind of all who think about this problem. However, other thoughts strike us, too. One of the thoughts that strikes me is the fact that awareness of food hygiene and the proper handling of meats is essential for all those involved in the meat production process. It also strikes me that that is perhaps even...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 28 November. [4886]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the concerted campaign by Labour-controlled authorities against compulsory competitive tendering? Is he further aware that my local authority, South Ayrshire, favours direct labour organisations against the interests of small local contracting companies that have provided excellent services at low cost for a number of years? Does he agree that the fact that my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Inward Investment (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: What proportion of inward investment comes into Scotland through private finance initiatives? If the PFI relating to the new Scottish air traffic control centre were accepted, would that not increase inward investment further?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Expenditure and Taxation Levels (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that half of the United Kingdom regional aid budget was spent in Scotland last year? If a Scottish Parliament were established, does he believe that that would continue?


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