Results 121–140 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have some sympathy with my hon. Friend's point, but we are the party that believes in self-regulation. The Law Society has a part to play, and I would expect it to discuss with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State the means of achieving that. Finally, I believe that the legal aid system is sometimes abused in the criminal sector. A person should have the right to choose his lawyer,...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Lady may have heard the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson) say earlier that crime has been getting worse over the years. My impression is that the provision of nursery places by the state has increased over the years. In the good old days to which the hon. Gentleman looked back, there were no nursery places. Can the hon. Lady expand on that point?

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman has made much of the words of my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Hurd), but he has also been critical of the Conservative Government's performance on law and order issues. Perhaps my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney did not always get it right—[Interruption.] I am sure that he did not. That apart, I must point out that crime figures have been falling...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Today I will have to make a decision on which way I vote on the Bill. At that point, I will be faced with an amendment that says: That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Bill.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Union Decision Making (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he will take to ensure that proposals to have the veto removed from European Union decision making are rejected; and if he will make a statement. [695]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Union Decision Making (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind remarks of a personal nature and also for his response to my question, as it was the response for which I had hoped. Does not the Government's approach contrast with the policies offered by the Lib-Lab Opposition? Does not their white-flag policy on the issue pose a great threat to the people of the United Kingdom in the years ahead?

Prayers: Windfarms and Telecommunications Towers (Scotland) (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I shall be brief, to allow sufficient time for the replies. The hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr. Ross) was right to emphasise that we are debating a United Kingdom issue. Indeed, Scottish Power is currently considering providing small, low-input windfarms in Northern Ireland. It is also considering providing an interconnector between Scotland and Northern Ireland. That has created...

Prayers: Windfarms and Telecommunications Towers (Scotland) (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: My hon. Friend probably heard the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mrs. Michie) say that no planning consent should be given when it is in open defiance of local opinion. Given what he has said about his constituency, does my hon. Friend agree that that would more or less wipe out any chance of windfarms being developed in Scotland?

Prayers: Windfarms and Telecommunications Towers (Scotland) (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady's comments, but I remind her that a similar scheme was considered for Loch Lomond side and environmentalists argued that down. I am sure that that scheme would have fitted into the environment in much the same way as Cruachan.

Prayers: Windfarms and Telecommunications Towers (Scotland) (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: My right hon. Friend probably recalls that I was the manager of a 100 MW hydro scheme, which ran for about 40 miles. When it was built in 1928–29, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of concrete were poured into one of the most beautiful parts of south-west Scotland. Does my right hon. Friend think that nowadays the environmental lobby would allow us to block glens and flood villages as...

Prayers: Windfarms and Telecommunications Towers (Scotland) (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: My right hon. Friend's comments on the coastline are important because, some time ago, there was great pressure for wave-generated power stations, which would virtually wipe out the whole of the west coast if they were to provide any volume output. Has my right hon. Friend given any thought to wave-generated power and does he have any fears about it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Government's two-centre approach to on-route air traffic control across the United Kingdom is essential to air safety?

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (28 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: rose—

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (28 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have heard all this before from the hon. Gentleman, and he usually gets it wrong. We heard about his background and his close links with the police. What do the police think about stop-and-search laws? How important have they been to the control of criminal elements in recent times? Has the hon. Gentleman always voted in support of stop-and-search powers for the police?

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (28 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: At the outset, I apologise to my right hon. and learned Friend and to the hon. Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw) for not being present for the beginning of the debate. I made the mistake of travelling from Glasgow airport to Heathrow instead of from Prestwick to Stansted and, as a consequence, I suffered a two-hour delay. I listened to the opening speeches in the debate on the Gracious Speech...

Orders of the Day — Home Affairs (28 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my right hon. Friend for that correction. I welcome the change—it was an amendment for which I pushed—allowing the procurator to appeal against solemn court judgments that are seen to be lenient. I believe that that has been highly successful and I look forward to that right being extended to sheriff court judgments by the Bill on criminal proceedings in Scotland. That is an...

Scottish Parliament (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mrs. Fyfe) started off by suggesting that the people of Scotland want a democracy—which means, I suggest, an assembly. Labour Members told us that back in 1979. At that time, the people of Scotland failed to register sufficient interest—sufficient interest even by the standards of the Labour party. Labour Members abandoned their ideas then, and...

Scottish Parliament (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I am sorry if the hon. Gentleman cannot hear me; I shall try. The fact is that the Labour party in Scotland is not in control of this issue, because it is being decided in Islington. The shadow Secretary of State for Scotland has, to some extent, been abandoned. He has submitted meekly to instructions from those above him, although some people would say that he has done so bravely, because...

Dunblane (Cullen Report) (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson) on the dignified way in which they have proceeded, especially as this must have been so harrowing for both of them. It was entirely right to set up the Cullen inquiry and that it should have the blessing of the whole House. It was also right that we await the outcome of that inquiry...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Inward Investment (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I welcome the announcements made during the recess of 200 jobs for Rhor and a further 100 jobs for Western Welsh in my constituency. I also welcome the intended £250 million private finance initiative investment for the new air traffic control centre in Prestwick. May I ask my right hon. Friend to press that issue hard with the Treasury and with the Department of Transport?


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