Results 161–180 of 821 for speaker:Mr Phil Gallie

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Business Rate (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on returning the setting of business rate poundage to local authorities; and if he will he make a statement. [34174]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Business Rate (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my hon. Friend agree that the drive to a uniform business rate has been at the behest of commerce and industry in Scotland—the job creators? Does my hon. Friend further agree that the abandonment of the uniform business rate would mean job losses and company bankruptcies? That would be the Labour loss for Scotland.

Points of Order (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: As the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) observed Members rising to speak in Question Time, I observed the hon. Gentleman never at any time attempting to get to his feet. Does that suggest that he has no interest in trade and industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Manufacturing Output (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my hon. Friend agree that the aerostructure industry plays an important part in our manufacturing output? On that basis, does he agree that overseas success is dependent on a strong home base? Will he make representations to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence to ensure that, when the Nimrod replacement or refurbishment programme is determined, British Aerospace at...

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I agree almost entirely with what has been said by hon. Members on both sides of the House, and I go along with much of what was said by the hon. Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell). I agree particularly with the feeling of resentment about the stocks caught by the quota hoppers. That must be addressed. I want to make one specific point that has not been covered in the debate so far....

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my hon. Friend. That is the assurance I sought, and I shall now sit down.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Beef Production (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Is my right hon. Friend aware of a recent report from world veterinary surgeons meeting in Paris, stating that Europe has got it totally wrong in respect of BSE—and that, in going for a programme of culling, now Britain has got it wrong? Those experts were effectively saying that Britain took the correct steps in 1989–90 to correct the BSE situation. Does my right hon. Friend regret to...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman is being a little insulting to school boards when he talks of discussions of postage stamps and so on. Boards are interested in the books and equipment that schools use and in other major issues. My experience is that they like to feel that they are making a contribution in that way.

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I must begin by expressing my disappointment that no other Ayrshire Member of Parliament has been here for this important debate. I know that some Ayrshire Members are in the building and might have other duties to perform, but nothing is more important for the future of Scotland than the education of our young people. I deplore the fact that the Bill does not seem to inspire the interest...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: No. I accept that, at the previous general election, we did not get as many Scottish Tories elected as I should have liked. I think that we shall rectify that next time, but that remains to be seen. More Scottish Tories will be elected at the next election and they will be sitting on the Government Benches, attending key debates such as this. I do not accept that the Scottish Grand Committee...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I am saying that nursery education has been talked about right back to 1973, when my right hon. Friend the Member for Dumfries (Sir H. Monro) introduced his plans for the provision of nursery education. He did not get that opportunity, because a Labour Government were elected and did not subscribe to the line of providing nursery education. That was regrettable. No doubt there were other...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The five-to-14 programme was introduced by this Government. They recognised the benefits of such a programme and introduced it. If I think back to my time at school, I cannot remember a time when there was not some formal testing. I cannot remember a time in secondary school, at first and second year levels, when there were not tests. The problem was perhaps that the tests tended to be...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my hon. Friend. Does that suggest that, through accreditation, some of our major institutions will still have an input into the awards? I hope that my hon. Friend will think about that and come back to the issue—if not now, in Committee, because I should like to follow it up. The amendment tabled in the name of the Leader of the Opposition, with a rag, tag and bobtail bunch...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I thank my hon. Friend for his attention. I should like him to look again at the requirement in schedule 4(3) that all councillors in a school catchment area should have the right to participate on the school board. In some areas, far too many councillors would qualify, and they would grossly outnumber members of the school board.

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I can think of no better reason for rejecting the proposal than the fact that it has been suggested by COSLA. I suggest that my hon. Friend talks to school board members and the people who are showing interest, listens to what they are saying and accepts their judgments rather than those of COSLA. I accept that it would be reasonable for a local councillor to have an input into a school...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

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

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: I have listened with interest to my hon. Friend's remarks about what was on the cards in 1973. Surely the downfall for nursery education was the election of a Labour Government in 1974.

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: The hon. Gentleman has used the word "confusion", and I must admit that I am a little confused. He initially complained about the setting up of a quango, but he fails to realise that by setting up one quango, we are demolishing two, so a gain is made. He also suggested that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State chickened out of addressing the issue of nursery vouchers today, but the...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Are not the comments of the hon. Member for Glasgow, Rutherglen (Mr. McAvoy) absolutely wrong? The devolved assembly to which he referred would suck up all the responsibilities that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is trying to pass down to local authorities and to parents, through school boards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Wind Farms (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Phil Gallie: Does my hon. Friend recall that, in the 1980s, the so-called green movement championed wind farms? Will he confirm that the principal objectors to such schemes these days are those who are allied to the so-called green movement?


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