Results 1–20 of 462 for speaker:Mr Michael Hirst

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Labour Statistics (13 May 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Does my right hon. and learned Friend find it objectionable that the Opposition should speak in the way that they do, when their policies on nuclear power and weapons would, at a stroke, destroy scores of thousands of jobs in Scotland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Civil Nuclear Power (13 May 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the effect on electricity prices in Scotland of phasing out civil nuclear power.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Civil Nuclear Power (13 May 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend for his reply. Does he agree that if Labour and the alliance got their way and scrapped nuclear power the high energy using industries would leave Scotland altogether? In particular, will my right hon. and learned Friend reiterate that if Opposition policies to scrap nuclear power are implemented the British pulp mill at Irvine will never go...

Local Authority Expenditure (Scotland) (11 May 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Will my right hon. and learned Friend remind the Opposition that, in spite of constant exhortations to restraint, local government spending in volume terms is higher today than in 1979? All my constituents are facing substantial rates increases because of Strathclyde council's continuing failure to live within its means and to apply Government guidelines to its expenditure. Is it not true...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (5 May 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Does my hon. Friend agree that a substantial part of the Trident programme is represented by a major civil engineering contract at Coulport in the west of Scotland? Will he take this opportunity to remind the House that every Opposition party is pledged to scrap that programme, with the result that thousands upon thousands of jobs in the west of Scotland would be sacrificed on the altar of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Caterpillar Tractors Ltd. (8 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: When my hon. Friend or his officials next meet the management of Caterpillar, will he tell it that Scotland expects it to co-operate in any way possible in order to find a way to maintain. manufacturing operations and employment at Uddingston? Will he tell the management firmly that it is simply not acceptable that it should try to cast the plant, its work force and the community aside like a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Rates (8 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received about regional council rates increases in 1987–88; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Rates (8 Apr 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Does my hon. Friend agree that, as he has said, in the year in which the most generous rate support grant settlement for years has been given, it is nothing short of scandalous that Strathclyde regional council should be passing on a 19 per cent. rate increase to ratepayers? Does my hon. Friend and his ministerial colleagues have any plans to protect Scottish ratepayers from rate increases...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Japan (25 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement about the current balance of trade with Japan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Japan (25 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply, although it brings me no comfort. What evidence is there that the various undertakings that are contained in the Japanese action programme to facilitate the access of British imports to Japanese markets have been honoured by the Japanese?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (24 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of jobs in Scotland which are directly and indirectly dependent on the Trident programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (24 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: I am grateful for my hon. Friend's reply. Does he not find it remarkable that the Opposition parties are prepared, not only to gamble with the defence of this country, but to abandon a project upon which thousands of jobs depend, especially in the west of Scotland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Caterpillar Tractor Co. (11 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: I assure my right hon. and learned Friend that the whole of Scotland admires the vigorous way in which he has stood up to the Caterpillar management. However, if the United States management of Caterpillar does not change its mind about the closure, can he remind the House yet again that the Government will spare no effort in making resources available to find alternative employers to come...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Has my hon. and learned Friend any observation to make on the third point in the Scottish Consumer Council's letter about Crown preference in the case of rates and taxes? Is it reasonable that Crown preference should be perpetuated and that time to pay or instalment orders for arrears of rates and taxes should not properly be extended in this case?

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Does my hon. Friend agree that a most unfortunate practice by some people who push credit hard is that they describe the interest rate as so much per month? While 3 per cent. per month does not sound much, the APR on 3 per cent. per month is approaching 40 per cent. per annum. Does he agree that while that is a matter for consumer credit and is not the responsibility of the Solicitor-General,...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: I believe that the House will gibe a warm welcome to the Bill and congratulate the Government on implementing the report of the Scottish Law Commission on diligence. I have heard frequent references in the debate to the worthy document that the commission has produced, but, as a non-lawyer, I must say that I like the executive summary of the report's findings rather than its meat. The Bill...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: The hon. Gentleman has rightly drawn attention to a practice which I understand is carried on by people who are known as ghouls. They move in not just to see goods sold at fairly low prices but to be general spectators at a grisly process. There is a supreme indignity in one's neighbours being leafletted about an auction of one's household items. I believe—this point has been made by one...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: Some debtors may be prepared to go through that stigma and misery, but they should have the option of adopting the anonymous process that is identified in the Bill and the various protections that it is able to give them. The hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. Wilson) was right to draw attention to the phenomenal growth in credit use and the ease with which people can obtain it, often with...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: It would be rather injudicious to mention store names for fear that they instantly terminate the credit arrangements upon which my wife may well depend. It struck me that the young man was more interested in getting me to take out a plastic card for his store's credit scheme than in selling the goods. I noticed with some interest that, after the plastic card arrived and after I had received...

Orders of the Day — Debtors (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (10 Mar 1987)

Mr Michael Hirst: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention. The whole House pays tribute to the distinguished way in which the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Rutherglen (Mr. MacKenzie) has pursued this point. He has rightly emphasised in the House over many years, including the time when I was not a Member of Parliament, his distaste of warrant sales and his resolve to bring about a far...


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