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Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Cowal Ferry (11 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: What will be the cost of a standby vessel, such as that described by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Maxton)——

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Cowal Ferry (11 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: He is still my friend. I shall even embrace the hon. Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr. Canavan) if I am obliged to do so, but not with that beard. What will be the on-cost of a standby vessel, such as one of the two at present on the Gourock-Dunoon run? Further, what will be the cost of purchasing this passenger-only vessel for Cal-Mac to replace the other vessel?

Orders of the Day — Nationalised Industries (10 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: That might be true in a comprehensive way, but it is not so in day-to-day, or more correctly in quarter-to-quarter, affairs. The Minister has enough experience to know how often companies, with the best will in world, complain that their production is inhibited by restrictions on flaring. I once had the unpleasant task, with Shell in particular and BP to a lesser extent, of saying "No. You...

Orders of the Day — Nationalised Industries (10 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman is offering himself as chairman of the British Gas Corporation at some time. His remark is not true. If the neatly negotiated prices of the corporation's gas extending over long contracts—the oil companies were not forced to sign the contracts—prove good for the corporation, they also prove good for the consumer. If there is a free price negotiating structure...

Orders of the Day — Nationalised Industries (10 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Yes, but there is nothing wrong with the Foreign Office on occasions. There is a genuine concern about our legal status on the United Kingdom continental shelf. Another argument that has been advanced is about participation. We have not yet had answers to the questions about the fifth and sixth rounds. I should have to take legal advice if I were the Minister, but I believe that the earlier...

Orders of the Day — Nationalised Industries (10 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I hope that it does not embarrass the right hon. Member for Leeds, South if I praise him for using words that the Social Democratic Party would use about seeking to redress the position if it were in Government, or if it were asked to support a Government. The argument put forward by the hon. Member for Dunfermline about the BNOC and foreign Governments is true. As the Minister knows, when...

Orders of the Day — Nationalised Industries (10 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The hon. Gentleman is always careful about his facts. Was his reference to the proposed trading company as a "BNOC subsidiary" a slip of the tongue or is he privy to something that we do not know about?

Orders of the Day — Nationalised Industries (10 Nov 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I am following up the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Merthyr Tydfil (Mr. Rowlands). [Hon. Members: "Is the hon. Gentleman the right hon. Gentleman's hon. Friend?"] I have friends on both sides of the House. Those agreements, of which there were about 16, were negotiated by three parties. They are complex. I understood from the Minister's initial remarks that most of them would...

Orders of the Day — British Gas Corporation (Wytch Farm Oilfield) (27 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I congratulate the Government on reappointing Sir Denis Rooke as chairman of the British Gas Corporation. He is a singularly devoted public servant. We know that he has vigorously opposed the disposal of Wytch Farm. No one could claim him as an ideologue of either the Conservative Party or the Labour Party. He is a straightforward, highly respected, commercially minded business man, who wants...

Orders of the Day — British Gas Corporation (Wytch Farm Oilfield) (27 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I suggest that that is not possible. Is my hon. Friend right? Am I wrong? Who is right? There is great interest in the debate in the oil and gas industries. Concern is not confined to the corporation. It is not only the taxpayer who is listening but many others. I hope that the Minister will answer the question, which has been put to him repeatedly in different forms. I hope that he will...

Orders of the Day — British Gas Corporation (Wytch Farm Oilfield) (27 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: At that time I was a Minister in the Department of Energy. I arrived late on the scene for political reasons with which the House is familiar. My right hon. Friend the Member for Bristol, South-East (Mr. Benn) and I discussed the claim of the Burmah Oil Company in great detail with company officials. We were convinced that we were right to proceed. Since then the courts have justified the...

Orders of the Day — British Gas Corporation (Wytch Farm Oilfield) (27 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. How do the hon. Gentleman's remarks relate to what we are discussing? The proposal before the House is about the disposal of an oilfield. It has nothing to do with the transmission of gas.

Orders of the Day — British Gas Corporation (Wytch Farm Oilfield) (27 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I should like to intervene briefly, since I know a little about the matter. Is it not true that when one explores for oil or gas the other element can be found coincidentally, and without any precognition of what the circumstances will be? Therefore, it is clear that British Gas, with BP, was involved in Wytch Farm in hoping that there might be some gas, even if perhaps not enough to justify...

Orders of the Day — Western Ferries (Argyll) Ltd. (21 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Never on a public subsidised service.

Orders of the Day — Western Ferries (Argyll) Ltd. (21 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I take your point at once, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I have great admiration for the hon. Member for Argyll (Mr. MacKay) in his various manifestations, but he has tonight done himself a grave disservice by taking 20 minutes of a 90-minutes debate, even to defend what he regards as a vital constituency interest. We all have constituency interests. My hon. Friend the Member for Renfrewshire, West...

Orders of the Day — Western Ferries (Argyll) Ltd. (21 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The right hon. Gentleman is repeating what he said in a letter to me, namely, that losses were approximately £800,000 "on the route". Is it on the route or on the routes, because some people contest that £800,000 is spent only on the Gourock to Dunoon service?

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (21 Jul 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The right hon. Gentleman referred to the retrospective nature of the provisions in the 1966 Act. However, the rate support grant settlement in former years was a genuine settlement. No genuine rate support grant settlement has been made between the present Government and local authorities. It is unjust for the right hon. Gentleman to cite levels such as 1 per cent., 4 per cent. and 7 per...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Hospital Beds (17 Jun 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Is it not true that in Argyll and Clyde health board area, where Inverclyde is one quarter, we have waiting lists equal to those of the other three-quarters, yet for financial reasons 70 beds are out of action? Is it not a disgrace and a false economy that so many people have to wait for so-called cold surgery operations and so on, thus being deprived of work and earnings—all because of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Sheriff Middleton (17 Jun 1981)

Dr Dickson Mabon: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This matter refers to a case in my constituency.


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