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Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Operational Control (8 Mar 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: That is thoroughly unfair. I missed one morning sitting of the Committee and it did not relate to this matter. The hon. Gentleman must do me justice.

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Operational Control (8 Mar 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: When the amendment mentions terms, does that include tariffs?

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill: Statutory Code of Practice for Disconnections (8 Mar 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: We have just listened to a mixture of ministerial compassion and an excellent Civil Service brief. No one can deny that over the years there has been progress as both sides have struggled to try to deal with the problem of disconnection. The Minister did not really refer to new clause 5 on private suppliers, who, after all, are the essence of parts of the Bill inasmuch as they are being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Public Transport Services (2 Mar 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is time that we spent more money on the Scottish railway system and commissioned fewer reviews? Is he aware that the Strathclyde passenger transport executive is conducting a review, not because it wishes to reduce railway services in the region, but because it is under financial pressure to do so? Is that not wrong? Mr. Younger: I cannot agree...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Privatisation (28 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when we discussed the disposition of Wytch Farm on a previous occasion he doubted whether the figure that I suggested represented a true valuation? As that has now been confirmed as the correct figure, will he assure us that he will not privatise Wytch Farm at half the valuation that has been put on it by the British Gas Corporation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Onshore Oil Exploration (28 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: As onshore and offshore production will peak in 1985 and then fall by 40 per cent. in the five years after that, does the Secretary of State realise that it is high time that we got on with developing the marginal fields?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Marginal Fields (Development) (28 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will meet the chairman of Britoil to discuss the development of marginal fields.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Marginal Fields (Development) (28 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: In view of the Secretary of State's announcement today that he is disposed to encourage the speedy promotion and development of marginal fields, may I take it that a more sympathetic and considerate fiscal regime—it has been changed five times since the Government came to office—will be included in the Budget to encourage oil companies and their chairmen, including the chairman of...

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Modification of British Shipbuilders' Functions (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The Minister said that he would look sympathetically on such a proposition within the context of the present statute, as I understood him. Can he, off the cuff, give an example where either a previous Secretary of State or the present Secretary of State has assented to something of this nature from British Shipbuilders?

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Formulation of Policies and Plans (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I support the new clause, which the right hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Willey) moved with considerable force. The 1977 Act has not worked out as its authors intended. New clause 1(4) refers to the withdrawal of section 7 of that Act, which was about having an annual corporate planning policy. That is sensible. It has proved impossible, in view of the immense problems facing the...

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Formulation of Policies and Plans (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I agree that there is a considerable difference.

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Formulation of Policies and Plans (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I apologise to the hon. Gentleman. I have the 'flu and cannot speak very clearly. I never went to Harrow, but to a state school. Section 7, in its attempt to get an annual corporate policy, was a mistake because such a policy has been difficult to secure. I have been associated with the industry all my life. My father was also associated with it. The workers wanted industrial democracy in...

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Formulation of Policies and Plans (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I hope that that is not so. The Government do not confess to it. Nevertheless, I am willing to accept the hon. Gentleman's postulation that it might be so. The fact remains, however, that a large part of the industry will continue to produce ships of peace rather than ships of defence or war. In those circumstances, new clause 1 still stands. I am simply rebutting the argument of the hon....

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Formulation of Policies and Plans (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I am not advocating an annual corporate plan. Events have proved it to be nonsense. Nevertheless, I should be extremely surprised if a man such as Robert Atkinson opposes the idea of a corporate plan. I am not asking Ministers to say whether the chairman agrees with the new clause 1. That would be quite improper. Nevertheless, I should be surprised if he disagrees with it. It is sensible for...

Orders of the Day — British Shipbuilders Bill: Formulation of Policies and Plans (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The Minister has pressed hon. Members on the argument of quantitative decentralisation, hence his quoting of figures at this centre and that. However, there is also qualitative decentralisation, which involves the question of where decisions are made. That is the criticism.

Foreign Affairs Council (General) (23 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: From his discussions with Ministers, can the right hon. Gentleman say how many member states have said that they intend to follow the European Parliament's recommendation and institute a modified form of proportional representation in their countries and how many intend to adapt their national systems of proportional representation for the elections on 17 May?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Long-term Unemployment (2 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Is not the paradox of public funds in excess and public funds in stringency at the beginning of the year the reason why long-term unemployment in Scotland is bound to increase unless the Government return to Keynesian principles of investment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Unemployed Construction Workers (Glasgow) (2 Feb 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Is it not regrettable that so many construction workers are unemployed when the Government have money, but unfortunately make it available late in the day so that these schemes in Glasgow have difficulty in catching up? Will Ministers shake themselves up and make the money available at the beginning of the financial year, rather than trail away at the end of the year, trying to find people to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: North Sea Oil (31 Jan 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he estimates the production of oil from the United Kingdom continental shelf will peak, and at what figure; and what is his estimate of production in 1990, 1995 and 2000.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: North Sea Oil (31 Jan 1983)

Dr Dickson Mabon: That answer begs the question about net self-sufficiency in Britain to the end of the century and is hardly relevant to the 30 or so marginal fields that await exploitation. Do Department of Energy Ministers share the view that the present system of taxation, whatever its rate, is the only system and that proposals by the Institute for Fiscal Studies are to be rejected, or do they see some...


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