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Orders of the Day — Electricity (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Has not the Minister advised the South of Scotland electricity board to reconsider its gas tariffs for industrial customers, and have not less than a third of its customers renegotiated contracts? Is that not to the disadvantage of the SSEB, especially as the English boards have treated their customers reasonably well?

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill (24 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: rose—

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill (24 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: One of the first questions that we asked the Minister was whether, if he is to be evenhanded between the public and private sectors in this matter, we are to have the special Standing Committee procedures so that we can take evidence, at least in some sittings, to get the matter clear. It is extremely complicated.

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill (24 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: That was 20 years ago.

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill (24 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The hon. Member for Derbyshire, South-East (Mr. Rost) padded out his speech. It was a good speech at the beginning, but it became a bit dreary towards the end. I did not understand the hon. Gentleman's logic when he said that the meritorious concept of combined heat and power, being introduced in Britain at long last would be favourably affected by the Bill. He and the hon. Member for Exeter...

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill (24 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: The Under-Secretary is being charming to me if he is implying that I was responsible for the legislation in 1964, when in fact I was the Minister in charge of housing and local government in Scotland. The fact that he claims that permission exists and that private nuclear stations do not proves my point that there is no demand. Who is now knocking at the door? Why must we have private nuclear...

Orders of the Day — Energy Bill (24 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Yes. Our two arguments are entirely sustainable in defiance of the Minister's obstinacy. He is not the most malleable of Ministers and it will be difficult to persuade him in Committee. The Minister cannot dismiss these two propositions, the first of which is that historically the position on safety has changed. The second is the complete absence of demand. I also wish to mention the future...

Britoil (22 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Is it not distressing that less than 1 per cent. of the shares have been acquired by employees, and that tomorrow the small investors will take a hammering, although they acted loyally and patriotically in responding to the Secretary of State's appeals? Is it not more alarming that foreign penetration will be all the more serious tomorrow when shares will be sought on the exchange? Should...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Housing Waiting Lists (17 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many of the 25,000 houses that are available for letting are inadequate and inferior and need to be considerably renovated? Is not the absence of national statistics about housing shortages and needs a crying scandal and something that the Government should improve?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: North Sea Oil (Offshore Supplies) (15 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: Although the Government are anxious to make a success of the offshore supplies industry, have we not been defective since 1979 in the two areas mentioned by the Minister? Is it not time that we made a greater effort in those areas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British National Oil Corporation (15 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a further statement on the future of the British National Oil Corporation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British National Oil Corporation (15 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: May we have an absolute assurance that there will be no suggestion at a later stage of any privatisation, however minor, of the assets of the BNOC, slender though they are? Is there not some genuine concern about the viability of the corporation as a trading organisation, given that it has only the right of trading?

Britoil (10 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I deplore the substance of the matter and the way in which it has been handled. It borders on contempt of Parliament, in view of the Minister's earlier statements. To what extent are foreign companies, and through them foreign Governments, being freely invited to take part in the sale of these national assets? To what extent will the Minister try to ensure that the proportion of shares going...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Britoil (9 Nov 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In relation to written question No. 84 and the statement by the Secretary of State for Energy last week that he would make a statement soon, may we take it that there will be a statement made to the House, rather than in the form of a written answer, either today or later this week?

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (20 Oct 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings of the Council of Ministers have taken place since the end of July ; and what decisions were taken.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (20 Oct 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: In view of the importance of these meetings in sustaining employment, especially the steel decision and the Davignon plan, may we take it that, following the decision made today, I understand, by the German Government in Bonn to stand solidly with their European partners against American measures of retaliation that may have been instituted, the Council of Ministers will maintain the...

Orders of the Day — Civic Government (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Application of Sections 10 to 27, 38 to 40 and 42 to 44 (28 Jul 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I have no doubt that the Minister, who represents the Eastwood district, will do all that he can to persuade it. People who live in the Glasgow environs know that Eastwood is an important part of the area and know what a great lacuna it would be if it did not opt into the system. There could then be the abuse about which both sections of the trade and the local authorities are concerned. The...

Orders of the Day — Civic Government (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Application of Sections 10 to 27, 38 to 40 and 42 to 44 (28 Jul 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: It is not entirely flattery. The point is that the Minister accepted the argument and improved the Bill substantially as a result. Is the Bill now complete in this regard? On balance, I do not think so. The inconvenience caused to authorities that would be obliged to adopt a mandatory system would be much less than the inconvenience to the travelling public who live in the urban areas and...

Orders of the Day — Civic Government (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Application of Sections 10 to 27, 38 to 40 and 42 to 44 (28 Jul 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: I was willing to be convinced that it was unnecessary to have a mandatory licensing system, but I do not think that the Minister has made much of a case. After all, most Scottish people live in the urban areas. I concede that the system operating in the urban areas need not necessarily be reflected in the rural areas. Indeed, many hon. Members representing rural areas see no logic in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Invergordon Smelter (28 Jul 1982)

Dr Dickson Mabon: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a further statement on the future of the aluminium smelter at Invergordon.


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