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Post Office Charges and Services (21 Apr 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: This is a timely debate in view of the Government's intention to increase telephone charges. I was glad to hear the Minister welcome the opportunity to take part in it. There are two important reasons which make the proposed increases undesirable at this moment. First, there is the effect on the elderly and infirm. It must be obvious to all of us, and particularly to those of us who live in...

Post Office Charges and Services (21 Apr 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: I have listened to the hon. Gentleman with great interest but still cannot see where the contradiction is. These are separate functions.

Agriculture Bill: S. 26 of Agriculture Act 1967 as Amended (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: I promise to be brief at this hour of the morning. We have had a good debate, one of the best, because we must agree that hon. Members on this side have been helpful throughout this long Report stage. It is pleasant to find the Minister and his hon. Friends giving the Opposition so much credit for the help they have given the Government in making the Bill more effective. Certain parts of the...

Agriculture Bill: S. 26 of Agriculture Act 1967 as Amended (7 Apr 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: Sorry, Mr. Speaker. That is the position, and one finds it is difficult not to refer to these matters when dealing with this important Bill. It is indeed an important Bill and we hope it will make a substantial contribution to the industry's welfare and to the expansion of production. On behalf of my colleagues, I welcome it.

Orders of the Day — Hill Land Improvement Scheme (25 Mar 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: I welcome the Scheme, because the 10 per cent. increase will be a considerable help if the farmers can put up the rest of the money. This is where the trouble arises. No sector of the industry is in a worse position to put up the extra money required, and what is so disappointing is that one can see no hope of improvement in the immediate future. It may be generally agreed that there is...

Orders of the Day — Hill Land Improvement Scheme (25 Mar 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie rose——

Orders of the Day — Hill Land Improvement Scheme (25 Mar 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: The point is that large sums have been spent in the past 20 years to make hill farms viable units. It therefore seems wrong, when a man has fenced, drained and reclaimed land and put up buildings, that it should go to forestry.

New Clause 2: Amendments as to Grants in Connection with Alterations of Farm Structure (24 Mar 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: I commend the comments made with reference to amalgamation by the hon. Member for Norfolk, South-West (Mr. Hawkins). When the 1967 Bill was going through the House, my hon. Friends and I pointed out that there was always the danger of small units being swallowed by larger units. This is happening in some cases, and the time has come when it should be looked at seriously and necessary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (Fishings) (18 Mar 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of fishings still in the ownership of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board (Fishings) (18 Mar 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: Is the Minister aware that there is growing anxiety in my constituency about the future of these fishings? It is felt that they should be handed over to the Highlands and islands Development Board for the benefit of tourism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Tractors and Harvesters (Investment Grants) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, in view of the hardship caused to many farmers by the withdrawal of the investment grants on tractors and self-propelled harvesters, if he will reconsider his decision to discontinue these grants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Tractors and Harvesters (Investment Grants) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that many farmers are finding it difficult to replace old implements at this stage and that the system has been a great help? Will he bear this in mind in considering the annual price review?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Brucellosis (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in view of the spread of brucellosis among cattle, if he will now take steps to eradicate this disease on an area-by-area basis and to prevent reactors from being put on the open markets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Brucellosis (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the widespread concern felt throughout Scotland over the spread of this disease? Does he not realise that although certain individuals have taken steps, their efforts are of no avail so long as there is no compulsion? Will he take steps to have the areas looked at individually so that certain areas could be formed for appropriate action to be taken?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Harbours and Piers (Wheatley Report) (21 Jan 1970)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that harbours can be administered more efficiently by a local body which knows conditions intimately than by a body based 100 miles away, which may be the effect of the proposals? Will he give attention to this when he considers the matter further?

Scotland (Winter Keep Scheme) (8 Dec 1969)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: There is very little difference between this scheme and the previous one, apart from the fact that this one is to be continued for five years instead of three. This is a very good thing because it gives confidence to the farmer and it shows that the Government intend to support this sector of the industry, irrespective of whether we go into the Common Market or not. Since the numbers of...

Schedule 2: Welfare of Livestock (Bram- Bell Committee's Report) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: We are debating a subject of very vital importance to all those engaged in the livestock industry as well as to those who buy our products. We are all quite clear in our minds tonight that we are not dealing with the economics of livestock husbandry, although that has a very strong bearing on our discussion. Like other hon. Members, I have received a great many letters on this subject, and...

Schedule 2: Welfare of Livestock (Bram- Bell Committee's Report) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: I think that they do know a lot more than some of the members of the Brambell Committee. They have the practical experience. I have been rearing animals now for 50 years, and have taken very close note, and this is my candid opinion—

Schedule 2: Welfare of Livestock (Bram- Bell Committee's Report) (20 Oct 1969)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: No, but I should like to come to that very point later. In my opinion, we are dealing with a minority. I listened with great interest to what was said by the hon. Member for Bristol, North-West (Mr. Ellis) and I am sure that none of us was happy about the conditions he described. Calves kept in conditions such as described by the hon. Member for Gillingham (Mr. Burden) will not be contented,...

Orders of the Day — Educaton (Scotland) Bill: Age of Retirement of Teachers (10 Jun 1969)

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie: There is a lot to be said for the Amendment. Some flexibility is necessary in this case. Most authorities allow teachers, and particularly head masters, to carry on to the end of the school year, and not the school term, because it may disrupt the life of the school if a headmaster or principal teacher comes into the school at some other time during the year. The Secretary of State said that...


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