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Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (Mr. Llwyd). All I can say to him is: best of luck at the national stadium on Saturday, when Wales play England. The rest of what he said, and of what the Scottish National party and Labour party spokesmen have said, was most disappointing. They always run the country down and never say a good word about the...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: I am not accusing the hon. Gentleman: I am talking about the Scottish National party; he should listen occasionally. He is not always in trouble—only 99 per cent. of the time. There are costs, costs, costs under Opposition parties' socialist proposals, but no indication of where the money is to come from: it will come inevitably from increased taxation. The shadow Chancellor said that...

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: We have been talking about unemployment in the health service as a result of Labour's policies. Could my right hon. Friend extract from the Scottish National party a figure for the number of jobs that would be lost at the Royal Air Force bases at Leuchars, Kinloss and Lossiemouth, and among personnel in the Royal Navy, the Scottish regiments and the defence industry were we to have Scottish...

Hunterston Power Station (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the public will be reassured by his statement and by the steps that he proposes to take in the near future? I live near Chapelcross power station, which was commissioned 35 years ago by British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. and which has the highest safety standards. I am sure that the reputation of that nuclear station and others in Scotland should reassure the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Lockerbie (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that those who live in Lockerbie or, like me, near it firmly believe that the investigations conducted by the Dumfries and Galloway police, the procurator fiscal and the Lord Advocate show that the alleged criminals in Libya must be brought to book in a court in Scotland or the United States, and that diversions to other possible suspects only cause...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Teachers (Appraisal) (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: On the training of teachers, does my hon. Friend agree that the continuation of the assisted places scheme and the introduction of vouchers for nursery education are crucial for the future of Scottish education and that if the Labour party continues to object and say that those schemes will be abolished, it will continue to plummet down the polls as it did yesterday?

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: After 21 minutes of the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson), I must say that I preferred 42 minutes of the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, my hon. Friend the Member for Kincardine and Deeside (Mr. Kynoch). We had 21 minutes of cliché, riddled with perorations that kept mounting and falling away, and then it was the usual story—when the hon. Member for Hamilton is asked...

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Does my hon. Friend agree that had the Minister responsible for sport in Scotland not gone to Atlanta to support Scottish competitors in the Olympic games, all hell would have broken loose among the Opposition? We like our Ministers to represent Scotland at major sporting events, as I did at the Commonwealth games.

Flood Prevention and Land Drainage (Scotland) Bill: Emergency Power of Entry (26 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: I am interested in the compelling case that the hon. Gentleman is making, but what practical advantage does the new clause give for emergency access to prevent flooding?

Orders of the Day — Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Bill [Lords] [Money]: Financial Assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (25 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: May I put the hon. Gentleman right? I took the legislation through the House in 1979 or 1980. The word "memorial" was added in Committee because we wanted to mark the relationship with those who had given their lives in the war. That was an important step. I am not saying that what the hon. Member for Perth and Kinross (Ms Cunningham) says in principle may not be right, but it would be...

The Constitution (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: rose—

The Constitution (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Having sat through nearly all the debate, I am still awaiting an answer to a simple question. As the hon. Gentleman knows, my constituency runs along the border. Many of my constituents live in Dumfries and work in Carlisle, and many live in Carlisle and work in Scotland. Will the hon. Gentleman explain to whom those people will pay their tartan tax, and why?

The Constitution (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: New clause (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: I am as depressed with our Front Bench tonight as I was in 1988 when we debated the Firearms (Amendment) Bill. In that case, too, the Government rushed into legislation and found it singularly unsatisfactory when it reached the House. If only we had had a debate on Cullen in the House after the publication of the report and before policy legislation was decided on, we would have removed many...

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: New clause (18 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: I have seen that in print during the past month or two. The Home Secretary must tell us today about the position of the gun and rifle clubs and their buildings and ranges. In those ranges, highly qualified people carry out their international shooting practice. We have a tremendous reputation throughout the world for marksmanship. I speak as a past president of the National Small-Bore Rifle...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Health Spending (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Will my right hon. and learned Friend give some idea of capital expenditure on the health service in Scotland during the past five years? Will he reaffirm our commitment to spend more on the health service year on year? Does he not find it astounding that the Labour party cannot give the same assurance?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Public Expenditure Settlement (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Were my right hon. Friend to allow local authorities to spend more money without there being an increase in income tax, surely he would have to scrap the business rate and increase other taxation or levy a tartan tax. Does he agree that the Labour party's proposals would inevitably lead to an increase in taxation in Scotland?

Cold Weather Payments (Scotland) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: Any farmer listens to the farming programme at 6.10 every morning.

Cold Weather Payments (Scotland) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Perth and Kinross (Ms Cunningham). All hon. Members would agree with her objectives: we all want Scotland's elderly and vulnerable residents and others who are infirm and require additional heat to be looked after in the best possible way that the country can afford. The hon. Lady was less than gracious about cold weather payments. Between 1964 and...

Cold Weather Payments (Scotland) (29 Jan 1997)

Mr Hector Monro: I am simply thinking of the practical results of what is going on among Opposition Members—they seem to be hounding away together, trying to defeat the Government. The hon. Member for Perth and Kinross gave scant details of the cost of what she had in mind or, indeed, of the cost of the present system. In fact, in 1995–96 there were 7·2 million payments at a cost of £62 million, which...


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