Results 1–20 of 1068 for speaker:Mr David Robertson

Development in Rural Areas (7 Feb 1964)

Mr David Robertson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. I understood that the debate could go on until 4 o'clock. Is there any reason why a debate of this importance, which affects so much of our country and its people, should be curtailed?

Development in Rural Areas (7 Feb 1964)

Mr David Robertson: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Upland Farmers (29 Jan 1964)

Mr David Robertson: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that a mass meeting of upland farmers from Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland. Ross-shire, Inverness-shire, Argyllshire, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire took place at Inverness on 11th January; and, in view of the difficulties facing upland farmers in the north of Scotland as a result of rail closures, withdrawal of grants, unrestricted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Upland Farmers (29 Jan 1964)

Mr David Robertson: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he is implying that between 200 and 300 farmers who were present at the meeting in Inverness were lying to three of his colleagues who were present at the meeting? May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he is aware that a week or two ago a hill farmer in my constituency sold his land for £85,000? The stock was valued at £55,000, making an investment of...

Scotland (Herring Industry) (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: I listened to the stimulating speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeenshire, East (Mr Wolrige-Gordon) with great interest and a great deal of sympathy for the fishermen. I was in this industry for 20 years and I left it 25 years ago when I came to the House of Commons. I remember, in my youth, the days of abundance and the great catches of herring all along the West Coast from Loch...

Scotland (Herring Industry) (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: My hon. Friend talked about the failure of the East Anglian fishing this year. He rightly said that it was no good. He cannot contradict himself like that and expect to get away with it. It was an utter failure because of the lack of fish, but this state of affairs has been going on for a long time. I have constantly asked the Government to stop trawlers fishing for herring. Herring are...

Transport Users' Consultative Committees (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: rose—

Transport Users' Consultative Committees (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: I beg pardon, Mr Speaker?

Transport Users' Consultative Committees (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: When I came into the Chamber this morning I did so to listen to a statement on the conflict of views between the Secretary of State for Air and an hon. Member opposite However, I could not resist rising to my feet in this debate. It did not occur to me, as this is another debate, that I would need the permission of the House, but I now ask for permission to speak as the only back bencher from...

Transport Users' Consultative Committees (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow, Craigton (Mr Millan) on making an excellent speech I took part in the first day's debate on the Beeching plan on 29th April. It continued on the next day, and I do not think we have had such a debate in this House until today. At least, if there has been one, I am not aware of it.

Transport Users' Consultative Committees (20 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: I was not here last night. The position in Scotland is very serious. The hon. Member for Craigton referred to the agitation that is going on, but it is not only to be found in Ross and Cromarty. It is going on all over Scotland. I have never known any think like it in my lifetime The Government should be apprised of that fact because the people in Scotland are beginning to see what a raw...

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General for Scotland and Lord Advocate (12 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: asked the Prime Minister in view of the fact that there has been no Solicitor-General for Scotland in the House for over three and a half years and no Lord Advocate for over a year, and in view of the size of the current programme of Scottish legislation, if he will advise the appointment of an hon. Member, with legal qualifications, to one of those positions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitor-General for Scotland and Lord Advocate (12 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: Is it not the case that this. House has been deprived for years of either or both Law Officers and that this morning the Scottish Grand Committee was in considerable difficulty because there was no one present to advise hon. Members on both sides of the Committee on a complicated legal Measure? Is it not the case that even if someone becomes available, the candidate at Dumfries, we shall...

Scotland (Schools Code) (11 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: The matter I refer to tonight concerns the breaking of the law by the education authority in Caithness and by the Secretary of State for Scotland also, the law as laid down in the Schools (Scotland) Code, 1956, made on 8th June, laid before Parliament on 18th June, and coming into operation on 1st August. This matter reached me on 17th July this year in Caithness, when I was asked to meet a...

Scotland (Schools Code) (11 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: This person is still at Miller Academy. She is fully qualified, with the Scottish three-year qualification, and she has been teaching for 20 years. The probation issue arose when she applied to the director of education for the job on 30th May, when he visited Miller Academy and spoke to the teachers. He was the man who said that it would not be fair to the headmaster, whom they had not yet...

Scotland (Schools Code) (11 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: Would my hon. Friend quote the words from the code which cover that point?

Scotland (Schools Code) (11 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: Will the hon. Lady read to the House, and not slur over it as she did in her speech, the exact clause or subsections where she justifies the appointment of an unqualified person when there are qualified persons available? I have not found it, nor have the lawyers who have been looking into this case for the Institute in Caithness.

Orders of the Day — Harbours Bill (5 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: It is always pleasant to hear the hon. Member for the great Port of Southampton, the hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Dr. King). He is knowledgeable. But I think that his fears on this occasion are groundless. We have a first-class Minister of Transport—the best that we have had in all the years I have been in the House. I have complete confidence in him, and I hope that others have....

Orders of the Day — Harbours Bill (5 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: Page 174 of the Rochdale Report refers to the Royal docks as the largest area of impounded dock water in the world, used by many of the principal shipping lines". That is a statement of fact. But the great development is to take place at Tilbury. It seems to me that this development will cost millions of pounds unnecessarily. If there is a need for development, there is the land at Beckton,...

Regional Development (3 Dec 1963)

Mr David Robertson: The hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. W. Hamilton) is too pessimistic about labour going to Central Scotland. I have a letter from the Glenrothes Development Corporation, which I told him about the other day, in which it justifies keeping rows and rows of new houses empty because they will be needed for incoming industries which the Corporation has been very successful in attracting in recent...


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