Mr Douglas Crawford: The hon. Gentleman is changing his ground. He used to compare Merseyside and Strathclyde.
Mr Douglas Crawford: No. I should like to look now at what might be, what could be and what assuredly will come to pass. The hon. Member for Cathcart will be interested to know that during the recess I was talking to the well-known Edinburgh-based financier, Mr. James Gammell. He and his colleagues were bemoaning the takeover of two Scottish investment trusts by the pension funds of the National Coal Board and...
Mr Douglas Crawford: If the hon. Member for Cathcart has a problem, let him write to me and I shall be happy to give him an answer. I am trying to make a serious point. The hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Doig) said that if there were a Scottish Assembly and independence, British companies in Scotland would pull up their stakes and leave. Sadly, there are few large companies with headquarters left in Scotland....
Mr Douglas Crawford: The hon. Gentleman misheard me. I said that Mr. Stout said that the Association of Scottish Investment Trusts was but the thin end of the wedge and that, without self-government, almost all Scottish business and finance would be controlled south of the border. That is the answer to his question.
Mr Douglas Crawford: If the hon. Gentleman would like Mr. Stout's address, I shall give it to him. Mr. Stout is the general manager of the Alliance Trust Company, Meadow House, 64 Reform Street, Dundee.
Mr Douglas Crawford: The postcode is DD1 1DG.
Mr Douglas Crawford: I apologise, Mr. Murton. Our solution is that all moneys should be paid into a Scottish Treasury and that it should pay to Great George Street those moneys required for non-devolved purposes. The hon. Member for Berwick and East Lothian made the point that we had all been asked by the Secretary of State to suggest solutions to this so-called intractable problem of taxation. I suggest that...
Mr Douglas Crawford: If the hon. Member is saying that the House of Commons would reject the will of the majority of people in Scotland, I suggest that he is being rather undemocratic. As an Anglophile who attended an English university, I do not believe that it would do so.
Mr Douglas Crawford: In 1974–75 it was estimated that the total receipts from all tax to the United Kingdom amounted to £18 billion and from Scotland about £2 billion. These figures will have increased with inflation. The £2 billion for Scotland includes the conservative amount of £500 million from direct oil revenues. Incidentally, I am delighted that oil has been found near Dorset. The sooner it is...
Mr Douglas Crawford: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he next intends to meet the Chairman of British Railways.
Mr Douglas Crawford: May we have a categorical assurance from the Minister that there will be no further cuts in the railway network north of Glasgow and Edinburgh? May we also have a categorical assurance from him that the London-Perth motorrail link will be maintained?
Mr Douglas Crawford: The right hon. Gentleman replied to his hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Central (Mr. McMillan) about England. Will he now answer the Question in respect of Scotland and Wales?
Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Secretary of State for Trade what are his Department's estimates of the contribution made by overseas visitors to Scotland to the United Kingdom balance of payments.
Mr Douglas Crawford: Does the Minister agree that it is high time that he agreed with the Scottish Tourist Board Chief Executive, Philippe Taylor, to the effect that that board should be allowed to advertise the tourist potential of Scotland overseas? Does he not think it is a disgrace that the STB should be forbidden by statute from advertising overseas the tourist interests of the very country that it is...
Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next intends to meet the Governor of the Bank of England.
Mr Douglas Crawford: When will the Chancellor discuss with the Governor the implications of last night's House of Commons vote which removed from the forthcoming Scottish Assembly and the Scottish people the need to comply with Treasury laid-down pay policy guidelines? Has the right hon. Gentleman thought about last night's vote?
Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Prime Minister when he next intends to visit Perth.
Mr Douglas Crawford: If the Prime Minister does visit Perth, will he explain to my bemused constituents—indeed, to all the people of Scotland—why Members from the Conservative and Unionist Party, bastions of the Union, last night voted to delete from the Scotland Bill the clause which seeks to give override powers to Westminster over the Scottish Assembly? Does he not agree that the Tories are either knaves...
Mr Douglas Crawford: As the Lord President is aware of the serious concern felt for the steel industry in Scotland, when will there be a debate on steel?