Results 41–60 of 780 for speaker:Mr Douglas Crawford

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Prime Minister (Engagements) (13 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 13th July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Prime Minister (Engagements) (13 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: As it is clear that the Labour Government intend to proceed with the closure of the Glengarnock steelworks and to postpone indefinitely the Hunterston steelworks, will the Prime Minister have a word with the Secretary of State for Scotland and tell him that it is not, as the Secretary of State has suggested, the SNP which is misleading the people of Scotland over the future of their jobs, but...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Registration (12 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: The Scottish National Party has always sought in this House to raise the basic threshold at which VAT becomes payable. When it stood at £5,000 we sought to increase it to £7,500. When it was £7,500 we sought to raise it to £10,000. Now it is £10,000 we would wish to raise it further. As usual on most matters connected with these Bills, we were opposed by the Government, and the...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: DEALINGS IN COMMODITY FUTURES: WITHDRAWAL OF Loss RELIEF (12 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: I am sorry that the hon. Member for York (Mr. Lyon) is no longer with us, because I am sure that he would agree that I can dissociate the Liberals and my hon. Friends in the Scottish National Party from his comments about what the Conservatives did in the legislation he was talking about and the retrospective way in which that was carried through. I am sure that the hon. Member for Cornwall,...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: DEALINGS IN COMMODITY FUTURES: WITHDRAWAL OF Loss RELIEF (12 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: I accept what the hon. Gentleman says, but what the Government are doing—there is no Labour-SNP pact tonight—is trying to right not an individual but a collective wrong. The hon. Gentleman made a good Oxford Union speech, in what the Chief Secretary described as his usual elegant style. But he said that we were sniping at the corpus of law. On this Bench, we can quote J. B. Priestley,...

Finance Bill: Tax Repayments to Wives (11 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: I shall speak briefly in support of what the hon. Member for Braintree (Mr. Newton) has said and in support of amendment (a) to new clause No. 50. We have come a long way since the days when it was the custom for a man not to tell his wife his earnings. I venture to suggest that we have not gone far enough. By the insertion of subsection (7), the Chief Secretary appears to have been a little...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: British Railways (5 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends next to meet the chairman of British Railways.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: British Railways (5 Jul 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: Will the Secretary of State ask the chairman to give us an assurance that the first Motorail service —between London and Perth—which was threatened with closure last year, will be maintained next year and in succeeding years, because it is vital to the interests of railwaymen in my constituency?

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Scottish TUC (21 Jun 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: Does the Secretary of State agree that the scandalous unemployment figures in Scotland would be greatly reduced if the Government told the British Steel Corporation that it must not cut back its production targets at Ravenscraig from 3·2 million tons to 2·2 million tons, as is currently proposed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sports Council (14 Jun 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will next meet the chairman of the Sports Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Sports Council (14 Jun 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: Will the Minister do everything in his power to emphasise to the chairman of the Sports Council that, in turn, he should do everything in his power to ensure that FIFA does not exclude Scotland from future World Cup competitions just because Scotland does not yet have its own sovereign Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: The Opposition Front Bench said it would take no more time than the Minister. The Minister took 24 minutes, and the hon. Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) took 24 minutes. There are many misapprehensions about what creates new jobs, which are what we are discussing tonight. There was a survey in the late 1960s by the Scottish Council (Development and Industry) which laid out criteria for...

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: I am delighted to hear the hon. Member speak on the side of senior Scottish industrialist members of the CBI. I am very glad that the hon. Member is now taking the side of the CBI.

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: I am answering the hon. Member for Sowerby (Mr. Madden). Once again, I am glad to have the unanimity of the Conservative and Labour Parties on Scottish self-government. If the hon. Member for Sowerby and the House will let me proceed, I should like to say that I agree with the hon. Member on this point. Scotland has an unemployment rate of between 8 per cent. and 9 per cent.—200,000...

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: In that case, why did the Conservatives vote against additional money for Chrysler? If that had not gone through, there would have been no jobs in Linwood tonight.

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: No, it is too late, It is for the sake of existing jobs, not for new jobs—

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: No, I am sorry. I like the hon. Member very much, but he has only just come in. It is for the sake of existing Scottish jobs that my party will be voting for the Government motion tonight.

Orders of the Day — Industry (Financial Assistance) (22 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: She will soon be with the hon. Member. In his 1974 election manifesto, the hon. Member for Cathcart actually wished for a Scottish Assembly with economic powers. We can afford the extension of the powers of the Secretary of State for Industry in the Scottish context. As I say, these powers would be even greater in the context of a Scottish Government.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Indexation of Capital Gains Tax (16 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: In his opening speech the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Lawson) talked about this being a tax on capital. It is a tax not on capital but on capital gain. I hope that the right hon. Member will accept that definition. He did not say how this £350 million was to be funded. I do not know whether the Conservative position is that there should be further public expenditure cuts but, be that as it...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Whisky Out of Bond (16 May 1978)

Mr Douglas Crawford: Will the hon. Gentleman explain why it is that now, after three years, his own party has seen fit to move this new clause? Will he also explain why, having abstained on the new clause which the SNP has sought to move during the last three years, he is now seeking to make this point? The SNP has been in favour of this for the last three years and my hon. Friend the Member for Banff (Mr. Watt)...


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