Results 1–20 of 417 for speaker:Mr Hamish Watt

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Prime Minister (Engagements) (3 Apr 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Now that the principle has been established that Governments may reduce the existing MCAs themselves, will the Government look at the policy that my party has long advocated of a gradual reduction, and not a sudden and severe reduction, in MCAs? Will he say when the Council will realise that the CAP will never work? While it is costly to the British taxpayer now, it will be much more costly...

British Ambassador, the Hague (22 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: When shall we have an opportunity to debate the Expenditure Committee's report on the fishing industry? Is the Leader of the House aware that the present state of uncertainty cannot continue, as many boatbuilders in my constituency are threatened with redundancy?

Private Business: Milking Herd (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Can the Minister tell British dairy farmers, and more particularly their bankers, why they should continue to invest in milk production when costs are increasing by 17 per cent., when money is costing 16 per cent. and when the best that the Minister can offer is a 5 per cent. devaluation of the green pound?

Private Business: European Community (Council of Agriculture Ministers) (15 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: At the next meeting of the Council, will the right hon. Gentleman discuss the ludicrous situation whereby live cattle are exported from this country to Germany and are slaughtered there, to the benefit of the German worker and the German abattoir trade, after which the meat is then reimported into Britain, collecting huge MCAs as it comes?

Message from the Queen: Oil Pollution (Emergency Services) (14 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the emergency services available in Scotland to deal with tanker collisions and oil spillages round the entire Scottish coast.

Message from the Queen: Oil Pollution (Emergency Services) (14 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Does the Minister agree that there are not sufficient tugs of sufficient size in the area to pull 300,000-ton tankers should they get stranded? Some of these tugs are as much as 36 hours steaming time away, on the Continent. A great deal of damage can be done to areas around our coasts if proper emergency facilities are not available. Will the Minister show some sense of urgency and go to the...

Message from the Queen: Local Authorities (Housing Expenditure) (14 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Does the Minister realise that the best way to avoid long journeys on dangerous roads is to stop the closure of many of our local hospitals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade: Paper and Board (Duty-free Quotas) (12 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Can the Minister tell the House that he will be vigilant on this matter and make sure that he does not allow boats of any proposed EEC coastguard service to enter British waters? If he does, it will mean that he is finally handing over the fish stocks of Britain to our EEC partners.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (7 Mar 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Every dairy farmer will welcome his statement on the co-responsibility levy, but will the Minister say why he continues to set his face against a semiautomatic reduction in MCAs? Surely he recognises that a 5 per cent. devaluation this year will not in any way compensate Scottish farmers, who saw their income go down by 30 per cent. last year? This kind of devaluation will in no way excite...

Supplies and Services (Scotland) (23 Jan 1979)

Mr Hamish Watt: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House what talks his emergency committee has been having with the union to introduce some rationale? In the North-East it is necessary for men to make a 140-mile round trip merely to get a permit to enable them to get stuff moved. Does he realise that the situation is deteriorating daily, as fish boxes are not being returned from the ports in the South?...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Vehicle Excise Duty (13 Dec 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: In view of the representations today from all parts of the House, will the Minister take a fresh look at this problem and ask his colleague at the Ministry of Transport to judge the effect that it will have on many workers who live in rural areas, who are on low wage rates and who will find that they are better off staying at home than going to work? Will the Minister pay attention also to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Royal High School, Edinburgh (13 Dec 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: When does the Minister expect to be able to tell the House the dates of the Assembly elections? Can he now say when we can expect to be in the Assembly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (30 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: Will one of the ministerial colleagues that the Prime Minister says he will be meeting today be the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food? If so, will the Prime Minister assure that gentleman that he is firmly behind him in his stand to make sure that the fishermen get a decent deal from the EEC?

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: What would be the right hon. Gentleman's answer to the charge that he is acting with incredible naivety and that in going in at this stage we are going in when Britain's currency will soon be very strong because of the large amounts of oil that will be coming ashore in the next few years? We are weak now, but we shall have a very strong currency, and it is to France's and Germany's advantage...

European Community Council Meeting (Fisheries) (28 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: Will not the Secretary of of State acknowledge that the proposals are in themselves a sell-out? He has already backed down far too far. What is worrying the fishermen of Scotland is whether they can be certain that the right hon. Gentleman will not be asked to back down even further under pressure from the Prime Minister. That is worrying us all very much. Can the right hon. Gentleman tell...

Oil Spillage (27 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: Does the Secretary of State agree that the best people to deal with the waste oil wherever collected, be it from the beaches or from the sea itself, should be the oil companies? Surely it should be their responsibility to tidy up the mess that they make. They should be made to pay for all the experiments which are presently being carried out.

Oil Spillage (27 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: I am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this short debate and to add the Scottish dimension. I am disappointed to see that the Labour Benches are almost empty, but perhaps we can be generous and say that many Labour Members must be in the Shetlands, cheering ashore the oil coming in to Sullom Voe. I am sure that the Chancellor of the Exchequer must be there, because that oil will...

Oil Spillage (27 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: We are delighted to hear that the Government have been pushing on for ratification of these various measures within IMCO, but can the hon. Gentleman say that at the end of the day there is any way in which he can impose penalties or sanctions on those oil companies and those nation States which do not recognise the IMCO regulations?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Economic Growth (23 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: Does not the Chancellor of the Exchequer agree that one of the biggest hindrances to economic growth is the high cost of imports? When will the Government bring out a positive policy on import substitution?

Bill Presented: Scotland (Referendum) (22 Nov 1978)

Mr Hamish Watt: While we are grateful to the Secretary of State and his officers for the work which they have done in counting up the under–18s, the dead and those who are doubly registered, may I ask him to say whether any consideration has been given to those members of the community who for religious reasons do not choose to exercise their vote? Has he approached the various religious sects to ask for...


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