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Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill (3 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Secretary of State give way?

New Clause 2: Annual Report on Concession Agreements and Toll Orders (22 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Scottish Office should have some responsibility for this matter. I do not necessarily agree with all that the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Wilson) said, but he has made a valid point. New clause 9 is in the name of the Secretary of State for Scotland and the strictures apply specifically to Scotland, not to England and Wales. A Scottish...

New Clause 2: Annual Report on Concession Agreements and Toll Orders (22 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Your answer did not apply to the point of order that I was making and I ask you to reflect on what I am saying. New clause 9 is a Scottish clause and a Scottish Minister is present. Although the Minister for Public Transport may be able to reply to the general clauses, the specific issue in new clause 9 has nothing to do with the...

New Clause 2: Annual Report on Concession Agreements and Toll Orders (22 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: That was an inadequate explanation of the Secretary of State's activities in relation to the new clause. One can argue that everything has an opportunity cost. The same arguments could have been applied to the building of the Beauly or the Dornoch firth bridges— neither of those has been subject to tolls—and it can be said that the only way to build the Skye bridge is if it is subject to...

New Clause 2: Annual Report on Concession Agreements and Toll Orders (22 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I am not necessarily opposed to that. I am willing to argue the case by way of illustration. The Secretary of State will sign a contract with a private developer, and if any future Labour Government wanted to reverse that with a buy-out, the developer will be paid considerable compensation. There will be a clause in the agreement to compensate the private developer for the loss of tolls for...

New Clause 2: Annual Report on Concession Agreements and Toll Orders (22 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The Under-Secretary knows that the contract for the bridge will reflect the toll charges.

New Clause 2: Annual Report on Concession Agreements and Toll Orders (22 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: It would be an unusual contract if it did not. Is the Under-Secretary telling us that he will place a contract with Miller Construction that it will take without any idea of the charges that will have to be borne? If the charges are light, the payback period will be longer. The design has been accepted, so will he give us some idea of the tolls that are likely to be charged? What period of...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (16 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: How does the Minister explain, apart from the statistical measures of inflation, the traditional view that inflation is a measure whereby the claims on resources in terms of money exceed those resources in real terms? Therefore, how does he explain that the resources that we have available to call into use, in terms of labour and capital, are under-utilised? How does he propose to alter that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Tax (15 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Before the Minister contemplates looking at any new tax, will he take some time to examine what is happening to local authorities because of the poll tax? Will he consider introducing legislation—we do not have much legislation in Scottish terms—to take out the 20 per cent. rule and eliminate the arresting of benefits, especially those involving social security? Will he do that and get...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 2 May.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Does the Prime Minister accept that we are extremely interested in his addiction to seminars' if he comes to Scotland we shall arrange one, at which he can explain to the people of Scotland why he is proposing to introduce a tax that is theoretically less onerous and less regressive than the poll tax, while at the same time allowing a rebate of 100 per cent. How can he explain the persistence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Steel Industry (Scotland) (1 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Make way for the well-known steel worker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Economy (1 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response he will make when he next meets the CBI to its recent report on the state of the economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Economy (1 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: No. 14, and in Scotland we measure people from the neck up.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Economy (1 May 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The Minister will be aware that the CBI is extremely concerned about the fall in the level of investment. That being so, why are the Government allowing the European Commissioner, Bruce Milian, to withhold £100 million which is due to coalfield areas, including my constituency, which have been deprived of funds? How does the Secretary of State hope to change the Commissioner's mind and...

Orders of the Day — Community Charge: Class Xvi, Vote 11 (30 Apr 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Would the hon. Gentleman care to reflect on the position that persists in Edinburgh, where the university is being considerably embarrassed because of a deficit of about £20 million? Will he contrast the trauma that it is going through with the profligacy of the Government who are wasting good resources on trying to clear the poll tax problem?

Statutory Instruments, &c. (30 Apr 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. During Defence questions, certain questions were asked of the Secretary of Stale, and answered by the Under- Secretary of State for Defence Procurement, about the future of naval bases. The Prime Minister is in his place now, and has an opportunity to consider the co-ordination of policy in respect of that matter. It is extremely disturbing when Ministers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Naval Bases (30 Apr 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the numbers currently employed at the royal naval bases.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Naval Bases (30 Apr 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Minister acknowledge that, while "Options for Change" will involve reductions in defence employment generally, and those reductions might be compensated by the private sector, any reductions in employment in the dockyards will be a matter for which his Ministry will be directly responsible? If Ministers make statements—albeit in their constituency capacity—that one naval base...


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