Results 41–60 of 2841 for speaker:Mr Dick Douglas

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Liability to Tax Deiermined on a Daily Basis (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the hon. Gentleman probe the Minister a little further about which legislation makes that list or register unlawful? Would it be unlawful under the data protection legislation? I suspect that the hon. Gentleman is right to say that we need such a list.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Council Tax in Respect of Dwellings (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the hon. Gentleman refer to the record? In the Borders in October 1990, 42 per cent. of the community tax was unpaid and in October 1991 it was 49 per cent. Is that what the hon. Gentleman considers a relatively good record?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Council Tax in Respect of Dwellings (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Council Tax in Respect of Dwellings (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman is getting it right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: British Nuclear Deterrent (17 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The Secretary of State must reflect a little on the answer that he has given about the Soviet Union. Does he accept that one of the reasons for the United Kingdom's continued possession of a strategic deterrent was the fact that it would provide another centre of power, and thus create disequilibrium in the mind of a potential foe? If so, how does he justify the fear that there may be a...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I was going to use a harsh word and say that the hon. Gentleman displays his ignorance, but let me put it more euphemistically. He displays his total lack of knowledge of what the Inland Revenue knows. It knows where taxpayers live and has their national insurance numbers. I admit that there is a difficulty in relating that information closely to local authority areas. I explained the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: You are right, Mr. Deputy Speaker. If that point defeats the hon. Member for Glasgow, Cathcart (Mr. Maxton), there is not much that I can do.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Is the Minister saying that Centre One in Scotland does not know the names and addresses and national insurance number of income tax payers? I want this on the record. Is he suggesting that his present proposals do not require a register or a list?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Generally, I support new clause 2, but I want particularly to refer to new clause 4, which deals with Scotland. I do not want to offend the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace), but the Scottish National party has no problems about copyright in its proposals for a local income tax—they are all our own work—[Interruption.] The hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Life must be hard on the Labour Front Bench these days——

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman should not count his chickens. My fellow party members and I met Scottish Office Ministers and the Secretary of State for the Environment to talk about local taxation, which must not only approximate to the sum to be collected: it must be exactly equivalent to what should be raised either from the poll tax or from the council tax. I hope that I have the agreement of the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Perhaps there is something to be said for standard tests in arithmetic. I have done my best to calculate, based on the £800 million figure. We calculate what can be raised for 1 p and multiply that by three or four to arrive at the relevant total. The hon. Member for Cathcart accepts the Government's figures, apparently having none of his own. I do not claim absolute accuracy for mine, but I...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman is at it again; it must be Christmas. Perhaps it will take four months, or even six. Conservative Members may ask about accountability. Nationally speaking, the standard rate of tax governs accountability. The Government have made great play of reducing that standard rate and if they form another Government it is likely that they will try to bring the rate down to 20 per...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Perhaps; at any rate, it is a sign of national accountability. If, say, an authority in Fife wanted to raise the local income tax from 3p in the pound, the national average, to 6p or 7p, what a signal for accountability that would be! The Government should recognise this. The only reason why we cannot have a local income tax is that the Government, aided and abetted by the Treasury, are...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Ability to Pay (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman is trying to make me defend an argument that I am not using. In Scotland, we would look for some refinement of the grant-aided expenditure reviews carried out as between local authorities and the Scottish Office. It is not perfect but it is used by the Government in Scotland as a level playing field for services. They are prostituting that by using it for capping purposes....

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Community Charge in Scotland (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Surely the hon. Gentleman is not suggesting that such a course of events is acceptable? There is some control over the sheriff officers and the messengers at arms. It is not a perfect control, because they are not properly controlled through the court system, but there is control. The creditor has a responsibility to acknowledge that the debt that is being pursued will not be gathered under...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Community Charge in Scotland (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I withdraw any hint or any tendency that I may have had to smear anybody. My memory may be failing me, but I have clear memories of the hon. Member for Maryhill being at rallies at which Mr. Sheridan was at least present. I have clear memories of the hon. Member for Glasgow, Provan (Mr. Wray), who is in his place, being at similar rallies. I have no hesitation in saying——

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Community Charge in Scotland (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I withdraw any implication and apologise to the hon. Member for Maryhill. That is the least that I can do. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Provan is in his place and he can interject if he wishes to do so. We would welcome any report that examines the process of the poll tax since its imposition in Scotland in 1989, and any report that directed itself especially to the plight of those...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Community Charge in Scotland (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I think that hon. Members on both sides of the House will use their eyes and will note that if anyone is in suspended animation, it is the hon. and learned Gentleman.


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