Results 61–80 of 2841 for speaker:Mr Dick Douglas

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

Mr Dick Douglas: It is difficult not to think that the hon. Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) did not want a new clause to enable the issues that he mentioned to be investigated, but, rather, wanted a new clause to "involve" the complicity of the Scottish National party in opposing the poll tax by persuading certain people not to pay at a certain time. I worry about the state of the law when a lawyer...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: I shall make every effort not to misquote the hon. Gentleman. None the less, he gave the House the clear impression that he was associating the Scottish National party with Militant Tendency in regard to violence. The hon. Gentleman nods his assent. If that is not a McCarthyite technique, I do not know what is.

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

Mr Dick Douglas: It is. People have been expelled from the Labour party because of such association. It is serious to accuse someone of a McCarthyite smear. I am pleased to be speaking after the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mrs. Fyfe). I note that the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Mr. McKelvey) is also in his place. Not so long ago we all sat together in Glasgow, in a committee of 100: I...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: I do not know who the hon. Lady means. The hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Sillars) is not here, however, and I am courteous not to refer to any hon. Member who is not present and whom I have not given notice of my intention to do so. Hon. Members generally try not to do that, as far as is humanly possible. Nevertheless, I can tell the hon. Member for Maryhill that I am quite willing to...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: No, indeed. I hope that the hon. Gentleman, for whom I have considerable respect, does not think that any of my remarks concern him. Other matters would require investigation in a report. The hon. Members for Maryhill and for Argyll and Bute (Mrs. Michie) mentioned a mandate, but the hon. Member for Garscadden did not refer to the fact that the Tories have no mandate in Scotland. That is...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman took part in the "don't register" campaign and ran about trying to persuade people not to register. Then he caved in. However, I am talking about the hon. Member for Garscadden, who, as I say, was running around distributing "Garscadden News No. 1"—we await issue No. 2.

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

Mr Dick Douglas: Neither am I, and I never have. I am sorry that the hon. Member for Coventry, South-East (Mr. Nellist) is not here today. I would not be a member of a party from which the Leader of the Opposition could expel me. It is a measure of the gutlessness of the Labour party that someone like the hon. Member for Coventry, South-East can get thrown out of it for taking a stand rooted deep in the...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman is not correct. I never stood with another party label in a local government election in my time in the Scottish National party. I have fought many elections and I know that a losing candidate gets the blame. I have taken the blame when I have lost, but, oddly enough, when one wins, it is the party that has gained the victory, never the individual. We got the poll tax...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: Yes, there too. [Interruption.] Why is not the Labour party asking for a by-election in Coventry? I have fought more elections than some Labour Front Benchers have had hot breakfasts and I have already said that losing candidates always take the responsibility.

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

Mr Dick Douglas: I did not hear that, but if the hon. Gentleman will get off his backside he can repeat it.

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

Mr Dick Douglas: That is not really worth answering. Any obligations that I have to the Co-operative movement have been honourably discharged, and there are hon. Members here who know that. I have more than repaid my obligations to the Co-op. In any case, that is not part of this discussion. If we are to have a report, let it examine every aspect, including ability to pay. The council tax does not take that...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: It is not the same thing. I apologise if I have not made myself clear. I have asked the hon. Gentleman to make it plain that Labour is opposed to the imposition of warrant sales.

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

Mr Dick Douglas: I accept that. It is no accident that two of the hon. Members that the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman) mentioned were, in the early days, among the leading proponents of a non-payment campaign—I apologise, I have got that wrong. Certainly the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, who is in his place, will accept what I have said in relation to him. The SNP and...

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

Mr Dick Douglas: Wait a minute, this is really getting in. The answer is, yes, of course. I have shared platforms with many individuals, but I have made my position clear on those platforms. That is exactly what I said at the beginning of my speech. This is a clear case of trying to get guilt by association. The hon. Member for Maryhill has shared a platform with Tommy Sheridan.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill: Transitory Exemption for School Leavers (16 Dec 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I am a bit bemused about the definition of a student and should like to have it clarified for England, Wales and Scotland. The Government have moved away from their view that everybody should pay the poll tax and are making some amends. However, the plight of students is well known to every hon. Member and it is absurd, especially in Scotland, that local authorities are trying to collect the...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill (26 Nov 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: My hon. Friend will know that I have a particular concern in that area. Does she agree that direct local authority involvement is of the utmost importance in that area, so taking those colleges out of local authority control is particularly damaging?

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill (26 Nov 1991)

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

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill (26 Nov 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Before dealing with the general issues and following the point made by the hon. Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Godman), can the Secretary of State tell us whether the provision in schedule 6 that he will appoint the first chief executive to the funding council is on all fours with devolution? Will he desist from that appointment until he has other personnel in place? An important...


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