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Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Scientific Research (23 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Does the Minister accept that Scotland produces proportionately a larger number of scientists and engineers than the rest of the United Kingdom? Does he also accept that there is a crisis in the funding of science in the universities, and in particular in fundamental physics and mathematics research? What does he intend to do about that?

Business of the House (18 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Leader of the House clarify the position between himself and the other side of the usual channels in relation to the Rosyth statement? I thought that the right hon. Gentleman chose his words extremely carefully. Was it his view that the Opposition did not want a statement on Rosyth?

Business of the House (18 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I understand that, but can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, in future, we will have clarification as to what type of statement the Opposition refuse—whether they refuse a general statement or a statement on a specific subject such as Rosyth?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 18 July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: While not being too thirled to statistics, although they are important, will the right hon. Gentleman acknowledge that the rate of unemployment in the United Kingdom and Scotland is dramatically high and is producing great suffering? Will the Government and the right hon. Gentleman in particular stop behaving like a cross between a pit bull terrier and a Scot—a Scots terrier...

Points of Order (16 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Further to the point of order, Mr. Speaker. You will recall that I raised this very point with the Leader of the House during business questions on Thursday. The right hon. Gentleman suggested that matters would be delayed—in effect, until the return of the House in October. I have no complaint about the use of written questions, but I have complained—and I ask you, Mr. Speaker, to take...

Points of Order (16 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. With your permission, I should like to read the letter that I have received from the Minister of State. Without going into all of it, I wish to record how insulting the procedure adopted by the Government has been to the House. They held a press conference at 3.30 and the letter was put on the Letter Board for myself and other hon. Members. The letter, which...

New Clause 3: Mandatory Reports to Be Made by Banks (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The House is indebted to the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) for proposing his new clause. Why should local authorities be in a privileged position over and above other investors in the hon. Gentleman's scheme of things?

New Clause 3: Mandatory Reports to Be Made by Banks (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: This has been an interesting debate and I am sure that the whole House is indebted to the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) for tabling new clause 37. Two former Treasury Ministers have spoken—one on each side of the House. I wonder what advice they would have given to local authorities that said that they were about to invest in the Bank of Credit and Commerce...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Supply (Sharing) (15 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Minister exercise some care in examining the internal market within Britain? Would he care to comment on the progress that has been made on the interconnector between Scotland and England? That would facilitate the use of Scottish energy generated from coal and other means in England.

Business of the House (11 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Leader of the House reflect on the way in which we are handling the business of defence? He has said that we will not have a debate on the White Paper until the spillover period. Therefore, there will be three months from the publication of the White Paper until the House discusses it. That is not the normal procedure. The normal procedure would be to discuss a White Paper very soon...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Ships and Submarines (2 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the current number of ships and submarines in service with the Royal Navy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Ships and Submarines (2 Jul 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Does the Minister accept that we are witnessing a continued decline in the number of naval vessels? Can he tell us how many naval bases we shall require and whether Rosyth will continue to be among their number? As for submarines, will the Minister tell his hon. Friends and some Opposition Members who signed the sixth report of the Select Committee on Defence, that no one in Scotland wants a...

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it not the custom for a Minister, if he speaks twice in a debate, to ask the leave of the House?

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Will the Minister give way on that point?

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This is a serious matter about the conduct of our debate. I know that we are all busy, but it used to be the convention of the House that one at least stayed to hear the following speaker, and that seems to be falling into desuetude. Also, if one spoke, one at least made an attempt to come in to hear the winding-up speeches. I know that the winding-up...

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I do not intend to follow the general line of the remarks of the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness (Mr. Franks), to whose speech I listened with great interest. I will not necessarily come to the conclusion that he came to on the defence industrial base. However, he may take it that I am not just expressing sympathy to him and to his constituents about the possibilities of job decline in an...

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman is nodding his agreement. If that is true, paragraph 9 of the sixth report is extremely disturbing. It says: Despite requests for information about the present situation with regard to SSBNs, MoD have not been forthcoming to us in private or in public. In view of the concerns that have been expressed in public, we believe that it would be in the general interest, including...

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I am not an authority on these matters—

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I have no doubt that it is well circulated in the area. But I am not here to advertise a particular newspaper; I am here as a great seeker after wisdom. The Labour party is very good at asking questions, but not very good at answering them.


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