Results 141–160 of 2841 for speaker:Mr Dick Douglas

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman should not tempt me. I have maintained the 1987 policy. The hon. Gentleman should hand his wheesed for a moment.

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: No, I will not give way. I want to develop my point in relation to Labour party policy. We all heard Labour Members cheer when it was announced that the United States Poseidon fleet was o withdraw from Holy Loch. Do the same hon. Members intend to cheer when three or four Trident boats come up to Faslane? Will they cheer then, or will they have doubts? I want to highlight the deep divisions...

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Well, the hon. Gentleman had better tell Bruce Kent. If there is a quarrel between the hon. Member for Houghton and Washington and Bruce Kent, he had better sort it out. Contrary to Labour's view in 1987, Labour now embraces Trident as an instrument of electoral virility. Before I consider the issue of marine strategy, I want to refer to Holy Loch. The hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Mrs....

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: It is not as dear as that.

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The hon. Gentleman has a constituency interest.

The Royal Navy (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I wish to clarify one point. I do not know whether it was a slip of the tongue—we all make them—and I do not want to misquote the hon. Gentleman, who has been gracious in giving way, but I think that I heard him say, "If the fourth boat was constructed by this Government or a future Labour Government." Is it now Labour party policy that it would construct a fourth boat at Vickers?

Procedures of the House (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Without transgressing on other parts of the United Kingdom such as Northern Ireland and Wales, may I ask whether the Leader of the House is aware that his statement would have had more efficacy if he had showed more interest in setting up a Select Committee on Scottish Affairs and had not been so laggardly? It was interesting to hear the Secretary of State for Scotland on the radio the other...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Institute of Directors (27 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: What overtures has the Minister made to the Institute of Directors and to other directors about the excessive salary increases that directors of certain establishments have given themselves? If the cure for inflation is a price worth paying, why is that price not being paid by those who are in charge of major British companies and corporations?

Unemployed People (19 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: Can the Secretary of State give the House some information about the numbers that are likely to be involved in Scotland? Will he give me the assurance that, when we meet Scottish Enterprise on Friday, it will have detailed figures about the sums that it will be able to deploy? Turning specifically to training, does the right hon. and learned Gentleman really expect that training will be...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I am relying on memory, but I understood in relation to the 20 per cent. for students that the Secretary of State for Scotland said that the matter would be constantly considered by him and COSLA. Has there been a change in that?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I am a bit disappointed by the Minister's reply. Perhaps the hon. Member for Eastwood (Mr. Stewart) will clarify it by means of a letter to me. That would be temporarily acceptable. I understand that the House wishes to move on, so I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: This has been an interesting debate. As usual, I am a little bemused by the position of the Opposition. The hon. Member for Glasgow, Garscadden (Mr. Dewar) told the Government to hurry up and get the new system in place by 1993, but the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling) offered cogent reasons why that could not be done. If that does not represent compression of bands, I do not...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I was referring to the valuation appeals committee. It is a reasonably cheap and effective way for individuals to plead their case before a tribunal. Will that procedure be continued? That would be a valuable piece of information. In previous debates, I alluded to the method and approach to be adopted for capital valuations. I hope that I took the whole Committee with me when I argued that...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Citation, Regulations, Orders, Extent and Commencement (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I beg to move amendment No. 11, in page 6, line 41, leave out from 'instrument' to 'House' in line 42 and insert 'which shall not come into effect unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by each'. I shall be brief on this simple issue of principle. The Government repeatedly argue that this is a paving measure. It is a time-honoured practice to use statutory...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Citation, Regulations, Orders, Extent and Commencement (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: In the light of that extremely unsatisfactory reply, I shall press the amendment to a vote.

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I beg to move amendment No. 10, in page 3, line 14, at end insert— `(5A) Where any survey report for the purpose of rating contains details of numbers in a local authority area in receipt of income support and those engaged in full-time education, special regard should be had to the effects of these categories in determining the values placed on property in the area.'. Subsection (5), which...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: I understand that we shall have an extensive clause stand part debate, so I shall be brief. I am in the unaccustomed position of supporting the hon. Member for Glasgow, Gardscadden (Mr. Dewar). I shall also say something on behalf of local assessors and in view of the role that they play on the poll tax, that is an engaging anomaly. I shall consider the relationship of the Commissioners of...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: The Minister may disagree, but I call in evidence Mr. Jack Woods, the president of the Scottish Assessors Association. If I am wrong I hope that the Minister will correct me. 6.30 pm The commissioners have not embarked upon such an undertaking in Scotland. In certain areas of Scotland, there is no local office of Inland Revenue commissioners. It strikes me as strange that those with the...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: So that I do not mislead the House I should like to quote what Mr. Woods said. I do not wish to misinterpret him. On page 321 of the submission to the Scottish office of May 1991, Mr. Woods said: The Valuation Office in Scotland has never in modern times been responsible for valuation for domestic rating as contrasted with the position in England and Wales Perhaps I misled the House with my...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance and Valuation Bill: Valuation of Domestic Properties (12 Jun 1991)

Mr Dick Douglas: They have not agreed on some issues for years.


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