Mr Hugh McCartney: Is the hon. Gentleman trying to suggest that the only protests against the closure of Gartcosh and the potential closure of Ravenscraig are coming from the Opposition Benches? The hon. Gentleman's hon. Friend who is sitting beside him, the hon. Member for Dumfries (Sir H. Monro), and others including the Church of Scotland, every local authority in Scotland and the mass of the Scottish...
Mr Hugh McCartney: I did not hear any slur.
Mr Hugh McCartney: Answer the question.
Mr Hugh McCartney: Will my hon. Friend inform the House of the number of persons now in receipt of mobility benefits?
Mr Hugh McCartney: Is the Minister aware that, because of the division of responsibilities between regional and district authorities, there have been obstructions and delays involving two essential projects? Is he further aware that Strathclyde Regional Council and Clydebank District Council may be in conflict over the provision of new housing stock? Will he inquire into this?
Mr Hugh McCartney: What study, if any, is being made of the principle of no fault liability in this context?
Mr Hugh McCartney: Does my hon. Friend know that the reason for the project's not being proceeded with was a planning condition which still applies to Gulf Oil?
Mr Hugh McCartney: Is my hon. Friend implying that the jobs did not materialise through the fault of Cromarty Petroleum or of some other party?
Mr Hugh McCartney: Mr. Hugh McCartney (Dunbartonshire, Central) rose—
Mr Hugh McCartney: I am quite certain, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Wells) invited someone to stand up in support of a certain gentleman whose name has been bandied around by those who oppose the project. I am not here to give support to that gentleman or to any other, but I can state a few reasons why he or any group of gentlemen, or gentlewomen for that matter, who wish to engage in...
Mr Hugh McCartney: I think that the hon. Gentleman had more than sufficient time, both on Thursday and tonight, to state his case.
Mr Hugh McCartney: No, I shall not give way to the hon. Gentleman.
Mr Hugh McCartney: I have no intention of giving way.
Mr Hugh McCartney: The hon. Gentleman had more than sufficient time to express himself. Some comments were made on Thursday night which, in my view, should be answered. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) referred to the company as "a bucket-shop company", He failed to specify what he meant by that term, out it was clear from his remarks that the term was derogatory, and at the...
Mr Hugh McCartney: The balance would be found in hard currency—perhaps German marks, United States dollars or some of each—through British banks in the way that is done in similar operations.
Mr Hugh McCartney: I am not giving way. The hon. Gentleman has had sufficient time in which to express his views. It is notable that those who seek to protect one party involved from personal attack used most of their time on Thursday and tonight indulging in personal attacks on hon. Members—
Mr Hugh McCartney: I am not giving way, but I shall reply—
Mr Hugh McCartney: I did not intervene in the speech made by the hon. Member for Maidstone. I am not attacking the gentleman he was defending and I have no intention of doing so. What I said was that those who are opposed to the proposal sought to defend the gentleman concerned during the whole course of the debate on Thursday and today, and engaged continuously in innuendo and personal attack. It is on record....
Mr Hugh McCartney: My hon. Friend has anticipated what I was about to say. Hon. Members have received a letter from the Ross and Cromarty constituency Labour Party, whom no one could accuse of supporting politically the hon. Member for Ross and Cromarty. That letter categorically supports the project. I remind not only my hon. Friends from Scotland but my hon. Friends from England and Wales that for many years...
Mr Hugh McCartney: The hon. Members who are opposed to this project are the very hon. Members who were opposed to