Results 21–40 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I do not regret my decision, and I shall explain why. As a Scot, I am proud that our capital city of Edinburgh has been privileged by the Prime Minister to hold the European Community summit. I do not think that Scotland's international reputation will be enhanced if every group that has a grievance—regardless of how deeply or widely held— uses the summit, the centrepiece of the...

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Before I give way, the hon. Gentleman should remember—although it may be hard for him to accept—that it was someone far greater than him who was the last man to perform miracles with fish.

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman merely proves that, although we represent seats in the same part of the country, we live in different worlds. It is perfectly clear that there is too much catching capacity—too many fishermen chasing too few fish. I welcome the Government's conversion to a decommissioning scheme, long championed by the Under-Secretary of State. I accept that it is a limited scheme, but...

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I remind the House that I gave way to the hon. Gentleman. I am not worried that Scotland will embarrass the Government. Unlike the hon. Gentleman, I want the world to see Scotland in the very best light—I want the best for Scotland. I am proud and chuffed that the European Community summit is to be held in our capital city. It is a chance for us to show off to the world rather than to bring...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Government (16 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: When my right hon. Friend eventually brings his proposals on the future of local government to the House, will he consider allowing the people of our four great Scottish cities directly to elect their Lords Provost and to end the practice of the ruling political group choosing the first citizen?

Shetlands (MV Braer Incident) (11 Jan 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, vital though it is, it is not just with the immediate devastation that the Government must concern themselves? Will he give the House the commitment that long after the television crews have gone, he and his Department will still be working with the Shetland islanders and their leaders to ensure the return to the quality of life to which those people are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jan 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Has my right hon. Friend had time to read the Confederation of British Industry's latest poll, which shows the biggest increase in business confidence for five years? Does he agree that low inflation, low interest rates and a very competitive exchange rate give British producers a real edge in world markets?

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (2 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: rose—

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (2 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (2 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I intend to take a few minutes of the House's time to put the record straight on how rail privatisation will affect Aberdeen. I make no apologies for being so parochial. Given Aberdeen's geographical position, I am sure that the House will realise how vital our communications network is. On the last occasion that the House debated this subject, on 12 January, the hon. Member for Cunninghame,...

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (2 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: If the hon. Gentleman listens to me, he will understand exactly what Grampian Transport is trying to do. In addition to that feasibility study, it commissioned another study, to use the Oban guided bus system between Aberdeen airport and the city centre. That combines the flexibility of the bus system with rails to produce the maximum utility of the track. Those two projects have an...

Orders of the Day — Railways Bill (2 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: So the hon. Gentleman is not willing to explain to the people of Aberdeen why he will deny them this. It is not just in Aberdeen that Grampian Transport has an interest. It is now preparing plans for Aberdeen's links with Elgin and with Inverness, with combined rail and bus services, through ticketing arrangements and one timetable. Passengers will be able to go from city centre to town...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Coal Industry (3 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: While ever mindful of the contribution made by coal to fulfilling Scotland's energy requirements, does my hon. Friend agree that the levels of investment and numbers of jobs involved in the North sea oil and gas industries must be fully taken into consideration when assessing Scotland's future energy requirements?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Devolution (3 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that to the people of Scotland it is a matter of grave concern indeed that, while the Labour party chunters on daily about a Scottish assembly sitting in Edinburgh, fewer than half the Scottish members of the parliamentary Labour party bothered to come up to Edinburgh for the meeting of the Scottish Grand Committee on Monday?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 11 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my right hon. Friend agreed that it is the job of Government to attack cartels, cliques and vested interests—cartels in trade unions, cliques in Labour-controlled local authorities and vested interests that support the vast majority of Labour Members?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (25 Feb 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will the hon. Lady tell the House how many community councils in Scotland she has visited touting her idea that they should be responsible in part for electing Scotland's representatives to the Committee of the Regions? Does she honestly believe that those often very genuine people who have gone into community councils to do something about pavements, roads and street lighting want that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Constitutional Change (3 Mar 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the arrogance of the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) in this matter defies belief'? Will my right hon. Friend take this opportunity to remind the hon. Gentleman and the House that at every general election without exception the Scottish Conservative party has returned more Members of Parliament to the House than has the Scottish National...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Inflation (4 Mar 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequyer if he will make a statement on the effects of his policy on the rate of inflation.


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