Results 501–520 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman is totally mistaken. No spending plans on how much will be allocated to further education have yet been decided. He stands up and says that there will be less money, but he does not have a clue how much money will be allocated next year. All I can say is that we have increased spending on further education colleges every year since incorporation in 1993.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is right. The teenage tax proposed by the Labour party would hit Scots young people harder, since more young people stay on in school in Scotland than in any other part of the United Kingdom. Labour's tax is uniquely designed to hit the young people and families of Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Here we have yet another spending pledge from the Labour party. The hon. Lady seems to forget that we now have more students, studying more courses and getting more and better qualifications in our colleges under record funding from the Government. She would do the further education sector in Scotland a great service if she for once—just once—recognised that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Further education colleges in Scotland are, of course, funded more than equivalent colleges in England. The funding formula that we introduced last year, after full consultation with the colleges, is rewarding student activity and efficiency in colleges, which is surely the right way forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman is right. I offered a meeting to him and the hon. Member for Caithness and Sutherland (Mr. Maclennan). They have never got back to me to arrange that meeting. Of course I should be delighted to see them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Only the hon. Lady could turn an 11 per cent. increase into a cut. Today of all days, she has suggested that the £233 million that we spent last year on further education is not enough. If she was being honest, she would have said how much she would spend. Would she spend another £50 million? Another £60 million? Another £70 million? For us to have an informed debate on further education...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: What tripe!

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Tonight's debate was sometimes lively, sometimes thoughtful and sometimes very unthoughtful. It was made notable by the contributions and valedictory speeches on fisheries matters by my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris) and the hon. Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes). They both said that, next year, when the fisheries debate takes place, for the first time for many years...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Throughout the debate, the hon. Gentleman has displayed a singular lack of knowledge—indeed, complete ignorance—of what the Hague preference means. Throughout the debate, for his own party-political reasons, he has tried to put Scottish fishermen at the throats of Northern Ireland fishermen. When we invoke the Hague preference to the benefit of Scottish fishermen, in no way does it affect...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I think that I can best answer my hon. Friend by quoting from the interview given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary to the BBC's "On the Record" yesterday. My right hon. and learned Friend was asked: It is not a case of speculating, is it? We know that there are some things that you will insist on getting out of that. He answered: That we have made absolutely clear....

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend and I have listened to the various concerns that have been expressed and we will consider those further before Thursday's Council. Our basic aim for the Council on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday if necessary, is simple enough. It is to achieve the best deal possible for our fishermen, having regard both to their immediate and to their longer-term needs. Our primary concern...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Just under 400.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I agree that our housing system is in urgent need of reform. That is why I have spent the past year and a half encouraging local authorities, such as the one in her constituency, to remove themselves from being direct providers of housing and to transfer their housing stock to housing associations and housing companies. I hope that the hon. Lady's council, like all others in Scotland, will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that £4 billion-worth of housing debt has to be repaid? That has gone up by 6 per cent. in the past year alone. If he and his hon. Friends are not willing to protect council tenants, I assure him that we most definitely are.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Despite all the rumblings and mutterings from Opposition spokesmen on housing since my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made his statement, no one has ever said that, if Labour were in our position, it would not require local authorities to make the debt repayments that we require. Perhaps one of them would like to indicate, by nodding or shaking his head, whether Labour would go...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend has received seven letters in the past three months, two of which were from the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am surprised at the hon. Gentleman. In view of the nonsense that we have just heard from the Opposition Front Bench, surely he is not asking us to go ahead with stock transfers that do not give value for money. That was the basis on which the other bidders were ruled out, and each of them has had the chance to rebid. Does the hon. Gentleman genuinely think that we should go to the National...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is right. The significant increase in home ownership during the Government's 18 years in office, from eastern European levels to almost 60 per cent., is a tremendous credit to the people of Scotland. That great achievement was fought for in the teeth of opposition by the Labour party both in the House and in town halls and council chambers throughout Scotland. To its eternal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: On 29 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The selective quoting of statistics does the House no good. The hon. Lady should perhaps have quoted the figure which shows that homelessness in Scotland is falling—last year it fell by 3 per cent. Shelter does our local authorities no credit by not giving them the credit for providing homes for 90 per cent. of families deemed unintentionally homeless and therefore in priority need. As for...


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