Results 521–540 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: If I did not care about the plight of the homeless in Scotland, I would not have issued a new draft code on homelessness as guidance for local authorities. I would not have put it out for consultation, nor withdrawn it because of some of the concerns that were expressed. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have repeatedly said that we are willing to consult all the relevant...

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend issued a consultation paper on the rough sleepers initiative on 11 December.

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: I regret that the hon. Gentleman chooses to question me about rough sleepers. When we introduce a rough sleepers initiative, he chooses to ignore the fact that we have done so. That is a matter of real regret. If the hon. Gentleman genuinely had at heart the issue of rough sleeping in Scotland, he would not have continued with that question. In reply to a previous question, I said that 2.5...

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: First, the hon. Lady obviously has not heard of our care and repair policy, which provides funds to allow elderly people to do the very thing that she describes—to adapt their own homes so that they can stay in them. The hon. Lady is right to say that that is where many of them wish to remain. Perhaps the hon. Lady's remarks would be better directed towards hon. Members on the Labour Front...

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: We have received 140 responses to the consultation document and we shall publish the final code early next year.

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: Indeed, not one response supported it, which is why we have gone on to further consultation, and that is one of the elements under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Full-time Students (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Except in those colleges involved in the university of the highlands and islands project, we have no further plans to expand the number of full-time students in further education taking higher education courses. Future arrangements for bursaries are currently under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Full-time Students (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I thank the hon. Gentlemen for coming in. We had a useful meeting, which helped to address some of the problems at that college. Regarding the situation on bursaries, I hope that the hon. Gentleman is aware that we are reviewing all this and we have asked for comments from the entire sector with a view to seeing whether any changes need to be made. We have an open mind on that. Last Friday, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Full-time Students (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Yes, indeed: I am happy to give the hon. Gentleman the assurance that I shall look carefully at that; and at any information that he wants to give me beforehand. [Interruption.] My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is shouting from behind me, "What about the Spice Girls?".

Petition: Rural Housing (Scotland) (4 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) on securing this Adjournment debate this evening. It gives us an opportunity to discuss, albeit briefly, rural housing. If he wishes to raise other issues, he should write to me, and I shall ensure that he gets a very speedy reply. I shall begin by outlining some key features of the Government's approach to housing....

Petition: Rural Housing (Scotland) (4 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As the hon. Gentleman knows, Scottish Homes has considerable licence as to how it operates. I meet the chairman and board twice a year to review the strategic objectives. The rural review is one of the subjects that will be discussed when we meet soon. I am happy to feed in the hon. Gentleman's comments. As the hon. Gentleman pointed out, this year's public expenditure survey is tight, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: There have been six pieces of Government primary Scottish legislation and 977 instruments passed in the past three years; no central record of the number of repeals is held.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: It is right that my hon. Friend maintains pressure on all Departments, including the Scottish Office. As we have heard, he has great style However, as he is aware, the Government have passed 44 deregulation orders resulting in savings of more than £100 million per annum. Last year alone, 228 statutory instruments were passed; 105 produced savings for business by repealing some 500 existing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I hope that the hon. Gentleman takes the same venom and passion to Scottish local authorities and encourages them, in the same way he has berated me, to collect the outstanding £750 million in uncollected poll tax and council tax.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Opposition parties seek, each in its own way, to sell Scotland short and to sell Scotland out to the bureaucrats in Brussels. My hon. Friend will be pleased that we have succeeded in getting the Commission to look at ways of cutting the burdens placed on business by the single market legislation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Scotland that the hon. Gentleman describes would not be recognised by anyone who lives or works in Scotland. In reality, Scotland is prospering and booming, and the quality of life there is second to none. It is not worth a Scotland Bill from the Labour party.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As the hon. Gentleman will know, Labour peers voted both for and against in the Divisions. He should therefore watch before he casts accusations across the Dispatch Box. He knows that we have presented a Bill in both Houses of Parliament. We have pledged to deliver on that Bill, and we shall do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Institutions (Agency Staff) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: None. The employment of agency staff in colleges is for individual college boards of management to determine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Institutions (Agency Staff) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman seems to forget that many further education colleges, including Aberdeen college, in which he and I share an interest as constituency Members, are restructuring staffing levels so that they can deliver a more efficient and effective service to students. He does Aberdeen college a great disservice by choosing to ignore the fact that, as part of the restructuring, 42 new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Institutions (Agency Staff) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: If the hon. Lady wishes to raise the matter with Lord Nolan, she is entitled so to do; but, in all kindness, I must tell her that it was obvious on Monday that the pressure is getting to her. She should take some time off, away from the House, and visit Scottish colleges and schools to find out what the real situation is. Then she should come back to the House and stop running down the great...


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