Results 101–120 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Business of the House (3 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In responding to my right hon. Friend's business statement 48 hours ago, the right hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) said that it was a "constitutional outrage". Is not the true constitutional outrage the antics of the Labour party, which has lost both the argument and the votes tonight?

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: 'The hon. Gentleman is waxing eloquent about joint boards and joint arrangements, but his party's paper, "The Future of Local Government", says: In a limited number of cases it will be necessary to examine joint arrangements. In different circumstances police, fire and water and sewage services may require these joint arrangements.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend will have noticed that the Secretary of State for Wales scarpered off quickly and, who knows, he may be now holding a press conference. However, that is a relevant question, and I hope that Ministers will rise to dispel that rumour. At least in Scotland—I say this for the Secretary of State for Scotland—we know precisely what the timetable is to be. Welsh Members on both...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The answer is no. There will be no co-operation in the early implementation of a reorganisation that can only cause chaos and which is purely bound up with the political purposes of the Scottish Conservative party. It is interesting to note that decisions cannot be taken about regional elections, but apparently everyone else must assume that the Bill will go through in the exact form that is...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The answer is that we want to create assemblies in Scotland and in Wales. A parliament or assembly would have the right to decide on the best way or reorganising local government. That is the way to do it, and not in the gerrymandering fashion that is proposed. I am sure that Welsh colleagues will find it interesting beyond belief that the Minister can stand up to make such a debating point,...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland said when he opened today's debate, the debate on the Gracious Speech on Thursday was indeed truly revealing with regard to the current constitutional thinking of the Leader of the Opposition, the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith). His contribution in that debate will be long remembered. He announced new...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I thought that the hon. Gentleman would say that. Does he expect the House to believe that the proposed assembly, sitting in Calton Hill, would merely take the administrative power? No, it would not. It would take every other power associated with those responsibilities and the hon. Gentleman knows that full well.

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Absolutely. All the proposals are contained in the Scottish Constitutional Convention document of September 1990, which the Labour and Liberal parties have signed. It is a charter for destroying local democracy in Scotland, for stripping local councils for all meaningful powers and responsibilities and for moving decision making from town halls and council chambers to the royal high school in...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I was in no way selective. I merely quoted the constitutional convention. If the Opposition parties do not like it, no wonder it is falling apart. To prove my point and in conclusion, I can do no better than to quote one of Labour's great Scottish local government gurus. Writing in the Glasgow Herald of 6 March last year, Councillor Jean McFadden, the current leader of Glasgow district...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Scotland and Wales) (22 Nov 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. Robertson) said earlier that the Labour party thought that commuter communities should be worth a city authority. Does not the hon. Member agree that that description describes Westhill exactly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Services (8 Dec 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my hon. Friend confirm that, notwithstanding the scaremongering of Opposition Front Benchers, single-tier authorities throughout Scotland will be cheaper to run and more accountable to the electorate, and will save the council tax payer money?

Public Expenditure (Scotland) (8 Dec 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my right hon. Friend cut through the tripe that we are hearing from Opposition Members and confirm that the public spending that he announced today represents the highest single sum available to any Secretary of State in Scotland's history and represents a figure of £50 per week for every man, woman and child living in Scotland?

Points of Order (8 Dec 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I seek your ruling. Yesterday, the Leader of the Opposition said during Prime Minister's questions that the Budget resolution as framed denied the House the right to vote on value added tax on domestic fuel. Later, in the debate on the amendment of the law, the shadow Chief Secretary, the hon. Member for Peckham (Ms Harman), said: The first vote at the...

European Council (13 Dec 1993)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my right hon. Friend tell the House whether we are on target to complete the negotiations with nations belonging to the European Free Trade Association on enlarging the Community according to the timetable set out at the special European Council in October?

Westminster City Council (Auditor's Report) (13 Jan 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Can my right hon. Friend tell the House whether the same rules apply in Scotland? Does the Audit Commission have the power to investigate the nepotism, the jobs for the boys and the allocation of funds on the basis of religion, all of which are so rife in Monklands district council?

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (17 Jan 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: On 7 September last year, The Herald carried a report in the name of Jack McConnell, the general secretary of the Labour party in Scotland. The report said that the Labour party would be launching a national petition against the proposals the following week, which would take us up to 14 September. When was that petition handed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State?

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (17 Jan 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Minister with responsibility for local government in Scotland has suddenly discovered some brand new knowledge of geography which seemed to be absent when it came to dealing with the map of Scottish local government. Of course, there is another ex-member of Westminster council in the Government—the hon. Member for Stirling (Mr. Forsyth), the man who invented the poll tax and who has...

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (17 Jan 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Secretary of State for Scotland certainly claims that they will save money, but I hope that I have demonstrated and proved that that will not be the case. If the hon. Gentleman is going to climb the ladder of opportunity in the Government—there should soon be plenty of vacancies available for him to climb into—he should make better points than that if he is going to interrupt. We get...

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (17 Jan 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I will, of course, apologise, but I do not believe that there is anything to apologise for. I just wish that Ministers would tell the people of Scotland the truth about this affair. In December, during Scottish questions, the Secretary of State responded to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Hillhead (Mr. Galloway) and said: I am satisfied that Mr. Fyfe was told...

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (17 Jan 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: That omission disturbs me as well, because I have received no acknowledgement of a letter that the Secretary of State says he knows was received by Sir Robin Butler. I wrote to Sir Robin as head of the home civil service and I am therefore surprised that the Secretary of State—as a Cabinet Minister and a politician—should imply that he seems to know how Sir Robin will reply to me. Perhaps...


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