Results 141–160 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Scottish Democracy (7 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Until last week, I never realised that, in his armoury, the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. McAllion) possessed the ability to predict the future. When he chose the debate he could not have known how timely it would be. Last week we witnessed the constitutional capers of the Scottish National party—showing the usual maturity of a primary seven mock election—and later in the week the...

Scottish Democracy (7 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Labour party did not fare any better as its neo-separatist bandwagon was derailed and in classic marginal seats, such as mine, the electorate swung behind the Unionist cause and rejected Labour's plans to play fast and loose with the constitution. The Liberals were also marginalised as a force—albeit a small one—in Scottish politics. They lost one seat and came close to losing four...

Scottish Democracy (7 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: When we went into that election we Conservatives were not embarrassed by our Unionist credentials. We did not keep them quiet in case anyone noticed that we were fundamentally and unequivocally different from every other political party contesting the election in Scotland. The courageous decision by my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Scotland to put the...

Scottish Democracy (7 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman realises what Councillor McFadden said; a Scottish assembly would "suck up power" from local councils and strip local authorities throughout Scotland of powers. It is not me saying that but the hon. Gentleman's party.

Scottish Democracy (7 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: We have had a real confession here today. Believe me, the hon. Gentleman's words will come back to haunt him. The bottom line of the Labour-Liberal assembly proposals is to concentrate all power in Edinburgh and have that power dominated by the central belt, to the detriment of every other part of Scotland. The Labour party doubts its ability to win power at Westminster; it keeps losing the...

Scottish Democracy (7 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I have no time. In 2007, the peoples of Scotland and England will celebrate 300 years of pooled sovereignty and joint nationhood. In 2107, when you and I, Mr. Deputy Speaker, are long gone, our successors will, I believe, still be here, still debating the nature of that peculiar and unique relationship which binds our two nations together, still marvelling at what it has achieved; and, yes,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Economy (23 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Who does my right hon. Friend think best speaks for Scotland—my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister who in Glasgow on Friday was proud to speak about a diverse and dynamic Scottish economy which in many respects is a world beater, or the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) who glories in knocking Scottish achievements and revels in taking every opportunity in the House and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Government Reorganisation (23 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my hon. Friend agree that Opposition Front-Bench Members divided the Standing Committee only three times when we were discussing boundaries in Scotland and that once we got down to the detailed scrutiny of the boundaries they could not sustain or justify the gerrymandering charge that they have unfairly bandied about during the past six months? Much of what the hon. Members for Hamilton...

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

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

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Far from it. The hon. Gentleman has championed the cause of deselected councillors. Will he come to my constituency and champion the cause of Labour councillor David Falconer, who has just been deselected for not toeing the party policy line?

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman will have to tell us what party policy was involved—

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I think that you, Madam Deputy Speaker, have saved the hon. Gentleman from the embarrassment of the irrelevance of his comparison. I notice that even he did not try to defend the decision to boot out Colonel Saunders. The disenchantment with the butchery of Scottish local government all across Scotland is not confined to the leader of the Tory group on Central regional council. Many people...

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Absolutely. If the hon. Member for Ayr had bothered to listen to the speech of the Minister, he would realise that there is specific inclusion in the orders for the transition costs to move into the new local authority structure. What I am saying is not only relevant but highly inconvenient for the hon. Gentleman if he chooses to believe the sort of nonsense that is peddled by his Front...

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: A party colleague of the Minister. He is a senior Conservative and has carried the blue flag of the Conservative party in Lanarkshire—no mean feat—for many years. Last November, addressing a seminar at Strathclyde university's business school and speaking in relation to the claims made by Ministers on savings at that time, which they put in the range of £120 million to £196 million, Mr....

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I fear that the figures for the transition costs of local government reorganisation are pretty fundamental to the orders, because if they are as seriously underestimated as we believe that they are—as all the documentary evidence shows that they are—the settlement that has been made to Scottish local authorities this year will seriously embarrass them, cause a loss of jobs, increase...

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: No, I wish to end my speech so that other hon. Members may contribute. It would be unfair if I went on for too much longer. The COSLA study on costs, as my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) said, is compiled by the same experts, who, it would appear, are the only ones apart from the Minister's advisers who understand the detail of what he was talking about this evening....

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Minister's silence is due to the irrefutability of the arguments that have been advanced. If Ministers were expected actually to tell the truth about the methodology involved in transition costs—thinking of a figure and halving it—and in savings—thinking of an even more implausible figure and doubling it—I do not think that their credibility would be very great. I rest my case, as...

Bill Presented: Local Government Finance (Scotland) (28 Feb 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am bringing my remarks to a conclusion. The hon. Gentleman should wait his turn. The orders are hopelessly inadequate for Scottish local councils. They will lead to cuts in services, the destruction of jobs, the lowering of standards and increases in council tax bills across the country. At the end of the debate, what Councillor Brian Meek so prosaically called the "speaking puppets" may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transatlantic Air Routes (21 Mar 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made towards liberalisation of transatlantic air routes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transatlantic Air Routes (21 Mar 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In view of the substantial liberalisation package that the United Kingdom has tabled, which includes the opening of all regional airports including Aberdeen in the north-east of Scotland, is not it totally unreasonable for the United States Government, who purport to support liberalisation, to refuse further to negotiate in order to achieve it?


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