Results 161–180 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: Has my right hon. Friend had time to read Monday's report, which predicts that up to 5 billion barrels of oil are still to be discovered and exploited off the west coast of Shetland? Does he agree that, with the expertise that we have in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland, that presents a tremendous opportunity for the entire Scottish economy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Services (27 Apr 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my hon. Friend agree that a move to all-purpose, single-tier local authorities will result in more accountable, more local, more responsive, more sensitive and more cost-effective service delivery in the towns and cities of Scotland?

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (24 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman has counted the lines in the consultation document on water and drawn a conclusion. In the Labour party manifesto of- 1992, there were 15 lines on law and order. Am I therefore entitled to draw the same conclusion about the Labour party's commitment to law and order?

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (24 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I shall be brief, as I know that many hon. Members wish to speak. The day after the publication of the White Paper that started this whole process, The Press and Journal carried the banner headline "Aberdeen achieves goal". Following the conclusion of the Bill's Commons stages tonight, that goal will take an important step nearer to reality. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (24 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am absolutely in favour of it: I voted for it in Committee. Or could it possibly be that everyone who cares about local democracy in Aberdeen all agreed with Labour's councillor, Jean McFadden, when she identified that the real threat to local government in Scotland would come in the form of a Scottish Assembly? Writing in the Glasgow Herald, she said: I think we have to be very much on our...

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (24 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In supporting the concept and supporting the plans that my right hon. Friend is clearly setting out, of course they support the plans in their entirety. They have not selected one aspect of the plan—as the hon. Gentleman has implied—and said that they support one thing but not anything else. They accept a single-tier Aberdeen as the best way to provide services for the people of Aberdeen...

Orders of the Day — Local Government etc. (Scotland) Bill (24 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: One of Scotland's national newspapers said today that the debate marked the end. How wrong it is. The debate marks only the beginning of the end of round one. In round two, the debate will move away from this place, as we on this side take to the Scottish people my right hon. Friend's vision for local government in Scotland. It is a new era in the affairs of local government —strong,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Drug Abuse (25 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: When my right hon. and hon. Friends respond to the Select Committee's report, will they pay particular attention to the section on education? Does my hon. Friend agree that education on drug abuse must start in the primary schools, because leaving it to secondary schools is leaving it too late?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Trunk Roads (25 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much has been spent in Scotland on upgrading trunk roads in each of the last four years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Trunk Roads (25 May 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Is my hon. Friend aware that, thanks to the Government, Aberdeen is now linked by dual carriageway to the nation's motorway network for the first time and that it is possible to drive on roads of either dual carriageway standard or motorway standard from Aberdeen to Istanbul? Does he agree that that is good news for businesses in the north-east of Scotland, holidaymakers in Aberdeen and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Water (6 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: For the benefit of Opposition Members, will my hon. Friend take this opportunity to say clearly and slowly, if possible in words of one syllable, that under his plans water will not be privatised but will remain in public hands, that that is enshrined in law, that there can be no disconnections, and that local elected councillors will be on the boards? Will he also confirm that, regardless of...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that everyone who voted for his party, for the Liberal Democrats or for the Scottish National party voted exclusively and solely for constitutional change?

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I find myself in the astonishing position of thanking the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) for an intervention. I know that he has problems of his own inside his party and that may be why he is being helpful on this occasion. I notice that Mr. Jim Sillars, the former Member of Parliament for Glasgow, Govan, said that the result in Monklands, East was a protest vote. He...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: That is not an expensive question at all. However, I assure the hon. Gentleman that if, in the next general election, the Labour party puts forward a prospectus calling for a Parliament in Scotland, an Assembly in Wales and, ultimately, regional assemblies throughout England, we shall pursue that prospectus because we believe in decentralisation in the United Kingdom. The reality of the vote...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I have given way enough in this brief debate. Welcome though visitors to the debate are, I should move forward. In the light of that problem of credibility, in the light of that result in 1992, the new Standing Orders are a pathetic and totally inadequate response—

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I agree with you, Madam Speaker. However, I do not think that the use of the word "visitors", or even of the word "passengers" could be possibly ruled out of order. I have never been one to say that anybody should be denied the right to speak, but hon. Gentlemen who are coming to such debates for the first time do not have a proprietorial right to intervene on any speech that happens to be...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman should put the matter to the test at a Scottish Parliament in which real legislative powers are vested. That would be the ultimate test. The proposals before us represent only a small move forward, but one which I am willing to welcome. They do not, however, take us anywhere near what the Scottish people want and deserve.

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman comes from Kent, yet another part of the country which voted Labour in the European elections. I am sure that that is part of his interest in the wider debates that are taking place here. We do not have a neat arrangement in the United Kingdom. We do not have something that would easily be described in the neat checks and balances of a written constitution. There are...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I was moving to a lengthy point, but in the light of that, I will accept an intervention.

Orders of the Day — Scottish Business (11 Jul 1994)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I entirely disagree with the hon. and learned Gentleman. I remind him of an incident a couple of months ago when he attempted to speak in the First Scottish Standing Committee which was considering sheriff courts fees. A conspiracy of Whips and others prevented the hon. and learned Gentleman, as a Scottish Member, even expressing a view in that Committee. At the end of that Committee, the...


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