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Orders of the Day — British Coal and British Rail (Transfer Proposals) Bill (18 May 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to catch your eye, so that I may address the House for the first time. It is a tremendous privilege to be here as the new Member of Parliament for Aberdeen, South. It is with great pride that I take my seat as a new Scottish Member of Parliament—and on this occasion if no other, right hon. and hon. Members may allow me to remind them that, yes,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Constitutional Reform (20 May 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my right hon. Friend take this opportunity to nail once and for all the lie that there is consensus throughout Scotland for constitutional change and will he remind the House that on 9 April, Aberdeen and the north-east of Scotland decisively rejected the devolution proposals of the opposition parties and that in so doing they served notice that they wanted no truck whatever with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Petroleum Engineering Department (10 Jun 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my hon. Friend refer the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mrs. Fyfe) to the Scottish Conservative manifesto? It stated unequivocally that, should the independent inquiry say yes to relocation, the Government were committed to relocating the PED, and that in the meantime it would be entirely wrong to pre-empt the inquiry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jun 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Thursday 11 June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jun 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the decision by NatWest to return £33 million to Maxwell pensioners is good news for those concerned, and also an example to others who hold Maxwell pension fund money?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Governance (24 Jun 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Is it not strange that the Opposition parties daily betray their obsession with the idea of the Government taking stock, while at the same time arrogantly dismissing the greatest stock-taking exercise of all—that undertaken by the people of Scotland in the general election? Will my right hon. Friend remind the Opposition that, when the Scottish people took stock, it was the Conservatives...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jun 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 30 June.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jun 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: On behalf of the people of Aberdeen, South, I extend to my right hon. Friend every best wish as he prepares to take on the presidency of the European Council. Given that there is concern about too much centralism in Europe, does my right hon. Friend agree that the Maastricht treaty, with its emphasis on subsidiarity, starts to reverse many of the centralising tendencies of previous treaties?...

European Community (United Kingdom Presidency) (2 Jul 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: rose

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Government (21 Oct 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In the consultation document, the city of Aberdeen is given single-tier status in three of the four possible options. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the weight of evidence is unquestionably in favour of Aberdeen's once again having a single-tier authority and that, with the support of the ruling Labour group on Aberdeen city council, we shall have that?

Child Care Inquiries (Orkney and Fife) (27 Oct 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my right hon. Friend take this further opportunity to re-emphasise that, with almost 200 recommendations, the last thing that we require in the House—or, much more importantly, outside—is hasty judgments and quick decisions? What is essential is time for measured and thoughtful reflection on this most emotive and sensitive subject.

Water and Sewerage (Scotland) (17 Nov 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the near-hysterical rantings that we are hearing from the Opposition in no way enhance the debate and the consultation exercise on which we are now embarking? Does he, like me, hope—probably in vain—that, over the next few weeks, the argument will become more rational, more constructive and much more responsible?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Housing Waiting Lists (18 Nov 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Conservative Government need no lectures about out track record on Scottish housing given that, since 1979, home ownership in Scotland has risen from a paltry 35 per cent. to 52 per cent? Does he agree also that our fellow Scots should be congratulated on that achievement and not patronised, as they are, by the Opposition parties?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Enterprise (18 Nov 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will my right hon. Friend take this opportunity to reaffirm to the House—and when he does it will he do it slowly so that the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) takes it in—that gross domestic product, per head, in Scotland is currently at an all-time high and that male take-home pay in the hon. Gentleman's part of Scotland is the highest in Scotland? Will he further encourage...

Public Expenditure (Scotland) (2 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement. I assure him that, unlike Labour Members who came here ready to carp and criticise before they had even heard what he had to say, the people of Aberdeen will not be so dogmatic or blinkered, and will welcome the statement. Will he confirm, preferably in words of one syllable, that the statement sets out the largest amount of public...

Points of Order (2 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, as a new and inexperienced Member I seek your guidance and a ruling. Is it not a contempt of this House for the leader of one of Scotland's principal parties, the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond), to absent himself from one of Scotland's biggest statements of the year—the Secretary of State's annual expenditure statement?

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: During a similar debate this time last year my predecessor, a Labour Member of Parliament, concluded his speech with the following words: His actions"— meaning the Minister— have affected the election results. Before the 1983 election the Conservative party held five out of six seats in Grampian. The most recent by-election has resulted in the Conservative party holding no seats in the...

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: No, I shall not give way. I want the hon. Gentleman to use his ears, not his mouth, in this debate. The fishing industry is crucial to Aberdeen and to the north-east of Scotland. However, as I said in my maiden speech, Aberdeen's relationship with the fishing industry has changed. The balance has moved from the catchers to the processors. Now, after Humberside, Aberdeen has the highest...

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Government have come in for much criticism for their stated policy of limiting days at sea. As I said before, would the hon. Gentleman for once please use his ears, not his mouth?

Fishing Industry (9 Dec 1992)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Government have come in for much criticism of their stated policy of limiting days at sea. However, the idea—despite its press—is not unique to the Government. The Scottish Fishermen's Organisation, Scotland's largest producer organisation, produced a much more draconian proposal earlier in the summer. It wanted to tie up all boats for one month each year for a while. Although the...


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