Results 21–40 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Secondary Education (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman talks about teacher-pupil ratios, but he seems to forget that, during the lifetime of these four Conservative Governments, pupil-teacher ratios at primary and secondary schools have consistently fallen. I assure him that, during the lifetime of the next four Conservative Governments, they will continue to fall.

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: We have had a fascinating almost 90-minute debate, and the Government have clearly set out our spending plans and priorities in a crucial sphere which affects everyone in Scotland. I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Ayr (Mr. Gallie) and for North Tayside (Mr. Walker) for their support. The principal spokesman for the Liberal Democrats spoke in the debate, and once again showed that...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Can the hon. Lady tell the House who she thinks should pay the debt?

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

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

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am listening intently to what the hon. Gentleman is saying about the 75 per cent. rule, but he will have heard what his hon. Friend said: that if he were Minister, the 75 per cent. rule would stay.

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: This debate is intended to inform the House, so that we may have a sensible and rational discussion. The hon. Gentleman has criticised the level of the HSG order and the rent and management and maintenance assumptions that I have made. Will he give his figures in that regard, so that we may compare my proposals with his in the time available?

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman obviously got a bit heated and carried away, but he did not answer my question. [Interruption.] I shall keep talking while the hon. Gentleman gets his lines from the hon. Member for Monklands, East (Mrs. Liddell), so that she does not need to whisper in his ear. Are we to take it that the Opposition are unwilling to tell us alternative figures to those in the draft Housing...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Will the hon. Gentleman give a straight answer to the following question, which he did not give in the Scottish Grand Committee in Montrose? God forbid, if there were to be a Labour Government, what would he do about the 75 per cent. rule? Would the rule stay at 75 per cent., would it be reduced to or 30 per. cent. or 25 per cent., or would it be abolished completely?

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I beg to move, That the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 22nd January, be approved. This is the annual opportunity for the House to debate the housing support grant order. The debate provides an opportunity to consider not only the detail of the orders, but wider issues relating to housing and housing finance. The order provides that the...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. That is why we are not acting right away: we want to talk to the councils and take them with us every step of the way. I also draw the attention of the House to the question of general fund contributions. Such contributions represent a subsidy from council tax payers to council tenants. Like HSG, this kind of subsidy is indiscriminate, in that it...

Housing (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I assure the hon. Gentleman that I treat sympathetically and sensitively all representations made to me. I believe that the Government's proposals for housing support grant next year constitute a fair and reasonable subsidies package that balances the interests of the tenants, the council tax payer and the national taxpayer. I commend the order to the House.

Local Government Finance (Scotland) (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Tartan tax.

Opposition Day: Education (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am glad to have the opportunity to respond to the debate. In opening on behalf of the Government, my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Education and Employment clearly set out the Government's position. We fully recognise the importance of education. We are committed to ensuring school education of the highest quality, and we are making resources available to achieve that. My...

Opposition Day: Education (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman spent 30 seconds praising that quality and about 14 minutes running it down, as anyone who listened to his speech will know. Spending per pupil in Scotland is over 50 per cent. higher in real terms than in 1979. That is hardly a system being bled dry. Class sizes are smaller and teachers' salaries are higher in real terms than in 1979. The hon. Gentleman will be well aware...

Opposition Day: Education (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I think that the hon. Gentleman knows that we are talking about different time scales. My hon. Friend the Member for Hendon, South (Mr. Marshall) was talking about a time scale of 30 years. I have been going over the past 18 years, which coincidentally coincides exactly with the Government's period in office. Between 1979–80 and 1995–96, the number of pupils in nursery schools increased...

Opposition Day: Education (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Rather than asking my right hon. Friend that question, has the hon. Gentleman asked his hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute (Mrs. Michie) how the parents in her constituency, which is one of the pilot areas, are coping, because 97 per cent. of them are using vouchers?

Opposition Day: Education (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: When the hon. Gentleman intervened on my hon. Friend the Member for Eastwood (Mr. Stewart), he asked for credit to be given to Labour local authorities. Will he now give the same credit to those Labour local authorities? It is Labour local authorities that are making cuts in education. The Conservative Government have passed on more money for education for next year than last year. If the...

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.


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