Results 41–60 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Opposition parties seek, each in its own way, to sell Scotland short and to sell Scotland out to the bureaucrats in Brussels. My hon. Friend will be pleased that we have succeeded in getting the Commission to look at ways of cutting the burdens placed on business by the single market legislation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Scotland that the hon. Gentleman describes would not be recognised by anyone who lives or works in Scotland. In reality, Scotland is prospering and booming, and the quality of life there is second to none. It is not worth a Scotland Bill from the Labour party.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Legislation (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As the hon. Gentleman will know, Labour peers voted both for and against in the Divisions. He should therefore watch before he casts accusations across the Dispatch Box. He knows that we have presented a Bill in both Houses of Parliament. We have pledged to deliver on that Bill, and we shall do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Institutions (Agency Staff) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: None. The employment of agency staff in colleges is for individual college boards of management to determine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Institutions (Agency Staff) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman seems to forget that many further education colleges, including Aberdeen college, in which he and I share an interest as constituency Members, are restructuring staffing levels so that they can deliver a more efficient and effective service to students. He does Aberdeen college a great disservice by choosing to ignore the fact that, as part of the restructuring, 42 new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Institutions (Agency Staff) (5 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: If the hon. Lady wishes to raise the matter with Lord Nolan, she is entitled so to do; but, in all kindness, I must tell her that it was obvious on Monday that the pressure is getting to her. She should take some time off, away from the House, and visit Scottish colleges and schools to find out what the real situation is. Then she should come back to the House and stop running down the great...

Petition: Rural Housing (Scotland) (4 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) on securing this Adjournment debate this evening. It gives us an opportunity to discuss, albeit briefly, rural housing. If he wishes to raise other issues, he should write to me, and I shall ensure that he gets a very speedy reply. I shall begin by outlining some key features of the Government's approach to housing....

Petition: Rural Housing (Scotland) (4 Feb 1997)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As the hon. Gentleman knows, Scottish Homes has considerable licence as to how it operates. I meet the chairman and board twice a year to review the strategic objectives. The rural review is one of the subjects that will be discussed when we meet soon. I am happy to feed in the hon. Gentleman's comments. As the hon. Gentleman pointed out, this year's public expenditure survey is tight, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Just under 400.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I agree that our housing system is in urgent need of reform. That is why I have spent the past year and a half encouraging local authorities, such as the one in her constituency, to remove themselves from being direct providers of housing and to transfer their housing stock to housing associations and housing companies. I hope that the hon. Lady's council, like all others in Scotland, will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that £4 billion-worth of housing debt has to be repaid? That has gone up by 6 per cent. in the past year alone. If he and his hon. Friends are not willing to protect council tenants, I assure him that we most definitely are.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Completions (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Despite all the rumblings and mutterings from Opposition spokesmen on housing since my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made his statement, no one has ever said that, if Labour were in our position, it would not require local authorities to make the debt repayments that we require. Perhaps one of them would like to indicate, by nodding or shaking his head, whether Labour would go...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend has received seven letters in the past three months, two of which were from the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am surprised at the hon. Gentleman. In view of the nonsense that we have just heard from the Opposition Front Bench, surely he is not asking us to go ahead with stock transfers that do not give value for money. That was the basis on which the other bidders were ruled out, and each of them has had the chance to rebid. Does the hon. Gentleman genuinely think that we should go to the National...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Homes (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is right. The significant increase in home ownership during the Government's 18 years in office, from eastern European levels to almost 60 per cent., is a tremendous credit to the people of Scotland. That great achievement was fought for in the teeth of opposition by the Labour party both in the House and in town halls and council chambers throughout Scotland. To its eternal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: On 29 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The selective quoting of statistics does the House no good. The hon. Lady should perhaps have quoted the figure which shows that homelessness in Scotland is falling—last year it fell by 3 per cent. Shelter does our local authorities no credit by not giving them the credit for providing homes for 90 per cent. of families deemed unintentionally homeless and therefore in priority need. As for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: If I did not care about the plight of the homeless in Scotland, I would not have issued a new draft code on homelessness as guidance for local authorities. I would not have put it out for consultation, nor withdrawn it because of some of the concerns that were expressed. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have repeatedly said that we are willing to consult all the relevant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend issued a consultation paper on the rough sleepers initiative on 11 December.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Homelessness (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I regret that the hon. Gentleman chooses to question me about rough sleepers. When we introduce a rough sleepers initiative, he chooses to ignore the fact that we have done so. That is a matter of real regret. If the hon. Gentleman genuinely had at heart the issue of rough sleeping in Scotland, he would not have continued with that question. In reply to a previous question, I said that 2.5...


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