Results 61–80 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: First, the hon. Lady obviously has not heard of our care and repair policy, which provides funds to allow elderly people to do the very thing that she describes—to adapt their own homes so that they can stay in them. The hon. Lady is right to say that that is where many of them wish to remain. Perhaps the hon. Lady's remarks would be better directed towards hon. Members on the Labour Front...

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: We have received 140 responses to the consultation document and we shall publish the final code early next year.

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: Indeed, not one response supported it, which is why we have gone on to further consultation, and that is one of the elements under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Full-time Students (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Except in those colleges involved in the university of the highlands and islands project, we have no further plans to expand the number of full-time students in further education taking higher education courses. Future arrangements for bursaries are currently under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Full-time Students (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I thank the hon. Gentlemen for coming in. We had a useful meeting, which helped to address some of the problems at that college. Regarding the situation on bursaries, I hope that the hon. Gentleman is aware that we are reviewing all this and we have asked for comments from the entire sector with a view to seeing whether any changes need to be made. We have an open mind on that. Last Friday, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Full-time Students (18 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Yes, indeed: I am happy to give the hon. Gentleman the assurance that I shall look carefully at that; and at any information that he wants to give me beforehand. [Interruption.] My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is shouting from behind me, "What about the Spice Girls?".

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Tonight's debate was sometimes lively, sometimes thoughtful and sometimes very unthoughtful. It was made notable by the contributions and valedictory speeches on fisheries matters by my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Harris) and the hon. Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes). They both said that, next year, when the fisheries debate takes place, for the first time for many years...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Throughout the debate, the hon. Gentleman has displayed a singular lack of knowledge—indeed, complete ignorance—of what the Hague preference means. Throughout the debate, for his own party-political reasons, he has tried to put Scottish fishermen at the throats of Northern Ireland fishermen. When we invoke the Hague preference to the benefit of Scottish fishermen, in no way does it affect...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I think that I can best answer my hon. Friend by quoting from the interview given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary to the BBC's "On the Record" yesterday. My right hon. and learned Friend was asked: It is not a case of speculating, is it? We know that there are some things that you will insist on getting out of that. He answered: That we have made absolutely clear....

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend and I have listened to the various concerns that have been expressed and we will consider those further before Thursday's Council. Our basic aim for the Council on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday if necessary, is simple enough. It is to achieve the best deal possible for our fishermen, having regard both to their immediate and to their longer-term needs. Our primary concern...

Fisheries (16 Dec 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: What tripe!

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Twenty-one, according to the formula.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman is totally mistaken. No spending plans on how much will be allocated to further education have yet been decided. He stands up and says that there will be less money, but he does not have a clue how much money will be allocated next year. All I can say is that we have increased spending on further education colleges every year since incorporation in 1993.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is right. The teenage tax proposed by the Labour party would hit Scots young people harder, since more young people stay on in school in Scotland than in any other part of the United Kingdom. Labour's tax is uniquely designed to hit the young people and families of Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Here we have yet another spending pledge from the Labour party. The hon. Lady seems to forget that we now have more students, studying more courses and getting more and better qualifications in our colleges under record funding from the Government. She would do the further education sector in Scotland a great service if she for once—just once—recognised that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Further education colleges in Scotland are, of course, funded more than equivalent colleges in England. The funding formula that we introduced last year, after full consultation with the colleges, is rewarding student activity and efficiency in colleges, which is surely the right way forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman is right. I offered a meeting to him and the hon. Member for Caithness and Sutherland (Mr. Maclennan). They have never got back to me to arrange that meeting. Of course I should be delighted to see them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further Education Colleges (20 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Only the hon. Lady could turn an 11 per cent. increase into a cut. Today of all days, she has suggested that the £233 million that we spent last year on further education is not enough. If she was being honest, she would have said how much she would spend. Would she spend another £50 million? Another £60 million? Another £70 million? For us to have an informed debate on further education...

Land Holding (Scotland) (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I first congratulate the hon. Member for Clydesdale (Mr. Hood) on securing this Adjournment debate. I thank him for raising again the issue of leasehold casualty payments which, as we have heard in his speech, are causing grave difficulties for some of his constituents. I understand and appreciate the concerns that the hon. Gentleman has expressed about some of the demands that are being...

Land Holding (Scotland) (13 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I did not intend to be offensive. I was merely setting out the position and pointing out to the hon. Gentleman why the action that he has requested is, in part, impossible. Part 1 of the Long Leases (Scotland) Act 1954 allowed tenants to convert leases into feus for a payment in compensation to the landlord. The Act provided that this could be done only during a period of five years after...


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