Results 101–120 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I will answer that, and the Secretary of State may find out something at that time. The Secretary of State keeps asking questions instead of answering them. He seems to think that he is already in opposition. The right hon. Gentleman said that in 1994 there were five cases that fell into the category of repeat offences. In not one case—23 or five—was there an appeal. That point must be...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Before the right hon. Gentleman jumps up again, let me tell him that we are prepared to consider electronic monitoring if it can be shown to work, but not at any price. I will give way for the last time.

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The fact does not seem to have penetrated through to the Secretary of State that we will not be voting against the Bill: we will be voting for a reasoned amendment that asks the Government to go away and think again on the critical issues—[Interruption.]

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am not surprised that the hon. Member for Ayr is seeking guidance on how he should vote. With the Tory party on 11 per cent. in public opinion in Scotland, and with the size of the hon. Gentleman's majority, I would advise him to vote Labour.

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: After reflecting on the reasoned amendment, the next Government, or this Government, can introduce a Bill—[Interruption.] That is the purpose of a reasoned amendment. The synthetic noise by Conservative Members today—a very bad day for the Scottish Tories—is what will be remembered—[Interruption.] The Secretary of State says that it is getting better. Public opinion was 11 per cent....

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: No.

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: It is a rare display of taste on my part. I question whether the Government's decision to remove all judicial discretion in such cases might make automatic sentences counter-productive. Lord Ross, the Lord Justice Clerk, has suggested that juries might be reluctant to convict sex offenders if those offenders face a mandatory life sentence. That reluctance was demonstrated by juries in...

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his comments, because there is a case to be made that that will happen. Such views have been expressed not only by women's groups, but, as he said, from such Conservative Back Benchers as a distinguished former Home Secretary. The point should be considered, at the very least, as part and parcel of our consideration of the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Bill (5 Nov 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. and learned Gentleman has, in the context of the practicalities of the Bill, made an important point. As we already know, the Bill has been very poorly thought out, and it has been condemned by those who deal with such crimes. I remind the House that Scottish courts already have power to deliver life sentences for repeat offenders. I have repeatedly asked the question—which has...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Hear, hear.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Hampden Park Stadium (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend announced at Hampden Park on Wednesday 18 September that the Scottish Office would contribute up to £2 million towards the redevelopment and rebuilding of the national stadium.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Hampden Park Stadium (16 Oct 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman and, indeed, to the all-party Scottish sports group for their kind words about our decision. I am sure that he will join me in congratulating Austin Reilly and the National Stadium Committee on their tireless efforts to ensure the funding necessary to match the lottery donation of £23 million from the Millennium Commission. That will ensure that Scotland...

Clause 8: Local Government (North-east Scotland) (15 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: That was the council's decision—it was disgraceful.

Deer (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Constitution, Functions and Membership of Deer Commission for Scotland (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I shall refer first to the issue of access, raised by the hon. Member for Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Mr. Galbraith). We recognize the importance of access to the countryside. However, the Deer Commission for Scotland is concerned primarily with issues relating directly to deer. We do not consider it appropriate or necessary to create a primary function for the commission of having regard to...

Deer (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Constitution, Functions and Membership of Deer Commission for Scotland (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Bill gives deer management interests one third of the commission's membership, which means that the other two thirds will comprise other interest groups. By anyone's arithmetic, that constitutes a minority for the deer management interests. As the hon. Gentleman knows, some organisations argued for a majority interest on the commission, or that all commission members should have knowledge...

Clause 328: Assessment of Secondary School Pupils (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Bill is all about choice, quality and diversity—the themes at the heart of all that we do in Scottish education. Scottish young people deserve only the best. The Bill helps give them that, and I commend it to the House.

Clause 328: Assessment of Secondary School Pupils (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In Committee, I described in detail the reasons why my hon. Friends and I consider it vital for measures to be taken as soon as possible to ensure that S1 and S2 pupils and their parents are able to benefit from the introduction of national tests. I shall repeat the main reasons for clause 32. Since 1994, education authorities have failed to ensure that national tests are carried out in...

Clause 328: Assessment of Secondary School Pupils (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Lady was obviously talking to her hon. Friend, which is what she has been doing for most of the debate. I said that it was up to the parent to decide whether to withdraw a child but that, as always, the parent was at liberty to consult anyone. The final decision belongs to parents. That is what I said, and the hon. Lady does me a disservice by misquoting me.

Clause 328: Assessment of Secondary School Pupils (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As I said repeatedly in Committee, it is up to parents to decide whether their child sits the test. Parents can consult anyone they want to consult. It could be the pupil, the teacher or the child's granny, for that matter. It is the parents' decision.

Clause 328: Assessment of Secondary School Pupils (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: indicated dissent.


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