Results 121–140 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

Clause 23: Grants for Education of Children Under School Age (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Listening to the speech of the hon. Member for Monklands, East (Mrs. Liddell) was a bit like watching summer television: repeat after repeat after repeat. There was no need for the hon. Lady to give the House edited highlights of her pretty press releases. I was flattered that she used some of my best lines when responding to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond). As hon....

Clause 23: Grants for Education of Children Under School Age (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I have listened carefully to what the hon. Member said and I shall write to him. The research commissioned by the Scottish Office is generally published, and this evaluation will be no exception. I shall be happy to lay before Parliament copies of the final report of the Stirling team. Amendment No. 7, to which the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace) referred, seeks to place a...

Clause 23: Grants for Education of Children Under School Age (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: No, I wish to make some progress. The results of the pre-school voucher initiative are becoming clear, and the verdict is good. More than 3,200 parents have applied for vouchers and received them. Moreover, there has been a massive expansion of provision in the pilot areas.

Clause 23: Grants for Education of Children Under School Age (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: There were once only 20 local authority nursery schools and classes—next year, there will be more than 60. In addition, more than 70 centres in the voluntary and private sectors will be educationally accredited for the first time, having satisfied Her Majesty's inspectorate of the quality of the education that they have to offer. For the first time, from August, every child in the...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: What of mixed ability? Perhaps the hon. Lady will put her views on the record. After all, she has put everything else on the record. What of mixed-ability teaching?

Clause 4: Quality Assurance (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I beg to move amendment No. 11, in page 3, line 15, after 'persons' insert '(and, in particular, such persons with special educational needs)'.

Clause 4: Quality Assurance (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In Committee, the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mrs. Fyfe) spoke several times of those in Scotland with special educational needs. As I said at the time, the hon. Lady spoke with eloquence, knowledge and tremendous sincerity. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I would expect the Scottish Qualifications Authority to cater for those with special educational needs. Currently,...

Clause 33: Placing Requests (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I beg to move amendment No. 13, in page 19, line 11, after 'kilometers' insert '(2 miles)'.

Clause 33: Placing Requests (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As hon. Members on the Standing Committee will recall, following a full and surprisingly wide-ranging debate in Committee, I undertook on behalf of my right hon. Friend and myself to introduce an amendment to add a reference to miles to the reference to kilometres in the Bill. That was in response to an amendment in the names of my right hon. Friend the Member for Dumfries (Sir H. Monro) and...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I beg to move amendment No. 16, in page 30, line 14, at end insert— '. After section 51(2B) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (provision of transport and other facilities) there shall be inserted the following subsection—(2C) In considering whether to make any arrangements under subsection (1) above in respect of pupils attending schools, an education authority shall have regard to the...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I will develop that point. We are asking all authorities to adopt the good practice of most authorities. We consider that it would be helpful to introduce an express duty requiring authorities to have regard to safety issues when making decisions on the entitlement of individual children to school transport. It should, of course, remain for education authorities to exercise their discretion...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) is aware of recent Department of Transport regulations requiring the fitting of seat belts on school transport vehicles, and I am sure that he welcomes them. The education authorities already have a common law duty of care in respect of children under their supervision, as is the case when pupils travel to and from school...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I beg to move amendment No. 17, in page 30, line 24, at end insert— '. After section 13(3) of the Self—Governing Schools etc. (Scotland) Act 1989 (eligibility for self—governing status) there shall be inserted the following subsections—(3A) Without prejudice to subsection (3) above, where an education authority makes a proposal to discontinue a school by virtue of section 22A of the...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I should be happy to debate our self-governing policy with the hon. Gentleman at any time, but this is not the time to do so, because the debate is not on the merits of self-governing but on allowing education authorities to get on with taking difficult and sensitive decisions. It is not open to a school board at the moment to take such action in circumstances where the education authority...

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: We believe in giving local authorities more freedom and more sensitivity in relation to school rationalisation, but we do not believe that that is a centralising measure.

Schedule 5: Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: How would the hon. Gentleman reply to the Accounts Commission, which says that there are 300,000 surplus school places in Scotland?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Housing (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Fife's capital allocation for 1996–97 for investment in local authority housing totals £15.5 million. It is for the council to determine its expenditure priorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Housing (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Fife council can provide housing if it examines imaginatively, realistically and positively the proposals for stock transfers. In that way, it will be able to access significant new sums for investment throughout Fife, particularly in the hon. and learned Gentleman's constituency. If he is so concerned, I ask him to get in touch with Fife council as a matter of priority. I offer him the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Housing (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Planned net provision in 1998–99 for capital expenditure by local authorities on their own stock is £167 million at 1995–96 prices, compared with £208 million in 1989–90 on the same basis.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Council Housing (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I remind the hon. Gentleman that provision in Scotland for local authority housing is 25 per cent. higher than in England. All that would be put at risk with a tax-raising Scottish Parliament. Does the hon. Gentleman believe that this House would continue to vote for such substantial sums of money to go to Scottish housing with a tax-raising parliament sitting in Edinburgh?


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