Results 141–160 of 577 for speaker:Mr Raymond Robertson

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Gentleman is wrong. Capital allocations do not depend on stock transfers. I am saying to the hon. Gentleman, his council and every other council that, if they want to increase substantially investment in social housing in their regions, there is a means to do it and we will do all that we can to help them to do it, but if he is so blinkered by ideology that he will not recognise...

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend makes a valid point and draws a pertinent comparison with England. I have encouraged local authorities to make use of their vacant properties and will continue to do so, because while properties remain empty they are of no value to anyone—especially families who are desperate for housing.

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

Mr Raymond Robertson: I was most impressed by the housing in the hon. Gentleman's constituency and by the positive response of tenants to the concierge arrangements and to the closed circuit television systems in the hon. Gentleman's constituency and in that of the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. Ross). There is no doubt that that is the way forward, which is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State discussed funding with Scottish higher education principals when he addressed their annual forum dinner late last month.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Of course I agree with the hon. Gentleman that a sound scientific base is essential for a strong manufacturing bases. That is why Scotland's work force has been transformed in recent years and why the proportion of 25 to 29-year-olds with higher education qualifications living in Scotland has nearly doubled in the past 10 years—from 12.6 per cent to 23 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: more young Scots are in higher education than ever before in our nation's history. Spending on higher education per student in Scotland is 31 per cent. higher than it is in England. Those sums would not be available for our universities with a tax-raising Scottish Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The Scotland that the hon. Gentleman lives in is not the Scotland that I or Scottish students live in. We have more young people at university than ever before, and a higher proportion of those are from less well-off backgrounds than ever before. That is a record to be proud of, and the hon. Gentleman does his party and his country no good in trying to talk down what is happening.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Yes, absolutely. I commend the college and congratulate the hon. Gentleman on the way in which he has doggedly pursued the issue. We have lifted the capping on further education students in the highlands and islands as, we hope, a precursor to the establishment of a full university in the highlands and islands, which is being vigorously backed by my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As I said in reply to a previous question, more people from less well-off backgrounds are attending university than ever before. We will take no lectures from the hon. Lady. Since the Labour party was last in government, student numbers have doubled, spending has increased by 30 per cent. in real terms and, above all, spending is 31 per cent. higher in Scotland than in England. Does the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: University Funding (3 Jul 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend has considerable freedom with the block given to him by the Treasury. Last time around, local government—unfortunately, in my opinion—took a bigger share of it than higher education. However, my right hon. Friend has met principals in Scotland, and their representations will be fed in when we discuss the allocation of next year's block.

First Scottish Standing Committee (26 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, as I realise that he was about to conclude. The hon. Gentleman said—and rightly so—that the Bill in question is a purely Scottish measure. Will he go back to the answer that he gave my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre Forest (Mr. Coombs), and say why he voted on an equivalent English Bill, which he said had implications for Scotland? If...

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I join other hon. Members in congratulating the hon. Member for Falkirk, West (Mr. Canavan) on securing the debate. It has been a good debate, and, although I may not have agreed with everything—indeed, anything—said by Opposition Members, I do not doubt their sincerity for a moment. That applies both to the specific constituency cases cited by the hon. Members for Kilmarnock and Loudoun...

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I did not agree with everything, and perhaps with anything, but the hon. Gentleman may agree with some of what I say. As I have said, I do not doubt Opposition Members' sincerity, although part of what was said by the hon. Member for Monklands, East (Mrs. Liddell) seemed unnecessarily strident. The debate is important because of the vital role that our colleges play in meeting the skills...

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I do not hesitate to give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. As the hon. Member for Monklands, East said, colleges are also involving employers, as major stakeholders, in what they do. That involvement takes place at many levels: on the board of management to ensure strategic vision, with the local enterprise company to collaborate in the local achievement of education and training targets...

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Lady has asked a number of specific questions and I shall reply in writing.

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Yes, they are.

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I shall write to the hon. Lady. If she wants me to write to her again, perhaps she will write to me and we may make some progress. We funded growth, but, following rapid expansion, it has proved necessary to hold full-time numbers to their current record levels, although colleges are being encouraged to continue to expand the number of students on part-time higher education courses. Such...

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: No, it was not that page but the one that states how much a Labour Government would invest in their first year in office.

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I hope that all those from the colleges who are watching the debate and those who will read it later heard the hon. Lady refuse to give any commitment on how much an incoming Labour Government—that will not happen—will spend. The challenge for now and for the future is to maintain and improve standards while increasing efficiency. We have set the colleges challenging targets, delivering...

Prayers: Further Education (Scotland) (19 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Unfortunately, the hon. Gentleman has not been listening to me. I am glad that he accepts that colleges are enthusiastic about the private finance initiative. Two projects—a new campus for Falkirk college in Stirling and a new campus for West Lothian college in Livingston—are at an advanced stage. The PFI is not the only public and private partnership that is under way. By operating more...


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