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Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am grateful to hon. Members for their wide-ranging contributions to what has once again, and rightly, turned out to be an impassioned debate. The fishing industry is a vital part of our national life and is at the heart of the constituencies of many hon. Members who have spoken today. I am proud to include myself among them. As my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Cleethorpes (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Obviously, there is confusion about that, and so that there is no ambiguity, my hon. Friend the Minister of State will write to the hon. Lady and to other hon. Members. Some hon. Members mentioned a decommissioning scheme specifically for quota hoppers. There are 150 quota hoppers in the UK fleet, representing one fifth of the tonnage of our offshore fleet.

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: As I am sure the hon. Lady is aware, there is a variety of other schemes, such as FIFG and PESCA. As she presses me to have a second look at the matter, I am happy to assure her that I shall do so.

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I have already given way to the hon. Lady. Clearly, if we were able to decommission the 150 quota hoppers, it would go a long way towards meeting any targets for capacity reductions. Of course, there is nothing to prevent quota hopper owners from applying for decommissioning grants under the scheme before the House. Some quota hoppers were decommissioned under previous schemes. A special...

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Of course they are not. I am not ruling out the idea of buying out quota hoppers—far from it—but our fishermen would want satisfactory answers to a series of technical and important questions before we went down that road. I am trying to flag up some of the questions and issues that would have to be discussed with the industry and sorted out. I hope that the hon. Gentleman understands...

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am sorry that that technicality has arisen so late, but I shall ask my officials to discuss it with the banks concerned as a matter of urgency.

Orders of the Day — Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: We are.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: We are developing a new system of courses and assessment—"Higher Still"—to give all young people from age 16 the opportunity to stay on and gain relevant qualifications to the highest standard they can reach. Financial support is available in Scotland for this age group through child benefit of £40 million and, with bursaries and other allowances, to more than £91 million in total.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that the teenage tax proposed by the hon. Member for Dunfermline, East would hit Scotland hardest of all parts of the United Kingdom. Because of the Government's outstanding success, more 16-year-olds opt to stay on in school in Scotland than in any other part of the land. Therefore, Scottish families would be hardest hit by that learning levy—that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: Madam Speaker, it is for you to work out the procedures of the House, but, surely, during Question Time, we should now distinguish between new Labour and more traditional Labour, because what the hon. Gentleman has just said is not what the rest of his party is saying. He is talking about student grants, but Opposition Front Benchers want to abolish grants and ensure that students subsidise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The proposal by the hon. Member for Dunfermline, East, the shadow Chancellor, is probably one of the most odious and obnoxious proposals to come from any shadow Chancellor.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I do not know whether the right hon. Member for Sedgefield (Mr. Blair) will take kindly to being called Thatcherite. He said: It's absolutely vital that parents get as much information as possible. I certainly want that for my children; I want to know exactly how they're performing at school; I want to have a proper assessment of them. Why is it right for the Leader of the Opposition to have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: In 1994–95, the age 16 staying-on rate in Scottish schools and equivalent course in further education colleges was 81 per cent. The closest comparison for the UK was 72 per cent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Budgets (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My right hon. Friend last met representatives of the Scottish School Board Association on 1 April, but local government education budgets were not among the topics they asked to be put on the agenda.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Education Budgets (5 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: The hon. Lady talks about cuts, but in setting its budget, Argyll and Bute council has been able to increase its expenditure on services this year by £5.1 million, or almost 5 per cent. above the level that the former regional and district councils budgeted to spend last year. Therefore, although the hon. Lady is quite right to ask certain questions, she is asking the wrong person. She...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: We have had a wide-ranging and useful debate, and I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have taken part. I shall try, if allowed, to respond to as many points as possible. We have discussed many areas of education policy where the Government have brought about, and are bringing about, real choice and lasting improvements. That has been in the face, as we have heard throughout the...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: My, Opposition Members are touchy about their educational record. They really are touchy about what they have proposed in the past. I am sure that we will have ample opportunity to examine all the points in detail in Committee. To help Opposition Members with their factual understanding, if nothing more, notes on clauses are available in the Library. I hope that hon. Members will take the...

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I am grateful to hear of the hon. Gentleman's experience from his days of teaching, and I accept everything that he has just said, but is he saying that national testing and parents' evenings and teachers adding to what they know about the child are mutually exclusive?

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: rose—

Orders of the Day — Education (Scotland) Bill [Lords] (4 Jun 1996)

Mr Raymond Robertson: I realise that the hon. Gentleman was chairing a Standing Committee when I explained the cycle of inspection of nursery providers. Every provider in the pilot areas will be inspected in the pilot year. When we go national, providers will be inspected as soon as possible, and certainly within 24 months.


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