Results 3081–3100 of 3100 for speaker:Margaret Ewing

Clause 1: Rates of Basic Scheme Benefits (29 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: The hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) has only just come in. I have been sitting here for five hours waiting to speak. I have found this a fascinating debate. The Scottish National Party believes in principles, but we have found, time and again, that opponents of principle move away from principle and try to blind us with statistics. That is what we have been getting today on this...

Clause 1: Rates of Basic Scheme Benefits (29 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: I have sat down.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Education (Standards) (27 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: I shall bear in mind the request of the Chair for brevity and try to condense all the material for a speech that I have brought into the Chamber. I am disappointed that the hon. Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr. Canavan) has left. He took 20 minutes to get round to his usual attack on the Scottish National Party. I had hoped to use my remedial qualification in reading to point out to him...

Orders of the Day — Scotland (Grant-Aided Schools) (23 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: I welcome this opportunity to speak about grant-aided schools in Scotland. There is no doubt that the matter is becoming the dominant issue in Scotland. Last Session it was the teachers' salaries dispute, which has created a substantial part of the dispute of this Session. The Scottish National Party has a different attitude toward the problem than that of the two hon. Members who have just...

Orders of the Day — Scotland (Grant-Aided Schools) (23 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: It is a system that must go eventually in order to give equality of opportunity to all.

Orders of the Day — Scotland (Grant-Aided Schools) (23 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: The hon. Gentleman should be aware that the Scottish National Party has had a long-standing policy to the effect that direct-grant and independent schools will be phased out in an independent Scotland. Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that the basic philosophy behind the idea of spending 10 per cent. of GNP on education is a good one? It would eradicate problems in the State system and would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Irvine New Town (22 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: After the Secretary of State has visited Irvine New Town I shall be delighted if he will visit Cumbernauld New Town. I should like to discuss with him the question of employment for our young people—

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Irvine New Town (22 Jan 1975)

Mrs Margaret Bain: Is the Secretary of State aware that in Cumbernauld young people have great difficulty in securing employment? There is only one job for every 40 girls leaving school, and one job for every 16 boys leaving school. The development corporation, the town council and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter with him.

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay (Scotland) ( 4 Dec 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: It is with some trepidation that I rise at this late hour to speak on the teachers' dispute in Scotland. I am assured that 4 a.m. is when one feels at one's lowest ebb. Therefore, I intend to be brief. I will not call for the resignations of any Government Front Bench Members and I do not intend to take up the point made by the hon. Member for West Stirlingshire (Mr. Canavan) about sexual...

Orders of the Day — Teachers' Pay (Scotland) ( 4 Dec 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: With respect, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I am pointing out the defects in the present negotiation machinery for Scottish teachers and asking that the whole situation be reviewed in the hope of avoiding future conflicts such as the one we have now. Given that we shall have a Scottish Assembly within two years, this would seem to be an opportune time to review the whole education system in Scotland....

Teachers' Pay (Scotland) ( 2 Dec 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: First, I congratulate the Secretary of State on uniting the teaching profession in Scotland to a level never before witnessed in its history. Next, for clarification, may we be told who has the ultimate responsibility for accepting the £100 recommendation as an interim award? If the Secretary of State willingly accepted it, does that not show that he ought to resign since he is not in touch...

Orders of the Day — Scotland (Education) (25 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: Hear, hear.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Teachers' Salaries (20 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: In reply to a parliamentary Question, the Secretary of State admitted that there were substantial wage differentials between Scottish and English primary schoolteachers who had the same qualifications. Will he guarantee that those differentials will be eradicated by the Houghton Report? Will he also bear in mind the difference in qualifications which are required for graduates in secondary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers' Pay (19 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: Will the Minister offer any guarantee that, as a result of the Houghton recommendations, wage differentials between Scottish and English teachers will be eradicated? Will he now offer an apology to Scottish teachers whom he called cheats when they asked for an interim award?

Orders of the Day — Offshore Petroleum Development (Scotland) Bill (19 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: Does the hon. Gentleman not realise that there are industrial seats represented by the Scottish National Party, and that his own party is in great danger of losing its hold in Scotland because we are now the challenging party in 36 of their seats?

Orders of the Day — Offshore Petroleum Development (Scotland) Bill (19 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that in supporting the Bill he is supporting the continuation of the British Empire, with the natives being handed out baubles by a centralised institution in return for the rape of their resources?

Orders of the Day — Offshore Petroleum Development (Scotland) Bill (19 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: I intend to be very brief because I had only a few points which I wished to put about the Bill and they have been dealt with in great depth by my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee, East (Mr. Wilson) and my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll (Mr. MacCormick). I want to tell a story. Once upon a time there was a British Empire on which, it was believed, the sun would never set. It was believed...

Orders of the Day — Offshore Petroleum Development (Scotland) Bill (19 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: Is there any guarantee that deep water sites will always be required for platform construction? Would it not seem logical to claim every deep water site in Scotland?

Clause 2: Social Security Amendment Bill ( 6 Nov 1974)

Mrs Margaret Bain: I understand that it is the tradition of the House in one's maiden speech to pay tribute to one's predecessor. It is no onerous task for me to pay tribute to Barry Henderson. As hon. Members are aware, East Dunbartonshire is a new constituency whose boundaries were redrawn for the election in February of this year. Barry Henderson was its Member for seven months, and the slim- ness of my...


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