Results 2681–2692 of 2692 for speaker:Lord Maxton

Civil Service (Dispersal) (26 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: Is the Minister aware that the answers that he has given to my right hon. Friend the Member for Rutherglen (Mr. MacKenzie) and my hon. Friend the Member for Central Ayrshire (Mr. Lambie) are totally unsatisfactory? It is not only a question whether the dispersal is right. It is a question also of political honesty. Is the Minister aware that the Conservative Party in Scotland, through its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Primary School Teacher Training ( 4 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to announce his plans for the introduction of a four-year primary education degree for all students undertaking training as primary school teachers in Scottish colleges of education.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Primary School Teacher Training ( 4 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: I am glad to hear that the Scottish Office is at least considering the issue, but is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the GTC put forward these proposals several years ago, colleges have already drawn up their proposals and all the teacher unions in Scotland are urging this measure on the Government? Further, is the hon. Gentleman aware that in England and Wales such proposals are well...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Hydrocarbon Oil etc. ( 4 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: I should like to return to the statistic that shows that 70 per cent. of motorists in Britain are having their motoring costs paid for them by their companies or other organisations. This is one of the key statistics in the philosophy of the Budget, particularly in relation to the increase in VAT and other taxes on petrol. What this means is that, like so much of the rest of the Budget, it...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Hydrocarbon Oil etc. ( 4 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: I am not arguing that, but there will be a comeback on companies from the increased cost in petrol. It will impact, not on the amount of petrol consumed, but on other areas of that company's operations and ultimately on the economy. The 70 per cent. will not reduce their consumption. They are not paying for their petrol and are not worried about the price. The private motorist who has to pay...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Hydrocarbon Oil etc. ( 4 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: Of course I am not saying that, but this Government have increased petrol prices to a greater extent than was necessary. At a time when petrol prices are going up anyway the Government have imposed a tax on top, and that is intolerable. Also, the rise in petrol prices outside of taxation has been made worse by the Government's refusal to allow the Price Commission to consider the increases....

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Hydrocarbon Oil etc. ( 4 Jul 1979)

Mr John Maxton: I accept that. However, every tanker load of petrol going across to the island is already paying large ferry dues. Already petrol costs on the island are 10p to 15p higher than those on the mainland. Tourists will not go there because they are not guaranteed petrol supplies. Garages on the island will find it difficult to survive. Among the islanders themselves, the small farmers running...

Scotland Act 1978 (Repeal) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr John Maxton: A great deal has been said about the debate being a funeral. The glee with which Conservative Members have greeted the funeral and attended it is not in their tradition of decorum at funerals. There are various prerequisites for a funeral. The main requirement is a dead body. It is not possible to have a funeral without a dead body. If the body is still alive and one deliberately kills it so...

Scotland Act 1978 (Repeal) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr John Maxton: What I have said is correct. I know that it is true. I was there. Was the Minister outside the schools on that day?

Scotland Act 1978 (Repeal) (20 Jun 1979)

Mr John Maxton: Then it could not have been raining in the East. My election to the House also proves that the Act is still alive. There has been much talk from Conservative Members claiming that they won their seats because devolution was no longer an issue among the Scottish people, but one of the reasons why Teddy Taylor lost his seat to me was that he was one of the arch anti-devolutionists in Scotland....

Orders of the Day — Housing and Local Government (17 May 1979)

Mr John Maxton: I thank the Chair for calling me to make my maiden speech this afternoon, even if it is slightly later than I thought was the original intention. I begin by paying tribute to my predecessor in Cathcart, Mr. Edward Taylor. It is not easy to pay tribute to political opponents, but it is fair to say that Mr. Taylor was a hard-working and conscientious constituency Member. I know from my own...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Local Government (17 May 1979)

Mr John Maxton: Will the Minister deal with the matter of Scottish legislation on this subject? Does he agree that in Scotland there is no such mandate for the sale of council houses?


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