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Local Government Finance (Scotland) (19 Feb 1998)

Liam Fox: ...structures, but it has not reformed itself sufficiently. It still has 21 departments when other councils are operating with four or five. Perhaps the internal warfare in which the Glasgow Labour group is involved has left it too little time to consider the matter. Perhaps the kangaroo courts distract it from what is going on elsewhere. Perhaps the KGB-type actions of the party do not give...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Scottish Representation at Westminster (23 Feb 1998)

Liam Fox: ...may want, however much it is their right to have that. We have to keep that in mind when we consider the possible alternatives and answers to that question. There are two reasons for tabling this group of amendments. The first is to deal, or at least to address, the West Lothian question. It is not possible to deal with, or to answer, that question within the constitutional relationships...

Maze Prison (Narey Inquiry) (2 Apr 1998)

Jeffrey M. Donaldson: ...is in my constituency, I have followed the inquiry with great interest. Having glanced through Mr. Narey's report, I am concerned about getting at the real truth behind Billy Wright's murder and Liam Averill's escape. There are many inadequacies in the report. I was alarmed to read that, in the course of his inquiry, Mr. Narey met officials from the Irish Government. One wonders what...

Land Reform (Scotland) (29 Apr 1998)

Liam Fox: ...and islands may look open, but in fact contain large and important environmental sites, some of which are covered by sites of special scientific interest, while others are owned by special interest groups such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Unrestricted access in these areas could be highly damaging, and the regulation of access becomes extremely important. I hope the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Power to Call for Witnesses and Documents (12 May 1998)

Liam Fox: During our consideration of the Bill, we have often accused various groups of tabling amendments for various reasons, but clearly the Government did not table this group of amendments to try to steal the headlines from the Foreign Secretary. It is not the most politically contentious group of amendments that we have considered. I am grateful to the civil servants who spoke to us in advance...

Opposition Day: Local Government (Scotland) (16 Jun 1998)

Liam Fox: ...for an investigation into the relationship between the council, Cumnock municipal bank and the Cumnock and Doon Minerals Trust. Councillors control the bank and act as directors. Four of the same group act as trustees of the minerals trust, which was set up to improve leisure facilities in the Cumnock and Doon valley area affected by mineral operations. There is a clear conflict of...

Bill Presented: Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill (2 Sep 1998)

Ian Paisley: ...they say anything that does not side with, condone or support the Good Friday agreement. Since Good Friday, 37 people have been murdered by the terrorists. Since Good Friday, every paramilitary group supposed to be on ceasefire has breached the ceasefire and the terms of the Mitchell principles of non-violence, so much so that two groups had to be expelled from the talks because of their...

Voting Systems (5 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: ...been about how power can be transferred from the unaccountable to the accountable. This proposal seeks to reverse that trend in our democratic process, and to give political power in the House to a group of people who are answerable to political parties rather than the electorate—to the party bosses rather than the voters. At present, every Member of Parliament is accountable to the...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Constituencies, Regions and Regional Members (11 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: ...place. They were able to reach agreement with Ministers on many aspects, all of which improve the Bill that left this House. However, there is a point to be made: the Government introduced 180 groups of amendments to their flagship Bill in a House that they claim does not have proper democratic legitimacy and needs to be changed.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Acts of the Scottish Parliament (11 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: It is such a well-worked-out process that we had 180-odd groups of amendments in the other place to put right the defects in the Bill. I accept that the Minister's intentions are entirely honourable, but I think that the Government have got this wrong. I simply do not believe that a nationalist majority in a Scottish Parliament would not use everything possible to try to drive a wedge between...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Reserved Matters (11 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: ...changed? What implications might that have for bus companies operating close to or across the border? I ask for clarification simply to deal with any anxiety felt by, or representations from, those groups because of the amendment.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Cross-Border Public Authorities: Initial Status (16 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: ...us what consultation the Government have had with what are envisaged to be cross-border bodies and what representations have been made? We might then at least have an idea of the opinions of those groups. Although the amendments are technical, it would be helpful for us to know for future reference what is the Government's thinking on the numbers of groups involved and the balance of...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Power to Make Provision Consequential on Acts of the Scottish Parliament. (16 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: The Minister will be pleased to hear that I accept that most of the amendments in the group are purely technical. However, I shall probe him on one or two areas—not least on Lords amendment No. 146, which is fairly substantial. My questions mainly concern the quantitative relationship. We could all think of many areas where such a relationship might apply. In such areas, the working...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Regulation of Tweed and Esk Fisheries (16 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: ...be grateful if he wrote to me explaining exactly how that will be worked out. I hope that the details of this specific example, as opposed to the generic one that we discussed under the previous group of amendments, have been sorted out because it is a very practical issue that has caused many problems. May I make a plea for anglers? What is the current position in the Bill regarding rod...

Orders of the Day — Constitution and Parliament (30 Nov 1998)

Liam Fox: ...always look at the worst-case scenario, just in case. We said in return that we would be constructive in our approach to the Bill. Is that what we got? It is not. In the other place, we got 186 groups of amendments to the Government's flagship Bill: the Government had to amend a Bill on their main proposal for constitutional change that was desperately flawed, as we had warned—it was so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Tax-varying Powers (8 Dec 1998)

Liam Fox: That was an answer that we can chew over in Hansard to see whether we are any the wiser. Does the Minister agree that the real danger is that of backdoor taxes, with different groups competing to spend Scottish taxpayers' money? Keith Geddes, the president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, suggested a bed tax on tourists, Lord Steel suggested a caravan tax for visitors and...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Liam Fox: ...the Government's proposals, because we have no time scale in which to place them. Originally, we were not to be allowed a royal commission, but the Government discovered—doubtless from the focus groups that are the real powers behind the way in which we are governed nowadays—that that was not popular. We are, therefore, to have a royal commission, until December 1999. Rather...

Referendums Bill (19 Mar 1999)

Liam Fox: ...should be given the chance to accept it if I think the timing is right?" We want a separate body to set a fair and objective question. We want fairness in the timing of referendums, so that no one group is favoured. The hon. Member for Clwyd, West (Mr. Thomas) told us, in an answer that would have made Pravda proud, that the Welsh and Scottish referendums were staggered because there was...

Devolution (11 May 1999)

Liam Fox: ...of reform slackens, it will be found that all of the separately constructed pieces of the jigsaw puzzle will fit together". The same Labour-dominated Select Committee said: if there is an overall grouping showing how all the pieces will fit together, none of our witnesses were aware of it". Seldom can such a damning condemnation of the intellectual basis of policy have been found in the...

Orders of the Day — Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill: Biotechnology (21 May 1999)

Dr Jack Cunningham: ...rigorous and open system for regulating biotechnology that will safeguard the public interest. In their report on genetically modified foods and public health, the chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, and the chief scientific adviser, Sir Robert May, conclude: Many of the issues raised by foods resulting from genetic modification are equally applicable to foods produced by...


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