Exports

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1993.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant , Staffordshire Mid 12:00 am, 1st March 1993

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will make a statement concerning the exportation of products from the Lampeter region.

Photo of Mr Wyn Roberts Mr Wyn Roberts , Conwy

I am pleased to say that a number of firms in the Lampeter area are exporting very successfully.

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant , Staffordshire Mid

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in many hotels in the far east, and I include Jakarta—[Interruption.] I shall ask my question despite attempts by the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies), both in the Chamber and outside, to prevent me from doing so. Is my right hon. Friend—[Interruption.]

Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant , Staffordshire Mid

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in many parts of the far east, including Jakarta, the only type of bottled water that can be bought is, surprisingly, that from Perrier in France? Is he aware also that Lampeter bottles excellent water called Ty Nant? What is my right hon. Friend doing to promote its export?

Photo of Mr Wyn Roberts Mr Wyn Roberts , Conwy

Ty Nant spring water of Lampeter is well known to my Department, and I am aware of the success that has been achieved in exporting it abroad. My officials have visited the company and provided its representatives with advice and information about the opportunities that are available in overseas markets. I am glad to tell my hon. Friend that he will find Ty Nant spring water in western Europe, the United States of America and Australia. I dare say that it is what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State had for lunch today in honour of St. David, who was a man who had a predilection for water.

I am appalled, as I am sure the rest of the House will be, to hear my hon. Friend say that he was threatened by the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Davies) when he thought of tabling a question. We welcome questions from Conservative Members and from any Members of the House.

Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn , Newport West

Is the Minister aware that Lampeter is the centre of the organic farming industry of Wales, with one company there employing 150 people? As organic farming is good for the environment and for people, will he encourage its growth so that we can eat vegetables and other foodstuffs as pure as Dewi Sant?

Photo of Mr Wyn Roberts Mr Wyn Roberts , Conwy

Seeing the daffodil on the hon. Gentleman's lapel and on the lapels of all round the Chamber, I am pleased that I am wearing a leek, which is at least edible. Yes, we encourage organic farming. We hope that it will be accompanied by warm libations of water.