Results 1–20 of 590 for speaker:Mr Cynog Dafis

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (20 Dec 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: I would like to say a few words about the way in which the Bill will affect Wales—and from the perspective of a Member of the National Assembly for Wales. I shall concentrate specifically on rail. The Assembly recently debated the Government's legislative programme, and an amendment stating: the Assembly … calls on the First Secretary and the Secretary of State to seek to ensure that all...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (20 Dec 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: Should not the authority be obliged to listen carefully to what is said by the Welsh Assembly about the needs and priorities of services in Wales? What mechanisms will the Secretary of State introduce to ensure that it does so?

Agriculture (28 Oct 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: The Minister mentioned energy crops and I have made the point before that there is an anomaly in the situation in which arable area payments can be converted into support payments for energy crops, but livestock payments cannot. That is discriminatory between sectors, and also between regions and parts of the UK. Is not that wrong; will he undertake to put it right; and how long will it take?

Climate Change (27 Oct 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: First, there is no more important issue than the impact of climate change, and the fact that we again have time to consider it is welcome. Secondly, I repeat what I said earlier about the planning framework, which is vital—and not merely for wind generation. There have been planning objections to important biomass proposals. In one case in Wales, the Newbridge-on-Wye combined sawmill and...

Climate Change (27 Oct 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: All renewables except the tides are solar. That is not a correction but a helpful comment. The source of wind is solar. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the great problems in the expansion of renewables is the planning framework, which is leading time and again to objections and obstacles to their development. The Government will have to address this matter. I hope that the hon....

Opposition Day: Education (Choice and Diversity) (7 Jul 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: I will be as quick as possible. I want to make a brief contribution about the need to apply the principle of choice and diversity in Wales. I would argue that diversity ought to apply territorially, especially at this time, and not specifically in relation to the Government's proposals for the teaching profession. That subject was recently debated in the National Assembly for Wales, of which...

Orders of the Day — Food Standards Bill (21 Jun 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: The Government's concession is much appreciated. The Farmers Union of Wales, for example, has taken it as an indication of the Government's willingness to listen to such concerns. Does the Minister recognise that the same principle might apply to the Meat Hygiene Service? Huge costs and regulation are weighing down producers and abattoirs. Will the Minister undertake to consider that issue...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service (9 Jun 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: Does the Secretary of State agree with the NHS in Wales that there is a funding crisis of the utmost severity, and that only one of the consequences of the crisis is a block on the capital programme, which is affecting—among many others—the renal dialysis programme in Aberystwyth and the Porthmadog cottage hospital? Is it not time the Government really accepted that the NHS is...

Devolution (11 May 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: I was.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Health Authorities (Allocations) (5 May 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: Does the Secretary of State realise that the instructions that he has given to the Dyfed Powys health authority, and the trusts therein, to make provision to repay debts previously incurred because of deficits is causing them to come up with bizarre options, such as the centralisation of specialisms away from Bronglais general hospital? Does he agree that any such centralisation is bound to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Kosovo Refugees (Humanitarian Assistance) (31 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: May I place on record my encouragement and support, and that of Plaid Cymru, for the right hon. Lady in the enormously important work that her Department is doing? The military operation is an enormous logistical exercise, and I join those who have said that the humanitarian exercise should be commensurate with it in seriousness, scale and commitment of resources. Will not the humanitarian...

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: May I raise with the hon. Gentleman an issue that, surprisingly, has not so far been mentioned in the debate? Many fear that the bombing will enrage the Serbs and encourage them to retaliate on a large scale against the Kosovars. The issue has been raised by a Kosovar journalist in The Guardian today. He says that, unless ground troops are committed, there will be no way of averting a...

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: rose—

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (11 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: I wish to emphasise, as others have done, that maintaining the environment as a resource for everybody means that we have to have people on the land and in the countryside. Can the Minister confirm that yesterday's agreement on compensation made no reference to degressivity—the reduction of compensation over time? Can he also tell us what will happen in that regard at the Finance Ministers...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Debt Relief (10 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: The conditions that have been mentioned are important, but is it not also important that there should not be double standards? For example, is it not the case that the United Kingdom exports significant quantities of arms to Turkey, and that a large part of those arms are used in the terrible repression of the Kurds? Does not Turkey have an appalling record on human rights? Should not the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment,Transport and the Regions: Train Operating Companies (Performance) (9 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: Is the Minister aware that there is deep dissatisfaction at the chronic delays on the Great Western service to south Wales, Cardiff and beyond? Trains that arrive on time are now the exception rather than the rule. Although a great deal of fault lies with Great Western, does not Railtrack also have much to answer for and are not delays often caused by deficiencies in the infrastructure? Can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Hospitality and Tourism Industries (1 Mar 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: Cannot the growth of tourism in some ways be problematic for the natural environment? I am thinking of the growth of traffic and transport. What is the Department doing to make tourism and its development compatible with the principles of sustainability? Is the Green Minister in the Department doing any specific work on this?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Wales) (11 Feb 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: I shall start by slightly modifying my speech to respond to the rather puerile attack—if it can be called an attack; it was more of a sniping exercise—from the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Mr. Opik) on Plaid Cymru. We have been expecting it for some time and were wondering when it would come. We were aware that the Labour party was too engaged in its affairs to turn its guns in our...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Wales) (11 Feb 1999)

Mr Cynog Dafis: I am happy to confirm that that is our position, but it is not relevant to the hon. Gentleman's point. The implication of his comments seemed to be that Wales was inherently incapable of getting into the position of being able to pay its way. The suggestion was that Plaid Cymru could never get such a local government settlement in an independent Wales. He is saying that Wales could never...


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