Results 1–20 of 1976 for speaker:Mr Ron Davies

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: National Assembly (9 Dec 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: This is my first opportunity in the House to congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment as Secretary of State. May I therefore take the opportunity to convey to him my good wishes and support over the coming months? They will be very exciting for Wales, and they will be very challenging and demanding for everyone at the Welsh Office. I send my best wishes to all who will be involved...

Personal Statement (Mr. Ron Davies) (2 Nov 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I am grateful to you, Madam Speaker, for allowing me this opportunity to make a personal statement. Last Monday evening, I made a severe error of judgment in failing to protect my personal safety. I became the victim of what was for me a frightening and shocking crime. I reported the matter to the police, and the process of law will now take its course. For that reason, I shall make no...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: We have had an interesting debate and I think that we all understand the issues involved in the Lords amendment. I still believe that what the other place is suggesting is unfair and discriminatory. It does not deal with the problem of alter ego parties, despite the protestations of the hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin). All parties in the House have given undertakings, and we all...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: Will the hon. Gentleman sit down? He has now been in the House long enough to know that, when someone is responding to an intervention, it is courteous and sensible to allow that intervention to be dealt with before making another. If he will contain himself for a moment, I shall finish dealing with the previous intervention. This is a serious matter. We are trying to construct a new form of...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: It is quite clear that I am wasting my time. Despite my best efforts and those of all political parties in Wales, the Conservatives refuse to be brought into touch with the reality of modern politics. I am not concerned about the time, in five, 10 or 15 years, when the electoral cycle has moved on and the Labour party has 40 seats rather than the current 34. When that happens, we shall have...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: The hon. Gentleman should contain himself, because it is possible to strain my tolerance and good humour. If anybody can do so, it is the hon. Gentleman. As I was saying, we have a broad-based consensus. The House of Commons passed the Bill with a record majority of 220. It was accepted in Committee, and there were never any questions about it, but we are now faced with the prospect of the...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I have thought of other more appropriate measures. They were put in my party's manifesto at the last election, and we won 34 out of 40 parliamentary seats in Wales. The other parties with similar proposals also won the confidence of the majority of the people of Wales. The Conservative party, which was the only one trying to defend the status quo—it was stuck in a time warp, and was not...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: Yes, of course, but I am sure that the hon. Gentleman now understands this matter does not tax us greatly. If there is a responsibility on anyone, it is on the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues to introduce a proposition to deal with the problem. They have not done that. The responsibility is theirs, if they believe that the Bill needs improvement. We do not.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I said more than that.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: So that there is no misunderstanding, I made it absolutely clear that the purpose of the additional member system is to create a new inclusive politics with parties receiving representation in accordance with the percentage of the vote that they receive from the electorate.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Assembly First Secretary and Assembly Secretaries (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I understand that the House wishes to reach a swift conclusion, so I shall curtail my remarks. I compliment the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Shepherd) on the way in which he presented his case. I pay tribute to him, and to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) for the way in which they have consistently argued their case. Their beliefs are genuine, but...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Assembly First Secretary and Assembly Secretaries (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: Like the Conservative party, we are a listening Government, and it would be wrong of me not to say that we shall listen carefully to all the comments that have been made. However, I cannot hold out any prospects, because the matter has been debated and we listened carefully when it was considered on Report. We made a sensible amendment in the other place, and the provision that we now have...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I beg to move, That this House doth disagree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I believe that it is the mood of the House to move quickly on these matters—

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: Fine. In that case, it appears that we have a considerable amount of time in which to develop interesting and persuasive arguments. I look forward to a lengthy exchange on the amendments. The amendments, which were introduced in the other place to change the additional member system from a two-vote ballot to a single-vote ballot, are fundamentally flawed. They are undemocratic and...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I am being uncharacteristically generous to the hon. Gentleman. The second vote would be for a party list or independent candidate, and would determine the four additional Members for the voter's electoral region. Under our proposals, voters would be given the right to choose whom they vote for in both the constituency and the electoral region. It is quite possible that voters would take...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: I am happy to explain, because this was the subject of some discussion in the House of Lords. The hon. Gentleman's predecessor, the right hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram), also raised the issue, and I gave him a similar assurance. For example, it was suggested that the Labour party would put up candidates in the south Wales east region to contest all the constituencies quite properly on...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: That may be so, but the proposal that we are discussing strikes at the very heart of the democratic arrangements. It does not achieve the objective that the Opposition seek to achieve, but strikes out the principle of proportionality in the electoral system. I welcome the hon. Gentleman's assurance that there will be no collusion by the Conservative party, but I must tell him in a spirit of...

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Voting at Ordinary Elections (22 Jul 1998)

Mr Ron Davies: That intervention shows how difficult the Conservative party finds it to come into touch with the reality of modern politics. I do not regard the electoral system as something that should be constructed in order to advance the interests of my political party. Politics in Wales has moved on from that. The hon. Gentleman clearly cannot understand that I want a system that ensures that the 20...


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