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Results 9381–9399 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

Orders of the Day — Clause 44: Close Company Loans: Business Expansion Scheme. (10 May 1989)

Kim Howells: I have no objection to the business expansion scheme. It seems to be a good idea, especially when we often lack mechanisms for regional aid for areas such as mine. As the Financial Secretary stated, it has a proper, educative role to play in the business community. I have no quarrel with legislating for education of any sort, as long as it is progressive education. Constituencies such as mine...

Orders of the Day — Clause 44: Close Company Loans: Business Expansion Scheme. (10 May 1989)

Kim Howells: Let me modify that and say that proportionately the take-up is not so great. The object must be to close the loopholes which appear to be preventing the business expansion scheme from fulfilling the aims for which it was first designed. I fully appreciate that the business risk will continue to be greater in areas on the so-called periphery of the British economy—for example, in...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Relief (9 May 1989)

Kim Howells: The arguments of the hon. Member for Gillingham (Mr. Couchman) and other hon. Gentlemen have sought to prove that the £40 million relief funded under this clause will not drain the Health Service of resources but will strengthen it. I believe that in many ways what they have said is at the heart of this debate. The Opposition are seeking to argue that no one, rich or poor, young or old,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Aluminium (Water Supplies) (8 May 1989)

Kim Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide a detailed record of the aluminium levels in domestic water supplied in mid and south Glamorgan by the Welsh water authority in 1988–89.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Aluminium (Water Supplies) (8 May 1989)

Kim Howells: Is the Minister aware that a great many of my constituents are extremely worried about the high levels of aluminium being recorded in domestic water supplies from Welsh Water? Will he agree that the people of Wales pay a high enough price for water without having to worry about ill health? If he agrees, will he have a word with his noble Friend Lord Crickhowell about putting matters right?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (25 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: The hon. Member for Dover (Mr. Shaw) dealt with some important matters. I shall deal in particular with the reticence of the Finance Bill to address the question how our manufacturing industries are to be encouraged to devote greater resources to research and development and product innovation. We also have a desperate need to educate and train our work force in skills adequate to propel our...

Orders of the Day — Atomic Energy Bill [Lords] (13 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: I have the advantage of not having to be as generous in my assessment of the management at British Nuclear Fuels and its performance as the hon. Member for Havant (Sir I. Lloyd), whose contribution I admired greatly, as I did the contribution of the hon. Member for Bedfordshire, North (Sir T. Skeet). Clause 1 asks the House to approve another £500 million of taxpayers' money being made...

Schedule 16: Repeals (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: I want to reinforce my hon. Friend's point. It is curious that the Government have chosen to ring-fence the nuclear industry as a reliable source of energy and electricity, yet they have refused to ring-fence the Nottingham coalfield, which in their books has been a marvellous and reliable source of electricity and energy. It is curious. We own the coal underground in Nottinghamshire, yet we...

Schedule 12: Nuclear Liabilities: Financial Assistance (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: There are many unknowns about decommissioning, such as those of technology. Another unknown is insurance. I understand that £20 million is talked about for that, but that is infinitesimal in terms of the effect on a community which experiences any signs of nuclear activity. Near my constituency a pressurised water reactor is to be built at Hinkley Point. If something happens at Hinkley...

Schedule 12: Nuclear Liabilities: Financial Assistance (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. It allows me to say that if there is a benefit to be derived from the nuclear generation of electricity, as the Government say there is, we pick up the profit. However, if something goes wrong in future, we shall not pick up a profit. In addition, we shall have to pay for the damage. Where is the sense in that? I hope that the...

Clause 60: Transfer of Property etc. of Area Boards (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. It is a good one because it affords me the opportunity to say that I believe that this Bill will allow the distribution companies to acquire power stations and, thereby, begin to control the local areas, not just in terms of the sale of electricity but in terms of its generation. It seems to me that in those circumstances the customer will be in...

Clause 60: Transfer of Property etc. of Area Boards (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: How does the Minister think the grid will offer choice for the consumer? It will be one grid, after all, and, with the best will in the world—I am trying to be as generous as possible to the Minister, because I know that he has a very difficult task to explain this—there will be a national grid company. Consider Sunday lunch time. Will we plug in to "On the Record" from PowerGen, and,...

Clause 60: Transfer of Property etc. of Area Boards (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: Of course they will be looking to the French. Incidentally, I hope that the next time there is a strong wind from the Channel—one that does not originate in this House—the Minister will not allow the French suppliers to switch off the juice before the wind hits Britain. I hope that we will not be stuck trying to find 2,000 MW in the south of England because the French have decided to...

Clause 23: Orders for Securing Compliance (10 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: I commend amendment No. 191. A financial statement for each area board would allow some visible mechanism 'whereby a proportion of the profits that the area boards will undoubtedly rake off from the business of selling electricity can be diverted into vital research and development by our universities, our centres of research and our centres of excellence. That might put them on a par with...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill: General Duties of Secretary of State and Director (6 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: It is important to draw attention to the implications of those parts of the Bill that test the probability that licence holders will seek to secure their hold on particular parts of the market by expanding their operations, as my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) has said, beyond the straightforward business of marketing and selling electricity. We are talking about...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill: Energy Conservation (6 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: It has been a joy to watch the greening of the Government over the past 12 months. I remember that in July 1984 the Government's delegate to an international acid rain conference in Munich, the right hon. Member for Bristol, West (Mr. Waldegrave), did not even bother to turn up to present the United Kingdom's case and had one of his civil servants read out Britain's excuse for not joining the...

New Clause 2: British National Nuclear Corporation (5 Apr 1989)

Kim Howells: In his proof of evidence to the Hinkley C public inquiry last October, Mr. F. P. Jenkin, on behalf of the CEGB, listed no fewer than 28 reactors—mainly Magnox—which had elected to be decommissioned in the next 12 years. The bulk, incidentally, are to be decommissioned by the mid-1990s. The likely costs of decommissioning, however, are as vague in 1989 as the various proposals so far...

Royal Air Force (9 Mar 1989)

Kim Howells: I am glad to hear the tributes to the trained readiness of the men and women serving in the Royal Air Force. I was especially glad to hear the details of the year-long tour of our leading airfields taken by the hon. Member for Ryedale (Mr. Greenway). The beatific smile that lit up his face every time he recalled a trip he had made in a jet or helicopter was particularly warming. It proves...

Bill Presented: Welsh Affairs (1 Mar 1989)

Kim Howells: I echo the tributes that have already been paid to my distinguished predecessor, the late Brynmor John. As Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Minister of State in the Home Office, chief Opposition spokesman on Northern Ireland, defence, social security and agriculture, and simply as a decent human being, Brynmor John gained the respect and admiration of all whom came into contact with him....

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