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Results 1–20 of 4269 for speaker:Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Prayers: Tourism (3 Jul 1987)

Paul Murphy: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to speak relatively early in the Session, thus giving me the opportunity to pay tribute at an early stage to my predecessor, Leo Abse. During his 30 years in Parliament, he spent most of his time representing Pontypool and not the new-named constituency of Torfaen. When I talk to hon. Members, they recognise the constituency by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Water Supplies: Rechem International (6 Jul 1987)

Paul Murphy: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will meet the management of Rechem International to discuss the implications for the local environment of the operation of its plant at Pontypool.

Oral Answers to Questions — Water Supplies: Rechem International (6 Jul 1987)

Paul Murphy: I thank the Minister for his useful reply. However, will he investigate reports that large shipments of hazardous waste are being transported secretly from Australia and New Zealand to that plant, causing much anxiety to my constituents? Does he agree that Torfaen is fast becoming the dumping ground for the world's poisons?

Orders of the Day — Urban Development Corporations (Financial Limits) Bill (4 Nov 1987)

Paul Murphy: I am glad to add a Welsh dimension to the debate. I remind the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Mr. Coombs) that it was Labour, not a Conservative Administration, who introduced urban development corporations. I am glad to see the Under-Secretary of State for Wales on the Government Front Bench because within the next two years the question of urban development corporations will be of concern to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rechem International (16 Nov 1987)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if, in the light of Mr. Justice Garland's support for further investigation, he will reconsider his decision not to initiate an inquiry into the activities of Rechem International, Pontypool, Gwent; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rechem International (16 Nov 1987)

Paul Murphy: In considering that response, has the Minister taken into account the recent explosion and fire at the Rechem plant and the reports surrounding it? Does he agree that he is at variance with the weight of public opinion in Gwent and Torfaen on this matter? When will he realise that the fears and suspicions of the community will be allayed only when a public inquiry is held?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Ambulance Services (Gwent) (7 Dec 1987)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the implications for the effectiveness of Gwent's emergency ambulance services of implementing the reductions in crew numbers propssed in the report currently being considered by the health authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Ambulance Services (Gwent) (7 Dec 1987)

Paul Murphy: Is the Minister aware of the considerable anxiety in the county of Gwent about this matter? Would not a reduction in crews be bound to affect the ambulance emergency services? Despite what he said, will he intervene if Gwent health authority decides to consider such a proposal?

Orders of the Day — Local Government Bill: Rate Support Grant (Wales) (15 Dec 1987)

Paul Murphy: In the media release last week and his speech tonight, the Secretary of State said that the rate support grant settlement is fair, reasonable and realistic. Indeed, he goes further than that. He refers to the Welsh local authorities as being better than their English or Scottish counterparts. I only wish that the hon. Member for Cardiff, North (Mr. Jones) felt the same way about the local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Section 8 Grants (1 Feb 1988)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he is satisfied with the operation of the section 8 grant system; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Section 8 Grants (1 Feb 1988)

Paul Murphy: Does the Secretary of State agree that the total expenditure on section 8 grants in declining? As a result of that, will he agree to initiate an inquiry into the system, bearing in mind the need to liberalise the provisions and the great exuberance that we have heard this afternoon about the possibility of the Channel tunnel?

Wales: Gwent (8 Feb 1988)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to improve primary health care in Gwent.

Wales: Gwent (8 Feb 1988)

Paul Murphy: Does the Minister agree that there is great unease in Wales about the proposals that are set out in that White Paper? When he and his right hon. Friend begin their survey of Valley health, including the points that the Secretary of State made a few minutes ago, will they ensure that extra resources are given to primary health care in Wales? Will he give an undertaking to the House that there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rating Reform (29 Feb 1988)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received from district councils in Wales, and the Committee of Welsh District Councils, on the implementation of the poll tax in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rating Reform (29 Feb 1988)

Paul Murphy: Does the Minister agree that recent proposals which the Association of District Councils in Wales has put before the Government to spread the burden of the poll tax more evenly among the 37 Welsh districts are the only means by which the effect of the tax can be mitigated for the Welsh? Does he agree that his right hon. Friend's most welcome Valley initiative would be to accept the proposal...

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1988)

Paul Murphy: I should like briefly to draw the House's attention to the picture that the Secretary of State has drawn this evening, and in his interview in the Western Mail which has been much mentioned in the debate, about his proposals for the valleys of south Wales. I should like briefly to quote two points from his interview in the Western Mail. He said that the valleys are now facing a future of "a...

Clause 39: Revenue Support Grant (21 Apr 1988)

Paul Murphy: I support the remarks of the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton). For many hours in Committee, hon. Members on both sides of the Committee and I were very much inclined to the hon. Gentleman's point of view that community councils in Wales and parish councils in England fulfil an extremely valuable function and that, by taking the non-domestic rate away from those local authorites,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rating Reform (25 Apr 1988)

Paul Murphy: Does the Minister agree that 60 per cent. of the finance of community councils in my constituency comes from non-domestic rates? Does he agree also that, to help community councils in Wales, which he applauds —we all agree with him—it is necessary for them to have not only grant but part of the non-domestic rate income?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rating Reform (23 May 1988)

Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he will be taking to help Welsh local authorities in defraying the administrative costs of implementing the community charge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rating Reform (23 May 1988)

Paul Murphy: Is the Minister aware that his Conservative colleague, the chairman of the Association of District Councils in Britain as a whole, recently visited Cardiff and told Welsh local authorities that the cost of implementing the poll tax would be £10 million and that it would cost £17 million to run? That is far in excess of the amount that the Government originally intended. Does he agree that...


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