Results 141–160 of 3311 for speaker:Lord Rowlands

Oral Answers to Questions — Foot and Mouth (4 Apr 2001)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the proposed large-scale dumping of carcases in a landfill site at Trecatti Dowlals in my constituency? Is he further aware of the long-standing environmental health concerns about that site? Will he confirm that a notice rust be served by the Assembly Secretary before any such dumping can take place, and that no such notice has yet been served? In the light...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Job Losses (7 Mar 2001)

Mr Ted Rowlands: May I re-emphasis se to my right hon. Friend how disastrous and nightmarish it will be if the proposed closures in the steel industry go ahead? If Corus continues to ignore all our pleas, will my right hon. Friend assure us that, besides resources being made available, there will be some new, imaginative thinking in the National Assembly and Whitehall to deal with the crisis that will hit our...

Steel Industry (1 Feb 2001)

Mr Ted Rowlands: May I tell my right hon. Friend that anyone who knows the history of Ebbw Vale and the surrounding communities, some of which I represent, will know that steel making is vital to our communities? A total closure, such as that proposed, would therefore be desperate and devastating. Even at the eleventh hour, will my right hon. Friend make an appeal to Sir Brian Moffat and Corus because they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Compensation Payments (29 Jan 2001)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I thank my hon. Friend and the Secretary of State for the considerate way in which they have paid attention to the compensation recovery cases that my hon. Friends and I have brought over the past few weeks and months. May I tell him that his Department seriously underestimates the huge administrative burden, cost and complexity involved in dealing with such claims? There are now more than...

Strategic Export Controls (14 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I think that it is time for me to leave the House, because the notion that the Member of Parliament for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is a consensual politician does not bear analysis. Keir Hardy, Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot are my predecessors in representing that constituency. However, I was rather nicely embarrassed by the kindness of my colleagues. I was struck by the powerful combination...

Strategic Export Controls (14 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I thank my hon. Friend. I am sure that we will make the offer properly and formally as soon as we have an opportunity to meet and that we will address the issues that have been raised. Tremendous progress that has been made. Almost every hon. Member who has spoken today has acknowledged the significant steps that have been taken--increased transparency and openness, annual reports and other...

Strategic Export Controls (14 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: A slight shiver went down my spine at the notion that the Bill has not yet gone before parliamentary counsel. What is the time scale for the draft? When will it be published--January, March? It is an unspoken secret that we do not expect this to be a long Session, so it is incumbent on the Government to publish the draft Bill as quickly as possible.

Strategic Export Controls (14 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I am sorry to interrupt my hon. Friend and I appreciate the way in which he is responding. Page 11 of the report refers to a host of practical problems concerning delays and methods of handling the issues. If we can deal with those problems and accommodate the Government's concerns about a prior scrutiny process, will the Minister still regard the view expressed in the last sentence on page...

Strategic Export Controls (14 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: It is a pleasure and privilege to introduce the reports of the four Select Committees on strategic export controls which, for ease of reference, I shall refer to collectively as the Quadripartite Committee. In parliamentary terms, it is unique that four Select Committees should have reported jointly on a subject, and it was an amazing experience. To achieve such an outcome required unanimity...

Strategic Export Controls (14 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: That may be true. Perhaps that point is not as forceful in Zimbabwe's case, where it is clear that what were granted under open military licences were spares to Hawk aircraft, which have a particular, unambiguous, purpose. Therefore, although the hon. Gentleman has a point, it was not relevant to the case in Zimbabwe that I mentioned with respect to the two licence references. Although I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Miners Compensation Scheme (13 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I warmly welcome the proposal for a central monitoring group in south Wales, which may speed up payments. The arrangements have been bedevilled by a complex handling agreement, which comes not from the Government or from Ministers, but from the court. According to that agreement, priority was supposed to be given to the oldest and sickest miners and to widows. A points system was agreed, but...

Debate on the Address (6 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: The hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Sir M. Spicer) said that he had followed my right hon. Friend the Member for Alyn and Deeside (Mr. Jones) on a number of occasions and that he had heard a fairly familiar story. Over the years, I have followed the hon. Gentleman on a few occasions and many aspects of his speech today were fairly familiar, too, particularly the European aspect and the...

Debate on the Address (6 Dec 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: There is no treaty yet, but if there were I would apply the same criteria that I applied to Maastricht and Amsterdam—a critical scepticism of the processes and the details. Sadly, I suspect that I shall not be here to do that. Despite all the changes that have been made, it has been a great joy and pleasure to be in the House for the past 33 years and I hope that my successor gets half the...

Welsh Economy (29 Nov 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Before the hon. Gentleman leaves the subject of information technology jobs, will he explain where, if there is such a shortage, they should come from?

Business of the House (16 Nov 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to an outstanding report on arms licensing, which was produced this Session by four Select Committees, and, in particular, to its chief recommendation that the four Committees be allowed to conduct prior scrutiny in the next Session? Given the timing of that recommendation, the weight that it carries—it has been unanimously approved by four Select...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: New Deal (26 Jul 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Will my hon. Friend ignore the sneering nonsense of the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) and recognise, as many of us do, the tremendous importance of the new deal in giving hope to young people in our communities? Will he ensure that new deal money and the programme's success are linked to objective 1 to multiply the benefits of both schemes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health Service (28 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: If he will make a statement on progress on the reform of the health service in Wales following the most recent meeting of the joint ministerial committee on health. [126693]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health Service (28 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: Following the joint ministerial meetings, can my right hon. Friend say what has emerged as the most immediate, urgent reform required in the NHS in Wales? May I suggest that one fundamental reform would be a formula to ensure that the large amount of new money that we are putting into our health service is distributed to the areas of greatest deprivation in health terms? While I very much...

Clause 108: Provision of Services (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: I shall speak briefly to my amendment No. 8. Whereas in an earlier debate I said that I thought that the English had a superior solution to some of the problems, in Wales the arrangements for the development of youth services as proposed in clauses 117 and 118 are, if not superior to those proposed for England, at least more appropriate to Wales than the English provisions of Connexions would...

Clause 59: Additional Functions of the Chief Inspector (27 Jun 2000)

Mr Ted Rowlands: As I understand it, the inspectorate in Wales will cover not only schools and further education, but the whole gamut of training. Indeed, it is already inspecting training providers; some inspections have already taken place. Following that experience, I should draw the attention of my hon. Friend the Minister to two points. One is to do with some of the comments on and criticisms of the...

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