Results 1–20 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Foot and Mouth (15 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I do not know the circumstances that led to the appalling incident in Llanidloes in which a farmer took 23 sheep with suspected foot and mouth to the abattoir. However, will my right hon. Friend tell me what information farmers are given about the disease by way of leaflets, videos or whatever? They might not have encountered the disease before but they must be as vigilant as can be; early...

Orders of the Day — Miners' Compensation (South Wales) (13 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: My hon. Friend vividly described a miner in Seven Sisters in his constituency. In the light of that description, does he agree that it is unjust that the miners' own trade union is clawing back 5 per cent. of the compensation settlement as a levy? We have heard Mr. Hancock say a lot about clawback and how wrong it is that it applies to some individuals. However, with regard to the union, all...

Orders of the Day — Miners' Compensation (South Wales) (13 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I apologise to my hon. Friend the Minister for calling him to the House at this very late hour, but the circumstances were well beyond my control and that of other Labour Members. I am grateful to Mr. Speaker and the authorities here for allowing me the opportunity of an Adjournment debate on the levy imposed on miners' compensation settlements by the south Wales area of the National...

Welsh Affairs (5 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I notice that the hon. Gentleman missed my constituency from his list. It has not been in Conservative hands for more than 100 years. On support for the Labour party, I remind the hon. Gentleman of an opinion poll that received little publicity last week. It was conducted by National Opinion Poll for HTV, and it gave Labour 52 per cent., Conservatives 19 per cent. and Plaid Cymru 14 per...

Welsh Affairs (5 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: As the hon. Gentleman is the Conservative party spokesman for Wales, can he remind us whether he is a member of the shadow Cabinet?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Minimum Income Guarantee (5 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: What his most recent estimate is of the number of pensioners in receipt of the minimum income guarantee and the number of eligible pensioners who have not applied. [150487]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Minimum Income Guarantee (5 Mar 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: In view of the massive increase in the minimum income guarantee in April, from £78 to £92 a week for single people, and from £121 to £140 a week for couples, will there be an advertising campaign, similar to last year's Thora Hird campaign, to try to ensure that those who are eligible but do not apply are told of their rights and receive that superlative increase?

Foot and Mouth Disease (26 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his immediate introduction of robust measures. That contrasts with the action taken on BSE, which was always too little, too late. It is much wiser to take vigorous action from day 1. If the newspaper reports are accurate, the living conditions of pigs on the farm in Northumberland give serious cause for concern. It defies belief that the farmer...

Phillips Inquiry (15 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I listened carefully to the comments of the right hon. Member for Suffolk, Coastal (Mr. Gummer). I remember his years as the Minister in charge of agriculture from 1988 to 1992. I would have preferred it if he had addressed most of his remarks to his period in office rather than commenting on judicial review and criticising the media. Those were smokescreens rather than proper accountability...

Phillips Inquiry (15 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I well remember my right hon. Friend's excellent work in those years. In the debates, he, I and many other hon. Members raised the possibility that BSE was transmissible to humans. That was dismissed out of hand by the then Government and we were accused of scaremongering whenever we mentioned it. Does he recall those days? Does he think that the Government's response was appropriate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Global Warming (13 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: If he will make a statement on discussions between his Department and the new US Administration on global warming. [148446]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Global Warming (13 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister for that informative reply. The United States Administration asked for the resumption of the talks in Bonn to be postponed. What can we read into that? Are they dragging their feet, or does Colin Powell, the new Secretary of State, need more time to prepare the new Bush Administration's case on global warming?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Expenditure (12 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: How much total expenditure on defence was as a percentage of gross domestic product in the last financial year. [148231]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Expenditure (12 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: Will my hon. Friend confirm that defence expenditure, though rising as a percentage of gross domestic product, is much lower than it was in the mid 1980s, thanks to the peace dividend? Will he also confirm that a higher proportion of that spending is now spent on peacekeeping than on offensive capability?

Poverty (Wales) (5 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I have looked up the unemployment figures for the constituency of the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Mr. Öpik). The latest figures for December show that 594 people were out of work, an unemployment rate of 2.2 per cent. I think that he and many of us who represent rural areas are relieved that unemployment is relatively very low in our areas.

Poverty (Wales) (5 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Poverty (Wales) (5 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: The hon. Gentleman's main theory about the economy is that Wales is being treated unfavourably and is at the bottom of various league tables. I understand his argument, but will he concede that in his constituency unemployment has fallen by a third from 1,640 in December 1996 to 1,051 at present and that there have been parallel falls in unemployment throughout Wales? Despite the picture of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agrimonetary Compensation (1 Feb 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: Now that the euro has regained about 10 per cent. of its value against the pound, what effect will that have on the money available in agrimonetary compensation? More generally, does not that rise mean much better support prices and better market prices? Indeed, could not it herald the turnaround in the fortunes of agriculture?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Poverty (29 Jan 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: What percentage of children live in households in the bottom (a) decile, (b) quarter and (c) half of household income; and if he will make a statement. [145959]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Child Poverty (29 Jan 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful for that information. My hon. Friend knows that during the period of Conservative government between 1979 and 1997, the incidence of child poverty in Britain trebled. This Government have done a great deal to tackle that through the working families tax credit, child benefit, the minimum wage and the new deal. How will the new child tax credit help to solve the problem,...


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