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

Flooding (Wales) (21 Oct 1987)

Dr Alan Williams: May I ask the Secretary of State to instruct the Welsh water authority to look again at its flood prevention scheme for Carmarthen? In 1979 we had a massive flood in Carmarthen — the worst in living memory and the worst for 100 years. Following that flood, the Welsh water authority set up a flood prevention scheme and invested about £600,000 in various defences. We were told then that that...

Prayers: Energy (Renewable Sources) (30 Oct 1987)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful for this opportunity to make my maiden speech. First, may I congratulate the hon. Members for Blyth Valley (Mr. Campbell) and for Cambridgeshire, North-East (Mr. Moss) on their maiden speeches. My hon. Friend the Member for Blyth Valley spoke of the recent closure of a colliery in his constituency. In my constituency there used to be more than 20 collieries; now there is none....

Rate Support Grant (Wales) (8 Dec 1987)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the Minister agree, that if the economy is growing at 4·5 per cent., and inflation is running at about 4·5 per cent., then all other things being equal, we should have had an increase of 8 or 9 per cent. on last year's figures? Given that the figure is only 6 per cent., does that not really mean that, as the cake is growing bigger, the share that local authorities are obtaining is...

The Royal Air Force (11 Feb 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I wish to address my remarks to the problem of low-flying aircraft. My constituency is in rural Wales and it is a particular victim of low-flying aircraft. Because of the low population density of Wales, we have far more such flights than most of mainland Britain. Indeed, I grew up with the problem—I remember from early childhood aircraft flying low over the ground. However, over the...

Agriculture (15 Feb 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: The common agricultural policy brings the European Community into disrepute. If one could hear the call of people in the street, I am sure that an overwhelming majority of them —more than 90 per cent. of the electorate — would be hostile to the CAP. It is nonsense. Food prices and the guaranteed prices of intervention for most products are up to 40 per cent. above world prices. The...

Abernant Colliery (18 Feb 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Neath (Mr. Coleman) for giving me a few minutes of the time available in this Adjournment debate. The closure of Abernant colliery affects my constituency too, because about one third of the work force in Abernant live in the upper Amman valley in my constituency. Also, British Coal announced that in closing Abernant colliery, it is going to close Wernos...

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: On this, my first contribution to an annual debate on Welsh affairs, I have chosen a semi-nationalist topic — the Welsh language and the effects of some Government policies in the past few years on the language, particularly in my constituency. The Welsh language has been in decline throughout the century. Scarcely 20 per cent. of the people of Wales are Welsh-speaking, but in Carmarthen...

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: There is a great deal of revisionism in the nationalist movement. The message from Nationalist parties is strong and clear. Their activities are divisive, poisonous and obnoxious and I want no part of them. In Wales, there are forces of division within the Nationalist movement and in the Welsh Language Society, which carries out many illegal activities, which do no good for the language...

Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: rose—

Electricity (Privatisation) (7 Mar 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I disagree with the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Woodcock) more than any other speaker in this debate. Britain produces the cheapest coal in Europe. The hon. Gentleman spoke about free and fair competition within the nuclear industry, but the White Paper is all about feather-bedding that industry and exposing the coal industry to the vagaries of the world market. The price...

P and O Dispute: Agriculture (5 May 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I wish to say a few words about reforming the common agricultural policy and about the set-aside proposals, particularly in respect of grazing fallow, which is a serious matter for my constituents. I start by quoting from a recent Consumers Association report concerning the common agricultural policy, which described it as one of the most anti-consumer policies of all time. In considering...

P and O Dispute: Agriculture (5 May 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: As was said by the hon. Member for Holland with Boston (Sir R. Body)—I am sorry that he is not in his place, but this was very much the thrust of his excellent speech—the money that now goes to agriculture needs to he redeployed and used to solve the problems of agriculture, especially as it is going to rich farmers. Woodlands certainly have a major role to play, but we are far too...

Valleys Programme (14 Jun 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I thank the Secretary of State for including the Amman and Gwendraeth valleys in his initiative. Why does the initiative not contain some European money? Last week we had the Dyfed, Gwynedd and Powys initiative and half the money for that came from the European Community. Surely the regional fund should provide back-up for this inadequate initiative. How much of this money is recycled? I have...

Agriculture (Set-Aside) (14 Jun 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: What will the consumer and the general public think of the scheme? If the product of coal miners, steel workers or creamery workers is surplus to requirements, they are thrown on the scrap heap, but when there is a crisis in farming, all sorts of escape mechanisms are provided. Whatever assurances the Minister may give, will not the general public have a vision of farmers being paid for doing...

Local Government Finance (Wales) (7 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: Where is the generosity in the statement? The last paragraph begins: This is a generous proposal. Where is that generosity when what is being suggested is a 5 per cent. increase and inflation is 4·5 per cent. and rising? At best, that is a standstill budget. The settlement highlights what is wrong with the whole of the Government's economic policy, which is that throughout the public sector...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I should like to quote the words of Dr. Joe Farman, a British scientist and member of the British Antarctic Survey, which discovered the hole in the ozone. Initially, he was very open-minded about the cause of the ozone hole above the Antarctic, and he remained so for several years. However, intensive scientific studies have persuaded him that CFCs are, indeed, the cause, as all the leading...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I endorse the Government's support for the Montreal protocol, but although these documents are welcome, they do not go far enough. We will have to take this problem must more seriously during the next 10 years. I am a chemist. Chemistry was my degree subject. Many years ago, while at Oxford, I wrote an essay on the organic compounds of fluorine. I found the subject fascinating. The essay ran...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I am afraid that my thesis was on a different subject. I found freons fascinating 25 years ago when I wrote that essay but, 10 years ago, when I was a college lecturer on environmental science, I started to read about the effects of freons and CFCs on the ozone layer. That effect was predicted theoretically before it was discovered practically. CFCs are almost completely inert. They are...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I thought that this was an open-ended debate. Anyone who treats this topic lightly does a great disservice to life on the planet, as CFCs——

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I listened intently to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Sir H. Rossi) and found his speech informative and helpful. Despite the moderation of his speech, I feel that the management of nuclear waste disposal is a problem that is too difficult to solve. The public have recognised that, and critics of the nuclear industry recognised it a long time ago. There are some problems that...


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