Results 181–200 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Regional Committees (2 Feb 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: The four areas that the hon. Gentleman has referred to have different populations. Would not the mid-Wales Committee be exceptionally small? It would have only Powys and Ceredigion and would be unbalanced.

Orders of the Day — Government of Wales Bill: Membership (20 Jan 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Before the hon. Gentleman moves on, may I point out that a big negative for the STV system is that it creates multi-Member constituencies. I notice that he has not made any remark about that. He represents a rural seat that has its own strong identity, and so do I. Unfortunately, multi-Member constituencies mean that the attachment of people in a given area to their Member is lost.

BSE (3 Dec 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on coming to the House immediately on receiving SEAC's advice. The consumer will want to know why the information was not available five or 10 years ago. Why was research on infectivity not carried out by the previous Government? I add my voice to calls from all parties, except the Conservatives, for a wide-ranging public inquiry. I should like it to be on...

BSE (3 Dec 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: Why not?

Pre-Budget Statement (25 Nov 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Chancellor on every detail of his pre-Budget statement, but may I question him more widely about interest rates? As we move towards joining the single currency, we need convergence on interest rates. How will my right hon. Friend produce the economic climate that will allow interest rates in Britain to fall from their current 7.25 per cent. to the 3.3...

Prayers: Oxford and Cambridge College Fees (19 Nov 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I declare an interest in that I was educated at Oxford. I am sorry that there is such a strong Oxbridge flavour to the debate this morning and I hope that hon. Members representing other parts of the country will be called to contribute later. Will the hon. Gentleman accept that, when I was at Oxford in the 1960s, the ratio was about 50 per cent. private school students: 50 per cent. state...

Prayers: Kyoto Summit (19 Nov 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I agree with the drift of what the hon. Gentleman says. Meeting the 20 per cent. reduction target by 2010 is ambitious and may be difficult, but may I console him with this fact? Most of the progress to date has been because of the dash for gas. At present, only about 20 per cent. of our electricity is generated from gas. By 2000, it will be 50 per cent. and, after that, it will be more, so...

Prayers: Kyoto Summit (19 Nov 1997)

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

Welsh Assembly (25 Jul 1997)

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

Welsh Assembly (22 Jul 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: On the question of quangos, I have not yet read the White Paper in detail, but my impression is that a number will be cut and a number will be merged. That is not proper democratisation, and our pledge was that we would bring unelected quangos under democratic control. Referring particularly to the Welsh Arts Council and the Welsh Language Board, it is strange to be thinking of an elected...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: The Budget analysis of the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Sir M. Spicer) is very different from my own. I want to correct him on two factual points. He said that we would be spending all the continency reserve, but in fact the majority of that £5 billion is, in the Chancellor's words, to be retained. The hon. Gentleman also said that we would be profligate with public expenditure and...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I do not think that that will happen, certainly not while it is in the hands of our present Chancellor. He is extremely competent. He has shown great ability in opposition during the past live or seven years in his handling of the various economic groups. The basis that he has laid this afternoon in his Budget speech will see us very well over the next several years. The Budget tallies with...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I think so. That allowed us to cut interest rates dramatically, which is how the recovery got under way. The clear danger now is that, the pound having gone back up to Black Wednesday levels, at something like DM2.90, that cannot be sustained. In general, I welcome the measures in the Budget, especially the windfall tax and what that will do to unemployment, as well as the special...

Denver Summit (24 Jun 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: Britain has a good record on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, but does my right hon. Friend acknowledge that much of it is due to low economic growth in the early 1990s and, more especially, the dash for gas in the past few years? I agree with the 20 per cent. target by 2010, but it is set against 2.25 per cent. per year economic growth, which is a compound 50 per cent. increase in living...

UK Beef Exports (12 Jun 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: In line with the suggestions of the Scientific Veterinary Committee, will my right hon. Friend consider adopting a two-part strategy? First, as the hon. Member for West Tyrone (Mr. Thompson) said, he should press for an immediate lifting of the ban in Northern Ireland because of traceability. Secondly, for mainland Britain, he should work towards lifting restrictions on all cattle born after...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: In today's debate there has been an end-of-term feeling, with three Members—the right hon. Member for Conwy (Sir W. Roberts), the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. Carlile) and my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Mr. Wardell)—probably making their final contribution to our annual Welsh day debate. I add to the tributes that hon. Members have paid to their invaluable...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: I accept that. Before the referendum, many opinion polls were very encouraging, in that they indicated support for an assembly. What they did not take into account was the party's opposition at grass-roots level, which is a statistical fact. During the 1980s, the feeling changed substantially, mainly because of a succession of Conservative Governments. The people of Wales and Scotland are...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: Absolutely. He has been consistent on many issues over the years. I respect him greatly for that, and for his judgment. History might have been quite different if he had been around during the last 20 years. This is what he said last Sunday morning: If we"— a Conservative Government— had been returned in 1974, we would have gone ahead with it, because we believed it was for the good of...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: The Secretary of State will remember that it is almost exactly 12 months since the Sea Empress disaster, when 70,000 tonnes of oil spilled mainly on to the Pembrokeshire coast, but also affected other parts of the south Wales coast. The Government refused to hold a public inquiry, but allowed the Department of Transport to hold its own internal inquiry. As the Secretary of State knows, that...

Business of the House (27 Feb 1997)

Dr Alan Williams: Can the Leader of the House tell us when the report on the Sea Empress disaster will be published? It is now more than a year since the disaster. The Government refused to set up a public inquiry, and instead set up an internal Department of Transport inquiry. It seems that they are now delaying the publication of the report. Is that not a shabby way to treat the people of Pembrokeshire and...


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