Results 21–40 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Cancer Research (11 Jan 2001)

Dr Alan Williams: I, too, welcome the Government's acceptance of our Committee's recommendation on the establishment of a national cancer research institute. How would my hon. Friend tie the funders, especially the charities, into the strategy of such an institute?

Welsh Economy (29 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: Every month, I look up the published figures on unemployment by constituency. I have a table of unemployment figures for the past five years. When the Labour party was elected to govern, there were 1,536 people on the claimant count in my constituency. The latest entry for my constituency is 964. That is 600 fewer on the claimant count, which is falling at the rate of about 200 a year....

Welsh Economy (29 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: On the matter of the income differential between England and Wales, can the hon. Gentleman explain how his party's policy of independence for Wales--getting rid of the Barnett formula--would help the Welsh economy? Would Wales not lose about £1.5 billion of extra income from Barnett at a stroke if it went for independence?

Welsh Economy (29 Nov 2000)

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

Welsh Economy (29 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: Does my hon. Friend share my pleasure at the fact that of the 1 million extra jobs created by the Labour Government, half have gone to people aged over 50--an age bracket that often has high levels of economic inactivity?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Engagements (22 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: Does my right hon. Friend agree that global warming is the biggest environmental challenge faced by the world, is difficult to tackle and has far-reaching consequences? Britain has a good record on the matter, as does the European Union, but the United States is finding it difficult at the Hague summit to commit itself to making genuine reductions in carbon emissions. What does my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Pre-Budget Report (9 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate the Chancellor on his fuel duty package yesterday, which addresses the problems of hauliers, farmers and the general motorist, but does he accept that a rural dimension has still not been addressed? I understand that the Treasury considered reducing the duty to £45 for rural postcodes, but that that was dropped. There may be other options, such as using the community council...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Miners' Compensation (2 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: If he will make a statement on the latest position as regards miners' compensation claims. [133898]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Miners' Compensation (2 Nov 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: I thank my right hon. Friend for that detailed reply, and for the extra medical centres in Ystrad Mynach and Ammanford in south Wales, which we hope will be up and running before Christmas. Will she consider setting up a new office in south Wales for IRISC, the claims handling arm of the DTI, as there is considerable local demand for one? There are offices in Sheffield and Edinburgh, but a...

BSE Inquiry Report (26 Oct 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the main lessons to be learned from this chapter is the importance of the precautionary principle? There was always a danger that BSE was transmissible to humans, but, for more than a decade, we lived with the myth that somehow we would be immune to it. That myth persisted even after it was shown that the disease could be transmitted to laboratory...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Jul 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the excellent settlement for Wales in last week's comprehensive spending review? He will know that during the past year the Welsh nationalists have mounted a virulent and corrosive campaign over match funding. However, the settlement gives a 5.4 per cent. real-terms increase across all public spending and an extra £421 million for objective 1...

Public Expenditure (20 Jul 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: This is the second or third time this afternoon that we have heard that the Government are pumping the economy for the general election. Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the programme starts on 1 April 2001 and continues for the three subsequent years, and all the guessing suggests that the election could be on 1 May next year? So it is a post-election package rather than a pre-election...

Public Expenditure (20 Jul 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: We heard earlier about the lady from Glastonbury, and of course we all know that in our constituencies there are individual examples of gainers and losers. However, will the right hon. Gentleman say generally for elderly people how many losers there are, and will he compare that figure with the number of elderly people who now qualify for the minimum income guarantee and the number of working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Single Currency (20 Jul 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his excellent management of the British economy? On the single currency, does he agree that interest rates and the exchange rate are vital considerations? On interest rates, there has been considerable convergence, but there is some way to go. On the exchange rate, the euro has strengthened 8 per cent. against the pound in recent months, but it...

Post Office Network (28 Jun 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: I welcome the my right hon. Friend's statement, particularly the proposals for a universal bank for sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses to carry out a Government general practitioner role. In that context, could they also have a role as welfare benefits advisers? Sub-postmasters are in touch with the poorer sections of the community. With regard to the elderly, sub-postmasters probably...

European Council (21 Jun 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: What is our European partners' view of Britain's membership of the single currency? Are they enthusiastic, or even impatient, that we join? Does my right hon. Friend agree that once we are well in line with the convergence criteria, there will still be interest rate and exchange rate problems that rule out early entry? Although the euro has strengthened by 10 per cent. against the pound in...

European Affairs (15 Jun 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: I want to speak about the single currency. I am a strong European and I am glad that the speech of the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Maples) contained a measured acknowledgement of the positive results that we have obtained through our membership of the European Union. The single currency has been launched and I take the view that my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment Agency (13 Jun 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: When he last met the chairman of the Environment Agency to discuss the performance of the agency; and what matters were discussed. [123989]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment Agency (13 Jun 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: When my right hon. Friend next meets the chairman of the Environment Agency, will he discuss with him the report of the Select Committee on the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs on the Environment Agency—a hard-hitting report? Part of the report deals with fly-tipping. Attention is drawn to the appalling abuse of the landfill tax by cowboy firms fly-tipping domestic, industrial...

Opposition Day: Genetically Modified Crops (8 Jun 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: I suggest that we contrast our debate with the dozen or more debates on the serious problem of BSE that we had in the early 1990s. We are nit-picking about insignificant dates in April and May and about a crop that was not a threat to human health or the environment. Uprooting those crops would cost about £3 million, whereas the problems that occurred in the decade in which the Conservative...

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