Results 421–440 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Prayers: General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (23 Nov 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall address most of my remarks to the implications for agriculture of the GATT negotiations. It is critically important to Britain that GATT succeeds and that the latest round produces tangible results. Britain has stood for free trade for centuries. Indeed, we could even claim to have invented world trade back in the 18th and 19th centuries in the colonies. Britain devotes a larger...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill: Prescribed Processes and Prescribed Substances (29 Oct 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: Lords amendment No. 14 deals with the Valdez principles. I do not understand why the Government object to these nine or 10 principles which are to be incorporated as conditions to be considered in the granting of licences. They are all reasonable targets for all industries, obliging them to minimise pollution and waste, to protect the biosphere, to conserve energy, to conduct periodic...

Teachers' Pay: Local Government Finance (Wales) (23 Jul 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the Secretary of State accept that nothing that he has said this afternoon tackles the basic problem of the poll tax—the fact that it is not linked to the ability to pay? Will he accept that tens of thousands of people in each of our constituencies are on low incomes, but have to pay the full poll tax and that they will join us in throwing out the Government at the next election?

Teachers' Pay: PowerGen (Hanson plc) (23 Jul 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: The Secretary of State will be aware that Hanson is a formidable bid-and-break-up machine. What assurances can he give us that massive asset-stripping will not take place should PowerGen pass to Hanson?

Ozone Layer (London Conference) (2 Jul 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I join in congratulating the Minister on the further progress that has been made in the new agreement. Will he answer the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould) about the comments of Dr. Joe Farman that, even under the new arrangements, ozone depletion will continue and the ozone layer around the northern hemisphere over Britain and the United States will...

Opposition Day: Electricity Privatisation (25 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: The Prime Minister, in her third term of office, has at last started to take some interest in environmental matters. Unfortunately, the Department of Energy, which perhaps has the most to contribute to environmental protection, is preoccupied with this privatisation rather than devoting its time to what it could contribute to protect the environment. We know that acid rain is a major problem...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Council (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: Is it not clear that the European Council of Ministers has failed to endorse the Minister's claim that all British beef is safe? It said—the Minister agreed with it—that 95 per cent. of British beef is fit enough to be exported. Has not the right hon. Gentleman replaced a total ban on exports with a creeping ban? The rate of spread of BSE is doubling every six months. It now affects 5...

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Council (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: Show me the report.

Orders of the Day — Agricultural Council (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: One page.

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords]: Food Irradiation Commission (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: When I heard the hon. Member for Leicestershire, North-West (Mr. Ashby) describe how he was looking forward to eating irradiated tropical fruits—and irradiated this and irradiated that—it reminded me of the enthusiasm for beefburgers of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and of how the right hon. Gentleman was willing to volunteer his little girl to test the safety of British...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords]: Food Irradiation Commission (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: They need sterile food which contains no micro-organisms.

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords]: Food Irradiation Commission (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall not give way again. Irradiation is one of the chief ways of sterilising medical equipment and, in the case of certain illnesses and transplants, food. That is for medical reasons.

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords]: Food Irradiation Commission (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: There is no comparison. One cannot conclude that irradiation is safe simply from the fact that someone who has had a heart transplant must eat sterile food. We shall come to some of the dangers of irradiation shortly. As a chemist I have examined the idea of irradiating food from time to time over the past 15 years. From a naive view, it seems impressive that one can stop potatoes...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords]: Food Irradiation Commission (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall disregard the hon. Gentleman's last remark as not worthy of him. In the past 20 years, the general public, which is much more important than just the Labour party, has woken up to the dangers of science. As the hon. Member for Truro (Mr. Taylor) said, processes using CFCs and other technologies have gone wrong. The number one technology that has gone wrong is the nuclear industry. The...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords]: Food Irradiation Commission (7 Jun 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: Following the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (Mr. Martlew), I fail to see the subtlety of the argument of the hon. Member for Leicestershire, North-West (Mr. Ashby). He is saying that irradiation does not make bad food good, but it makes bad food safe. This is one of our concerns. Is not there a danger that poor-quality food will be irradiated and returned to the market?

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: rose——

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, but must advise him that I shall not be as helpful to him as was the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Field). The hon. Gentleman referred to the propriety of holding a debate on the subject of BSE. Would he prefer the Opposition to sit still, to talk about all the other issues, but not to mention BSE? Would he prefer the Opposition to...

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to follow that extraordinary bullish and brash speech from the Minister. I want to correct the right hon. Gentleman on two or three points. The chief medical officer did not say that British beef is safe to eat. He said—and the Minister quoted him accurately the first time—that there is no scientific justification for not...

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall return to the point that no scientist in Britain today, no matter how distinguished—including the chief medical officer—can say with certainty that all British beef is safe to eat. The Southwood committee estimated that the epidemic would peak at 350 to 400 incidents per month—and that figure was quoted earlier by my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark)....

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: If the hon. Gentleman had been listening, he would know that I said that no scientist can say that. The Southwood committee, which has produced perhaps the most authoritative document, said that the chance is extremely remote. I hope and pray that it cannot be transmitted to humans, but no scientist can say one way or the other. It will be at least a decade before we can give a firm no to...


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