Results 441–460 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: As my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields said, I do not see all the experts lining up on the Government side. A couple of weeks ago, the Government's chief veterinary officer, Keith Meldrum, said that in the meantime he supported veterinary advice to farmers not to breed from the offspring of infected cattle. He has strong doubts about vertical transmission. We should be adopting the...

Opposition Day: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (21 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: No. I said that we should not work on the basis of certainties because there are no certainties. We must adopt the precautionary principle. If there is a chance of meat being infected, we should slaughter the calves of infected cows. That view is held not only by the Opposition but by the NFU and individual farmers in my constituency to whom I have spoken. In our part of the country, which is...

Beef (17 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: As scrapie is known to be transmitted from ewe to lamb and as BSE is closely related to—indeed, derived from—scrapie, is not there every danger that BSE could be transmitted from cow to calf? Why do the Government hide behind Southwood and Tyrrell and not listen to the National Farmers Union president Sir Simon Gourlay, who wants the Government to introduce a slaughter policy of the...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill: Transfer of Functions of Secretary of State (2 May 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: The present structure for the management of aqueous and solid waste and aerial discharges from factories is fragmented. We welcomed the establishment of the National Rivers Authority last year, but air pollution and toxic waste disposal from industry are matters for local authorities and HMIP, and the standards that prevail are variable. It is a matter of regret for many hon. Members that the...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill: Risk Assessment and Notification Requirements (30 Apr 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: When part VI of the Bill was debated in Committee we accused the Government of having drafted it hurriedly. The number of amendments and new clauses bears testimony to that fact. Initially, there were 15 clauses in part VI; five have been deleted. Six new clauses have been tabled and there are no fewer than 60 amendments to this part of the Bill. The Labour party welcomes the changes. They...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I welcome the Bill, because 90 per cent. of it is positive and helpful. It will help to improve standards of hygiene in shops and to educate the consumer. My reaction to the Bill is similar to my reaction to the Environmental Protection Bill—I am a member of the Standing Committee on that Bill—as I think that it makes steps in the right direction, but they are small steps and the Bill has...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: One of the things about irradiation that disturbs me enormously is the idea that one can get rid of a food poisoning epidemic by using irradiation. Over half the cases of offal poisoning come from poultry and the idea is that poultry is irradiated to kill off the salmonella. This is a case, therefore, of making bad food good. Over half the poultry produced has salmonella, and it is a case of...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I think that there is an enormous loophole here. How would this work in practice in, say, fish and chip shops, restaurants or dining rooms in the House of Commons? Does it mean that when I order chicken and chips I shall be given a choice of irradiated or non-irradiated chicken? There will not be labels on the food in a cafe; food cannot be advertised in the menu as irradiated or not...

Orders of the Day — Food Safety Bill [Lords] (8 Mar 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: rose——

Welsh Affairs (1 Mar 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: I am conscious of the fact that this is our annual St. David's day debate. I cast my mind back to this day last year when with my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Mr. Rogers), I had the privilege to introduce to the House my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells). That by-election marked a turning point in British politics. I date it back to January of last year. I was heavily...

Welsh Affairs (1 Mar 1990)

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

Welsh Affairs (1 Mar 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: We have heard of the hon. Gentleman's concern for elderly people in his constituency who live on their own, and about the inequity of the rating system. As my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells) said, we all share the hon. Gentleman's concern for those people. Dyfed has the lowest average male earnings of any county in Britain. What does the hon. Gentleman have to say to the...

Beach Pollution (Sussex) (22 Feb 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: The Minister described the canisters as containing potassium cyanide. The police have warned that a whiff of the fumes could kill, but potassium cyanide is a solid and gives off no vapour. Did the canisters contain only potassium cyanide or a combination of chemicals? What are the quantities involved? How many containers are there? Is one talking about tonnes or only of kilograms of what is a...

Electricity Privatisation (12 Feb 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the Minister give an accurate statement of what is to happen to the 12,000MW flue-gas desulphurisation programme? The Government were committed to that programme and to completing it by 1993, but it seems that in their enthusiasm to privatise the electricity industry that commitment has vanished. Does not that show that when there is a choice between helping the rich, which is what...

Orders of the Day — Environmental Protection Bill (15 Jan 1990)

Dr Alan Williams: As many hon. Members want to speak I shall confine my remarks to one part of the Bill—the first part on integrated pollution control. As has been said, since 1976 the principle of integrated pollution control has been accepted as something for which we should work. I am glad to say that it is now to be implemented. In practice, it is difficult to find people who are expert in all forms of...

Cardiff Bay Barrage Bill [Lords] (19 Dec 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Representing Carmarthen, I have none of the first-hand knowledge that has been evident in many of the excellent speeches made this evening. However, as my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Mr. Rogers) said, if the proposals mean that public money will come to Wales, I can guarantee that my constituency, and many others in Wales, could do with that money just as much as Cardiff. As I...

Cardiff Bay Barrage Bill [Lords] (19 Dec 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Other hon. Members have fully answered that point, and the same occured to me when I was listening fully to my hon. Friend the Member for Newport, West. There is filth in many of our towns and cities and terrific pollution in many of our rivers. The answer is not to drown the filth and wildlife but to clean our rivers and to treat sewage. Two wrongs will never make a right. Biologically, the...

Cardiff Bay Barrage Bill [Lords] (19 Dec 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: That is not a different problem. The barrage would exacerbate the problem rather than contribute in any way to solving it. It would increase the problem and hold it within Cardiff bay. The only argument in favour of the barrage is the economic development argument that this public money will stimulate private investment and create jobs and high-cost housing. My right hon. Friend the Member...

Local Government Finance (Wales) (18 Dec 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the Minister realise that many poor people who do not qualify for rebates, although they work on low pay and live in poor quality housing, even with transitional relief will face increases of 25 or 30 per cent. in their bills? When that transitional relief goes in two years' time, hundreds of thousands of people in Wales will find their bills doubled. What does the Secretary of State...

Microwave Ovens (6 Dec 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate the Minister on his rapid climbdown. I heard him give a very different account on the one o'clock news yesterday; as always, he instinctively took the manufacturers' view, taking consumers into consideration only under pressure from my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark). What provision do the Government intend to make for the repair of defective microwave...


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