Results 461–480 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Animal Feed (Lead Contamination) (13 Nov 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Since the lead in the animal feed was present in sufficient concentration to cause the deaths of about 30 cattle, thousands of calves and cows must have sub-lethal concentrations of lead in their meat and bones. What will the Government do about that? Will they allow and pay for the slaughter of those lead-contaminated cattle to prevent that lead-contaminated beef from getting into the food chain?

Animal Feed (Lead Contamination) (13 Nov 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Very slowly.

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I, too, served on that Committee. The clauses that the Government have written into the Bill are almost meaningless. The new privatised utilities can get away with a mere leaflet conveying information to the consumer. Such leaflets are already published. A Government committed to energy efficiency would have included in the Bill least-cost planning and targets, as proposed by amendments moved...

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I think that there is a consensus that we are dealing with possibly the most difficult environmental challenge that is facing the globe. There are great uncertainties when it comes to quantifying how dramatic is the threat that confronts us. I have been impressed by several of the contributions which have been made to the debate, but especially by that of my hon. Friend the Member for...

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Is it not the case the Britain was about the last country in Europe to acknowledge the problem of acid rain and the last to join the 30 per cent. club? Is it not true also that Britain has done less to tackle the problem than any other Community member?

Prayers: World Climate Change (10 Nov 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: It has not had the chance.

Food Safety (27 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I wish to express severe disappointment with the Minister's statement and with the White Paper, which strikes me as superficial and not tackling the root of the problem. There is little in the Minister's comments about the producer, nothing about farms, factory farming and animal feeding, and little about food processing. Why do the Government continually blame the retailer, the housewife and...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill: Nuclear Liabilities: Financial Assistance (24 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I address my comments to Lords amendment No. 21, which is a simple one. It gives the Secretary of State the power to take over a nuclear power station on grounds of safety whenever there might be a serious incident. In nuclear power, accidents do happen. There was a time when the nuclear industry used to claim that there were so many fail-safe systems that a serious accident could never...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill: Nuclear Liabilities: Financial Assistance (24 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I find it strange that we are debating schedule 12, in view of the Government's statement this afternoon. As Magnox reactors have been removed from the intended sale, I should have thought that at least half the problem of decommissioning has been removed from the privatisation, and I would expect dramatic changes in schedule 12, the more so since Magnox reactors are near the end of their...

Electricity Privatisation (Nuclear Power) (24 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Is not this statement humiliating for the Government, particularly for the Secretary of State on the last day of his job? He is ending with a miserable climb-down. Is it not the case that the City of London has looked long and hard at nuclear power and seen an uneconomic industry which has always been uneconomic and has problems with waste and decommissioning? Is not the truth that it is just...

Local Government Finance (Wales) (20 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: How many gainers and how many losers will there be when the poll tax is introduced? In particular, who are the losers? I grant the right hon. Gentleman that the bottom 14 per cent., on income support, will benefit from the rebate, but the next 30 or 40 per cent., on below average pay, in low rateable value houses will be hit hard.

Business of the House (20 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the Leader of the House arrange a debate on the Welsh Development Agency, a matter raised by several Members during Welsh questions on Monday, and to which there was an unsatisfactory response from the Secretary of State for Wales? Has the right hon. Gentleman seen early-day motion 1194, which draws attention to our concern about this matter? [That this House expresses its deep concern...

Economic Summit (Paris) (17 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: In discussions on global warming, did anyone agree with the Prime Minister's rather eccentric view that nuclear power is the answer to the greenhouse effect, or was there a wider consensus that energy conservation, insulation and efficient use of energy are the answer?

Irradiation of Food (12 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: My first point concerns dosages. In his statement in June, the Minister said that the dosages involved were very low—a maximum of 10 kilogray. I took it upon myself as a scientist to look up exactly what that meant. Suppose that, instead of food, one of us were in the conveyor belt going through the irradiating machine; the 10 kilogray dosage would be lethal. It is equivalent to the...

Business of the House (6 Jul 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I add my comments to those of my hon. Friends the Members for Clwyd, South-West (Mr. Jones) and for Ogmore (Mr. Powell). There is serious concern all over Wales about the future of the Health Service and the Government's review proposals. The subject has produced a large mail bag for me and all other Welsh Members. I was heavily involved in the by-elections earlier this year in Pontypridd and...

Student Top-up Loans (19 Jun 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I was one of seven children from a very modest background; each of us had the benefit of six years in higher education. That was only possible with adequate student grants. Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the continuing devaluation of the student grant, and his student loan proposals, will cut off millions of people from modest backgrounds who possess the talent that the country...

Atomic Energy Bill [Lords] (22 May 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: rose——

Atomic Energy Bill [Lords] (22 May 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I am pleased that the Minister corrected himself in mid-paragraph when 1 rose to intervene. I thought that he made it abundantly clear during the proceedings on the Electricity Bill that the Bill said nothing about the environment and conservation, or about environmental pollution. The fact is that four pressurised water reactor power stations would make a very small contribution to...

Atomic Energy Bill [Lords] (22 May 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I was not a member of the Standing Committee considering the Bill, but I read the record of its proceedings today, and I found them absorbing. I am decisively anti-nuclear, and I am in tune with the majority of our population. The British people do not want any more nuclear power stations; and, frankly, they do not want to see any more money squandered on the industry. The first clause of...

Clause 23: Orders for Securing Compliance (10 Apr 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Amendment No. 191 asks distribution companies to include a financial statement surveying costs for each area board during that year.'. That is a modest request. People are greatly concerned about what the Electricity Bill holds in terms of future prices. The same concern applies to the Water Bill because water prices are likely to rise by 50 per cent. or more in the next few years. The Bill...

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