Results 481–500 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

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

Dr Alan Williams: My hon. Friend is right. Increases in the price of electricity feed right through industry and result in increases in the price of raw materials such as coal and the price of the manufactured goods that we need to sell on world markets. It crucially affects competitiveness. Faced with increased charges, many major industries, the large consumers, may decide to opt out of supply from the...

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

Dr Alan Williams: My hon. Friend is right. The Government are increasing the rate of return. In an electricity industry in the hands of private shareholders, there are dangers that that will be pushed further. Another pressure on the cost of electricity is the nuclear component that the Government insist on having—the nuclear quota or nuclear tax. The four PWR stations will cost at least £1 billion each,...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill: Energy Conservation (6 Apr 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Since last September, we have become familiar with the Prime Minister's conversion to green, environmental issues and to beliefs that we did not realise she had ever had over the previous 10 years. The privatisation of the electricity industry was an opportunity for her to put some of those sentiments into legislation, because in dealing with the electricity industry, we are dealing with...

New Clause 2: British National Nuclear Corporation (5 Apr 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I want to outline some of my criticisms. I support the proposal to keep nuclear power in the public sector and my main concern is with nuclear safety. Since Chernobyl, the British public has become aware that nuclear reactors can go badly wrong and completely out of control. In the 1960s and 1970s the industry used to argue that so many fail-safe systems were installed in reactors that they...

Agriculture Council (25 Jan 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: Is there nothing in this package about intensification? In view of the problems about pollution and food quality associated with intensive farming, why are not the Government pursuing a vigorous policy of extensification that will lead to healthier food and cleaner environment?

AIDS (13 Jan 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate the Government on deciding to introduce routine anonymous testing. It is an important and courageous step, which has been advocated for several years. It is important to establish the prevalence of HIV in this country. We know that there are about 10,000 cases, but some estimates are that the figure is nearer 50,000 and, possibly, 100,000. Anonymous testing will give us...

AIDS (13 Jan 1989)

Dr Alan Williams: I hope that the Minister will take up that point and give me an assurance that, in 1990–92, the budget will at least double every year, in step with the spread of the disease. The AIDS research budget in the United States is over $1 billion. We should compare our £7 million with the £600 million that is spent in the United States. Their research effort is literally one hundred times...

Orders of the Day — Electricity Bill (12 Dec 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: One of the reasons why the Labour party opposes privatisation of electricity is that it will lead to higher prices, and that is what most consumers fear. Comment has already been made about prices. It should be noted that, between 1982 and 1987, electricity prices fell by 19 per cent. in real terms. Since the privatisation of the industry has been mooted, we have already had an increase of...

Orders of the Day — Water Bill (8 Dec 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I have listened intently to the speeches this evening, and I have read explanations in the newspapers over the past few weeks of the Government's proposals, but I have yet to find an argument that will persuade me that there is any validity in privatisation. Under a private monopoly there will be no choice for the consumer. By definition, there will be no competition in the supply of water....

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: In 1979, was not the Labour Government about to order a prototype fluidised bed combustion power station for Carmarthen bay? That technology allows coal to be burnt without any acid rain pollution and involves using limestone to absorb the sulphur, but this Government have abandoned work on that technology at Grimethorpe.

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I listened intently to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Sir H. Rossi) and found his speech informative and helpful. Despite the moderation of his speech, I feel that the management of nuclear waste disposal is a problem that is too difficult to solve. The public have recognised that, and critics of the nuclear industry recognised it a long time ago. There are some problems that...

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall go into that in detail in a few minutes. First, I shall knock down the present options being considered by the Government. In 1981 I spent three years examining the proposals for deep boreholes. I was working under my predecessor, the then hon. Member for Carmarthen, Dr. Roger Thomas. We tabled a whole series of parliamentary questions and I was in touch with the Atomic Energy...

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I am not happy about above ground storage. The only long-term answer to nuclear waste is not to create it in the first place. If it is put underground 1 mile or 3 miles off shore, it will be no safer than in Sellafield itself. It will be an embarrassment to civilisation for the rest of time.

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I would close down the reprocessing plant. Unfortunately, we cannot close the site because it will never become a green field site. The nature of the industry prevents that. The waste at Sellafield will have to be looked after for hundreds of thousands of years.

Petition: Radioactive Waste (28 Oct 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: Despite representing the Labour party, on the management of the nuclear industry I have serious differences with the policies of the party. I claim that the views I am putting forward today are the views of the majority of British people. Berkeley will have the first example of decommissioning. It will take over 100 years to take out the fuel, the non-radioactive parts and then to try to...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I endorse the Government's support for the Montreal protocol, but although these documents are welcome, they do not go far enough. We will have to take this problem must more seriously during the next 10 years. I am a chemist. Chemistry was my degree subject. Many years ago, while at Oxford, I wrote an essay on the organic compounds of fluorine. I found the subject fascinating. The essay ran...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I am afraid that my thesis was on a different subject. I found freons fascinating 25 years ago when I wrote that essay but, 10 years ago, when I was a college lecturer on environmental science, I started to read about the effects of freons and CFCs on the ozone layer. That effect was predicted theoretically before it was discovered practically. CFCs are almost completely inert. They are...

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I thought that this was an open-ended debate. Anyone who treats this topic lightly does a great disservice to life on the planet, as CFCs——

Opposition Day: Chlorofluorocarbons and the Ozone Layer (12 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: I should like to quote the words of Dr. Joe Farman, a British scientist and member of the British Antarctic Survey, which discovered the hole in the ozone. Initially, he was very open-minded about the cause of the ozone hole above the Antarctic, and he remained so for several years. However, intensive scientific studies have persuaded him that CFCs are, indeed, the cause, as all the leading...

Local Government Finance (Wales) (7 Jul 1988)

Dr Alan Williams: Where is the generosity in the statement? The last paragraph begins: This is a generous proposal. Where is that generosity when what is being suggested is a 5 per cent. increase and inflation is 4·5 per cent. and rising? At best, that is a standstill budget. The settlement highlights what is wrong with the whole of the Government's economic policy, which is that throughout the public sector...

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