Results 61–80 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: EU Structural Funds (2 Mar 2000)

Dr Alan Williams: Although I accept that the Chancellor cannot make a final announcement about match funding until he has the results of the comprehensive spending review, will the Minister's Department put maximum pressure on the Treasury to make sure that match funding exists, and ask whether the Treasury can give any early indication on it? Most importantly, does the Minister agree that, in objective 1...

Public Expenditure (21 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the right hon. Gentleman acknowledge that in the last year of Conservative Government, debt was £28 billion, which was over 3 per cent. of GDP? His figure is highly artificial.

Public Expenditure (21 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rate (16 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: The totally unexpected fall in the value of the euro in the past year has driven the pound up to record levels. The European Union, as a trading bloc, has a massive balance of payments surplus, inflation is barely 1 per cent. and unemployment is at 10 per cent. What pressure are the Government putting on our European partners to expand their economies so that the euro recovers and the pound...

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Information Bill (7 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: rose—

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Information Bill (7 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: rose—

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: It strikes me that the hon. Gentleman's argument is not so much about whether Britain should join the single currency, but that the single currency is destined to fall apart anyway. I accept that the euro has had a difficult first year, but what if, in three or five years' time, that single currency turns out to be a resounding success? Is he saying that Britain should still not join it?

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to have been called so early in the debate. It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife (Mr. Campbell) and to have heard the other speakers in the debate, all of whom were positive, with the exception of the shadow Foreign Secretary, the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Mr. Maples). It is disappointing for Britain that there is a great...

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Not this early in my comments. My position on Europe has been one of slow persuasion. Back in 1975, I voted no in the referendum. I supported our policy in 1983, but accepted that there had been a change for the 1987 election, when I entered Parliament. I will never forget the statement that Baroness Thatcher made on her return from the Rome summit in 1990. I was sitting where the hon....

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: That is also true of the Scottish National party. I am pleased that there is a wide pro-European consensus in Wales and Scotland. We do not have any Conservative Members representing Wales and Scotland in Parliament. Unfortunately, the membership of the Conservative party drives it more and more into English nationalism. The Conservative party does a disservice to the country and ultimately...

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for those remarks. My dramatic change of view happened on hearing the comments by Baroness Thatcher in 1990 after the Rome summit. Unknown to me, that very afternoon no less than the then Foreign Secretary, now Lord Howe of Aberavon, was equally hurt and he resigned within two weeks—and within weeks, Baroness Thatcher was out of office. From 1992 to 1997,...

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall come shortly to some comments on the single currency, but the Conservative party is moving towards a position of wanting to renegotiate—that is the word that it uses—which is just a euphemism for withdrawal. It is moving rapidly towards withdrawal. I have read comments made at the Conservative conference by the shadow Foreign Secretary and the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr....

European Union (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I see no political problem with membership of the single currency, but I am not going into any philosophical ideas beyond that. I can see no constitutional obstacle. Of the 15 members of the EU, 11 are currently members of the euro and have encountered no problems. All the indications are that Denmark, Sweden and Greece are moving towards joining the single currency. If we could join the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Child Poverty (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: What representations he has received concerning the problem of child poverty in Wales. [98882]

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Child Poverty (1 Dec 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Does my hon. Friend agree that most of the poorest families in Wales have young children? The working families tax credit will be a massive help, but so far only half the 2,000 families entitled to it in my constituency have applied. Will he arrange that, wherever Father Christmas goes in the next few weeks, he will take with him a bunch of leaflets explaining the credit?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farmland Prices (25 Nov 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: What has been the overall percentage change in the price of farmland since May 1997. [98841]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farmland Prices (25 Nov 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am a bit surprised by that answer. A recent survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows that, in the last quarter, land prices increased in England by 6 per cent. and in Wales by 13 per cent. Will my hon. Friend confirm that it is the Government's policy to join the euro when the time is right, and that, when that happens, we will adopt European interest rates, which are...

Orders of the Day — Environment, Transport and the Countryside (18 Nov 1999)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Working Families Tax Credit (11 Nov 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: What is the total number of inquiries to date on the telephone hotline for the working families tax credit; and what percentage of these has led to successful awards. [96990]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Working Families Tax Credit (11 Nov 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate the Chancellor, and I pay tribute to the Financial Secretary for her excellent work in publicising and increasing awareness of that excellent new benefit. It will give poorly paid families £10, £20 or £50 a week, and will be a great help in tackling child poverty. However, might there be a proactive role for the Inland Revenue in increasing awareness of the working families...


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