Results 81–100 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Debt Relief (3 Nov 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: If she will make a statement on progress made by the World bank and the International Monetary Fund on relieving third world debt. [95585]

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Debt Relief (3 Nov 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State and the Chancellor and the Jubilee 2000 campaign on their excellent work over the past few years and especially this summer. Will the money come from the Department for International Development budget or from the Treasury, and what are the annual recurrent costs? I am delighted that the agreements have been reached, but how will we...

Agriculture (28 Oct 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the hon. Gentleman remind us who, in a minority of one in the European Commission, opposed the labelling of food containing genetically modified food?

Climate Change (27 Oct 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Mr. Brake) on initiating this debate. The topic is infinitely important. On the issue of whether the entire ministerial team should resign if the 20 per cent. target is not achieved, I would point out that the targets are set for 2010. I am glad that the hon. Gentleman is confident about the return and re-return of this extremely...

Climate Change (27 Oct 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: It will be not at all helpful, but I point out in passing that in Wales the Baglan bay energy park scheme for energy generation will, when it is completed in three to five years, be an outstanding example of the efficient use of CHP energy by industry in this country. On renewable energy, I said earlier that I am very disappointed by Britain's record over the past 30 years. In the 1970s, we...

Climate Change (27 Oct 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: The long-term answer to global warming is solar energy, as that is the only infinitely renewable resource. Is it not extremely disappointing that our efforts, both internationally and domestically, over the decades to harness solar energy have been so incredibly feeble?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding Stuffs (21 Oct 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: If he will make a statement on the requirements governing the labelling of animal feeding stuffs containing genetically modified crops. [93392]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding Stuffs (21 Oct 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on her new responsibilities and wish her well. She will know that a large fraction of the United States production of soya and corn is from genetically modified crops and that large quantities are exported unsegregated to the European market for incorporation into animal feed. Should not all animal feeds containing GM crops be labelled as such? Will she...

Consumer White Paper (22 Jul 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Two weeks ago, Volvo was found guilty of pricing malpractice, and yesterday there was a newspaper headline—"£6 billion rip-off"—referring to the Competition Commission's public hearings about car sales in Britain. Can any action be taken against Volvo under existing law, and will the White Paper help to tackle the enormous scandal of thousands of pounds more being charged for a car in...

Energy Tax (20 Jul 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) for allowing me time to say a few words in this debate. I am pleased that the Government have taken strong action to curb the problem of global warming in signing up, not to a 12.5 per cent., but to a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010. In that context and to achieve that target, energy taxes have a...

Energy Tax (20 Jul 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to the shadow Minister for giving way at this early stage. Does he accept that the proposal is revenue neutral, because all the money raised will be given back in cuts in national insurance contributions?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Biotechnology (Jobs) (15 Jul 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Does my hon. Friend agree that the term "biotechnology" is widely misused? The agricultural component, involving genetically modified foods, is highly controversial and does not receive the support of the general public, but much the larger component consists of applications to medicine—to health. In that sphere—the design of new drugs, taking a molecular approach to medicine—the...

Beef Exports (14 Jul 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his announcement, which is the best news that farmers in my constituency have had for many years. I pay tribute to the work done by his predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham). As far as I know, the only abattoir that will be available for beef for export is in Cornwall. Does my right hon. Friend have any advice to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: GM Foods (23 Jun 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: When will the Government realise that the problems with GM foods are not simply a matter of presentation? The public have decided that there is no need for GM foods, and are taking their lead—in showing deep scepticism about such foods—far more from the Consumers Association and English Nature. When will the Government stop shooting the messenger and realise that they are themselves off...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: British Inventions (17 Jun 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: My question has been partly answered, because I intended to ask about Trevor Baylis and the academy of inventors. Trevor Baylis's idea is that patenting, intellectual property rights and very expensive matters of which inventors have no experience could be provided free by the academy. Will my hon. Friend elaborate on how NESTA could help to develop that capital?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Genetic Modification (15 Jun 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: How many representations he has received during the last 12 months (a) in favour of and (b) against the development of genetically modified crops. [85788]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Genetic Modification (15 Jun 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his sober and rational response to the article by Prince Charles on 2 June containing his 10 questions. Those are the very questions that the general public want answered. Why are GM foods necessary? In view of the enormous public concern and hostility to these technologies, do we really need GM foods?

European Union (25 May 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack). I have participated in many agriculture debates over the years, but my comments this evening will be mainly on the single currency. Relations with our partners in the European Union have been transformed in the two years since the Government came to power. Throughout their 18 years in office, the previous Administration...

European Union (25 May 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Later, perhaps. The pound is certainly far too high against the euro and other European currencies for us to contemplate joining. I wish that there would be a national debate on the correct level for our entering the single currency. I wish that we could hear the views of the CBI, the TUC, the Bank of England, the Government and the Opposition. I wish that there would be a wide public...

European Union (25 May 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: In due course, but I want to develop my argument. My own view is that a devaluation of the order of 15 per cent. is needed to achieve competitiveness. Perhaps the proper rate should be something like 1.30 euro or DM2.60 to DM2.70 to the pound. In the past week or so I was concerned to read that my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House, in a speech and an...


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