Results 101–120 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

European Union (25 May 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am not a currency speculator, or an expert on the City, but my feeling, for what it is worth, is that the European economy is suffering from serious problems, particularly the high unemployment and slow growth in Germany and Italy. There is the added uncertainty that the war in Kosovo creates on the international exchanges. Speculators have tended to go to the safe havens of the dollar and...

European Union (25 May 1999)

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

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Industrial Energy Tax (15 Apr 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Are not the energy-intensive industries the very ones that benefited most from the collapse in energy prices in the past 10 years? Oil prices have fallen from $30 a barrel to $10 a barrel, the price of gas has fallen by half, and coal is down to £30 a tonne. I am disappointed to hear that the Government have decided to introduce a lower rate when those industries have benefited the most from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Freight Costs (13 Apr 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: If he will make a statement on the level of freight costs in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states. [78820]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Freight Costs (13 Apr 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that comprehensive reply. Does he agree, bearing in mind yesterday's truckers' protest, that the general public are presented with only one part of the picture? Will he go in considerable detail through the various factors with the road haulage forum and perhaps prepare and present an agreed report eventually so that there is transparency and so that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: National Minimum Wage (25 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: If he will make a statement on the advertising campaign being planned by his Department to publicise the introduction of the national minimum wage. [77044]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: National Minimum Wage (25 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. I congratulate the Government, the Front-Bench team and my right hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney), who is not with us, on their excellent work over the past couple of years in establishing the minimum wage. It will be of great help in my constituency and in west Wales, where low pay is endemic and there are many small employers. What...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

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

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: The right hon. Gentleman says that the Budget is full of gimmicks and then mentions computers, schools and laptops. Even if he is not into information technology, will he concede that £2,000 for books for each school is not a gimmick?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the first night's debate on the Budget. I agreed with part of the analysis by the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Mr. Wardle) of international problems— particularly the large United States deficit and the dangers that could arise if the United States economy experiences any difficulties. The hon. Gentleman also pointed to problems in...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I will not give way on this point, as there is cross-party agreement about this matter. We inherited that policy from the Conservatives and, unfortunately, the overall philosophy must be right: it is a green tax. As for vehicle excise duties, the £55 discount for smaller cars must be correct. I have thought about that for a long time.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: No, I will not give way on this point. I may do so later in my speech. Carbon dioxide emissions are an incredibly difficult problem politically, but we must address that issue in the long-term interests of the planet. This is the right time to introduce an energy tax because world oil prices—at $10 or $11 a barrel—are lower now than they have been in the past 30 years. I am pleased that...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I recall that, under the previous Government, the PSBR was ballooning out of control year after year. We inherited a deficit of £28 billion, and during the five years of the previous Government the accumulated deficit was £152 billion. Our accumulated surplus in our five years in government is projected to be £34 billion. Deficit has been turned into massive surplus.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: For the first two years in government we stayed with the public expenditure plans that we inherited and, in fact, we obeyed plans even tighter than those laid down by the previous Government. We have got rid of the deficit through those tight constraints on public expenditure and through economic growth, and we are now in surplus. Today's Budget demonstrated that overall public finances are...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: As the hon. Gentleman tried to intervene earlier, I will.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I do not accept the hon. Gentleman's interpretation. There is no question of our entering at anything like that rate. We shall wait and see what happens in the next two or three years. We have very prudent management of the public finances, the Government's account is in surplus and we are managing the incredibly difficult manoeuvre of the soft landing. Over the next two or three years, we...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I may take an intervention later, but I want to develop my argument. As interest rates fall and are, perhaps, halved over the next three years, there is a danger of a take-off in housing, business and other sectors and of the economy growing out of control. That is why it is important to expand the work force and encourage skills and training. Our policies, like those of Clinton in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Lucas-SEI Work Force (3 Mar 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Although I feel every sympathy for the 700 people—a large fraction of whom live in my constituency—who will lose their work at Ystradgynlais, may I express my strong support for my hon. Friend's handling of the problem? Regrettably, it was necessary to deal with it in a hard-headed way, in that the jobs went to Poland to people paid only about a quarter of the wages paid here. Is there...

Welsh Affairs (25 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Speak for yourself.

Welsh Affairs (25 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd, West (Mr. Thomas). I agree with virtually everything that he said. I hope that this annual debate continues after the establishment of the Assembly, because it gives us a free agenda to speak on any aspect of Welsh affairs, including constituency issues. I learn a lot every year from the contributions of my hon. Friends and,...


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