Results 121–140 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Welsh Affairs (25 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I am not surprised by the hon. Gentleman's intervention. It is an example of the superficiality of most of his remarks from the Opposition Front Bench. Let me explain my analysis. Eighteen years of Conservative Government left Wales in a desperate plight at the bottom of the regional league. My own area has only 71 per cent. of the income per capita of Britain. After 18 months under Labour,...

Welsh Affairs (25 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I disagree fundamentally. It has taken 20 years to happen, but the ratio of local government expenditure that is raised locally is down to about 10 or 12 per cent. in Wales, with 90 per cent. coming from the Welsh Office in the standard spending assessment. That is unhealthy for local democracy. Rather than taxing and spending nationally, I would prefer local government to be allowed to spend...

Welsh Affairs (25 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Fewer.

Welsh Affairs (25 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and his predecessor on winning objective 1 status for Wales. He has presented a patient, long-term argument, and I admire my right hon. Friend for now pressing for matching funds. Having listened to the ranting and raving of the right hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley), it comes as no surprise to learn that Caernarfon has the highest unemployment in...

Genetically Modified Food (16 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Many people will be very concerned about what happened to Dr. Pusztai at the Rowett research institute in Aberdeen. Within days of giving a television interview about his work he was forced to retire, with a gagging clause. Given that it is a Government-funded research institute, will the Minister use our influence to remove that gagging clause, so that Dr. Pusztai can explain exactly what...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Wales) (11 Feb 1999)

Dr Alan Williams: Did I correctly understand my right hon. Friend to say that we are now getting rid of rate capping? Given that we hope to get objective 1 funding from next year, does that mean that, however much objective 1 funding is available, if the Welsh Office cannot make adequate matching funds available, local authorities will be able set their own rate so that they can provide the 25 per cent. from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Structural Funds (9 Dec 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Will my hon. Friend give some account of the work of the task force that was set up to gain objective 1 status and to make good use of the money? Does he agree that local authorities have a critical role to play in developing a raft of schemes that will qualify for objective 1 funding so that we shall be off to a flying start if the funds come through in 2000?

NHS (Wales) (3 Dec 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I wish to express my disappointment with the statement as it affects my constituency. The policy of forced mergers of trusts that my right hon. Friend has inherited from his predecessor and my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Mr. Griffiths) is mistaken, because mergers should be voluntary. What reassurance can my right hon. Friend provide for my constituents and people in Llanelli that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Manufacturing Investment (3 Dec 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: If he will make a statement on the latest figures for investment in manufacturing (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of GDP; and what the comparable figures are for the United Kingdom's main competitors. [61301]

Oral Answers to Questions — Manufacturing Investment (3 Dec 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for those figures, which show once again that manufacturing investment in Britain lags behind that in our competitor countries. Why have we consistently invested less in manufacturing industry over the decades? What have the Government done to tackle the problem and what further action does the Department of Trade and Industry intend to take to boost...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (1 Dec 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I welcome the content of the Gracious Speech, including the proposed legislation on the working families tax credit. I have not looked at it in detail, but I am fully aware that it is targeted on low-paid workers and will provide up to £220 a week free of tax. That will mean a minimum of £5.50 an hour for a low-paid worker with one child and of £6.40 an hour for an adult with two children,...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (1 Dec 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I will not, as so many Labour Members want to speak and I want to confine my remarks. The fact that the 2.5 per cent. inflation target is symmetrical makes it much wiser than the target of the European central bank. The European economy generally is suffering. One of the dangers for the euro is that the European target is for an inflation rate of less than 2.5 per cent. There is no automatic...

Agriculture (Aid) (16 Nov 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I welcome the package that my right hon. Friend has announced, which will bring £2,000 for each farmer in less-favoured areas. That is not as much as they have lost, but it is none the less a significant help. Does my right hon. Friend agree that a key issue over the next two or three years will be the rebuilding of the economies of south-east Asia and Russia so that they can take our food...

New Variant CJD (12 Nov 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: What are the prospects of developing a test for CJD in blood donations? I know that a prion is different from a virus, but I understand that blood donations are screened for HIV and hepatitis. Given the history of BSE, should not the former Government, 10 years ago, have put 10 times as much effort into developing a test for BSE in live animals?

Opposition Day: Agriculture (4 Nov 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the shadow Minister recognise that the Government's expenditure on agriculture is greater than that for the whole of the Department of Trade and Industry? There is one reason for that—the Conservative Government's legacy of BSE.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Farmers (Bankruptcy) (4 Nov 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his new responsibilities and wish him well in his new job. I understand that his Department, with Ministers from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is involved in intensive discussions with the Treasury on a package to help agriculture. Will he give us an idea of what may be in that package and of the timing of any forthcoming announcements?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police (Retirement) (26 Oct 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: What percentage of police officers currently retire aged (a) under 55, (b) 55 to 60 and (c) 60 to 65 years. [53523]

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police (Retirement) (26 Oct 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: We all sympathise with anyone who has to retire early for health reasons, but does my hon. Friend agree that there is far too much early retirement in British society, among teachers, local government officers and, certainly, the police? We are losing people with experience and valuable skills. In the current consultation exercise, will my hon. Friend specifically state that he would like the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Advisory Committees (30 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: What steps he has taken to widen membership of advisory committees to include representatives of consumers and environmental organisations. [51693]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Advisory Committees (30 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer and am pleased to hear that there is considerable progress in that direction. However, does he accept that the advisory committees have always tended to be heavily populated by industrialists or academics who derive their livelihoods—consulting fees or research grants—from the industries concerned? It is important that consumers and environmental...


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