Results 141–160 of 514 for speaker:Dr Alan Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Community Hospitals (22 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: In view of the substantial extra resources now to be devoted to the health service—5 per cent. extra in real terms for the next three years—is there not an overwhelming case for all health authorities to reconsider any closure plans and the Government's policy of halting the steep decline in the number of hospital beds? We need the beds, we need the hospitals, and we now have a Government...

Opposition Day: European Single Currency (21 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, next year—when the euro is launched—banks and building societies could allow people to take out mortgages in euros rather than in pounds? With the lower interest rates in euros, there would be a terrific flight to those mortgages, which would help bring down the value of the pound and would establish the popularity of the single currency.

Integrated Transport Policy (20 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the bold and imaginative way in which he has tackled difficult problems. I approve of charges for congestion and for parking in city centres, but what will be the mechanism for overseeing the way in which local authorities invest in public expenditure schemes? Will there be rigorous oversight, so that we receive value for money, and local authorities...

Public Expenditure (16 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: The interest payments on the national debt are about £25 billion, and that sum is based on present interest rates. What if over the next two years interest rates fall from 7.5 per cent. to 7 per cent. and perhaps to 6 per cent? Does that mean that the £25 billion devoted to interest payments will fall to less than £20 billion? If so, does not that mean that an extra £5 billion could be...

Estimates Day: Class V, Vote 2 (14 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: May I explain to the hon. Gentleman something about all the numbers in the table in yesterday's press release—which he is quoting—and in today's statement on the comprehensive spending review? His point about inflation could be made about all those numbers. They are all expressed in real terms, so any inflation from this year to next year, from next year to the following year, and so on,...

Estimates Day: Class V, Vote 2 (14 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: ): I thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me so early in the debate. It is a pleasure to follow the distinguished Chairman of our Committee, the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Dr. Clark). I was on an earlier Select Committee from 1992 to 1997. Half its members were from a science background but, as the hon. Gentleman said, every member of our Select Committee in this Parliament has a good...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farm Incomes (2 Jul 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Does my right hon. Friend agree with the analogy of bringing a supertanker to a halt, as suggested by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health? The Government took over an industry that was devastated by the BSE crisis, with farm incomes plummeting since March 1996, and it takes time to stop such a precipitious fall. The decline has now halted and we can look forward to recovery...

Cardiff European Council (11 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I am glad to have the opportunity to take part in this debate on the eve of the European Council in Cardiff, and to add a Welsh voice to the proceedings. I am delighted that we had the news yesterday from the European Commission that there are strong moves towards lifting the beef ban. Naturally, for my constituents in the very rural area that I represent, the beef ban has been a severe...

Cardiff European Council (11 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I am grateful to my colleague, the right hon. Member for Caernarfon (Mr. Wigley), for giving the latest statistics on our inheritance after 18 years of Conservative rule. We have lost much of our heavy industry in the industrialised parts of Wales, and west Wales has more difficulty in attracting inward investment such as Clwyd and south-east Wales have successfully attracted. Our case for...

Cardiff European Council (11 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman contrast the situation in Kosovo and the meetings and preparations involved with those made by his Government two years ago, when there was civil war in Bosnia? For years, while tens of thousands of people were being killed, his Government remained inactive on the sidelines.

Cardiff European Council (11 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman concede that, at the end of the day, a successful euro will be launched on 1 January next year with 11 member countries? One shudders to think what would have happened if the right hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr. Major) had been president at the Brussels summit.

Orders of the Day — Registration of Political Parties Bill (4 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: My right hon. Friend mentioned that he had written to Plaid Cymru, which recently decided on a—quite accurate—translation of its name as "the party of Wales". Clause 3(1)(a) refers to a name likely to result in the party's being confused by voters with a party which is already registered". The party of Wales is the Labour party. We have 34 of the 40 Members of Parliament, yet Plaid Cymru...

Orders of the Day — Registration of Political Parties Bill (4 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: I shall try to be brief. Is clause 3(1)(a) relevant to this misleading translation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Animal Feed (Antibiotics) (4 Jun 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: The Minister will be aware of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee's report on antibiotic resistance and of the alarming rise in methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus caused by it. The agriculture industry has rarely taken responsibility for that, but it is an urgent problem. Should not the Food Standards Agency, which is responsible to the Department of Health,...

Common Agricultural Policy (21 May 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: The right hon. Gentleman mentioned Wales and has dwelt on farmers' incomes. The leading article in last week's Farmers Guardian discusses the effect of the euro and is based on Barclays bank's suggestion that farmers should ask for payments to be made in euros and open accounts so that they can borrow at European interest rates of 3 or 3.5 per cent. Where does the Conservative party stand on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Beef Export Ban (30 Apr 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: At Question Time yesterday, in reply to the hon. Member for North Tayside (Mr. Swinney), and at Question Time the previous Wednesday, the Prime Minister struck a note of cautious optimism. He said that there was a reasonable prospect of success at the May standing committee. Will my right hon. Friend throw a little more light on that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Good Parenting (27 Apr 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: What initiatives her Department is taking to promote good parenting. [38484]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Good Parenting (27 Apr 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: The Government's rhetoric over the past few months has concerned lone parents who work, but does the Secretary of State accept that, in many couples with children, one parent, usually the mother, gives up work to look after them, and that those responsibilities fall doubly heavily when there is only one parent? Can she reassure me that the Government are fully supportive of couples in which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rates (23 Apr 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: What assessment he has made of the effect of the current value of the pound on his long-term objective of economic stability. [38261]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exchange Rates (23 Apr 1998)

Dr Alan Williams: Does the Chancellor agree that the 1979–81 recession, during which 2 million manufacturing jobs were lost, was caused by an overvalued pound, when the pound was a petro-currency, and that the 1990 to 1992 recession was likewise caused by an overvalued pound which stood at DM2.95 in the exchange rate mechanism? I welcome the 4 per cent. drop in the value of the pound against the deutschmark...


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