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Betty Williams: I said that in my preamble; perhaps the hon. Gentleman was not listening, but if he cares to read Hansard tomorrow he will be able to confirm that. Over the past eight years, the Government have achieved a lot for the people of Wales, and I believe that they can offer a lot more in the future. The introduction of the child trust fund—my son and daughter-in-law very much welcomed that when...
Betty Williams: The hon. Gentleman is misleading the House, because detection rates for North Wales police are top of the league for the whole of England and Wales.
Betty Williams: I withdraw, Madam Deputy Speaker. Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the figures that have recently been published for North Wales police? The western division of North Wales police, which covers part of my constituency, has the top detection rate in the whole of England and Wales, and the central division and the division that covers the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham...
Betty Williams: While the hon. Gentleman is throwing out such comments, is he aware that ysbyty Glan Clwyd, which is in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane), and ysbyty Gwynedd, which is in my constituency, are two of the top performing hospitals in the whole of the United Kingdom?
Betty Williams: Does my right hon. Friend recall the days when the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) was Secretary of State for Wales and responsible for returning Welsh money that should have been spent in Wales to the Treasury in London?
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will carry out a study of the health of veterans of the British Nuclear Test Programme.
Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a health study has been carried out by the Government since 1975 on veterans of the British Nuclear Test Programme.
Betty Williams: Can the hon. Gentleman give the source of his research and the figures that he is quoting?
Betty Williams: I shall ask the question again, because the answer is not as clear-cut as the hon. Gentleman suggests. May I press him, as a Front Bench Member, to tell the House exactly where he got the information from?
Betty Williams: I thank you for calling me to speak so early in the debate, Mr Deputy Speaker. It is a very great pleasure to be able to speak in support of the Bill being brought forward by my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North (Julie Morgan), and I congratulate her on the stand that she has taken on this issue. She has worked hard for many years on it. Given the proposals in the health White Paper...
Betty Williams: They are certainly a step in the right direction, which is why we are saying what we are this morning. I shall certainly rejoice if my hon. Friend's Bill gives the National Assembly an opportunity to ban smoking in public places in Wales, and I invite Members to support that move.
Betty Williams: Is my hon. Friend aware that the British Medical Journal announced the results of its report on the "Today" programme on Radio 4 today, and is she aware of the content of that report?
Betty Williams: My right hon. Friend will be aware that passengers travelling from north Wales to London Euston are standing for unacceptably long times. Is he aware that Meridian trains are standing idle in sidings? Will he hold discussions with the Strategic Rail Authority to try to persuade the people who make such decisions that those trains can be used by Virgin Trains, because that would make life a...
Betty Williams: Given that long-term youth unemployment has fallen by 89 per cent. in my constituency, will my right hon. Friend tell us what effect the abolition of the new deal would have on unemployment prospects in my constituency and, indeed, Wales as a whole?
Betty Williams: I hear what my right hon. Friend says about the executive committee, but can he explain a little further what representations have been made and what discussions have taken place between the generals on the board and various organisations in Wales? I am sure that he is aware of the great disquiet among the Welsh public about what we term a mistake.
Betty Williams: Will my right hon. Friend give way?
Betty Williams: rose—
Betty Williams: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend for that. In view of his answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Glamorgan (Mr. Smith), would he and his team in the Ministry of Defence be prepared to meet a delegation from the parliamentary side? He will be aware of the considerable disquiet in Wales concerning the proposals for restructuring.
Betty Williams: What joint action is being taken by the EU to assist the political situation in Ukraine.
Betty Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Will hon. Members from the House or representatives of the other place be present as observers during the re-run of the presidential election on the 26th of this month?