Results 1–20 of 1410 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hywel Williams

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: Vascular services in my constituency are to be moved to an as yet untested centre, while in Bangor we already have a facility with an international reputation. Does the Prime Minister share my concern that, due to bungling over health by the Labour Government in Cardiff, seriously ill Welsh patients will have to travel further and even, like the late Irfon Williams, have to move to live in...

Catalan Independence Referendum (10 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of the Catalan independence referendum on the EU. I speak today as the new chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Catalonia and as someone who observed the referendum in Catalonia last Sunday. I was part of a parliamentary delegation from the European countries and beyond, which included my hon. Friends the Members for...

Catalan Independence Referendum (10 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. He makes a fair point. In fact, someone remarked to me that had events such as those in Catalonia occurred further away—perhaps not in an EU member state, perhaps in a poorer country—politicians throughout Europe would have been on their feet preaching democratic values. The silence from so many EU leaders is extremely concerning. In the...

Catalan Independence Referendum (10 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. The impression has been given, not least in the UK press, that Catalonia has moved to this position almost on a whim; that it is being deliberately obstructive and destructive. There is no time to go into the constitutional history of the matter, and I would probably not be in order if I did so, but suffice it to say that the status of Catalonia appeared...

Catalan Independence Referendum (10 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: I concur with the points that the hon. Gentleman made and those that he intended to make, which I suspect are similar to mine. He moves me on to my next point. Mr Millo said: “people have been hit, pushed and even one person…was hospitalised”. In fact, 900 ordinary people trying to vote were injured, clubbed, stamped upon, pulled by the hair, shot at with rubber bullets and...

Catalan Independence Referendum (10 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: I agree entirely with what the hon. Gentleman said at the end of his remarks. Having witnessed what I saw in Catalonia on Sunday, I think it is incumbent on anyone who believes in the fundamental values of democracy to stand up, explain their views and act as honourable and honest witnesses, which is what I am trying to do.

Catalan Independence Referendum (10 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: Indeed. There is a philosophical argument, which we cannot go into today, about the competing legitimacies of the democratic mandate. The Catalan Government have a majority, which was properly established at an election. The Government in Madrid have a different view and, although they are a minority Government, are also elected. We could pursue that at length, but I will not do so now. The...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: I thank the Prime Minister for prior sight of her statement. We have heard a great deal from her about the non-border that she envisages between the north of Ireland and the Republic, but I do not think we have heard a word about the border between Wales and the Republic of Ireland, even though the north Wales route through Holyhead is second only to Dover in its volume of traffic. Will she...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: What progress he is making on the roll-out of universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: There is a great deal of support for the principles of universal credit. However, the roll-out has been characterised as “operationally messy, socially unfair and unforgiving”. These are not my words, but those of Sir John Major. If the Secretary of State will not postpone the roll-out—along with many other right hon. and hon. Members, I would like him to consider that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Hywel Williams: I apologise for missing the first few minutes of this debate. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke), who is occasionally my hon. Friend. I remind him that gridlock in Dover is the same as gridlock in Holyhead, Ynys Môn and across north Wales, which causes gridlock for the English economy because so much traffic passes that way. That subject has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Renewable Energy Projects (6 Sep 2017)

Hywel Williams: Community hydro schemes throughout Wales have faced business rates increases of up to 900%. In Scotland there is 100% relief and in England there is a cap, but Labour Ministers in Wales are sitting on their hands. I am told that the basic problem is made here in London because of the regulations. Will the Minister meet me and representatives of the sector to seek a full and quick solution?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Hywel Williams: When will the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations next meet?

Queen’s Speech: Implications for Wales — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Hywel Williams: As the Minister has said, the bulk of the Queen’s Speech is about exiting the European Union. Is he confident that the economy, foreign affairs and a whole host of other issues will get the attention they require while we spend our time discussing the minutiae of the regulations on fish fingers or whatever?

Queen’s Speech: Implications for Wales — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Hywel Williams: I congratulate the hon. Member for Cardiff Central (Jo Stevens) on securing this debate and on her very fine speech. This is a pivotal period in our history. It is a point that will determine the future of our economy, our governance and our relations with the rest of the world—that is, the world beyond just England—but I regret to say that the Prime Minister’s legislative...

Queen’s Speech: Implications for Wales — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Hywel Williams: I think not, because time is rather short. The Queen’s Speech claws away at our ability to strengthen our country, and it indulges the country’s constitutional obsessives and imperial Walter Mittys at the same time. Plaid Cymru will oppose this destructive and offensive stupidity.

Queen’s Speech: Implications for Wales — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Hywel Williams: Does the hon. Lady think that the deal actually busts the Barnett formula?


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