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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Mark Williams: If the Secretary of State has such a close relationship with the farming unions, how does he respond to their request for a full assessment of the impact on Welsh agriculture if we have to fall back on World Trade Organisation tariffs? Is it not obvious that 40% tariffs would destroy Welsh agriculture?

Written Answers — Prime Minister: East Africa: Visits Abroad (30 Mar 2017)

Mark Williams: To ask the Prime Minister, which Government Ministers visited (a) Kenya and (b) Uganda in 2016; and how many times each such Minister visited those countries.

Police Widows’ Pensions (15 Mar 2017)

Mark Williams: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this important debate. I, too, have constituents who feel strongly about the matter. Does she agree that campaigners also feel that there is injustice in the lack of parity of approach across the United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welsh Language (8 Mar 2017)

Mark Williams: May I press the Minister a bit further? He says that he is “quite certain” that a positive announcement will be made, but can he guarantee that the freeze will be carried on until the review of S4C is concluded? S4C does marvellous work not only in Wales but across the world, and it needs the reassurance that its funding will be frozen again.

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Mark Williams: I again thank the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) for spearheading efforts to secure this timely debate. If he will excuse me, however, I want to congratulate the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) on her campaign and what she has achieved so far. The work is unfinished, and I hope the Government are listening to her words, but no one can doubt her determination, off the...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Mark Williams: Indeed. I am not sure if the hon. Lady is alluding to the structures through which it undertakes its valuations, or some of the weird decisions it is coming up with, but a business in my constituency whose business rates have doubled from £12,500 a year to £25,000—this is in a seasonal tourist area of Ceredigion—would be very sympathetic to her question. Higher education is critical to...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Mark Williams: I thank the hon. Gentleman for spearheading the effort to secure this debate. Does he agree that it is not just a matter of householders’ rights and opportunities? We also need to get broadband right if we are serious about developing the economy in those peripheral areas.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Employment: Environment Protection (24 Feb 2017)

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs in the green economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (9 Feb 2017)

Mark Williams: What plans she has for the future funding of S4C; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: S4C (9 Feb 2017)

Mark Williams: I thank the Secretary of State for her answer. She will be aware of the huge significance of S4C to the people of Wales. When the announcement of a review was made last year, the Government wisely froze the cut to the Department’s share of S4C’s budget. The review has not yet started—it will conclude this year—so will she guarantee again to freeze any proposed cut to S4C’s budget?

Informal European Council: Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) (6 Feb 2017)

Mark Williams: The hon. Gentleman represents a rural constituency, as do I. Would he like to remind the House of the promises that were made to our rural communities, especially bearing in mind the fact that 90% of our exports go to the single market?

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate again; she has had many debates on the topic and I have made the same observation, but I want to say it again. Does she agree that the need to get this right for the business community extends way beyond south Wales to the west of Wales, mid-Wales and the north as well? It is critical that we get this right for businesses right across the...

Severn Bridges — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (31 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: The hon. Lady touches on a point of principle there. The people of Wales pay taxes the same as everyone else. That money goes towards road repairs right across the country, so why should the people of Wales in effect pay twice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Single Market: Jobs (25 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: The Prime Minister has talked of a bold new trading relationship with New Zealand. Will the Secretary of State relay to the Prime Minister—she is here, so he can do so directly—the genuine concern of many Welsh upland farmers that they could lose access to the biggest market on the continent in favour of a market, and direct competitor, on the other side of the world?

Wales Bill: Transferred Ministerial functions (24 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: I will say a few words about clause 46 and Lords amendment 30 on the water protocol. Every time I travel south in my constituency, I go past a famous piece of graffiti that says “Cofiwch Dryweryn” on the outskirts of the village of Llanrhystud. Intermittently, that acceptable bit of graffiti has been vandalised by others. No sooner has it been vandalised than it is restored to glory, as...

Wales Bill: Lending for capital expenditure (24 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: I pay tribute to the right hon. Gentleman for what he has done. My colleague Jenny Randerson greatly enjoyed working with him. He has pushed this agenda forward. One test that he employed at the time was to see whether the settlement would stand the test of time and whether a chapter would be closed—would Wales get used to its new constitutional settlement and would we not have to return to...

S4C (18 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: I beg to move, That this House has considered future arrangements for S4C. I am grateful to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson, and pleased to see the Minister taking his place for this important debate. Perhaps predictably, I want to set out the importance of S4C to Wales, talk about some of its aspirations and plans for the future, show how it hopes to continue playing an important...

S4C (18 Jan 2017)

Mark Williams: I very much agree; the hon. Gentleman is right. I represent a peripheral and Welsh-speaking area, and he has hit the nail on the head. I am sure that the Minister will respond to the point. I was talking about catch-up services and social media and want to make the point that S4C has been hugely responsive in catering for demand. In just a few months, the viewing figure for S4C video content...

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