Results 201–220 of 1631 for speaker:Mr David Gibson-Watt

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Finance (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I could not with certainty give the hon. Gentleman an accurate answer. I shall write to him about it, but I doubt that it is less.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Finance (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I shall look into that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cwmbran New Town (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The proposals submitted last year by the development corporation then estimated a cost per acre to the corporation, allowing for a variety of land uses, of about £5,500. The number of privately-built dwellings for sale would be about 900. In accordance with Government policy some of the 1,400 corporation houses to be built might also be purchased in due course. It is impossible at this stage...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cwmbran New Town (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Member is introducing a number of separate issues. I accept what he says about the figures I have given him. They are based on last year's cost but they are the latest available. This year's cost would certainly be higher. As for his other points, he raised some of them in his letter to the Secretary of State, and in the answer to that letter I think that my right hon. and learned...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing Cost Yardsticks (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes, Sir. Since the introduction of the special allowance no scheme submitted to the Welsh Office for approval has had to be abandoned on cost grounds.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing Cost Yardsticks (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I accept what my hon. Friend says. There are certainly problems in this part of West Wales. In the same way as I said I would meet representatives of Swansea with their Members of Parliament, I should be happy to do the same for my hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing Cost Yardsticks (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I do not accept that we have been unrealistic over this matter. The yardstick has been a matter of controversy for some time and it would not he possible for the Government at present to go further than its present position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Food Prices (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Responsibility for food prices lies with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Food Prices (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman needs to bang on about that last point. I can only say that the transfer of functions order which was passed by his Government in 1969 precludes me from giving him an answer on his first point.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Food Prices (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I do not in any way underestimate the importance of food prices. As I said in my original answer, however, and in my reply to the first supplementary question, this does not fall to me to answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Food Prices (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman has made a fairly sweeping statement. I should like to have, sometime, an opportunity to look at it.

Orders of the Day — Mid-Wales (Medical Services) (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I welcome the opportunity to talk about this subject tonight in response to the hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Elystan Morgan) and the hon. and learned Member for Montgomery (Mr. Hooson). I wish to take up at once one point made by the hon. and learned Gentleman, who was inclined to say that the first suggestion of an inquiry came only when those cases occurred the other day. I assure him that...

Orders of the Day — Mid-Wales (Medical Services) (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I was not referring in my speech to paragraph 27 of the Bonham Carter Report. But I agree, and I have been saying in my speech, that Mid-Wales is a very exceptional place. The hon. Member asked me earlier today a question to which I had to give him an off-the-cuff answer. He wanted an assurance that the percentage of total capital expenditure on the hospital services received by the Mid-Wales...

Orders of the Day — Mid-Wales (Medical Services) (26 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am distressed that the hon. Member should take that attitude. The shortage of doctors in the hospital service is fully recognised and we are doing something about it. We have announced plans to increase the number of students for suitable places in medical schools: the target figure and annual intake of 4,100 by the late 1970s compares with the present intake of about 3,000. It must be...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Improvement Grants) (12 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: That is correct.

Orders of the Day — Housing (Improvement Grants) (12 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I remind my hon. Friend that I, too, come from the West Midlands.

Orders of the Day — Housing (Improvement Grants) (12 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Rhondda, West (Mr. Alec Jones) on initiating this debate. It has turned out to be extremely interesting and wide-ranging, and a number of points have been made by various right hon. and hon. Members. It has been highly constructive. As has been said, this matter is of such concern and importance that there is not much division in the House about...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Improvement Grants) (12 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I would certainly say that both the building labour force and building materials—which, as the hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mr. McBride) knows, are in short supply—are affected. The total number of houses in both the public and private sectors is to some extent being affected by the number of people and the amount of materials employed in improvement grant work. Representatives of the...

Orders of the Day — Housing (Improvement Grants) (12 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, since what he has said allows me to underline what I said a little earlier, namely, that whereas I hoped to see as many houses as possible improved I would not wish to disagree with those councils who would not give discretionary grants for this purpose. We must leave it to the councils. The debate has ranged fairly widely and I am grateful to all those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing Construction (5 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: No, Sir. A task force would not be appropriate to deal with the problems of house building.


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