Mr David Gibson-Watt: No, Sir.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Private sector completions rose from 9,174 in 1971 to 10,635 in 1972. Nearly all these dwellings were for owner-occupation. Co-ownership societies built 313 dwellings in 1972 as against 42 in 1971.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes, Sir, Although the pattern is patchy, many local authorities are now coming round to our view that to sell houses to their tenants is the right policy.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I must go back to my reply to Question No. 2. The total in the public sector and the private sector and of both the public and private sectors for improvement grants has risen since 1968 from 26,189 to 41,000 and over.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: No, Sir. The Welsh Hospital Board's plans are improving the consultancy services in these specialties for South, West and Mid-Wales and I see no reason to change them.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am more than prepared to investigate both those cases carefully. I shall be glad if the hon. and learned Gentleman will get in touch with me. Regarding the general policy on paediatrics in South-West Wales, both he and I have very deep concern, but the Welsh Hospital Board's plans, which accord with the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer, provide for two consultants in each of...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes, I certainly will.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: As I said, I have for a long time been aware of this problem. However, it is one thing to be aware of it and another to be able to fill the posts which the Welsh Hospital Board has offered. There is one permanent and one locum consultant in ENT at Carmarthen and approval has been given for the appointment of a consultant who will replace the locum. There is one consultant paediatrician in...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am obliged to the hon. and learned Gentleman for allowing me to answer him straightaway. The final decision will remain, in the area which he was discussing as well as in the rest of Wales, with the Secretary of State for Wales.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I hope that it will be for the convenience of the House if at this point I intervene briefly in the debate. I hope too that the hon. Member for Acton (Mr. Spearing) will forgive me if I do not immediately take up the points which he made in his speech. This Bill carries out the Government's promise to set up a Welsh National Water Development Authority. The Government were greatly helped...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: This point was raised earlier. The term "Secretary of State" is interchangeable as Secretaries of State are one and indivisible.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will allow me to answer the point. In the Welsh context it means the Secretary of State for Wales. I hope that what I have said will make him happy.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: If my hon. Friend will be patient, I shall be making a reference a little later which covers the point he has made. However, I am grateful to him for raising it. Paragraph 42 of Schedule 3 also provides that should it be necessary at any time for land to be acquired in connection with the construction and operation of a reservoir in Wales by the Severn-Trent Authority, this land will be...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I think the hon. Gentleman will agree that any Secretary of State would have to face this problem in view of the Crowther Commission. The Secretary of State will have to come to the House and propose an order which will be subject to the approval of both Houses of Parliament.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: In framing it we shall be guided by decisions which Parliament will take on the form of constitution proposed for the regional water authorities. In particular, I assure the House that if the proposal that there should be a local authority majority on the English regional water authorities is found to be acceptable, the interim Welsh authority, too, will have a majority of members from local...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I beg leave to disagree with the hon. and learned Gentleman. Although his knowledge of the law is probably greater than mine, I think that when he looks at the Bill more carefully he will find these two points are covered. There is no question of the Secretary of State for Wales not being the Secretary of State responsible in the final event for what happens in that part of Wales which comes...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: The authority is perfectly straight. The Secretary of State for Wales is responsible for planning matters in Wales.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: The right hon. Gentleman will find this matter is adequately covered.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: The right hon. Gentleman must forgive me.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I will give way if the right hon. Gentleman will be very quick.