Results 261–280 of 1631 for speaker:Mr David Gibson-Watt

Orders of the Day — Water Bill (5 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I do not see that there is a great deal of point in giving way to the right hon. Gentleman. If he will be kind enough to listen, I shall be coming to those two points. The headquarters is the very next point to which I am coming. The new authority will be a very important public service, and the location of its headquarters and other major offices and works centres will be a matter of...

Orders of the Day — Water Bill (5 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I have no knowledge where the centre will be. I cannot give the right hon. Gentleman the answer to that question. I am dealing with specific points regarding the Welsh National Water Development Authority. In addition to the general powers in respect of recreation and amenity which would be common to all water authorities, the Bill places special responsibilities on the Welsh authority in...

Orders of the Day — Water Bill (5 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I should be grateful if the right hon. Gentleman would not paraphrase my speech but would, instead, look at what I said in HANSARD tomorrow. The right hon. Gentleman has made a bad speech so far, and I hope that it will be better from now on.

Orders of the Day — Merthyr Tydvil (Housing Commissioner) (2 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am glad the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydvil (Mr. Rowlands) raised this matter because it gives me the opportunity to put the record straight and at the same time to correct a few misconceptions that appear to be current in the area of Merthyr and, indeed, in the constituency of the hon. Member for Bedwellty (Mr. Kinnock) at Bedwas and Machen. I cannot see how there can be any...

Orders of the Day — Merthyr Tydvil (Housing Commissioner) (2 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: With respect, I listened carefully to the hon. Gentleman's speech. I hope that he will allow me to make mine in my own way. It is my intention to answer his points. On the facts that were available to him about rent levels and comparable rent levels elsewhere, my right hon. and learned Friend directed that an increase of 55p be made in 1972–73 as a stage towards fair rents, but in order to...

Orders of the Day — Merthyr Tydvil (Housing Commissioner) (2 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman uses a lot of words, which he can look at tomorrow in HANSARD, not all of which I have used in my speech. However, I notice he does not deny what I am saying. I am merely pointing out—it is only right that I should do so—the position of the councillors and that the powers and duties of the district auditor are precisely the same whether or not the Secretary of State...

Orders of the Day — Merthyr Tydvil (Housing Commissioner) (2 Feb 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman is less than fair to me. He has taken up a good part of the time. I will, if I may, go on to that part of my speech which deals with this matter. When my right hon. and learned Friend gives a direction under Section 62(4) for an increase of less than £1 the allocation of increases is left to the discretion of the council. The same must apply to a housing commissioner...

Orders of the Day — Derelict Land (31 Jan 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Will the hon. Gentleman make clear to me and to the House whether he is now referring to derelict land clearance or to the "Operation Eyesore" programme?

Orders of the Day — Derelict Land (31 Jan 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am glad to rise to answer this short but valuable debate. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor (Mr. Roderick) for initiating it. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Barry (Mr. Gower) for underlining the importance of tourism. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Merioneth (Mr. William Edwards) who spoke of the importance of the possible disposal of land which is...

Orders of the Day — Derelict Land (31 Jan 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Elystan Morgan) has raised two very important points. I must point out that to some extent this debate is limited to Class VI, Vote 4, F 4(4), though this in no way diminishes the importance of what lie has said. On the railway point, I can only refer to what I said to his hon. Friend the Member for Merioneth (Mr. William Edwards). On the hon. Gentleman's...

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The Minister of State, Welsh Office (Mr. David Gibson-Watt) rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Nursery Education (21 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given earlier today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science to the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher).

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Nursery Education (21 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Nursery Education (21 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: If my hon. Friend will get in touch with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science, she will be able to speak to him about it.

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: There have been many things in the hon. Gentleman's speech on which I could have intervened, but I was holding myself in. Will the hon. Gentleman tell me what he is really worried about?

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I have heard most of this debate, with the exception of one or two speeches. I certainly heard the speech of the hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Elystan Morgan). We on this side have a little difficulty hearing him because he spends a good deal of time trying to convince the faithful. Although his profile and his back are excellent in every way, he should allow us to hear a little of the...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: My hon. Friend must not lead me away from my theme, but he is on to something. I agreed with part of the speech of the hon. Member for Cardigan, but he was not on to a very good thing when arguing with my right hon. and learned Friend about communications. He did not put up a very impressive case. He will understand the phrase if I say that it was a bit of old-fashioned police court advocacy...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: My hon. Friend the Member for Denbigh (Mr. Geraint Morgan) spoke about Colcon. I realise what this must mean to any hon. Member through whose constituency such a major road goes. In July this year my right hon. and learned Friend published his preferred line for the A55 St. Asaph to Aber "Colcon" road. We have, therefore, already taken extensive steps to publicise this matter in a document...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. One other point arises on a pleasantry from the right hon. Gentleman on the subject of a firm making French toiletries, to which he referred in a joking way. That was about foreign firms coming into Wales. What is important in all this is that we must not run any risk of suggesting that firms of this sort, where 850 jobs are involved, a third of...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I should like to finish. Unless there were exceptional circumstances, it has been the practice to renew the grant when it falls due in respect of any service not currently the subject of a formal closure proposal. Therefore, so far as Wales is concerned, I hope we may expect that the same number of grants will be made next year as this. One special case is the Cambrian coast line. Hon....


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