Results 281–300 of 1631 for speaker:Mr David Gibson-Watt

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am not giving way to the hon. Gentleman. He exceeded his time by three minutes, as he normally does. I do not intend to give way to him. I cannot add anything to what I have said on the subject of railways.

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes. In winding up I want to review the important areas of Government activity in Wales for which my right hon. and learned Friend has given me special responsibility. Apart from housing, one of my major responsibilities in Wales is for health. There has been steady progress in the improvement of health and welfare services. Gross expenditure on the health services in 1970–71 reached more...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The expansion of the social services will need many more trained social workers, and the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work came into being on 1st October 1971 charged with providing training facilities in England and Wales. A Welsh committee of the Council is being established on which worker and employer interests will be represented, together with officials of my...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: It appears that the right hon. Gentleman is not interested in matters of health and hospitals.

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am not sitting down for the right hon. Gentleman. He is too rude. He spoke this afternoon for 49 minutes, and it was 49 minutes too long. Before I leave the subject of the local authority personal social services—

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I should be grateful if the right hon. Gentleman would contain himself. Before I leave the subject of the local authority personal social services, I should like to pay tribute to the valuable rôle voluntary people have played, and will continue to play, in their development. The Council of Social Service for Wales and Monmouthshire deserves a special mention here, with all the many...

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Another means of promoting development in local authority social services is through the urban programme. Since 1971 we have approved 135 capital projects costing £2¾ million, submitted by 31 local authorities, and 69 non-capital projects costing nearly £200,000 submitted by 19 local authorities. The programme is intended to raise the level of social services in areas of social need.

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The right hon. Gentleman must listen to my answer. The House has been inquiring about 2½ years of the stewardship of my right hon. Friend and myself at the Welsh Office. I am telling the House about some of the things which the Government have done for Wales. [Interruption.] It is about time that the right hon. Gentleman got rid of his debating tactics and listened to the debate....

Welsh Affairs (19 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: It does not surprise me that the question of agriculture was not raised by the Opposition. Agriculture happens to be a buoyant and confident industry at the moment. Three years ago farmers generally were desperately concerned. During the last three years we have changed to a situation in which output, particularly of livestock, is rising rapidly. This is a situation which has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Livestock (Export) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Publicity for individual breeds is a matter for the breed societies and breeders concerned. I hope that they will make full use of the facilities available from the Government's export services and from export promotion organisations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Livestock (Export) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. and learned Gentleman will realise that in the past I was Chairman of the Livestock Export Council and I therefore have some knowledge of this matter. Knowing that the hon. and learned Gentleman has great knowledge of the Welsh Black Cattle Society, last night as a matter of urgency, I spoke to the president of the society and he told me that the exports of Welsh black cattle are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Queensferry Bypass (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I have nothing further to add to the answer given to the hon. Member on 10th April.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Queensferry Bypass (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I cannot accept the hon. Gentleman's winding up comment. I am aware that there has been congestion in the area to which the Question refers, and the Department has been concerned about it for some time. Although the construction of a temporary flyover could afford some relief, it would take some time to design and erect and would be likely to cause additional complications on this restricted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Singleton Hospital, Swansea (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The Welsh Hospital Board has just issued a consultation document on its proposals for the hospital service in the Swansea area. It is therefore not appropriate for me to make a statement at this stage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Singleton Hospital, Swansea (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am aware of the problem. I visited Swansea about two years ago and discussed with representatives of the council the question of the medical school. Although I understand the hon. Gentleman's concern, it is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science, and any question about Sketty Lane must be a matter for the council.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Council Housing (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The new subsidy system concentrates resources on people and areas in need; special yardstick allowances were introduced last month; and the clearance of slums will, I hope, be speeded up as a result of the new special subsidy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Council Housing (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that there are other ways of building houses and that it is for the local authorities to determine their own needs. Officials of the Welsh Office will continue to give whatever help and encouragement is necessary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Council Housing (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I cannot agree with the right hon. Gentleman. He says that the house building figures are bad this year, but taken as a whole they are not bad.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Council Housing (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: That was not what the hon. Gentleman said. If the figures as a whole are coupled with the great success of improvement grants, it will be seen that the housing position in Wales is much better than Opposition Members try to make out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Council Housing (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Over 4,000.


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