Results 301–320 of 1631 for speaker:Mr David Gibson-Watt

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

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman was present during a recent debate in the early hours of the morning when this subject was dealt with. The new housing subsidies replacing the old outdated and indiscriminate system will concentrate financial help where it is most needed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: House Prices (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Statistics are not kept on the basis of particular types of dwellings in specific towns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: House Prices (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The way to keep house prices down is to build more houses. In Swansea 50 per cent. more houses were under construction in the first nine months of this year than in the same period in 1971. On the question of gazumping, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General gave to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) on 6th November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: House Prices (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Certainly. The question of land in South-East Wales has been concerning my right hon. and learned Friend and myself. We take every opportunity of encouraging local authorities to release land wherever possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Office Space (Newtown) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am fully aware of the importance to Newtown of securing tenants for the new offices and I have this very much in mind whenever Government Departments and public authorities require new accommodation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Office Space (Newtown) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: If the hon. and learned Gentleman is asking me to give priority to Newtown I am afraid that would not be possible. Other towns have strong claims. I am sure he will share my pleasure that the tenders for the office block have recently been accepted and that work is expected to start early next year, for completion by the end of 1974.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Carmarthen — Pembroke Dock Road (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Five schemes for the improvement of sections of the road between St. Clears and Nash are included in the firm programme for commencement within the next two years. Three others for building dual carriageways for a total of 10 miles of the Carmarthen to St. Clears road, including the bypassing of Carmarthen, are in the preparation pool.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Carmarthen — Pembroke Dock Road (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am aware of all those points. The Government have spent a considerable amount of money on the M4 in South Wales. We intend to press on as hard as we can in this direction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: New Houses (Purchase) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The National House Builders Registration Council's scheme already provides a large measure of protection and the Defective Premises Act will come into force on 1st January 1974. The Law Commission is studying the problem of gazumping.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: New Houses (Purchase) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: As I said on an earlier Question, the whole matter of gazumping was answered by my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney- General some time ago. It is certainly a difficult problem which the Law Commission has been studying.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: New Houses (Purchase) (18 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: If the hon. Member has any particular problem he wants to draw to my attention, please let him do so. With regard to the general matter of the NHBRC, the council still believes that it is important that it should maintain its present character. Local authorities have been recommended to lend only on new houses covered by the scheme and the Building Societies Association has made a similar...

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

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Glamorgan County Council, the highway authority, is carrying out preliminary survey work. My right hon. and learned Friend awaits its proposals.

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

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I would not disagree with the hon. Member about the importance of the matter. I believe he wrote to the Welsh Office in December 1971 about it. All I would say is that it is a matter for the local authority concerned.

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman can carry on with his speech. I am still here.

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Member can say it to me in my right hon. and learned Friend's absence.

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am glad that the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydvil (Mr. Rowlands) raised this subject for debate. If his speech fell below his usual level it was perhaps because he spent so much time in attacking individuals and the Government of which he was a member. I had hoped to hear from him some reference to his own local authority and what it has done, not only under this Government but the previous...

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I was saying that Governments of both sides have had to deal with the problem of dwindling and moving populations.

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Member should allow me to make my speech and contain himself, even if he contains too much. The problems have been with us for some time. It was for this reason that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State welcomed the idea proposed at a meeting last October of a Heads of the Valleys study. The need for such a study was recognised by all present—hon. Members and...

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I shall deal with that on another occasion. Although within the area, they are not included within the Heads of the Valleys area.

Heads of the Valleys Authorities (6 Dec 1972)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: All right, but I hope that the hon. Gentleman will join with me in being glad that the figures are considerably better. Certain areas need more special treatment. That is why we introduced the Industry Act, which provides a powerful range of incentives to investment in areas, such as the Heads of the Valleys, which need extra job opportunities. We have set up in Wales an Industrial...


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