Results 21–40 of 1631 for speaker:Mr David Gibson-Watt

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Caravan Homes (Rents) (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I think the hon. Gentleman accepts the answer to his original question, that legislation is probably not the best way to deal with this matter. The most realistic way of helping caravan occupiers is, as he said, to have discussion and agreement between representatives of the parties concerned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Derelict Land (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: My right hon. and learned Friend is currently considering the derelict land programme in relation to the many schemes which have been put forward and to the other substantial claims on available resources. He hopes soon to be in a position to determine priorities among the outstanding claims for financial assistance. Meanwhile, I am glad to say that more money is being spent in the current...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Derelict Land (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I welcome the interest of all local authorities in this important work. When the review is produced local authorities will be informed as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Derelict Land (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: We would like very much to increase the allocation for this work. As in all matters, there have to be priorities. We have many other equally important claims on available resources. We should not overlook the fact that on miscellaneous local services alone—of which derelict land clearance forms part—we shall be spending £74·2 million this year, which is an increase of £11 million on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Derelict Land (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: My right hon. and learned Friend is considering this along with many other schemes for which grant aid is being sought and he will come to a decision as soon as possible. Grant has already been paid on the consultants' fees which have been incurred on the scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Derelict Land (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I shall see that the hon. Gentleman's views are conveyed to the Derelict Land Unit. If there is a feeling that we in the Welsh Office are not looking to derelict land problems in North Wales—although the greater number of problems lie in South Wales—I should like to give the assurance that we have the problems of North Wales very much in mind.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Animal Feeding Stuffs (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: My right hon. and learned Friend has received representations from both unions on the subject and I will, at the National Farmers' Union's request, be receiving a deputation tomorrow. On the second part of the Question, I would refer the right hon. Gentleman to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture to the hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe (Mr. Alfred...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Animal Feeding Stuffs (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am grateful for the right hon. Gentleman's preview of the delegation tomorrow. I was not aware that he was a member of the NFU, which I am. No one underestimates the problem of rising feed costs. They have been brought about mainly because of the short Northern Hemisphere harvest last year and heavy buying by Russia and China. Protein prices rose sharply over the year. This is a problem...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Animal Feeding Stuffs (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I do not underestimate the problems to which my hon. Friend refers. These will be taken into account.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Animal Feeding Stuffs (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that the rise in feeding stuff costs bears more heavily on milk farmers than on others. A few months ago pig farmers shared the problem, but there has been an improvement in their position. However, in the first six months of this year milk farmers have done fairly well. It is the final six months of the year that give cause for concern. That is why I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital (Bridgend) (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: A site has been chosen and the process of acquisition is in train. Work on the new hospital is planned to start in 1977.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital (Bridgend) (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: My information is that the new hospital at Bridgend will not be affected by that to which the hon. Gentleman refers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Building (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hospital building programme will be adjusted to take account of the rephasing announced by the Government last month. The detailed effect on individual schemes will depend on the outcome of the study now being prepared by the Welsh Hospital Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Building (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I shall look specifically into the point the hon. Member has raised because I do not have the answer this afternoon. The new pharmacy at Neath General Hospital will be started in 1974 instead of in the last quarter of this year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Building (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: Yes, and I will write to the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Staffs (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: It is not possible to give a generalised answer, since the incidence and effect of staff shortages vary If the hon. Member has any particular hospital or particular category of staff in mind I will gladly look into it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hospital Staffs (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: The hon. Gentleman has raised a number of separate points. I am sure that the first point he raises refers to Mrs. Higgs. If this is the case, I can only say about that sad occurrence that shortage of staff was one of the reasons why her operation needed to be postponed. The general question of the closing of smaller hospitals in the valleys and elsewhere is a matter which this and previous...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: In the first nine months of 1973, 2,558 houses were built in the public sector in Wales and private house completions totalled 8,412. The data for corresponding periods from 1966 will be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The downward trend in house completions which began in 1967 has not yet been halted, but I am glad to say that completions of houses in the private sector reached a record...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am sure that every hon. Member agrees that one could juggle with the figures. The real prob- lem is that of human need. If we take the total number of houses in the private and public sectors, and the number of houses improved and therefore kept in the housing sector, the figures show that there were 25,893 in 1970 and 42,621 in 1972.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Housing (12 Nov 1973)

Mr David Gibson-Watt: I think that what my hon. Friend the Member for Flint, West (Sir A. Meyer) is saying about global housing figures has a great deal of common sense in it. One cannot judge the problems of one area of Wales by looking at the global figure.


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