Results 121–140 of 2062 for speaker:Mr Emlyn Hooson

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman presently. The hon. and learned Gentleman referred to Clause 37 on the industrial and economic guidelines. I was present when it was suggested that there would be a very dangerous relationship between the Assembly, the Welsh Development Agency and the Development Board for Rural Wales. The hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell), for example, said...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: As the hon. Gentleman knows, there is a totally different atmosphere in Committee upstairs and we should have had a much more careful scrutiny of the clauses of the Bill, as every hon. and right hon. Gentleman knows.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I was referring to the relationship between the Assembly and Parliament. There is no provision in this Bill which in any way allows the undermining of the sovereignty of this House. To suggest the contrary is to fly in the face of the evidence. The proposed Assembly is a typical subordinate body. It does not even have minor primary legislative powers.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Of course there is scope for conflict. The hon. Member does not have to emphasise that. As the right hon. Member for Anglesey (Mr. Hughes) has pointed out, there was great scope for conflict when the county councils were first set up, and it was perfectly well resolved. There is and was scope for conflict between the EEC and this House. For example, the Minister of Agriculture is engaged in...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I respectfully agree with that suggestion.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I shall not give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman is never brief.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I want now to deal with the relationship between the Assembly and local authorities. Many people have the impression, from what has gone out from these debates, that the Assembly has power to reform and change local government. As we all know, it has no such power. It is charged with the duty of review. I believe that there is need for a review, but whether there would be changes as a result...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I think that the right answer is to have a formula. When the rate deficiency grant is worked out there is a formula. Certain percentage points are attributed to various things. There is a balancing factor for sparsity, for example. We have been arguing recently that it should be increased. Discussions were conducted between my party and the Government on the actual grant this year, and this...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill (9 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: I shall not give way again. I want also to deal with the issue of the Welsh language. I regret that a great deal has been made in debates in Committee of the suggestion that if we had a Welsh Assembly there would in some way be scope for Welsh extremists to push the language issue, and that it would become divisive. I do not think that that will happen. It is a bogy man that has been...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Commencement (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: rose—

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Commencement (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Why does the hon. Gentleman fight his battle with the nationalists in the House rather than at the hustings?

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Employment Opportunities of Welsh Speakers (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Although there are superficially attractive arguments in favour of the new clause and of Amendment No. 9, I think that they should be rejected. I believe that these proposals are highly divisive. I do not doubt the motives of those who tabled these provisions, and I know that there is a certain amount of fear in the House that language somehow will be used by the minority in the Assembly as a...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Is the hon. Gentleman able to give the House an absolute assurance that the Conservative Party has no intention of allowing the Development Board for Rural Wales to be taken over by the WDA?

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: Surely the hon. Gentleman is confused about this matter. As I understand the position, Mr. Gray, is the Chief Executive and is in the same position, therefore, as a civil servant.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The hon. Gentleman is getting confused. No one is suggesting that the Assembly should take over the job of the Chief Executive.

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: The dichotomy of the Conservative Benches is very interesting. As I listen to the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Edwards) and others speaking during these debates I gather that it is their view that Wales will be disadvantaged by the Assembly, and yet the view of the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Budgen) is clearly that Wales has a potentially unfair advantage in having an...

Orders of the Day — Wales Bill: Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales (3 May 1978)

Mr Emlyn Hooson: If he had no such intention the hon. Member would not have used such generalised words. He would have been more specific. The words "to see what improvements can be made" could mean anything. And when one marries that to the actual words he used in January, that nothing had made him change his mind about the belief that the rural development board should not have been separated, as it has...


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