Results 1–20 of 497 for speaker:Mr Keith Raffan

Business of the House (12 Mar 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: As my right hon. Friend will be aware, the Secretary of State for Wales told the Welsh Grand Committee on 12 February that he would seek a meeting of the Committee before the general election on the subject of the structure of government in Wales. Why has that debate not been held, particularly as devolution is such an important election issue and the Scots have already had two debates on the...

Local Government (Wales) (3 Mar 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the 23 unitary authorities that he proposes make an all-Wales co-ordinating authority all the more necessary to discuss and decide upon major strategic planning, infrastructure and transport issues? Will he further agree that the savings that he envisages from a move to unitary authorities would more than cover the cost of running such an all-Wales authority?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: It was a mistake.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: The Welsh day debate is the highlight of the parliamentary year for the Principality. It is one of the far too few occasions when Welsh matters can be debated on the Floor of the House. That is yet a further strong argument why we need another debating forum for Welsh affairs. We need one not just as an all-Wales strategic tier on top of the unitary authorities, which I hope we will shortly...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: Does the hon. Gentleman—I almost called him my hon. Friend, which he certainly was in the Select Committee—agree thatmes what he has said about the Government's response to the Select Committee report simply emphasises the urgent need for Select Committee reports to be fully debated, and for the Government to be brought at least to the Welsh Grand Committee, if not to the Floor of the...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: Of course, it is two weeks since my right hon. Friend raised this matter in the Welsh Grand Committee. He said that discussions were continuing through the usual channels. Does that mean that one of the Opposition parties is creating an obstruction to holding the debate and delaying it? I am sure that my right hon. Friend is being diplomatic, but will he confirm that that may be so?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: While historical quotations arc interesting, and the Leader of the Opposition will shortly be history, my right hon. Friend has given an estimate of the cost of an assembly. Can he also give the House the estimated savings of going to unitary authorities? Does he not agree that the situation has changed totally since the last referendum? The Government must tackle this issue in the current...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Wales) (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: Before coming to my main remarks I should like to express strong support for the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd, North-West (Sir A. Meyer) about the Rhuddlan bypass, which is important not only to the town of Rhyl in his constituency but to the town of Prestatyn in my own. Both towns depend heavily on the tourist industry, and it is important that access to them is easy. The...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Wales) (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: Yes, but rather than giving blanket assistance to all people in a community council area, it would have been far better in the first place to direct it towards those individuals who have suffered particularly badly. My right hon. Friends on the Treasury Bench regard the council tax as a safe haven from the poll tax. They believe that the storms will abate and that we shall sail into smoother...

Orders of the Day — Home Rule (Scotland) Bill (7 Feb 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: Looking at the recent opinion poll, surely my hon. Friend accepts that nothing is more likely to drive the Scottish people towards the extreme position of independence or separation than for the Government to do what they are doing now, and rigidly to maintain their anti-devolutionary stance? That is what is happening and that is what is splitting the Scottish Conservative party. Many of its...

Business of the House (30 Jan 1992)

Mr Keith Raffan: In view of the fact that the Scottish Grand Committee is to debate the constitutional question and the implications of devolution, will my right hon. Friend assure the House that the Welsh Grand Committee will be given a similar opportunity to discuss those matters as they relate to Wales?

Welsh Development Agency Bill (28 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: I agree with some of the comments made by the hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Mr. Rowlands), especially about the paucity of the information available to us about existing skills in Wales, the skills that we need and therefore the importance of a skills audit. He is also right to say that it is at a local level that we can best assess the skills that are needed. My worry about...

Welsh Development Agency Bill (28 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: We discussed that with the Minister for Public Transport in the Select Committee. Ministers sometimes change jobs so quickly that I cannot keep up with who is in the post. Several important points came out of that Select Committee discussion. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will understand that I want to avoid getting bogged down in detail, but it appears at times that the Department of...

Welsh Development Agency Bill (28 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: I will bring my speech directly back to the WDA. I will forgive the hon. Gentleman for having distracted me. If the WDA is to be given every opportunity to do what it should do for the economy of Wales, it must not be held back by a lack of adequate transport infrastructure. A team effort has been made to attract inward investment, and in Delyn it is between the WDA, the Welsh Office and the...

Welsh Development Agency Bill (28 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, if Britain does not sign up to European monetary union and is outside the inner currency circle, there will be pressure on many of the overseas companies that have located in Wales to relocate elsewhere in Europe—and that Wales would then lose many of the benefits achieved by the WDA over the past 10 years?

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (5 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: The issues for debate today are rights, freedoms and responsibilities. Like the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. McAllion), I wish to address them in the context of constitutional reform of the future government of Wales, at both local and national level. It may be thought that my party would be wise to approach all matters relating to the reform of local government—its functions, format...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (5 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: It is not just the Labour party that proposes devolution. Many other parties do. Indeed, my party proposed devolution way back in the late 1960s—almost before the hon. Gentleman was even thought of, and certainly before the present policy of his party was thought of. He may wish to refer to the declaration of Perth, and the Scottish devolution policy that the Conservative party then very...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities (5 Nov 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: The right hon. Gentleman has told the House that a Labour Government would introduce a devolution Bill for Scotland, but what about Wales? Why has Wales been left out? Will he tell us when a Bill for Wales would be introduced if the Labour party were returned to power?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Labour Statistics (21 Oct 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming today's announcement by Knitmesh in my constituency that it is to create 67 new full-time jobs and 58 part-time ones? Will he also join me in congratulating British Aerospace at Broughton on securing the Japanese air self-defence contract with 27 British Aerospace jets? Does my right hon. Friend agree that those announcements bode extremely well...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Health Service (21 Oct 1991)

Mr Keith Raffan: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the doctors, nurses and ancillary staff at Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor hospitals on treating 1,000 more patients this year than originally expected? Does my right hon. Friend agree that that is yet further evidence of the excellent national health service available to those living in the Clwyd health authority area?

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