Mr Tudor Watkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his approach to the Price Review is something to which we have been looking forward, especially after the recommendations of the Select Committee on Agriculture? Can my right hon. Friend spell out what will be done in hill farming areas to assist those who have had a very bad deal in the last year or two?
Mr Tudor Watkins: I should have liked to follow what the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr. Michael Shaw) said. He will find, as I go along, that I agree with what he has been saying about Clause 8. I do not wish to disappoint my hon. Friends but I heartily agree with them on the real necessity of bringing in a Bill of this nature but I differ with them over Clause 8. It was a great pleasure for me...
Mr Tudor Watkins: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Westmorland (Mr. Jopling) because for two years he and I served on the Select Committee on Agriculture, as did his hon. Friends immediately in front and one to his left. I therefore have an audience which I can address directly. I do not quarrel with the party opposite for initiating the debate, but one has to be careful in the selection of a subject....
Mr Tudor Watkins: I shall join the Government in the Lobby tonight because I have a love for the people of Mid Wales. To the party which the hon. Member for Hereford (Mr. Gibson-Watt) represents on the Front Bench opposite, I must pay this tribute. Time and again, we had White Papers in which the previous Government quoted specific instances in which, they said, something must be done for this part of Mid...
Mr Tudor Watkins: Certainly. The Conservatives could not have got it through if they had not been in Government. The object of the Board is to draw up a programme of action—in co-operation with those concerned: I admit that right away. At the same time it is to improve public services, which is a very costly thing, and communications. I hope that will be better done than has been done in all respects by...
Mr Tudor Watkins: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will initiate discussions with a view to amending the Water Resources Act, 1963, to relieve the hardship being encountered by people who have to pay an annual fee of £5 to river authorities for abstracting water.
Mr Tudor Watkins: Have all the river authorities in Wales, in addition to the Severn and Wye River Authorities, shown interest in this?
Mr Tudor Watkins: asked the Secretary of State for Wales what additional moneys have been allocated to each of the highway authorities in Wales as a winter programme for improvement and maintenance to be completed by 31st March, 1970.
Mr Tudor Watkins: Would the Secretary of State kindly look up the figure for Brecon-shire and Radnorshire? Will he be able to increase the amount because of possible redundancies in Breconshire?
Mr Tudor Watkins: When these Welsh Accounts are published will my right hon. Friend consider, with the authorities of the House, if the Welsh Estimates can be considered in the Welsh Grand Committee?
Mr Tudor Watkins: What effect will this Report have on the implementation of the proposals contained in the White Paper on Wales?
Mr Tudor Watkins: asked the Lord President of the Council when he expects to issue a White Paper containing his observations on the Special Report from the Select Committee on Agriculture.
Mr Tudor Watkins: May I express to my right hon. Friend my bitter disappointment that he cannot issue a White Paper, since the Committee spent a good deal of time analysing, as the first specialist Committee, the workings and the future and the attitude of the Executive towards specialist Committees? I should have thought that a White Paper was the very thing to discuss in the House.
Mr Tudor Watkins: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will indicate the key topics which have been discussed by the Welsh Council since its inception; whether he is satisfied with the work of the three Panels; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr Tudor Watkins: What is the reason for the fact that, despite the great deal of publicity and Press comment at the inception of this Council, we now do not hear about it? Can we have periodic reports, apart from the annual Report or White Paper?
Mr Tudor Watkins: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will indicate the date when he is likely to give a decision following the public local inquiry at Brecon at the end of January last into an application for an order by the Usk River Authority to enter land in the Usk and Senni Valleys, Breconshire, for the construction of reservoirs.
Mr Tudor Watkins: asked the Minister of Power what was the capacity and the capital cost of new generating plant ordered by the Central Electricity Generating Board during the four years 1961 to 1964 and during the four years 1965 to 1968.
Mr Tudor Watkins: Will the Minister tell the House what efforts have been made to bring capacity and demand into balance?
Mr Tudor Watkins: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware of how much money the Government are spending in new town extension over the next seven years?
Mr Tudor Watkins: Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am not anxious that he should resign from hispost? Will he say how this Review matches the unanimous and specific conclusions of the Select Committee on Agriculture, which reported recently?