Results 1–20 of 670 for speaker:Mr Rod Richards

Prayers: Education (Vale of Glamorgan) (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: My hon. Friend will be aware of the scandalous way in which Conwy county borough council has deceived parents in my constituency. The council claims that there have been cuts in its budget. Will my hon. Friend nail that lie once and for all? Will he tell the House, the country and my constituents how much more cash Conwy county borough council will have to spend in the forthcoming financial...

Prayers: Education (Vale of Glamorgan) (19 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Is my hon. Friend aware of a similar scandal in my constituency? Conwy county borough council has told deliberate lies to the schools in my constituency in order to cover up the reason for cutting school budgets. It has calculated the expenditure required for schools and deducted from it the income that schools expect to receive from nursery vouchers. Where in any accounting practice does one...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Inward Investment (17 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what action has been taken to encourage more inward investment in Wales outside the eastern M4 and A55 corridors. [18835]

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Inward Investment (17 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his announcement of new targets for investment outside the M4 and A55 corridors and in rural Wales? What measures does he propose to enhance the quality of life throughout rural Wales following the publication of the rural White Paper last year?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Opposition Day: Public Responsibility For Social Justice (10 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: My right hon. Friend has struck at the very heart of the nationalists' argument. Is he aware that, in Wales in 1994–95, the last year for which figures are available, the fiscal deficit was £5.7 billion, and that the total tax take from all sources was £9.9 billion, which means that taxes right across the board in Wales would have to be raised by about 57 per cent. merely to maintain the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the rate of unemployment in every constituency in Wales is lower than that in Germany and France? Does he agree that if the United Kingdom were to copy the European social model, as the Dollies opposite would have us do, unemployment in Wales would double?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: Arts (Private Sector Sponsorship) (3 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what steps she is taking to encourage private sector sponsorship of the arts. [16709]

Oral Answers to Questions — National Heritage: Arts (Private Sector Sponsorship) (3 Mar 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that, although the North Wales music festival attracts widespread support from the private sector, it is continually looking for new sponsors? Will he join me in congratulating North Wales Blue Grass festival—[Laughter.] Opposition Members may laugh, but it is not a festival to celebrate the French victory over England at...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: The hon. Gentleman has been a distinguished Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee, and I for one shall miss him when he departs the House after the general election. He was saying how effective the Committee has been as a watchdog on the Government. Does he agree that it is a great shame that those who watch the affairs of the House in some detail, and write and comment on them, have not...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: I, too, begin by paying tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Conwy (Sir W. Roberts) for his long service and contribution, as a Member of this House and as a Minister, to his constituents and to the people of Wales. The right hon. Member for Llanelli (Mr. Davies) made an interesting contribution, as always. He commented on the speech that I made during last Thursday's debate on the...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that an assembly would have no executive but merely advisory powers? Is he saying that it would have only the power to advise the Secretary of State?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Will the hon. Gentleman clarify what he is saying? If a Welsh Assembly would take the place of the Welsh Office, it would have no executive powers and merely advise the Secretary of State. Perhaps he does not understand how the Welsh Office works.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: Therefore a Welsh Assembly would assume the powers of the Secretary of State. Will the hon. Gentleman therefore tell us—[Horn. MEMBERS: "No."] The point is very interesting. What would be the Secretary of State's role in the Cabinet? Would he be a messenger boy from the assembly to the Cabinet—or would there be a Secretary of State?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: I will let the hon. Gentleman think on that for a moment. My understanding of the proposed assembly is that some of its members would be elected by proportional representation. It would be composed of 60 representatives: 40 of whom will be territorial, representing each constituency in Wales, and 20 of whom will be elected in a list. I should like to ask a question from the point of view of...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: The right hon. Gentleman said a moment ago that we did not educate an elite in Wales. Surely he of all people will realise that, some years ago, we did—we educated elite people to play rugby at grammar schools in Llanelli, Carmarthen, Bridgend, Gower—

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1997)

Mr Rod Richards: And Swansea. They were an elite, educated by the grammar schools that I am afraid the right hon. Gentleman's party did away with.


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