Results 1–20 of 595 for speaker:Mr Michael Roberts

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: The hon. Member for Neath (Mr. Coleman) and the right hon. Member for Rhondda (Mr. Jones) both referred to the television programme which suggested that 40 per cent. of WDA factory space was vacant. I hope that I can shed some light on this matter if they will bear with me while I explain the correct figures. The WDA now has about 3 million sq ft of factory space available for letting. This...

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: When the hon. Gentleman says that he looks around Wales and sees things that need to be done and people there to do them, does he accept that the community programme helps to meet that need?

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: The hon. Gentleman has raised an important point. He mentions the gap between his side of the House and mine. When he supported the previous Labour Government, he could have said that the then Secretary of State for Employment allowed nearly 30 per cent. of the people in Ebbw Vale to become unemployed. The hon. Gentleman did not make that judgment then. I recommend that, when he advances a...

Orders of the Day — Wales (Nationalised Industries) ( 7 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: I should like, first, to congratulate the hon. Member for Ogmore (Mr. Powell) on being successful in the ballot under the new arrangements for the Bill. I am particularly pleased that he has introduced a debate on the nationalised industries in Wales. These industries are important. No one can be unaffected by their activities, and their performance has a major impact on the economy. I have...

Orders of the Day — Wales (Nationalised Industries) ( 7 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: The hon. Gentleman has referred to this issue previously, and I shall deal with it. As I was saying, steel is not a pensioner to be kept going by subsidies. It is an industry which, after facing serious and deep-rooted problems, is being shown the way to recovery and the ability to compete. Years of heavy investment resulted in far too much steel-making capacity being available. The problems...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Bodelwyddan) ( 7 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: As I told my hon. Friend on 22 November, the county council has been requested to improve the junction between Ty Fry lane and the trunk road. Its investigations show that the necessary diversion of underground services would cause a substantial delay in completing the work. A simpler scheme which could be implemented quickly is now being prepared.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Bodelwyddan) ( 7 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: The initial report from the county surveyor does not show that the use of double white lines would improve safety. However, I am studying that point carefully. I know how strongly my hon. Friend feels and I can assure him that agreement about remedial measures will be reached quickly and action to implement such measures will follow immediately.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Bodelwyddan) ( 7 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: rose—

Orders of the Day — Conwy Tunnel (Supplementary Powers) Bill: Employment of Local Labour (27 Jan 1983)

Mr Michael Roberts: In Committee several hon. Members gave their support to a clause of this nature. This new clause was introduced by the hon. Member for Flint, West (Sir A. Meyer). Over a long period, he has shown his vigilance in looking after the interests of the unemployed and stressing the importance of employment prospects for the whole of north Wales. He has obviously consulted well on the wording of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Dual Carriageway) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: It is my hope that, subject to the satisfactory completion of all statutory procedures, the dual carriageway A55 can be completed from the English border to its termination at Bangor by the end of the decade. Our proposals for improvements to the A5 in Anglesey will be announced in the next edition of "Roads in Wales", which will be published in the new year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Dual Carriageway) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. We have made real and visible progress towards our goal. About 23 km of the 87 km route between Chester and Bangor have already been completed to dual-carriageway standard, and 24 km are currently under construction. However, a portion of the 23 km that are now completed was prepared by the previous Administration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Dual Carriageway) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: I shall take the hon. Gentleman's point into consideration and write to him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: A55 (Dual Carriageway) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: I do not wish to comment on the dithering nature of the previous Administration. I merely note that the decision on the Conwy tunnel was made entirely by my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Secondary School Pupils (Science and Mathematics) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: Clearly there is cause for concern, and I fully recognise this, although we must be careful to keep matters in perspective. A great deal of work is going on at both local and national level to encourage improvements in levels of performance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Secondary School Pupils (Science and Mathematics) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: It is always an attractive proposition to hold an inquiry. However, we have considerable evidence about the teaching of mathematics and science and we do not want to have to wait for a further inquiry. Meanwhile, Her Majesty's Inspectorate is promoting the message of the Cockcroft report. This year we published a consultative document on science education in schools, and we are analysing the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Secondary School Pupils (Science and Mathematics) (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: I cannot give the figures for that. Unfortunately, a number of teachers joined the profession without O-level mathematics when there was a shortage of teachers' and they subsequently taught mathematics. We have put that right and made a mathematics qualification essential for entrance to the teaching profession.

Oral Answers to Questions: Severn Barrage (22 Nov 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: A scheme on the scale proposed would create a substantial number of jobs at different times during the construction period. It is not possible at this stage to be more precise about the job impact on any particular area.

Oral Answers to Questions: Severn Barrage (22 Nov 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: Yes. I have seen several estimates for job creation as a result of the scheme, varying from 50,000, as has been suggested by my hon. Friend, to 20,000 to 30,000, as has been referred to by the Severn barrage committee. The question is whether there is an economic case for the barrage on electricity generation grounds. We are considering that.

Oral Answers to Questions: Severn Barrage (22 Nov 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: No, Sir. Mere verbiage will not solve the problem of the Severn barrage or the crossing. The problem is that the barrage will not be where the crossing is needed.

Oral Answers to Questions: Bodelwyddan (Road Accident) (22 Nov 1982)

Mr Michael Roberts: The Welsh Office has been keeping this under review. Various safety measures have been introduced and a pedestrian footbridge has been provided. Because of the recent fatal accidents, I have asked Clwyd county council to improve the junction with Ty Fry Lane. The Welsh Office will also consider with the council what additional preventive measures might be introduced.


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