Results 1–20 of 1475 for speaker:Mr Alec Jones

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Employment Statistics ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: Do not the figures that the Secretary of State has given the House show clearly that if we leave matters to market forces unemployment in Wales is unlikely to be reduced? Will he confirm that, despite the figures that he gave, the seasonal trend of unemployment is still upwards and that even if we manage to continue the monthly reduction of unemployment by 2,500, which apparently occurred...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Needs ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: The right hon. Gentleman said that the Government had no proposals to close railway lines at the present moment and that he regarded the Serpell report as useful. Would it not be of considerable benefit to the right hon. Gentleman, as the Minister responsible for transport in Wales, to initiate the sort of conference called for by my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East (Mr. Anderson),...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Agriculture Industry ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: When are farmers in Wales likely to see some tangible benefits from the proposal to extend the less-favoured areas directive to that part of Wales now described as marginal land?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Manufacturing Industry ( 7 Mar 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: The figures that the Secretary of State has announced show that the number of new jobs that he keeps talking about is but a drop in the ocean compared with the vast number of jobs that have been destroyed since the Government took office. Surely the decline in manufacturing industry in Wales shows clearly that the rate has been greater under this Government than under any Government since the...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) (21 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: Despite the hon. Gentleman's lack of knowledge of south Wales—I have the same lack of knowledge of north Wales—he will accept that for a commission to produce a proposal suggesting that Aberfan village is not a part of the community of Merthyr seems to imply that the report was not based on much real knowledge of community life, certainly in the valleys of south Wales.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) (16 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: rose—

Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) (16 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for putting the Question, because most of us were unaware that the motion had been moved. I must say at the outset that we Welsh Members of Parliament are extremely grateful for the tremendous support that we have received this evening. I have never known so many people to be present for a debate on Welsh affairs. It is clear from the early...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Wales) (16 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: I agree with my hon. Friend. I was not satisfied, and I do not think the House ought to be satisfied, in view of the initial proposals, with the guidelines and instructions given to the commission. I think the House would do a service to itself and to our people if we tried to ensure that in any future boundary redistribution the problem that Aberfan illustrates should never arise again....

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: Surprise, surprise.

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: The Secretary of State made a remarkable speech. We shall now have to scurry to the Library to read the details of the schemes that he has announced. I do not want to disparage them. I should like to comment on his choice of Rhondda, Arfon and Anglesey as vanguard areas. I am sure that I am speaking for Arfon and Anglesey as well as for Rhondda in giving him my assurance that he will receive...

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: It is a good prospectus, but it is probably as false as the last one. However, none of the difficulties was in sight. All the difficulties and problems were kept away from view. If this is to be the last debate on Welsh affairs of this Parliament, the speech to which we have listened is an end-of-term report on the activities of the Secretary of State and his two parliamentary colleagues....

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: If the right hon. Gentleman will announce similar programmes every day, he will only be scratching at the problems in Wales and many of the problems of his own creation. At the last election, the right hon. Gentleman in his election address to his people in Pembrokeshire said that he felt that the moment was coming when I can do something effective for Wales and for Pembrokeshire. The right...

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: Indeed, not a word. In eight of our travel-to-work areas unemployment is over 20 per cent. In 16 the unemployment figures are above the Welsh average. Despite what the Secretary of State announced today, many of those areas will be completely excluded from what he had to offer. However, I suppose that the unemployment figures are in accord with the election address published by the hon....

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: The hon. Gentleman apologised to me for his absence. He has to attend a Cabinet Committee meeting. I am sure that he will be sorry that he has missed what I shall say about him. With regard to lower taxes, I shall take an example of a married couple with two children. If the earnings are three quarters of the national average, the family's tax bill has risen by 17 per cent. since 1978–79....

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: I thank my right hon. Friend for that information. If we are to assess the effectiveness of the agency and the range of regional policies, we must know more of the facts. If one looks at the reports of the agency, one finds that it is far from easy to understand which factories have been let and are still let, occupied and in production today. That is the key issue. The Secretary of State...

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that intervention, because I confess that when I listened to the Secretary of State, and read the questions afterwards, I could not read into them this demand or hope for a major shake-up. I hope that when the right hon. Gentleman meets the new chairman he will tell him what my right hon. Friend and I have said about factory take-ups by the WDA...

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: If the hon. Gentleman is so content with those services, it should be relatively easy for the Government to say that the new private company will give us the sort of services that we want. I have never been to Georgia and could not say whether that is the case.

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: That is the fear that has been expressed to me by people from rural Wales. If the sell-off takes place, either prices will rise and put the services out of people's reach, or the services will be cut off. I am not an expert on American affairs. I have enough trouble looking after Welsh affairs. About 98 per cent. of the people in Wales use the NHS and no other health service. As far as they...

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: As I was not responsible for calling the meeting, I suggest that my hon. Friend addresses his remarks to the Secretary of State for Wales, who I am sure will explain exactly why these peoiple were appointed and what he expects to get out of it.

Welsh Affairs (10 Feb 1983)

Mr Alec Jones: I wish to press the Secretary of State further on this matter. Is he now saying that it was Mr. E. M. W. Griffith, the chairman of Clwyd health authority, who decided to gather these people together, who picked them himself and then set about a programme of activities without any reference to the Secretary of State for Wales, who is responsible for health matters in Wales? Does that mean that...

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