Results 181–200 of 1035 for speaker:Mr Geraint Howells

Oral Answers to Questions — Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth (28 Feb 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister aware, as it was confirmed in writing to me some time ago, that as he has no plans to build the second phase at Bronglais Hospital many members of the staff and people in Mid-Wales in particular are worried about the future of this hospital? Is he aware that many believe that small cottage hospitals in Mid-Wales may be closed and that he ought not to concentrate all efforts on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government (28 Feb 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Secretary of State agree that the majority of Welsh people are in favour of a Welsh Parliament and a multi-purpose authority based on the old county boundaries, in order to give more support and financial help to the community councils?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture (Price Review) (28 Feb 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that many of the fears in agriculture in Wales are about the future of the marketing boards and the support system, which has operated so well for the past 25 to 40 years? Is he in a position to give an assurance to the industry in Wales that the Milk Marketing Board and other boards with statutory powers are here to stay?

European Community (Meetings of Council of Ministers) (28 Feb 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: On behalf of my colleagues I wish the Minister well in his new appointment and in his deliberations. Is the Minister aware that many producers and consumers in this country are worried about the lateness of the price review proposals being made public? Can he give an assurance that the proposals will be made public in March or April? Will the Minister make a statement on the European...

Wales (28 Feb 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I have listened with interest to the debate so far and, with respect, I have heard little from the Government today that will boost confidence in an ailing Welsh economy, especially in the private sector. No mention has been made today of the construction industry, of the self-employed sector, of housing, or of the elderly who have, in their time, given a great deal to Wales. Three long...

Frozen Beef and Veal (8 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful to the Minister for seeking to put our minds at rest. May I ask what discussions he has had with the NFU or with members of the meat trade, and whether they object to these meat imports?

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I have listened with interest to the debate, from which one thing is clear. Members on both sides agree that major reform is required in the CAP in the next 12 months if agriculture is to survive in this country. I congratulate the Minister, as I have done previously, on his stand on behalf of the pig industry. I was delighted that he stood firm, and I hope that he will do so again with...

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree with the sentiments of the hon. Member for St. Helens (Mr. Spriggs) but I think that there is something more important than a veto, namely, influence. I believe that the British Government and British agriculture, of which we are so proud, will be able to influence not only the Commissioners in Brussels but our counterparts producing food in Europe. If we could persuade them to come...

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: The hon. Member must be patient. I know that he wishes to speak.

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I turn now to the documents in question. They deal with an appraisal of the agricultural situation in 1976 and they serve as a basis for the 1977 price review. Several recommendations are made by the Commission for 1977. The British Government do not agree with all the proposals. The three most important areas dealt with are milk, beef and pigs. One of the Commission's main recommendations...

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: No, not scrapped; we need a CAP. My right hon. and hon. Friends have for long called for a fundamental reform of the CAP, and we do so again now. One of the greatest failures of the CAP has been its inability to achieve a sensible and rational pricing policy. The present policy is inflexible, and that is where its weaknesses lie. It is nothing short of criminal that butter should be sold off...

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Yes we shall.

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I shall take your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and I shall also begin a diet tomorrow. May I reply to the question from the hon. Member for Holland with Boston (Mr. Body)? I can assure him that we support the amendment. The sooner there is a European Parliament which has increased moral authority resulting from its consisting of directly elected members the sooner we shall have a proper...

European Community (Agriculture Proposals) (16 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: I accept the hon. Lady's views, but I believe that many changes can be made to the CAP. The Minister has stood firm on one or two occasions and I am convinced that he will do so again, so that the future of British agriculture will be sound and, given the right incentives, will be able to supply consumers in this country with food at reasonable prices.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Forestry (Private Sector) (17 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that it would be advantageous for farmers living in less favoured areas to plant more trees in order to expand production from the land? Will he consider giving the industry further financial aid to plant more trees in those areas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Subsidies (17 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has had from farmers in and around Aberystwyth about recent Government policy on subsidy to agriculture.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Subsidies (17 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that if we are to increase production from the land we shall have to spend more money on research and on modern agricultural techniques? What plans has he for research in Wales?

European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (30 Mar 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: May I express my admiration and congratulations to the Minister for his stand on the butter issue? The price of butter has increased by 55 per cent. in the last 12 months, and it cannot go on. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that six months is too long to finalise prices in the annual renegotiations, and does he think that confidence will ever be restored if we carry on with this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Ceredigion (4 Apr 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to visit Ceredigion during the next month.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Ceredigion (4 Apr 1977)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Secretary of State aware that many people in Ceredigion and other parts of Wales are wondering what has happened to the Scotland and Wales Bill? Is he able to comment on that today?


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