Results 41–60 of 1035 for speaker:Mr Geraint Howells

Orders of the Day — Agriculture (Calf Subsidies) (12 Mar 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful to the Minister for explaining the scheme, and I have to declare my interest in that at times I rear a few pedigree Welsh black calves. Many farmers have been through a difficult time over the past year or two. But I felt that we were at last beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel after this year's price review. However, the drop in the calf subsidy has come as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: New Zealand Lamb (20 Mar 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister in favour of importing more lamb from New Zealand and elsewhere, or does he prefer to increase production from the hills and marginal land of Britain?

Calf Subsidies (25 Mar 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: I first thank the Leader of the House for allowing us three hours of valuable parliamentary time to discuss the Calf Subsidies Scheme. Last year the Welsh Grand Committee had only two-and-a-half hours in which to debate agriculture. So things are on the up and up for the agricultural industry. I will not repeat what I said a fortnight ago when the motion was last discussed at length in the...

Calf Subsidies (25 Mar 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that the calf subsidy was higher 10 years ago than it is today and that the cost of production has increased by 100 per cent. in the past 10 years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Employment (Public Sector) (14 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister not agree that successive Governments over the last 20 or 30 years have neglected job opportunities in the public sector in mid-Wales? Is he aware of the table mentioned last week in Hansard which says that the number of self-employed is extremely high in three counties in mid-Wales? Cardigan came top of the league, followed by Montgomeryshire and Carmarthen. We are worried...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Local Government Reorganisation (14 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the extent to which the recent local government reorganisation has resulted in increased efficiency and better services, or any other advantages; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Local Government Reorganisation (14 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does not the Minister agree that many people in Wales are dissatisfied with the local government reorganisation that took place last year? Will he consider doing away with the county councils in their present form and reverting to the multi-purpose authority, under the old county boundaries? Is he aware that many people in Wales are worried in case we have an executive assembly with executive...

International Energy Agreement (14 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: I accept the right hon. Gentleman's statement but I must ask two questions. First, how many countries or Governments have signed the Agreement within the EEC and outside? Secondly, what are our responsibilities as a nation under the Agreement?

Orders of the Day — Eggs (16 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: During the past year, producers in nearly every sector of agriculture have lobbied hon. Members on both sides of the House. They are worried because of their financial plight, their troubles and their problems. A few weeks ago, the British egg producers were here in force, and I had the privilege of listening to hon. Members from both sides of the House addressing them. The producers were...

Orders of the Day — Eggs (16 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. But we are discussing the extra levy, which, in my view, is very small. It is a matter of a few pence. I believe that long term it will do a tremendous power of good to the egg industry. Fair competition is essential. Overproduction, as we witnessed in France lately, has led to unfair competition. Mr. Neville Wallace, the Director General of the...

Orders of the Day — Eggs (16 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: The problem facing the egg producers of this country is not efficiency but unfair competition. The French producers can export into this country, while British producers cannot export eggs there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Animals (Export) (17 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that, if the law was broken in any way, it was the duty of the representatives of the RSPCA who travelled with the livestock right across France to report to the police or the authorities concerned?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Glasshouse Sector (24 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Minister consider setting up a British horticultural board with statutory powers to safeguard the interests of the producers of this country if that were their wish?

Orders of the Day — Agriculture (Beef Premiums) (28 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: My hon. Friends and I welcome the order. As a practical farmer—here I declare my interest—I see the scheme as necessary to end the uncertainty in agriculture, and in the beef sector in particular. I compliment the Minister and his colleagues on their achievements in Brussels. Indeed, I go further and say that, in my view, nearly all beef producers welcome the new system of guaranteed...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture (Beef Premiums) (28 Apr 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: I hope that I have not said anything to offend the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Leadbitter) either, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I must stress, however, that I am in favour of what the Minister has achieved in Brussels for the farming community. The dairy sector of the industry works long and unsocial hours and it deserves an adequate reward. I hope that producers' hard toil and expensively...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: European Community Membership (19 May 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Secretary of State satisfied that Welsh agriculture, and especially livestock farmers, will do better once we are full members of the EEC and that the common agricultural policy will be of benefit to Welsh producers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Heads of the Valleys (Beswick Report) (19 May 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Minister say what is the estimated number of workers in Wales in the steel industry who will be made redundant within the next 12 months?

Diseases of Animals Bill (25 Jun 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: We have learned a great deal from the two hon. Members who spoke immediately preceding me. Both raised important issues and it has been an interesting debate so far. I congratulate the Government on introducing the Bill as a matter of urgency. Much can be done to help the agriculture industry and its various sectors. I am in favour of clauses 1 to 5. Their provisions are necessary if we are...

Orders of the Day — WELSH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (NO. 2) BILL [Lords] (26 Jun 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: Why not Mid-Wales?

Orders of the Day — WELSH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (NO. 2) BILL [Lords] (26 Jun 1975)

Mr Geraint Howells: The need for some kind of development agency in Wales has been obvious for some time. More than in many other parts of Britain, Welsh Liberals have felt the need for some cohesive policy to prevent the decay of existing industries and to prevent a continuation of the rural depopulation which has taken place since the First World War and even since the days of the lead mines. It is now very...


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