Mr Geraint Howells: Not some of them; all of them.
Mr Geraint Howells: By 100 per cent.
Mr Geraint Howells: I wonder whether—
Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with rail communications in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Geraint Howells: I am very grateful to the Minister for his reply, but will he give an assurance that he will do everything within his power to make sure that no further rail closures are carried out in Wales? Does he agree that if the line between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury and the Cambrian coast line were to be closed it would have disastrous effects on the economy of rural Wales? Finally, will the...
Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister in a position to give an assurance to beef producers that the present beef régime will be allowed to operate here in the next five or 10 years?
Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Leader of the House consider providing time for a debate on agriculture, in view of the latest estimates released by the Meat and Livestock Commission, which indicate that we shall be producing 17 per cent. less beef in this country in 1976 and 7 per cent. less lamb?
Mr Geraint Howells: Hear, hear.
Mr Geraint Howells: Having listened with interest during the last hour, I should compare the comments made by right hon. and hon. Members of the two major parties with two bad dogs licking their wounds after a fight. Right hon. and hon. Members on both sides are trying to cover up for their inept transport policies over the past two decades which have failed to safeguard the interests of the Welsh people. One...
Mr Geraint Howells: No. I have taken the advice of Mr. Deputy Speaker not to give way during this short debate. It is essential, therefore, that all interested parties in Wales should get together to discuss the possibilities of improving transport and building new roads where suitable. It could be suggested to British Railways that they were too hasty in closing down some of the lines and that certain routes...
Mr Geraint Howells: Mr. Geraint Howells rose
Mr Geraint Howells: In his summing up the Minister made no mention of Mid-Wales. Does he have any plans to improve the roads system in Mid-Wales?
Mr Geraint Howells: rose—
Mr Geraint Howells: If I correctly understood the hon. Gentleman, he spoke of cheap food-producing areas in other parts of the world. I wonder whether he could say where those are.
Mr Geraint Howells: Although we take note tonight of the EEC documents, I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for accepting our amendment to the motion in the name of my colleagues and myself.
Mr Geraint Howells: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I misunderstood Mr. Speaker's remark at the beginning of the debate. However, we can discuss the Liberal amendment to the motion. First, I congratulate the Minister on clarifying the EEC documents. I confess that he is gradually getting to grips with the situation within the European Community. Tonight we are reviewing the agricultural situation within the EEC....
Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful that at least one hon. Member agrees with my views. I hope that the Government will not accept sheepmeat regulations that do away with the guaranteed price system now operating. I have tabled an Early-Day Motion urging the Government to retain the system. I am grateful to right hon. and hon. Members from both sides of the House for signing the motion.
Mr Geraint Howells: I am afraid that one day we shall have to accept sheepmeat regulations, but I hope that the Minister, in accepting them, will retain a guaranteed price system for lamb. As a member of the Standing Committee on the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, I am grateful to the Minister for accepting my suggestion that we have a land bank to help young farmers entering the industry. The...
Mr Geraint Howells: Has the Minister received any representations from the Farmers' Union of Wales or the National Farmers' Union of England and Wales? If so, are they both in favour of devolution?
Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the state of public transport in Mid-Wales; and if he will make a statement.