Results 101–120 of 1035 for speaker:Mr Geraint Howells

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Public Transport (Mid-Wales) (23 Feb 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful to the Minister for reminding me of those answers. I am sure that he is aware that many villages in Mid-Wales are without any means of transport whatsoever. Is he aware that many of my constituents are worried about the future of the Aberystwyth-Shrewsbury line? May we have an assurance that the work carried out on the line between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth is permanent and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheepmeat (26 Feb 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Whatever sheepmeat regulations are introduced in the near future, will the Minister give an assurance that he will hold on to the present market price system for lamb and will not go into intervention buying?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Butter, Milk and Cheese (25 Mar 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the hon. Gentleman expect the price review award to dairy farmers this year to increase dairy production to his satisfaction?

Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid (12 Apr 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I congratulate the Minister on his reappointment in the present Administration, and I wish him well. With respect to a number of right hon. and hon. Members, we are not discussing whether we should be members of the European Community. We are members, and, therefore, we are discussing the common agricultural policy and the effect of the skimmed milk regulations on agriculture. Whether or...

Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid (12 Apr 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Not the Minister himself. I feel sorry for him at times. I believe, not as a politician but as a farmer, that this year's review is the best that we have had for many years—

Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid (12 Apr 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: If it had not been better than it was in the past two years, there would have been a shortage of beef and lamb in this country.

Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid (12 Apr 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: It is all part and parcel of what we are discussing because it all came in with the price review package. I often sympathise with the Minister about the pressures brought to bear on him to accept many EEC directives which are not acceptable to him or to our agricultural industry. We have to accept many EEC directives in view of the bargaining power of the EEC in order to achieve what we want...

Protein Deposit and Private Storage Aid (12 Apr 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I regret that we have to accept the principle of the skimmed milk Document. The NFU has a very good case for not accepting it. The relevant points are contained in the last two paragraphs of the NFU brief saying: For the foregoing reasons, the NFU believes that the scheme is both ill-conceived, and ill-prepared and should have been abandoned and that any future extensions of the scheme must...

Orders of the Day — Rent (Agriculture) Bill (4 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I thank you for calling me to speak in this very important debate, Mr. Speaker. I declare my interest once again as a livestock farmer with three tied cottages on my property—cottages that are occupied by shepherds and cattlemen. After listening to different views of hon. Members on both sides of the House I am proud to say, as a farmer and a Liberal, that I welcome the Bill. It will do a...

Orders of the Day — Rent (Agriculture) Bill (4 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree with the sentiments expressed by the hon. Lady. I shall go on to prove that there are two sides to the argument. Workers in tied houses tend to stay longer and acquire valuable specific experience of their employer's farm, which, it could be argued, is good for the industry. For these reasons, we must resist abolishing—we must improve, not abolish—a system which has many good...

Orders of the Day — Rent (Agriculture) Bill (4 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: That is my personal view, and I have advised my colleagues that it should be the Liberal Party's policy. In my view, an agricultural worker who is turned out of his tied house should have the right to a council house, if the Bill is to work. That is a view held by my colleagues and myself. As the law stands, a farm worker can stay on in a tied cottage for six months. The majority—90 per...

Orders of the Day — Rent (Agriculture) Bill (4 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: For the hon. Member's information, the three tied cottages in my possession are within a mile of the village of Ponterwyd.

New Clause 4: Enfranchisement of County Council Tenants (5 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: There is a great deal of merit in what the hon. Gentleman has just said, but if we pursued that type of policy what legislation would the hon. Gentleman introduce to help youngsters to start on the agricultural ladder?

New Clause 4: Enfranchisement of County Council Tenants (5 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: The hon. Member has quoted Mr. Hetherington's letter, except for the last sentence. That says: We hope you will oppose the clause

Clause 3: Duties of Meat and Livestock Commission as Regards Consultation (5 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: As producers, we pay a levy, do we not? I take it that that money goes to the MLC?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: British Steel Corporation (10 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: In view of the uneasiness in the steel industry in Wales, would the right hon. and learned Gentleman be in favour of establishing a steel corporation for Wales once we have a Welsh Assembly?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: M4 (10 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree that great progress has been made in South Wales to improve road communications, but is the hon. Gentleman aware that all the schemes that were prepared for Cardiganshire have been shelved? What is the Welsh Office to do for Mid-Wales?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Television (Welsh Language) (10 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware that many parts of Wales are unable to receive the present Welsh channels. Is he in a position to tell Welsh people in those areas when they will be able to receive the present Welsh channels?

Clause 17: Application of Following Sections of Part Ii (10 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister not agree that in some cases the two successions could be finished within a year?

Clause 17: Application of Following Sections of Part Ii (10 May 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am very surprised by the Government reply, and I am very surprised also that this amendment has been tabled by the Opposition, because we spoke at length in Committee on this matter. There are many smallholdings in Wales and other parts of Britain which the farmers' sons have to leave at 18 or 20 because the size of the farm is such that it can support only a part-timer. The farmer's son...


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