Results 141–160 of 1035 for speaker:Mr Geraint Howells

Orders of the Day — Clause 17: Application of Following Sections of Part Ii (19 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that if a young farmer has two years' practical work experience on a farm, and if he carries out that work well and takes a course at a college for a period of three years, he will be a mature person at the end of that period to take over the holding?

Agriculture (22 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I have listened with interest to the Minister, and he has made a valuable contribution. In my view, producers in this country need the assurance that we shall be able to retain our Milk Marketing Board with its present statutory powers in years to come.

Agriculture (22 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: After listening for nearly two hours to this debate I wonder whether we have not got our Government of national unity after all. I have never experienced so much unison as that which has been in evidence today. On behalf of my party, I wish the Minister well in his new post. He has a great deal of responsibility but I am sure that he will look after the interests of the consumers and...

Agriculture (22 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I do not think that this is an opportune time to say whether or not we should remain within the CAP. No doubt the hon. Member will have a glorious opportunity to deal with that. I am delighted that the Government have been able to persuade their counterparts in Europe to hold on to the guaranteed price system for lamb in this country. Obviously we would want that to be included in the...

Agriculture (22 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am aware of what the hon. Lady has just said, but I am trying to get an assurance from the Minister, for our producers, that the Government will do their utmost, in our present position as members of the Common Market, to retain the marketing system that we have. I have held that view for many years.

Agriculture (22 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am convinced that many right hon. and hon. Members on both sides of the House would agree that the reintroduction of the lime subsidy would be of great benefit in increasing production from hill and marginal land. We must all confess that the land is honest, and that if we feed it it will feed us, in turn. However, we need further assurances if we are to expand. I have covered some points...

Agriculture (22 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does not the hon. Lady agree that what we need in Britain is a long-term programme for growing? That would help.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Nuclear Power Stations (25 Oct 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will publish and encourage public debate on the dangers to the public that might be incurred if the United Kingdom builds a commercial scale nuclear fast reactor.

Orders of the Day — Development of Rural Wales Bill [Lords]: Directions of Secretary of State to the Board and Consultative Council (1 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister suggesting that the members of the Board will not consult other organisations in Wales that are not represented on the Board?

Orders of the Day — Development of Rural Wales Bill [Lords]: General Powers of the Board (1 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: The Minister said that the Government were looking after the interests of small businesses. is he aware that the Government promised an interim report five years after the Bolton Report was published in 1971 on the problems of small businesses and that the present Government have refused such an interim report?

Orders of the Day — Development of Rural Wales Bill [Lords]: General Powers of the Board (1 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I support the amendment. We need a written assurance in the Bill. Safeguards are needed by the agricultural industry and especially by the small farmers. Unless the safeguards are written into the Bill, small farmers in rural Wales will be worried. When the last rural development board Bill was introduced they were worried about its being an incursion into the liberty of the individual. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Regarding the negotiations that are to take place in Brussels on EEC policy, is the Minister able to give an assurance to our dairy and sheep producers that they will be able to hold on to their marketing boards, such as the Milk Marketing Board and the British Wool Marketing Board?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Green Pound (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will alter the value of the green pound bringing it into parity with the £ sterling.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Green Pound (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Minister is well aware that the cost of importing food and feeding stuffs has increased 400 per cent. over the last 15 years. I am sure, also— —

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Green Pound (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am just wondering whether the Minister—

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Green Pound (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister aware—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]—that he will not devalue the green pound? What incentives will he give farmers to increase production from the land?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Green Pound (4 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: What incentives does the right hon. Gentleman intend to give to producers to improve or increase production from the land?

Petition: Welsh Affairs (5 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I believe that very little can be achieved for the people of Wales by debating their problems in this Chamber. The people of Wales are looking for action, not promises, and the sooner we have a power-based Assembly in Wales, the better. I hope we shall then be able to solve many of our economic and social problems with Welsh Members who care for our nation. In common with the rest of the...

Orders of the Day — Rent (Agriculture) Bill: Interpretation and Commencement (17 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I wish to take this opportunity to declare my interest. Before I entered this House I was a full-time farmer. I now employ four workers, who do an excellent job of work. I have given a great deal of thought, as a practical farmer and as a politician, to Lords Amendment No. 1 and I find it impossible to support it. If we support the Lords amendment, we shall discriminate in favour of one group...

Orders of the Day — Rent (Agriculture) Bill: Interpretation and Commencement (17 Nov 1976)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for drawing my attention to that situation, but I was elected to this House by the people of Cardigan and, as agricultural spokesman for the Liberal Party, I am here to represent my constituents' views rather than the views of noble Lords in another place. If the amendment is accepted, I shall have to return to Cardigan and tell my three stockmen that they...


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