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Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Animal Welfare (5 Mar 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Minister is aware that there is great concern about the quarantine restrictions being lifted on 1 April. Will he clarify the position on pets and dogs? What are the latest developments on foot and mouth in European countries?

Local Government (Wales) (3 Mar 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: May I congratulate the Secretary of State? We have waited a long time for these sensible proposals, and the people of mid-Wales in particular are indebted to him for introducing them. We have all been pressing for unitary authorities in Wales for a decade or more. I should like to make one plea to the Secretary of State, however: will he consider once again leaving the people of Radnorshire...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: I have listened with interest to the Secretary of State. He started off well when he mentioned devolution. Will he confirm that he has no intention of giving the people of Wales an assembly?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: rose——

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: Before the Secretary of State gets too excited, we are talking about the principle of devolving power and not the detail. Will he confirm, once again, that he is in favour of devolving power to the people of Wales? As I said on a television programme last night, it is a great pity that the Secretary of State plays about with a little piece of paper.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: rose——

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: rose——

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welsh Language (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will introduce during the next three months a Welsh language Bill to give the same status to Welsh and English in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welsh Language (17 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: First, I should like to put the record straight, as the Secretary of State misled the House in saying that it was our party's policy to do away with the Secretary of State's office if our devolution proposals are accepted. That is not true. Secondly, I am very disappointed with the Minister of State's reply, as I am sure that the majority of people in Wales will be, too. Will the right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Employment (6 Feb 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: Can the Minister explain why 10,000 full-time farmers left the land last year? There is no point in blaming MacSharry, because that happened last year.

Stamp Duty (Temporary Provisions) Bill (20 Jan 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: The hon. Gentleman knows my constituency well. There is a great deal of anxiety there about repossession of homes. The number of homes repossessed last year was 100 per cent. up on the figure for five years ago. There is a great deal of anxiety about repossessions, whatever views the Government hold on the issue.

Environmentally Sensitive Areas (15 Jan 1992)

Mr Geraint Howells: I welcome the extension to the ESA scheme and I am delighted that it is voluntary. As a practising farmer, I can advise the Minister from my own experience that farmers are pleased with the present scheme. However, does the Minister agree that Britain may have too many environmental schemes at present? Might it not be advisable to have one scheme in this country which could be administered...

National Health Service (Wales) (28 Nov 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware that I have opposed his trust proposals for a long time and I believe that the majority of my constituents in North Pembrokeshire are against such a trust. Now that the Secretary of State has made the decision, I wish the trust the best of luck in the years to come in the interests of the people of Pembrokeshire. I compliment the staff, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Live Animals (Transport) (21 Nov 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I congratulate the Minister on his stand and achievements. I am sure that he has read the latest survey from Europe, according to which British farmers are farming at a loss while their counterparts in Holland and Greece are farming at a profit. Why does that happen?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Labour Statistics (21 Oct 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: My colleagues and I would like to be associated with the sentiments expressed earlier this afternoon. I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware that the people of Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire are disappointed that, after 12 years of Tory rule, Fishguard is at the top of the unemployment league with a rate of 18 per cent. and Cardigan has 17 per cent. That is not a very good...

Opposition Day: Wales (Structures of Government) (17 Aug 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: rose—

Opposition Day: Wales (Structures of Government) (17 Aug 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: Let us forget detail for a moment and the policies advocated by the Labour party. Let us go back to principle. As a good Welshman, will the Secretary of State give his personal view? Is he in favour of the principle of giving home rule to the people of Wales—the nation to which he belongs? That is what the people of Wales want to know. Does he agree that Welshmen who believe that a Tory...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Tourism (8 Jul 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: Why is the Wales tourist board denied the right to advertise Wales, its people, culture and scenic beauty independently overseas?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Animal Transportation (20 Jun 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I say this with the best will in the world. Does not the Minister agree that many more live animals will be transported to the Continent next year and the year after because of our lack of slaughtering facilities? Many slaughterhouses will close in the next six months. What plans does the Minister have to solve the problem?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Conservation Bodies (9 May 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I hope that, when the Minister meets conservationists in Monmouth next week, he will remind them that Welsh farmers' incomes have dropped by 50 per cent. over the past two years and that 14 per cent. of Welsh farmers are contemplating giving up farming due to the policies of the Secretary of State for Wales, who has full responsibility for agriculture in Wales. The Minister may not be aware...


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