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Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: What is wrong with that?

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I beg to move. That this House condemns Her Majesty's Government for presiding over a crisis in agriculture which has seen 6,000 farmers leave the industry in 1990, real farm incomes fall to their lowest level since the Second World War and farmers' debt increase by £400 million in two years; believes that this crisis already threatens the social and economic structure of rural areas and the...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman, who represents a constituency similar to mine and encounters problems similar to those that I encounter. I am sure that the Government will take heed. We need the farmer as the guardian of our countryside—a responsibility which, as I have said, he has successfully carried out since time immemorial. Last, but not least, we recognise that if our...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend, who cares so deeply about her people in Scotland. As I have told her many times, I refer to her as "Miss Scotland". I hope that the Secretary of State will take note of what she has just said. We need the part-time farmers and crofters in many parts of Scotland. [Interruption.] I am sure that she is proud to be called "Miss Scotland"—if only because of...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: That is my hon. Friend's speech done. As a poor hill farmer, I must listen to my colleagues at length. I am sure that my hon. and learned Friend will advise the Government. If my memory serves me well, he has until 31 March to express his views. I am sure that he has already drafted something and that it is on the way to the Minister. The point that he has just made is very valid and...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: He spoke quite well, but he made a point about the future of the milk marketing boards about which I am a little worried and perturbed. I remember the days before the war when we had a free market economy. During the past 50 years, the forefathers of hon. Members on both sides of the House have fought hard to establish the milk marketing boards. It all started in Cardiganshire in west Wales...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I will not follow that line, but I will say that most farmers in Britain will vote for us next time, because we have a good policy to help them out of this crisis. The Government made a big mistake in the early 1980s when they persuaded our farmers to expand, to spend more, to invest more and to produce more. That continued for four or five years. I respect the Minister's views, but now,...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will know from speaking to dairy farmers in his constituency—I spoke to many of them at their annual general meeting this week—that more than 90 per cent. of them favour holding on to the milk marketing board with its present statutory powers. That is food for thought for the Minister. Given the will to do so, he may be able to persuade his counterparts...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I advised the Minister a few minutes ago that the Government made a big mistake with one of our statutory boards—the British Wool Marketing Board—in 1988. He should not make a similar mistake in 1992. We have learnt the lesson the hard way, so I hope that the Minister will not let our dairy farmers down after 50 years of stability.

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: My hon. Friend's views are always sound; but I must add that I shall not give way any more today. One of the problems is that there has been no consistent agriculture policy; instead, there have been sudden switches of tactics which cannot entirely be blamed on the Government. In the early 1980s, the cry was for increased production—and as fast as possible. Farmers were urged to invest in...

Business of the House (31 Jan 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Leader of the House is aware from his own experience that British agriculture is facing its worst financial crisis for 50 years. To try to restore confidence in that ailing industry, will he find time to debate Government policies?

Orders of the Day — Pig Husbandry Bill (25 Jan 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, if the Bill receives a Second Reading, the question of timing can be dealt with in Committee? I remind the hon. Gentleman that in 1982–83, the Government told this country's milk producers to change their policy overnight. The Government did not give them an hour's notice of the unfavourable quota system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Pigs (24 Jan 1991)

Mr Geraint Howells: I have listened with interest to what the Minister had to say about the Bill to be introduced tomorrow. At this late stage, will the Government assure the House that they will support the Bill?

European Communities (Budget) (4 Dec 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: rose——

European Communities (Budget) (4 Dec 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. I have listened with interest to what he has been saying. If I understood him correctly, he said earlier that he was very much in favour of cutting farm subsidies. What type of policy will he and his party pursue to ensure that family farms in Britain will survive without any support of any kind?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: National library of Wales (3 Dec 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the future of the national library of Wales at Aberystwyth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: National library of Wales (3 Dec 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Minister will agree that hon. Members are proud of our national institutions such as the national library of Wales. Will he give a categorical assurance that the library's status will continue for many years to come?

Orders of the Day — Development Board for Rural Wales Bill: Increase of Financial Limit (29 Nov 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: The Minister's positive approach has been welcome, in mid-Wales by the western initiative drive which has taken place in the past few months. It will bear fruit in the months to come. May I suggest that area offices should be opened in Ceredigion, Meirionnydd, Brecon and Radnor—the development board has opened a new office in Machynlleth which has been a great success in...

Orders of the Day — Development Board for Rural Wales Bill: Increase of Financial Limit (29 Nov 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: If the clay comes when the hon. Gentleman holds the reins at the Welsh Office, will agriculture be included in the remit of the Development Board for Rural Wales? Can he give the farming communities and the people of Wales that assurance?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Small Famers (29 Nov 1990)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that small hill farmers will not survive without financial aid from the Government? To restore confidence, will the Minister give an assurance that he will do his utmost to ensure that no further subsidy cuts will be made in the next four or five years? What immediate plans has he to help farmers in need?


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