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

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farming Unions (20 Oct 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he last met representatives of farming unions to discuss the state of the agriculture industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farming Unions (20 Oct 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: What plans has the Minister to ease financial pressures on our agriculture so that it can compete on equal terms with its counterparts in Europe?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farming Unions (7 Jul 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the Minister will agree that it is difficult for members of the farmers union, for his Department and for our friends in the EC to introduce a sensible policy that will be acceptable to the farmers of this country, will cut production and will ensure that they have a reasonable livelihood in the years to come. Does he further agree that, if 10 per cent. of the land in this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Adas (7 Jul 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has any plans to privatise the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Adas (7 Jul 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that agriculturists will be delighted with that answer. There is no more to be said.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Schools (Visits) (27 Jun 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that when the Minister visited various schools in Wales he met many children who spoke Welsh and that he is aware that many parents in Wales are afraid that the Government will not introduce a new Welsh Language Act. Will he give an assurance today to the people of Wales that the new Welsh Language Act will be introduced in 1988?

Agriculture (Set-Aside) (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I welcome the Government's scheme. They have learnt a great deal from their mistakes in 1983, when they introduced compulsory legislation for dairy farmers. I am sure that the cereal growers of this country are glad that they have had a voluntary scheme, but I should like to ask the Minister a number of questions. Does the Minister honestly believe that he can achieve a 20 per cent....

Valleys Programme (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: After the 15 years that I have had the privilege of representing a Welsh constituency, as a Liberal, I believe that we are honourbound as politicians to say thank you now and again to the Secretary of State for Wales, whether he is a Socialist or a Conservative; and over the years I have done just that. I welcome this initiative for south Wales as a step in the right direction, although it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: National Farmers Union (9 Jun 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree with the statement made by the president of the National Farmers Union today that up to 30 per cent. of support to sheep farmers will be cut under the present proposals of the EEC policy for sheepmeat?

European Community (26 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: It is always an honour to speak in a debate on developments in the European Community. As a Liberal, I am a dedicated European, like all my party colleagues. As the years go by, I am getting more dedicated to the European movement and one of the reasons is, perhaps, that for over 40 years we have had peace within the European Community; we have been able to live with our neighbours peacefully...

European Community (26 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, but I am sure that he will agree that a system of proportional representation would be beneficial to this country and the electorate. There is no prospect of any party forming a majority in the European Parliament and no reason for the elections being held under an undemocratic system. How can the British Government's decision to oppose proportional...

European Community (26 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am sure that the right hon. Lady will agree that it is difficult to assess whether British farmers have the same opportunity as their European counterparts to compete on equal terms. Will she urge her Government to hold an inquiry to determine whether British farmers are competing on equal terms with their European counterparts? It would restore confidence, which is at its lowest ebb since...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Corporation (18 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the number of people employed by the Housing Corporation; and by what percentage he expects the number to rise over the next three years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing Corporation (18 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I thank the Minister for that very thoughtful reply. It is well known in the House that she is a staunch devolutionist, and I am delighted with the news that Wales will have its own Housing Corporation. In view of the large guango that is building around the Housing Corporation in England, will she bring forward proposals to devolve power to the various regions of England?

P and O Dispute: Agriculture (5 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: It is always an honour to follow the hon. Member for Holland with Boston (Sir R. Body). We have both been in the House for many years and have disagreed on agricultural policy on nearly every occasion. I am old enough to remember the days when I lived on my father's 250-acre farm. My father's gross takings on that farm were £60 a year, out of which he paid a farm worker. We can turn the...

P and O Dispute: Agriculture (5 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: That was a good intervention, even though it was a short speech. I am sure that the Minister will heed what my hon. Friend has said. I said earlier that British farming is one of the most efficient industries in the world, yet the Government continue to deride farmers for overproducing. Their record of efficiency speaks for itself. Farm product prices have risen by only 51 per cent. in the...

P and O Dispute: Agriculture (5 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: Some farmers do not earn enough to pay tax.

P and O Dispute: Agriculture (5 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: I am one of them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farming (Extensification) (5 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: Does the Minister agree that the Government must be careful before introducing such a scheme? Last year many hon. Members on both sides of the House suggested that we should have quotas for beef production. The Minister will be aware that there is now a shortage of beef in Britain and in other countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (5 May 1988)

Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the extent to which the common agricultural policy at present gives British farmers the opportunity to compete on equal terms with their counterparts in Europe; and if he will make a statement.


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