Mr Geraint Howells: Is this not an opportune time to have an independent inquiry into the workings of the common agricultural policy, to see whether British farmers are able to compete on equal terms with their counterparts in Europe?
Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Minister assure our pig producers that their prospects for the next two years will be better than they are at present? Will he tell pig producers and the industry by what percentage he is likely to devalue the green pound in the next six months?
Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the implementation of the GCSE examination in Wales.
Mr Geraint Howells: The Minister will be aware that many leading educationists in Wales are worried about the plight of 16-year-old students. They say that many are under a great deal of stress and that they are overworked. If so, what plans does the Minister have to remedy the problem?
Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Minister clarify whether the agreement on sheep stabilisers is provisional or is legally binding on sheep producers? If it is binding, will he give an assurance that the present sheepmeat regime will remain intact for years to come?
Mr Geraint Howells: rose—
Mr Geraint Howells: I am listening with interest to the hon. Gentleman telling us what the Conservative party has given to Wales. After saying all that, is he in favour of giving us our own Parliament?
Mr Geraint Howells: Will the Secretary of State consider giving extra financial aid to the East Dyfed health authority so that it can build the second phase of Bronglais hospital at Aberystwyth?
Mr Geraint Howells: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Howell). I agree wih many of the points that he made—and, just for information, may I say that we are not related. If we were in charge of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, there would be many wealthy farmers on the east coast and the hills of Wales. I am proud to be a dedicated European, like many...
Mr Geraint Howells: I agree with the Minister on this occasion—we do agree now and again. The British Poultry Federation has pointed out that this scheme could alter the structure of its industry, and it is dependent upon the cereals sector. Marginal land will be taken out of production and in some regions the poultry sector will suffer the consequences. There are millions of sheep in Wales, particularly in...
Mr Geraint Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he has any plans to increase support for wind power development in Wales.
Mr Geraint Howells: I have received many complaints from those in favour of wind power that the Government are not willing to support them, financially or otherwise. If this is true, why?
Mr Geraint Howells: I have waited nearly 15 years for the opportunity to debate tree planting. It has been a tradition in our family from my great grandfather down to myself to plant thousands of trees annually. I shall say a few words from my experience of tree planting in the less-favoured areas in the mountains of Wales. To help the Minister and perhaps the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn) on...
Mr Geraint Howells: From my experience in the House—and I have been here a few years — I hold the view that each Secretary of State for Wales in turn deserves credit now and again for what he does for his country. Tonight I take the view that the present Secretary of State deserves to be congratulated on his efforts in fighting for his corner of Wales. It would be very churlish indeed of me and of others if...
Mr Geraint Howells: If my memory serves me right, the Secretary of State said last week that an extra £50 million-plus would be allocated to the Welsh Development Agency. Can the Secretary of State say how much of that money will be allocated to Mid Wales Development?
Mr Geraint Howells: Is the Minister in a position to inform the House of the latest developments regarding the sheepmeat proposals?
Mr Geraint Howells: No.
Mr Geraint Howells: No.
Mr Geraint Howells: Last week we were privileged to debate the Scottish and Welsh orders. I was not surprised when hon. Members on both sides of the House united to support the Government and the orders. We are duty bound tonight —with respect to the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark)—to support the Government. It is a very serious problem. I am a small hill farmer and have lived in Wales all my...
Mr Geraint Howells: We are well aware that the young Minister is sincere in his deliberations. He is convincing at times and very persuasive in his approach. I thank him for coming back from Brussels to open this debate and, I hope, to make the winding-up speech. I hope that he will be enlightened by the comments of hon. Members and I wish him the best in his negotiations on his arrival back in Brussels. I am...