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Orders of the Day — Defence: European Coal and Steel Community (15 Oct 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: I should like to ask the Minister for advice. All members of the EC can borrow on the open market. Is it suggested that nationalised industries will be allowed to borrow on the open market?

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: The abuse of planning permission as a result of the Bill is very important. That aspect involves all of us. Local authorities and communities should be involved in planning. Hon. Members may say that it is a minor detail, but the Bill abuses the right of the planning authority. Part III concerns lands and refers to such new rights "as they may require" over any of the lands. That means that...

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: With great respect, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I did not mean to do so and I apologise. If Conservative Members believe in inefficiency, so be it. I am not complaining about that. They can condone inefficiency, but the Opposition do not and we have no intention of doing so. Clause 21 also refers to what would happen if those responsible are inaccurate in their description of any land, or in their...

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: As my hon. Friend says, such suggestions would be thrown out; or if the council was Labour, it would discuss the plans with the applicant to try to come to some amicable agreement. That is what a Labour council would do and that is what good planning is all about, but the Bill is not about good planning. To return to clause 21, if the plans are inaccurate, the provisions refer to the...

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Many individuals on both sides of the House go away for a month. The matter comes up within 10 days. Indeed, some people go away for three months. I do not criticise them for that. The best of British luck to them. Sometimes they go to the Caribbean, a place that I do not claim to know. However, the time is limited. That is the issue. The matter should be open...

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: My hon. Friend is correct. If you use the payroll vote to steamroll a private Bill through the House, you cannot expect Opposition Members to treat it with anything but contempt. That is what it is about. If you allow complete freedom, there would be more democracy in this Chamber and that would be welcomed by hon. Members on both sides of the House. Another important point arises from...

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: My hon. Friend the Member for Midlothian (Mr. Eadie) makes a vital point. It proves that a business man with a small factory who wishes to expand and to provide more employment may not receive more compensation after extending his factory than he would have otherwise received. That will be the position when you have passed the Bill. You will be depriving—

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (By Order): For Protection of Rivers Authority (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The Government will remove the freedom of choice from employers to extend their works in that way. Conservative Members may not object to freedom of choice being removed. We have no intention of allowing that to happen. In a democracy, freedom of choice is vital. Pathways run across a great deal of land, but clause 23 begins: All private rights of way over...

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (14 Jan 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the Minister for giving way. Is it efficient to have a gas power station, which may operate well, if a couple of pits have to be closed, leaving coal which can never be removed as the shafts are completely filled in? In the long term, is that efficiency, or is it bad planning?

Killingholme Generating Stations (Ancillary Powers) Bill [Lords] (14 Jan 1991)

Mr Michael Welsh: The hon. Gentleman says that the objectors have cost a lot of money because time has been taken, but it is important to explain that until last November it was illegal to pass the Bill. In 1975 the Council of Ministers decided that gas could not be used to make electricity. Therefore, nobody had held up the Bill except the EC because permission was only given last November.

National Health Service Trusts (4 Dec 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: Does the Minister accept that the correct term is "opting out", because if the hospitals go bankrupt, they will opt back into the national health service. I have that on authority from the Severn-Trent authority. I totally condemned the proposals for Doncaster royal infirmary and Montagu hospital because the Government have not consulted the consumers. To my knowledge, no doctors agree with...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (18 Jul 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Are the amendments in order or are they defective?

Orders of the Day — Community Charge (12 Jul 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: I assure you, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I shall take no longer than the 10 minutes to which you have requested hon. Members to try to limit their speeches. I totally oppose the order and, like others, will vote against it. I am not only opposed to poll tax capping; I am opposed to the poll tax. If the Government had not introduced the poll tax, we should not have poll tax capping now. The...

Orders of the Day — Community Charge (12 Jul 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: As the Prime Minister says, "If I win by one, I win." Doncaster should not have been capped. We are proud of our caring authority. We have one of the best nursery schools in all of Great Britain. The capping proposals may damage nursery schools. The Minister may not be bothered about the little kiddies in my area going to school, but I must make it plain that the hon. Member for Doncaster,...

Orders of the Day — Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (25 Jun 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (25 Jun 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: I shall be brief. The promoters of the Bill say that this is a private Bill, so they do not need an environmental statement or assessment, although it has been pointed out that the Government believe that the promoters of the Bill should provide an environmental statement. Does my hon. Friend agree that, even if they are right, 61 Tory Members, 18 Cabinet Ministers and 10 Whips voted for the...

Orders of the Day — Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (25 Jun 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: It is obvious to everyone that great damage will be caused to the industry. Is not the Bill also important in terms of the great damage that it could do to the environment?

Orders of the Day — Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (25 Jun 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I should like your guidance on an important issue. My constituents may suffer tremendously as a result of the legislation. I draw to your attention the fact that, according to European legislation, an environmental assessment should have been made. As no such assessment was made, the number of lorries that will come through my constituency——

Orders of the Day — Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords]: Offences Relating to Security at Aerodromes etc. I982 C. 36 (20 Jun 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: I speak against the motion for two reasons. First, I should like to get the measure through, so we shall be asking for one and a half hours' debate for each of the poll tax measures. That will take up a tremendous amount of Government time. It is vital that we should finish discussing the Bill tonight, so that we have plenty of time to discuss the poll tax. That is reasonable, as it involves...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Hong Kong (9 May 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: Will the Minister ask the ambassador to tell the Chinese leaders, when he meets them again, that it would help to build confidence in Hong Kong if we had a reassurance that after 1997 they will send into Hong Kong just the police and not the army? If they were to send in the 27th, I would not like it.


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