Results 181–200 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Universities (20 Apr 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the reductions envisaged in university places in future years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Universities (20 Apr 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the Minister for that reply, because there must have been much correspondence on the subject. Is the Minister aware that he will be reducing the number of university entrants in 1982–83 to 72,000? In 1980–81 the figure was 76,900, which means that there has been a large reduction in one year. Is he aware that the 18-yearold population will be at a peak of 924,000? Is what the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry (Discussions) (5 Apr 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: When the right hon. Gentleman meets the new president of the NUM, Mr. Arthur Scargill—as I have already said, he is a grand lad—will he bear in mind that he was president of the Yorkshire area for 10 years and never had a strike in that area? Will he discuss both productivity and production? It is no good having productivity if we decrease production. We are discussing both an increase in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Energy Reserves (8 Mar 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware that much of our great reserves of coal should be used as soon as possible to the benefit of the country? Does he agree that he should get in touch with his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment to see that no further local authority houses are built without chimneys to burn coal? Could he also ask his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Mar 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I was not a member of the Committee on the Bill, but I accept that because I was a member of the Committee that discussed the previous Bill and all of us—especially miners—want hon. Members to take their turn and to contribute as much as possible. Sometimes hon. Members talk about the NCB and the National Union of Mineworkers out of context. They are both involved in one of the greatest...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Mar 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: My hon. Friend is quite right. Those women cannot believe the level of tax that they must pay. They are good village people and take everyone at face value. They always thought that people were just, moral and God-fearing. Yet they receive letters saying that they will be taxed at 48 per cent. They cannot believe it. They do not believe that anyone would do such a thing to them. One cannot...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: International Development Association (1 Mar 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Does the Minister agree that even 14 per cent. could create a tremendous amount of employment in Great Britain? Seen even from a selfish angle—and parliamentarians may do that—would it not be as well to carry on the loan agreed by the 1980 Parliament, if only for the sake of creating employment in this country? Would that be a reasonable approach to the subject?

Orders of the Day — Overseas Development (11 Feb 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I was dragged, if that is an acceptable term, into overseas aid when serving His Majesty. I had the opportunity to see the conditions in which people lived. That was many moons ago. My interest was heightened when Nye Bevan asked for a contribution of 1 per cent., not 0.7 per cent., of the gross national product to be directed towards overseas aid. The only country that will reach the higher...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Vale of Belvoir (8 Feb 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Energy when the National Coal Board would be able to start development of the Vale of Belvoir's three collieries in the event of the granting of planning permission.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Vale of Belvoir (8 Feb 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: To maximise returns from the Vale of Belvoir the NCB should work only three pits, so will the right hon. Gentleman ask the Secretary of State for the Environment to take that factor into account? Does he agree that to work more than three pits would reduce the NCB's returns and increase unit costs, so the undertaking would not be efficient and effective? As the inquiry report has been with...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (2 Feb 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Miners do not want pits to close, yet we accept that some pits, such as Leicester, must be closed. The biggest worry is that the miners in those pits will not have the satisfaction of working in efficient collieries unless the Vale of Belvoir bears fruit. Is that not vital for the miners in that area and for Britain if we are to have an efficient mining industry?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Third World (1 Feb 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policies on increasing the level of aid given to countries in the Third world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Third World (1 Feb 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Does the Minister appreciate that the spirit of the Cancun agreement was to give aid to the Third world? In accordance with that spirit, and taking into account the Government's expenditure plans for 1981–84, is the Minister aware that during 1981–82 there will be a reduction of £62 million and in 1982–83 a reduction of £61 million, making a total reduction of over £123 million over...

Orders of the Day — Industrial Deafness (14 Dec 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: I do not think that there is a great difference of opinion between the Minister and I on this important issue. The matter has been debated before, and I have raised it again to see whether more can be done for these unfortunate people. This is the International Year of Disabled People, and deafness is a soul-destroying disability. Many individuals have been made deaf because of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Disabled Persons (27 Jul 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Lord Privy Seal what extra money has so far been allocated to the Third world countries to help the disabled in those countries in the International Year of Disabled People.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Disabled Persons (27 Jul 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the spending of £34,000 on a rehabilitation centre was made instead of contributing to the United Nations voluntary trust fund? Is the Minister aware that the treasurer has discovered that he has vast resources to spend on different schemes? Does he agree that in this International Year of Disabled People more money should be spent by this country on...

Ways and Means: Bingo Duty (6 Jul 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: That is disgraceful.

Ways and Means: Bingo Duty (6 Jul 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: I should like to say that I was speaking to a full House, but this sparse attendance will be the result in many bingo halls in the North when this tax is imposed. That will be embarrassing to the working class when they go to those bingo halls. It is not embarrassing to me because, although I am a reasonably new Member, I am used to the fact that not many Conservative Members attend when we...

Ways and Means: Bingo Duty (6 Jul 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: I have always accepted the fact that many Conservative Members are here for self-preservation. I would like to think that they are here for the benefit of the nation and everyone who lives here. It would not be right for me to speak on bingo if I did not declare an interest. My wife plays bingo. I am pleased that she does. When Northern Members of Parliament stop here five days a week, like...

Ways and Means: Bingo Duty (6 Jul 1981)

Mr Michael Welsh: My wife is bigger than I am. But, of course, this is a serious debate on bingo and on the working people's pursuit of felicity. I can assure my hon. Friends that I have no arguments with my wife. I have always agreed that she is the boss, and that is the end of it—there is no dispute.


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