Results 21–40 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: rose——

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill: Licensing of Coal Working, Searching and Boring (16 Jan 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: I will be brief and refer to two important issues in clause 4. Under that clause, the manpower in a private mine can be increased from 30 to 150. Clause 4 states: to work below ground there is at no time likely to exceed, or greatly to exceed, 150". An increase of 200 may be covered by the term "or greatly". The Bill would provide for such an increase unless the Secretary of State gives a...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: If in the short term we allow more coal imports, as the Bill will do, and close our own pits, where shall we turn when those countries now exporting their coal to us decide that they need it for their own purposes? It does not take a great intellect to appreciate that, in those circumstances, we shall have to pay whatever price is demanded. In a country that has no energy of its own, it is...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: But they cover only a three-year period.

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is it not a fact that if the Bill is enacted coal imports will increase to such an extent that our supplies will give us no security? We cannot decide subsequently to produce more coal because once a pit is closed it cannot be reopened. Coal production cannot operate simply according to supply and demand; there must be planned production. That is the difference between coal mining and other...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (10 Jan 1990)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. On various occasions when the Bill has been discussed, the hon. Member for Brigg and Cleethorpes (Mr. Brown) has either not spoken or has spoken so quickly that we have not been able to understand him. The fact that our debates are now being televised should not make any difference to our proceedings. In other words, should he not proceed as he has...

Famine (Ethiopia) (13 Dec 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: Getting from A to B in Tigray is difficult. Even money may not achieve that and people may die if something is not done. It may be difficult to get from Sudan. It may take many lorries, but are the lorries there? However much money there is, without lorries the food cannot be taken to those unfortunate people. Are arrangements being made to ensure that lorries will be there to transport food...

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Channel Tunnel (Tourism) (5 Dec 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Channel tunnel will play an important part in tourism and I hope that its opening will come quickly. Will the Minister take steps to ensure that it does, so that business people in the north, especially in Doncaster, can benefit from it?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (4 Dec 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way on the important issue of the safety of the mines and the individuals who work in them. The increase in miners is not great, but it is more than 500 per cent.; therefore, percentagewise it is large. There will be a tenfold increase—which is large—in the opencast extraction from the pit top. How many more safety inspectors will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Horn of Africa and Ethiopia (4 Dec 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I agree with the Minister that the war is causing starvation. If the war ceased, we could get food to millions of dying people. Some children in Ethiopia die even before they reach the age of one. Something must be done. Does the Minister agree that, even though an open-roads policy is not possible at present because of the fighting, we must continue to seek such a policy so that even if the...

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: My hon. Friend may have a point. If that has happened, it is all the more reason why we should vote against the amendments. It means that someone has been conniving, for want of a better word. We are not here to do such things. We are here to be honest and to protect people, even investors. I do not believe that the amendments should be accepted by the House. The hon. Member for Honiton may...

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: Some countries are known as "bank havens" and there is little control, if any, over their financial transactions. If the International Westminster bank operated in such countries, it would have to be subject to our laws or investors might lose their money—as happened in Gibraltar. Has that been taken into account when discussing the operations of National Westminster and International...

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I should like to speak to a number of the amendments. The first amendment is to clause 4, page 3, line 12. Its purpose is to leave out "having regard to" and to insert "by reason of". I cannot see the reason for the amendment. Parliamentary agents cost much money. It is their duty to present correct Bills on behalf of the organisations which pay them much money for their work. I cannot...

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: My hon. Friend the Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett) said that there is an undercurrent to the debate, but it is more like an overdraft. The hon. Member for Honiton (Sir P. Emery) is well versed in these matters, so I am sure that he will give a good and lengthy reply to the debate and explain the reason for the Lords amendments. I should like to speak to the amendment to clause...

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank my hon. Friend for bringing that matter to my notice. We are told that the amendments are narrow. but sometimes they can be dangerous. I like to think that, in discussing such a Bill, we aim to protect everyone, especially those who invest. We are talking about pension funds and so on and I cannot understand how these measures can protect them in any way. I am not saying anything...

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for helping in his usual shy and reserved way. It is good of him to come to the aid of an ordinary Back-Bencher who is not as involved as my hon. Friend in every aspect of the House——

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: And in banking. I should declare that I have a bank account with NatWest. I do not understand why—I suppose that it is the same for everyone—but every time my bank manager writes to me, he writes in red ink. He is a Socialist.

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Back-Benchers who are not satisfied with the answers that they get from the hon. Member for Honiton may request a vote.

International Westminster Bank Bill (By Order) (9 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for helping me.


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