Results 61–80 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (1 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: The two electricity generating companies have asked that they be able to reduce the amount of coal that they receive from British Coal from 25 million tonnes to below 60 million tonnes while getting the rest from abroad. Does my hon. Friend agree that that means that one third of British collieries will close? It means that the Nottinghamshire coalfields will disappear. What happens when...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (1 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I wonder whether you could rule on the point that has just been made by the hon. Member for Sherwood (Mr. Stewart)? Is it relevant to the carry-over motion?

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (1 Nov 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I have an important question: an this sitting be adjourned until the Secretary of State for Energy comes and says why, in a letter to me on 26 July, he said that all the coal which was produced would be burnt, whereas a Cabinet document shows that 30,000 miners will be sacked in three years? When we spoke about this Bill we were not aware...

Orders of the Day — Children Bill [Lords]: Day Care Plan and Review (24 Oct 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: This point is vital in mining areas in which a great deal of unemployment has occurred in recent years. My oldest child goes to a play group; if there was a charge for it, the group would close. Where would we go from there? It exists now only because of the kindness of the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church. If there were a charge, what would happen to the young people who are being...

Orders of the Day — Children Bill [Lords]: Evidence Given by, or with Respect to, Children (24 Oct 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I ask for your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker. There are a number of issues involved in the next group of amendments. Hon. Members may desire to vote on each. Shall we have the prerogative to vote on each amendment so that those who desire to vote on a particular amendment will be allowed to do so?

Employment Bill: Trade Union Duties for Which Time Off Must Be Allowed by Employer (6 Jun 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: It is of great importance to industrial relations that workers are educated about them. The average age of people working for British Coal is about 34. The chairman of British Coal has said that he will welcome the opportunity to give courses to educate young people in trade unions in industrial relations and collective bargaining. I believe that you would welcome that, Madam Deputy Speaker,...

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (23 May 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: Askern is a special case. It will be bumped if the Bill is passed. It is a special case for me also because I lived at Askern, and my father was killed in a pit there in 1935. Askern means a lot to me. Also, 73 per cent. of its male population works at Askern pit. There just ain't any more work. In the summer of 1987, 190-odd kiddies left school, and only 44 got jobs. Those people live in a...

Avon Light Rail Transit Bill [Lords] (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I shall now carry on to talk about the extinction of certain rights of way. I am not against changing rights of way. If this were a planning application, there would be discussion at planning level and, if the planners wanted to do away with one right of way, they would provide another one. That would be done, however, before the plans were accepted, which is reasonable. That is the correct...

Avon Light Rail Transit Bill [Lords] (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: We are discussing this Bill, but I shall note the hon. Gentleman's comments. Such matters should not be in any Bill. Plans should go to the planning authority and not to this House. It is laid down by this House that they should go through the planning authority. They should be considered in the correct way. After negotiations at planning level with planning officers—not elected...

Avon Light Rail Transit Bill [Lords] (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: I rise to speak against the Bill on a number of issues but I shall be short and selective because that is necessary. If a Bill is presented to this House, it should be correctly worded so that we can understand it. Parts of the Bill frighten me in so far as they relate to protecting individuals against legislation of this nature. Clause 14 states: "The Company may"— that word "may" is...

Avon Light Rail Transit Bill [Lords] (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wonder whether the sponsor of the Bill is allowed to speak in the Chamber to the people responsible for the Bill. I thought that this was the House of Commons.

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (8 Nov 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: We still cannot find out who is the owner. Are we to allow a compulsory purchase order to be applied when we do not know who desires it?

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (8 Nov 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: There is another point to be added. If cheap coal comes from South Africa, does it not mean that British Coal will be unable to plan new investment and that investment in new pits will stop because British pits will not have the chance to supply coal? A pit is not like a factory—it cannot close and then open again. The critical path is 10 to 15 years. Therefore one must plan ahead. We shall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: El Salvador (6 Jul 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made regarding the increase in human rights violations in El Salvador.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: El Salvador (6 Jul 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware that during the first four months of this year 100 civilians have been killed, the vast majority of them by death squads? They had been tortured and beaten, their hands tied behind their backs and then executed. That is the way in which the death squads carry out that kind of punishment. Is the Minister also aware that in this sparsely populated country of 5 million,...

Orders of the Day — North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill (4 Jul 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: That is an important issue. The company does not have the money for which it is applying, and cannot raise it until a meeting is held in September. If it is decided that the company cannot have the money—it could he just over £3 million—it means that nobody knows what will come out of the terminal. It could be anything.

Orders of the Day — North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill (4 Jul 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: If those pits are closed because of the proposed port facilities, the remaining pits will have to pay for and carry all investment costs. Therefore, unit costs will rise in the remaining pits, causing them to suffer. Is it not possible that our coal industry will cease to exist and we will depend completely on foreign coal?

Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (23 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Bill states that the duty of Associated British Ports is to pay due regard to efficiency, economy and safety. Does my hon. Friend consider that ABP has paid due regard to safety?

Opposition Day: North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill (By Order) (22 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: When the Secretary of State said that imported coal would hurt British pits, but that if the price of coal went up we would have a chance to compete, he made an important statement, but is that not an example of economic madness? Does my hon. Friend agree that, once a pit has been closed, output cannot be increased just to suit demand? Once a shaft is closed, no more coal can be brought out....

Opposition Day: North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill (By Order) (22 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. According to the Bill, the company involved was Central Oil Refining Co. Ltd. a subsidiary of Chemical and Oil Storage Management Ltd.. In essence, my point of order is that no trace could be found of that firm. We finally went to the Private Bill Office and were told that Chemical and Oil Storage Management Ltd. is now Simon Engineering plc. We are...


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