Results 81–100 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

Prayers: Business of the House (16 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: I notice that six hours have been set down for private business next week. I accept that there are many other matters to discuss as well as private business, but is it possible to reduce the time allowed for private business to three hours and have a debate on the Third world during the other three hours? It is a long time since we debated that issue. If the right hon. Gentleman cannot allow...

Clause 50: Housing Action Trusts: Constitution (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: As planning will be taken over by the HATs, will they take over building control, too?

Clause 50: Consultation and Publicity (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: Basically, I should like to speak about clause 56, dealing with consultation. I noted the Secretary of State's reply on consultation. The point is that he has said that he will consult after designating an area. Amendment No. 87 seeks to provide that consultation shall take place before designation, and that is for a special reason. I am opposed to housing action trusts. I believe that local...

Clause 50: Consultation and Publicity (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Minister has said that he will decide whether consultation goes ahead, but, in real consultation, one has to come to an agreement. It is all very well holding consultations and saying, "I am the Minister. It does not matter whether you have no community care or health centres. The scheme will still go ahead because I am the Minister and I say so." I am referring to meaningful...

Clause 50: Surplus Rental Income (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: That is an important issue. If the Bill is passed, the Secretary of State will be able to raid housing associations at any time he desires and take away the rents. Is this not similar to what happened to local authorities which sold houses? They have a large fund of money but are not allowed to invest it in housing and repairs. I hope that I am not giving ideas to the Minister, but I am...

Clause 50: Surplus Rental Income (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: If the Secretary of State has absolute power, does my hon. Friend agree with what Lord Acton said about absolute power?

Clause 50: Surplus Rental Income (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: The only revenue that housing associations have comes from rents and they can build up surpluses for reinvestment purposes, repairs and so on. Taking that from them will be like taking the crutches from a cripple and telling him to stand on his own two feet.

Clause 50: Surplus Rental Income (14 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is it not a fact that housing associations, especially small housing associations, need 100 per cent. Government grants and loans, and that they need to be protected from the market economy? Surely, in any society, it is the Government's duty to look after the unfortunate and ensure that they have reasonable housing so that they can lead the good life in society.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: British Coal (13 Jun 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: When the Minister meets the chairman of British Coal, will he discuss coal supply, and whether it is better to buy British rather than foreign coal? Will he make it plain to the chairman that he would not like to see foreign coal imported cheaply in the short run, if, when it runs out, the domestc coal industry will be unable to supply our needs?

Opposition Day: Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (11 May 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: I agree with my hon. Friend's arguments on unemployment. Does he agree that it would be foolish to embark on an undertaking to bring minerals into this country when we have a 300-year supply of coal? Surely such importation would increase unemployment and ruin the balance of payments. Would it not be foolish to pay for imports when we can produce what is needed? Does my hon. Friend agree that...

Opposition Day: Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (11 May 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way on an important issue. He said that the facilities would be for all sorts of imports, and he was grateful for that. If all sorts of imports can come in, is the hon. Gentleman saying that it is possible for nuclear waste to be imported, and to be dumped in our constituencies? If he is saying that, does he agree with it? I do not. I ask the hon....

Opposition Day: Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill (By Order) (11 May 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Hon. Members know that I am not familiar with all the procedures of the House, and on this occasion I seem to have let myself down. The Order Paper reads: On Second Reading of the Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill, to move, That the Bill be read a second time upon this day six months. As a mere Back Bencher, I thought that six months meant six...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Open and Coke Fires (28 Mar 1988)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware that many coal fires are going out because—[Laughter.] I thought that that was rather good. This is happening because smokeless zones have been introduced. Therefore, people have been left with only one fire, so they cannot properly heat their homes. Could British Coal offer grants to such people when an area is made smokeless, so that they can afford to put in central...

Prayers: Coalfield Communities (20 Nov 1987)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Coalfield Communities Campaign is directed to improving the quality of life in mining communities, and the Government show no desire to help. Does my hon. Friend agree that, if the Government are not prepared to help, they should allow local authorities to spend the moneys that they have in bank deposits as a result of selling council houses so that they can help to improve the quality of...

Trade Unions (24 Feb 1987)

Mr Michael Welsh: If the Minister's opinion is that there should be a ballot for strikes to take place, and if those who have no desire to strike are in the minority, so they can still work, how will one know who voted against a strike?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (25 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: I do not support the Bill. The financial aspects of it have not been thought out properly. The Bill does not contain the detail that one should have thought the Government would desire. We do not dispute the fact that there is no substitute for efficiency. I accept that. There is a danger that, if we cut the industry too much, we will be in financial difficulty. The Bill may aim to do that....

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (25 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: I accept that. It was a mistake to drop it to £50 million. The money was needed to make the industry efficient and enable it to stand on its own two feet, as the Minister desires. Clause 3 mentions an amount of £750 million. Basically, that money is provided to close pits and to cause miners to be unemployed. The aim is not only to close pits but to reduce production. That will be one of...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (25 Nov 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am not saying that. I am being fair. I am talking about other clauses. I do not think that Acts of Parliament help. If I fell out with my wife and an Act of Parliament said that she had to come back to me, she would just throw it away. People must become involved and talk about the issues. That is not done with Acts of Parliament. The only good thing is that, within the next 12 months, we...

British Rail Engineering (20 May 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware of what he is doing to Doncaster? The jobs of 1,600 people will go. The pits are closing, the workshops are closing, and the plants are now being attacked and will close. One in four is unemployed, and 90 per cent. of the kiddies who left school could not find a job. What will be done for Doncaster and what investment is going into the area? When will the Government...

Opposition Day: European Community (Energy Objectives) (19 Feb 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: The general point of the document can be summed up briefly. It is that energy should be provided when required at an acceptable cost. It is also important to have a secure supply of resources to stop the threat of shortages that eventually affect the quality of life and undermine the economy. More specifically, the document speaks of strengthening the internal market and transport policy and...

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