Results 101–120 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

Unemployment (Doncaster) (13 Feb 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: The subject I am raising in the Adjournment debate is the unemployment problem in Doncaster metropolitan borough area following the closure of Youngs Seafoods and other undertakings. Before I start, may I welcome the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Front Bench? I hope that he enjoys it. They do say, I do not know if it is true, that success comes to Ministers who take cognisance of...

Standing Charges (Abolition) (22 Jan 1986)

Mr Michael Welsh: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to abolish standing charges for gas, electricity, water and telephone services for pensioners and persons in receipt of certain state benefits. Many attempts have been made to bring to the attention of the House the need to help the poorest in Britain who are wrongly charged by the utilities by the imposition of standing charges on their...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (1 May 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: rose——

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (1 May 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: Some hon. Members have attacked nationalised industries and have said that if they were privatised they would not have to be subsidised. One industry which is not nationalised is farming. It is efficient and receives subsidies year after year. Conservative Members contradict themselves. They vote in favour of subsidies for farming. I do not criticise that, because it might be necessary to...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (1 May 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: That is a fair point. We must consider other countries, especially those in the EEC. The 1983 subsidy for the United Kingdom was £7·4 per tonne. For West Germany the subsidy was between £11 and £12 per tonne. For France it was £19 per tonne and for Belgium £13·3 per tonne. Our industry receives the lowest subsidy in the EEC. The figures are not mine, but from the EEC accounts. One of...

Petition: Coal Mining Dispute (Benefit Cases) (1 May 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: I wish to discuss a matter which affects many of my constituents and those of other right hon. and hon. Members—the criteria for deciding benefit cases arising from the miners' dispute. I wish to bring to the notice of the Minister the strange findings of the regional adjudication officer at Leeds in disqualifying many individuals from receiving unemployment benefit. It appears that, just...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (1 May 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: I accept that there has been a tremendous amount of investment. But does the Minister agree that the coal board cannot get investment finance from anywhere else? The coal industry is not allowed to go to the open market for investment finance. We are not allowed to go to Europe for investment finance. It can come only from the state. We pay the going rate—in fact, a little bit more—to pay...

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry (Subsidies) (29 Apr 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: When the right hon. Gentleman receives the Commission's report, will he bear in mind that when the Heads of State met about three years ago, with the Prime Minister in attendance, they recommended that EEC coal mining production should be doubled? Does that not mean that the Commission's report will fly in the face of the wishes of the Heads of State?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity Industry (11 Mar 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: If the Minister is considering different sources of electricity supply and hoping that there will be an improvement in coal production up to 125 million tonnes per year, surely he must be expecting that more of that coal will be fed to the electricity industry than is at present the case.

Opposition Day: Coal Industry Dispute (4 Feb 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: At the outset, I want to put the record straight, because the Secretary of State made yet another announcement today to the effect that Arthur Scargill wanted every pit to stay open until the last tonne of coal had been brought out. That is quite wrong. No one who knows anything about mining would make such a statement. When a mine ends production, a certain amount of coal must be left to...

Opposition Day: Coal Industry Dispute (4 Feb 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am using NCB figures. To be fair to the NCB, all annual accounts in any industry are suspect because of how they are compiled. If units are closed on the basis of suspect accounts, nobody knows whether the units being closed are genuinely uneconomic. That is why there should be detailed negotiations between the NUM and the NCB to define an uneconomic unit. It should not be forgotten that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry Dispute (28 Jan 1985)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Secretary of State is aware that, since nationalisation, it has been the role of Ministers with responsibility for energy, and of other Ministers with responsibility for other nationalised industries, to hold the ring so that management and unions can discuss things and reach amicable agreements. In the past few months the Government and the NCB have been "two-oneing" the NUM. It is time...

National Union of Mineworkers (Sequestration) (19 Dec 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. All I asked was whether the Prime Minister was involved. The Solicitor-General will not answer that question.

National Union of Mineworkers (Sequestration) (19 Dec 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: In the debate earlier today, a Minister would not allow money to be spent on house building. That was completely wrong, but it is what the Minister decided. In contrast, on 11 December, the Attorney-General was throwing money about like confetti. Is it not strange that only today a Minister objected to money being spent on providing houses for the needy, yet the Attorney-General had plenty of...

National Union of Mineworkers (Sequestration) (19 Dec 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: No — Opposition Members have compassion, and I hope that we always do. That is very important. The Attorney-General said that Mr. Justice Nicholls ordered sequestration, and the sequestrators appointed by the court were named on 11 December as Price Waterhouse. That was due to a civil action brought to the courts — Taylor and Foulstone v. the NUM. That is important, because it is the...

National Union of Mineworkers (Sequestrators) (11 Dec 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: Some individuals—wrongly, in my opinion—have taken civil action against the NUM in the courts. What does that have to do with the Attorney-General?

Opposition Day: Miners' Families (Benefits) (26 Nov 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: In Wales and the west the commissioner has ruled that subcontractors should receive benefits, yet other authorities will not accept the commissioner's ruling.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry (26 Nov 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: rose—

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry (26 Nov 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: The argument about outside contractors has been taken to Wales and a commissioner has ruled that such workers should receive unemployment pay. As a general rule, that is accepted. Is it not strange that some people do not accept that ruling?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Industry Dispute (26 Nov 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: It would appear that the auditors agree only the north Derbyshire figures. According to The Observer yesterday, the auditors could not agree any other figures which the NCB put forward. Does the Minister agree with the report in The Observer?


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