Results 121–140 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

Orders of the Day — Supplementary Benefits (Strikers' Dependants) (21 Nov 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This is a serious issue that will deprive the people of my constituency of certain moneys. It is important that we should debate the issue rather than receiving a statement. I ask you, Mr. Speaker, not to accept the statement. Let us debate the issue so the kiddies in my area will realise what the Government are doing.

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Dispute (23 Jul 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Minister must get many letters from citizens complaining about different things, and in a liberal society we all agree with that. However, when a complaint comes from a Member of Parliament, the Minister should pass that on to the chief constable even if he does not intervene. He should not return it and tell the Member to send the complaint to the chief constable. I am not saying that,...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Dispute (23 Jul 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. As the Home Secretary is in the House, should he not be obliged to come into the Chamber?

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Dispute (23 Jul 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: On one occasion 16 loads which were not necessary in Scunthorpe went from Orgreave. Some of our lads' heads were split open by policemen who charged amongst them. I think that that was wrong. Some may say that the police acted properly, but I say that they acted wrongly when they charged amongst the men on that occasion. The Home Secretary should reply to all letters from Members of...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Dispute (23 Jul 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: That might be a point, but the Home Secretary could reply by saying no. The Home Secretary belittles the House if he does not reply to hon. Members within a reasonable time. Ministers must reply under rules of the House—and they do. I see no reason why the Home Secretary should not do the same. I am not a legal man, but a village lad—and proud of it. If the Home Secretary has no desire...

Coal Industry Dispute (19 Jun 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: At Orgreave yesterday, the chief constable of south Yorkshire must have ordered a tremendous number of policemen to carry out their duties there, but then he also brought in the cavalry. There were light troops on horseback hurting the lads on strike and wielding their batons unmercifully. We then saw the riot squad move in and do the same think to our lads—belting them across the head. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Mr. Ian MacGregor (11 Jun 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: Before Mr. MacGregor finishes his job as chairman of the NCB, he will wish to close uneconomic pits. Will the Secretary of State inform me of the definition of an uneconomic pit?

Opposition Day: Coal Industry Dispute (7 Jun 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Mrs. Clwyd) on her maiden speech, as I do the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash). The choice of the discipline in which hon. Members can make their maiden speech is varied. To have selected a coal debate shows how very important such debates are to Back Benchers. I hope that both my hon. Friend and the hon. Gentleman will make many...

Petition: Public Utilities (Standing Charges) (26 Apr 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: My right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, Central—your good self, Mr. Deputy Speaker—my hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Mr. Redmond) and myself wish to present this humble petition from the people of Doncaster and the surrounding area. The petition showeth That standing charges are an intolerable burden on those with low incomes, especially pensioners. Wherefore your...

Coal Industry Dispute (25 Apr 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware that the National Union of Mineworkers desires an end to the strike on reasonable terms? Is he aware, further, that the union's representatives will not negotiate at consultative meetings but will insist on conciliation meetings, which are quite different and are laid down under the nationalisation Act? Will the Minister now persuade the chairman of the National Coal...

Local Government: Coal Industry Dispute (Police Operations) (10 Apr 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: rose——

Local Government: Coal Industry Dispute (Police Operations) (10 Apr 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: I understand the point that the Home Secretary is making about mass picketing. He was implying that there is nothing wrong with peaceful picketing. I visited a picket line a week ago last Thursday, and the police would not allow a peaceful picket of six. The rest would have withdrawn and gone home to bed. I visited three different pickets where conditions were the same. I asked the police if...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Output (2 Apr 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that current total output is insufficient to meet the demands in the next four years, when oil supplies will have been reduced by at least 25 per cent? What is he doing to ensure that pits are kept open to produce the coal that the nation will require in four years,' time?

Orders of the Day — Mineworkers (Pensions and Concessionary Coal) (28 Mar 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: I shall be brief because a number of other hon. Members wish to participate in the debate. I do not welcome the orders, but accept them—and those points are quite different. I accept the orders because the Government are determined to close pits, whether or not the miners like it. The Conservative party has a majority in the House, so it can implement the orders. The orders will mean that...

Orders of the Day — Mineworkers (Pensions and Concessionary Coal) (28 Mar 1984)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am sorry, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I thought that that would be a fair comment to make after the speech of the hon. Member for Nottingham, North. The aim of the order is basically to encourage miners to accept unemployment. They should not do so. Instead, they should try to change the NCB's mind so that pits are kept open. The miners should show the NCB and the Government that the actions of...

Orders of the Day — Coal Industry Bill (12 Dec 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: The Coal Industry Bill is important to my constituency and to the nation. Several right hon. and hon. Members have suggested that the £6 billion is a piece of window-dressing borrowed from the Coal Board to help it produce more efficiently in the coming years. That is correct. The most vital issue is the great lack of investment in the industry in previous years. Investment in the 1960s went...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Grenada (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aid Her Majesty's Government are giving to Grenada.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Grenada (14 Nov 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the Minister for that reply. Is he aware that when this escapade is over the kiddies in Grenada will have to pick up all the pieces and put them together, and that one would therefore expect the people of Grenada to request further aid from this Government? Will the Minister assure us that, if that call for further aid comes, it will be looked at and given, and that it will come from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: National Coal Board (9 May 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what tasks he has set for the new chairman of the National Coal Board.


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