Results 141–160 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

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

Mr Michael Welsh: Will the Minister pass on our regards to the new chairman and convey to him that his next important task will be to find another new house in America, because he will be going back there shortly after the next election?

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (26 Apr 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: The debate which I am initiating is about the implementation of the recommendations of the industrial injuries advisory council. It has nothing to do with any cases of deafness that may be before the courts. That is not the issue under review. The issue in question is industrial deafness and a report which was presented to Parliament on the subject in November 1982. A number of important...

The Brandt Commission Report (18 Apr 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: One can speak on many of the issues involved in the "Common Crisis" report. One could comment at length on the recommendations in the report, but I do not intend to discuss them in depth because so many hon. Members want to contribute to this important debate. This could be one of the most important subjects to be debated in the House since I was elected in 1979. I wish to deal with three...

The Brandt Commission Report (18 Apr 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I hope that those rumours are unfounded and that, when replying to the debate, the Minister will say so. It would be a terrible shame if they proved to be correct. Many people would look down on a Government who did not make a full contribution to a form of aid that is helping the poorest countries. I hope that, irrespective of the attitude of our friends the Americans, the Minister will give...

National Coal Board (Chairman) (28 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: When the Secretary of State made the appointment of the man from America at such great cost, what consultations took place with the trade unions in the mining industry? Will it be the new chairman's job to increase demand and therefore increase production, or will he be expected to cut production to present-day demand?

Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill: Final Certificates (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I must tell the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Sir A. Costain) that plans are already deposited with local authorities. There are thousands of inquiries each week about those plans. I would be the last to say that those inquiries were necessarily justified—they may have been made in fun. But business men who make such inquiries, and spend money on sending architects to study the...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill: Final Certificates (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I have seen plans for mining areas that give a tremendous amount of information about the workings below ground. I was chairman of the architect's department in the Doncaster metropolitan borough, which has the largest acreage in the country, and chairman of the planning department and also involved in the technical services and engineering branch. I have a little knowledge—but not a...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill: Final Certificates (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: It would be wrong to enter into a dialogue with the hon. Gentleman about this, but it is surely correct to make certain that we have the material. What is wrong with ensuring that people and buildings are protected? I see nothing wrong with that, but I see something wrong with not protecting them. If some kiddie lost his life because this was not done, I should be very hurt. The cost of...

Orders of the Day — Housing and Building Control Bill: Extension to Cases Where Landlord is a Charity (23 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I shall be brief. I want to speak in support of the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Benyon). I do not believe that the issue is whether to buy or sell. The amendment is not about that. It is about something else. The amendment is about having good faith with institutions, and especially with charitable institutions, in making a grant or giving them the right to borrow. It is a matter of good...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: "Common Crisis" (21 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the proposal made in the Brandt commission's report "Common Crisis" that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development aid-givers should reach the target of 0·7 per cent. of gross national product within five years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: "Common Crisis" (21 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware that other countries, including the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, contribute a much higher percentage of their GNP? Is it not false for a great country such as Britain to say that it cannot set a reasonable timetable for achieving the development assistance target? With a percentage of 0·44 of GNP, we are one of the lowest in the league table of advanced countries.

Industrial Noise and Industrial Deafness (11 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I support the motion of my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster (Mr. Walker) on industrial noise and industrial deafness. I must be brief because of shortage of time, but the matter should be given more time for debate. The last time that it was debated was when I introduced an Adjournment debate in December 1981. I was surprised that it was so long ago, because to me it seemed as...

Industrial Noise and Industrial Deafness (11 Mar 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: The reason is probably that after the age of 35 there are only six months in a year. I am grateful for the Minister's comments about deafness during the previous debate. Deafness is not accepted as the evil that it is. I am reminded of the story of the gentleman who took a blind lad to the circus. Afterwards he was asked whether he had enjoyed it and he said "Yes, but I felt sorry for those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Use (28 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what information he has as to the extent to which coal has replaced other fuels in particular uses over the last four years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Coal Use (28 Feb 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the Minister for that information. Is he aware that many firms are slashing their fuel bills by switching to coal? One Merseyside firm slashed its energy bill in one year by £150,000 by switching to coal. Will the Minister give an assurance that the help that the Government give to firms switching from other fuels to coal will continue after 31 March?

Airey Houses (31 Jan 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I wish to draw the attention of the House to the problem associated with Airey houses, especially those that are owned by local councils. British architecture has had more than its fair share of problems in the post-war years. Airey houses are an example of the consequences of building in non-traditional materials or to non-traditional methods. These nontraditional houses take their name...

Airey Houses (31 Jan 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank my hon. Friend for those comments. I am sure that the ombudsman will take everything into account and will come to a decision that he thinks is right and just. The Government will generously meet the cost of any ex gratia payment when the purchase option is exercised, subject to the option on repurchase being exercised in the period that will end in September 1985. The Government...

Opposition Day: Airey Houses (Repair Grants) (24 Jan 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: I have a great interest in the subject-matter of this debate, because I shall have an Adjournment debate next Monday on the Airey houses in my local authority area. I thank hon. Members on both sides of the House who have contributed to this debate, because their speeches will make the Minister more aware of the problems being experienced by local authorities and may persuade him to come up...

Opposition Day: Airey Houses (Repair Grants) (24 Jan 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the hon. Gentleman prepared to say which building society will provide a mortgage if these houses are put up for sale after the package is completed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Employment (United Kingdom) (24 Jan 1983)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration his Department gives to the effect on employment in the United Kingdom when deciding on overseas aid expenditure.


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