Results 161–180 of 262 for speaker:Mr Michael Welsh

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

Mr Michael Welsh: Is the Minister aware that there seem to be no figures for employment created in this country as a result of overseas aid? Would he agree that that is wrong? The country should know that investment overseas creates employment in this country. Will he produce the figures to show the nation the good that we obtain from helping our brothers and sisters through overseas aid?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Wages Costs (Coal Industry) (13 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the change in real wages costs per tonne in the United Kingdom coal industry in 1981–82.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Wages Costs (Coal Industry) (13 Dec 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the Minister for that reply, but does he agree, on this special occasion, that other costs must be taken into account, such as those of disasters in mines, like the Coventry accident this weekend, which was a terrible cost? Will the Minister, because of those circumstances, convey our deep thanks to all who took part in the rescue so speedily and so well, and convey to the injured...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (15 Nov 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Transport Bill and the White Paper were presented together only 10 days ago. Page 7 of the White Paper states: The Secretary of State will take account of local authorities' views". How could the Secretary of State make that statement in the White Paper when he presented it on the same day as the Bill? I ask for your guidance, Mr. Speaker....

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: NCB (European Community Borrowing) (26 Jul 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what was the total borrowing from the EEC by the National Coal Board for the years 1971 to 1979 and 1979 to 1982.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: NCB (European Community Borrowing) (26 Jul 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I thank the Minister for that reply. Has any restriction been placed on the National Coal Board's borrowings from the EEC since 1979?

Orders of the Day — International Fund for Agricultural Development (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I should like to emphasise a point that has already been made, that £18 million was paid by this order last year, but only £13 million this year. I appreciate the tremendous amount of trouble that has been taken and the discussions that have been going on in Rome over this issue and it appears that we are paying a percentage, which means in real terms a decrease in aid to the International...

Orders of the Day — International Fund for Agricultural Development (7 Jul 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Australia, New Zealand and Germany are doing so. The biggest shock was that Malaysia was thinking about sending its students to Russia where the fees are only a quarter as high as ours. Those students would be heavily subsidised. We should subsidise overseas students so that they can go back and help their poor countries to grow into an industrial country and a better country. If they can do...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Would the hon. Gentleman say that politicians are getting involved in the industrial scene and in relations between employer and employee, which they should not be doing?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I support the amendments to clause 13 relating to actions in tort against trade unions. I shall refer first, however, to the remarks of the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Renton) to the effect that trade unions should be responsible. The definition of "responsible" can be subjective. I believe that responsible unions are those that fight hard for their members and achieve the best possible...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I have always opposed flags of convenience because all workers are brothers. Although all hon. Members here may be classed as brothers, in the practice of the House I accept that we call them hon. Members. All trade unionists are brothers, but few could be called that on the Conservative Benches. Many ships which fly flags of convenience have few British men on board. They have mostly people...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: That is a good point. If sailors do not sail, for reasons of safety alone, can we be charged with implementing legislation which may cause death or serious injury, when the unions involved in that industry cannot strike for safety's sake? It is important to realise that we are legislating for things that happen overseas or on ships flying flags of convenience.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: If that is an assurance from the Minister, I accept it. Let us hope that when the sailors come out on strike, they will be able to quote the Minister and that no action will be taken against them. They will be able to call the Minister as a witness in court. I have nothing against that, and I am grateful for the Minister's intervention to confirm that if the lads take this action on board...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Yes, I shall explain everything to my constituents. They are well aware of the fact. I have had at least four meetings with my miners. I do not mind a ballot, but not one miner will be in favour of the legislation. If the miners, for various reasons, come out in support of the nurses because of the terribly small sum that is being offered to them, and the National Coal Board wanted to sue...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: If what I am saying is the definition of getting worked up, I hope that the hon. Gentleman never comes to one of our strike meetings.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I assume that the hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Smith) was flying the flag for the Liberal Party only in the local elections. I fail to see the relationship between the present legislation and local issues such as emptying dustbins. Surely it is Liberal philosophy just to debate small, local issues. In fact, they have a different policy for every ward.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: Yes, and I suppose that the people who passed that resolution also pay rates and vote in local elections, so it is strange that at its first conference this year there should be so much interest in people who pay local rates and vote just like everyone else.

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: I am not one of the many who believe that this will have to be fought in the factories and the mines of this country. I should not like to see that because I do not like strikes. I believe that strike action should be taken only when it is vitally necessary. But if the Government try to take hard-earned money from the NUM, whether it is in contempt of court or not, that will be enough to...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Actions in Tort Against Trade Unions and Employers' Associations (18 May 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: That Act has not yet had time to be worked on. We fought that legislation strongly, but one would have thought that it would be given time to develop so that we could see the consequences before more legislation was thrust upon this great country for the industrial workers to suffer again. What I am saying is plain and simple. I wrap no wool about it. If it is decided that members' money is...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Social Security Benefits (26 Apr 1982)

Mr Michael Welsh: In November 1980 the 5 per cent. abatement issue was the subject of a great deal of argument. It was generally agreed that the abatement would be corrected when unemployment pay was taxed, which is to happen in July. It was understood that an unemployed married couple would receive a £1·75p increase when taxation took place. It now appears that may not happen. I have told my constituents...


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