Mr Robert Harvey: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the provision of 200 jobs by Brother Industries in Wrexham represents just the latest in a staggering record of achievements in reducing unemployment over the past six months? Will my right hon. Friend encourage further industries to move to that corner of north-east Wales?
Mr Robert Harvey: Does my hon. Friend agree that the 9 per cent. increase for nurses will do a great deal to improve morale in the Health Service? Does he also agree that it is highly desirable that so much of the funding for that should come not from the area health authorities but from central Government?
Mr Robert Harvey: In industrial Wales there can be few St. David's days with more to cheer about than this one. The Welsh CBI quarterly trends survey shows that 13 per cent. of businesses are more optimistic than before, 19 per cent. expect a growing volume of output, 36 per cent. expect an increase in total new orders and 16 per cent. expect a rise in employment. Wales's industrial economy is booming, thanks...
Mr Robert Harvey: Will my right hon. Friend welcome the fact that in the latest CBI report on quarterly trends, 16 per cent. of respondents say that they expect to take on new labour this year? Will he condemn the gloom that the Labour party shows at the good news that unemployment is declining in Wales?
Mr Robert Harvey: Will my right hon. Friend consider re-extending development area status to Denbigh in view of the closure of North Wales hospital?
Mr Robert Harvey: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on the characteristic respect and modesty that he has shown in consulting the House before making a decision on Sizewell B. There are so many Conservative Members who, like myself, so passionately reject the Labour party's unilateralist stance on nuclear weapons and so dislike the coalition of forces assembled behind the proposition...
Mr Robert Harvey: While warmly welcoming the Government's strategy of getting the mentally ill back into the community, may I ask my hon. Friend to consider the devastating impact on the local community of the closure of North Wales hospital? Will he consider providing Welsh Office funding for any viable proposal for the use of the building?
Mr Robert Harvey: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the deep concern felt on this side of the House at the crisis facing Welsh farming? Will he consider pressing for a devaluation of the green pound, given that the currency is now 20 per cent. out of alignment? Will he also consider scrapping the £90 inspection charge, which is considered absurd by most farmers on whom it is inflicted?
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans to introduce quotas on sheep production in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Robert Harvey: I welcome those excellent figures, but does my right hon. Friend agree that farming faces one of its most uncertain prospects for years because of factors outside the Government's control? Will he consider introducing quotas on sheepmeat production to protect upland farmers from the lowland farmers who are going out of cereals? Will my right hon. Friend also assure us that there will be no...
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current level of output in the mining industry; and what was the comparable figure in 1985.
Mr Robert Harvey: Does my hon. Friend agree that those figures represent a staggering increase in productivity? Will he convey our congratulations to both management and work force? Do not those figures represent a ringing vindication of the rationalisation policy carried out in the teeth of a politically motivated strike?
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any guidelines for the policing of rural areas.
Mr Robert Harvey: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. In view of the enormous increase in spending on the police force under this Government, would he not consider it a serious error if 40 rural police stations in north Wales were to close?
Mr Robert Harvey: Three and a half years ago, I was elected for Clwyd, South-West, a constituency where the unemployment rate stood at about 18 per cent. At that election, like other Conservative party candidates up and down the country, I said that, contrary to the claims of the Opposition parties, inflation, which affects the climate of industrial investment and which had been brought down from 15 per cent....
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Paymaster General what would be the current cost of reducing the age of qualifications of the job release scheme to 60 years; and how many jobs would be saved thereby.
Mr Robert Harvey: In view of the cost effectiveness of reducing unemployment in this way and the great number of people seeking early retirement, will my hon. Friend therefore consider introducing this measure?
Mr Robert Harvey: Will my hon. Friend welcome the enormously increased provision for housing expenditure announced in the autumn statement and will he confirm that a certain proportion of that will be going to Wales?
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales what funds he has made available for cervical cancer screening in the current financial year.
Mr Robert Harvey: I am sure that both sides of the House will welcome that dramatic increase in spending. Can my hon. Friend confirm that the Welsh Office funding will be sufficient for local health authorities to set up this service?