Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will reconsider the decision not to improve the Mold-Ruthin trunk road in view of its bad accident record and in the light of the further fatal accident on 17 June.
Mr Robert Harvey: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. What would be the cost of an improvement to eliminate the Llanbedr bend? What are the road-building priorities in the area?
Mr Robert Harvey: I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the constituency of Clwyd, South-West. It has one of the finest and proudest farming traditions in Wales and the United Kingdom, and has enormous potential for the expansion of small businesses and tourism. It has an industrial tradition that should provide a major incentive to new industries looking for promising locations in the economic...
Mr Robert Harvey: Will my right hon. Friend ensure that any changes that are made are not carried out in the brutal, vicious and sudden way that the Labour Government withdrew the regional employment premium in 1976?
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will give urgent priority to the construction and completion of the Chirk and Ruabon bypass on the A5.
Mr Robert Harvey: I welcome my hon. Friend's reply. Is he prepared to say that, as soon as resources allow, the A5, which is one of the most dangerous and congested roads in the United Kingdom, will be improved further?
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will ensure that in the continuing European Economic Community negotiations the interests of Welsh milk producers are safeguarded.
Mr Robert Harvey: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware of the critical state in which not only Welsh hill cow producers but Welsh hill sheep farmers have been left because of the suspension of grants following the failure to reach agreement by the Council of Ministers in Brussels?
Mr Robert Harvey: As the great majority of miners who are affected by closures have been offered jobs in other pits, will the Secretary of State urge the miners to go back to work forthwith in Wales?
Mr Robert Harvey: Can my right hon. Friend guarantee that there will be no further large cuts in quotas in subsequent years so that dairy farmers, having absorbed the present blow with great difficulty, can plan with confidence for the future?
Mr Robert Harvey: Will my right hon. Friend give the House an assurance that, in view of the extreme intimidation and distress undergone by so many moderate miners in the dispute, and in view of the enormous courage shown by those miners, the Government have no plans to try to persuade the NCB to bring the dispute to a speedy conclusion that negates the essential principles on which the board is standing?
Mr Robert Harvey: I think that hon. Members on both sides of the House understand the need for a substantial reduction in the dairy surplus. At a time when the Community was expected to overproduce by an estimated 70 million tonnes this year, producing 105 million tonnes, and consumption stood at only 88 million tonnes, of course cuts had to be made. It would have been unreasonable of dairy producers to have...
Mr Robert Harvey: Is my hon. Friend aware of the extreme worry felt in Glen Dhu at the possibility of its losing intermediate area status? Will he guarantee that its status will not change?
Mr Robert Harvey: The debate has reflected the fact that one of the main concerns of Conservative Members is not so much the general economic strategy enshrined in the autumn statement as the reluctance of the Government to accept and to give priority to what must be the most pressing issue in this Parliament. The continued rise of unemployment after more than two years of recovery is alarming and it is no...
Mr Robert Harvey: I would prefer not to give way because I have limited time. I am sorry. In one industry after another throughout Britain, employers are working with more computers and fewer people. A local electricity board that serves my constituency employs 3,000 fewer people. The country is looking to us to get to grips with the problem, but not by imitating an American example that cannot be repeated...
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many jobs have been lost in Wales as a result of the coal mining dispute; and how much the total cost of the dispute has been to the Welsh economy.
Mr Robert Harvey: Does my right hon. Friend accept that this represents a shameful and tragic waste of human resources in Wales? Will he urge Welsh miners to follow the excellent example set by Bersham colliery workers in going back to work?
Mr Robert Harvey: Will my right hon. Friend guarantee that no further concessions will be made on the already generous terms on offer to the miners?
Mr Robert Harvey: There is much in the Government's response to the Select Committee's report on the Falklands that is sound common sense. The White Paper makes the point that, following the return of British administration in June 1982, the Government faced a completely new situation — a war had been fought and negotiations could not revert directly to where they left off before the war. That point has been...
Mr Robert Harvey: asked the Secretary of State for Wales by how much spending on education in Wales has increased since 1979, compared with the period 1974 to 1979; and by how much the teacher-pupil ratio in Wales has changed since 1979.