Results 1–20 of 3475 for speaker:Jonathan Edwards

Post Office Legislation (13 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: My constituent Mr Ennion ran the post office in Llandovery in Carmarthenshire between 2000 and 2018. In a recent BBC interview he estimated that he had lost about £75,000, and said that, in addition, his health has deteriorated severely. He said he had no faith in the Horizon shortfall scheme and making an application to it, because he has not kept any records and because he just does not...

Wales: Electricity Transmission and Distribution (13 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero and the Welsh Government on electricity transmission and distribution policy.

Wales: Electricity Transmission and Distribution (13 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: Pylon developments for electricity transmission and distribution purposes are very controversial in the communities that are expected to host them. I have four such potential developments in my constituency, and the whole of Carmarthenshire is in uproar. Will the right hon. Gentleman ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero to commission a study on technologies such as...

Automated Vehicles Bill [Lords] ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: As the Secretary of State knows, insurance premiums have been going through the roof recently—the costs are astronomical. What impact does he expect automated vehicles to have on insurance premiums?

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I beg to move, That this House has considered farming in Wales and the UK. It is an absolute pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley, and to have the opportunity to raise the concerns expressed in rural Wales in particular, but seeing that there is an honourable turnout from Members from all constituent parts of the UK, I suspect we will hear about the concerns of other farmers...

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: Yes, it is even easier to get to Dublin. The turnout was extraordinary and showed the strength of feeling that has erupted over recent weeks. I was listening to the Wales podcast on the BBC on the train down over the weekend, and it said it was the largest demonstration that the Senedd has ever seen. That is testament to the strength of feeling in rural Wales. Although I do not come from...

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I am extremely grateful for that very valuable contribution. Later in my speech I will talk about how the agricultural community needs to perceive us as wanting to work with them, as opposed to being unsympathetic towards them, which, unfortunately, is especially the case in Wales at the moment. Returning to my point about the NFU gathering, following the meeting, NFU Cymru president Aled...

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I am extremely grateful for that intervention. I think that such a policy would give the added bonus of providing high-quality food in hospitals and schools, which we should be aspiring to achieve as policymakers.

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I am grateful to the hon. Member for his passion and his support of the farming industry. I do not want to write his election leaflet for him, but I will certainly be concentrating on Welsh Government policy further on in my speech. Earlier this month, 3,000 farmers converged on Carmarthen market under the protest banner “Digon yw Digon”, which translates to “Enough is Enough”. I pay...

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: My hon. Friend’s point about the Welsh Government is well made. I do not know of any farmer who votes for the Labour party, and I suppose one can understand why the Labour party takes the approach it does. But it is disastrous for agriculture to have a Government who are open to the accusation of being hostile to farmers. One of the most emotionally difficult meetings I have had as an MP...

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention; indeed, that is the criticism of the SFS coming from farmers. The Welsh Government made a statement last week saying they were going to review it, which is a positive step forward in response to the protests. However, reviewing is one thing; what we want is policy implementation. The hon. Gentleman’s point is well made, and it is often made...

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s intervention because what he said is what a lot of the public discourse around the protests has been. However, I read out the actual partnership agreement—

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: Yes, there is a negotiation going on, and the hon. Gentleman is aware that his colleague in Arfon is the lead negotiator. I think she has been blindsided by the Labour Government. He will like this bit now, though—

Farming in Wales and the UK ( 5 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: R. S. Thomas, one of our greatest national poets, would often portray in his work how farmers and the land of Wales are one and the same. I have to be honest: I find the culture war tactics used against farmers difficult to comprehend. As R. S. observed, nobody understands nature and the intrinsic link between the preservation of nature, industrial toil and food production better than our...

Farming ( 4 Mar 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I look forward to debating this subject with the Minister in Westminster Hall tomorrow. I think that the Government have left themselves open to the accusation that they have neglected farmers’ interests in the post-Brexit trade deals that they have signed. What assurances can she give the House that in future trade deals the interests of farmers will be at the top of the pile?

Ukraine: Military Equipment (27 Feb 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: The US State Department has reportedly calculated that North Korea has delivered 10,000 containers of munitions to Russia for deployment in Ukraine. What can be done to disrupt the supply chain?

Written Answers — Treasury: Motor Vehicles: Insurance (26 Feb 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with the Financial Conduct Authority on the cost of motor insurance.

Steel Industry: Wales — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Feb 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: This is a genuine question—I am not trying to catch the hon. Lady out. As I alluded to earlier, there will be a change of Government before the end of the year and the hon. Lady will effectively be the Minister. Are the Labour Front Benchers now in a position to negotiate directly with those steel producers about the plan that will be in place in a year’s time? They are essentially a...

Steel Industry: Wales — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Feb 2024)

Jonathan Edwards: I commend the hon. Member on her excellent contribution. Is the reason for the backlash to this announcement not the fact that it appears that the UK Government are providing £500 million to lose 3,000 jobs in Wales, which has been a massive PR disaster for them?


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