Results 1–20 of 1563 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Albert Owen

Rural Communities and Transport (26 Jun 2001)

Albert Owen: In rising to make my first speech to the House, I am fully aware of the history that goes before me. Ynys Mon, or as it is known in its English form, Anglesey, is unique in parliamentary terms. Since the second world war, four different parties have represented it in the House. First, there was the Liberal party with Megan Lloyd George, the daughter of the great Welsh Prime Minister. She...

Orders of the Day — Animal Health Bill (12 Nov 2001)

Albert Owen: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr. Thomas) and to contribute to this debate. I have some concerns, as have some of my hon. Friends, about the speed of introduction of the Bill, but I feel that those issues can be settled in Committee and I shall support the Bill tonight in the Lobby. I want to concentrate on the slaughter policy pertaining to foot and mouth. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Security (14 Nov 2001)

Albert Owen: What recent discussions he has had with the appropriate Government Ministers and Departments relating to increased security measures at ports, RAF bases and nuclear installations in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Security (14 Nov 2001)

Albert Owen: I thank my right hon. Friend for his response. He will be aware of the concerns of my constituents in Ynys Môn, an area with a major ferry port, an RAF training base and a nuclear power station. He will further be aware of the cost implications of additional security measures for the two companies in the port. Has he raised with the Cabinet the possibility of grant aid? If so, what was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Training (27 Feb 2002)

Albert Owen: What discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues and the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales about the Government's steps to improve the training skills of the Welsh work force.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Training (27 Feb 2002)

Albert Owen: I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. Does he agree that there should be greater co-operation between schools, training providers and the business community to match training to the needs of industry? Does he also agree that there should be a skills audit in areas of high unemployment, such as my constituency, to identify deficiencies in skills to ensure that we have even economic...

Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2002)

Albert Owen: I am proud to speak in this Welsh affairs debate, on the eve of St. David's day. I hope in future to take part in the debate on the eve of a St. David's day public holiday. I was one of the Members who signed early-day motion 662, and I shall give my staff the day off tomorrow so that they can spend St. David's day with their families. We should start to recognise St. David's day. I shall...

Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2002)

Albert Owen: More bust than boom, it must be said. The Labour Government's policies, such as the minimum wage and the working families tax credit, along with the new deal, have helped the unemployed and the low-paid in my constituency. Youth unemployment has been cut drastically. That means that school leavers no longer move from the classroom to the dole queue, but receive real training and hope for the...

Welsh Affairs (28 Feb 2002)

Albert Owen: The answer is firmly to say that when Plaid Cymru was elected to represent us in 1987, the individual concerned promised a big difference from the situation with his Tory predecessor. There was no such difference, but only a continuation. That is my answer to the hon. Gentleman. Let me turn to skills training. I was pleased that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State spoke in answer to a...

Steel Industry (5 Mar 2002)

Albert Owen: Now that the hon. Gentleman has moved away from the subject of the steel industry and is talking about donations, I will give him the opportunity to answer this question. Has his party received a donation from an individual—yes or no?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regional Airports (10 Apr 2002)

Albert Owen: What discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales and ministerial colleagues on regional airports in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regional Airports (10 Apr 2002)

Albert Owen: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. He is aware of the importance of a fully integrated transport system and the economic benefits that it can bring periphery areas, including mine in north-west Wales. Will he therefore use what influence the Wales Office can exert to ensure that all four corners of Wales are served, so we can have a united and inclusive Wales? May I suggest that...

Hunting Bill (16 Dec 2002)

Albert Owen: I begin by congratulating my right hon. Friend the Minister for Rural Affairs on his hard work and patience and on the wide consultations that he held before introducing the Bill. My right hon. Friend knows my views on hunting, especially on hunting with dogs. He is also familiar with the terrain of my constituency so he knows—literally—where I am coming from. I agree that it is...

Hunting Bill (16 Dec 2002)

Albert Owen: I am concerned about the tribunal process for the very reason that there may be inconsistency across the country. Part 2 is unnecessary because, if there were a complete ban option and we allowed foxes to be flushed out to the gun, as in schedule 1, and stalking and flushing remained part of the Bill, there would be no need for any traditional hunt and this matter could be solved. The reason...

Hunting Bill (16 Dec 2002)

Albert Owen: Yes, I agree with that. That is the normal practice in the area that I represent.

Hunting Bill (16 Dec 2002)

Albert Owen: That is not the case in every circumstance. In the terrain in my constituency, two dogs are used, the animal comes to the point of the gun, and it is shot cleanly. I was pleased to take that intervention from the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik), as I do not support the middle way; I believe in the right way forward. In terms of outlawing foxhunting as a sport, the Bill has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Youth Unemployment (15 Jan 2003)

Albert Owen: If he will make a statement on youth unemployment in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Youth Unemployment (15 Jan 2003)

Albert Owen: In 2002, unemployment fell faster in my constituency than in most other areas in Wales. During my right hon. Friend's recent visit to my constituency, he met many young people who were optimistic and enthusiastic about the future. Does he agree that, to maintain the enthusiasm, we need a proper skills strategy to identify crafts where there are skills deficiencies, such as plumbing and...

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (27 Jan 2003)

Albert Owen: Does my hon. Friend agree that one factor that has been overlooked in relation to the shutting down of British Energy power stations is that many of them have contracts with other industries, which may have a knock-on effect not just on price but on jobs in those industries?

Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (27 Jan 2003)

Albert Owen: It is difficult to speak at the end of a debate without repeating the points that have been made, but I have been here for most of it, while the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan), who will speak from the Conservative Front Bench, has not, or at least his hon. Friends have not. That is not the point, however: it is difficult to make new contributions, but I shall try to do so. As has been...


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