|The Right Honourable
|Father of the House|
5 May 2005 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Tam Dalyell|
|Succeeded by||Sir Peter Tapsell|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Wales|
13 July 1987 – 9 January 1989
|Preceded by||Barry Jones|
|Succeeded by||Barry Jones|
|Member of Parliament
for Swansea West
15 October 1964 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Hugh Rees|
|Succeeded by||Geraint Davies|
14 October 1930 |
Caerphilly, Wales, UK
Williams was educated at Cardiff High School for Boys (a state grammar school) then Cardiff College of Technology and Commerce when he gained a BSc in economics in 1954 (awarded by the University of London). At University College, Oxford he studied PPE. He became an economics lecturer at the Welsh College of Advanced Technology then a broadcaster and journalist.
He contested Poole in 1959.
Williams served under Harold Wilson as Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs from 1967 until 1969 and then as a Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Technology until 1970 when Labour lost power. When Labour were returned to power at the February 1974 general election, Williams was made Minister of State at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection, serving until Wilson left office in 1976. The new Prime Minister, James Callaghan, then appointed him as Minister of State at the Department of Industry in which post he served until Labour lost power to the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher in the 1979 general election.
Williams was made a Privy Counsellor in 1977. He was a backbencher from 1989 to 2010, and chair of the Liaison Committee from 2001 to 2010. He is a Eurosceptic and was opposed to the devolution settlement that established the National Assembly for Wales.
Father of the House
Williams was the last parliamentary survivor of those who were elected in Wilson's 1964 election win. As Father of the House, Williams presided over the Commons Speaker election on 22 June 2009. He stood down from the Commons at the 2010 general election.
- House of Commons Votes and Proceedings - 5th November 2001
- "The Father of the House" (PDF). House of Commons Information Office. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- Rob Owen (2005-11-20). "Five of the Best - sporting family connections". Wales on Sunday. p. 24.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Alan Williams MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Alan Williams MP
- Ministerial posts
- BBC Politics
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Swansea West
|Father of the House