Results 1–20 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech in this debate. My constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford is the London constituency that is furthest east on the south bank of the River Thames. Dartford lies to the east, and the London borough of Greenwich lies to the west. The A2, the main trunk road between London and Dover, forms the southern...

Bills Presented: Defence Policy (28 Oct 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: Our Army, Navy and Air Force are recognised as unsurpassed in their capabilities and record. They are truly professional in roles as disparate as Northern Ireland and the defence of western Europe through NATO. They are admired world wide for their skill and discipline and bring great credit to this country. Nevertheless, there is a need to look closely at what we are asking them to do....

Wireless Telegraphy Bill [Lords] (29 Oct 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: The Bill exemplifies how fast technological change has been taking place, and the speed with which it has been absorbed into everyday use in society. Looking at the statistics involved in radiocommunication, anyone would think that, with 100 billion cycles per second to allocate, the radio spectrum could be treated almost like air, free to everyone. Of course, it is not: not all parts of the...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the worrying things about the science base is the way in which the capital foundation, the equipment and the infrastructure of research in universities have been eroded in the past several years? That issue is causing anxiety not only in universities, but in the large part of our industry that depends on research and development. That is one of the...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Ms Jones) on her maiden speech. I found her account of the origins of Wolverhampton both interesting and informative. I had thought that Wolverhampton had something to do wolves—either the sort that whistle or the sort with four legs. I now know that I was wrong. I welcome my hon. Friend's insight into, and experience...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: The hon. Lady has several times mentioned her aversion to the social chapter, which gives people security and decent conditions at work. Will she recognise that innovation depends on people taking risks and being creative, and that they will do that only if they are in secure employment? They will not do that if they are subject to the hire-and-fire culture that existed under the previous...

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: rose—

Innovation (Small Firms) (7 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: How did small and medium-sized businesses fare when the previous Government—whom I believe the hon. Gentleman supported—raised interest rates to 15 per cent. plus?

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: The United States and all the other nations in the European Union have separated fiscal control from their Governments for some years. Why have all those countries performed better than we have in the past 18 years?

Orders of the Day — Bank of England Bill (11 Nov 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Beef Ban (4 Dec 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: Can my hon. Friend say what progress has been made in developing a means of diagnosing BSE before the symptoms become obvious?

European Council (15 Dec 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the Prime Minister confirm that other European countries accept the British position that enlargement requires the reform of the European Union budget?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Foresight Programme (18 Dec 1997)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does my right hon. Friend agree that a high proportion of the foresight programme depends on biotechnology, and that Britain may not reap the full benefits of its position in biotechnology unless active steps are taken to alleviate public anxiety about the application of that technology?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Pensioners (Fuel Bills) (26 Jan 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the greatest inequalities in pensions is that between men and women, and that the Government's winter payments, which go disproportionately to women, will do much to overcome that inequality?

Health Services (London) (3 Feb 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the widespread welcome in the London boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich for the decision to rebuild the Queen Elizabeth hospital? That will bring to an end a period of local hospital closure during which the prevarication of the previous Administration did not reassure health services in the area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Corporate Governance (5 Mar 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: If she will make a statement on her proposals on corporate governance. [31132]

Oral Answers to Questions — Corporate Governance (5 Mar 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. When considering what should follow, will he bear it in mind that the performance and value of many companies will depend not only on the capital invested in them but—in many cases to the same extent, and in some cases more—on the scientific, technological, design, commercial and managerial abilities of those employed? Such people are the best...

Orders of the Day — Shooters Hill Fire Station (9 Mar 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: My hon. Friend the Member for Eltham (Mr. Efford) has outlined the anxiety of people who believe that the millennium experience, with its car parks and increased traffic, will distract fire cover from residential calls. That is part of the background to the debate. There is no doubt that the closure of Shooters Hill fire station is driven by difficulties with the London fire and Civil...

Orders of the Day — Medical Accidents (Compensation) (8 Apr 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Current law and practice are harsh on the victims of medical accidents, as some form of blame has to be established before compensation for injury is due. Even where blame is justified, litigation is protracted, uncertain and expensive. Where an individual suffers permanent injury and is the exception to a general expectation of successful treatment, there may be no blame. As a result, either...

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill [Lords] (11 May 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: It is useful to consider where the Bill fits into the general pattern of economic policy, because it is about more than newspapers. Businesses generally react to unregulated markets by curtailing competition to eliminate risks and increase profits. The consequence is limited customer choice and the concentration of market power into fewer and fewer hands. Central planning, nationalisation...

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