Results 21–40 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

India (Nuclear Tests) (14 May 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, although these events are universally to be regretted, they also give urgency to the steps to strengthen international confidence in the nuclear non-proliferation treaty? Will he consider steps, therefore, to restart the stalled processes of mutual nuclear disarmament between the western powers and Russia?

Oral Answers to Questions — Bees (4 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: What steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the Varroa Jacobsoni mite into British bee colonies. [42732]

Oral Answers to Questions — Bees (4 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Does he also recognise that the licensing of only one treatment for varroa—Bayverol—is likely to lead to immunity gathering in the mites that spread it? If that happens, the bee population of Britain could decline sharply, with serious repercussions for food growing and agriculture. Will he consider licensing at least two treatments so that they can...

Opposition Day: Hospital Waiting Lists (16 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: My constituency was marked by years of hospital closure on the promise of a new hospital corning, which was intended to be built under the private finance initiative. However, dither and delay prevented it from coming, and confidence in the health service lapsed. My right hon. Friend has redeemed the promise and we are to have a new Queen Elizabeth hospital in the area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bosnia (22 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: If he will make a statement on the number of British troops in Bosnia. [45229]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Bosnia (22 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree that it is vital that the forces stay in Bosnia as long as they are needed to prevent a reversion to the blood spilling that preceded the Dayton agreement? Can he say what steps NATO is contemplating to prevent further ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and to prevent Serbian expansion into Macedonia? Does he expect British ground troops to...

Opposition Day: The Economy (29 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Is it not the case that, when the Conservative Government went into the exchange rate mechanism, they went in at too high a rate and with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude that meant that we had no friends in the arrangement when the crisis arose? If anything, that was an example of the way in which the Conservative party dealt with the European Community throughout its period in office. The...

Opposition Day: The Economy (29 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Is it not the case that, immediately after the Monetary Policy Committee took control of interest rates, long-term interest rates fell? That fall, which was the result of the policy about which the hon. Gentleman complains, had a direct impact on one of the longest-standing problems of the British economy—the lack of investment.

Opposition Day: The Economy (29 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: If there is such havoc in the economy, why do the international markets demonstrate such confidence in the Government and their policies that the pound has risen since the day they took office?

Opposition Day: The Economy (29 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: The Conservative party.

Opposition Day: The Economy (29 Jun 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: The right hon. Gentleman made the charge, which has so often been repeated, that the abolition of advance corporation tax was a hit on pension funds. The aim was to give an incentive for profits to be put into investment and research and development rather than distributed, so that the economy would be put on a proper foundation. Nothing could demonstrate more the difference in economic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Forms (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: What steps he is taking to (a) simplify and (b) condense Government forms that the general public have to fill in before having access to many Government services. [47925]

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Forms (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware of the case of my constituent, Mrs. Ball, who was faced with a 32-page form when claiming disability living allowance for her son? She could fill in that form only with the aid of the local branch of Mencap. Now she is notable in the area for her achievement, and is inundated with requests for help from people who are as bemused and confused...

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill [Lords]: Excluded Agreements (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: This argument is not new. There is no division in the House about the wish to help retail pharmacies and maintain them in their role, which is invaluable to the communities they serve. At issue are the two approaches to safeguarding their position. The approach outlined by the Government is to let the appeal to the Office of Fair Trading continue because, if it is successful, the Bill will...

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill [Lords]: Excluded Agreements (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: What is wrong is that the right hon. Gentleman knows that that is inconsistent with the Brussels legislation under which the Bill falls. The Bill tries to harmonise British legislation with that of Brussels so that—this is the precise point that the right hon. Gentleman made earlier—companies will not face double jeopardy and the uncertainties and expense of two legislative regimes. The...

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill [Lords]: Excluded Agreements (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the hon. Gentleman have a shred of evidence for that conspiracy theory?

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill [Lords]: Excluded Agreements (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Is not the nature of reckless allegation such that it has absolutely no evidence behind it?

Orders of the Day — Competition Bill [Lords]: Abuse of Dominant Position (8 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: It must make bad legislation first to find a villain and then to find the legislation by which to condemn him. We are in danger of doing just that if we follow some of the arguments that have been deployed in this debate. The real issue is whether the rules that apply in a vast range of industries to abuse of a dominant position—or anti-competitive behaviour—apply also to the newspaper...

Oral Answers to Questions — Fire and Police Service Pensions (13 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: What plans he has to change fire and police pension arrangements. [48408]

Oral Answers to Questions — Fire and Police Service Pensions (13 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Does he recall that proposals for closing Shooters Hill fire station, which covers part of my constituency, arose out of difficulties in financing the London fire brigade's pension funds? Will he ensure that, in any future arrangements that are made, pension fund arrangements do not influence the strength or disposition of fire services or police...


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