Results 421–440 of 477 for speaker:Mr Nigel Beard

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (20 May 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank my hon. and learned Friend for that answer. Is he aware of the long-standing concern among police and magistrates in Bexley at the avoidable delays and inefficiencies that have arisen because the nearest office of the Crown Prosecution Service is at the Cooperage, London Bridge, rather than local? For that reason, the Glidewell report was welcome: it promised an integration of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Internet (Military Equipment Sales) (6 May 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: What plans he has for regulating the advertisement of military weapons and manuals on the internet. [82370]

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Internet (Military Equipment Sales) (6 May 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: I thank the Minister for that reply. Has he seen the pages on the internet that advertise, for example, lock-picking tools that are described as "deluxe" and "the standard choice of the industry"—it does not say what industry that might be. Even more sinister are the pipe-bomb-making instructions, which carry the thoughtful caution, "Pipe bombs are killing devices", and the helpful advice,...

Kosovo (19 Apr 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (9 Feb 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: Does the right hon. Gentleman recognise that in respect of technology and science-based companies—whether involved with chemicals, electronics or pharmaceuticals—north America, Europe and Japan share one prevailing feature: a personnel policy that respects people, gives them security and promotes welfare, rather than giving it grudgingly? If ours is to be a high-technology, high-added...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (2 Feb 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: rose—

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (2 Feb 1999)

Mr Nigel Beard: The House of Lords has consisted of hereditary peers and life peers for 40 years. I have never heard the Conservatives question its legitimacy. Do they believe that the hereditary peers gave the House of Lords a mark of respectability that will be removed when it is left with people who are nominated for what they have done during their life time?

Orders of the Day — Constitution and Parliament (30 Nov 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: This debate has left me with the definite impression that many Conservative Members have been asleep for the past 40 years—some for even longer. For 40 years, the House of Lords has been a mixture of hereditary and life peers. I do not recall the Conservatives making any substantial criticism of that arrangement until now, when it is proposed that it should change. Indeed, the Conservative...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (24 Nov 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Like the previous speakers, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Ashton) and my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Dr. Clark) on their witty and eloquent introduction to the debate. I welcome the measures in the Gracious Speech to modernise Britain and to bring the best out in all our citizens. That is what the British people wanted when they...

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (24 Nov 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: The food standards agency was included in the Gracious Speech.

Sessional Orders: Debate on the Address (24 Nov 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the right hon. Lady remind us of the number of occasions on which she has condemned the Conservative party for receiving donations from foreign donors, some of whom have a dubious background?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Medical Audit (10 Nov 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: If he will make a statement on progress in establishing a system of medically auditing the effectiveness of various therapies employed in the NHS. [57355]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Medical Audit (10 Nov 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I welcome my right hon. Friend's answer and the long overdue steps that are now being taken to disseminate best practice throughout the national health service with the national institute for clinical excellence and the Commission for Health Improvement. Does my hon. Friend agree that the rapid development of medically relevant biotechnology is now likely to provide new therapies that mimic...

Economy (26 Oct 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Economy (26 Oct 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: The right hon. Gentleman made much of the possibility of a recession, but went on to outline a policy of cutting Government spending, and thus cutting demand even further. If a recession is pending, such action will make it worse. My right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary proposes that we continue spending, to boost demand and counter the recession. The Opposition policy will deepen any...

Orders of the Day — Roads Review (31 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I welcome my right hon. Friend to his new post, and I welcome today's statement. Does he agree that high priority should go to schemes under which an unimproved stretch of road prevents full realisation of the true value of earlier road investment? There is an example of that in my constituency on the A106, which is the south Thames development road that runs between Greenwich and the M25. It...

Estimates Day: Class V, Vote 2 (14 Jul 1998)

Mr Nigel Beard: I welcome the substantial accord between the Science and Technology Committee's report and the Government's comments. Like all my colleagues on the Select Committee, I also welcome yesterday's announcement of substantial funding, which not only gives practical force to the Select Committee's recommendations but demonstrates the Government's commitment to the role of science at the heart of...

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...

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...


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