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Defence White Paper (22 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: The whole House will applaud the passion with which the hon. Member for West Renfrewshire (Mr. Graham) fights his corner on behalf of the Bishopton Royal Ordnance factory. I very much hope that the shots he has fired today find their target on the Treasury Bench and that he at least gets the meeting with the Minister that he wants so that the work force can put its case directly to him....

Defence White Paper (22 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: On the Eurofighter, and its beyond visual range air-to-air missile, the right hon. and learned Gentleman will recall the day that he, the hon. Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) and I spent in the Bundestag with the German defence committee when it was throwing a wobbly over the future of Eurofighter. We found that once we had put a little resolve into the committee's members they wanted...

Defence White Paper (22 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: The Secretary of State will appreciate that, following the drawdown from Germany, there is a problem with training grounds for infantry. I know that a lot of training is carried out jointly between cavalry and infantry, but the Salisbury training area near my constituency has been completely taken over by tanks, with the result that there is now nowhere for the "poor bloody infantry" to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Aircraft Carriers (21 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: I, too, should like to know what sort of aircraft will be flown from the carriers. If they are to succeed the successful Harrier, with vertical or short take-off and landing—VSTOL—or short take-off and vertical landing—STOVL—capabilities, and perhaps be a variation on the joint strike fighter, surely a long vessel is not required. It might be more economic to refit our existing three...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] (17 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: When?

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] (17 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] (17 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: I am most grateful to my successor as Chairman of the Defence Committee for giving way. Will he give an undertaking that, when the Select Committee considers the Armed Forces Bill, it will seriously examine consolidating the three service discipline Acts into one Act? Not only the current Select Committee, but the previous Select Committee and the one before that have recommended that the...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] (17 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: Even if the chiefs of the services will have to make do with the Bill if it is enacted, does my hon. Friend agree that the opportunity to consolidate the three single service discipline Acts has been missed?

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces Discipline Bill [Lords] (17 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: There is a mystery surrounding the £6.5 million of costs. That was the Government's original estimate of the cost of dealing with between 850 and 900 appeals to the summary appeals court each year, being in part the cost of the 50 Royal Military Police investigators that would be required. Now they have increased their estimate of the number of likely appeals to 1,500, without any change in...

Intergovernmental Conference White Paper (15 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: I wonder whether it is evidence of the Government's offhand attitude to the rural economy and agriculture that there was no mention in the Foreign Secretary's statement of the common agricultural policy. Can he confirm that, at the moment, the common agricultural policy takes up nearly half the European Union's budget, and that the addition of Poland alone would almost double expenditure on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: World Peace Council (15 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: Will the Minister acknowledge that other organisations came into being during the cold war and that some are now outdated? A good example is the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, which is now the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. It succeeded in bringing down the Soviet bloc—that is why it was created—but it is now taking on other responsibilities and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Organic Farming (10 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: Is the Minister aware of consumers' growing demand for organic foods, and of the fact that 70 per cent, of organic food sold through British shops is imported? Will he do more to make money available to British farmers who want to convert? The supply of money from the Ministry does not meet the demand from agriculture.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Terrorist and Paramilitary Violence (9 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: While I condemn all acts of terrorism in Northern Ireland, may I ask the Minister to acknowledge that much of the money that was collected by the Noraid organisation, in North America, was to help the victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland, but that, more often than not, that aid found its way into the IRA's hands to buy arms, thereby creating victims of terrorism in Northern Ireland? Would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing Homes (1 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: What is his estimate of the percentages of costs of the nursing element in nursing homes paid by (a) the national health service, (b) local authority social services departments and (c) patients. [106238]

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing Homes (1 Feb 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: I thank the Minister for his helpful reply. However, as we all know from our constituency casework, once it has been decided that a resident patient is entitled to state aid, the patient tends to become caught in crossfire between the NHS and local authority social services departments over who should pay how much of the nursing element. To avoid all that haggling, should we not lay down in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kashmir (18 Jan 2000)

Mr Michael Colvin: Is there any sign, perhaps in the Minister's talks in India or the Foreign Secretary's visits, that the parties concerned are prepared to meet under the provisions of the Simla agreement to discuss the future of Kashmir? If they were to do so, would the United Kingdom be prepared to chair such a conference, bearing in mind that it was our premature withdrawal from India—six months...

Fisheries: Adjournment (Christmas) (13 Dec 1999)

Mr Michael Colvin: I draw the attention of the House and of my right hon. and learned Friend to the excellent Adjournment debate initiated by our right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Sir P. Emery) on 2 December on the policing of rural areas. Our right hon. Friend listed the 14 police authorities—including Lincolnshire—which face the problem described by my right hon. and learned Friend and which...

Fisheries: Adjournment (Christmas) (13 Dec 1999)

Mr Michael Colvin: I shall certainly adhere to your request for brevity, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I wish to raise the subject of policing levels in Hampshire. My contribution arises from my experience as a local Member of Parliament, and from recent headlines in the Chandler's Ford and Romsey newspapers. Examples of those headlines include "Safety Fears as Police Shortages Affect Local Residents", "Bobbies Cut as...

Fisheries: Adjournment (Christmas) (13 Dec 1999)

Mr Michael Colvin: That could well have been my fifth point. My hon. Friend makes a most valuable contribution. Job tasting is an important part of recruitment and could be tried in the armed forces as well as the police service. Some Members of Parliament who are taking part in the armed forces scheme may be tempted from this place to serve their country in other areas. In conclusion, I do not want to give...

Helsinki European Council (13 Dec 1999)

Mr Michael Colvin: During the discussions in Helsinki about collective European defence, what was said about the size of our national defence budgets? Is the Prime Minister aware that the United States of America spends nearly 4 per cent. of gross domestic product on defence and this year has increased its budget by 10 per cent. while in Europe the figure is 2.2 per cent. of GDP and falling, as member states...


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