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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Territorial Army (6 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: What assessment he has made of the operational effectiveness of the Army if the Territorial Army's manpower were reduced to 40,000 personnel.[36267]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Territorial Army (6 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: I am sure that the Ministers and hon. Members on both sides of the House will agree that the role of the Territorial Army volunteer reserves is of fundamental importance not only for its link with society, but for the active support that it gives to the regular Army. Discussions are taking place within the Ministry of Defence on savings from the Territorial Army through manpower cuts because...

A47 (Dualling) (21 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: I offer my support to the hon. Gentleman, as my constituents are deeply concerned about the lack of dualling on the area of the A47 between Blofield and Lingwood, and the effect that it is having on road casualties. I want to reinforce his point about the economic impact, which affects both Great Yarmouth and Norfolk more widely. It is very important that the whole of the A47 is dualled.

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: The Minister has referred to great openness. Can the hon. Gentleman now answer the two questions that I asked him last summer, which he has been unable to answer so far? Will he now publish the foreign policy base line, which is the most important element of the strategic defence review? Has he yet been able to come up with the mission statement for the Ministry of Defence which he promised...

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: I do not know whether it was a slip of the tongue, but the hon. and learned Gentleman mentioned the publication of the defence White Paper in July. Does he have inside information as a consequence of the joint working committee between Labour and the Liberal Democrats that the rest of the House does not have?

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: We have had an informed and good-humoured debate. My hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key) noted that this debate is something of a stocking filler. It is held at the Government's convenience. It is an opportunity that Labour Members attending the social function elsewhere are sadly missing. I am sure that members of the Royal Air Force will take note. Various matters have been...

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: The hon. and learned Gentleman is correct. The Chief of the General Staff at the time of "Options for Change", on which a statement was made in the House in the last week of July 1989, said that printed at the front of the statement should be a comment that many of the conclusions about possible threats should be taken with a large pinch of salt. The Minister and other hon. Members have...

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: On the hon. Gentleman's point about the requirement for the reserves to have a senior officer—

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: —a more senior officer as their spokesman at the Ministry of Defence, I must declare an interest. The present director of reserve forces and cadets, Brigadier Richard Holmes, who is a Territorial Army officer, is one of my oldest friends and a former colleague. Given his wide experience and his knowledge of, and contacts among, senior officers, most people would argue that, whatever the...

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: No.

Royal Air Force (23 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend's theme is the maintenance of the morale of the RAF, and its heritage and history. He will know that, during the first and second world wars, the RAF had sergeant-pilots in operational fighting aircraft.

Kosovo (30 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: Can the Foreign Secretary confirm that elements of the British Army will be undertaking an exercise in Macedonia? What does he believe that they will contribute to stabilising the current crisis?

Business of the House (30 Apr 1998)

Keith Simpson: Many hon. Members will find it amazing that the right hon. Lady manages to give the impression that our being here asking her questions somehow damages a debate on EMU. That destroys the whole process of parliamentary democracy. May I reinforce the urging of my right hon. Friend the shadow Leader of the House that we should have a debate on foreign policy as soon as possible? Not only are we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Council Tax (5 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: What has been the average change in council tax levels for 1998–99. [39503]

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Council Tax (5 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful to the Minister for that information, which is meaningless to my constituents. Thanks to the Government's first local government finance award, £14 million has been taken out of the budget for Norfolk and the council tax has gone up by 16 per cent. For the people of Norfolk, that means new Labour, new taxes. What hope do the people of Norfolk have that things will get better...

Sierra Leone (Arms Sales) (6 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: The question is one of competence. I remind the House that, last week, when the Foreign Secretary had to come here to make a statement about Kosovo, and I asked him about the presence of British troops on exercise in Macedonia, he said that he did not think that there were British troops in Macedonia. He then had to have a note passed from his officials saying that British troops were there,...

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

Keith Simpson: Are my right hon. Friend's comments about the ladies and gentlemen of the press based partly on his own experience of writing a column for a Sunday newspaper? Is this the applied side of his political experience?

India (Nuclear Tests) (14 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: Given the dangers of nuclear escalation, which other hon. Members have pointed out, can the right hon. Gentleman confirm that the Foreign Office was literally surprised by the Indian nuclear tests? If so, what will he do about it for the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Territorial Army (18 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: Following the logic of the answer to the question on the modernisation of the Territorial Army, and the logic of the answers to other questions, I find that Ministers have placed great emphasis on the fact that this is a foreign-policy-led defence review. Will the Minister now finally publish what that foreign policy baseline is, or perhaps it has been lost, like so many other things to do...

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