Results 181–200 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 3 - Hunting with dogs: prohibition (8 Feb 2001)

Keith Simpson: Two strikes and my hon. Friend is out.

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 3 - Hunting with dogs: prohibition (8 Feb 2001)

Keith Simpson: I would like to put on record that we were never offered two days, only one.

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: Schedule 3 - Hunting with dogs: prohibition (8 Feb 2001)

Keith Simpson: I was offered one day. I know, Mr. O'Hara, that you do not wish to get involved in this sort of activity, but there is obviously a disagreement between the hon. Gentleman and myself. What this proves is that the current system is not working and unfortunately it is the Government's fault.

Public Bill Committee: Hunting Bill: [Continuation from column 548] (15 Feb 2001)

Keith Simpson: That is enough.

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Keith Simpson: I am pleased to be sitting here under your eagle eye this morning, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to discuss the important matter of the revenue support grant for Norfolk, and local government finance support for Norfolk in general. I welcome to the debate my hon. Friend the Member for North Norfolk (Mr. Prior) and my right hon. Friends the Members for...

Revenue Support Grant (Norfolk) (27 Feb 2001)

Keith Simpson: The hon. citizen--I am sorry, the hon. Gentleman; I got that in--has not yet replied to the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk. Given what he has just said, how does he explain the rise of 6.25 per cent. in council tax and the vehement protests of the leader of the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition that the grant is not enough?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Community Involvement (Armed Forces) (19 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I am sure that all Members will join the Minister in warmly thanking the armed forces for their work in aiding the civil power and local communities. He has touched on the foot and mouth outbreak, but could he be slightly more specific? Will he tell the House how many members of the armed forces are involved at present, and whether he intends—if the crisis continues—to respond to any...

Business of the House (22 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: No, it would be you.

Orders of the Day — National Lottery (Amendment) Bill (23 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson) on having secured a high place in the ballot and on his perspicacity in introducing this Bill. As other right hon. and hon. Members have said, there has been a touch of common cynicism in the belief that most of the private Members' Bills in this Session would be killed off, not in the massacre of the innocents by the Government...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I welcome the opportunity to debate the important subject of the foot and mouth outbreak's impact on the rural economy in what can only be described as an escalating crisis. When I applied for the debate a week ago, we had not seen and heard about all the events of the past four or five days. The Prime Minister has now taken personal control of the crisis. In the past 24 hours, we have...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend is absolutely correct. I think that it was only last Thursday when we received reports by the various scientists involved that the Government fully realised for the first time that this was not a minor regional problem, but a major crisis. As my right hon. Friend said, it is sadly out of control.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. My hon. Friend makes valuable points to which I shall return shortly. Following on from what he said, farmers, vets, business men, local authorities and the rural population at large have been bewildered by what could best be described as the orders, counter-orders and disorder that have characterised the crisis over the past month.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. During the past month, MAFF has moved from saying that there was a crisis, to saying that the crisis was under control, to the political direction of the crisis effectively being in the hands of the Prime Minister.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Many of us are worried that MAFF appears not to have undertaken such contingency planning. In my own area of Norfolk and Suffolk, for example, we had an outbreak of swine fever last year and had thought that lessons would be learned from that. For two and a half years, I was a special adviser for the Ministry of Defence, where contingency planning, standard...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is quite right. We have also heard that in Norfolk. There is an obvious lack of joined-up government, centrally and locally, which has led to frustration not just on the part of Members of Parliament--we are merely in the business of communicating that frustration--but of tens of thousands of our constituents. Until 10 days ago there was little co-ordination between MAFF, the...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes another good point. The people at the sharp end--farmers, business men, local authorities--are bewildered by the process of order, counter-order, disorder. The Prime Minister said yesterday that trying to follow the length and breadth of the disease is like trying to follow a flu germ. If hon. Members will pardon the analogy of an old military historian, it is a bit like...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Many of us, including my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague), have been calling for weeks for greater involvement of the Army than senior military personnel only, but it is a reflection on the Government if the Army is called in on such a scale. The public know that it is a national emergency.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I shall refer to that issue in relation to a constituent of mine a little later. The DTI advice has shifted from "close down the countryside" to "business as usual" to "visit the countryside with care". The Government face a fundamental challenge to their political strategy: how will they square the need to implement drastic and wide-ranging measures to control foot and mouth with the need to...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes a good point. A number of my constituents are similarly affected.


<< < 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 > >>

Create an alert

Did you find what you were looking for?

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.