Results 201–220 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I hope that the Minister will answer that question. My constituents are concerned that MAFF appears to have no collective memory of or ability to learn the lessons from previous crises. It learned nothing from the inquiry into the 1967 foot and mouth outbreak, as my hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr. Paterson) said, or from the swine fever outbreak last year. The Government...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Gentleman is a scientist and, I understand, an expert in the subject; I await his contribution with great interest. It might be because of luck as much as anything else that the disease has not reached Norfolk, but my constituents and his in Norwich are praying that it does not. It is not simply a question of whether they carry on with business as usual; they are terrified. The foot...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I was telephoned yesterday by a constituent, Robert Long, of Hillfield farm, Scarning, who desperately wanted to move hundreds of calves. He told me that he has animals stacked up like aircraft over Heathrow airport. That is an enormous source of frustration for farmers. It is also a major animal welfare problem, which seems to be overwhelming the Government.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I regret to have to say this to my hon. Friend, but that is what happened during the swine fever outbreak. The lesson that I learned from that outbreak was that the House was in recess when it should not have been. If we go into a long recess for a general election, our ability and our constituents' ability to press Ministers will be incredibly limited. Ministers should bear that in mind.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will agree that, when the crisis is over, the Government--whether this one or another--must seriously examine not only the organisation of MAFF, but the entire Whitehall structure that deals with food, the food industry and the environment.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: I am sure that my hon. Friend will agree that, if there is a Government inquiry into the outbreak, that point must be made. Farming is not an isolated activity, but part of the integrated food chain and the rural economy. We calculate that, for each person directly employed in farming in Norfolk in 1967, four were indirectly employed; now, for each person directly employed, 14 people are...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is slightly ahead of me and has eaten one of my parliamentary sandwiches. I shall come on to that subject in a few minutes. I shall now deal briefly with the impact on the rural economy and tourism. Many hon. Members know the figures. Total expenditure in the UK in 1999 was about £64 billion, overseas visitors spent about £12.76 billion and an estimated 1.85 million jobs are...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is correct. I disagree with Ministers who say that continuing to talk up tourism, and stressing that large parts of the country remain unaffected, is all that we need to do. I agree in theory, but as long as the photographs and pictures continue to be published, people see the spread of disease and that is what makes the major impact.

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes his point. I am trying not to make personal points here. We have a major problem relating to organisation and politics and I want to hold the Government to account on that. My hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) made the point that one of the countryside activities that has been seriously affected by foot and mouth is the equestrian sector. One...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I hope that the Minister will consider that. I want to leave the Minister in no doubt, not about my feelings and those of other hon. Members, but about the feelings of my constituents about the Government's responsibility in this crisis. The Government underestimated the scale and the speed of the crisis. They lagged behind the outbreak and I fear that they...

Foot and Mouth (27 Mar 2001)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend, for whom I worked when he was Secretary of State for Defence, has great experience of Parliament, and knows how to handle crises. I know that the Minister is pressed for time and my hon. Friends and I have asked him many questions. The views that I have expressed are not mine alone; they are shared by a wide range of my constituents. The Government are in a hole and they...

Public Bill Committee: Private Security Industry Bill [Lords]: Clause 16 - Right to use approved status (1 May 2001)

Keith Simpson: At least the hon. Gentleman has an opinion.

Ballistic Missile Defence (3 May 2001)

Keith Simpson: We are enjoying it.

International Terrorism (4 Oct 2001)

Keith Simpson: However else we define this act of terrorism—Ministers, other hon. Members and the media have used a wide variety of definitions—we must be aware that it has a political objective. The terrorists might be motivated by the desire to hurt people and there may be a criminal element, but if hon. Members fail to recognise that there is a political purpose, they will underestimate what these...

Coalition against International Terrorism (8 Oct 2001)

Keith Simpson: Both the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition have emphasised that this is going to be a long haul. Given the Prime Minister's praise for the British armed forces, is he satisfied that they have the necessary resources in place for such a long haul? If not, will he give them those extra resources to achieve the political objective that we all desire?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Road Maintenance (23 Oct 2001)

Keith Simpson: When the hon. Gentleman is considering local road maintenance, will he bear in mind the maintenance of the A47 to the east of Norwich, especially the area known as the Acle straight, which the Highways Agency suggests should be widened rather than dualled? I ask him to consider this issue most seriously, and I know that I speak for the hon. Member for Great Yarmouth (Mr. Wright) when I urge...

Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill (26 Oct 2001)

Keith Simpson: I compliment my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) on his presentation of the Bill. Hon. Members have recognised that my hon. Friend has put a vast amount of work into this legislation, with the support of hon. Members from both sides. He rightly emphasised the support given by non-governmental organisations, especially the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. My hon....

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Hunting (13 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the risk assessment report on the resumption of hunting with dogs will be published; and for what reason she has not published it to date.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Hunting (13 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will lift the restrictions placed on hunting with dogs as a consequence of the outbreak of foot and mouth.


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