Results 241–260 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (22 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department has identified the origins of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (22 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans and resources were established within MAFF to deal with foot and mouth disease before the outbreak this year.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (22 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which office in her Department is responsible for co-ordinating policy on foot and mouth; and how many civil servants are working in this policy area.

Written Answers — Defence: Defence Academy (23 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the job specification drawn up for the appointment of the head of the Defence Academy.

Written Answers — Defence: Defence Academy (23 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the charter of the Defence Academy and list the members of the advisory board and constituent parts of the Academy.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Foot and Mouth (27 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of fraudulent claims have been proven against farmers during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Swine Fever (27 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what standard operating procedures and contingency plans have been established by her Department based upon the experiences of the outbreak of swine fever in 2000.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Farming Sub-tenants (27 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps for protect security of tenure of farming sub-tenants following the case of Barratt v. Morgan; (2) if she will introduce regulations to protect from eviction farming sub-tenants affected by the action of collective landlords and tenants following the case of Barrett v. Morgan.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Departmental Targets (28 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's latest annual efficiency target is; and if it has been achieved.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Ministerial Engagements (30 Nov 2001)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ministerial engagements (a) were cancelled between 1 January and 31 May and (b) have been cancelled since 1 June.

Public Services (3 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: Mr. McNulty!

Public Services (3 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Will we, at some stage during the debate, hear a speech from the Chancellor about the Government's policy?

Foot and Mouth (4 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann) on obtaining the debate. How shrewd he was in applying for a debate on the financial impact of the foot and mouth crisis in the countryside and then sneaking in a speech largely about youth hostels. I do not mean that in any way as a criticism. He enhanced the prospects of his debate being secured, and I congratulate him on that....

Foot and Mouth (4 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: That organisation has every right to seek legal compensation. Along with many in the countryside community and consumers, I do not follow the supposedly clear-cut audit trail of how the Government dealt with the crisis. Many Members, including my right hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard) and myself, who were in the crisis areas and saw MAFF's reaction to swine fever...

Rhizomania (East Anglia) (4 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: There is of course a reverse side to that and it would interesting if the Minister could categorically say that the Commission had asked the UK Government to come forward with these proposals.

Common Fisheries Policy (6 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: We have been fortunate enough to hear, I think, 14 excellent speeches from Back Benchers, some of which had to be short. There was a common theme: the speakers represented fishing communities, and spoke on their behalf. A number emphasised the fact that we were discussing not just an industry but a community. One referred to mining. I come from a farming rather than a fishing community, but I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rhizomania (13 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: Why has the Minister ruled out the option of simply renewing our rhizomania status? There is no pressure from within the EU not to do so. I am sure that the Minister is aware that a recommendation to exclude Norfolk and Suffolk from the UK's protected zone will have a devastating impact on sugar beet production and horticulture throughout East Anglia. I plead with the Minister to show some...

Orders of the Day — Animal Health Bill: New Clause 7 — Duty of Ministers to disposal of carcasses (13 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. On Second Reading, the hon. Member for West Ham (Mr. Banks), who is not in his place at the moment, said that it might be more appropriate to refer to this Bill as the animal slaughter and disposal of carcases Bill, rather than the Animal Health Bill. That sounds, uncharacteristically, a rather crude and vulgar interpretation of the Bill....

Orders of the Day — Animal Health Bill: New Clause 7 — Duty of Ministers to disposal of carcasses (13 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful to the Minister for that intervention, which probably reinforces what I am about to say. There are few lawyers in the Chamber, but, as we are aware, it is always best to know the answer to any question we are about to ask. Given our experiences, it is incumbent on the Minister and DEFRA to ensure that carcases are disposed of within 48 hours of slaughter. As the hon. Gentleman...

Orders of the Day — Animal Health Bill: New Clause 7 — Duty of Ministers to disposal of carcasses (13 Dec 2001)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend is absolutely correct. That point has been made from these Benches and, indeed, from the Government Benches on numerous occasions. In a sense, we are groping in the dark as we consider the Bill, but my line of argument in support of the new clause uses the evidence as provided by the Minister himself. The problem is organisational and logistical, which is where MAFF-DEFRA...


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