Results 21–40 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Bills Presented: Defence Policy (28 Oct 1997)

Keith Simpson: In the past two days, many right hon. and hon. Members have spoken with feeling about their support for the armed forces and the defence industry. Like them, I have elements of the Army and the RAF in my constituency. The hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife (Mr. Campbell) pointed out that this is a strange form of defence debate because we have very little to debate. It has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Comprehensive Spending Review (3 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: If he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to Her Majesty's Government's comprehensive spending review. [11741]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Comprehensive Spending Review (3 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: Given that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said that the aim of the comprehensive spending review is to identify savings in all Departments, will the Secretary of State tell the House the extent of the savings that defence will make over the next few years—3 per cent? Five per cent? What is his base line for cuts below which he will resign?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Higher Education (5 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: What meetings he has had with students to discuss higher education in Wales. [12381]

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Higher Education (5 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: I am sure that, in addition to many hon. Members, many students in Wales will be interested by the Minister's answer to Question 2, in which he admitted that a large portion of the money that was to be allocated to universities in Wales would come from raising tuition fees for students. Is that not absolute hypocrisy, given that, during the general election campaign, the Prime Minister said...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: I do not wish to be rude to the hon. Gentleman or to use unparliamentary language. However, when we narrow it down to factual cases, there is a degree of claptrap in his comments—particularly those concerning the social chapter. Firstly, many constituencies, particularly my constituency of Mid-Norfolk, include dozens of very small businesses: those employing fewer than five people. The...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (12 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: Can the hon. Gentleman explain how, if there had been some form of common foreign policy, we would, in practical terms, have squared the very different but heartfelt approaches of the German Government and our Government?

Business of the House (13 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: Will the Leader of the House return to a question put by the shadow Leader of the House, my right hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard)? After questions to the Secretary of State for culture and popular enlightenment on Monday, there was a five-minute slot to discuss the millennium experience and for the Minister without Portfolio to answer questions. We had waited six...

Opposition Day: Public Services (17 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: Hard choices.

Computers (Century Date Change) (27 Nov 1997)

Keith Simpson: We have had a revelation this afternoon. Whenever the Opposition are on weak ground—[Interruption.] I am sorry, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I automatically think of the Labour party as being in opposition. Whenever Labour Members are on weak ground, they suggest that party politics has somehow come into the issue. I think it right that my hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs....

Orders of the Day — Bird Reserves (2 Dec 1997)

Keith Simpson: I reinforce the comments of the hon. Member for Norwich, North (Dr. Gibson). There is a major impact not only on the north Norfolk coast, but on the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk and my constituency, which borders the Broads. All the people who live in the area feel that the environmental changes will have a major impact not just on the wildlife, but on the areas in which they live. As my hon....

Minister without Portfolio (Millennium Experience): Millennium Experience (8 Dec 1997)

Keith Simpson: How many public relations consultants are currently contracted for the millennium experience. [18005]

Minister without Portfolio (Millennium Experience): Millennium Experience (8 Dec 1997)

Keith Simpson: On behalf of many hon. Members present, may I say what a joy it is to see the Minister here this afternoon? I know that he is opposed to "excessive accountability", to repeat the words he used before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, but perhaps he could give us some idea of how much public relations on the millennium experience is costing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Lone Parents (15 Dec 1997)

Keith Simpson: What representations she has received on her proposals to assist lone parents to move from welfare into work. [19059]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: Lone Parents (15 Dec 1997)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate the Secretary of State on reading that brief so well, but does she believe in the principle behind what she has just said?

European Council (15 Dec 1997)

Keith Simpson: May I return the Prime Minister to the question by my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of York (Miss Mcintosh) about the control and inspection of meat imports? If I understood him correctly, our farmers will pay twice over. They are paying now, and they will directly have to pay a second time for the inspection of imported meat.

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Keith Simpson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Tax Avoidance (Offshore Trusts) (21 Jan 1998)

Keith Simpson: rose—

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: State Pension (26 Jan 1998)

Keith Simpson: What plans she has to link state pensions to whichever of prices or earnings is rising faster. [23052]

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: State Pension (26 Jan 1998)

Keith Simpson: Many of my hon. Friends will recall that during the general election campaign, we often sat with Labour candidates who made all kinds of promises on pensions. Does not the Minister feel humbled in the face of the fact that the Government have been unable to live up to the promises made on many platforms? Once again, pensioners and future pensioners realise that their pensions are not safe...


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