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Orders of the Day — Big Cats (Norfolk) (2 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: I must begin by thanking the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for attending this Adjournment debate on the subject of big cats in Norfolk. My objective in asking for the debate was to establish ministerial responsibility for monitoring big cats and to consider how we can best evaluate any evidence of the probability of big cats living in our...

Iraq (17 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: Tonight's debate has ended where it began, with all hon. Members on both sides of the House discussing the crucial issue. I suspect that, if they can listen to it, that discussion will be listened to with interest by our military personnel serving in the Gulf. The crucial issue is the prospect that they may have to go into action, as a consequence of a decision by our Government and by the...

Strategic Defence Review (25 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I thank you and the House for the opportunity to have an Adjournment debate on this important subject. I applied for an Adjournment debate on the strategic defence review before Christmas, as I thought it unlikely that we would have an opportunity to have a major debate on it before it was published some time in the spring or summer. It is coincidental that the debate has...

Strategic Defence Review (25 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: I gladly give way to the Minister.

Strategic Defence Review (25 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: I think the Minister should allow me to continue my point. He should not have allowed himself to be tempted. If, in opposition, people argue a perfectly acceptable case—that they cannot commit themselves before looking at the books—and maintain that they will carry out a strategic defence review because they lack information, where does the information come from to cause them to say that...

Strategic Defence Review (25 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: I assure any hon. Members who have not come across them that resource accounts will have a major impact on Government Departments. They will involve valuations of the MOD's assets, inflate the size of the MOD budget and make the MOD appear to other Departments even more of a Whitehall milch cow. The Ministry of Defence will be seen as a soft touch.

Strategic Defence Review (25 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: I thank my hon. Friend. I am not certain that the Government know what they are doing in this area. However, they intend to go ahead with resource accounting, which will have a major impact on the Ministry of Defence. In the short term, the MOD budget will be under considerable strain and, in the medium term, it will be very vulnerable. That will seriously constrain the Secretary of State's...

Strategic Defence Review (25 Feb 1998)

Keith Simpson: Will the Minister give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (4 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: Will the Prime Minister admit that he misled the British public about students and that, as a consequence of the Government's action, the poorest students will now be worse off?

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful to be called to speak on new clause 14, which I regard as absolutely crucial to the Bill. At the start of his speech, my hon. Friend the Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Mr. Collins) referred to the importance of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. As I speak in the wee small hours of the morning, making certain that the national minimum wage will not go quietly into the night,...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: I take on board my hon. Friend's comment. We must ensure that the Chancellor, who is the senior member of the Cabinet apart from the Prime Minister, can extract the relevant information from the Department of Trade and Industry. Many hon. Members present have considerable experience of working in the Government. They know only too well that, time and again, Departments do not hand over the...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend has opened up a fascinating area of debate. With deference to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I do not want to be drawn into it. I am almost overwhelmed by the possibilities. Perhaps it is a task for the Minister without Portfolio. If ever there was a misnamed Minister, it is the Minister without Portfolio. He seems to have too many portfolios.

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: I have already said that the hon. Lady is my preference for the job. I know that some of my hon. Friends want to speak in the debate so I shall try to keep my comments to under an hour. We need to establish that the issue will be an important Treasury responsibility. The Chancellor will have general oversight, but my preference would be for the Financial Secretary to be given the task. It is...

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Financial Statement and Budget Report (9 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: There will be some offshore fat cats left.

Orders of the Day — National Minimum Wage Bill: Determination of Hourly Rate of Remuneration (9 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for hon. Members who are going to or coming from bed to make such a noise while my hon. Friend is speaking?

Opposition Day: Pensioners' Incomes (10 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: The Secretary of State is describing the problem.

Oral Answers to Questions — Disabled People (23 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: What the benefit status of people with disabilities who take part in the welfare-to-work scheme will be. [34047]

Oral Answers to Questions — Disabled People (23 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: I thank the Minister for that answer, but can he give the House an assurance that people with disabilities who participate in the Government's welfare-to-work programme will not lose any of their entitlements, especially if they are put on to the jobseeker's allowance?

Business of the House (26 Mar 1998)

Keith Simpson: Will the Leader of the House explain why there will be no Defence questions in April? We shall have to wait until May. It seems highly unlikely that we shall have the usual single-service debates on the Army, Navy and Air Force. Will we have to wait for the defence review, which may or may not be published before the summer recess, before we have an opportunity rightly to question Ministers...


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