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Points of Order (18 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: rose—

Points of Order (18 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: I shall try not to be too tedious, but it is tedious for hon. Members when they put in for named day answers but do not get answers on that day. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames), I tabled six questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for answer last Tuesday. I still have not received any answer, not even one to what I would have thought was a very...

Territorial Army (18 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: Virtually every hon. Member who has spoken tonight has said that the Territorial Army is very important in terms of the operational effectiveness of our armed forces, the role that the Territorial Army plays in linking with civil society and its general social support role. That is not the area of disagreement. The Government's amendment argues that the Territorial Army must be seen as...

Territorial Army (18 May 1998)

Keith Simpson: The legislation was changed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Aircraft Carriers (22 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: As usual, the hon. Member for Thurrock (Mr. Mackinlay) has put his finger exactly on the Government's problem: whether they will deliver real carriers. Those of us who watched "The Paper War", the BBC2 documentary on the strategic defence review broadcast the other week, witnessed a meeting during which there was much badinage between Ministers about naming the carriers. The Minister for...

Vitamin B6 (24 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: The Select Committee on Agriculture yesterday published a damning report on the Government's intention to limit the level of consumption of vitamin B6 to a daily dose of 10 mg. I want to pay tribute to the members of that Select Committee, which began its work in March and has completed it in a short time. It took a mass of evidence. The Committee was dominated numerically by Labour Members....

Vitamin B6 (24 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is correct, and in a few minutes I intend to refer to the Government's hypocrisy over consumer choice. The hon. Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Marsden) asked the Minister: Have you personally looked at the evidence that COT looked at, in particular Dalton and Dalton and the Phillips study? The Minister replied: The answer is yes, but it is no good asking me any questions...

Vitamin B6 (24 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: I think the hon. Gentleman is wrong in that matter. In his draft regulatory appraisal, the Minister said that he was faced with five options: Option 1—do nothing;Option 2—address the problem simply by requiring, on a voluntary basis or, if necessary, by legislation, that supplements containing vitamin B6 products include a warning of the risks of prolonged intake of high doses;Option...

Vitamin B6 (24 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: I accept that the hon. Gentleman was on the Select Committee, but I think that any fair-minded man or woman reading the report would see that what the decision ultimately came down to was a ministerial misjudgment. A range of options were open to the Minister, and he made the wrong choice. This issue has been around the Ministry of Agriculture for some time. I fear that millions of consumers...

Vitamin B6 (24 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: It is Mid-Norfolk.

Vitamin B6 (24 Jun 1998)

Keith Simpson: We have four, actually.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (20 Jul 1998)

Keith Simpson: We intrude at our peril in the private internal disagreements among Labour and Liberal Democrat Members over our nuclear deterrent. The Conservative party has always believed in a robust nuclear deterrent, and has been prepared, over many years, to put money into that. The costs of Trident are bound up in the comprehensive spending review. I should like the Secretary of State to return to the...

Orders of the Day — First World War (Executions) (24 Jul 1998)

Keith Simpson: I thank the Minister for generously allowing me a copy of his statement and the background information well in advance. He spoke with great understanding and sensitivity about a war that took place 80 years ago. There is probably no man or woman in the House whose father, grandfather or great-grandfather did not serve in the first world war. Many will have been wounded or killed. I was in the...

Orders of the Day — Strategic Defence Review (19 Oct 1998)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Member for Dunfermline, West (Ms Squire) spoke for almost everybody who has attended the debate when she reminded us that, whatever our differences, we have the greatest admiration for all the men and women who serve in our regular and part-time armed forces, the civil servants who support them and all those involved in British industry. They are regarded throughout the world as...

Orders of the Day — Strategic Defence Review: Second Day (20 Oct 1998)

Keith Simpson: Exactly.

Orders of the Day — Strategic Defence Review: Second Day (20 Oct 1998)

Keith Simpson: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The second day of the debate on the strategic defence review has been extremely good. More than 25 hon. Members have spoken, and it is hardly surprising that 18 of them spoke about the Territorial Army. That sends a strong message to the Minister, whom I welcome to his new job as Minister for the Armed Forces. I pass on my best wishes to his...

Prayers: Lieutenant-Colonel Miller (21 Oct 1998)

Keith Simpson: Churchill did.

Army (28 Oct 1998)

Keith Simpson: Once again, the debate on the Army has been wide ranging. We have been able to squeeze in some 15 speeches from Back Benchers, of whom, it will not surprise you to learn, Mr. Deputy Speaker, 11 have spoken out about the TA, and the majority have made the case for the Government to reconsider their proposals as outlined in the strategic defence review and in the pages of our press. I welcome...

Army (28 Oct 1998)

Keith Simpson: They say that it is boring—but then why do they not publish it? It is the fundamental premise upon which the SDR is supposed to be based. Several hon. Members mentioned the Government's disarray on European security policy over the past week. In the old Army expression, it is greatcoats on, greatcoats off; we do not know. That was reflected in some contributions from Labour Members. There...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (4 Nov 1998)

Keith Simpson: Is my hon. Friend aware that, yesterday morning, my right hon. Friend the Member for South-West Norfolk (Mrs. Shephard), my hon. Friend the Member for North Norfolk (Mr. Prior) and I attended a meeting in Norwich with a large number of pig farmers who made the point that, although there have been problems in the past, there has never been such a crisis in pig farming? They are not people...


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