Results 101–120 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Territorial Army (17 Nov 1998)

Keith Simpson: The cuts.

Pig and Livestock Industry (18 Nov 1998)

Keith Simpson: Some Norfolk farmers told me last week that a number of inspectors are recruited from eastern Europe and some do not speak English properly. One inspector is from Hungary. This is not an insult to them as people, but obviously the communications problems need to be solved.

Pig and Livestock Industry (18 Nov 1998)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way again. He is no doubt aware that Norfolk produces more than one tenth of all this country's pigs; it is estimated by local experts that the county has lost £58 million in the past 11 months because of the crisis in the industry. A farmer told me last week that his family business had lost £7,500. We do not want the Minister to give descriptions...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Eurofighter Typhoon (7 Dec 1998)

Keith Simpson: The House will be pleased to hear from the Minister how well the Eurofighter Typhoon programme is coming on—the initial hard work having been done, of course, by the previous Government. I am sure that hon. Members will want to know, as will our friends in British industry, whether the Eurofighter will be delivered on time, given the shortfall and overspend in the air equipment budget for...

Major Eric Joyce (9 Dec 1998)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful for the opportunity to have this Adjournment debate concerning Major Joyce. I requested the debate because, over the past 16 months, my hon. Friends and I have failed to gain satisfactory answers from Ministers about the Major's future and because his case strikes at the heart of the important principle that our armed forces do not actively participate in party politics. As the...

Major Eric Joyce (9 Dec 1998)

Keith Simpson: I am sorry; I am winding up my comments. The Government are in danger of losing the confidence of our service personnel. All hon. Members should support the principle that serving service personnel do not involve themselves in party or partisan politics. I assure the House that, if any serving officer who intended becoming a Conservative candidate wished to criticise the Army, I would...

Yemen (11 Jan 1999)

Keith Simpson: Can the Foreign Secretary confirm whether any of the British armed forces or security forces are involved on behalf of the British Government in giving advice to the Yemeni authorities in dealing with these kidnappings, given their tremendous expertise? I relate this in particular to the case of Mr. John Brooke, of Hardley Street in Norfolk. The Foreign Secretary will be aware that, given the...

Kosovo (18 Jan 1999)

Keith Simpson: The Foreign Secretary has spelt out the options and difficulties facing him and other members of NATO, and the House understands those. However, if there is, as appears likely, another example of a massacre initiated by the Serbs, what deterrent value will the threat of air strikes against Serbia have?. I might be misinterpreting the Foreign Secretary, but it seems to me that he is ambivalent...

Business of the House (4 Feb 1999)

Keith Simpson: If we follow the logic of the last question, is it not a sure-fire, odds-on certainty that, if the right hon. Lady continues to stonewall on the question of the Chancellor's travel arrangements, the story will become bigger than it is at present? It is of direct interest to the House that the Chancellor is the only Minister in his Department to refuse to give accurate information about the...

Prayers: Rural Pharmacies (Mid-Norfolk) (10 Feb 1999)

Keith Simpson: This subject has been brought to my attention by a wide variety of constituents: doctors, pharmacists, people in the health authority and, of course, members of the public. It is an issue not just in my constituency and the rest of Norfolk—I acknowledge the presence of my hon. Friends the Members for North Norfolk (Mr. Prior) and for Wantage (Mr. Jackson); it has been brought to the...

Prayers: Rural Pharmacies (Mid-Norfolk) (10 Feb 1999)

Keith Simpson: I thank my hon. Friend; he and I had discussions on this matter with the hon. Member for South Swindon (Ms Drown) several weeks ago. My constituency fulfils many of the main criteria for a rural constituency. It is 60 miles wide and 20 miles deep, resting like a large banana astride Norwich, with four main towns—Dereham is the largest, with 16,000 inhabitants, and Reepham, where I live,...

Prayers: Rural Pharmacies (Mid-Norfolk) (10 Feb 1999)

Keith Simpson: That is a powerful point. Such competition will indeed bring even more disharmony. The highly emotive issue of dispensing doctors and pharmacists is, I believe, primarily about public perceptions, especially in rural areas, where many patients cannot recall receiving the service other than at their local surgery. It is a question of the provision of the best possible medical support for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Army (Retention) (22 Feb 1999)

Keith Simpson: From the questions asked by my hon. Friends the Members for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames) and for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier), the Minister will be aware that Conservative Members too are concerned about retention, especially in the light of the poll carried out by the MOD before the strategic defence review took place: that poll highlighted the fact that one of the main problems affecting retention...

Oral Answers to Questions — Army (Retention) (22 Feb 1999)

Keith Simpson: Many people are not taken by the Minister's statement. Will he tell the House whether he is prepared to go back to the Treasury and come up with more resources to meet that major shortfall?

Opposition Day: Sierra Leone (2 Mar 1999)

Keith Simpson: Following that line of logic, can the right hon. and learned Gentleman explain how it is that, with a permanent under-secretary of considerable experience, probity and efficiency—as witnessed by Ministers from the previous Government and other observers—the Foreign Office is such a toy-town organisation? I find that incredible, and it seems that the permanent under-secretary is acting as...

Opposition Day: Sierra Leone (2 Mar 1999)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Gentleman may intend to develop his argument on those lines, but will he say who is to blame? As I said when I intervened on the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife (Mr. Campbell), the permanent under secretary at the Foreign Office is a highly efficient and competent senior official. It is to be expected that the Foreign Secretary would have asked questions about the...

Opposition Day: Sierra Leone (2 Mar 1999)

Keith Simpson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way again. I do not suggest that the Foreign Secretary—to use the hon. Gentleman's emotive words—should scuttle around seeking information. However, the Foreign Secretary has senior officials, who report to him, and special advisers. Speaking as a special adviser to a previous Administration, I can say that one would immediately recognise that, if...

Opposition Day: Sierra Leone (2 Mar 1999)

Keith Simpson: Disgraceful!

EMU (Economic Convergence) (3 Mar 1999)

Keith Simpson: Which school did the hon. Gentleman attend?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Territorial Army (22 Mar 1999)

Keith Simpson: The Minister has expressed disappointment about recruitment and retention in the Territorial Army. Does he not think that part of the problem of retention is due to the restructuring of the TA, which now constitutes a major disincentive? Following the amalgamation of the 10th and 4th Battalions Parachute Regiment, an horrendous organisation will spread between Glasgow and London. What...


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