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Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill (2 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: I compliment the hon. Member for Loughborough (Mr. Reed) on an excellent speech and wish him all the best. Making one's maiden speech at the tail end of a debate such as this is a matter of stamina as much as anything else. It tests all one's faculties, but one advantage is that it enables one to observe and listen to a wide variety of Members, old and new, and to learn about the Chamber and...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Abolition of Assisted Places Scheme in England and Wales (5 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: I shall start by going to the nub of the Bill and supporting my hon. Friends' amendments proposing a delay. Broadly speaking, the Bill is a dog's breakfast. It is wrong on a point of principle. I remind hon. Members of what Reginald Brent, second Viscount Esher, a Liberal politician and great constitutionalist, a man who knew a lot about Parliament, said: The moment that—in a great...

Orders of the Day — Education (Schools) Bill: Abolition of Assisted Places Scheme in England and Wales (5 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: Certainly not, but there is an inconsistency. Why are music and ballet not to be included? I would welcome the Minister's explanation. Before the general election, the Labour party said that the most important issue was education, education, education. We relish the debate because we on the Opposition Benches will say during consideration of this Bill and others that there are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Windfall Tax (12 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the companies that will be liable for the windfall tax. [1591]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Windfall Tax (12 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: I am obliged to the Chancellor for that highly detailed answer. Opposition Members would like some detailed information. May I return the Chancellor to the question of the windfall tax? Will he please confirm—yes or no—that it will be a one-off payment made in one year, and made only once?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Review (16 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will issue a mission statement for his Department before the defence review. [2052]

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Review (16 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: Like my colleagues, I welcome the right hon. and hon. Gentlemen to their new positions—Scotland's loss is defence's gain. In an earlier answer, the Secretary of State said that the strategic defence review was going to be Foreign Office led; but in the Foreign Office mission statement, which was released after 10 days by the Foreign Secretary, there is barely any mention of security or...

Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance (Supplementary Credit Approvals) Bill (17 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: The financial basis of the Bill reminds me of Bills concerning other aspects of proposed Government expenditure that we have debated during the past two or three weeks. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Skipton and Ripon (Mr. Curry) suggested, the Bill before us is built on sand. Opposition Members have concluded that, in opposition, the Labour party had not properly worked out its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Private Finance Initiative (24 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: If the Minister is anxious to save money in national health service, may I take it that he continues to support compulsory competitive tendering in the NHS?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment: Jobseeker's Allowance (26 Jun 1997)

Keith Simpson: ay I take the Minister up on his use of the word "consistency"? To help in his quest for funds for unemployment, has he made any representations to his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the privatisation of air traffic control?

Business of the House (3 Jul 1997)

Keith Simpson: May I ask the Leader of the House to firm up her answer to the question of when we might have a defence debate? Many of us have been in correspondence with the Secretary of State for Defence on this subject, and so far he has avoided giving any commitment. It is an important issue to many of us because, even as we talk in the Chamber, we have constituents who are literally in harm's way in...

Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (3 Jul 1997)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) on her maiden speech. I do so on the ground that I made my maiden speech only a month ago and I know that it is stressful to wait to catch Mr. Deputy Speaker's eye. Although I represent a constituency in another part of East Anglia where I should defend the interests of Norwich cathedral, I fully recognise the hon. Lady's comments...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Pay Settlements (15 Jul 1997)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to meet local authority representatives to discuss the effects of pay settlements in local authorities in Scotland. [6690]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Local Authority Pay Settlements (15 Jul 1997)

Keith Simpson: Will the Minister share his views on how a £4 an hour minimum wage would be funded if the Scottish local authorities and the trade unions agreed to pay such a wage?

Rural Policies (16 Jul 1997)

Keith Simpson: Do the Government intend to reopen those police stations in the hon. Gentleman's constituency?

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster: Freedom of Information (30 Jul 1997)

Keith Simpson: Will the Minister stiffen up that rather mealy-mouthed answer? Some Opposition Members—and, I hope, some Labour Members—actually believe that certain areas of national security should remain secret and should not be wide open to people who might undermine our society. Before some hon. Members turn that into a joke, let me remind the House that we are fighting terrorism in one part of the...

Defence Policy (27 Oct 1997)

Keith Simpson: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Defence Policy (27 Oct 1997)

Keith Simpson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Defence Policy (27 Oct 1997)

Keith Simpson: Mr. Secretary of State, that is very generous of you. In the spirit of consensus, I return you to the crucial central issue of the strategic defence review—the budget—to which you have referred. I ask—through the Chair—whether you accept the results of a survey published in The Observer just after the general election. In a survey of Labour Back-Bench Members, some 80 per cent....


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