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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...

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?

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...

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...


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