Results 101–120 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

[Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] — First World War Commemoration (11 Jun 2013)

Keith Simpson: It is a great pleasure, Mrs Riordan, to serve under your chairmanship. We are witnessing today a strange reversal of life, in that I am doing a presentation to the Minister, whom I taught some 20 years ago when he was an officer cadet. It will be interesting to see whether he is as critical of me as I perhaps was of him. May I begin by declaring three interests—not pecuniary ones—that I...

[Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] — First World War Commemoration (11 Jun 2013)

Keith Simpson: With the greatest of respect to the hon. Gentleman, I am not here to debate that. It may well be that at some later date we will have a full-scale debate about commemorating the first world war, either through the Backbench Business Committee or in Government time. I am merely giving two interpretations, and I happen to believe that one of them is correct. My purpose in introducing this short...

[Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] — First World War Commemoration (11 Jun 2013)

Keith Simpson: The trust does some very good work indeed, and I will come back to it in a minute. We must take a sensitive and sophisticated approach to the issue. This is about not just the United Kingdom Government and Parliament here, but the devolved Parliament in Scotland, the devolved Assembly in Wales and the devolved Parliament in Northern Ireland. We also have to take into account the Commonwealth,...

Rail (East Anglia) (3 Jul 2012)

Keith Simpson: What a vision of loveliness my hon. Friend is, and I congratulate her on securing this important debate. To cut to the quick, many MPs and many of our constituents believe that, in the past, neither Network Rail nor the franchisees have taken East Anglia seriously. We have the impression that previous franchisees have asset stripped. We have been dumped on with out-of-date rolling stock, and...

Group Lotus (24 Apr 2012)

Keith Simpson: Following my hon. Friend’s logic, what does he think our Government can actually do, apart from using persuasion and nudging the people who might be carrying out the actions about which he is rightly pessimistic?

Written Answers — Treasury: World War I: Anniversaries (9 Feb 2012)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Written Answers — Defence: World War I: Anniversaries (7 Nov 2011)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: World War I: Anniversaries (2 Nov 2011)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: World War I: Anniversaries (2 Nov 2011)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to mark the 100(th) anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: World War I: Anniversaries (2 Nov 2011)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what preparations his Department has made for co-ordinating the commemoration of the 100(th) anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Rural Bus Services (11 Oct 2011)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on initiating the debate. He has just touched on a point we should all be aware of. We are in a coalition Government, and there are cuts taking place, which we support. In my experience as a Norfolk MP, however, the crucial thing about the local bus service, rather like the local post office, is that people use it or lose it. I am not here to defend the bus...

Pig Farming — [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] (23 Mar 2011)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate my hon. Friend and neighbour on introducing the debate. If he will pardon the pun, this is like “Groundhog Day” for other hon. Members and for me, as we have been debating the pig industry for at least 10 years. Although I do not want to turn supermarkets into devils, it seems to me that they stand condemned in two ways. The first relates to driving down costs and forcing...

Pig Farming — [Hugh Bayley in the Chair] (23 Mar 2011)

Keith Simpson: Am I right in thinking that supermarkets or their agents frequently inspect farms for hygiene, health and animal welfare?

RAF Marham (11 Nov 2010)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on her hard work in support of RAF Marham, which affects a number of our hon. Friends. If RAF Marham were to close completely, only one Ministry of Defence base would remain in Norfolk-at Swanton Morley, a former RAF base that is now the base of the Light Dragoons. There is a lot of concern in Norfolk. RAF Coltishall, part of which is in my constituency, closed...

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: On a very important point, I failed to catch the eye of the hon. Member for Derby North (Chris Williamson), but he gave the impression that there was a sharp distinction between the poverty-stricken urban deprivation of Norwich and the wealthy rest of Norfolk. I do not think that he has ever been there. That, of course, is the problem. Labour has no MPs in the area: the nearest one is in...

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: I am thoroughly enjoying listening to the hon. Gentleman's speech and looking at the expression on the face of his Whip. He talks about gerrymandering and various other matters. The main reason the then Secretary of State turned down Norwich's original bid was that, on its current boundaries, it did not meet all the economic and regeneration criteria, yet, four years later, it was accepted....


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