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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1992)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: I thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me at this early hour. The only thing that I can say about the previous speech is that the Liberal Democrats seem to be united only about one idea, and that is that they would greatly increase the public sector borrowing requirement. The hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) could say only that we should spend more. When he and the...

National Lottery (6 Mar 1992)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: This is the first Government to show real common sense on this issue in modern times, and I welcome this move by the Home Secretary. It could also have an enormously important social effect if my right hon. Friend would say that post offices, and particularly rural sub-post offices, will be able to handle the scheme. That would save many rural sub-post offices in our constituencies.

Defence Equipment (19 Feb 1992)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Does my right hon. Friend accept that it was an extraordinarily sensible decision to order six Sea Kings? They are a well tried, well proven advertisement for Westland at this time, when it has to fill the gap before production of the next model, which will come along in seven or eight years. We can be sure that the work force there will ensure that it is an excellent aircraft.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Environmentally Sensitive Areas (6 Feb 1992)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a further statement on the planned expansion of environmentally sensitive areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Environmentally Sensitive Areas (6 Feb 1992)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Will my right hon. Friend accept that the new, enhanced payments for those who take up ESAs and the improvements in the scheme are widely welcomed by the farmers concerned? Does he agree that the scheme must remain voluntary if it is to retain its value? Will he, if it remains voluntary, reassure farmers who would like to take up the scheme that the payments will not be reduced during the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Air-defence Frigates (17 Dec 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: While my hon. Friend is considering replacement of the type 42 destroyers, will he bear in mind the urgent decision that he and his colleagues have to take very soon about the future of HMS Polar Circle as a replacement for HMS Endurance? Some of us have recently seen that vessel. We believe that she is a very fine ship and that she is needed by the Royal Navy and the Foreign Office. We...

Army (Restructuring) (23 Jul 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Will my right hon. Friend accept that we feel that he and his colleagues have had an exceedingly difficult time in reducing the size of the forces? Of course, there will be many disappointments, but my right hon. Friend is to be congratulated on retaining some of the famous regiments. Will he confirm that all the soldiers concerned, over as wide a range as possible, are satisfied that an army...

Badgers Bill: Amendment of S. 9 of Badgers Act 1973 (5 Jul 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: I listened carefully to what my hon. Friend said about urban badger setts. May I perhaps be sent information setting out the provisions in the Bill that would allow the actions of which I spoke to be taken?

Badgers Bill: Amendment of S. 9 of Badgers Act 1973 (5 Jul 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: I am grateful for the opportunity to make a brief intervention at this late stage of the Bill, which is a good measure in so far as it has tightened provisions to safeguard badgers and has met some of the difficult objections. I declare an interest as the owner of a considerable badger sett that is just behind my house. If anecdotal evidence is necessary, not so many weeks ago I was amused...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Regimental System (2 Jul 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: When my right hon. Friend exercises his responsibility in making decisions on the future of the regimental system, will he bear in mind the fact that a central part of that system is the training of recruits and refresher training of non-commissioned officers and officers? The system that has been built up over many years is excellent, so will my right hon. Friend not discard it easily or lightly?

The Army (1 Jul 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: I understand my right hon. Friend's important argument about recruiting for the Scottish regiments. Does he agree that one of the great worries affecting the British Army is what will happen to regiments after the review? Will quality of performance and excellence be the end product? We will have a much smaller Army and therefore it must be a much more excellent Army. That is what is worrying...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Antarctica (26 Jun 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Will my hon. Friend take note of the increasing concern of people who work in Antarctica and the south Atlantic about the future of HMS Endurance? Does he hope very soon to have a concrete answer about what the Government can do in that respect?

Business of the House (6 Jun 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: My right hon. Friend will know that the Secretary of State for Defence made a far-reaching and important statement on the future of the armed forces, particularly as regards the size of the Army. That will affect many of our constituents. Will my right hon. Friend give an undertaking that we will be able to debate that matter well before the White Paper is introduced, so that we can put our...

Agriculture Council (3 Jun 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, despite the very difficult budgetary constraints, he has preserved the position of British farmers to a large extent and has ensured that their disadvantages are outweighed by the advantages over the green pound? Will he give some guideline on how the 2 per cent. reduction in the quota will be phased? Will he take it from me that he has met his...

Agriculture (18 Apr 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: The debate has been characterised by a tremendous sense of realism, especially by the speeches of my hon. Friends the Members for Suffolk, Central (Mr. Lord) and for Tiverton (Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop) and of my right hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Alison). We have also heard interesting speeches from the Opposition. This may be one of the last occasions on which I shall speak on...

Local Government Review (England) (21 Mar 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Does my right hon. Friend accept that many of us supported the community charge because of the unfairness and inequality of the old rating system? I feel sure that my right hon. Friend will agree that it is absolutely right to hold further discussions with the people who thought that the community charge was unfair. Let them give their views as to how we can make the new tax fairer. Let us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Countryside (Access) (21 Mar 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that we must get the balance right in environmentally sensitive areas. In the Somerset levels, which I represent, there is a genuine need for a limited amount of access to see the birds and fauna there. However, if too many people want to come at once, as they often do, they will destroy the areas that we wish to protect.

Orders of the Day — Planning and Compensation Bill [Lords] (12 Mar 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: May I reinforce two points so ably made by my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre Forest (Mr. Coombs)? They concern mineral extraction, in particular mineral extraction from the Mendip hills in Somerset—part of my constituency. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the principal source of crushed rock. It is the nearest source of supply for the south-east—the principal area of rock...

The Gulf (25 Feb 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Will my right hon. Friend accept that the best news today is the low level of British and other allied casualties? Will he further accept that battle accidents can cause as many casualties as enemy action? Does he therefore agree that the long training, great skill and leadership that has gone into the preparation for this struggle reflects great credit on our service men and those of the...

The Gulf (17 Jan 1991)

Hon. Robert Boscawen: Will my right hon. Friend accept my commendation to the decision takers of the United Nations force for having taken advantage of the great benefits of the principle of surprise and attacked straight away, which will save the lives of friend and foe alike by bringing this conflict to an earlier conclusion than would otherwise be the case?


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