Results 181–200 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security: "Businessr j 3–1 of Service" (Report) (6 Feb 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: In his laudable attempts to improve the service to the customer by the relocation of Social Security Department facilities, will my right hon. Friend bend his mind to the facilities that have already been relocated? The attendance allowance delays that are reported to me in my surgery are getting far and away out of hand. There is inordinate delay in dealing with applications and appeals...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Governors (31 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has to review the effectiveness of legislation concerning the appointment of school governors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Governors (31 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that the purpose of the legislation was, among other things, to achieve a broad spectrum of representation on boards of governors? Is she aware, however, that the outcome appears to be a substantial preponderance of teaching profession representatives, who are also parents of pupils at the schools? In the light of the activities of the National Union of Teachers in...

Agriculture Council (25 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware of the appreciation in the farming industry, and especially in the beef sector, that he and his right hon. Friend were playing with a weak hand? Can he confirm that the cessation of the variable premium scheme should eliminate distortion in the market caused by the Irish element of beef production? Does he agree that the industry will be looking for a sum at least...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Operating Theatres (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to establish the costs of operating theatre procedures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Operating Theatres (24 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that that information is vital to enable managements to plan their operating theatre utilisation? Does he also agree that if that information was coupled with an enhanced roll-over provision for finance from one year to the next, there could be substantially better theatre planning, which would mean a reduction in waiting lists and in the costs of operations? I urge...

Beef and Veal Regime (18 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Minister on the way in which he introduced the subject this evening. He knows that the beef industry in my part of the world is very important. We have been brandishing names around tonight and I was disappointed not to hear the Herefordshire breed mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr. Gill). If he cares to travel 25 miles from his...

Beef and Veal Regime (18 Jan 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am much in agreement with my hon. Friend. We cannot have a healthy market for the consumer unless goods are produced at the right price to the benefit of the producer. That is what we must seek to achieve at all times. Our producers will judge the success of the negotiations on whether their industry has been discriminated against in the outcome. We have heard already of the various...

Orders of the Day — Church Buildings (19 Dec 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I should like to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Salisbury (Mr. Key) and congratulate him on securing this debate at this appropriate time. I should also like to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Staffordshire, South (Mr. Cormack) on the wide-ranging set of solutions that he has proposed. I defer to his expertise in this matter. I know the many years that he has spent in looking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Rawp (13 Dec 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make changes to the resource allocation working party formula.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Rawp (13 Dec 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree with the concept that morbidity is a better measure of the needs for the elderly than the standard mortality rate, especially in Herefordshire where there is a much greater than average number of elderly and very elderly among the population? Is he aware that there is substantial concern that a national expenditure rate as a means of measurement...

Oral Answers to Questions — The Arts: Mappa Mundi (5 Dec 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The close interest that my right hon. Friend is taking in this matter will be well received in Hereford, and on a far broader basis than that, because this is an important matter. I am not aware of the outcome of today's meeting of the Hereford chapter, but if the dean and chapter seek a meeting with my right hon. Friend. will he respond favourably to requests from me to arrange such a meeting?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheepmeat (1 Dec 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the sheepmeat regime will next be discussed in the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Economic Community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheepmeat (1 Dec 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that sheepmeat production is of particular importance to the west of the country, with only uplands to work, and where little else can be done with the ground? Does he agree also that the stabiliser package, as it is currently running, not only ignores imports from eastern Europe and New Zealand, but penalises United Kingdom and European production? Is there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (29 Nov 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he now expects the first Trident missile submarine to enter service with the Royal Navy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Trident (29 Nov 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my right hon. Friend accept from a former submariner that it is essential that the time scale is met, because old submarines not only become obsolete but wear out? Does my right hon. Friend agree that despite the encouraging changes on the other side of the Iron Curtain, any reduction in the perceived effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent will only hinder, not help those changes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: National and Historic Treasures (28 Nov 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the right hon. Member for Selby, as representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church Commissioners have any plans to seek responsibilities in respect of treasures of national and historic significance held in cathedrals in England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: National and Historic Treasures (28 Nov 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the citizens of Hereford and the people of the Hereford diocese are absolutely devastated at the prospects facing the Mappa Mundi and Hereford cathedral? Is he aware that although the Care of Cathedrals Measure does in some way set out a mechanism for exercising a veto on moves such as are contemplated by the dean and chapter of Hereford, it in no way...

Orders of the Day — Bophuthatswana (28 Jul 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am sure that the House will be very grateful to my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office for coming to the House to participate in this short debate on the Government's policy towards the republic of Bophuthatswana. I do not profess to be an all-purpose expert on the affairs of South Africa. I became intrigued by the situation in Bophuthatswana as a...

Orders of the Day — Bophuthatswana (28 Jul 1988)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I went to South Africa with open eyes and, I hope, an open mind and no prejudice. I recognised that a substantial amount of trade was going on. I was about to say before my hon. Friend intervened that front-line states that gained their independence from Britain do not hesitate to come to us when development aid is required. That is perfectly natural. I had considerable sympathy for the...


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