Results 281–300 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Opposition Day: Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am sorry that I gave way to my hon. Friend. He was not on the point that I was trying to make.

Opposition Day: Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, because in mentioning the Hansard Society scholarship programme he has drawn attention to some of the circumstances which were drawn to our notice during the taking of evidence. The Library was informed on the last day before we adjourned for the Christmas recess that 21 students would be presented to the House of Commons for use by Members of Parliament. They...

Opposition Day: Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I recognise that, but this is an important matter. The number of 50 was proposed and someone earlier asked why that number. That number was based on the loading that the Branch Library could take, with its present staffing and accommodation. We had 55 during May to July and the loading on the Library was such that it could be contained, but the Library staff are nervous—I think that that is...

Opposition Day: Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Did the hon. Gentleman understand at the time of his inquiry that he should bear in mind two factors? First, he should have borne in mind that the number of temporary research assistants in May, June and July was at the lowest ebb it had been for a long time, because of the adverse publicity and the slight uncertainty about this issue? Secondly, he should have borne in mind that, during...

Opposition Day: Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The underlying trend in usage of the Library's research and inquiry services is upwards. In 1983, the firgure was 12,699; in 1984, it was 17,304; and, in 1985, for the reasons I surmise, it is less. The overall research load on the Library from Members' inquiries is up 5 per cent. Part of that demand may have come from research assistants. The overall demand for the Library's services...

Opposition Day: Rural Areas (Government Policy) (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The hon. Gentleman has said that in some areas there are no local bus services. Is he aware that those areas are not the areas where the legislation passed by the House has been in existence for four years and where the level of service has not declined at all in those four years?

Opposition Day: Rural Areas (Government Policy) (29 Jan 1986)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I can understand why the hon. Gentleman wants to be deliberately opaque. Is he aware that in the Herefordshire trial area the level of rural bus services, which is the same as that before the existence of the trial in rural areas, is the same now as it was at the start of the experiment?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Quotas (19 Dec 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my right hon. Friend reaffirm that if at the end of the milk year British producers have not produced up to quota there will be no question of the national quota being reduced in ensuing years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Ewes (19 Dec 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the future arrangements for the export of ewes to France.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Ewes (19 Dec 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the concept of imposing what is, in effect, a tax on any form of export of agricultural produce from the United Kingdom to the Community is unacceptable? Will my right hon. Friend ensure that the practice is never allowed to stick and that it is never accepted in default? Will he take all the steps at his command to ensure that this kind of penalty is not...

Agriculture Council (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the arrangement that the sugar regime should be renegotiated after two years is sensible and will be well received in the industry, because it is given time to get itself organised to take advantage of the new opportunities that should be opening up for it? Will my right hon. Friend maintain the closest co ordination with his colleagues in the Department...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: rose—

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. This will be the last time that I shall rise during his speech. Will he answer the direct question put to him by my hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk, Central (Mr. Lord)?

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: It is always a pleasure to be called immediately after the hon. Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell). The hon. Gentleman will forgive me if I do not take up too many of his arguments, although some of my later comments will touch on matters that he raised. When the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Miss Maynard) referred to morale in the Ministry, I cast my mind back to the state of...

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Bill (25 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The hon. Gentleman rightly says, "Hear, hear." One recalls the demise of the canned pigmeat and cooked ham industry. All those products are now imported. There is an enormous potential increase for the British agriculture and food industry working in harmony and bending its mind constructively to that approach. There has been a great improvement in British bacon since the charter bacon scheme...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Milk Quotas (21 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that there is considerable anxiety within agriculture about the knock-on effect of a further outgoers scheme, desirable though that might be? Will he bring forward his review of United Kingdom agriculture in order to give a better sense of direction to those involved in making important decisions in that respect?

Televising of the House (20 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Having listened to the debate from the beginning to the present moment, I am grateful to have the opportunity to add a few words. It is now five hours since my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House talked about the motion being a leap in the dark. I have listened carefully, but I have not been able to adduce a shred of evidence why that leap in the dark should in any way lead to any...

Televising of the House (20 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: We were speaking in English, because my French is not good enough, and my Canadian is even worse. He said, "The members like it, but they no longer talk to the Parliament; they talk to their constituents." We must beware of this constitutional matter, which relates to the stewardship point made by the right hon. Member for South Down. Burke said that he was a Member of Parliament first and a...

Televising of the House (20 Nov 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am aware of what I might call the Establishment comments. I was referring to the gentleman I came across who recounted his views. I also watched television while I was there, and saw no fair treatment of Ministers at the Dispatch Box. The Tory party in Canada has enough troubles at present without everyone having a field day at Ministers' expense. When I watched the televised proceedings on...


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