Results 341–360 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Agriculture Council (28 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: May I add my congratulations to those of my right hon. and hon. Friends, which will have made my right hon. Friend aware that the persistence with which he has pursued these problems will earn him the warm recognition of the industry, which, in my view, he is serving well. Is my right hon. Friend aware that overall fairness is still considered to be of great importance in the industry? Is he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheepmeat (14 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what he expects will be the total percentage self-sufficiency in sheepmeat production in the United Kingdom for 1984–85; and what is the anticipated self-sufficiency of the European Economic Community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheepmeat (14 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that the profound changes now taking place in agriculture mean that sheepmeat production will assume ever-increasing importance in British agriculture? Is he aware that his commitment to resist strongly any change in the variable premium schemes will be well received? Will he especially resist the Community proposal whereby any loss of return from the operation of...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: rose—

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Can my hon. Friend confirm that the ending of cross-subsidy will not lead to an increase in direct subsidies paid to operators of unprofitable routes at the expense of ratepayers?

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: rose—

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to you for calling me, Mr. Speaker, and I hope that you will make a rude noise if I wander near my time limit. As I have listened to the contributions so far I have been reminded very much of the difference in attitude portrayed by two shoe firm representatives who went to Africa. The first one sent a telegram back saying, "Opportunities appalling; nobody wears shoes." The...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The question has not arisen because, as the service has been put out to tender it is, by definition, a difficult one, and the operator of the service runs it. No one has been interested in coming in in competition because it is recognised that there is not the volume of passengers for two companies. Potential competitors have turned their attention somewhere else. Safety standards have been...

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: rose—

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am most grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. This is an important matter to the women of the country. When the hon. Lady wrote to the National Federation of Women's Institutes, did it tell her that the Herefordshire federation did not share the view of the national federation? It is the north Herefordshire women who have been living and working in the trial area during the past three years.

Orders of the Day — Transport Bill (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I should be most grateful if my right hon. Friend could spare a second to cover a point that involves chapter 6 of the White Paper. In paragraph 6.5 there is talk of a gradual increase in the number of cabs. It states: The Government will propose provisions to relax progressively the restrictions on the number of taxis which operate in some areas. I have not been able to find the relevant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Wrightington Hospital, Lancashire (Children's Ward) (12 Feb 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. Friend recall that the interest in the future of the Wrightington ward is wider than the area immediately around Wrightington and the north-west because its distinction attracts children from other parts of the country? Will he bear in mind that it is undesirable to break up the successful team there, which is producing good, positive results?

Regional Policy (17 Jan 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Perhaps the thanks of those in the Ross-on-Wye travel-to-work area could be coupled with those of my hon. Friend. The coupling of the Forest of Dean and Ross-on-Wye travel-to-work areas is significant and important.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farm Machinery (17 Jan 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he will next meet the president of the United Kingdom Agricultural Engineers Association to discuss farm machinery sales prospects.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Farm Machinery (17 Jan 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware that considerable concern has been expressed within that sector of the agriculture industry because the changes in capital allowances, which will shortly come into effect, will have a distorting effect on machinery sales, which is likely to lead to a boom and then a bust? Will she bear in mind in her further discussions with the Treasury as well as with the...

Orders of the Day — Milk (Cessation of Production) Bill (10 Jan 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: How do we obtain copies of the consultative document?

Orders of the Day — Milk (Cessation of Production) Bill (10 Jan 1985)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am glad to be able to contribute briefly to this important little debate on a mopping-up Bill designed to straighten out the existing situation. I commend my right hon. Friend the Minister and my right hon. Friend the Minister of State on their alacrity in getting the outgoers scheme under way, providing an important anchor of confidence for the industry at a time of turmoil, anguish and...

Local Authority Capital Expenditure (England) (18 Dec 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that a number of reasonable district councils are becoming increasingly frustrated at seeing their reasonable ambitions thwarted in spite of the fact that they are based on the successful implementation of a very popular policy? Will he consider their exasperation? Do I understand that the implications of his remarks are that if his number-crunching does not come...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dairy Industry (6 Dec 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the unnecessary stresses within the industry is caused by the lack of flexibility between the wholesale quota and the direct sales quota? Can he sustain pressure on his colleagues within the Council of Ministers to achieve this very necessary flexibility?

Skillcentres (29 Nov 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that for some time now it has been difficult for those living In rural areas to get to skillcentres to pick up the new skills that they need for tomorrow? Has he any message of hope within the new framework that those living in rural areas will have an equivalent opportunity to develop the full skills for tomorrow?


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