Results 361–380 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Water Supplies (Wales) (26 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Welsh wailing and wind that we have heard from the Opposition today carries little weight in my part of Herefordshire, which is served by the Welsh water authority? We already pay far more for our water than those living in Wales. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the robust reorganisation that he undertook in his early days as Secretary of State has...

Bus Industry (12 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I wish to set the record straight as regards the negative comments by the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott). The citizens of Hereford relish the transport experiments because buses arrive when they want them and go where they want them to go, and at fares that are less than half what they paid previously. Furthermore, the bus operators are nice to them. They do not wish...

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this important debate. I feel certain that the hon. Member for Carmarthen (Dr. Thomas) will forgive me if I do not follow him closely, but, coming from the other side of Offa's Dyke, I have a slightly different set of problems with which to deal. However, I must make it clear to my right hon. and hon. Friends the Ministers that there is no...

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I shall not give way, because I do not want to detain the House if I can avoid it. I must express some regret, because when, in November, I asked my hon. Friend the Minister about the self-sufficiency levels in the United Kingdom and urged him not to adopt any path that would lead to ossification or stultification of the industry, I was assured that that would not happen. At the time, I knew...

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I understand the hon. Gentleman's point. The value of this debate lies in the fact that such points can be made. Given the uncertainty of the present year, may I have an assurance that, if a producer fails to make his provisional quota, he will not be penalised by anyone trying to clutch in quota from somewhere else? In the first year, no one yet knows where he stands. It is important that...

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I have sympathy with my hon. Friend. The scheme must make it more attractive for farmers of larger herds than for farmers of small herds to go out of production. I am anxious that the small man should not be caught in a cleft stick. We can help him best by ensuring that it is slightly more attractive for the bigger rather than for the smaller man to go out of business.

European Community (Milk Quotas) (3 Jul 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: My heart goes out to that argument. I agree with it. I hope that the Treasury will hear that we would prefer not to see the payment taxed. It is a straight compensation, which will enable justice to be done within the industry. I do not understand why there are no dairy farmers on the panels. It is not too late to change that. I cannot see how the panels can understand the nature of the...

Orders of the Day — Dartmoor Commons Bill (By Order) (25 Jun 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend accept that some owners on Dartmoor feel very strongly about access? Although the CLA has petitioned against the Bill, its objective is to achieve constructive solutions and it is not bent on sinking it.

Prayers: Milk Quotas (3 May 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that in drawing up the present rules, arrangements, levels of quotas and so on, the Milk Marketing Board was closely consulted and involved and was highly regarded during the course of the discussions?

Prayers: Newcastle Disease (3 May 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases of outbreaks of Newcastle disease have been reported to him; and if he will make a statement.

Prayers: Newcastle Disease (3 May 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the marked lack of confidence and concern in the poultry sector at the long-term nature of the infected feral pigeon problem? Will my right hon. Friend be more specific and outline the arrangements for preventing the further infection of silos? What investigations are being made on the various options open to the Ministry for minimising the risk for the future?

Orders of the Day — Leptospirosis (11 Apr 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend taking any steps to try to develop an awareness of the percentage of the national herd that is being vaccinated? Is there any mechanism for ascertaining that, so that progress with vaccination may be measured?

Orders of the Day — Leptospirosis (11 Apr 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for coming to the House this evening to discuss the—to me—very interesting subject of leptospirosis, and cattle-associated leptospirosis in particular. We can both heave a sigh of relief that we are here at a modest hour and not early in the morning, as has been the case of late. My hon. Friend will know that among the many...

Local Government: Finance (No. 2) Bill (10 Apr 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for the fact that I have the opportunity to catch your eye, because I know that many hon. Members wish to speak, and therefore I hope that the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Mr. John) will forgive me if I do not follow his wide-ranging speech too closely. I generally support the Bill. It is challenging, stimulating and thought provoking and in the long and...

Local Government: Finance (No. 2) Bill (10 Apr 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: My hon. Friend shakes his head. On 8 March—a significant date—at a press luncheon the chairman of the Brewers Society said: For reasons that have never been explained, cider at the same strength as beer currently pays tax at only one-third of that on beer. This is unfair for the two drinks are clearly in competition. I do not believe that they are in competition. I believe that, somewhere...

British Hostages (Angola) (3 Apr 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware that no fewer than three of these hostages are my constituents? They are among the large number of people from Hereford who are legitimately and properly employed in various parts of the world in areas in which, although they may be somewhat contentious, they can reasonably expect the full protection of Her Britannic Majesty's Government, as set out on the inside of...

Agriculture Council (2 Apr 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, despite the curmudgeonly attitude of the hon. Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hughes) and other Opposition Members, mature reflection by the farming industry will probably lead to a realisation that my right hon. Friend has made the best of a bad job? Is he further aware that the move, through the suckler beef premium, to redress the balance in the beef...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dairy Industry (29 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable pleasure in the industry that the foreign side has had its direct sales drawn into the agreement and therefore the output fully reflects the proper output? As the system starts from next Monday and there is considerable uncertainty in the industry, can he give us some clue as to when the quota arrangements might be resolved?

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Leptospirosis (27 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people were treated for cattle-attributed leptospirosis in the National Health Service in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion was diagnosed by general practitioners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Leptospirosis (27 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that answer. Now that brucellosis has been cleared from the scene, does he agree that the extent of leptospirosis is becoming more apparent, especially to those who work in the dairy industry? Does he accept that the more general practitioners are aware of the disease the more they are recognising it and diagnosing it? What steps will he take to ensure...


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