Results 381–400 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Common Agricultural Policy Prices (22 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful for the opportunity to intervene so early in the debate. I am disappointed but not surprised at the negative and derogatory attitude taken by the Opposition spokesman on this difficult issue, although I appreciate that he must not disappoint his massed cohorts of three supporters who have been interested enough to turn up. To give them their due, they are the three most regular...

Common Agricultural Policy Prices (22 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The hon. Gentleman clearly has no idea what inflation is. He cannot possibly know what it is, because his party presided over 100 per cent. inflation when in office. In real terms, relative to people's ability to pay, food is cheaper now than it was in 1979. If he goes away and thinks about it and learns about inflation he will find that out. The farming industry has not been receiving a...

Common Agricultural Policy Prices (22 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Nobody can expect to pick up a blind hand and secure all of the tricks, which is what the hon. Member for Aberdeen, North is seeking. It is his prerogative to ask for that, of course, but we have to recognise and give credit for what has been achieved. In early February, my right hon. Friend gave an assurance to the House that the agricultural industry would not be disadvantaged by any...

Common Agricultural Policy Prices (22 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I expressed the sentiment that I hoped that my right hon. Friend would appreciate that he had the full support of the entire House and the entire industry. That should be enough to give power to his elbow. He is the one who has to do the negotiating, but it is up to us to make him aware of what we feel. My right hon. Friend did not refer to this point, but I understand that, as a result of...

Council of Agriculture Ministers (1 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: May I underscore the compliments already paid to my right hon. Friend on his progress on behalf of this important industry? When he indulges in further negotiations next week and thereafter will he bear in mind that support for United Kingdom farming has been steadily declining as a proportion of output and that farming profits in real terms have declined sharply in the past decade? Is he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheep Scab (1 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the Government's policy for 1984 as far as sheep scab is concerned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Sheep Scab (1 Mar 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I thank my hon. Friend for her robust and construtive reply. Does she appreciate that there is great concern among sheep producers about the spread of scab? Will she ensure that enforcement is 100 per cent. and that adequate publicity is given to the fact that sheep scab is a malicious and evil killer disease?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Prices (2 Feb 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my right hon. Friend resist proposals to revalue the green currencies to reduce the positive monetary compensatory amounts, which currently favour United Kingdom producers, because to do so would penalise United Kingdom producers while not penalising Continental producers? Surely there can be no fairness in that.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Sales Kiosk (30 Jan 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Chairman of the Catering Committee. The takings in the Refreshment Department's souvenir kiosk in the four-week period and the 12-month period to 23 December 1983 were £122,759 and £313,517, respectively. These figures include value added tax.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Sales Kiosk (30 Jan 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his recognition of the very hard work put in by the staff during the year and in the run-up to the Christmas period when the business level was so high. I confirm that advantage of this kiosk has been taken by a broad band of people within the Palace of Westminster, both Members and staff, and the profit arising from it helps the Catering Department in its...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons: Sales Kiosk (30 Jan 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am not entirely prescient of the right hon. Gentleman's mind, and certainly I am not aware of the goings on in the mind of my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House. However, I cannot accept what the right hon. Gentleman said about the dignity not only of the merchandise offered but of the operation. It is very much appreciated by right hon. and hon. Members, officers and servants of the...

French Meat Imports (Restriction) (30 Jan 1984)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that the timing of this ban, in view of the nature of the agricultural protests that are going on in France, leads one to suspect that this is nothing more than pandering to the agricultural lobby there? Is he aware that that is how it will be seen by farmers here? Is he aware, therefore, that it is of the utmost urgency that he clears the ground as quickly as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Family Practitioner Services (13 Dec 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. and learned Friend maintain the greatest possible pressure to achieve accountability in the family practitioner service? Does he agree that every time family practitioners overrun what might be called projected expenditure the rest of the Health Service, such as the hospital sector, suffers and we experience problems of the kind facing us today?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Youth Training Scheme (29 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many young people he is presently training under the auspicies of the youth training scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Youth Training Scheme (29 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that the present take-up of the uniformed services youth training scheme is very much less than that for which initial allowance was made? Bearing in mind the highly enthusiastic response of participants and trainers within existing schemes, especially in the Royal Air Force at Hereford, will the right hon. Gentleman take further steps to ensure that young people are...

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Building (22 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The hon. Gentleman misunderstood me. I had no intention of recommending that the main Library should move from this building, but that the research and information services should.

Orders of the Day — Parliamentary Building (22 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: How does one follow that? It is an enormous pleasure to complement the right hon. Member for Wakefield (Mr. Harrison)—deservedly right hon.—and while it would be wrong of me to say that I am sorry that the Conservatives did not win his seat at the last election, it was a great pleasure to listen to his remarkable comeback. It is not often appreciated what a depth of knowledge the right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Dairy Products (17 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the present level of self-sufficiency in dairy products in the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Dairy Products (17 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that that enormous increase in self-sufficiency is a remarkable track record for an industry which, over the years has shown immense technical expertise, innovation and ingenuity? When he and his hon. Friend have analysed the current proposals that are being studied, will he take great care not to adopt a course that will result in the stultification or ossification...

Milk (16 Nov 1983)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am delighted to be able to get into the debate at this late stage. I shall try to finish by 10.50 pm when I understand that the winding-up speeches are to begin. The debate has been fascinating, especially for the magnificent rhetoric from Opposition Members. I wish that they had been such strong and avid critics when their right hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Mr. Silkin)...


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