Results 81–100 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Promotion (28 Jan 1993)

Mr Colin Shepherd: In his attempts to promote British agriculture, will my hon. Friend address with vigour the problems created by poultry meat inspection costs? Is he aware that independent assessments indicate that United Kingdom producers, especially those in my part of the world where the full costs of poultry meat inspection are applied, are some 5p per bird out compared with continental producers? The...

Orders of the Day — Local Government (Overseas Assistance) Bill (11 Dec 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I join hon. Members on both sides of the House in paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Mr. Lester). I am proud to sponsor his Bill; I do so not only through conviction, but because of my deep interest in Commonwealth matters, which is expressed chiefly through my membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. I viewed today's debate with some trepidation at...

Flooding (Wales) (3 Dec 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend recall that the River Wye hydrological basin extends across the border from the Principality into Herefordshire and that the county of Herefordshire has been very adversely affected by the flooding to which he has referred? I reinforce the compliments paid to the emergency services, which, in Herefordshire, have performed with great effectiveness. Will my right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Travellers (22 Oct 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made with his review of the legislation concerning travellers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Travellers (22 Oct 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. Friend keep the pressure on the review, as there is considerable anxiety among landowners and tenants that we shall move into the next travelling season without a set of adequate safeguards to protect them? It is felt that section 39 of the Public Order Act 1986 does not give adequate protection. While my hon. Friend is at it, will he also look carefully at the definition of...

Orders of the Day — Bloodstock Industry (19 Oct 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Bloodstock Industry (19 Oct 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I shall be very brief. Will my hon. Friend confirm that it is open to the Government to apply a lower rate of VAT if they so wish?

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it not a little ripe that those remarks should come from the hon. Member for Cardiff, South and Penarth (Mr. Michael), who speaks from the Opposition Front Bench and who spoke for 25 minutes?

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Yes, Mr. Deputy Speaker, it was. It was a request for guidance from the Chair.

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I do. Is it in order for the hon. Member for Cardiff, South and Penarth to complain about the length of speeches when he indulged in a speech that lasted 25 minutes?

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the recommendation in the Select Committee report for a survey was agreed by all its members? I do not see a minority report.

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman's peroration, but I feared that if I did not move quickly, I should not get the point in. The hon. Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy) talked about the liaison committee and the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells) talked about his difficulties in getting answers. A key element is the company itself. Has the hon. Gentleman been able to address...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: It is a pleasure to congratulate the hon. Member for Torfaen (Mr. Murphy) on seizing the opportunity to raise an issue that has exercised him and his predecessor for a long time. During my association, at a very menial level, with the Welsh Office and Welsh Members in the last Parliament, I came to recognise the hon. Member for Torfaen as a sincere constituency Member. I recognise the...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I recognise the hon. Gentleman's frustration. He has also been in the House quite a long time. I am glad that I am attending a conference on Commonwealth matters this afternoon at Great Windsor park, which enables me to be in London on a day when I would normally be in Hereford. As I do not live far from the area concerned, and as I pass it regularly on the train, I have considerable...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct that I had to deal with matters of refreshment, and I do not just mean drinking coffee. One of his colleagues had tabled a question about the Refreshment Department that needed attention, and I must take these opportunities when they arise. I am rather sorry for the hon. Gentleman that he sees everything through clouds of suspicion. Although I was...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I cannot say that I am particularly grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, because we are going over old ground. It bothers me that his hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley, North (Mr. Howarth) is getting more and more brassed off with him as he intervenes.

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I will put myself at risk by saying that, if I were to vote against the motion, it would be because it was incorrectly worded, and therefore unacceptable. I am treading this narrow path carefully. I do not think that I can reasonably debate whether toxic waste should be disposed of in Wales without saying where and how it should be disposed of and how it should get there. The hon. Member...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I thank that hon. Gentleman for that. We all have to deal with these tiresome necessities. The hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent brushed on the underlying point of any inquiry that might flow from the results of the survey which is being conducted now. I do not intend to pre-empt the response of my hon. Friend the Minister and how he deals with the real questions raised on both sides of the...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Personally, I would have no hang-ups about that. It is one way of forcing the issue and the Government may wish to use it. On the other hand, is it not pre-empting the issue now? The matter still rests on the survey being done in the Pontypool area to get the basis of fact. As soon as we have that, we can say, "Fine, we cannot do this any more. We must stop. We can prevent third countries,...

Prayers: Toxic Waste Disposal (Wales) (10 Jul 1992)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I have sympathy for much of what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but I wish to explore the question of Government policy in the matter because I understand that policy, based on a statement made by the Minister of State, Department of the Environment, to be that the Government believe that all developed countries should become self-sufficient in the final disposal of waste. That is different...


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