Results 121–140 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Housing (27 Feb 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: When my hon. Friend discusses these matters with the chairman of the Housing Corporation will he place great emphasis on the distribution of the resources of the corporation between metropolitan and non-metropolitan districts? Is he aware, for example, that in the west midlands region in 1989–90 more than 90 per cent. of the corporation's resources went into the west midlands county—say,...

Opposition Day: Agriculture (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Going back to an earlier passage in the hon. Gentleman's remarks about the milk marketing board, is the House to understand that he is advocating the retention of the board with no change in it? If so, can he explain how he reconciles that with the requirements of the European Community, which I believe his party supports?

Librarian (Retirement) (14 Feb 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: As the Chairman of the Library Sub-Committee for the past nine years, I associate my Committee and the Services Committee with the tributes that have been paid to the service of Dr. Menhennet. For the past 15 years, the Library has been headed by a remarkable duo who have seen through the tremendous changes to which you, Mr. Speaker, made reference. As Dr. Menhennet leaves, I can think of no...

Namibia Bill (5 Feb 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I join my hon. Friends in congratulating my right hon. Friend the Minister on the sensitivity and the timing of the Bill, and on enabling it to come into effect on the anniversary of Namibia's independence. I also congratulate Namibia on its subsequent decision to join the Commonwealth. It could not have taken a better one. The Commonwealth is sometimes described by the world's press, and by...

Gas-powered Vehicles (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. Friend recognise and look into the argument that I tried to make in an intervention on my hon. Friend the Member for Devon, North (Mr. Speller)—that liquid petroleum gas has not been more widely used in this country, as compared with Holland and western Canada, because the taxation structure has been wrong, and the Government have had a large role in the lack of uptake of...

Gas-powered Vehicles (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is it not a question of the whole process being incentivised, to use a horrible word? If those who set the parameters wish there to be an increase in the use of alternative fuels, a structure must be devised for it, just as happened with unleaded fuel—to great effect.

Gas-powered Vehicles (28 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for allowing me to put a question to him in his very interesting debate. As he said, I have been running my car on liquid petroleum gas for 13 years to remarkably good effect in terms of engine wear, and of feeling clean environmentally. However, it has been enormously frustrating to see the negative pricing policy adopted by retailers, plus the Government's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Imports (23 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: As a manufacturer involved in the manufacturing of consumer goods, does my hon. Friend agree that the bottom line is that the consumer should want to buy English or British produce because it is more attractive in terms of price and design? At the end of the day that is what manufacturing industry in this country must achieve if we are to reverse import penetration.

Orders of the Day — Export and Investment Guarantees Bill (22 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Can my hon. Friend confirm that the understanding of the ECGD itself is that premium rates in the United Kingdom are higher than those of major overseas competitors?

Orders of the Day — Export and Investment Guarantees Bill (22 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me so early in this fascinating debate. I must follow the hon. Member for Dundee, East (Mr. McAllion) by declaring an interest. My interest is twofold—first, as director of a small to medium-sized manufacturing company which exports, and secondly, as a parliamentary adviser to a major firm of international contractors who have a...

Bills Presented: House of Commons (Services) (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will the hon. Gentleman be so kind as to say what is the next step?

Bills Presented: House of Commons (Services) (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak briefly in this important debate. I recognise the intensity of feeling of the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent, North (Ms. Walley). Having served with her for some time on the Catering Sub-Committee, I know full well her commitment and sense of purpose in these matters. I hope that she will forgive me if I do not pursue her line of argument. However,...

Bills Presented: House of Commons (Services) (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I do not disagree. There is no reason why we should not have full accounting procedures for the Refreshment Department and for them to be published in whatever detail seems appropriate. I am worried about the attitude of Members serving on the Catering Sub-Committee. If it was felt that any trading surplus could not be deployed for the benefit of the Refreshment Department, problems might...

Bills Presented: House of Commons (Services) (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: The hon. Gentleman makes an extremely valid point and it is interesting to have that confirmation. It could only have been a tidying up exercise as it is singularly inappropriate for the grant in aid to such bodies as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the British American Parliamentary Group and the History of Parliament Trust to be so included. They...

Local Government Finance (England) (17 Jan 1991)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people will welcome the changes made to the transitional relief? In the light of their wish to be able to reach for their calculators to find out how it will affect them, when and how will he make available simple exemplifications? Hereford and Worcester county council is one of the lowest recipients of grant. Is he aware that there is a grievance in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rural Housing (12 Dec 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his welcome return to the Dispatch Box. Is he aware that there is considerable concern in South Herefordshire district council that it is being frustrated in discharging its responsibilities as the facilitator and enabler of low-cost housing for its people? Is he also aware that last year about 97 per cent. of the Housing Corporation's resources for the west...

Fisheries and Aquaculture (15 Nov 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: At that meeting, will my hon. Friend ensure that the concerns of east-coast Canadian fishermen are taken into account? They are concerned about the activities of Spanish and Portuguese fishermen who are operating off the coast of the Grand Banks—outside the territorial waters, but nevertheless in the area concerned—and causing problems for Canadian fishermen who make their livelihood...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Care of Cathedrals (16 Jul 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: In this instance, Parliament has not hung around for long. The relevant date is 30 April, and that was not so long ago.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Care of Cathedrals (16 Jul 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Alison) on the clear and detailed way in which he set out the Measure. It is extraordinarily nice to debate a Church of England Measure with which I can wholeheartedly agree: I seem to have been short of those of late, and it is a great pleasure to speak on one that I have pressed for—albeit only in spirit; the Synod pressed for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Consumer Panel (28 Jun 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: When my hon. Friend next meets the consumer panel, will he impress on its members the remarkable contribution that is made to our economy by the agricultural sector of the food industry? Will he express his regret that the efforts of the farmers of Britain should be undermined and maligned at every possible opportunity by the Opposition, when they should be praised for their productivity,...


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