Results 141–160 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cottage Hospitals (5 Jun 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree that the cottage hospital provides a signal service in rural areas, especially where travelling distances are great? Does he recognise that there is a feeling in the southern part of my constituency that Herefordshire district health authority is being frustrated in its attempt to redevelop Ross cottage hospital into a community hospital by a less than fully...

Prayers: Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard (24 May 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. Friend examine the regulations to see whether any improvements can be made, as I requested?

Prayers: Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard (24 May 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I thank my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for coming to the House to deal with an important point affecting two of my constituents. She has had to reschedule an important meeting with the National Association of Probation Officers, but I know that, just as it deals with the welfare of individuals, so must Back Benchers and Ministers deal with individuals as individuals when the need...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rural Housing (23 May 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to assess the need for new housing in the rented sector in rural areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rural Housing (23 May 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware that the shire district councils are experiencing acute frustration in discharging their function as facilitators of housing in rural areas, having made their assessments on requirements for both rented and for-sale accommodation? Is he aware that, for example, time and time again South Herefordshire district council has had a housing association interested in a...

Agriculture Council (30 Apr 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his package will be enormously welcomed by everybody involved in agriculture in my part of the country—the Marches—and that it will confirm their opinion that he is a heavyweight Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food? First, can he confirm that this is within the budget of the common agricultural policy and does not constitute a straying outside...

Training Credits (27 Mar 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that this will be seen by young people and employers alike as an incredibly valuable tool for the new training and enterprise councils? Can he confirm that the development of the TECs, which are so essential to his initiative, is running ahead of schedule? Does he agree that it behoves young people to recognise where confidence is placed in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Export Credits Guarantee Department (14 Mar 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has recently received from the group of major British exporters in respect of ECGD.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Export Credits Guarantee Department (14 Mar 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware of the concern felt by the group of major British exporters on the future of the project sector of ECGD, in that the international competition is much involved in utilising its own ECGD type of mechanisms? Is not the national interest involved? In view of the substantial contribution that the major British exporters make to our balance of payments, how does my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Poultry (8 Mar 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I know that my hon. Friend is anxious to ensure that the poultry industry is not disadvantaged. Is he aware that there is substantial concern in the poultry trade that the British producer may be disadvantaged because of the different standards of hygiene that are being applied in the United Kingdom and the European Community? What steps has he taken to ensure that there are uniform standards...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 22 February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Feb 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the United Kingdom agriculture industry grows some 75 per cent. of our indigenous foodstuffs and at the same time contributes, through exports, some £1,600 million to the balance of payments and the balance of trade? Will she recognise that, and help to sustain the confidence of that vibrant industry by maintaining pressure on the European Community to...

Hill Farming (30 Jan 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: May I assure my right hon. Friend that his announcement on sheep will be well received in the western most parts of my constituency and, I suspect, all the way along the marches as well? However, will he clarify the position on cattle, because many of my hill farmers indulge in suckler calf rearing in the hills for pure-bred beef? Does he agree that pure-bred beef from suckler herds is the...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am privileged to be the first on this side of the House to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr. Fowler). It was his first speech from the Back Benches in 16 years. That is a remarkable track record. It demonstrates my right hon. Friend's contribution to the work of the House, both in government and in opposition. My right hon. Friend continued the style that he...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill (29 Jan 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Light engineering. I am mindful of Mr. Speaker's strictures in asking for short speeches. I shall therefore deal with just one narrow but important point that I do not believe is covered by the Bill. Early last summer, NALGO was in dispute with its employers. It chose to take action in the Hereford constituency in a rather curious way. A firm of large poultry producers, Sun Valley Poultry...

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

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

Bills Presented: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 1990)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend,. Does not the discrepancy partially arise because local authorities are expected to chip in the same amount from balances this coming year as they did last year and that many of the local authorities depleted their balances so they are not able to do it this coming year? Were local authorities advised in early discussions of the consequences of dipping...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Walkers and Ramblers (13 Dec 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware that in many districts around the urban areas of this country, footpaths are cluttered with a horrible accretion of discarded supermarket trolleys? When he meets the supermarket operators, will he take a strong line with them and ask them to introduce a system whereby before trolleys are taken into the stores supermarkets demand a deposit which can be reclaimed when...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Gun Clubs (7 Dec 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further steps are proposed, in the light of recent incidents in Greater Manchester and elsewhere, to impose tighter controls on gun clubs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Gun Clubs (7 Dec 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I thank my hon. Friend for that response. Does he agree that while the public are justifiably concerned about the use of firearms, gun clubs are valuable places in which this reasonable sport can be conducted with safety? I am glad that he agrees that gun clubs must be circumspect about the credentials of probationary members. Does he accept that when considering the granting of a firearms...


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