Results 161–180 of 735 for speaker:Mr Colin Shepherd

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment: Training and Enterprise Councils (5 Dec 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware that the answer that our right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave in respect of the blind will he much appreciated at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, where a keen interest is taken in these matters? Is my hon. Friend further aware that in our part of the world we have a large number of comparatively small employers, all of whom are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 30 November.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Nov 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that those who favour the European social charter must also favour her Government's abolition of the closed shop? Is there not a lesson in that for the Leader of the Opposition?

Clause 77: Beef (7 Nov 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful to the Minister for coming to the House at this hour to help me, I hope, with a vexed problem that has been giving me great cause for concern since I established the nature of the practice some time ago. I refer to the question of the pre-slaughter tenderising of beef. My hon. Friend will be aware of the process, involving the use of chemically modified papains for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: West Midlands (Resources) (7 Nov 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has assessed the extent to which the formula for funding of the regional health authorities adequately reflects the needs of the West Midiands regional health authority.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: West Midlands (Resources) (7 Nov 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I am grateful for my right hon. and learned Friend's reply. Is he aware that there is considerable concern in the west midlands that the resource allocation does not reflect regional needs? Is he aware further that Herefordshire is one of the fastest growing areas in the region in terms both of population size and of age? Because of that, even now, the health authority is finding it difficult...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Reform (27 Jun 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what will be the effects of the proposals for medical audit outlined in the White Paper "Working for Patients".

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Reform (27 Jun 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. and learned Friend recall that at the outset there was considerable hostility to the concept of medical audit, but that with further understanding there has been near-universal acceptance, and even welcome, of this valuable concept? Does my hon. and learned Friend think that, with careful consideration, the BMA might find some useful pointers for the future conduct of its campaign?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Casualties (12 Jun 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will indicate the general trend in road casualty figures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Casualties (12 Jun 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that many families will be eternally grateful to him for his success in bringing down the number of road deaths, although, naturally, there is still some concern about road casualties? What action is my right hon. Friend taking in respect of the various organisations that have an interest in making representations on his response to the North report?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Beef Premium (25 May 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my hon. Friend agree with the farming industry's opinion that, because of the decline in the national dairy herd of about 1·5 per cent. to 2 per cent. a year, we shall need an increase in the suckler cow herd of about 4 per cent. a year to meet the flow of beef required for the United Kingdom market? In the light of that, although the increase in the suckler cow premium to the maximum...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: River Quality (24 May 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what percentage of rivers in the United Kingdom were in good or fair condition at the latest date for which figures are available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: River Quality (24 May 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Will my hon. and learned Friend confirm that the River Wye in my constituency is up to the mark, as it should be? Secondly, will he confirm that he is bringing the greatest possible pressure to bear on rivers in the United Kingdom which are not yet up to the top mark and that he is sustaining the greatest possible pressure on the rivers in the remainder of the European Community countries so...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Land Registry (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Attorney-General what is the present number of staff employed by the Land Registry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Land Registry (10 Apr 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that, despite an increase in staff, the Land Registry has admitted that there is no prospect of an immediate reduction in the unacceptable delay in handling transactions? Is my hon. and learned Friend satisfied that the current policy of compulsory registration by 1990 is sustainable? Should the time scale be extended, the backlog cleared and then calls for...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Manufacturing Investment (6 Apr 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest information on the investment intentions of British manufacturing industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Manufacturing Investment (6 Apr 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: I thank my right hon. Friend for that response. Does he agree that it shows that under the Government manufacturing investment is growing satisfactorily? Will he confirm that in terms of GDP, total manufacturing investment is now higher than it was at any time during the last Labour Administration? Can he say whether this growth is fully nationwide?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Potato Producers (16 Mar 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Is my hon. Friend aware that in the west midlands, in my part of the world, both the large-scale professional potato growers and the small-scale growers are of like mind that the third option of his consultative paper would be the right way to go in that it would remove the public money dimension? Would it not be advisable to give the industry the solution that it would prefer?

Skills Training Agency (13 Mar 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: rose—

Skills Training Agency (13 Mar 1989)

Mr Colin Shepherd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the success of private sector training companies, in areas where there is no skill centre, in achieving an enhanced level of skill capabilities across the spectrum means that it does not matter who owns the skill centres provided they deliver the goods? Is it not the case that the rigid Civil Service structure of the skill centres makes it impossible to...


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