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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Al-Sweady Inquiry Report (17 Dec 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: I commissioned this report only after the Department was very heavily criticised in the courts for having failed properly to investigate the allegations that were being made. I believed then, as I believe now, that the main reason for that failure was not a lack of will on our part, but a refusal to co-operate with an inquiry by the representatives of the Iraqis, public interest lawyers and...

business of the house (today): Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) (15 Dec 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is rather difficult for people like him, me and the Secretary of State, who do not need to maintain a level of fitness in order to earn our income, to understand the very real fear among firefighters? This issue has not been put up by the Fire Brigades Union; firefighters really do fear that they are not going to be able to cope with the inevitable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Reserve Recruitment (17 Nov 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: Those of us who, in principle, support what the Minister is trying to achieve have always warned about the potential for over-optimism, and about the resistance and about the need to drive this in. None of this appears to be working at the speed that was envisaged. The Government really have to accept that there is a bigger gap in capability than they have hitherto acknowledged, and that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Government of Ukraine (28 Oct 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: Can the Foreign Secretary assure us that the Government are doing everything they can to ensure that the dismemberment of Ukraine stays at the forefront of everyone’s mind? Can he absolutely assure the House that there is no intention on our part of allowing this to slip down the agenda, thereby allowing the aggression to stand and the de facto creation of new Russia to become embedded?

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: There is a problem in Iraq, though, that we need to recognise. It is not just political and it is not just about capability. There needs to be a will from the Iraqi army to defend the Sunni areas of the country. In the Prime Minister’s talks with the new Government, has he seen that change, which actually means that our air strikes will support a country that has the will to defend all...

Coventry City Football Club (2 Sep 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham) for securing this debate. I think that he and I would be agreeable to the kind of proposal that the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Damian Collins) made: to use him as part of a cross-party assault on what has gone on in Coventry, which is an indication of the wider and very dangerous disease that exists within our...

Coventry City Football Club (2 Sep 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: I think that they have been the main agents of this partial victory. Other people who deserve congratulations include the Higgs Charity, which has an interest in the stadium and has been steadfast in the face of intimidation and attempts to distress and bully it. I have got evidence that the Football League effectively joined in that bullying. This local children’s charity has stood...

Coventry City Football Club (2 Sep 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: I was coming on to that. The hon. Gentleman clearly has more expertise on football governance than I have; I come at this issue from a Coventry point of view. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. The football club creditors rule cannot be justified in moral terms; it does not apply in any other area of business, where following administration, creditors get treated in a proper...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza (21 Jul 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: The Ukrainian separatists have managed to acquire heavy weapons, armour, missile systems and, now, refrigerated trains. They are, beyond argument, an extension of the Kremlin’s power and policy. A gesture strategy simply will not do; we need economic disentanglement, we need effective sanctions and we need, in the face of this kind of regime, to re-examine our security policy, along...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Iraq and Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict (16 Jun 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: In Iraq and Syria and throughout the Muslim world extremists live and dictators survive off the back of the fear and division between Shi’a and Sunni. Those efforts of persuasion that the Foreign Secretary talks about should be aimed not just at political leaders and Governments but at figures of influence on both those sides of Islam. How much effort and influence does he think there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: HM Passport Office (12 Jun 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: The Home Secretary is now announcing a series of measures; the problem has been ongoing and apparent not for a couple of weeks, but for months. Members of Parliament—myself and everyone else—have been inundated by constituents in panic and distress. Why has it taken so long for this problem to be recognised and for measures to be taken to address this issue?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Ukraine (13 May 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: The apparent contrast between what President Putin has been saying and what Sergei Lavrov appears to be saying—that the referendums must be accepted as an expression of opinion and taken seriously—is leading many people to believe that this is just a cynical tactic on the part of the Russian Administration. Does the Foreign Secretary share their fear, and, if so, does he believe...

Business of the House (No. 1): Clause 33 — Amount of Penalty (29 Apr 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: There is no doubt that there has been an improvement, but what the Minister and the House must do, as the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr Brazier) said, is keep on top of it. There is institutional resistance to that change and we must recognise that. If we want it to work, we have to be prepared to drive it.

Business of the House (No. 1): Clause 33 — Amount of Penalty (29 Apr 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: So is the Minister guaranteeing the House some minimum time for discussion in these circumstances? Is he able to say that there will absolutely be a certain minimum time?

Speaker’s Statement: High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill (28 Apr 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: I agree with the change of emphasis the Secretary of State has brought, from one of speed to one of addressing the capacity issue, which is clear and apparent to anybody who wants to see it, and I believe Coventry potentially will benefit from the proximity of the nearest non-London station, but can he ensure there is proper connectivity not just to Birmingham city centre, because the west...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Ukraine (28 Apr 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: The Foreign Secretary will continue to receive widespread support in all parts of the House if he maintains the calibrated but determined approach that he has laid out in his statement. The trick is to make certain that the Russians realise the level of determination to resist their incursions into Ukraine, balanced by allowing them the time to think through the consequences of their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: European Council and Nuclear Security Summit (26 Mar 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: Does not the annexation of Crimea demonstrate the weakness of our strategic approach to the Putin regime over many years? I understand the need for short-term reactions and rhetoric, but surely the emphasis must now be on long-term measures, because the nature of the regime has been apparent for many years. Energy dependency, economic dependency and defence capability through NATO are where...

Business of the House: Nuclear Submarines (6 Mar 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: Can I say to the Secretary of State that the fact that some people may react in an irresponsible way is a reason to be more open on this issue, not a reason to be less open—as he appeared to suggest in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker)? I am grateful for the briefings that the Secretary of State has given me and others. It will take three years from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Afghanistan (10 Feb 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: Further to the question from the Chairman of the Defence Committee, much of the logistic support and leadership of the Afghan insurgency remains across the border in Pakistan. Does the Secretary of State agree that the opportunity for a real settlement would be vastly improved if the Pakistanis were prepared to engage properly and take effective action against those individuals? Has he seen...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Syrian Refugees (29 Jan 2014)

Bob Ainsworth: I welcome the decision that the Home Secretary has taken today, but surely she recognises that we also have a proud record of championing multilateral responses to international crises. If every country demanded the flexibility to set up parallel and unilateral schemes, the entire effort would be undermined to some degree. Does she not at least recognise that? Why is the flexibility she is...

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