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Written Answers — Treasury: Investment Returns (7 Apr 2010)

Roger Berry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Financial Services Authority has made of the monetary value of losses incurred by with-profits bond investors who were entitled to claim the guaranteed value of their investments on a market value reduction-free date but failed to do so.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Evaluation of Access to Work (9 Mar 2010)

Roger Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether she plans to take forward the recommendations made in her Department's research report no. 621, Evaluation of Access to Work: Ministerial Government Departments.

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: That was not the reason that I gave. I was angry at the way in which the Opposition have scared a number of elderly and disabled people by making the untrue statement that the Government had already made their decision. They have not, and to say that they have is not worthy of support from anyone.

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Charnwood (Mr. Dorrell), who has raised two fundamental issues. I hope that the Government and others, in their response to the consultation exercise, will consider those issues carefully. I start from the position of being one of those who signed the early-day motion-and not just yesterday-but I shall be supporting the Government...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: The hon. Gentleman may say that, but I have voted against the Government on rare occasions when I felt that there was no alternative and I have not precluded entirely the possibility of my ever doing that again, but I hope that I do not have to. We have had a consultation exercise and the Government's amendment makes it clear that they are considering the responses to that consultation. It is...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: I can answer that in one sentence. People are anxious because others have generated scares outside. Let me speak for myself. I agree with the Government that disability benefits should be seen in the context of a national care service. I, as much as anyone, want a national care service that is similar to the national health service. That is long overdue. As the Government say in their...

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: I hope that I can explain. The hon. Gentleman says that he said nothing like that. However, is it not the case that in your press release of 19 November, you vowed to "fight against Gordon Brown's plan"-

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: I apologise, Mr. Speaker. The hon. Gentleman said, in his press release of 19 November, that he was leading a "fight against Gordon Brown's plan to scrap benefits for the disabled." Is it not disgraceful to suggest that anyone is planning to scrap benefits for disabled people?

Opposition Day — [1st allotted day]: Disability Benefits for the Elderly (8 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: Does the hon. Gentleman seriously believe that proclaiming that the Government are planning to scrap disabled people's benefits is not causing enormous concern among the most vulnerable individuals and communities in our society? Should he not be ashamed of saying that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Dec 2009)

Roger Berry: My constituents are extremely concerned about the impact of global warming and want speedy action to deal with it, unlike some senior Opposition Members and their European allies. Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he has been doing everything possible, so that both developed and developing countries can look to a deal at Copenhagen?

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: I thank the Minister for his responses, and we look forward to the further written ones. May I say two more things? First, I am very grateful that the Minister will consider the non-re-export clause. He offered a response by the end of the year. I do not want to discourage him from doing that, but I am sure the Committee would think that the right result is better than the speed of the...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: Will the Minister confirm, or otherwise, that one proposal was submitted by both the NGOs and the defence manufacturers?

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: An agreed proposal, that is, from the NGOs and the defence manufacturers?

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: Does the Minister not agree that there is a simple sanction? If there is an export to a Polish company, part of the licence is a non-re-export condition saying, "You've got this kit. You will not re-export to an EU or UN embargo destination and, if you do, we'll license no further exports to you in future." Is that not clear?

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: I accept that being able to take legal action is the first-best solution, but would the Government not be left with a second-best solution, which is that, if it is clearly understood that if the Polish company that is getting the arms export re-exports to an embargoed destination, no further licences would in future would be granted by the UK where that company is the initial end user? Is...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: If it were a condition of every licence for export from the UK that the initial end user could not re-export to an embargoed destination, and if the UK found out subsequently that there had been re-export to an embargoed destination, surely it could take the appropriate action. Legal action would be preferable, but the other action would simply be that the re-exporter would not get an arms...

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: Does the Minister agree that administratively it is not a big problem to insert such a non-re-export clause, and that it might deter people from behaving in a way that we do not want? What on earth is the disadvantage of simply inserting a non-re-export clause as normal procedure?

[Mr. Greg Pope in the Chair] — Arms Export Controls (5 Nov 2009)

Roger Berry: I know that officials in the relevant Departments are scrupulous about the efforts that they make in assessing as much information as they can get before a licensing decision is made or recommended. There is no question about that and I am sure that advice from embassies and high commissions is part of it. However, does the Minister not foresee any circumstances in which it would be useful to...


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