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Written Answers — International Development: Rwanda: Politics and Government (22 Mar 2010)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2010, Official Report, column 1416W, on Rwanda: politics and government, what representations his Department has made to ensure that full political rights, within the framework of Rwandan law, are upheld.

Written Answers — International Development: Rwanda: Politics and Government (5 Mar 2010)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made on issues covered by point B.10 of the renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the Government of Rwanda, with particular reference to the registration of opposition parties in advance of presidential elections in August 2010.

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 7 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: It is possible if one has not sought to take a serious view of this Bill to think that it is pretty manageable and pretty understandable. It is all about stopping those under 18 going into salons. But the more one reads about this area of policy, the more one realises how complicated it is. Therefore a public health officer who has not dealt with this issue before will not be able to meet the...

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 11 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: It has been a delight to serve on this Committee. It has been swift and consensual. My only request to the Opposition is that they scour the programmes of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and all other inter-parliamentary assemblies to ensure that their Members who may seek to be obstreperous are gainfully employed during the further stages of the...

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 4 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: My attitude to legislation is scarred by my long experience of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, which was diluted and not properly enforced. Best intentions may be undermined by an Administration with different perspectives from those of a previous Administration, or the earlier Administration may change. The words in the Bill cause me some concern. “May” make provision is...

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 2 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: The hon. Gentleman has retained his youthful good looks, and I would have thought that he had a good degree of difficulty getting into Parliament ¬†when he first arrived. I have not had those difficulties. I am not a parent, but we all know of kids who are 14, 15 or 16 getting into licensed establishments. The staff or supervisors either do not care or are deceived. The hon. Gentleman’s...

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 2 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: The issues remain. We all have some concerns, which I trust will be addressed as the Bill passes through the Commons and the Lords and back to the Commons. Nevertheless, the Bill is well drafted. I will not insult its parents by being critical, or by suggesting that they simply took a document, because they are too judicious and competent to have done that. I cannot recall all the characters,...

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 2 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: I pay tribute to one of the most significant people—perhaps the most significant person—involved in this legislation. There has been good co-operation with our hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North to ensure that the Bill gets through as a result of luck in the raffle, which I said two weeks ago I never succeeded in defeating. To cite the US is a waste of time. There are 50...

Public Bill Committee: Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill: Clause 1 (10 Feb 2010)

Bruce George: I feel as though I should appeal for some protection on this side of the Committee, Mr. Betts, as I am rather outnumbered. I will make no comments on the monstrous regiment of women—that would be totally unfair. I completely support the Bill and am delighted that it has been introduced. It is about time. It has arrived at the fag end—to use an unwise term—of this Parliament,...

Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill (29 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: I am truly delighted by the introduction of this Bill. However, I am a little sad, because as I said I have tried for 36 years to get a private Member's Bill just on to the bottom of the list on the notice board, and I have failed. Eventually, the Bill that I wanted on private security went through the House, but I would have introduced the Bill before us. My version of this Bill might have...

Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill (29 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: Thank you for your protection, Mr. Deputy Speaker; I manage without it outside. This is not about prejudice-the facts are there in vast numbers for people who take the trouble to read them. There is an enormous case for acting on this matter, and at last there is the prospect of legislation, although that is not a panacea-it will not eliminate the cancer that young people, and older people,...

Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill (29 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: I tried to make an argument, unlike the hon. Gentleman, who came out with a series of nonsensical words from his mind that he just invented this morning. I will carry on with my speech. He should listen to and read about the enormous number of very worthy people and organisations who have supported the Bill, together with the group that I represent. He may not think much of my views, but if...

Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill (29 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: There are lots.

Sunbeds (Regulation) Bill (29 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: Soon.

Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants Etc.) Bill (29 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: Will my hon. Friend kindly stop gloating? I have tried for 36 years and I have not even come bottom of the ballot.

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Violence Against Women (21 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: Will the Minister tell us how many letters she wrote?

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Violence Against Women (21 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: If I said that I was delighted to attend this debate, it would be a gross understatement. The number of debates on this subject has been pretty low over the years. In a way, I am delighted that the Government initiated this debate, but I would have much preferred a Member of Parliament to have done so, because we are the ones who are supposed to be scrutinising, commenting and offering our...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Violence Against Women (21 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: I do not want to trump the hon. Gentleman, but I want to talk about the first Select Committee dealing with this matter, before the modern, new Select Committee system was established. In 1975, I tabled a question and, for my pains, I was put on the Select Committee on Violence in the Family-an experience that I found truly amazing. In five months we held 23 meetings, heard evidence from...

[Mr. Joe Benton in the Chair] — Violence Against Women (21 Jan 2010)

Bruce George: I share my hon. Friend's views. I have tried not to be too partisan because this should not be a partisan political issue. Protecting the lives of a vast number of constituents and non-constituents should be top of the list. I understand why a local authority that is strapped for cash might think, "Are we going to spend the money on closed-circuit television or anti-drugs policy and so on?"...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Territorial Army (26 Oct 2009)

Bruce George: I am not known to be hostile to the Government on defence, but I am very concerned about the Territorial Army, knowing its importance. Three hon. Members signed an early-day motion that is very modest in its aspirations, not over-the-top. What I would ask, despite having heard the explanation, is whether, even at this stage, such a small amount of money, which must be minuscule compared with...


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