Results 41–60 of 976 for speaker:Bruce George

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: Yes, and my hon. Friend has delayed my expressing it by 35 seconds. As a former colonial power, we have both an advantage and a disadvantage. That has allowed people such as Mugabe to blame all their deficiencies on British colonisation. Now that Africa has seen off European colonisation, one thing that I would not like to see is its sort of recolonisation by other entities. We have heard...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I was going to mention the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and Electoral Reform International Services—stalwart efforts are made by United Kingdom NGOs, although the WFD is largely funded by Her Majesty's Government. A lot of help can come from international organisations and there has been great success, but the task is an uphill one. I am very impressed by some of the things being...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Elections: Monitoring (26 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the British delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on proposals to reduce his Department's budget for election observation in 2009-10.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Elections: Monitoring (23 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Treasury and the Department for International Development on alternative sources of funding for election observation in 2009-10.

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I am not responding out of reciprocation. I would like the hon. Gentleman to return to a point he made earlier—he was too quick for me. I am not trying to dramatise the matter, but perhaps somebody should calculate how many people who have committed a murder or a serious crime can bask in the security of the knowledge that there will be no DNA evidence to convict them because it might have...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I very much welcome the report, although some of the things that my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz) said will lead me to reread some of it. It is easy to talk about balance but difficult to know where that balancing point is—and it can change in a day, depending on events. People's attitudes on what the limits of the state should be will change dramatically if...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: My right hon. Friend's Committee would help to keep the line, but there are others. Almost the first sentence of my speech was that I trust my parliamentary colleagues who will be or are in executive positions. They will not suddenly metamorphose into Genghis Khan—at least, most of them will not—on assuming office. I might be naive, but I have been around for a long time and I believe in...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman's shopping aspirations are higher than Tesco, but the point is made. Anyone going into Tesco—I do not do so on a daily basis, I must add—is subject to surveillance, because the company has a duty of care to its customers as well as a legal liability: if somebody goes in armed with a machine gun and 50 shoppers are killed, it will have a devastating effect on...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: There should be more effective cameras, which has been clearly demonstrated in my right hon. Friend's report and in every other report. As we all know, a camera eventually played a big part in identifying the killers of Jamie Bulger. Everyone who watches "Crimewatch" knows how many cases have been solved because of good cameras. However, too many of the cameras around are imperfect and they...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I understand the arguments. I would not say that I discount them, but I do not share them. If people go out into a town centre, they need to feel secure, which is more likely if there are more policemen on duty, although whether that has an effect is a point for discussion. However, if there are no policemen, the police will have access to effective cameras. A few months ago, I had a...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: Absolutely. I applaud the large section of the Committee's report that deals with CCTV, because I had reached the same conclusions some time previously—I take a big interest in private security. However, I hope that any inquiry would look not just at the effectiveness of police-owned or municipally-owned CCTV, but at the importance and effectiveness of CCTV in the private sector, because...

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I would prefer my hon. Friend to deal with wheel clampers first, from a constituency standpoint, but nationally, I would want investigations dealt with fairly swiftly and effectively.

[Sir John Butterfill in the Chair] — A Surveillance Society? (19 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I am delighted and wish I had realised, as I would have offered to give evidence. I gave evidence to the Committee prior to my right hon. Friend's chairmanship, when it took an interest, rather belatedly, in the question of regulating private security. The report was of fundamental importance in bringing the Government to the table to deal with the security industry. When I was writing my...

Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Apprenticeships (12 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to increase the number of people beginning apprenticeships.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Elections: Monitoring (10 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on sending secondees to the OSCE in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Elections: Monitoring (10 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) staff of his Department and (b) other UK nationals are seconded to the OSCE institutions, including Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and OSCE field missions; and how many of each have been so seconded in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Elections: Monitoring (10 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the Government was for election observation conducted by (a) OSCE, (b) the European Union and (c) the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in each of the last 10 years.

Election Observation (3 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: The late Samuel Huntington elaborated the theory of the three waves of democratisation, the latest of which was the events of 1989, which resulted in swift democratisation in east and central Europe and parts of the former Soviet Union. The wave affected not only the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe area, but Africa, Asia and Latin America. Regrettably, some countries have...

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Palestinian Territories (Economic Aid) (27 Jan 2009)

Bruce George: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to add my comments, which will be little more than bullet points because of the time constraint. What the BBC and Sky have done is erroneous. The BBC supported a repellent regime such as Burma, in the sense that a broadcast was made and money flowed in, and so the floodgates are open for it and others to assist any desire to aid. However, humanitarian...

Coroners and Justice Bill (26 Jan 2009)

Bruce George: I shall certainly follow your advice on short speeches, Madam Deputy Speaker, although having listened to three hours of Front-Bench speeches, I feel confident that you would agree that droning on is not a monopoly of the Celts. I was reluctant to join in the debate for fear of being dragooned into serving on the Public Bill Committee, but I have been quite excited by what I have heard....


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