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Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Defence Policy (16 Oct 2007)

Bruce George: It would be improper of me to offer advice, but the hon. Gentleman should read a book, sit in on debates and keep his mouth shut until he has had ample time to make a proper contribution. I will willingly coach him as best I can, and tell him when he is ready to launch a speech on the House of Commons. I will ask him to read my book on what his Government tried to do to the Staffordshire...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Defence Policy (16 Oct 2007)

Bruce George: I hope that my hon. Friend will say more about that if he decides to speak this evening. We should consider the shabby kit that our armed forces had in 1991. The world's worst tank was imposed on them—Challenger 1. I should like to engage in debate with anyone who disputes that, although Challenger 2 is one of the best tanks, if not the best. The Tories' record on procurement was a little...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Defence Policy (16 Oct 2007)

Bruce George: I am not sure whether to thank my hon. Friend for what he has said, as he is only half proud of what we did. One thing that we did was appoint better advisers than the MOD's, and we gave the MOD a rough time. However, we recognised that much had happened with compensation and other forms of benefit. Much has been done, but more remains to be done. We can never be absolutely happy until...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Defence Policy (16 Oct 2007)

Bruce George: That must have been in the early 1990s. As things proceeded, we realised that the world was a dangerous place. People should go along to the defence academy. I am sure that the Tory Front-Bench team has found out where it is, and that some of them have gone there; perhaps some of them have actually studied there. If they have not, they should, because there is an open-source document there on...

Written Answers — Health: Gorlin Syndrome (8 Oct 2007)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the standard of care provided to patients with Gorlin Syndrome; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment his Department has made of the level of implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on improving outcomes for people with skin tumours; (3) what...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Lighting (14 May 2007)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on the implications for people with light sensitivity conditions of phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs.

Written Answers — Health: Photosensitivity (14 May 2007)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the health of people with light sensitivity conditions of phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Lighting (30 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider exempting people with light sensitivity conditions from proposals to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs.

MR. Peter Francis (26 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: I am deeply grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) for allowing me to join in the debate. We are speaking because we feel a sense of intense frustration and anger. Those who, in my view, are clearly guilty have been surrounded by a ring of steel, preventing proper inquiry from being made and justice being done. I can think of few cases in my 34 years as a...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: I apologise for missing the opening speeches and two hours of the debate. I was attending a dinner that the Minister for Europe gave for the President of Georgia. The hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames) is almost Churchillian in his oratory, but he is guilty of missing out a bit of history from the Falklands to 1997, when he was a distinguished Minister, as was my successor as Chairman...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: I am sorry to show how bipartisan the report was. Therefore, Governments fail. At the beginning of this Government, I remember making what I thought was an amusing speech, which I called the A to Z of Tory procurement—the Clerks advised "foul-ups" as the final words. I said at the time that the speech had been made too soon, and now is the time to accuse the Labour party of making...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: I am aware of that, although I am grateful to my hon. Friend for pointing it out. However, that is nothing—in fact, less than nothing. I recall saying that we must have more meetings with Foreign Affairs Committee. We had one with the MOD and then the Clerk was instructed that if that representative of the FAC ever attends a joint meeting, that is the end of any co-operation. So I lapsed...

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: Well, it is the one place that the hon. Gentleman has not visited. I cannot think of many places that fall into that category.

Point of Order: Defence in the UK (26 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: Well, perhaps the hon. Gentleman has been there once. To try to minimise criticism, I mentioned earlier in my speech the fact that as the Secretary of State for Defence spent a lot of time talking to the President of Georgia—as did the Prime Minister—it must be a matter of interest for us. What happens in Georgia is of importance to us. First, so much of our energy comes through that...

Written Answers — Health: General Practitioners: Dermatology (19 Apr 2007)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the General Practitioners with a Special Interest (GPwSI) Working Group's forthcoming guidance on the accreditation of GPwSI in dermatology and skin surgery will be a mandatory national standard; and if she will make a statement.

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: It is a great pleasure to follow my successor, the right hon. Member for North-East Hampshire (Mr. Arbuthnot), as Chair of the Defence Committee. I share his concerns and, despite my previous views, I long ago reached the conclusion that nuclear weapons are a disagreeable necessity. Some say that we should retain strong conventional weapons, but I tell them that conventional weapons can be...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: No, I am sorry I cannot. There is a time limit. We have to retain Trident and replace it with Trident. Some might think that exchanging one model for another is hardly a momentous decision, but it is. Furthermore, it is a decision that many people approach with pre-conceived ideas. This is not mea culpa, but I believed for some time that replacing Polaris with Trident was the wrong decision....

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: No; I am sorry.

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: Even if I had an extra two hours, I would not concede. The hon. Gentleman can sit down and whinge as much as he likes— [ Interruption. ] I would bet on that. The arguments are not between people with principle and conscience and those who lack those qualities. The defence of the realm is not just a pragmatic and moral issue; it has to be determined on the basis of conscience. It is...


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