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Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: Provided that the right hon. Gentleman is brief.

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: This is not the place to argue the case for a significant increase in defence expenditure, but I have always argued for it—even against the right hon. Gentleman's Government. Every report produced by the Defence Committee between 1979 and 1997 argued that the defence budget should not slip further and further down. As to the specious arguments, I have heard nonsense about costs. They are...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

Bruce George: No, I am not giving way. The hon. Gentleman can make his own speech. What about the argument on opportunity costs? That relates to the point made by the right hon. Member for East Hampshire (Mr. Mates). There may be opportunity costs in spending £15 billion, but that could easily be remedied if the Government had the bottle to say that they regard almost 2 per cent. of gross domestic...

Cashpoint Security (7 Feb 2007)

Bruce George: Has the Minister seen a press release that many hon. Members have received from a company that discovered a technical breakthrough: the use of dyes? Will he reiterate, for the benefit of everybody, that there is no single, simple, technical solution? The problem with dyeing can be seen by considering the example of £20 notes. They say: "I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of". Many...

Written Answers — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Commission (31 Jan 2007)

Bruce George: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, when the Committee expects the Electoral Commission to publish the code of practice in election observation on the UK as required under the Electoral Administration Act 2006.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Trident (4 Dec 2006)

Bruce George: Those of us who have been here a long, long time find this a case of déjà vu all over again. Under a previous Government, I used the same arguments as my honourable and good friend the leader of the Liberal Democrats has used, when my assistant and I wrote the minority report for the Defence Committee. It was a brilliant report, but totally wrong. The arguments that I now hear against...

Written Answers — Health: Sexual Health (11 Oct 2006)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations her Department has received from genito-urinary medicine clinics on levels of funding provided for the development of sexual health services.

Written Answers — Health: Sexual Health (13 Sep 2006)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the progress towards implementing the plans outlined in the White Paper, Choosing Health, to treat sexual health services as a priority issue; (2) what progress has been made towards implementing changes to the provision of sexual health services, as outlined in the White Paper, Choosing Health; and if she will...

Written Answers — Health: Sexual Health (13 Sep 2006)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the use by (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts of money allocated for sexual health services; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Health: Sexual Health (13 Sep 2006)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions her Department has had with strategic health authorities on spending on sexual health services; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Health: Dermatology (21 Jun 2006)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the use of the NHS Guidelines for the Appointment of General Practitioners with Special Interests in the Delivery of Clinical Services: Dermatology by primary care trusts when making such appointments; what steps she is taking to (a) monitor the appointment of such general practitioners and (b) ensure that such...

Electoral Administration Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 20 — Review of polling places (13 Jun 2006)

Bruce George: The last time the House debated the Bill, I waited patiently to discuss my 20 amendments to clause 33. The House did not get anywhere near clause 33, and when I realised that I would not have an opportunity to speak, I confess that I walked out in anger and missed my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs saying, "Don't worry. Although we...

Electoral Administration Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Clause 20 — Review of polling places (13 Jun 2006)

Bruce George: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman who, like me, has observed elections. I have headed short-term observation missions to 18 elections, most of which have been pretty awful, but we have never been denied access. We walk into a polling station and the officials there either welcome us or look like animals facing the headlights and cringe, but they do not say, "You can't come in here." It was...

Manor Hospital (Walsall) (8 Jun 2006)

Bruce George: I am grateful to my close colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick), for introducing this short debate. Our colleague, the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Shepherd), has sent his apologies. This is a cross-party endeavour to ensure that a proper decision is made. I know that the route towards PFI is strewn with delays and side-tracking. I can understand...

Security Companies (Accreditation) (16 Nov 2005)

Bruce George: Of course there are people who have had problems, but will the hon. Lady accept that the process has not been discredited? When it comes to guards, the process of licensing is a long way from being concluded, and a lot of people have been licensed already. I feel that people have been got at by the use of wrong information. The system is working reasonably well and I hope that when she...

Security Companies (Accreditation) (16 Nov 2005)

Bruce George: All I would say is that the system has not been circumvented. Standards are continually being raised and attacking them with little more than anecdotal evidence or sad stories will give the impression that the system is falling apart when it really is not.

Security Companies (Accreditation) (16 Nov 2005)

Bruce George: My hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) should have started his speech the other way round, because it was a quite naked presentation on behalf of one organisation within the security industry, which feels that its near monopoly—70 per cent. of the market—is being taken away. I have a long interest in security. I campaigned for 25 years, unsuccessfully, to get...

Emergency Preparedness (19 Oct 2005)

Bruce George: We have been throwing brickbats at the Government—some of which are perhaps deserved—but I wonder how good we, as a Parliament, are at dealing with civil contingencies. The answer is that we are very bad at it. We have Select Committees that inquire into their own Departments, but that misses the point. The issues of contingency planning, emergency planning and resilience cannot be...

Emergency Preparedness (19 Oct 2005)

Bruce George: That was going to be about my 11th point until I was instructed to make a short speech. The Defence Committee's superb report, "Defence and Security in the UK", which, of course, everyone will have read, considered the matter. The then Home Secretary was not ecstatic about our proposals, because he thought that we were attacking him, which we were not. We did not want a director of homeland...

Emergency Preparedness (19 Oct 2005)

Bruce George: It is point eight, which I shall now push up the hierarchy. I do not think that the Government have properly activated the private sector, which is now central to our economy and contains a great deal of expertise. A good deal of responsibility has been bestowed on those in the private sector because, should the balloon go up, not many military and police personnel will be available and they...


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