Results 1–20 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bruce George

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Migration Impacts Fund (7 Jul 2009)

Bruce George: How many applications his Department received for funding under the migration impacts fund; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Migration Impacts Fund (7 Jul 2009)

Bruce George: I am delighted that money is being made available—largely, I might say, provided by classes of migrants themselves. Can the Minister indicate not just the advantages accruing to migrants themselves but the general societal advantages of the migration impacts fund?

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: Few Members can match the eloquence displayed by the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Sir Nicholas Winterton) in his speech. We are aware of the issues to do with Zimbabwe, and the hon. Gentleman has spoken about them with great courage. Depressingly however, while he was making his speech I was looking at the Economist Intelligence Unit league table of democratic countries in the world—which...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I was going to make that point. However, although there is a superficial attraction, including in financial terms, to my hon. Friend's argument, if we were to do what he wishes, we would wash our hands of Zimbabwe, which I would not want. I welcome this debate, and my contribution will focus on democratisation, human rights, good governance, elections and election observation. Some might...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: I am sorry, but I shall not give way, as my hon. Friend has intervened on at least six occasions as well as making her speech, and I have only 10 minutes, 39 seconds left for my contribution.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Bruce George: Yes, only 10 minutes. There has been Celtic solidarity. I shall give way, however.

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...

[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...


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