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Results 1–20 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

Kim Howells: I thank my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for a fine speech, which reminded us how a democratic and prosperous Iraq can become a source of stability and good sense in a region cursed by instability and the lack of sustainable democracy. I also thank the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) for his fine speech, highlighting a number of issues that I, too, hope to deal with briefly....

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

Kim Howells: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence made that clear, as did the hon. Member for Woodspring. Without democracy in Iraq, I cannot see how the middle east can possibly look forward to any stability and any sustainable prosperity. Democracy is enormously important. What I found most dismaying—it did not matter where I went in that region—was that as often as not 50 per...

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

Kim Howells: I am pretty certain that the British Government have no say in what Tehran does. I only wish that we did, because we might be able to stop Tehran murdering people because they happen to be homosexuals.

Bills Presented: Iraq: Future Strategic Relationship (14 Jan 2009)

Kim Howells: The Iraqi Government will decide for themselves what they want to do with their oil industry, and quite properly so. If they need the expertise which, in my view, they do need in order to start tapping great oilfields such as the north and south Rumaylah fields, which are some of the most benign oil-bearing structures in the world, and if they are to repair the appalling damage done by the...

Business of the House: Binyam Mohamed (5 Feb 2009)

Kim Howells: Given that my right hon. Friend informed us that confidentiality in the handling of information between agencies is a cornerstone of all intelligence relationships—especially the one between this country and its most important ally, the United States—and that, as the judges say, release of the information at issue here would come through not the United Kingdom but the United States, will...

Written Answers — Home Department: Visas: Iraq (9 Mar 2009)

Kim Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities there are to issue visas at the UK consulate in Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Nuclear Power Stations (11 Mar 2009)

Kim Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what factors underlie the length of time scheduled for generic design assessment work on the three nuclear reactor designs identified as suitable for construction in the UK; (2) if he will estimate the additional (a) staff and (b) resources required to enable the Health and Safety Executive and the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Nuclear Power Stations (11 Mar 2009)

Kim Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on generic design assessment work proceeding on the (a) AP100, (b) economic simplified boiling water and (c) UK EPR designs for nuclear reactors; and if he will make a statement.

Business of the House (2 Apr 2009)

Kim Howells: The Leader of the House will be aware of the growing problem of film piracy and intellectual property theft in the entertainment industry, which is one of the country's most important employers and earners of foreign currency. In 2007, film piracy alone cost the UK film and television industry a staggering £486 million—money that could have been put to better use funding British talent and...

Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day]: Sri Lanka (29 Apr 2009)

Kim Howells: I agree with everything that the hon. Gentleman has said so far, but does he agree that it is very difficult for a state to put pressure on a non-state player, which is what the LTTE is? It has had a murderous history; it reinvented suicide bombings, and it has killed very many people. The Tamil people are ill served by it. I hope that he will tell us how such an organisation can be...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: I have had the privilege of chairing the Intelligence and Security Committee since October last year and this is the first opportunity I have had to talk about the work of the Committee before the House. I believe that this is the first time that such a debate has been opened by the Committee Chairman. I have been asked by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: Every time I think of the hon. Gentleman, I think of his brother, who was so cruelly taken from his family by the terrible bombing in Bali. It is not the Committee's place to comment on compensation, but I assure him that a great many of us think about the subject, and I would like to see some of the unjustified disparities reduced. The current threat from international terrorism is assessed...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend about the gravity of the threat of cyber attack— [Interruption.] If he will contain himself for a moment and not explode on his bit of the Front Bench, I will tell him that we will report on cyber attack in our next annual report. I am sure he will be satisfied with that. The Committee expressed concern that the necessary focus on counter-terrorism work...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that issue. I shall deal with her point in a moment, if she will be patient. It is important to note that the membership of the Committee reflects the full range of attitudes taken by most people who think about intelligence and security matters. The Committee's members bring to its deliberations something additional and, in my view, something special. All...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: Yes, and I can tell my hon. Friend that the Committee is thinking very seriously about how we can conduct such public sessions. It will not be easy. If we ask questions about operations or intelligence which, by their very nature, are secret and must remain secret, we shall certainly not be able to do so in public, and if we ask questions that do not relate to such matters and that can be...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: I will not give way again, because I know that many right hon. and hon. Members are waiting to speak. In referring to the Committee's membership, I have given some of the reasons for the fact that it is the least leaky Committee, and the least prone to allowing party politics to colour the commentary on its reports and its albeit rare public pronouncements. I hope that I shall be allowed to...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: I agree with every word of the right hon. and learned Gentleman's analysis. He is absolutely right, and that issue of trust is central to the points I am making.

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: Yes, that is absolutely true, although I do not believe for one minute that any of this is cut and dried and crystal clear, because it never is. There are intelligence agencies across the world that we believe we can trust, but which for whatever reason—my hon. Friend used the term "inadvertently"—have been guilty of contravening some of the Geneva conventions. That has indeed sometimes...

Intelligence and Security Committee (7 May 2009)

Kim Howells: I would not like to clarify that.

Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill: Clause 1 — Amendments of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957 (10 Jun 2009)

Kim Howells: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his new position. It is a very important one, and I know that he will do an excellent job. May I ask my hon. Friend to clear up some of the nuts and bolts of the matter? If three symbols will be accepted, that does not mean, does it, that nations will be able to pick and choose which of the three they will allow people to use to visit political prisoners, for...


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