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Results 41–60 of 9399 for speaker:Kim Howells

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...

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...

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...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Power Stations (23 Mar 2009)

Kim Howells: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Health and Safety Executive and (b) Nuclear Installations Inspectorate staff work (i) full-time and (ii) part-time on the generic design assessment (GDA) of new power station designs; and how many such staff he expects to work on the GDA in each of the next three years.

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.

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.

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...

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...

Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (10 Dec 2008)

Kim Howells: The hon. Gentleman is making an interesting speech. Is he as worried as I am about the export from a country such as Austria of specialist steels, which are manufactured in few other counties in the world but are useful to the nuclear enrichment programme in Iran?

Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (10 Dec 2008)

Kim Howells: I thank my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and the right hon. Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) for giving the House a real sense of the great sweep of problems that have to be confronted across the world. I will deal with a very small part of those problems, but an important part for our country, namely Afghanistan. We are entering a more difficult phase in our efforts to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia: Detainees (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: We have received allegations relating to detainees being held on US naval vessels, including the USS Peleliu, from human rights non-governmental organisations. We have asked the US to clarify their position on detainees being held on ships and to verify previous assurances that detainees had never been held on ships in the territorial waters of Diego Garcia. The US confirmed to us that no...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Diego Garcia: Detainees (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: Further to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's letter to US Secretary of State Rice relating to the two renditions through Diego Garcia in 2002, the US have informed us that: there have been no other instances in which US intelligence flights landed in the UK, our overseas territories or the Crown dependencies, with a detainee on board since 11 September 2001; no detainees have been...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Detainees (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: We remain very concerned about the overall treatment of Iran's Baha'i community and, in particular, the continued detention without charge of seven members of their informal leadership since May. We have consistently voiced our concern about this and urged the Iranian government to release them unconditionally. Following a UK recommendation, the EU issued a public statement on 21 May...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran: Detainees (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: We continue to have concerns about the treatment of Christians in Iran. In recent months we have received a number of reports about detentions of individuals who have converted from Islam to Christianity, including Mahmoud Matin-Azad and Arash Basirat, who were arrested in May and subsequently charged with apostasy. With strong UK support, the EU issued a public declaration on 26 September...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mauritania: Peace Negotiations (6 Oct 2008)

Kim Howells: On 6 August I made the following statement on the situation in Mauritania: "The UK is following the situation in Mauritania closely and is concerned by reports of a military coup. We condemn any attempt to seize power by force and call on all parties to ensure respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law and to safeguard the well-being of their own citizens and foreign nationals...


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