Results 201–220 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Written Answers — International Development: Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons (5 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the Sri Lankan government's progress in resettling internally displaced persons in the north of the country; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Defence: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (16 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6W, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date it was agreed with the Afghan government that the number of Afghan police in Helmand would increase to 4,100; and how many Afghan police were deployed in Helmand prior to that agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Future Defence Programme (15 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: Most of the capabilities that the Secretary of State has today announced will be sent to Afghanistan have been flagged up over the past year by the military in Afghanistan, as many hon. Members have said. Why has it taken so long for those capabilities actually to come into play? Is it because the Treasury and the Prime Minister delayed them?

Written Answers — Defence: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (15 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date the Government agreed with the Afghan government that the capacity of the Helmand police training centre would be doubled; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, what steps have been agreed with the government of Afghanistan to ensure that all provinces and districts in Afghanistan have a governor appointed on merit, free from corruption and with clearly defined...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36W, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, what criteria will be used to determine whether an appointee for provincial or district governorship in Afghanistan is free from corruption; what body will be charged with making that assessment; and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6W, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, what benchmarks the Government has set for the government of Afghanistan; what plans he has to review those benchmarks; and by what mechanisms progress against these benchmarks will be measured.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, what mechanisms will be used to monitor the record of the Afghan government on corruption; how often reports on such monitoring work will be made; and what plans he has to inform Parliament of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, whether he plans to assess the merits of reviewing the mandate of the United Nations in Afghanistan as part of the Government's policy on stronger civilian leadership in Afghanistan; and if he will make...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, whether the benchmarks for Afghanistan to meet have been agreed with the (a) US administration and (b) government of Afghanistan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (10 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what objectives he has set for the 2010 London Conference on Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Burma (9 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: It is a pleasure, Mr. Hancock, to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on raising this issue. He and other hon. Members who have spoken from both sides of the Chamber have a track record of raising the matter. Many of us feel the presence of the Speaker hovering over us. In a previous incarnation, when he was a troublesome and...

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Burma (9 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: I do not know whether it is an insult or a compliment to hear that I am being measured. Perhaps I am doing my Sir Humphrey act. If I were a Foreign Office mandarin, which I am not-although I probably look like one from the 1950s-I would say that Mr. Gambari is going to be "challenged" in Darfur. There is no doubt about that. I agree with my hon. Friend: it is an amazing appointment given Mr....

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (9 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had discussions with their Afghan counterparts on a national unity Government in Afghanistan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Politics and Government (9 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-6, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, what proposals the Government have brought forward on stronger international civilian leadership in Afghanistan; and when he expects such proposals to be agreed with international partners.

[Christopher Fraser in the Chair] — Afghanistan Strategy (8 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: It is a delight to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Fraser. May I congratulate the hon. Member for Newport, West (Paul Flynn) on raising this debate? As I listened to him, I wondered, rather like Churchill and his comment on the pudding, whether there was a theme. As far as I could see, the theme had two parts: first, why is the UK in Afghanistan and particularly in Helmand province; and...

[Christopher Fraser in the Chair] — Afghanistan Strategy (8 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: As I raised the subject, of course I will give way.

[Christopher Fraser in the Chair] — Afghanistan Strategy (8 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: I will beg to disagree. Both my grandfathers served in the first world war, and they had no doubt as to why they had volunteered and served. The peoples of Belgium and northern France were only too well aware of the reasons why they were fighting in the war. Siegfried Sassoon was never going to be tried because the Army would never have been stupid enough to do that, particularly following...

[Christopher Fraser in the Chair] — Afghanistan Strategy (8 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: Yes, I do. The hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey), who speaks on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, has already made that point, as have a number of Government Members. The Prime Minister has missed an opportunity. If, before Christmas, he had had a major debate on Afghanistan-in which he had, with support from Ministers, set out all the arguments-with both the Leader of the...

[Christopher Fraser in the Chair] — Afghanistan Strategy (8 Dec 2009)

Keith Simpson: Reluctantly, I will not, if the hon. Gentleman will excuse me. I have only a few minutes left and we want to leave time for the Minister. The London conference will be crucial, and not only because of the attempts to bring everybody there, which raise the danger that it will be an enormous political bazaar. The most crucial figure will be President Karzai, who, going by his previous track...


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