Results 381–400 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Written Questions: Government Responses (29 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to answer question 246292, tabled on 17 December 2008, on Florence Chitauro.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Russia: BBC External Services (28 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate the BBC World Service has made of the number of people in the Russian Federation with internet access who (a) use the BBC Russian.com website and (b) are likely to use the website in each of the next five years.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Russia: BBC External Services (28 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next review of the activities of the BBC Russia Service will take place.

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Overseas Territories (23 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: It is a great privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Bercow. I too congratulate the Chairman of the Select Committee and its members on their work. In particular, I congratulate them on their work on the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is rare that a Select Committee report shows an immediate cause and effect. A number of us fear that all too often, Select Committee reports come under...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Overseas Territories (23 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. When I said that it was a typically British compromise, I was perhaps trying to hide the blushes of the Secretary of State for Justice, but of course the hon. Gentleman would never hide his blushes. The hon. Gentleman's second point, about the different perms that we could have, is something that we need to consider. Indeed, we need to hear...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe: Sanctions (23 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy that former Zanu-PF Minister Florence Chitauro should be included in the list of those subject to an EU assets ban and travel freeze; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Defence: West Africa: Military Aid (23 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa has been in each of the last five years; (2) how many UK (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are serving in the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa; (3) what the reasons are for discontinuing the British Military Advisory Team in West Africa.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Corporate Improvement Boards (23 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England are in receipt of support from Corporate Improvement Boards; and how many such Boards include members employed by (a) the Audit Commission, (b) the regional government office, (c) the improvement and development agency and (d) the relevant regional improvement and efficiency partnership.

Written Answers — International Development: Sudan: Human Rights (2 Apr 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received of the human rights situation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo displaced by the Lord's Resistance Army to Western Equatoria near Yambio in Sudan in September and October 2008.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Sri Lanka (31 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: Mr. Speaker, I am sure the right hon. Gentleman's lawyers will be speaking to mine. May I draw the Minister out a little further in his comments about the UK special envoy? Will he explain to the House what reasons the Sri Lankan Government have given our Government for refusing to accept the right hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Des Browne)? Does he see any way in which, in the near...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: You have brought joy to many colleagues, Madam Deputy Speaker. I should begin by saying that my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond, Yorks (Mr. Hague) sends his apologies. He is in Paris for meetings with the French Foreign Minister and members of President Sarkozy's team. This is a landmark— [ Interruption. ] I wish that the people in the cheap seats on the Labour Benches could...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: We are indeed the Opposition, and we have had debates in Westminster Hall. I am talking about the fact that the Foreign Secretary has taken great pride in the importance of having a debate on Africa and about the emphasis placed on it by the current Prime Minister and the previous Prime Minister. I am merely pointing out the facts. I am looking forward to the contribution that the hon....

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: Excellent. I am very pleased to hear that. We also welcome the opportunity to discuss Africa in the run-up to the G20 summit later this week. The whole House will agree that the developing world must be engaged in efforts to reform the financial order and that African countries have a stake in the outcome of the summit. As the Foreign Secretary has emphasised, that is particularly true as the...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Gentleman has raised an interesting point. Different views are expressed by different countries in Africa; I have had some interesting conversations with visiting Ministers on the matter. We need to look at whatever measures will help those countries; there might not be one coat that fits all. Indeed, I have been struck by the danger of generalising about "the African economy", just...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I will certainly add it to my list, but one of course then gets into a debate about the definition of what is considered to be Africa rather than the north African peripheral.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: As I said at the beginning of my speech, I am very conscious that caveats may be expressed about all the countries I have mentioned. At this stage I am trying to emphasise the positive aspects, although I recognise that there are negative aspects to many of those countries. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for attempting to help me on that particular point. Let me deal with UK policy...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I am genuinely grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for allowing me to make that point quite clear. He will, of course, have read with great interest the speech of my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), the leader of the Conservative party, on 29 June 2006. In that speech to Oxfam, he made it quite clear that "an incoming Conservative government will keep DfID as an...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: In between his gossiping, the Minister wants to intervene, so of course I give way to him.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: Yes, I think one follows from the other. I am quite happy to reconfirm that— [Interruption.] Does the Minister want to intervene again? No? Yes. Come on then.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I used to have cadets like this at Sandhurst. They were in the bottom 10 per cent. of the intake. Watch my lips! What does the Minister not understand about "There will be a separate Department for International Development which will have as its senior Minister a Minister in the forthcoming Conservative Cabinet"? Does he wish to intervene again?


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