Results 401–420 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, because that is a point that I want to develop. A great deal of sympathy is felt with members of both the International Development Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee—

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: —the Chairman of which wishes to intervene. Of course I give way to him.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I am always prepared to hold a seminar on the history of foreign affairs for the benefit of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Indeed, I am about to produce my Easter reading list, and I will happily copy it to the distinguished Chairman of the Committee. Does the Minister wish to have another go? It seems that he does not. He is right to quit while he is ahead.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend always makes an interesting European point at this stage in a debate. I shall look into what he has said with a great deal of interest. I am sure that the Foreign Secretary will join me in paying tribute to the hard work done by officials of both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID in some of the most appallingly difficult circumstances that arise in missions to...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: The right hon. Lady has been chuntering in a delightful way for the past half an hour, so of course I shall give way.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I thank the right hon. Lady for that intervention; she has taken a long interest in this area and I concur with what she said. "African-led solutions to the region's problems" can be very trite phrase, but we know that the problems in the two major conflict zones where British troops are involved—Iraq and Afghanistan—can be properly resolved only by building up the local institutions,...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend raises an important point, and successive Governments have tried to do that. It is not easy. Other hon. Members have far more experience than I do, but when I have talked to the non-governmental organisations, they say that money should be put in at the bottom end rather than the top end, where a considerable cut can be taken. Thirdly, we must promote human rights. The current...

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I apologise, Madam Deputy Speaker, I got carried away by the repartee.

Africa (30 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Lady makes a powerful point, and the same is true for the police. Sometimes a culture develops—and it has happened in Europe, too—in which taking what we would now call bribes is part and parcel of a system in which officers are not paid very much. There is no easy or quick fix for that. Fourthly, we need to continue to address the peacekeeping deficit in Africa. A worrying...

Opposition Day — [9th Allotted Day]: Iraq War Inquiry (25 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: Can the Foreign Secretary explain why our major ally, the US, continues to examine and review the lead up to the war and the lessons to be learned, and to do so in public? It is not a bogus argument; it is a fact. Many Americans are amazed that we do not do the same.

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing this debate, and on how she put forward her views. Only a few weeks ago, on 5 February, we debated Sri Lanka in one of the aptly named topical debates. The immediate issue that has been brought forward by all hon. Members is how to ensure the safety of the tens of thousands of people caught up in what is...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will not, because I have very little time left. The first question is how to persuade the Sri Lankan Government to allow the media and aid workers into the area now, that it is in their own interests to do so and that by not doing so, they are, ironically, aiding the LTEE. That should be our first priority, and I hope that the United Kingdom Government...

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth (24 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: Please, I have just two more points to make. The proposal to send in a UK special envoy, the right hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Des Browne), was vetoed. Where are we on that now? Is the right hon. Gentleman's name still on the table? Have the Sri Lankan Government given any indication of the terms on which they might allow him in? The final point concerns the role of the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Tamils: Resettlement (16 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on the conditions of resettlement camps established for Tamil refugees; and what assessment he has made of their compatibility with international standards.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Thailand: Human Rights (16 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plan to make a financial contribution to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' 2009 programme in Thailand; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Diplomatic Service (13 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2009, Official Report, column 1198W, on the diplomatic service, on how many occasions he has appointed a special representative or special envoy to a particular region since 1997.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central Africa: Peacekeeping Operations (12 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad and (b) its ability to protect civilians in Chad; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central Africa: Peacekeeping Operations (12 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad to reach the full mandated strength authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 1861.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo: Mining (12 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1522W, on Democratic Republic of Congo: mining, which other UK companies are involved in the exportation of minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Horn of Africa: Security (12 Mar 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of threat to British interests from instability in the Horn of Africa; and if he will make a statement.


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