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[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: But you were guilty.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs. Humble. For many colleagues present, this is a walk down memory lane, as the consideration by the boundary committee for England of proposals for unitary authorities in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon has been an issue since October 2006. A vast amount of time, effort and money has been spent by local authorities in that period, and...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I shall comment on that issue in a moment.

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes a good point, which colleagues have made in previous debates. The two points that my hon. Friends have made, on the democratic deficit and on cost, are absolutely crucial. As far as the democratic deficit is concerned, the irony is that the boundary committee made it quite clear that it was not in the business of weighing up the number of letters coming in expressing an...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: I was not aware of that, and that is a very good point. Like other colleagues, all I know is that in the past two and a half years I have not received one letter, e-mail or phone call from, or had one face-to-face conversation with, any constituent who is in favour of anything other than the status quo. Indeed, if anything, people have written vociferously to oppose all the options that the...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: The right hon. Gentleman may have received such representations; I accept his word on that. All I know is that the business community is divided on this issue. Big business tends to be in favour of the proposals, but most small businesses tend to be against them. I hear a desperate argument from some people in Norwich who want a unitary authority because they fear that local government in...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Asia: Diplomatic Service (23 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what terms of reference Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles has been given in relation to his role as Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Asia: Diplomatic Service (23 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan on the appointment of a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan before Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles was appointed to that post.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Asia: Diplomatic Service (23 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what staff will be allocated from his Department to Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles to support him in his role as Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Asia: Diplomatic Service (23 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the post of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan is additional to his Department's establishment; and whether the appointment has been made for a fixed period.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Departmental Secondment (23 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1773-77W, on departmental secondment, how many officials are on secondment from his Department, broken down by (a) job title, (b) grade and (c) department or institution to which they are seconded.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (12 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, column 1742W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, when he expects to publish the results of the detailed periodic assessment of the Government's Afghanistan strategy.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India: Foreign Relations (12 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his Indian counterpart.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict (9 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report by the UN panel of experts (S/2008/773), with particular reference to its allegation that the Rwandan Government have provided support to the rebel group the National Congress for the Defence of the People in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Departmental Secondment (9 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are on secondment, broken down by (a) job title, (b) grade and (c) Department or institution from which they are seconded.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Languages (9 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 16 July 2008, how many of his Department's staff received language training in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, broken down by language.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: USA: Armed Forces (9 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1795-96W, on USA: Central Asia, what the grade is of each of the two personnel from his Department contributing to the work of the American Central Command Assessment Team.

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: I concur with nearly everything the Minister said. One of the most depressing aspects of this debate is that the war—and it is a war—has been going on since 1983. I suspect that the Sri Lankan Government are probably their own worst enemy, as was suggested earlier. They might believe that this final military campaign will end the war and they will achieve total victory, but our own...

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: I agree absolutely with the right hon. Gentleman. Indeed, the history of the conflict is one of stop-start peace negotiations, during which it is possible to allocate blame at different times to both sides. The House will know that my hon. Friend the Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox), when he was a Foreign Office Minister in 1997, actually brokered a ceasefire and an agreement, which held for...

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: I fear that the hon. Gentleman may well be right, but I also want to put on record, as I suspect did the Minister, the view that dreadful wrongs have been done on both sides. In trying to take a view on who is right and wrong, we should remember that at different times, both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government have decided to end a ceasefire. However noble the cause that the LTTE sees...


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