Results 461–480 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Sri Lanka (5 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Our history and the history of the world are littered with instances where majorities have tried to impose an undemocratic system on a minority. There is ultimately a solution, as history shows: it involves driving the minority out completely. That, I suspect, will prove impossible in Sri Lanka, and I think that some elements within the Sri Lankan...

Written Answers — Prime Minister: India: Ministerial Visits (5 Feb 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister whether he has received representations from the Indian Government on the recent visit by the Foreign Secretary.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (2 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 1742-43W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, how he plans to inform the House of the implications of the Afghan review; and if he will make a statement.

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Inter-Parliamentary Union (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: It is a great pleasure, Mr. Bercow, to serve—for the first time, I think—under your gimlet eye. The last time that we debated the Inter-Parliamentary Union, it was under the gimlet eye of my hon. Friend the Member for Macclesfield (Sir Nicholas Winterton). I know, Mr. Bercow, that you will resist the temptation to step down from the Chair and participate in the debate, but I know that...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Inter-Parliamentary Union (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: Well, of course with the exception of the Minister. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke), who is embarking on his fourth political career, would also say, "Amen to that!" The serious point is that William Randal was a confirmed pacifist who believed in parliamentary co-operation, for which he worked until the end of his life. We owe him a great debt for...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Inter-Parliamentary Union (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Gentleman's presence in debates is always a pleasure, and I hope that he has finished making his paper aircraft. I am sorry, Mr. Bercow, I shall return to the subject. The hon. Member for City of Chester said that Ministers rarely travel outside capital cities. I am not absolutely sure whether the Foreign Secretary would approve of that statement given the fact that he travelled...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India: Human Rights (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the Answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, columns 532-3W, whether the next EU-India Human Rights Dialogue will take place before the end of 2008; and what subjects are on the agenda for the next dialogue.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka: Press Freedom (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on the development of independent human rights reporting in Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka: Press Freedom (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment of press freedom in northern Sri Lanka is; and what recent reports he has received of threats to the personal safety of journalists operating in the region.

Written Answers — International Development: Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 30-31WS, on Sri Lanka, when he expects a humanitarian expert from his Department to visit Sri Lanka to assess the distribution of aid to assist internally displaced persons in northern Sri Lanka; and when he expects to publish the expert's...

Written Answers — International Development: Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan Government on access for an independent group to carry out an assessment of the humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons in northern Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Sri Lanka (29 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 January 2009, Official Report, columns 30-31WS, on Sri Lanka, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter to President Rajapakse.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria: Violence (28 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Nigeria on action against the perpetrators of the violence which took place in Jos between 28 and 30 November 2008; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (27 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the humanitarian and security situation in northern Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (27 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the security and humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (27 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Sri Lankan Government following the killing of the chief editor of the Sunday Leader on 8 January 2009.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka (27 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the (a) UN, (b) EU and (c) Commonwealth to encourage the establishment of a ceasefire in northern Sri Lanka.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Forces (22 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken steps to establish an independent and effective vetting process to exclude individuals suspected of having committed crimes under international law or other human rights violations from its security forces.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Embassies: Finance (22 Jan 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 1048-9W, on exchange rates, which 10 overseas posts have had the greatest reduction in the purchasing power of their local budgets; and what the reduction has been in each case.

Written Answers — International Development: Sri Lanka: Politics and Government (22 Jan 2009)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the humanitarian situation in the Vanni area of Sri Lanka following (a) the government of Sri Lanka's order to UN agencies and humanitarian non-governmental organisations to withdraw their staff and operations from the region on 5 September 2008 and (b) the flooding from Cyclone Nisha in November 2008.


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