Results 81–100 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Keith Simpson: No, I do not. I have to say, with the greatest respect to my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), the former Attorney-General, that my heart sinks every time I hear we are going to have lawyer-led inquiries. Ironically, despite the suspicion that it would be a cover-up, I actually think it is a great pity that we cannot have a parliamentary-led inquiry....

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Keith Simpson: I see my right hon. and learned Friend wants to intervene.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Keith Simpson: I, of course, accept that from my right hon. and learned Friend. In my opinion, it is a great pity he is no longer Attorney-General—[Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”]—but that is above my pay scale, as they say. How can we help my hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (Rory Stewart), the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, in his approach towards questioning Sir John...

Business of the House (8 Jan 2015)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend is no doubt aware of the very strong feeling expressed both in this House and in the other place for a speedy report by the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war. I accept the fact that, as this is an independent inquiry, he and the Prime Minister have no control over this matter, but I hope that Sir John Chilcot takes note of this concern and expedites the report as quickly...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Chilcot Inquiry (Costs) (29 Oct 2014)

Keith Simpson: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I congratulate the Minister on his new appointment. He understands the problems of research, writing and getting things cleared, as the author of a much respected book, “5 Days to Power”, on the formation of the coalition in 2010. He had perhaps a slightly less happy experience on publishing “The Eye of the Storm: the...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Chilcot Inquiry (Costs) (29 Oct 2014)

Keith Simpson: I am grateful, Mr Howarth, and take note of that. I am not going off into a byway—one of my interpretations of “costs” is to do with the lessons of the inquiry, which I think have direct relevance not only to this debate but to the interests of nearly all colleagues in the House of Commons. Naturally, I will take note of what you have said. The problem always was that the inquiry’s...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Chilcot Inquiry (Costs) (29 Oct 2014)

Keith Simpson: I have every sympathy for Sir John Chilcot and his inquiry. With such a broad inquiry, he has been tasked almost with an impossibility. On the one hand he wants to get to the truth, within the riding instructions, and wants to be fair to individuals, Departments and agencies. However, at the same time he has been aware—I suspect he would argue this—that the delay has not been his fault,...

Business of the House (16 Oct 2014)

Keith Simpson: Will the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war report this side of the general election, or will it be like the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce in Dickens—something we will expect in about 50 years’ time?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Sep 2014)

Keith Simpson: Will my right hon. Friend explain to the House why, with the possibility of a yes vote, finance is leaving Scotland and many businesses are thinking of leaving Scotland? Surely if the economic arguments were so good for the yes campaign, the reverse would be happening?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza (21 Jul 2014)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend has led the charge in trying to get our European friends to increase sanctions against Russia, but can he tell the House what actually influences Putin? Many people looking from the outside will feel that we are unable to change his behaviour, at least in the short term.

Bill Presented: First World War (Commemoration) (26 Jun 2014)

Keith Simpson: It is a great privilege to participate in the second debate in this Chamber on the centenary of the first world war. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister and the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) on two excellent speeches, outlining not only the programme but many of the issues that we are here to debate. I will touch on two areas, but first, let me declare an interest as...

[Philip Davies in the Chair] — A47 (14 May 2014)

Keith Simpson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies—I have not come under your gavel before now. It is also nice to see the Minister in his place after his kippers in the Tea Room this morning; I am sure that his little grey cells are all fired up. I welcome all my colleagues who are here this morning. Between us, our constituencies span just about the whole A47. We have apologies...

First World War Commemoration (7 Nov 2013)

Keith Simpson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. May I first congratulate both Front Benchers on their moving and informative speeches? We are all the sons and daughters of history. I am conscious of the fact that 99 years ago today, on 7 November 1914, the old British Army with the Territorials was dying, literally, in the area of Ypres in Belgium. Both my grandfathers were there—both survived—one in...

First World War Commemoration (7 Nov 2013)

Keith Simpson: I am sorry. I will make sure that the officials in Parliament take note of that. That is an important aspect, because large numbers of MPs and peers, and their children, were killed or badly wounded in the first world war and we commemorate them. Let us remember that both Asquith and Bonar Law, the leaders of the two major parties, lost sons in the first world war. It was not an academic war...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: World War I: Anniversaries (2 Jul 2013)

Keith Simpson: To ask the honourable Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church of England has to commemorate the First World War and the role of military chaplains.

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — East of England Ambulance Service (25 Jun 2013)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend has alluded, as have other hon. Friends, to leadership. Is the NHS thinking of positively recruiting from senior retired people from the armed forces, who display leadership and the ability to get people to work together? A brigadier had to sort out BSE over 10 years ago, because nobody in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs could.

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — East of England Ambulance Service (25 Jun 2013)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on initiating the debate. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey)—La Pasionaria of Southwold, as she is her known in her constituency—on her role. Last October, my wife had a serious accident, and there were considerable delays in treating her. We are all aware of such things, but does my hon. Friend the Member for...

[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — East of England Ambulance Service (25 Jun 2013)

Keith Simpson: I have a question for my hon. Friend based on ignorance: there have been some extensions, but by whom were they made? Is that part of the revolving door?


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