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Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: Will the hon. Gentleman give me an example, either orally or in written evidence, in this place of the former MP for Norwich North, Dr Ian Gibson, coming out in favour of the unitary proposal?

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: Let me explain the flaw in these arguments. What I am about to say does not necessarily apply to Exeter, but the only way in which Norwich could get unitary status and also fulfil all the economic criteria-one problem is that Secretaries of State have changed their minds about that-is to enlarge Norwich and bring in all the outer suburbs, including large parts of my constituency. They did not...

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: This is not the hon. Gentleman's fault, but I do not think that he participated in any of the earlier debates on this subject. Many of them were held in Westminster Hall. I suggest that he read the evidence presented by my hon. Friend the Member for South Norfolk (Mr Bacon), a senior member of the Public Accounts Committee, who said that all the arguments about the savings that would be made...

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: Can the hon. Gentleman give the House the factual evidence for that view? What polling has been done? Has a local referendum been held?

Bills Presented — Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill: Local Government Bill [ Lords] (21 Oct 2010)

Keith Simpson: Let me begin by saying that I warmly support the proposal made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State. Let me also remind colleagues on both sides of the House that the announcements made yesterday and their effect on local government were brought about entirely by the incompetence of the last Labour Government. The cuts are due entirely to those Members who are now on the Opposition...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — A11 (Dualling) (27 Jul 2010)

Keith Simpson: Mr Williams, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for West Suffolk (Matthew Hancock) and my other hon. Friends who are here in Westminster Hall today. We "old lags" from pre-2010-the "Alten Kämpfer", as our German cousins would call us-stand in awe of their enthusiasm and the fact that they really want to hunt as a pack on behalf...

[Hywel Williams in the Chair] — A11 (Dualling) (27 Jul 2010)

Keith Simpson: Yes, absolutely. I am sure that colleagues from other parts of the country will make similar points, but I believe that our point about the A11, which is backed up by the quote from the Secretary of State, is a powerful one. On the politics of the issue, I have every sympathy for the Minister. His civil servants will have produced a good brief saying, "I commend all the people who have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Chagos Islands (6 Apr 2010)

Keith Simpson: I congratulate the hon. Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) on raising this urgent question. He initiated the debate in Westminster Hall and the Minister might wish to think again about what the hon. Gentleman said about the lack of consultation with the Chagossians; at the very least, even at the public relations level, that was unfortunate. It is appropriate that the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burma (6 Apr 2010)

Keith Simpson: The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma has made the unusually strong recommendation that the UN should consider establishing a commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Burmese regime. Last month, the UK ambassador to the UN said that Britain would support the establishment of a commission of inquiry. What steps are the Government taking to...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burma: Asylum (24 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of displaced people who have fled from Burma to Thailand since January 2010; whether he has had discussions with the government of Thailand on the safety and welfare of those people; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burma: United Nations (24 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often he receives reports from the EU Special Envoy on Burma on his activities; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sudan: Politics and Government (24 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made a recent assessment of the security situation in the Nuba mountain region of Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Home Department: Raja Petra Kamarudin (24 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports his Department has received on allegations that Mr. Raja Petra Kamarudin may be in exile in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burma: Nuclear Power (23 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Burma's (a) nuclear capability and (b) ability to produce uranium; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burma: Nuclear Power (23 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with his EU counterparts on the matter of possible nuclear co-operation between Burma and North Korea; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: China: Religious Freedom (23 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed the case of Mr Gao Zhisheng with the Chinese Government; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe: Human Rights (23 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress by the Unity Government of Zimbabwe on human rights; and if he will make a statement.

Bill Presented — Dementia Strategy Bill: Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill [ Lords] (17 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: With respect to the Minister, this happens in so many Committees-it is a good example of new Labour setting dividing lines. There are no dividing lines on the measure. We support the Bill. We have asked legitimate questions that relate not only to the safety of many civilians throughout the world, but to our armed forces. The questions were asked not merely to spin out the time-they are...


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