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

Keith Simpson: Will it be possible for the MOD and Foreign Office to produce a paper before the Committee stage explaining the reasons why the Government's decision has changed? That would be very helpful to hon. Members.

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

Keith Simpson: This has been a wide-ranging and well informed debate. I, too, wish to place on record my support for and belief in the work of many aid organisations dealing with mines and with the aftermath of mines and cluster munitions, and that of our own mine clearance personnel in the British armed forces. It was a business that had declined in the '70s and '80s to a narrow profession dealing on the...

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

Keith Simpson: The Minister has just enticed me to speak for at least another hour-he should be very careful about teasing me at the Dispatch Box. We have to accept that, horrendously, tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the two world wars by direct munitions. We can think of the 30,000 French casualties during the liberation of Normandy or the tens of thousands of British and German civilians who...

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

Keith Simpson: Indeed. The Government Whip is looking affronted. I should be grateful if the Minister explained in detail the reason for the absence of the commitment to meet the deadline in the Bill. Supporting the Bill means that we accept that the UK not only accepts legal liabilities, but voluntarily gives up a military/defence weapons system, and that we recognise that the effect of that system is...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict (16 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with its US counterpart on allegations of war crimes during the military conflict in northern Sri Lanka in 2009; and if he will make a statement.

[Mr. George Howarth in the Chair] — British Indian Ocean Territory (10 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Howarth. I congratulate the hon. Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) on raising this issue. He has been tireless over many years in doing so, as have other colleagues. Like the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson), I was also present when we touched on the Chagos islands in the debate on the Foreign Affairs...

[Mr. George Howarth in the Chair] — British Indian Ocean Territory (10 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: Yes. The hon. Gentleman got in just ahead of me. The Chagossians have made that point, and there is a genuine question for the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence here, and the State Department and the Department of Defence in the United States to answer. Do they believe, objectively, that if the Chagossians returned and there were some form of economic development, there would be a...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: As the Liberal health spokesman, the hon. Gentleman will know that every report resulting from the brutal death of a child invariably says that one of the most important factors was the duplication of services and nobody taking responsibility. That is what we fear.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: I want to speak on behalf of my constituents in my constituency, which wraps around the northern outskirts of Norwich. I have spoken on this issue in three separate debates in Westminster Hall and I am obliged to make a few points on it now. I must say to the hon. Member for Milton Keynes, South-West (Dr. Starkey) that this is not just about cost and money. It is about democratic deficit, as...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: The hon. Lady is absolutely correct. If the change goes ahead, certainly in Norwich-I shall not comment on Exeter-it will have an impact on my constituents and, I suspect, on constituents in other parts of Norfolk. First, there will be disruption and many services will be duplicated. Also, the financial criteria do not seem to add up. The fact that the House of Lords Merits Committee...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: I want to refer back to Norwich. Norwich had its application for unitary status turned down on its current boundaries because it could not meet the criteria laid down by the Department. Three years on, the Minister has overruled the boundary committee and we have gone back to the proposal of a unitary Norwich on its current boundaries. Surely that is completely and utterly contradictory.

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Local Government (Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk) (9 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: The case for a Norwich unitary would be strengthened had it effectively been in care for about the past five or six years and had its accounts been qualified. Any idea-sadly-that Norwich could provide economic leadership is ludicrous. Only last year, the chair of housing had to be sacked for incompetence and what could be best described as corruption. I am afraid that the right hon. Lady's...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Afghanistan (2 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: Last month, President Karzai signed a decree amending the electoral law to allow him to choose all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission and exclude the three non-Afghan members. Is the Foreign Secretary not concerned that the impartiality of the commission will now be called into question? It was very important, given the issues that it raised, at the previous elections. Should...

Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon (Local Government) (2 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: The Minister is generous to give way. She mentioned a point that I raised about whether the advice that the Secretary of State received, which obviously contradicted the advice given by the permanent secretary, can be put into the public domain. This is the centre of the debate: the permanent secretary believes that the Secretary of State's proposals do not meet the fundamental criteria. In...

Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon (Local Government) (2 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that, as a consequence of the proposals, the May elections are to be cancelled in Norwich, when there was every likelihood that the Labour party would be wiped out?

Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon (Local Government) (2 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: There has been no real test of opinion in Norwich. A survey was done about three years ago by the Eastern Daily Press, which showed a minority in favour. Neither the right hon. Gentleman nor I has any basis of opinion, apart from the replies that were sent in to the Department for Communities and Local Government, so any idea that there is popular support is questionable, to say the least.

Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon (Local Government) (2 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: It is a great pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mrs. Humble. Although it is also a pleasure to see the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the hon. Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett), I must say, with no disrespect to her, that many of us were hoping that the Minister for Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination, who is responsible for local...

Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon (Local Government) (2 Mar 2010)

Keith Simpson: May I make a little progress and then of course I shall let the right hon. Gentleman in? Let me briefly sketch in for hon. Members, most of whom know it, the background to the current situation. It goes back to October 2006, when the Government invited councils to submit proposals for unitaries. In March 2007 Ipswich, Exeter and Norwich submitted proposals for stand-alone unitaries based on...


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