Results 161–180 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

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

Keith Simpson: I am genuinely surprised that someone as experienced as the right hon. Gentleman, who has been an MP as long as I have and who has been a Minister, should assume that within the first two or three minutes I would get to the point that is coming later in my speech. I will be addressing that point and I am happy to take further interventions from him, but I am trying now to establish the...

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

Keith Simpson: Yes, I absolutely agree. Indeed, in September 2008 three Norfolk councils launched a High Court action against the proposals. In November, the High Court rejected a bid to halt the process but said that equal weight had to be given to all proposals. In March 2009, the boundary committee dropped Lowestoft from its Norfolk plans. In July 2009, three Suffolk councils launched a successful legal...

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

Keith Simpson: Yes, I agree absolutely and I shall expand on that point briefly in a few moments. I want to flag up the criterion on gaining local support to emphasise that the Government's own legislation-the original Act-specifically excluded public consultation. They talk about the need for support by a broad cross-section of partners, but they never at any time decided to test public opinion in any of...

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

Keith Simpson: Yes, I find that incredible, given that the permanent secretary wrote to my hon. Friend the Member for South Norfolk-he may want to comment on this later-enclosing not only his letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, but the reply. What prompted the permanent secretary to write to the Secretary of State? In his letter of 8 February, the permanent secretary...

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

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend is quite right. There are so many contradictions in the proposals. When I lectured Army officers, it was clear to me that the Army was very good at lessons learned, and that was true of both successes and failures. In terms of lessons learned, the current proposals would come under the heading of a big failure. Indeed, our friend Mr. Peter Riddell of The Times, who is a...

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

Keith Simpson: As an old student activist, I recognise the right hon. Gentleman's concern that he is on a sticky wicket. I am about to do as he asks. I have already damaged his main case and I will happily expand, without taking too much time, on how the proposals will damage my constituents' interests; indeed, I will tell him how they have damaged them over the past four years. I say that because he and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (8 Feb 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to provide assistance to the gubernatorial elections in Anambra, Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nigeria (8 Feb 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has made representations to the Nigerian government on the violence in Jos, Nigeria in January 2010; and if he will make a statement; (2) what reports he has received on the number of people displaced following the outbreak of violence in Jos, Nigeria in January 2010; and if he will make a statement; (3)...

Business of the House (4 Feb 2010)

Keith Simpson: We understand that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intends to make an announcement just before the half-term recess about his decision on which unitary authorities can be established in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon. May I urge upon the Leader of the House that a written statement at that stage is totally unacceptable? The Secretary of State should come to the House...

Horn of Africa (26 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: It is a pleasure to serve under your benevolent eye, Mr. Gale. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for The Wrekin (Mark Pritchard) on raising this important issue. As colleagues have said, this debate in Westminster Hall gives us the opportunity to have a slightly more reflective debate than we often have on the Floor of the House. [Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] The debate is about...

Horn of Africa (26 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: Yes. I would not disagree at all with the hon. Gentleman. Also, the historian in me tells me that an element of tradition is involved. I recall visiting one of the Gulf states, although I shall not say which one, and being invited into a business family that had traditions of trade with the old East India Company-they showed us documents about that-and trading down to the coasts of east...

Horn of Africa (26 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Cruise ships have been attacked before by pirates and by terrorists. The United Kingdom Government, like all Governments, advise cruise companies about the problem and give advice on security. I suspect that some of the measures that they undertake are not publicised, as many organisations use the internet as we do. I thought that my hon. Friend was going to...

Horn of Africa (26 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: I think they do now because of the nature of the insecurity in that region and the nature of the threats that we face now. Any Government will come under enormous pressure if, sadly, future terrorist activity against British citizens abroad or in the UK is carried out not by some caricature terrorist looking like a down-market Lawrence of Arabia but by somebody who is, as has sadly been...

Written Answers — Defence: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (26 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36, on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on what date it was agreed with the Afghan government that the 600 Afghan soldiers would be deployed to Helmand; (2) pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 30 November 2009, Official Report, columns 831-36, on...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Darfur (26 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposal by the African Union Eminent Persons group for the establishment of hybrid courts to try persons charged with war crimes in Darfur.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Zimbabwe (19 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: The Foreign Secretary has talked about specific EU targeted sanctions, and said that they should be calibrated. Will he explain which of the current EU sanctions are really having an effect and encouraging ZANU-PF to move towards removing the human rights abuses that have been in place for so long?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo (19 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Equateur province of Western Congo; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo (19 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries are involved in the training of the Congolese army; how many official languages are used in such training; what assessment he has made of the effect of the number of languages on the effectiveness of the training provided by the UN peacekeeping force in that country (MONUC); and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Democratic Republic of Congo (19 Jan 2010)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have put forward for the reconfiguration of the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) following the expiry of its mandate in May 2010; and if he will make a statement.


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