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Results 281–300 of 1389 for speaker:Brian Binley

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: My hon. Friend knows that I am very interested in football, and in fact played for a long time. Does he not think that Sepp Blatter is part of the problem, not part of the answer, and that the review of FIFA ought to be independent and made up of a global group of people who really understand football?

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: I thank the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (John Mann), who is leaving his place, for reminding me that I need a haircut this weekend. I am a member of the Council of Europe—and a proud member, actually. I am rather surprised by how much I am enjoying it, but you will understand the reasons, Mr Deputy Speaker. I welcome many of the Minister’s remarks. I was especially pleased to hear his...

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: I am sure he will. The European Court of Human Rights has a proud history of defending the rights of individuals, but there is no doubt that there have been several questionable judgments that raise issues about its competence across the piece. I refer to the membership of the judges’ bench. It has already been said that a number of judges have little judicial experience, and indeed that...

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: I am delighted to say that most senior judges believe in the primacy of Parliament, and I have no concerns about that. A few judges have tried to argue differently. Only recently, I noticed the remarks of a senior judge in the Court of Appeal that underlined the importance of the primacy of this place.

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: I want other people to be able to speak, and many Members have spoken for a long time, so I will reject the hon. Gentleman’s request on this occasion. I wish to touch briefly on the 162,000-case backlog in the European Court of Human Rights. We all know that it is farcical, and that something must be done about it. I am glad that the Minister has decided to do something. However, I must ask...

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: The hon. Gentleman is a very dedicated member of the Parliamentary Assembly, and it is a pleasure to work with him. Does he recognise that at the end of the day the judgment goes to the Council of Ministers, and that equally at the end of the day they have no powers of enforcement? I relate that to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for North Thanet (Mr Gale): nothing can be done,...

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: I am again most grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who is being very generous with his time. Does he think there ought to be a balancing factor to rights? I am not denying the importance of rights, but I wonder whether we ought to give equal importance to the responsibilities of the individual. Perhaps he has an opportunity to make that point and to ask the Minister whether he might consider it...

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: Does the hon. Gentleman not appreciate that many of the decisions by the European Court of Human Rights that gain the headlines in our newspapers actually diminish the role of justice and therefore are very important?

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: Is my hon. Friend concerned that most of us sitting in the Chamber today might not be here when the end of that list is reached? Does that bother him?

Council of Europe (UK Chairmanship) (27 Oct 2011)

Brian Binley: Do the people sent to prison not have the choice about whether they go to prison, and should that not be a major consideration? Furthermore, is this not a constitutional right, rather than a human right? I know that that takes us on to aspects of law, but these are the things that make people very angry.

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: May I first declare that I have an interest? I am the secretary of the all-party parliamentary group on Sri Lanka and I visited that country with the hon. Member for Edmonton (Mr Love) at the behest of the Sri Lankan Government to review the reparations resulting from the tsunami. Sri Lanka is a country that is coming to terms with the consequences of considerable strife and conflict. It...

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: I think that the Channel 4 programme is open to question and that those questions have not been answered. However, the United Nations report is credible and we should be cognisant of that fact. The British Government have also recognised that, and it is right to call for an independent, thorough and credible investigation into the allegations of violations of human rights laws. I totally...

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: Before my hon. Friend leaps to his feet, let me say that I think he has seen too many television documentaries to believe everything that he sees on our television programmes.

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: I agree with my hon. Friend and I press the Sri Lankan Government to do so. Contrary to what the broadcast stated, every effort was made by the Sri Lankan Government to extract civilians from the combat zone during the conflict. Local journalists were given access to the front line and members of the Sri Lankan armed forces sacrificed their lives to save about 300,000 civilians trapped by...

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: Of course, I accept that statement from my hon. Friend with no problem whatever.

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: I share the hon. Gentleman’s concerns and I have made those concerns known to the Sri Lankan Government. Sri Lanka needs a chance to heal, but that will not happen in an atmosphere of hiatus and emotive external interventions. We must all be careful because, as has been said, we share responsibility for the situation. That is clear, and we have to do all we can to help the Sri Lankan...

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: I cannot afford the time. The process of reconstruction is taking longer than we would like, but Sri Lanka is a small country and we need to recognise that its resources are limited too. I believe that we should give Sri Lanka every opportunity and support to help them create a united country. I hope that that succeeds, as we must all do, but equally I hope that the independent inquiry will...

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: As ever, my hon. Friend is most generous in giving way. I have visited the Puttalam camp on the west coast of Sri Lanka, which holds 160,000 Tamils who were driven out from the north mainly through fear of the actions of the Tamil Tigers, and I know that because I talked to those people without any regard to the Sri Lankan authorities and that is what they told me. Does my hon. Friend accept that?

Backbench Business — [31st Allotted Day]: Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent (15 Sep 2011)

Brian Binley: Does my hon. Friend agree that seeking a judgment on behalf of one side is a bit pejorative and that what we really need is to create healing between two groups of people that have both been harmed by a very damaging terrorist war?


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