Results 141–160 of 1781 for speaker:Bob Stewart

Aleppo/Syria: International Action (13 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I would very much like to see a humanitarian corridor going to eastern Aleppo, but may I talk about the practical requirements needed to establish such a route, and to get people to safety without anyone fighting to achieve it? I will give a few thoughts based on my experience of frequently having had to do that job in the 1990s. Everyone present knows that this would be a very difficult...

Aleppo/Syria: International Action (13 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I am really concerned about the idea that we might send our aircraft into airspace that is contested and hostile. As I know, they fly low to drop the aid, and they can be taken out by ground fire, not just missiles. I suggest that all those people who wish this to happen sign their names and perhaps travel on the RAF aircraft, because the action would be extremely dangerous.

Yemen (12 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: May I ask my hon. Friend what chance he would give President Hadi if Saudi Arabia were to withdraw from its engagement—a proper engagement under UN resolutions—in Yemen?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: US Administration: NATO (12 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: When I was a young officer serving in the British Army of the Rhine and in West Berlin, I made the assumption that article 5 was a trigger: if anyone attacked a NATO nation, every member would automatically go to war. I am wondering whether that is exactly right now or whether we have just a commitment to consult, which would take much longer than an automatic reversion to war.

Aleppo (28 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I have organised airdrops in a benign environment. That is the ideal situation, because airdrops are not high but low, and aircraft carrying them out are very vulnerable. If the House wants airdrops to be carried out in a non-benign environment, it must expect our aircraft to be brought down. If that is the risk that this Parliament wishes to take, let it please, in future, vote for...

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I hope that the Minister will indulge me, because I wish to make a short comment. Tomorrow I shall have the extreme honour of presenting the order of the Légion d’Honneur to Canon William Clements in Coloma Court home in my constituency. The priest was offshore in a royal naval vessel on D-day, and I am going to his bedside to give it to him. That is a singular honour for me. I...

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: My hon. Friend the Minister has hit the nail on the head with her comment that the London Gazette could keep such a database. Every gallantry award goes through the London Gazette, even those awarded to people who have done something for the security services. I am sure that some kind of system could be made available through the London Gazette that would enable the information to be accessed...

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: My good friend makes a valid point, but there is something else: when relatives wear those medals, the person who won them lives again, in their memory and ours. That is terribly important, particularly for those killed in action.

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I, too, support the Bill, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson). I endorse what my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) said: the Bill can be improved a little as it goes through the House. It takes some neck to wear medals that one has not earned in front of veterans. Those who do so must have some sort of courage, because it is...

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I do not know what to say, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am so touched. It is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. I accept what you say. You do not consider me as bad as I think myself. We do not want companies such as the Worcestershire Medal Service, which produced my fake medals, to be shut down, because they help veterans to wear medals. By the way, miniature medals are not awarded by...

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: May we be absolutely precise about this so that there is no lack of clarity? Everyone who is given the Elizabeth Cross, which is awarded to widows and close family members who have lost someone, is entitled to wear it wherever they like on their body.

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: He would also have had to have served in practically all three services to have got those medals.

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: The only position for medals that have not been earned is on the right breast. Anyone wearing a medal on the left breast has earned that medal.

Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill (25 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I have met many people wearing SAS berets. An astonishing number of people walking around the streets appear to have been in the Special Air Service, but I reckon that one in 20 of them actually has.

International Men’S Day (17 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I have sat here for most of the debate—I missed just the first two minutes—but I have not heard anyone talk about the strength that men and women get from being in a family, whether unmarried or married. Living with other people is a huge benefit. I just wanted to put it on record that family matters.

International Men’S Day (17 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: I think that the armed forces are slightly ahead of society, because everyone who comes back from operational tours is debriefed, and checked for post-traumatic stress disorder and other worrying signs. That is great and we ought to extend that model to people who are at risk in society in general.

Chagos Islands (17 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: When we renegotiate this treaty with the Americans for the use of the Chagos Islands, could part of the conditions of agreement not be that Chagossians should be the people of choice for employment in the American airbase there? They would then be sustained by the American infrastructure and be looked after that way. That would be an honourable thing for us to do; what we decided to do...

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (16 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: As I understand it, there was no anti-Semitism from the bench at that meeting. It was a question asked from the audience that Baroness Tonge did not even hear. That meeting has been grossly misconstrued, and that is wrong.

Centenary of the Balfour Declaration — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (16 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: The British Government of that day could well be accused of duplicity. Not only were they issuing the Balfour declaration, but they had guaranteed, one way or another, to the Sharif of Mecca and other Arab leaders, that the Arabs would be allowed to have a homeland, so they were either duplicitous or incompetent in 1917.

Grammar and Faith Schools: Veterans and Service Personnel (8 Nov 2016)

Bob Stewart: Are these centres run by the Government or by charities, subsidised by the Government?

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