Results 1761–1780 of 1781 for speaker:Bob Stewart

Bill Presented — Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Import, Sale or Distribution) Bill: Backbench Business — [4th allotted day] — Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: I am very glad to hear that, but we would certainly need an SDSR, and it is taking place very quickly-too quickly, perhaps. It is also happening when we are at war, which is extremely sad. We have a choice: we can either go straight to option one, which is to withdraw to fortress England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and just to look after our territorial waters, or we can go abroad...

Bill Presented — Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Import, Sale or Distribution) Bill: Backbench Business — [4th allotted day] — Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: Yes, and they may be cheaper. Procurement is a big problem; it is never easy to procure. In the second world war, within 18 months we managed to design and build Mulberry harbours and then tow them across the channel and put them into position. Like many other Members, I cannot understand why procurement is part of this basket-case-why procurement takes so long and is so expensive-but that is...

Bill Presented — Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Import, Sale or Distribution) Bill: Backbench Business — [4th allotted day] — Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: That is great, but let us make it better, because I know servicemen who were victims of the Ballykelly bomb 28 years ago who still live in poverty. Cuts and reviews are extremely difficult. The reason why we have capabilities in our armed forces is that they are required to be effective in battle. Many hon. Members, on both sides of the House, have served. Throughout our service, we all saw...

Rail Services (Enfield) (15 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: Does my hon. Friend think that this new franchise might be a model for other franchises, such as in south-east London?

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Economy (15 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent assessment is of the state of the Northern Ireland economy.

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts): Equitable Life (Payments) Bill (14 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: When we gave that pledge, we gave our word. It is difficult for all of us who signed the pledge not to give Equitable Life members-often people who will have put in their life's savings-fair, decent treatment and a proper compensation package. Does my hon. Friend agree with that?

Privilege: Backbench Business — [3rd Allotted Day] — UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan (9 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone) for introducing a motion that is so important to our nation. I assure the House that the armed forces will be watching our debate extremely carefully. Some of what is said will be very important, and, as was pointed out by my hon. Friend the Member for North Wiltshire (Mr Gray), some of it may have an effect on morale. Last week...

Privilege: Backbench Business — [3rd Allotted Day] — UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan (9 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: Forgive me, I did not mean to imply the contrary. I accept what the hon. Gentleman says; it is quite right. The officers and soldiers to whom I talked were firm that they do not want us not to support them; I shall return to that point. They also do not like the idea of a timeline; they are not very happy about that. Also, of course, they want to be given the resources to be able to do the...

Privilege: Backbench Business — [3rd Allotted Day] — UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan (9 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: Most certainly they do, and I accept that it is our job to question everything. The problem is that we have made some fundamental mistakes. I am not blaming anyone, but we made mistakes in 2006 when we dissipated our forces so they were in platoon houses and were not within the envelope. That meant that they could not have protection from artillery, and we had to use air power instead. The...

Privilege: Backbench Business — [3rd Allotted Day] — UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan (9 Sep 2010)

Bob Stewart: I am going to keep going, because I do not have much time left. We all know that we have a real problem in Afghanistan. We have a military aim, which is probably relatively simple: to make sure that Afghanistan never threatens us again. We also have a political aim, which is, fundamentally, that we want Afghanistan to have a decent lifestyle and to take its part in the international...

Nato (5 Jul 2010)

Bob Stewart: What recent progress has been made on the reform of NATO.

Nato (5 Jul 2010)

Bob Stewart: Will the new structure that is in place in NATO be altered again so that we get better results from our operations out of area, particularly in Afghanistan?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Presbyterian Mutual Society (30 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: Speaking as someone who was very kindly treated by the Garda when I made a map-reading error in hot pursuit, may I ask my right hon. Friend what the relationship currently is between the Garda and the Police Service of Northern Ireland?

Capital Gains Tax (Rates) (23 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: I just want to announce that the score is one-nil, and it is nearly half-time.

Strategic Defence and Security Review (21 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: We have heard three excellent maiden speeches today, and I am delighted to say that I have some connection with all three. I know that their constituencies are wonderful. I was born near Lancaster, a fabulous place-

Strategic Defence and Security Review (21 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: Thank you. I learned to dive under Royal Navy command at Devonport, despite being a pongo, and I joined my regiment in 1969-a very long time ago-at Weeton camp in the Fylde constituency. When I joined my regiment I joined a battalion that had an establishment of 750. When I handed over command of it some two decades later, it was down to 638. We had lost 20% of the manpower of our battalion....

Strategic Defence and Security Review (21 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: Did the shadow Secretary of State ever consider whether the strategic defence review might have taken place a few years ago? It seems to have taken a very long time to get to, and it might have been quite useful to have had it in 2004. Both parties have said that they would go ahead with it, but did he consider doing so much earlier?

Business of the House (10 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: May I supplement the question put last week by the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Mr Dodds)? I would like a debate in the House to reconsider the question whether a Member who was elected to the House should be able to use its facilities, and possibly take allowances from the public purse, without him or her taking the Oath of Allegiance.

Business of the House: European Affairs (3 Jun 2010)

Bob Stewart: God help you!


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