Results 1761–1780 of 1961 for speaker:Bob Stewart

Business of the House (Police (Detention and Bail) Bill): Police (Detention and Bail) Bill (7 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: I have sat and listened very carefully to the debate. I am no lawyer but it strikes me that the Government have tried to act as fast as they can. We are having this emergency debate at speed because we have to make sure that when a judge makes a wrong decision we put the law right—first, to protect the public and, secondly, to allow the police to proceed properly. Does the right hon....

Business of the House (Today): Phone Hacking (6 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: I, like many Members of the House, have run an organisation. Sometimes in organisations things go wrong and there are faults that might not be the fault of the person running it—but it is certainly their responsibility, and responsibility goes right to the top. Rebekah Brooks is responsible for what has happened. If she does not resign, the person above her should understand that it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Afghanistan (6 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: Given that for many years our Government negotiated with the Provisional IRA while we were still fighting, I suspect that at some level, we will be negotiating with the Taliban. Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that one of the most important things that we must put forward in any negotiations with the Taliban is that al-Qaeda should never become part of Afghanistan if the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Businesses: Beckenham (6 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on small and medium-sized enterprises in Beckenham.

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Clause 27 - Short title, commencement and extent (5 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: The real worry is that, in my experience, terrorists who have been convicted and sent to prison get out after relatively light sentences. For example, the five people who killed six of my soldiers and 11 other people, and against whom I gave evidence, were out  after five years. They are still terrorists, and they still have evil intent. I endorse the right hon. Gentleman’s point.

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Schedule 8 - Transitional and saving provision (5 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: I am seeking clarification because, unlike my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham, I do not possess a legal brain. Will the Minister confirm that when TPIMs come in, someone on a control order will automatically be transferred off it and on to a TPIM, or have I got that wrong? I am not as clever as hon.—and hon. and learned—Members serving on the...

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Schedule 8 - Transitional and saving provision (5 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: I do not mind what the words here say, but evidence of terrorism from three or four years ago is relatively recent. In my experience, one can go back 12 years to get an indication of intention. I hope that we do not pass a law that does not allow us to go back considerably in time. This is about getting evidence of intention, and such evidence from three or four years ago is pretty recent. To...

Business of the House: Reform of Social Care (4 Jul 2011)

Bob Stewart: My local borough, Bromley, tries very hard to use its resources for social care as efficiently as possible. Might boroughs such as Bromley and others throughout the country be given more resources to help them to ring-fence funds for social care, particularly palliative care?

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Clause 12 - Variation of measures (30 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: May someone on a TPIM apply for a variation of the measures? When I used to watch certain individuals, one of their key ways of avoiding being observed too closely was changing their location every night. Under the regime, does someone subject to TPIMs have the right to say, “I will be here today, there tomorrow and somewhere else on Thursday. I don’t know where I will be on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: BSkyB (30 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: Having watched Sky News in some fairly remote parts of the world, I wonder whether my right hon. Friend would agree with me that its broadcasting must not only be impartial, but have a considerable degree of morality and humanity?

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Clause 10 - Criminal investigations into terrorism-related activity (30 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I want to say how good the 2005 Act was in the circumstances of the time. I supported it as a member of the public, because it was introduced fast and properly to try to deal with a specific situation. I do not have a problem with the fact that there is replication of the 2005 Act in some of the clauses in the Bill, because that is a compliment to the original drafters, the right hon. Member...

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Clause 10 - Criminal investigations into terrorism-related activity (30 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I am not an expert, but is not the whole of the TPIM environment to do with investigation? Someone who is subject to a TPIM is by definition under investigation. That is the understanding that I take from the provisions, and I wonder whether the Minister or my hon. and very learned Friend would confirm that.

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Clause 6 - Prior permission of the court (30 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I hope the right hon. Gentleman will forgive me, but I am not a lawyer—I am working class and pretty simple. Why do we need the words “obviously flawed”? Is not saying “flawed” in plain English good enough? Is this some legalistic mumbo-jumbo? The words “obviously flawed” seem unnecessary—the decision is either flawed or it ain’t.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Africa and the Middle East (29 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I welcome the fact that Colonel Gaddafi, his son and his chief of intelligence have been indicted by the ICC. Speaking as someone who has given evidence in five trials in The Hague, I wonder whether my right hon. Friend might be able to say how the Government could help in the arrest and extradition of those three people in practical terms. I understand that it is very difficult.

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Schedule 1 - Terrorism prevention and investigation measures (28 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I would have thought that the most likely use of a Home Office mobile telephone, assuming that the battery works, is to give warning to someone that something has happened, perhaps using certain code words, rather than as a detonation device. The danger in someone having one of those phones might well be simply that he or she can give warning or inform someone else of what has happened. That...

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Schedule 1 - Terrorism prevention and investigation measures (28 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I am not a great expert on finance, and I accept that we cannot talk about how much these additional resources will cost. I understand that the security services and the police have said that the extra measures will suit them, but they are not responsible for the money—we are. Since the Minister will know the cost and no one else will, he will presumably make the value judgment about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentencing Proposals (28 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: What recent representations he has received on his proposal to reduce sentences for certain offences for offenders who enter an early guilty plea.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Sentencing Proposals (28 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: Can the Secretary of State assure the House that when a defendant pleads guilty at the last minute because he has been presented with overwhelming evidence against him, judges will still have discretion not to give him the maximum statutory sentencing discount of 33%?

Public Bill Committee: Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill: Schedule 1 - Terrorism prevention and investigation measures (28 Jun 2011)

Bob Stewart: I have looked at the provision carefully, too. It seems to me that there is a balance. The individual’s liberty to be in the area that they know is accepted, but the provisions give the Home Secretary the right to choose and enforce a position in a locality, whatever a locality is. I understand that it might be a borough. The Home Secretary will be able to say, “You have to live...


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