Bob Stewart: Will my right hon. Friend tell the House, in view of the increasing number of European summits, whether he managed to save any taxpayers’ money en route to the recent European Council summit?
Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are deployed on the ground in territory controlled by the Libyan Transitional National Council.
Bob Stewart: I have personal experience of a wild animal. I found a bear in a cage in no man’s land. He had been left there for four weeks without water. He was entirely miserable and would not even be coaxed out of his cage by honey. We managed to ethnically cleanse that bear out of Bosnia and into Croatia. He is now a very happy bear who is full of life and living in Amsterdam zoo, which is great....
Bob Stewart: I have thought very hard about TPIMs in the past two days. I speak as an ex-intelligence officer who had to recruit sources in Northern Ireland, and one thing that we have not covered is how, by giving a little more liberty to people under the TPIMs regime, they would discover that perhaps we are not as bad as others. It would encourage them to cough up or, indeed, to come over and perhaps...
Bob Stewart: If people abscond when they are under control orders, they will abscond under TPIMs too. Unless we lock someone up, they will run if they really want to, even if they have something around their ankle. In a sense, that argument does not work either way, because quite frankly the only way to stop someone doing a runner is to put them in a jail, and of course we all want that. So the argument...
Bob Stewart: I think I am a pretty working-class MP, like the hon. Gentleman. I am not a lawyer, and there are lawyers here, but I thought we were talking about making law. Is this not law we are making? It is not outside the rule of law. Are we not in the process of making law primarily for the safety of our country?
Bob Stewart: This is not particularly my field, but when the hon. Gentleman says that the key to it is spending, I have to ask “With what?”, as there is nothing left.
Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the decision by the Bosnian High Representative to suspend certain decisions taken by the Central Electoral Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 24 March 2011.
Bob Stewart: Special advocates: there is not a big difference, as I understand it, in the way you have to operate. What is your considered opinion with regard to whether the public would be safer under a control order regime or under a TPIM regime?
Bob Stewart: I understand that.
Bob Stewart: I will rest my case.
Bob Stewart: Does the hon. Gentleman honestly think that any Government Member or anyone in this country wants to cut jobs just for the sake of it for some reason of politics? The fact is that jobs have had to go because we just cannot afford them any longer and we cannot just plough money into the public sector all the time.
Bob Stewart: They will now.
Bob Stewart: What sort of help is available for a Territorial Army reservist when he has problems with his job? How can the Government help, given that a commercial arrangement is involved?
Bob Stewart: I cannot think of anyone better than Lord Ashdown to have produced such a report, and I congratulate the Secretary of State on commissioning it. The real lead on humanitarian responses is, properly, the United Nations. We have a first-class person for emergency co-ordination in the UN, in Baroness Amos. However, above her in the UN is the Security Council, which too often makes decisions at...
Bob Stewart: This problem is not uncommon. Yesterday I visited a newly-established illegal Travellers site in Layhams lane, Coney Hall, in my constituency. I told the Travellers to move on and they told me that they would not unless compelled to do so by the police. In the meantime—as they have done before—they make a hugely expensive mess for the local council. In this specific case, some...
Bob Stewart: I am a bit worried about including inquests in the annual report. This is such a sensitive area and I feel that it should be taken separately. I am not fixed on that, but let us be cautious about bringing inquests into an annual report. That might appear trite or to be dealing with them too lightly, when they are such an important and sensitive matter for families. That is just a comment....
Bob Stewart: I just want to make one comment, which is that a heck of a lot of people leave the armed forces and go on to lead perfectly normal, decent lives. They do not need help and I am a little worried that we are giving the impression that everyone needs some sort of help. They do not; only a small percentage of people require that help.
Bob Stewart: Thank you very much!
Bob Stewart: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the scourge of organised crime in the Balkans is one of the biggest obstacles to good politics developing there?