Results 101–120 of 702 for speaker:David Borrow

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: The hon. Gentleman has just said that the sequence of events is criminal. Does he mean that the sequence of events would be criminal if the law were amended on the basis of the Lords Bill, or that it is criminal on the basis of the law that obtained at the time that the actions took place?

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: I am just trying to probe the issue. On the basis of the information that the hon. Gentleman has, he has come to a view that Mr. Wardle's decision to halt the inquiry was wrong. However, the hon. Gentleman does not have access to all the information that Mr. Wardle had when he reached that decision, because the hon. Gentleman has not had those meetings with the ambassador to Saudi Arabia that...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: I begin by pointing out that BAE Systems is a major employer in my area; I chair the all-party aerospace group; I am a member of the Select Committee on Defence; and I am a member of the Quadripartite Committee, which is responsible for reviewing arms exports. I therefore come to the debate with a clear vested interest in defending the interests of my constituents. I ought also to put on the...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: I agree wholeheartedly. It is not only people working for the supply chain and the big companies in Lancashire who are affected. Few constituencies in this country do not have defence companies with direct links with either BAE Systems or another company that could be damaged by the continuation of this campaign by the Liberal Democrats. I sometimes wonder whether the Liberal Democrats...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: Here we come to the heart of the problem. My hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor-General explained in detail the constitutional process that the Government and the Law Officers went through with the SFO before a decision was made to stop the investigation into the deal with Saudi Arabia—a deal that started more than 20 years ago. But Liberal Democrat Members do not accept the basis of...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: I agree completely with my hon. Friend. Over the weekend, thinking about the debate, I wondered what the Liberal Democrats would do if, by some fluke, after the next election they found themselves in government, with one of their number responsible for this matter. Would they open all the cupboards and filing cabinets and publish all the information on the complexities of the agreement that...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: I understand that the OECD is not doing so.

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: I have been around this place long enough and tangled with Liberal Democrats locally often enough to know that the truth and the Liberal Democrats are rarely in the same room. I have spoken with a lot of my constituents who work for BAE Systems. They recognise that we have to follow procedures and, if something wrong has been done, they want people to be prosecuted. However, they also say to...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: Yes, and I cannot really see our opposite numbers in Congress, or in the French National Assembly, having this sort of debate, or their parliamentarians seeking to damage their own defence industries and put their own workers out of jobs. The issue does not just affect BAE Systems; that is what causes me ever more concern. The continuation of the campaign is damaging the reputation not of one...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: The Liberal Democrats have done a lot of mud-slinging at BAE Systems and the Government this afternoon. None of it amounts to anything, but it does damage the reputation of a fine company. I do not think that the Liberal Democrats truly understand the damage that they are doing. They have not come up with a single allegation of criminal wrongdoing, but they insinuate that there has been...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: My understanding is that Mr. Wardle believed that there was a possibility of a prosecution if the investigation continued, not that he had the evidence to justify a prosecution, nor that he believed that there would be a prosecution. It was the Attorney-General's view that there was not and would not be enough evidence for a prosecution.

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: Will the hon. Gentleman elaborate on the independence of the US Department of Justice and its relationship with the US Administration and the extent to which the Administration could directly influence the Department of Justice on that point?

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: May I clarify? The comment from me in The Guardian this morning came not from a discussion with the journalist from The Guardian, but was an interpretation of comments that I made to another journalist from my local newspaper. Those comments were interpreted without my consent and without any discussion between myself and the journalist from The Guardian, and the interpretation does not...

Opposition Day — [17th allotted day]: Alleged Overseas Corruption (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: Will the hon. Gentleman elaborate on the changes to the law in 2001 and the extent to which that has influenced the debate, the extent to which events took place before and after the change in the law, and whether we are considering matters pre-2001 or post-2001?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Wounded Service Personnel (16 Jul 2007)

David Borrow: With the best will in the world, it is inevitable that not all servicemen and women injured in combat can be treated in military-run wards. Some will be placed in civilian-run wards because that is the best place for them to be. Will my right hon. Friend assure me that, when soldiers are placed in civilian-run wards, they will receive the sort of care that is appropriate for individuals who...

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Looked-after Children (28 Jun 2007)

David Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures the Government plan to take to improve the outcomes for children in care.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: G8 Summit (11 Jun 2007)

David Borrow: I welcome my right hon. Friend's remarks about increased expenditure on HIV treatment programmes, but may I raise with him the problems in improving programmes to reduce HIV transmission rates in a number of African countries? In some countries, such programmes have not been as successful as they could be because some donors insist that they are focused on the abstinence and being faithful...

Business of the House: Post Office Review (17 May 2007)

David Borrow: If the proposals go through, many people will be concerned that if the same pressures continue on the post office network, we will back here in another five years considering the need for more public expenditure to meet the access criteria. Will my right hon. Friend guarantee that, should further pressures continue on the post office network, the access criteria laid out today will be kept,...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

David Borrow: Twelve months ago, when the Defence Committee started its first inquiry on Trident, I adopted a fairly sceptical approach. However, several issues have become clearer to me over those 12 months, principally the question of the timing of the decision. Believe me, if I thought that it was reasonable to delay the decision until after the next election, I would be voting for that tonight and I...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

David Borrow: My right hon. Friend mentioned his concern for the views of the electorate as against those of the House. Should he be successful and become the leader of our party in the autumn—[Hon. Members: "Hear, hear!"]—will he give an undertaking to reverse the party's policy of multilateral nuclear disarmament. If he fails to do so, will he abide by party policy?


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