Results 161–180 of 976 for speaker:Bruce George

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Bruce George: As a Welshman, I find 10 minutes rather restrictive, especially when I hear Opposition Members' comments. They make me more inclined to be aggressive, but I shall try hard to resist. I am delighted that the Defence Committee report has been tagged on to the debate. We are discussing defence, which is the responsibility not only of the Ministry of Defence. Joined-up government is supposed to...

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Bruce George: Yes, I thank the hon. Gentleman. May I say how distressed I am that he has now left the Defence Committee?

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Bruce George: Which Chair are you referring to, Madam Deputy Speaker? All I can say is that I believe that it is incompatible to be a member of the Whips Office and a member of the Select Committee. I hope that the hon. Gentleman, having served on the Committee for some time, will look for pastures new and allow those who can devote all their energies to the Defence Committee to take his place.

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Bruce George: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. The point that I would make to the hon. Member for Reigate (Mr. Blunt) is that I was four and a half minutes into my speech and I was about to unfold the other, more critical arguments, but his eagerness and hostility to the Government were so overwhelming that he was not prepared to wait. The idea that I have been nice to Defence Ministers is a matter of...

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Bruce George: I asked the Ministry of Defence to tell me the regiments and the units to which the Army's decision makers belong. I want to be sure that no special favour is given by the great and the good to their regiments. There is no reason why anyone should feel upset. Why bust two battalions in Scotland? They could be added to a Mercian regiment because far more Scots live in England than in Scotland....

Defence (21 Oct 2004)

Bruce George: Yes, a polite talking to. No names mentioned—

Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities (21 Jul 2004)

Bruce George: Does the Secretary of State accept that this is déjà vu all over again? I have listened on at least 10 occasions when announcements of cuts have been followed by promises of great improvements; I need to be reassured. Will he keep his diary free for the first week in September, as we will be inviting him before the Defence Committee to explain his statement, where he will face not rhetoric...

Iraq (20 Jul 2004)

Bruce George: Perhaps I could help the leader of the Liberal party. When the Defence Committee visited the United Nations on the day before Dr. Blix's speech, we asked a very senior person how long Dr. Blix's group would need properly to evaluate whether there were weapons of mass destruction. He replied, "Twelve months if there is full compliance by Saddam Hussein's regime." When he was asked how long it...

Written Answers — Health: Non-consultant Career Grade Doctors(Dermatology) (25 Mar 2004)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action his Department is taking to encourage the NHS to make wider use of non-consultant career grade doctors in dermatology; (2) what action his Department is taking to reduce the number of non-consultant career grade redundancies in dermatology arising from the withdrawal of primary care trust funding.

Written Answers — Health: Non-consultant Career Grade Doctors (24 Mar 2004)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the difference in pay between experienced non-consultant career grade doctors and general practitioners with special interests; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Health: Skin Disease (11 Feb 2004)

Bruce George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the management of chronic skin disease was not included within the directed enhanced services of the new general medical services contract; (2) for what reason skin diseases were omitted from the new general practitioner contract; and if he will make a statement; [R] (3) what input his Department had in deciding the disease...

Civil Contingencies Bill (19 Jan 2004)

Bruce George: Some Members may be surprised that the Defence Committee produced an unsolicited report on the draft version of the Bill. They should not be surprised, because the Defence Committee has been actively engaged with the issue of home defence from 9/11 onwards. We have produced five reports dealing either in full or in part with the dangers, the consequences and what the Government should do. In...

Civil Contingencies Bill (19 Jan 2004)

Bruce George: There might be a clash before a crisis. I hope that if there is a major crisis, there will be no time for any clashes about where democratic accountability lies, although my hon. Friend's point is true. The explanation given by Ministers on lack of inclusion in legislation is not sufficient. By excluding themselves and the regional offices, the Government are sending the wrong message about...

Civil Contingencies Bill (19 Jan 2004)

Bruce George: I have not the slightest intention of commenting on a leaked document, even though that leaked document, which I have read, appears to correspond pretty closely to what I have written on a number of occasions. I shall simply use my own analysis and investigation of 27 companies and entities—large, medium and small—such as the Building Research Establishment, the police, the City of...

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Bruce George: And the Defence Committee!

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Bruce George: It is a pleasure to contribute to the debate. As Chairman of the Defence Committee, I have the luxury—if it is a luxury—of having hardly any defence manufacturers in my constituency. That allows me to analyse events and what different companies offer from the perspective of what is in the best interests of the country and the Ministry of Defence, not of one's constituency. If I had a...

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Bruce George: Who would argue with that? Lawyers are uppermost in our minds when we talk of such professions. A very good friend of mine who was an adviser—a person espousing a variety of causes—died last week. I refer to Roger Harding, whom some hon. Members may have known. I deeply lament his death, because he was able and I admired him for the fact that he could give me sound advice, but did not...

Defence in the United Kingdom (11 Sep 2003)

Bruce George: Madam Deputy Speaker—

Defence in the United Kingdom (11 Sep 2003)

Bruce George: Madam Deputy Speaker, I hope that the clock began ticking off my 12 minutes 10 seconds ago, not when you actually called me. I applaud the fact that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State came to the House and made, if not a statement, at least remarks about the Intelligence and Security Committee report. Had he not done so, the Opposition spokesman would have used plan B, turned over a...

Defence in the United Kingdom (11 Sep 2003)

Bruce George: The hon. Gentleman's speech was indeed third rate. Under plan B, he would have attacked my right hon. Friend for making no comments on the presentation by the ISC. Secondly, the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin) spoke about overstretch. I am sorry to go on about this again, but the Opposition Front-Bench defence team is so overstretched that half of them have to double-hat as members...

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