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Results 41–60 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Goodman

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Empty Properties (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: Speaking of empty property, the Minister knows that 122 acres of Whitehall currently lie empty at a cost to the taxpayer of some £200 million a year—a substantial sum. Since the Government have a target and a plan for everything, how many acres will still be empty at the end of the year, and what saving will the Government achieve by then in their plan to reduce the number?

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: Will the Home Secretary give way?

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: I am very grateful to the Home Secretary for giving way. She will know that a major trial in connection with Operation Overt and the alleged aeroplane plot is to begin this week. Two people—one is a constituent of mine, and the other may be—were apparently charged on the 28th day, although it has been claimed that the police had sufficient evidence to charge them on the 21st day or...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: Will my right hon. Friend reflect on the fact that the Bill contains nothing about the "prevent" strand at a time when that strand's flagship scheme—preventing violent extremism—faces considerable scepticism and inquiry from local authorities of all political parties?

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Frank Dobson). I agree in large measure with many of his points and, like him, I have a constituency interest—both broad and narrow—in the Bill. My broad interest is that, as some hon. Members know, I represent the largest number of Muslims of any Conservative Member. The vast majority of mosque-going Muslims...

Orders of the Day: Counter-Terrorism Bill (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I was not in any sense going to comment on the trial. I was simply going to make the point that two of my constituents were held under Overt and not charged. I know that one of those men was held for 28 days. Of course, I am not a Minister. Those of us who are not and have never been Ministers should be mindful of the responsibility that they carry and of the fact that...

Tibet (1 Apr 2008)

Paul Goodman: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. As he knows, we hear a great deal in relation to foreign policy about the advocacy of liberal values and the pursuit of human rights. Does he agree—I am sure that he does—that the Government and political parties have a responsibility to pursue those ends in the face of powerful countries such as China no less than in the face of...

Business of the House (8 May 2008)

Paul Goodman: As the hon. Lady knows, Lord Patel of Bradford is undertaking a review of the effectiveness of the Government's strategy for the prevention of violent extremism. Has she received any notice that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will come to the House to make a statement about the outcome of that review? If she has not, will she be able to write to me with whatever...

Points of Order: Anti-Semitism (15 May 2008)

Paul Goodman: The official Opposition welcome unreservedly this topical debate, which is the first such debate we have had, although I remember debating the issue in Westminster Hall about a year ago. We would welcome topical debates on other aspects of racial and religious hatred, such as Islamophobia. The debate allows the House to consider the Government's progress report on combating anti-Semitism,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Preventing Violent Extremism Programme (20 May 2008)

Paul Goodman: The Secretary of State will be aware of claims that the Muslim Association of Britain—one of the four founder members of MINAB, to which my right hon. Friend the Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) referred—is, in effect, the British arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Has she carried out an assessment of this claim and can she definitively say to the House that it is untrue?

Business of the House (5 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: The Leader of the House will have read early-day motion 1587, which was tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Mr. Taylor) and is about the proposed sale by the Environment Agency of 22 lock-keepers' houses along the Thames. [That this House is concern ed about the Environment Agency' s proposal to dispose by sal e or letting of 22 lock-keepers' homes along the Thames;...

Orders of the Day: "Part IV — Bail (11 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: Did the right hon. Gentleman take evidence from Mr. Khurshid Ahmed, the chairman of the British Muslim Forum? I ask because Mr. Ahmed was reported yesterday as having views that justified the headline "UK's top Muslim backs '42 days'", but he is quoted this morning as saying: "In some cases 28 days have been needed but there has not been a case demonstrated to go beyond."

Orders of the Day: "Part IV — Bail (11 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: On the subject of Parliament considering individual cases, is it not inevitable that Members of this House will either be given so much information as to prejudice any trial, or so little as to make any responsible decision making impossible?

Orders of the Day: "Part IV — Bail (11 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: If my hon. Friend reads the Government's new clause 20—one of the apparent concessions—he will see that the new power that they seek could be applied abroad. It does not apply merely to the United Kingdom, but to threats of terrorism to property abroad. That does not sound much like grave and exceptional circumstances to me.

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Counter-Terror Strategy (25 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: It is a pleasure, Mrs. Dean, to see you in the Chair. I am delighted to be able to open this debate on the Government's counter-terror strategy. It will give the House as a whole the chance to range widely over that strategy and to explore the four strands of Contest, the title that the Government have given the strategy. I shall be relatively narrow in my focus. I want to examine the Prevent...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Counter-Terror Strategy (25 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: I agree completely. I am concerned that if the membership of the bodies that we are talking about is quite widely drawn, as it properly should be in some senses, there might not be sufficient safeguards against malicious allegations and gossip finding their way on to written records, with very damaging consequences.

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Counter-Terror Strategy (25 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: I do believe that and I will come to precisely that point when I finish the rather analytical series of questions that I am firing at the Minister. My last question in this context is simply this: when will the series of parliamentary questions that I tabled on the Channel project as long ago as March be answered? I am sure that hon. Members will agree that young people are particularly...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Counter-Terror Strategy (25 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: I would probably have to have written a doctoral thesis to give my hon. Friend a full answer; but I referred earlier to the many factors that account for that lack of identification with Britishness. Building support for and identification with Britishness generally is something for public institutions such as schools, and is a matter of, for example, what the Government do about national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Equality Bill (26 Jun 2008)

Paul Goodman: Britain's faith communities will have noted that the Minister's statement contained nothing about religious discrimination. As was pointed out by my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May), the Government's intentions in that regard are not clear. The Minister will be aware that when the word "equalities" is used, it is not always clear whether it refers to equality of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Interfaith Strategy (1 Jul 2008)

Paul Goodman: First, I am sorry to hear about the death of the son of the constituents of the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. McGovern). The Minister will know that trust between the Government and faith communities is essential if the interfaith strategy is to work fully. He will also note that the Education Secretary recently claimed to have found "shocking evidence" of faith schools asking parents to...


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