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Results 41–60 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sir David Amess

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: The hon. Gentleman is right, and that is yet another matter that I hope the Government have taken into account. On good evidence, Iran stands accused of harbouring terrorists and funding the terrorist activities of both Hamas in the Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon. On July 25 2006, Henry Crumpton, the US State Department's co-ordinator for counter-terrorism, said that Iran is...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: That certainly was not in my speech but I wish I had included it, as it is a powerful indictment of the regime. I thank the hon. Gentleman for drawing attention to that parody of democracy. The Iranian regime must be viewed as a serious threat to the interests and security of the UK, as was witnessed last year when 15 British sailors were illegally taken by the revolutionary guard and paraded...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: That is in my speech, my hon. Friend will be pleased to hear, but his pronunciation is far better than I could aspire to. Accusing the PMOI of terrorism gives credit to the fundamentalists who are perpetrating countless atrocities under the banner of Islam in Iran. The PMOI has been the unrivalled source of revelations of the regime's terrorist activities in Iraq. Last year it exposed the...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. That point was raised not long ago in Westminster Hall, and it has also been raised in Question Time. The PMOI promotes peace, security, human rights, stability, development, friendship and a nuclear-free Iran, as well as economic co-operation and development in that region of the world. It has also undertaken to abide by international laws and...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: I agree with everything the hon. Gentleman has said. Having ruled that the Secretary of State had misinterpreted the 2000 Act, the POAC stated: "Having carefully considered all the material before us, we have concluded that the decision" of the Secretary of State "is properly characterised as perverse...We recognise that a finding of perversity is uncommon. We believe, however, that this...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: My hon. Friend has a gravelly voice tonight, but he makes the point far better than I could have hoped to. The POAC also concludes that there is no material to suggest that the PMOI has sought to recruit or train members for military or terrorist action; that there is no evidence that the PMOI has at any time since 2003 sought to re-create any form of structure that was capable of carrying...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: In the true spirit of the debate, I again agree with the hon. Gentleman. I have the point that he makes in the closing remarks of my speech. On 14 December, the Government lost their attempt to seek leave to appeal the POAC judgment, yet they continue to defy the courts and have thus far refused to de-list the PMOI. They presented their grounds for appeal at a preliminary hearing from 18 to...

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: I am sorry that I do not agree with my hon. Friend's argument for many reasons.

People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (4 Mar 2008)

Sir David Amess: The point has been made, and perhaps it would be best if I just moved on. The Foreign Affairs Committee's annual report on Iran, which was published last Sunday, highlighted the treatment of the PMOI by the UK Government. I am delighted that the hon. Member for Thurrock (Andrew Mackinlay), who is a member of that Committee, is present. The report stated: "We recommend that the Government in...

Points of Order: Topical Debate — Drug Strategy (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: I enjoyed listening to the speeches of the hon. Members for Bolton, South-East (Dr. Iddon) and for Newport, West (Paul Flynn), and I shall re-read them to absorb further what they had to say. I have not previously heard the hon. Member for Bolton, South-East speak on the specific issues before us, although I have heard the hon. Member for Newport, West discuss them. He and I worked together...

Points of Order: Topical Debate — Drug Strategy (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: I shall do so—but only briefly—as I have dropped my papers.

Points of Order: Topical Debate — Drug Strategy (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: I said that I was not going to fall out with the hon. Gentleman, but I must say that his view on cannabis is absolutely wrong. Let me conclude by making a plea. Over the last week or so, a Liberal peer insulted Essex when he attacked a speech by my hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois). However, I noticed that yesterday the hon. Member for Colchester (Bob Russell) was wearing a...

Points of Order: April Adjournment (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: I join other hon. Members in sending my best wishes to the hon. Member for Cleethorpes (Shona McIsaac), who is not currently in her place, on her birthday. Whatever her age, she does not look it. The Deputy Leader of the House smiles; I hope that she will deal with all the points that the hon. Lady made. I share with my hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) his passionate...

Points of Order: April Adjournment (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: In the true modest style of an Essex Member of Parliament, my hon. Friend is not taking the credit for the campaign. I join him in congratulating his local newspaper on its campaign. Secondly, I am the chairman of the all-party group on inflammatory arthritis. There is a type of arthritis called—I hope that I can pronounce this properly—ankylosing spondylitis, which is a chronic...

Points of Order: April Adjournment (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: Will my hon. Friend allow me to intervene—just for a few seconds?

Points of Order: April Adjournment (3 Apr 2008)

Sir David Amess: I just want to tell the House that when I got back to my office, the phone had been ringing. A number of people have decided to contribute money to help the young lady. That is fantastic news.

Orders of the Day: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (12 May 2008)

Sir David Amess: The Secretary of State, in introducing the Bill, described it as "flagship" legislation. I can now well and truly see why this Government are on the rocks, because the Bill is deeply flawed. We are being asked to take so much on trust—but where has trust got us in the House, given what Tony Blair told us about the weapons of mass destruction, not to mention so many other things? I do not...

Orders of the Day: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (12 May 2008)

Sir David Amess: I would normally, but I think it would be unfair on the three hon. Members who are looking daggers at me as they wait to speak. I believe that the public are being fed the same false hopes as they were in 1990. In 1990 the arguments were all about human embryo research. In 2001 they were about embryonic stem cell research. Now, we are told that the creation and destructive use of human-animal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pensioner Poverty (2 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: What recent estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners in poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pensioner Poverty (2 Jun 2008)

Sir David Amess: The Government have said that a small but important inaccuracy in the 2006-07 data is the reason for the delay in publishing the statistics for the percentage of pensioners who are living in poverty. Will the Minister enlarge upon that small inaccuracy and take the opportunity to refute firmly and absolutely the scurrilous suggestions that the figures could have been delayed because of the...


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