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Bill Presented — Tax and Financial Transparency Bill: Control of Dogs (30 Mar 2010)

Martin Linton: ...warn people off, and sometimes to help them to commit crimes. Others simply do not know how to train or look after them. For many such people, dogs are a weapon. As the penalties for possession of guns and knives have become tougher, they have turned to dogs. Indeed, they prefer them in some ways. It is not necessary to hide them, for instance. As with guns and knives, they set off a chain...

Crime and Security Bill: Clause 45 — Offence of possessing mobile telephone in prison (8 Mar 2010)

David Hanson: ...on me to place my thanks on the record initially. If you would allow me, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I should also like to place on the record my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton, North (Frank Cook) and the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Sir Nicholas Winterton) for their chairmanship of the Public Bill Committee. I also wish to thank the Under-Secretary of State for the Home...

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

Frank Cook: ...I wondered what on earth my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) was getting all het up about. "He's almost demented, shouting for his 28 days," I thought. But he stuck by his guns and got 28 days, and he deserves every credit for that. The reason I did not speak or vote at the time was that I had accepted the responsibility of chairing the Committee stage of the Bill....

Police Service Restructuring (29 Nov 2005)

Frank Cook: ...bombings. It is rather characteristic of the Conservative Government's reaction to pit bulls, which was equally insane, or, of course, to both Governments' reaction to small-bore weapons—hand guns. That did not do a damned thing apart from deny perfectly law-abiding families the exercise, two or three times a month, of putting holes in pieces of card from a range of 25 m. There are more...

Higher Education Bill (27 Jan 2004)

Frank Cook: ...Russell group—the Ivy league. His students, however, are very much opposed to it, save for two. I received dozens of faxes, e-mails and letters, but two from Durham stand out. One says: "Dear Mr Cook, Please vote against the top up fees. I can't say that I feel passionately against the proposals, however, it would be good to see Tony Blair taken down a peg. Maybe he won't be so arrogant...

Defence and the Armed Forces (1 Nov 2000)

Frank Cook: ...and sold by an overseas company. That permits further evasions. In December 1999, a Channel 4 "Dispatches" programme revealed that a Turkish company had made Heckler and Koch UK submachine guns under licence. I have no objection to that, but I do object to the fact that it then sold 500 of them to the Indonesian police at the height of the East Timor crisis. That is what is wrong. We need...

Kosovo (18 May 1999)

Frank Cook: ...about proportionality—those arguments are absolutely false. Let me briefly tell the House about a Greek diplomat whom I met at the NATO summit. We met at a function. He followed me around like a gun dog, nagging me about the wrongness of NATO's action. He pursued me for 20 minutes, finally commenting that what was wrong was that Albright and Holbrooke—it sounded like a firm of...

Local Government Bill: Kosovo (24 Mar 1999)

Frank Cook: ...? Does he agree that appeals for dialogue, although they have been heeded and continued, are somewhat futile when one party believes that the only useful dialogue is through the barrel of a gun? Does my right hon. Friend agree with the school of thought that Milosevic needed that armed intervention to protect himself from a backlash among his electorate if he made any concessions on...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill: After Clause 1 (3 Nov 1997)

Frank Cook: I want to deal first with the theft of handguns. I prefer to call them small firearms, because I do not like the term "handguns". I think that I heard the Minister say that 398 legally held weapons had been stolen. I find that figure difficult to accept, because I have seen the results of a survey done by the Metropolitan police a couple of years ago. They recovered more than 600 guns from...

Orders of the Day — After Clause 2: Competition Pistols (3 Nov 1997)

Frank Cook: ...received from the British Olympic Association the only circular that I have received on shooting issues. It may interest hon. Members to know that I have three filing cabinet drawers crammed to the gunnels—not neatly filed in fanfold order, but packed full—with correspondence on firearms legislation. My colleagues sometimes tell me that they are receiving a heavy mail, but I promise...

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: Prohibition of Small-Calibre Pistols (16 Jun 1997)

Frank Cook: ...of anachronisms and anomalies. Clause 1 is symptomatic of that and one example of those anomalies. What do we have in terms of facts? We know that Thomas Watt Hamilton acquired his original handgun illegally; that is a proven fact, provable with documentation. We know that his certification was inappropriate because the police did not check the false statements that he made; that is also...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (11 Jun 1997)

Frank Cook: ..., for my sins, honorary pistol captain of the Palace of Westminster Rifle Club. I am not a shooter. With a rifle, I am a little above average. With a pistol or revolver—I do not like the term handgun, as it is an American expression—I am moderately safe. Notice that I say "safe", because one of the things about gun clubs is that they train people to handle firearms safely: not to point...

Firearms (Compensation Scheme) (9 Jun 1997)

Frank Cook: ...still cause considerable concern not only to individual shooters but to dealers in the trade. I should like to refer to one or two of them. The Minister has already said that a large number of guns in common usage are not listed. He has outlined the proposals to take care of those exceptions. No reference, however, has been made to a number of common factors. For example, between...

Firearms (Amendment) Bill: Having Small-Calibre Pistol Outside Premises of Licensed Pistol Club (18 Feb 1997)

Frank Cook: ...dismantling is plain. I have made it before in the Chamber. I do not want to repeat everything that I have said on the subject. The consequence of not accepting dismantling will be fewer and fewer gun clubs. Clubs will be more widely dispersed and they will have arsenals in them. That must be so if the Bill goes through as it stands. It is iniquitous that people with an interest in target...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time): Supplemental (18 Feb 1997)

Frank Cook: ...time. My complaint is that the length of time allocated by the Government is totally unreasonable and has nothing to do with democracy, rationality, a logical approach or even technical expertise. Frankly, I am gravely disappointed in the Government. I am even more disappointed in my own party. My point is that the kind of cautious approach used in London is important. Adult cautions are...

Schedule 2: Consequential and Minor Amendments (4 Dec 1996)

Frank Cook: ...know, it was also ineffective. We are in danger of repeating that nonsense tonight. I have already pointed out to the House, and I am prepared to stand by my statements, that it is easier to buy a gun on the illegal market that it is to buy it from a gun dealer. It costs less to buy a gun on the illegal market than it costs to buy it from a gun dealer. The Bill will not affect that fact.

Clause 6: Having Small-Calibre Pistol Outside Premises of Licensed Pistol Club (4 Dec 1996)

Frank Cook: ...of various types dismantled in seconds, as they regularly are for cleaning, and reassembled in seconds without any problems at all. So my hon. Friend's argument is spurious. What is more, illegal guns can be obtained more easily than legal ones, and can be bought more cheaply. So these arguments do not stand up when it comes to protecting the population and avoiding a repetition of Dunblane.

Clause 8: Permits to Have Small-Calibre Pistols Outside Licensed Pistol Clubs. (4 Dec 1996)

Frank Cook: ...that have been made in this debate. The raison d'être of this legislation originates in an incident involving a mentally deranged person who had a firearms certificate and membership in several gun clubs—the membership records of which have disappeared, because the police have confiscated them and now refuse to release them, so that they can be examined properly. On the basis of that...

New clause 4: Payments in Respect of Firearms Rendered Unlawful (4 Dec 1996)

Frank Cook: There seems to be much confusion about what target gun clubs are and what they are not. I assure the House that the target shooters I have met do not dress up like SAS Spetsnaz, and they do not shoot at each other on Friday nights with high-calibre guns. If they did—and if they were good shots—there would be very few of them left. Such descriptions refer to those foolish middle-aged...

Orders of the Day — Firearms (Amendment) Bill (4 Dec 1996)

Frank Cook: ...and Bearsden (Mr. Galbraith) is awesome, and unquestionably we must take it into account. His contributions to that field are internationally renowned. He made the point that licensing airguns will not eliminate abuse of them, and he is absolutely right. However, I ask hon. Members to turn that argument on its head, and ask themselves whether higher calibre firearms will no longer be...


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