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Results 61–80 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: Sharia Law (14 Oct 2008)

Paul Goodman: We welcome the Minister to his new post. We also send our best wishes to his predecessor. Over the weekend, the Minister was quoted as saying, in relation to sharia courts: "At some stage in the future I do not rule out the possibility that the Muslim diaspora in this country may be advanced enough". That must mean either that he did not know about the Muslim arbitration tribunals or that he...

Leader of the House: Correspondence (9 Oct 2008)

Paul Goodman: On 22 January, I wrote to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on behalf of my constituent, George Young. My office chased the letter up four times, and I finally received a reply on 8 September. I welcome the Minister to his new post, but will he encourage the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to send one of his minions to the...

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...

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...

[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...

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.

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: 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."

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;...

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?

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,...

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...

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...

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: Will the Home Secretary give way?


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