Results 81–100 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Penrose

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (22 May 2019)

John Penrose: Yes, I do. Any solution must allow both unionists and republicans to achieve closure, and for all of Northern Ireland to draw a line and move on. Otherwise it will not last. We have been working closely with the political parties in Northern Ireland, as well as colleagues across both Houses, on the way forward and, last week, the Secretary of State met the Victims’ Commissioner and legacy...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (22 May 2019)

John Penrose: I thought I heard just now the Secretary of State doing a pretty good job of showing the personal commitment and the urgency with which she is treating this. I am afraid I cannot add any more detail to the timetable, but I hope everybody here will have understood and heard the passion in her voice and the determination to move this forward promptly and swiftly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Prosecution of Veterans (22 May 2019)

John Penrose: My hon. and gallant Friend gave a very powerful speech on this on Monday, and I would encourage anybody here who has not heard it to go back and listen again. I think he and I agree that the current situation is not working for anyone. The question is not whether things need to change, because they clearly do, but how, so we have laws which work for police veterans as well as armed forces,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Prosecution of Veterans (22 May 2019)

John Penrose: My hon. and gallant Friend, having served in Northern Ireland, speaks with huge authority on this matter. I suspect that successive Governments have to share some blame for failing to fix it over many years. Clearly, as I said in my previous answer, the situation cannot be allowed to continue—it is not right; it is not just. It must be sorted out as promptly as possible. On that, I hope...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Prosecution of Veterans (22 May 2019)

John Penrose: The important thing, as we heard repeatedly in last week’s urgent question and in Monday’s Westminster Hall debate, is that for those servicemen and women who served under Operation Banner it felt the same no matter what. Our challenge is that, if we are to come up with an answer that will work when it is taken to court by the lawfare-mongers, as it inevitably will be, we must have...

Immunity for Soldiers — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 May 2019)

John Penrose: It is good to have you looking after the second half of the proceedings, Mr Bone. I echo the repeated compliments and tributes to my hon. Friend the Member for Southport (Damien Moore), who led this tremendously important debate, kicking off a set of angry, passionate and emotional contributions from colleagues, many of whom have served in Her Majesty’s armed forces. Even those who have...

Immunity for Soldiers — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 May 2019)

John Penrose: This was discussed at some length in the urgent question last Thursday, and a number of hon. Members have made the important point during the course of this debate that was also made on Thursday: for people serving on Operation Banner, it did not feel any different. It felt the same whether they were patrolling in Northern Ireland or in Basra or Afghanistan—it did not matter where. The...

Immunity for Soldiers — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 May 2019)

John Penrose: Very briefly; I am conscious of ensuring I have enough time.

Immunity for Soldiers — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 May 2019)

John Penrose: I certainly am. I hope to come on to at least some initial comments about the actions we might be able to take as a Parliament, a Government and a society.

Immunity for Soldiers — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 May 2019)

John Penrose: Very briefly, and then I must make progress.

Immunity for Soldiers — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 May 2019)

John Penrose: That is indeed one of the points I will make when we come to the actions. I will briefly mention the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), who made one of the most emotional contributions; he served, I think, in Northern Ireland himself, and he is absolutely right in his enjoinder that we must all be honourable and do right by our veterans. One of the most thoughtful examples of...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: I begin with an apology because, as everybody will no doubt have observed by now, I am not the Secretary of State for Defence—I don’t have her hair. I wanted to explain why there has been some toing and froing since the terms of the urgent question became clear in the last hour. I am here because we have concluded, at least for the moment, that it would be better that I try to respond to...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: I will endeavour to respond to those six points, but may I begin by saying that I am sure that my right hon. Friend speaks for everybody in this House—he certainly speaks for me—when he says that we will have no rancid political deals here? That is not acceptable. If we are going to ask people potentially to put their lives on the line by serving in Her Majesty’s armed forces anywhere...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: Exactly. My right hon. Friend also made a point about the letters of comfort that were issued by a previous Government. I reassure him and other Members that legal reports have been issued on those letters since the cases that he mentioned saying that they are not an amnesty from prosecution. If a case can be made, letters of comfort will not in future be body armour against...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: To vote on it, and to confirm the important point, on which my right hon. Friend and I agree, that no rancid deals have been done. My right hon. Friend asked whether Sinn Féin-IRA, as he characterised them, demanded a price in the talks. Not to my knowledge at all, but I think that goes back to his point about no rancid deals. My right hon. Friend asked when the Secretary of State for...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: I think the hon. Gentleman is making a central and uncontroversial point, but we need to be very careful in how we approach it. He has to be right that outright crimes such as murder must be pursued, and be pursued even-handedly. In defence of my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), I should say that I do not think he is suggesting anything else. As I was...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: The simple answer to that is that the analysis is only just starting to emerge now, and I have not seen it broken down in the way that my right hon. Friend describes, so I am afraid I cannot give him a factual answer. Once the results are out, I am sure people will pore over them and we may then be able to come up with an answer. I apologise that I cannot come up with a solid factual answer...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: The straightforward answer to that last question is yes, and I do not think there is any disagreement, on either side of the House, about that central aim. The question, of course—I think this is inherent in what the hon. Lady asked—is about the details of how. Once we have had a chance to announce to the House the results of the consultation, we will need to start work on the detailed...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: My hon. and gallant Friend speaks with huge authority given his personal background and experience in the armed forces. I think the whole House understands that the examples that he has just given are a specific and very good illustration of my earlier comments in response to the initial question of my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) about why the current...

Investigation of Veterans (16 May 2019)

John Penrose: Exactly so. Unless there is something that is brand new and that was not available at the time—in the vast majority of cases that is not the case—then at that point people should be entitled to consider that they do not have to face further pursuance through the court. Therefore, my point is that we must get this sorted and sorted soon, and we must come up with a process that works for...


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