In the final debate of 2011, Bob paid tribute to all the excellent work done by all members of the emergency services throughout the year. Bob asked for a review of standard officer uniform to ensure full protection and urged a review of procurement policies within the police service. Bob also made clear his belief that all technologies and opportunities should be utilised to ensure time is spent wisely. To read this debate in full, Read More →
Bob asked the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to confirm the number of trade unions that reached an agreement regarding their pensions and for clarification on the situation for those public sector workers whose unions have not yet reached an agreement and what the impact would be on public sector workers’ pensions where unions had not agreed the package. To read the debate in full, Click Here
In questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Bob asked her to confirm that there will be a strict count of the number of badgers culled; that those badgers will be tested for TB and that those areas going through vaccination will not also be subject to simultaneous culling to prevent badgers being culled that had previously been vaccinated.
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Bob used a speech in the Chamber to draw attention to the four police officers in Harrow who were stabbed whilst on duty and to commend their courage and hard work. In light of these disturbing events, Bob asked for an urgent debate or a statement on the measures that can be taken to help the police and, in particular, review the protective clothing that is issued to them, to combat knife crime.
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During the debate after the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Bob noted the level of housing benefit available as a key inflationary pressure of the cost of housing. Bob called for reassurances that housing benefit will continue to be capped and rigorously controlled. To read this debate in full, Click Here
Bob asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the status of the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement. He then went on to call on the Foreign Secretary to use his powers of persuasion to encourage the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with Israel rather than wasting time on seeking admission to the UN.To read this debate in full, Read More →
Bob raised the change in legislation in Hungary that withdrew recognition of Hinduism as a recognised religion in that country. That threatens not only people’s right to celebrate and worship in accordance with the religion of their choice but the land-owning of religious orders. So far, the Hungarian ambassador refuses to take delegations representing those Hindus in this country and, equally, the Foreign Secretary has been unable to intervene in this process. Bob asked for an urgent debate i...
In questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Bob asked for assurances that British farmers will receive assistance to allow them to produce and export crops for food. To read this debate in full, Click Here