In questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland, Bob asked what assistance police forces in Scotland provided during the public disorder in England in August 2011, what lessons have been learned and what plans exist for closer cooperation for the future.To read this debate in full, Click HERE
Bob asked the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the courts during the public disorder of August 2011. Bob noted that the courts worked much more effectively and efficiently and questioned whether this should become the norm rather than the exception. To read this debate in full, Click HERE
Having visited the Olympic Park on a number of occasions Bob noted that security levels were high and that the provisions in place will help to ensure a successful event. However, it is important to be prepared for an increase in criminal activity in the time leading up to the games and the impact that this may have on the police’s operational capability in London during that period. Bob urged that these concerns be taken in to account as the Olympic Games draw ever closer. To read this debate...
Bob used the Business Questions to draw attention to his admiration for the hard working men and women of the Metropolitan Police. Bob has been taking part in the Police Parliamentary Scheme and last month joined the Met on active patrol. Bob asked for a statement on the impact on the Metropolitan Police as a result of the large amounts of work done since the riots. Officers had been on constant 12-hour shifts with all leave cancelled so that they could deal with the incredible work load and con...
In light of the phone-hacking scandal Bob argued that communications companies have a role in ensuring that communications are kept secure so that people who wish to transgress and break the law cannot do so.
Bob asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he agreed that it would be utterly premature for the Government to sanction UN recognition of a Palestinian state until such time as the Palestinians and Israelis sit around the table and negotiate on all terms.
Bob Blackman asked the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether, if councils or local authorities want to encourage start-up businesses, they would be able to develop their own schemes to allow payment holidays on business rates, to enable them to encourage growth and enterprise in their areas.