Dr John Gilbert

Former MP for Dudley East

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Recent appearances

  • Clause 1: Extension S.5 of the Firearms Act 1968 to Prohibit Certain Small Firearms 18 Nov 1996

    I have a lot of sympathy with the Home Secretary's point. However, I am not clear about his remarks on the Commonwealth games. If I understand him correctly, it would be in order for a British citizen to practise with a larger calibre pistol abroad, but not in this country, and to compete in the games. Will that citizen be allowed to bring the higher-calibre pistol into the country, and what...
  • Defence Estimates: First Day 14 Oct 1996

    The question is whether we are expanding NATO to enhance our security or to enhance the security of the new candidate member states. The countries that are the most qualified are those that least need their security enhanced, whereas the countries that most need their security to be enhanced, such as the Baltic states, are those that are least qualified. Estonia, for example, has a terrible...
  • Defence Estimates: First Day 14 Oct 1996

    I start by referring to a couple of subjects that were mentioned earlier. My hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark) spoke forcefully and fluently; I was delighted to hear his speech. I dissented from him on only one minor point. He said— I hope that he will correct me if I do not quote him accurately—that Europe cannot afford to spend the same amount of its resources on...

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Former MP for Dudley East

Entered the House of Commons on 18 June 1970 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 8 April 1997 — General election

Also represented Dudley

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