Results 21–40 of 2001 for speaker:Mr Alan Clark

Kosovo (19 Apr 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: If I give way, is it taken out of my time? [HON. MEMBERS: "Yes."] In that case, I hope that the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, but I will proceed. I wish to make two points that I hope will be answered when the Minister winds up. First, will the Foreign Secretary confirm that our post in Belgrade told him what the consequences of a NATO bombing attack were likely to be and that that was also...

Wildlife (14 Apr 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I apologise to the hon. Gentleman and to the House for arriving a couple of minutes late for the debate. The hon. Gentleman is entirely right to say that protection must be extended to SSSIs, and support for early-day motion 11 testifies to the House's view. However, there must be penalties and prosecutions if protection is violated. The person or company who violates sites must be...

Kosovo (13 Apr 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Does the Prime Minister appreciate the irony that this week there falls the anniversary of the great Luftwaffe terror raid on Belgrade in 1941, ordered by Hitler in a rage because the Serbs had deposed the corrupt regency, refused to accede to his demands and were siding with Britain? Does he not see that he is straining the credulity of the House by saying that this bombardment is directed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Kosovo Refugees (Humanitarian Assistance) (31 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: The right hon. Lady mentioned that she is making available £500,000 worth of emergency food supplies. Does she realise that that is slightly less than the cost of one cruise missile, and that more than 50 cruise missiles are being dumped on Yugoslavia every night? I recognise her commitment to the humanitarian issue, as does the whole House, and her practical good sense, but she must accept...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Council Tax (31 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: On a point of order, Madam Speaker—

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: indicated assent.

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I am a rambler, although not one of the eminence and distinction of the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett). I have invited people from the Ramblers Association in my constituency and in Westminster to visit Saltwood and I have walked with them over my land and over adjoining land, and I have gladly offered them refreshment at the end of the day. I hope that the plaudits of...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman, but I have not finished with him yet.

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: That is not a charge that has been made against me before. Usually, people accuse me of being too frivolous. However, the House and the public will judge. I regret the fact that a really important cause, which is genuinely to be encouraged as we change gear from one century to another, will suffer damage if it is presented in the tendentious language used by the hon. Gentleman. The Bill will...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: That may work, but one is naturally suspicious of any ambiguities in legislation. Many of the provisions are pointlessly punitive. My hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Atkinson) mentioned the penalties for displaying signs deterring public access. There are especially penal provisions laying the burden on the landowner to take such steps as are agreed from time to time with the...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I would have thought that, if anyone put up such a notice, especially after this legislation or its equivalent has passed through the House, it would be immediately attended to. The hon. Gentleman has opened the door on the especially disquieting element of the Bill, which was inflamed by the hon. Member for Pendle in the way that he approached the topic....

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I shall give way to the hon. Gentleman if he wishes to intervene. One of the great advantages of extending the right to roam is that many ordinary people, who might not otherwise have had access to the beauties of nature and the enlightenment that comes from great landscapes, wonderful scenery and communicating with the open, will not be prevented from enjoying those pleasures. That is why I...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I do not know whether my hon. Friend has seen the provision in the Bill that every notice that deters those who wish to walk over the countryside will attract a £10 fine for every day that the notice is up? It will be interesting to hear how the Minister manages to bridge that divide.

Orders of the Day — Quarantine (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: There will be broad support for what the Minister has said, and appreciation of the patience and lack of prejudice that he has exercised since taking office—against, I suspect, some of the recommendations of senior officials within the Department. The question of delay continues to arouse anxiety in some. In particular, will the pilot schemes be comprehensive, and will he accelerate them?...

Orders of the Day — Right to Roam Bill (26 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene. Only he and the House can judge the propriety of revealing the contents of a letter from a Member of Parliament to his constituent. [Interruption.] I do not criticise that; I am content for the House and his colleagues to judge. I must tell him that not one single thing that he has said so far in any way invalidates my...

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: We have been waiting for a little while now for the Foreign Secretary to come to this place to deliver an account rendered of his ethical foreign policy and the ups and downs that have attended it. We are still waiting, but he entertained us with a highly specious speech. Much of his reasoning was faulty. He never touched on the central rationale that he should have addressed: why the bombing...

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I am saying that an expensive, sophisticated propaganda machine has operated over a long period in one direction. We are not debating history or Srebrenirca. For an impartial, objective look at these things, hon. Members should read Sir Michael Rose's account. We are debating whether we are doing the right thing in bombing on a massive scale. One has only to read the headlines in this...

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I defer to the hon. Gentleman's personal experience. I do not doubt that he told the House what he saw. But we are debating whether we are within our rights and whether it is proper for us to bomb a sovereign country, effectively an act of war, without the authority of the United Nations or of this House of Commons, in pursuit of the interests of one side in a civil war. Civil wars are...

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: The hon. Gentleman is right to draw the House's attention to the sensitivity of using Germans. Does he know how many Serbians who are now being attacked by British and American aircraft lost their lives in the second world war helping air crews that had been shot down—

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Of course they are dead, as the hon. Gentleman rather tastelessly interjects. They lost their lives helping our air crews to escape.

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