Results 41–60 of 2001 for speaker:Mr Alan Clark

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Operation Provide Comfort was, within its own definition, a successful affair, but surely it is not correct to infer from that that an extended authority to bomb the civilian population of another sovereign country—in order to alleviate the suffering of civilians in that same sovereign country—is in any way parallel, or can in any way be justified, on the basis of humanitarian aid.

Bill Presented: Kosovo (25 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Ah, ground troops—half a million should do it.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will allow me to add to his repertoire for the next time that he entertains the House with this list. He might care to remember Lord Farquhar, who elevated himself from a viscountcy to an earldom and was the treasurer of the Conservative party. When it was time to pay for the literature for the 1922 election, Lord Farquhar's cheque bounced because he had used party...

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: The guillotine.

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Orders of the Day — House of Lords Bill (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I have been listening to the hon. Lady from behind the Speaker's Chair. I have a huge respect for the way in which she expresses her argument. I hope that, if I catch your eye later, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I will be able to repudiate aspects of it. The hon. Lady said that there was a better gender balance among appointed peers than among hereditary ones. Would she moderate her opinion of the...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Surely there is a third position. Other species, as my right hon. Friend calls them, have less fully developed central nervous systems and, most significant in this context, do not have the power of speech. They may be inferior to the extent that they are subordinate—I use his word—but it is precisely that which imposes a duty of care on the human race, consistent only with their own...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: The House of Commons has a long, remarkable and honourable tradition of debating animal welfare issues, usually at the behest of Back Benchers. Indeed, many years ago, I made my maiden speech in this place in support a private Member's Bill, introduced by the hon. Member for Hull, North (Mr. McNamara), which would have outlawed hare coursing. I am glad to be a sponsor of the Fur Farming...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I recognise the voice of my right hon. Friend, who is not in his usual place—I do not know why; he usually sits next to me. I will tell him what is wrong with that. It is gratuitous cruelty, inflicted on other living creatures for a purpose that is totally unconnected with man's survival on the planet. It is thus in breach of a feeling that I hold in conscience—I know that I am not alone...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: It could not. My hon. Friend—whose forensic skills are usually at a high level—makes a ridiculous and inconsistent argument. He knows perfectly well what I am saying. However, he did mystify me by saying that my diet includes all sorts of strange supplements. I am not aware of them. I should like to put it on record that—unless people are lacing my food and drink—I am not "on"...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Is it on diet?

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I hope that we can, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but my hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr. Paterson) seems keen to question me on my argument. I am delighted to give way to him.

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: That may very well be the case in those countries. Nevertheless, fur is farmed in the United Kingdom not to keep out the cold, but for the adornment of various fashionable people. The belief that fur farming should be stopped is very widely held, and I have heard very little to destabilise that belief. The arguments against it can be grouped broadly under two headings. The first is that the...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I do not want the Minister to slide on past and ignore the accusation that he made at the start of his speech—that some of my hon. Friends had frustrated measures that he has brought to this place and has now, presumably, abandoned. It is notorious in the animal welfare world that many of the manifesto pledges that the Labour party made have so far been ignored, and yet, on the basis of...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: Which Government measures were frustrated, and why did not the Minister use the substantial majority that he commands in the House to push them through?

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I am following the hon. Gentleman's speech with great attention and I agree with practically everything that he has said. In describing the killing process, will he also express his contempt, which is widely shared, for the euphemism that was deployed by my hon. Friend the Member for Teignbridge (Mr. Nicholls) when the mask slipped for one minute and he referred to "harvesting," which is an...

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: No he does not.

Orders of the Day — Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (5 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: As my hon. Friend knows, I hold him in high esteem, particularly on account of his often pungent comments on conformity with the European Union. I am a little surprised to find him taking the position that we must be extremely cautious in case we in any way deviate from what is European practice, and inviting the Minister to try to conform with what is being established in Brussels.

Oral Answers to Questions — Euro (4 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: The Chancellor just mentioned exchange rate stability, but, as he knows, the value of the euro has steadily deteriorated since its launch. He may or may not agree with his distinguished predecessor, Lord Healey, that at this rate it will be out of sight completely in five years. But what message does he have for savers, for those on fixed incomes and for those with building society accounts,...

EMU (Economic Convergence) (3 Mar 1999)

Mr Alan Clark: I thank the Minister for giving way. That contrasts with the behaviour of some of her hon. Friends. In her lucid and articulate exposition of the reasons for not shadowing the euro, the Minister defined precisely the reasons for not entering the euro. Was that a slip on the part of whoever wrote the speech for her?


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