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G8 (11 Jul 2005)

Robin Cook: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on achieving a greater sense of purpose at this G8 summit than at any previous one that I can recall? Whatever criticism is now being made of the aid and debt package, is not the outcome a far better deal than anyone could have dared hope for only six months ago? On the issue of follow-through, Russia takes over the presidency next year and may not have...

Constitutional Affairs: Electoral Systems (Review) (5 Jul 2005)

Robin Cook: As the review is considering the experience of Scotland, will my right hon. and learned Friend consider writing to all Scottish Members to tell them who is carrying out the review, when they will visit Scotland and who they will talk to there? Will she explain to all Members, from whatever part of the House, what opportunity there will be in the review for the public to express a view?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nuclear Deterrent (4 Jul 2005)

Robin Cook: Can my right hon. Friend say whether, in the event that he intends not only to retain the deterrent but to replace it, he would expect the defence budget to be increased? If he does not expect that budget increase, would it not be entirely rational to decide that it might be wiser to husband his budget for the peacekeeping and stability missions that the British forces do so well and which,...

Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation Bill (27 Jun 2005)

Robin Cook: I am delighted that my hon. Friend is acting to control local pollution caused by aviation, but he will be aware that the big current debate on pollution from aviation is about the global impact on climate change—hence the recent strategy for sustainable aviation. How confident is he that he will be able to bring aviation into the emissions trading scheme and, if he is not, is he willing to...

Tax Credits (22 Jun 2005)

Robin Cook: May I invite my right hon. Friend to restore a note of balance to these exchanges by reminding the House that the Opposition trebled child poverty and the Labour party has reduced it by a quarter, largely through the tax credits system? As she looks at ways in which she can improve the operation of the system, I invite her to reflect on the cases that I and, no doubt, others have sent her in...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Robin Cook: Before my right hon. Friend gives way to any more Conservative Members demanding a referendum, I am anxious to ask him to remind the House when we had a referendum on the Maastricht treaty or on the Single European Act, which introduced a record amount of qualified majority voting or on the decision by a Conservative Government to take Britain into the common market? Are we to add all those...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Robin Cook: May I return the hon. Gentleman to the amendment that he has put before the House? Is he aware that nobody would be more delighted if that were carried than President Chirac of France? President Chirac himself has not made it clear whether France will not now ratify the treaty, and he would just love to be let off the hook by being able to say, "There's no point in ratifying because Britain...

EU Constitutional Treaty (6 Jun 2005)

Robin Cook: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on striking the difficult balance of making it clear that the Dutch and French referendums have derailed the constitution without using language that would enable the Dutch and French Governments to blame him for being the obstacle that caused the crash? I believe that my right hon. Friend's statement achieved that balance very well. This was the fourth...

Attorney-General (Advice on Iraq) (24 Mar 2005)

Robin Cook: I am sure that my right hon. Friend would wish to agree with me that Elizabeth Wilmshurst was a distinguished legal adviser who did very valuable work in the international criminal court. Would my right hon. Friend confirm that, unlike those on the Opposition Front Bench, she was always consistent in her view that invasion of Iraq would require a second resolution? Would he further confirm...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to Make Control Orders (9 Mar 2005)

Robin Cook: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to Make Control Orders (9 Mar 2005)

Robin Cook: I warmly welcome the measured and reasonable way in which my right hon. Friend is responding to the anxieties that have been expressed in both Houses of Parliament. Does he agree that one of the advantages of having a year before we renew the measure is that we shall have time for reflection? I put it to him that this contentious legislation would greatly benefit from something like the...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman brought his remarks to a point of consensus in his conclusion.On the other matter, of course it is technically possible to have a business statement at any time in our proceedings, although it is rather late in the day for us to start all over again. The difficulty is that we are taking the Committee proceedings and the Report stage at one sitting. Had...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: My broad political ideology does not preclude me from saying that something that has been done for 100 years might possibly be wrong. On the specific issue, however, I have grave anxieties about the argument that the Home Secretary should have access to information to which the rest of us and the courts do not have access. I would be very reluctant indeed to go down the line of depriving a...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: If my hon. Friend allows me to develop my argument, I shall return to that.

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: I shall give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent, Central (Mr. Fisher), but I then want to make progress because I am conscious that a large number of colleagues want to speak.

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: No, I am not. There are good grounds for having an argument about what the disclosure rules and procedures should be when the matter comes before a court, but we must first get a case to court. If the decisions are taken inside the Home Office, there is little chance of the suspect having an opportunity to dispose of the matter of which he is accused. This is not an ad hominem point. If my...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: My hon. Friend makes a perfectly fair point with which I would entirely concur. It is notable that we have now been debating this matter for the past four hours and that, apart from the Minister who has spoken from the Dispatch Box, no Member has put in a favourable word for the material before us.

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: I suspect that my hon. Friend accurately reflects what might be described as the public house commonsense view of the matter. I would add, though, that I would be cautious about accepting the idea of a lawyer's point of view. In my experience, there is no one single point of view that can be expressed as a lawyer's point of view. Indeed, one can usually find a lawyer to support any possible...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: It was said a long time ago this afternoon that the letter circulated by the Home Secretary rendered a number of the amendments otiose. I can probably say that it renders my amendments most otiose of all, in that he has accepted the principle behind my amendments to clause 2—that the decision should be made in the first instance by the courts. I rejoice in the fact that my amendments are...

Orders of the Day — Prevention of Terrorism Bill: Clause 1 — Power to make control orders (28 Feb 2005)

Robin Cook: As the Member who had the privilege this morning of taking part in the debate with Lord Donaldson, I am not sure that I find Lord Donaldson's views any more persuasive at 5 o'clock in the afternoon than they were at 9 o'clock in the morning. I particularly remain unpersuaded of his argument that the Attorney-General would be an adequate check and balance on the way in which the Government...


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