Results 1–20 of 1634 for speaker:Mr Derek Fatchett

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I know of the long interest that my hon. Friend the Member for Linlithgow (Mr. Dalyell) has in this matter, and I also appreciate his final comments and the way in which he has addressed the issues. The context of the attack on Al Shifa is important to the House and it is right that we are reminded of it. It is important that we take every opportunity in the House unanimously to express our...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I am delighted that I took that intervention. I agree with my hon. Friend's condemnation of terrorism and I shall come on to his other point. He has a very good record on human rights and of opposition to terrorism, and it is right that should go on record. In the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, we know about the evil of terrorism and it is right that the House should take every...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: My hon. Friend's final accusation is a very strong one. The point he made about the Attorney-General comes, of course, from newspaper stories that are not founded on any evidence. The American Administration's position is that there was compelling evidence. If my hon. Friend reads the newspapers assiduously, he will recognise that the reporting is not always wholly accurate, especially in...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I will, almost on cue, refer to my hon. Friend's remarks about that document. It makes a number of telling comments that point in the contrary direction to those that my hon. Friend has used as evidence. For example, the document concludes that the eye witnesses are not chemical weapons specialists and it is possible that their knowledge is incomplete. My hon. Friend relied on a number of eye...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: We should be happy to meet that individual. However, I return to the document's remarks on eyewitnesses to which I have just referred. With the best will in the world, I do not expect that the engineer would set himself up as a chemical weapons expert. However, we should be willing to talk to him about the engineering involved in the factory. I refer my hon. Friend to the report's...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I am intrigued by the line that the hon. Gentleman is taking. The shadow Foreign Secretary supported the action taken by the United States. Does the hon. Gentleman dissociate himself from the position taken by the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard)? If he is announcing a new departure in Conservative policy, he would be wiser not to do so during an Adjournment...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: We are satisfied that the United States had conclusive evidence, and we have said so many times. I need to know whether the hon. Gentleman is dissociating the Conservative party from an attack on the causes of terrorism. Our debate is telling us a great deal about the Conservative party, whose spokesman is showing himself to be soft on terrorism. I am sure that the shadow Foreign Secretary...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: My points about the Monterey institute report have been fully made. I shall go on to the two further points that my hon. Friend has raised. The next step is for Sudan to sign up to the chemical weapons convention, the verification regime of which would allow us to find out what is going on in Sudan and whether there is any truth in the allegation that there has been, and continues to be,...

Prayers: Al Shifa Factory (24 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I had better not give way again. My hon. Friend is right to say that there is more to be done. I have tried to move the peace process forward and have engaged with the partners of the intergovernmental authority on development to see whether we can give greater momentum to that process. The United States is very much signed up to a new approach that will help us to move the process forward....

Tibet (19 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I congratulate the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker) on raising this issue and the way in which he put his arguments. I thank him for bringing to the House his concerns and those of others. The hon. Gentleman has expressed his understandable worries about the situation in Tibet. He knows that Tibet is, rightly, of concern to the wider public and Members of the House. As he said, the issue...

Tibet (19 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I understand that concern; we seek change. As I said, we are wedded not to the process but to the outcomes. That is why the question becomes tactical. China's signing into the international human rights regime is important in itself. It is a statement in itself, on which we must build. From the process to which I have referred, we never expected overnight, dramatic changes. The process is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: In late January, the United Nations Security Council established three panels to deal with disarmament and humanitarian issues, and Kuwaiti detainees and property. It is anticipated that they will report by mid-April. Meanwhile, we continue to patrol the no-fly zone. All responses by United Kingdom aircraft in the no-fly zones are proportionate and in self-defence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: My hon. Friend is right to point out that the no-fly zones were humanitarian measures, introduced in 1991 and 1992, which had the support of the whole House, and they have performed an important humanitarian task. My hon. Friend is also right to say that the action we are taking under the rules of engagement on the no-fly zones is proportionate and will continue to be so. There is no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: The right hon. and learned Gentleman will recall that in 1993, 1996 and 1997, Saddam Hussein violated the no-fly zones. On each of those occasions, we reacted in the same proportionate manner in which we are reacting on this occasion. The right hon. and learned Gentleman will also know that there have been more than 100 incursions by Iraqi aircraft and other military equipment into the no-fly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: There is legal support for the position taken by the United Kingdom. It flows from the United Nations Security Council resolutions and it is to support the humanitarian objectives. My right hon. Friend is right to say that the brutal nature of the regime in Baghdad is the backcloth against which we should ask and answer all these questions. He needs to remind himself, as do others, of what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iraq (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence made a statement recently to the House on those issues. He explained the Government's policy and the continuation of the enforcement of the no-fly zones. There has been no change in that policy and if there is a change, the House will be informed accordingly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India and Pakistan (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I discussed non-proliferation and regional security issues with Brajesh Mishra, the principal secretary to the Indian Prime Minister and the National Security Adviser, and with Jaswant Singh, the Indian Foreign Minister, during their respective visits to the UK in January and February. I discussed nuclear issues with Foreign Minister Kanju during...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India and Pakistan (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: I very much agree that the recent talks between the two Prime Ministers in Lahore could herald a new start for relations between India and Pakistan. We wish both countries well. Confidence-building measures are an important first step towards tackling some difficult security and political issues. It is in all our interests, and particularly in the interests of economic and political...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India and Pakistan (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: The hon. Gentleman was right, however, Madam Speaker, to say that there is a relationship between Kashmir and the nuclear issue. Kashmir comes up later, I know, and I—

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: India and Pakistan (16 Mar 1999)

Mr Derek Fatchett: Indeed, Madam Speaker. The nuclear issues were discussed at Lahore, and it is crucial for the region's security that India and Pakistan should sign up to the comprehensive test ban treaty and the range of other non-proliferation treaties. That would lessen the risks of instability in the region and of nuclear or conventional war on Kashmir or other issues. It is vital that we all engage in...


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