Results 81–100 of 369 for speaker:Ms Lorna Fitzsimons

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I should have liked the courtesy that the hon. Gentleman asked of the Government Front-Bench team. He raised an issue with which I have been dealing. He waded in, I am sure with utter sincerity, but with political opportunism, which I have got to know well locally. If he cares so much about the health service in Rochdale, he should advise his colleagues that, rather than scaring old people...

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Health Care (20 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: It is a great honour to initiate this Adjournment debate. I understand that this is the first time that the House has discussed Kashmir since 1996. Given recent events in Kargil, it is important that British Members of Parliament have a chance to put on record our opinions and views and the work that we and the Government have been doing in relation to Kashmir and the people of Jammu and...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No. I shall make a little progress before giving way. I am led to believe that there are two historical anomalies in the current Indian position. The first relates to Juna Garh. I hope that the House will forgive my pronunciation—I am a northern lass. Juna Garh was a princely state whose ruler was a Muslim, although the majority of the population was non-Muslim. India opposed the decision...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I understand my hon. Friend's position, but I do not agree with him. Aircraft were used, not in time of war. I do not call that restraint. The presence of a military person to every six civilians is not what I call even-handed. That does not mean that I do not have views about terror organisations that do not have at heart the interests of Kashmiri people. I abhor their perpetration of acts...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No. We must ask those on the Front Bench to scrutinise the new state human rights commission established by India in 1997. When I met the Indian high commissioner, it was acknowledged that, because India had such a strong and independent judicial system, it was thought that that would deal with any human rights petitions, disappearances and so on. Primarily because of lobbying by the...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I strongly agree with my hon. Friend. If it is true, as the Indian Government tell us, that the majority of human rights abuses are perpetrated by terror organisations, why do they not allow independent scrutineers? We welcome the fact that recently they have allowed the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children some access, and one or two...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No. I want to make progress. I understand the Indian Government's concerns about Amnesty International, which previously commented only on state-sponsored abuses of human rights. Now, as can be seen from Amnesty's latest report that was made available on the internet in February, it also comments—and investigates as far as it can without being allowed access—on abuses of human rights by...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Pound).

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: I condemn any overt military activity taken against a peace-loving people, wherever it comes from. That goes for India's overt military action and the unwelcome terror activities undertaken by some of the organisations that allegedly support the Kashmiri cause. I represent wholly non-violent people who want to use the ballot box to achieve self-determination.

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No. People should be allowed to achieve self-determination through the ballot box and that can be achieved only when their human rights are established. For example, the United Nations does not want free and fair elections to be held in East Timor until stability has been achieved and until it has been proven that there will be no intimidation from any force. The same must happen in Kashmir....

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Yes. The bottom line is that the Kashmiri people have been wronged. It cannot be argued that other princely states did not play a role in deciding their own destinies when disputes arose and, as was recognised as far back as 1949, the people of Jammu and Kashmir must be allowed to play such a role. We must recognise that some of our compatriots, who want an independent state to be...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Absolutely. We could push for dialogue between the representative groups, including people who have been elected, so that they could discuss whether a joint agreement could be reached between them all. The Hurriat conference is an example of that. Lord Avebury has tried to organise conferences to facilitate some dialogue between the different representative Kashmiri organisations, and Derek...

Kashmir (21 Jul 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No, I shall not. I must leave enough time for the Minister to reply, and I have already run over time. I am proud of my Back-Bench colleagues who join me in the Chamber today. Many of them have campaigned for far longer than I have been involved in the Kashmiri issue to ensure that it is on the agenda. It is at the behest of us all, however, not to use the Kashmiri cause as a political...

Prayers: Family Friendly Employment Policies (5 Nov 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Prayers: Family Friendly Employment Policies (5 Nov 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: indicated dissent.

Prayers: Family Friendly Employment Policies (5 Nov 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: No. I would have made the same point as my hon. Friend the Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane).

Prayers: Family Friendly Employment Policies (5 Nov 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: rose—

Prayers: Family Friendly Employment Policies (5 Nov 1999)

Ms Lorna Fitzsimons: rose—


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