Results 181–200 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (1 Dec 1992)

Mr George Robertson: This is probably the only place where one can tangle with lawyers and not receive a bill. I am therefore grateful for the opportunity to cross my amateur sword with these great legal brains. But if the hon. Gentleman reads the last sentence of article C, he will see: They"— that is, the Council and the Commission— shall ensure the implementation of these policies, each in accordance...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (1 Dec 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Here we have another QC telling me—

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (1 Dec 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I know that my right hon. Friend is a Member of Parliament. We will wait and see whether the Law Officers of the Crown can give us absolute clarification, but, in terms of what I have been able to read and the information provided to me by the House of Commons Library, it seems that the interpretation that I place upon it is correct. These common provisions, like the common provisions of the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (2 Dec 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I assure the hon. Gentleman that I am not playing games, nor will I ask him a question which would prolong his speech. I simply repeat the point that I made yesterday. Amendment No. 108 in the names of my right hon. and learned Friend the Leader of the Opposition, other hon. Friends and myself is purely a probing amendment. At the appropriate time, we will seek the leave of the Committee to...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (2 Dec 1992)

Mr George Robertson: On a point of order, Dame Janet. Unfortunately, you are embroiled in dealing with hypothetical situations, but may I offer you the information that it is my view, and that of my hon. Friends, that the Opposition have not had an adequate opportunity to air our variety of views on the fundamental part of the debate which 'is now taking place? Lest there be confusion in anyone's mind, let me...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Yugoslavia (13 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: First, may I join in expressing the sympathy and deep condolences of the Opposition for the relations of the British soldier who was killed this morning in Bosnia. Our troops, wearing the blue helmet of the United Nations, are involved in the heroic task of getting humanitarian help to thousands of people who would otherwise die in the winter of this horrible civil war. It was never going to...

Kuwait Border (Iraqi Violations) (13 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: (by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the situation on the Iraq-Kuwait border.

Kuwait Border (Iraqi Violations) (13 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: We fully understand why the Foreign Secretary cannot be here but has to be in Brussels this evening. Is the Minister aware that there is wide international agreement that the conduct of President Saddam Hussein in the last few days has been designed as a deliberate and calculated provocation by a despicable regime, which calls in one breath for constructive dialogue and with the next says...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (13 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: indicated assent.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (13 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: Reverting to new clause 10 and to the Minister's case as to why we should not consider it sympathetically, he has given a number of examples of where the Government choose to consult the House to inform it of European Community business. In that respect, it is largely correct, except that a lot of it is by custom and practice—custom and practice that the Government choose to deploy in that...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (14 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: Further to the point of order, Dame Janet. Before the Committee gets overexcited, may I point out that sometimes we imagine that we are at the centre of the world, but occasionally are reminded that we are not? So far as I know, only the Danish Prime Minister has resigned. As the Conservative party knows only too well, and as the Opposition know to our cost, that does not automatically mean a...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (14 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: Has my hon. Friend ever asked himself why, if the prescriptions which he says are the central feature of the treaty are so evil and unlikely to lead to growth and, according to his diagnosis, are likely to lead to a worse position, every socialist and social democratic party in Europe, and every trade union in Europe outside and within Britain, is in favour of the treaty?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (14 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: My hon. Friend the Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) dealt with several of the points that my hon. Friend makes, countered them, and argued strongly with some of the interventions that were made. I simply ask my hon. Friend, in a shorthand form at this stage in the debate, to remember that it may not be the case that he is right and everyone else in the 12 European Community countries is...

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (19 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: Not only them.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (20 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: I have listened carefully to the hon. Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) agonising. Over the years I have heard him agonising quite a lot. What he is saying is interesting and valuable to the House, but may I make it clear that, because of the rules of order, we shall not vote this evening on the crucial issue over which, rightly, he is apprehensive. We shall reach the vote on...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (27 Jan 1993)

Mr George Robertson: My hon. Friend never upsets me. However, to point out the deficiencies in the social charter and give its history does not undermine the argument that there is and should be a strong social dimension to the European Community. The social action programme was the fulfilment of the social charter in legislative form. Of the 38 measures in the social action programme, 21 have been implemented....

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (1 Feb 1993)

Mr George Robertson: indicated dissent.

Clause 1: Treaty on European Union (4 Feb 1993)

Mr George Robertson: The Minister tells the Committee that only Greece and the Netherlands have made a nomination. On 2 December, the Bundestag agreed to allocate at least three seats of its delegation to local authorities, all others to go to the Lander, therefore all elected representatives from Germany. The Danish Government have now made their nominations by agreement with the Association of Local and County...


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