Results 21–40 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) Bill [HL] (18 Nov 2005)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I should make it absolutely clear, since perhaps it was not clear from my speech, that I also oppose the matter being referred to a Select Committee. My noble friend Lady Taylor also made it clear in her speech that she opposed it, so silence should not necessarily be taken as consent.

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: On the grounds that I do not have the same amount of déjà vu on the subject as everyone else, I will speak first in the debate initiated by the noble and learned Lord. First, again I declare what might be an interest. I am deputy chairman of Cable and Wireless, the second largest telecommunications company in the country. But I repeat that I talk today from my experience as a former...

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: That sounds quite plausible and reasonable. If Sir Swinton Thomas, who is in charge, were to come and make that case, and if he believed that the intelligence agencies thought that that was a possibility and could be done without compromising sources and techniques, I might be prepared to consider it. But, as I say, if the man the country has appointed to look specifically at the...

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: Advising them on how they collected their intelligence was not really part of my responsibilities, but for a period, I had responsibility for the intelligence services of this country. If others wish to follow our example, I am sure it is open to them to do so.

Terrorism Bill (13 Dec 2005)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: Leaving aside the challenge that, "Some people do not know about the courts but they know about something else" and, "Some people know about intercept evidence but they do not know enough about the courts"; Sir Swinton Thomas knows about both. So why does the noble Lord think it was that someone of his eminence, charged with this responsibility, knowing the courts as he does and knowing the...

QinetiQ: Privatisation (27 Feb 2006)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend the Minister on getting a pretty good deal from the Treasury over the IPO for QinetiQ. Not everybody gets a good deal from the Treasury. As the Defence Secretary who made the decision in principle to put part of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency into the private sector, my decision has been well and truly vindicated by events since then. The...

Iraq (16 Apr 2007)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I add my voice to that of my noble friend and of the whole House in his sympathy and condolence for those who have died in the past few weeks, their families, their friends—and those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past three years. In the light of their sacrifice and their families' agonies, is there not a danger of us scalding ourselves in cold water by focusing...

Kosovo (29 Oct 2007)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, before I ask my noble friend about relations between NATO and the European Union and future security arrangements in Kosovo, for the sake of propriety I must say that I am the chairman of Cable & Wireless International which operates a mobile phone service in Kosovo through one of its subsidiary companies. However, on Brussels and the relationship between NATO and the EU, are there...

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (26 May 2004)

Lord Robertson of Port Ellen: My Lords, I am very grateful for this opportunity to address the House for the first time, so I thank the noble Lord, Lord Wright, for his initiative and congratulate him on securing the debate. He and I know each other well. We had the pleasure of being together on the British Council board for a few years when he was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office. We also had the memorable...

Orders of the Day — Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Bill (9 Jan 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The Secretary of State referred to the value of the Scottish Development Agency. I served as a board member of the SDA in its initial period. It has had 14 years to build up considerable success. The SDA has a good track record and an identifiable image. Why has the Secretary of State resisted the advice given by all the organisations that he has prayed in aid in his speech and decided that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: River Pollution (21 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: rose——

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: River Pollution (21 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: rose——

Foreign Affairs Council (21 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: (by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Dublin yesterday.

Foreign Affairs Council (21 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I am grateful to you, Mr. Speaker, for this chance to cross-examine the Minister on this vitally important meeting. Whatever gloss the right hon. Gentleman may put on the other subjects at the Council meeting, does not the outcome represent a further miserable humiliation for Britain, leaving us yet again isolated and derided as the last friend of apartheid? At a time when united economic...

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I welcome the Foreign Secretary back to this country after his unsuccessful visit to Dublin for the Council of Ministers meeting where he found himself, yet again, out-voted, out-argued and out on a limb. There are in this important issue some matters of considerable importance, and our relationship with the United States, as the Foreign Secretary has rightly said, is of crucial importance....

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The House will be delighted to know. The House would have been delighted to know yesterday what was being said. This morning's Financial Times says: In Washington, a senior administration official stressed that the White House did not endorse Britain's intention to lift the voluntary ban on investment in South Africa".

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I well understand the embarrassment of Conservative Members when they discover that relations with one of our closest allies are in such a state of disrepair.

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: No, I will not give way. I am well aware of the time constraint on all of us. We unreservedly welcome the debate. At this time, when history is being made every day, it is right that the House should have time to look at the momentous events going on around us—events which will yet determine the kind of world that we shall inhabit for generations to come. After all, we know that Britain...

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The hon. Gentleman should listen not only to Opposition Members but to many of his colleagues. Of course we want a consensus. We should like to return to the vision of Ernest Bevin, when the creation of NATO and a unified Europe stood at a more difficult time than today. If anybody is guilty of breaking such consensus, shattering it before it could even be contemplated, it is the lady in No....

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I always listen with great care and attention to those of my elders who have wider and longer experience than myself. My hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) speaks with great passion, as do other of my right hon. and hon. Friends. However, I have read carefully the words of President Mitterrand, whose experience is as long and distinguished as that of my hon. Friend the...


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