Results 41–60 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

East-West Relations (22 Feb 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I was in the European Parliament last week when the debate took place and the decision was taken. A number of distinctions have to be drawn. First, there is already aid to political parties in the European Parliament, and the Socialist group has made a gesture of levying its members and adding to that levy to help the promotion of the political process in eastern Europe. Secondly, some...

Mr. Farzad Bazoft (Execution) (15 Mar 1990)

Mr George Robertson: We on this side of the House join the Foreign Secretary in the sense of shock and anger that he has expressed about the execution of Mr. Farzad Bazoft and we join in his condolences to Mr. Bazoft's family. The whole House of Commons stands united in condemning this act of unspeakable brutality, an act which displayed a ruthless contempt for justice, for humanity and for united world opinion....

Business of the House (17 May 1990)

Mr George Robertson: Surely there is now an overwhelming case for the Secretary of State for Scotland to make an urgent statement. After all, the Leader of the House, as deputy Prime Minister, has this afternoon repudiated what the Secretary of State said in the House yesterday, and said throughout Scotland and to the media last night. In addition, we have the news that this morning Mr. Bernard Ingham said that...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: This has been an interesting and wide-ranging debate and it vindicates the decision that it should be an opportunity for looking forward, especially to the European Council meeting in a fortnight, as well as back to a period in the European Community's history which ended some six months ago. We have heard some remarkable speeches. My hon. Friend the Member for Durham, North (Mr. Radice) took...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: Neither my hon. Friend nor I are Members of the national executive committee, an exalted group of people. I understand that no vote has taken place on the measures to which I am referring, and although they clearly have to be passed at the annual Labour party conference in October, the sizeable majority that was achieved in favour of the entire document allows me to assume in the interim that...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: We believe that part of the development of the single European market must be a robust social and regional fund to provide a proper balance in the development of that market. It is no secret; it is in our document. All that the hon. Gentleman need do is purchase a copy and the answers will all be there. We believe that real accountability in national Parliaments for EC decisions is a...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I refer my right hon. Friend to the document, "Looking to the Future", adopted by the Labour party national executive committee, which gives definitive answers to the points that he makes. It says: Given the effect of the Single Market, and Britain's likely participation in the ERM, closer co-operation on monetary policy between the EC countries is both inevitable and desirable. But we...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: —that if he wants any expansion of that statement he should consult my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith) who, I am sure, will be glad to give him whatever information he has. The Government's policy, as outlined in the report to which I referred, contrasts with the positive programme put forward by the Labour party. The Government talk green but they...

European Community (Developments) (11 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: Clearly, the Prime Minister has shaken the hon. Gentleman warmly by the hand in recognition of his sympathetic views. He may choose to disagree about the prescription, but his diagnosis is in stark relief to the expensive, cosmetic propaganda of the Department of the Environment about the quality of our education and trained labour force. He is closer to the mark than the propaganda. This is...

European Legislation (28 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I simply seek information from the Leader of the House about the idea of assizes, which has been put forward by the European Parliament. Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman tell the House more about that proposal? When is it likely to be held, will there be a delegation to it from this Parliament, and how will it be chosen?

European Legislation (28 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I was waiting to see whether the hon. Gentleman would confine the largesse to members of the Committee. Many of them are in the Chamber tonight. With regard to the taxation of benefits and the threat that all travel by hon. Members will come within the tax net, I wonder whether there would be more enthusiasm for taxing hon. Members' travel in their constituencies if Ministers' cars were...

European Legislation (28 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: It is nice to be able to follow the hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes), whose opportunism and idealism shine through, despite the fact that he was being glowered at by the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash). There is a much wider gulf between them than the two and a half sword lengths that divide the two sides of the House. This has been a remarkably even-handed debate, not given to...

European Legislation (28 Jun 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I am afraid that I am running out of time. On a world service broadcast that we recorded this afternoon, I told the hon. Gentleman that I should feel inclined to allow him to intervene in my speech—but not in the last minute. If I did so, it would deprive the Minister of the right to be intervened on by the chairman of the Bruges group. I regret that the Procedure Committee rejected our...

Orders of the Day — Runway Capacity (South-East England): Council of Europe and CSCE (23 Jul 1990)

Mr George Robertson: It is customary in these debates to congratulate the hon. Member who has been fortunate enough to secure the debate. My congratulations are slightly equivocal. The hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Atkinson) spoke with eloquence and conviction. It has been an admirable opportunity for him to put forward his point of view and for the rest of us to comment on it and the serious issues...

Orders of the Day — Runway Capacity (South-East England): Council of Europe and CSCE (23 Jul 1990)

Mr George Robertson: It is a unanimous view at the moment.

Orders of the Day — Runway Capacity (South-East England): Latin America (23 Jul 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I, too, must ask the leave of the House to speak. If the leave of the House is contested there may be no one happier than myself. In view of the acute interest in the middle of the night in foreign affairs, clearly the resources of both Front-Bench Members have been stretched to breaking point. I am sure that my hon. Friend the Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) did so...

Orders of the Day — Runway Capacity (South-East England): Latin America (23 Jul 1990)

Mr George Robertson: Of course I know what is happening, but, given the background of central American politics, we could not expect the kind of normal, peaceful process to which we have grown accustomed. However, that change has occurred, and it is clear that more support must be given to such Governments if their new democratic institutions are to remain in place. No Nicaraguan Government will find it...

Orders of the Day — Runway Capacity (South-East England): Latin America (23 Jul 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The hon. Gentleman mentions democratic progress. I do not think that any hon. Member will be happy with that progress in the short term, but we are beginning to see the break-up of the old dictatorships and that must be welcomed. Future changes must be studied, and there is no easy transition from all the years of dictatorship to the type of pluralist society that we would obviously want in...

Orders of the Day — Runway Capacity (South-East England): Latin America (23 Jul 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The hon. Gentleman spoke at some length. I am interested in what the Minister has to say. I do not wish to cut the hon. Gentleman off, but I should be grateful if he would allow me to continue with my speech. Threats have been made against Jaime Prieto and Humberto Torres, the president and executive secretary of the committee of solidarity with political prisoners. That is a matter of...

Prayers: The Gulf (6 Sep 1990)

Mr George Robertson: There were some, both inside and outside the House, who suggested that the recall of Parliament might be unnecessary, that it might be unproductive, that it could be nit-picking and that it might even be divisive. On the contrary, those who have listened to and watched the debate—and the World Service is carrying the debate live and in full to those listening in Iran, Kuwait and the rest of...


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