Results 61–80 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

German Unification (19 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I offer a warm welcome to the Dispatch Box to the hon. Member for Watford (Mr. Garel-Jones). He comes with a remarkable reputation, forged in the smoke-filled heat of the Whips' Office, and the delight of his right-wing friends at his movement to the Foreign Office—perhaps he will be replaced by some of them—tells its own tale of his background. I offer the Minister a salutary...

German Unification (19 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend and to the work that his Committee has done by glancing through these documents. In the limited time available I have found that the report offers a helpful and useful gloss on the matter that we are considering. The authorities of the House should consider how Scrutiny Committee reports can be made more generally available to hon. Members. Although it is...

German Unification (19 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I could not have put it better myself. There are double standards. The hon. Gentleman points the finger unerringly in the direction that has probably kept him below the Gangway for much longer than he deserves. At a time when bilateral relations really matter, if Britain's view and our special circumstances are to prevail at the European Community's intergovernmental conference in December,...

German Unification (19 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: —caused by 40 years of communism; it has nothing whatsoever to do with socialism. All those problems appear in the 320 pages of the report and much of it was predicted in the excellent report of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs earlier this year and in the report on the monetary aspects from the Treasury and Civil Service Select Committee.

German Unification (19 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The real test of German opinion will be on 2 December. It remains to be seen how strong the Conservative elements will be in that country, but it does not come well from a member of a party that is 13 per cent. behind in the opinion polls in this country and which stunningly lost a safe Conservative seat last night to tell us about the success of the Labour party or of the German Social...

German Unification (19 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I do not deny that the hon. Gentleman is entitled to his opinion. However, in most of those communist countries, if someone was a democratic socialist like many Opposition Members of this House, that person could have been imprisoned just like a Thatcherite right-winger. The rejection of communism does not mean a rejection of democratic socialism in any of those countries or in western...

Central and Eastern Europe (EC Aid) (24 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I go along with much of the Minister's peroration, because we all have expectations of the bravery and initiative already shown by the peoples of eastern and central Europe, which have allowed them to triumph over the corrupt dictatorships that they overwhelmed and will be directed now at the enormous economic problems which confront them. Nevertheless, brave words and rhetoric from the...

Central and Eastern Europe (EC Aid) (24 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's support. I know that a lot of what I say about English language teaching and the World Service is not a partisan point of view because it is shared by many hon. Members. The difficulty is that, although the Minister and his Department are sympathetic and know what the advantages are, and what can be done with them, they are being outflanked by the...

Central and Eastern Europe (EC Aid) (24 Oct 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The John Smith school.

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: It would be advisable for my right hon. Friend to have a word with me before jumping to conclusions and accepting some of the propaganda being put out. What the Minister said was entirely untrue and wrong. When I spoke on behalf of some of the Labour Members who attended the meeting, I made it absolutely clear that we had severe reservations about some of the points in the text, which I...

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: This is an interesting and important debate and it takes place on the eve of the intergovernmental conference that is of major importance to Britain and the whole of Europe. We have heard interesting speeches and a wide range of views. It is invidious to single out speeches, but I should like to mention a few. My hon. Friends the Members for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) and for...

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The hon. Gentleman sat on the opposite side of the hemicycle of the Italian Parliament last week with his Conservative party delegation to the conference. Out of that delegation, three voted for the declaration that has become a point of controversy.

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The right hon. Member for Guildford (Mr. Howell), the leader of the delegation, could not find it in himself to vote against it, but he did not vote for it—he deliberately abstained—and three Conservative Members of Parliament voted, along with every Tory Member of the European Parliament, for the declaration. I voted for the declaration and my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East...

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The hon. Gentleman will simply reiterate the question, so he should sit down. We believe that Britain should have its say in the discussions that are going on and the conference provided a unique opportunity. We made our view and our reservations on the subject known, and that is the end of the story.

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: No, I shall not give way. When my right hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney talked earlier about the small change of the argument, I thought that he was referring to the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash), whose speeches we hear time and again, and which add nothing either to this Parliament or to the Italian Chamber of Deputies. But the confusion in the Government goes...

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The Foreign Secretary, who comes from a stable of fiction writing, tells us that it is simple. Of course it is if one is writing fiction, but not if one is living in the real world. In the same press conference the Chancellor said: We do not accept the need for the European central bank. But since the European central bank is the very foundation of the EMU intergovernmental conference,...

European Community (Developments) (6 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: Oh.

Intergovernmental Conferences (19 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: I am listening with great care, but one thought keeps recurring. If the hon. Gentleman is so worried about what he describes as creeping federalism, why did he vote for the Single European Act? The major decisions that we are now considering are a logical result of the process that was started in that Act. The hon. Gentleman had plenty of time to consider that when the Act was first...

Intergovernmental Conferences (19 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: Germany?

Intergovernmental Conferences (19 Dec 1990)

Mr George Robertson: The hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash) has entered an area of profound importance and all hon. Members, small as the numbers are in the Chamber, recognise that the issues that he raises are well beyond our areas of interest. This is an absurd and unreal time to debate the matters about which the hon. Member for Stafford in his glory speaks endlessly. It is five minutes to 2 o'clock in the...


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