Results 121–140 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Orders of the Day — Maastricht (18 Dec 1991)

Mr George Robertson: Should my hon. Friend wish to prove to the Minister that, in the unlikely event of his being re-elected, he will find himself standing in the windy and probably cold Princes street offices, he could draw his attention to the protocol on social policy, which states: The United Kingdom shall not take part in the deliberations on and the adoption of Commission proposals relating to fields...

Orders of the Day — Maastricht (18 Dec 1991)

Mr George Robertson: This has been an interesting and wide-ranging debate, in which some notable contributions have been made. It is unfortunate that some speakers in the debate—for example, the Prime Minister—have cast doubt on the quality of the debate on these momentous issues in other European Community countries. We have had more debates on these issues, but it is insulting to suggest that our partners...

Ravenscraig (13 Jan 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Does the Secretary of State not feel ashamed to come to the Dispatch Box with not one Tory Scottish Back Bencher sitting behind him? Just a week after the closure decision, is he not ashamed to bleat plaintively that British Steel has not yet put forward an official spokesman to explain why all those jobs will be destroyed? Why does the Secretary of State cling on, almost innocently and...

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr George Robertson: The very opposite.

Autumn Statement (22 Jan 1992)

Mr George Robertson: rose—

Ravenscraig (23 Jan 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I am grateful for the chance to speak briefly at the end of this extremely important debate for my constituents and for people in many other parts of Scotland. I begin by quoting the Financial Times. The Secretary of State for Scotland chose to give a quotation from it earlier. I shall come to that in a moment. First, I should like to quote a section of an editorial which appeared in that...

Ravenscraig (23 Jan 1992)

Mr George Robertson: It was a selective quotation, underscored, missing out the key component that the people of Lanarkshire and Scotland understand—that it is not intervention at this stage which matters, but the fact that the economy is in such deep trouble that we are at the bottom of all the European leagues. That is why Ravenscraig has been picked out at this point. In this debate, as my hon. Friends and...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The motion on the Order Paper begins: That this House takes note of the proposals described in the unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum". The middle of the motion refers to welcoming the principle of Association Agreements between the European Community and the reforming democracies of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia and it concludes by saying that the House...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. The documents were specifically held back. As you well know from your background, we have a good knowledge of what the business might be for the following week before Thursday at 3.30 pm. Indeed, Opposition spokesmen are nominated to answer debates and Government spokesmen are put up before that. As the Opposition Front-Bench spokesman, I requested...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I hesitate to return to the point of order which was made before the debate started, but it is essential to drive, home to the Minister that the way in which we deal with European Community business is wrong and inefficient and should not be tolerated. The Minister underlined the importance of the subject throughout his speech. The way in which the House has been treated is therefore a...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I shall let the hon. Gentleman continue his private war with members of his Front Bench because he finds that much more enjoyable, and so do they. Inevitably, we and the people of eastern Europe want to see a harmonisation of their laws with those of the European Community. They are not obliged to do that, but that harmonisation is their target, their wish and their desire. They are willing...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: No, I shall not. There is a shortage of time. Oh, I shall give way briefly.

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: These are minimum periods. Yes, perhaps they are too conservative. Perhaps the Government whom the hon. Gentleman supports at the moment took too conservative a view, but these agreements for progressive liberalisation of the markets were reached by both sides. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman should concentrate his attention on the members of the Government Front Bench rather than on me. There is...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: We have already made the commitment that there will be an increase in the know-how funds. The precise amount cannot be stated now. The Foreign Office is in no position to give guarantees. We are told that miserable sums will have a deep and lasting impact, yet the Government are not in a position to say how much more will be spent. Outstanding work is being undertaken by the British Council,...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: No, I shall not give way. I am conscious of the limited time that is available for the debate. Britain is one of the few countries in the European Community still to insist on a rigorous and highly unpopular visa requirement for Poles coming to this country. Can the Minister justify that policy, bearing in mind the fact that Britain stands alone? What will happen to the policy when the...

Orders of the Day — Referendum Bill (21 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Although my right hon. Friend and I have parted company on a number of issues related to the European Community in recent years, during the earlier years of my parliamentary career he and I stood side by side in the great defence debate which once troubled our party. On our defence of NATO, we were of identical mind. The North Atlantic treaty, which is to do with the defence of the nations...

Orders of the Day — Referendum Bill (21 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: The House listened with proper attention to the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Shepherd), who moved the Second Reading eloquently, passionately and with conviction. Having heard him in similar debates, I know that that is characteristic of him. As the hon. Gentleman argued with that passion, the right hon. Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) sat two rows behind him. I wondered why...

Orders of the Day — Referendum Bill (21 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: If the hon. Gentleman wishes to make the political point about why it was signed, he will no doubt direct that question to the Minister who will inevitably participate in the debate. However, despite the political declaration and the treaty commitment involved, there is no obligation on this or any Government to continue within any treaty if they do not desire to do so. Greenland has already...

Orders of the Day — Referendum Bill (21 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I intend to deal with a number of issues. I know that the hon. Gentleman—

Orders of the Day — Referendum Bill (21 Feb 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Greenland left the European Community. They decided to do so and were allowed to do so. So far in this debate we have spoken of the constitutional purity of this country. I worry about being able to represent my constituents, whether it be in Scotland, the United Kingdom or Europe. In the context of the way in which this country is run, it is extremely important that we ensure that we are...

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