Results 161–180 of 2498 for speaker:Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

European Community (United Kingdom Presidency) (2 Jul 1992)

Mr George Robertson: rose—

European Community (United Kingdom Presidency) (2 Jul 1992)

Mr George Robertson: No, I am going to ask the hon. Gentleman to clarify one interesting issue. Last December, the Liberal Democrats were in favour of the social policy opt-out in the Maastricht treaty. In their general election manifesto, they said that they were against a social policy opt-out. Now they do not seem to have any views on the matter. In December, the leader of the Liberal Democrats called for a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Western European Union (28 Oct 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Is the Minister aware that one of the demands in the list of Danish proposals presented today is for an opt-out on the WEU and defence sections of the Maastricht treaty? Will he confirm that a definitive answer could not possibly be given before the Edinburgh summit, as the right hon. Member for Watford (Mr. Garel-Jones) said on BBC television's "One O'clock News"?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Mr George Robertson: rose—

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Mr George Robertson: I have a most important point to raise with the right hon. Gentleman.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Mr George Robertson: In the light of what the right hon. Gentleman said in absolute terms in relation to the British abatement—this is an extremely serious matter—may I remind him that what the Chancellor of the Exchequer said on the Radio 4 "Today" programme was not what the Foreign Secretary just said? The Chancellor said that "no serious or significant" change in the British abatement would be acceptable....

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Watch the time.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (24 Nov 1992)

Mr George Robertson: Was not one of the objectives of the single European market the harmonisation of value added tax rates? Can the right hon. Gentleman give an update on progress towards that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Kosovo (25 Nov 1992)

Mr George Robertson: The Minister was careful not to answer the question about the sale to Albania of arms which might be used in Kosovo. Could he possibly give a straight answer now to what was a straight question? Did not the British ambassador to Albania send back a message and make it public that he believed that the situation in Kosovo was extremely dangerous? Today, the Financial Timessays that the...

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

Mr George Robertson: So that the hon. Gentleman does not go down a blind alley, I should say that that amendment was designed, as so many other amendments have to be designed, to allow a debate on the subject of the European convention on human rights, no more no less.

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

Mr George Robertson: May I start, not by following the Minister's somewhat beleaguered speech but by making my own speech in which I shall try to look at the issue from a slightly different angle from that of the Minister. I may come to a similar conclusion, but I hope for different reasons. I welcome the way in which the Chairman of Ways and Means has structured this debate, because it is very welcome. Once we...

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

Mr George Robertson: My hon. Friend anticipates me, because, perhaps laboriously, I was about to explain that while there seemed to be attractions to incorporating title I, we should not support the Liberal amendments, as those immediate attractions would not necessarily apply. In other words, I come to the same conclusion as my hon. Friend the Member for Newham, South but by a different route.

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

Mr George Robertson: If the hon. Gentleman wants to have a crack at his right hon. Friend, he should not try to use me to do it. His right hon. Friend is paid much more and, being a Minister, has more expert advice than is available to me—[Interruption.] If not expert advice, the advice available to him is more extensive than that available to me. I am sure that the Minister will eventually get round to...

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

Mr George Robertson: I must get on, because I am anxious to limit my remarks to less than the hour that seems to be the average for speeches so far.

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

Mr George Robertson: If applied, the principle of subsidiarity leads to decentralisation, in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. I believe in decentralisation. I do not believe in a unitary state in Europe. Europe can develop properly according to a principle which happens to be called subsidiarity—for the purposes of the treaty and the jargon of the moment—but it is a healthy and efficient principle...

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

Mr George Robertson: In a spirit of pure nostalgia, because we have gone through these debates so often, and since the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash), known as "the loose change of European politics", is someone who cannot possibly allow a speech to go by without contributing to it, I will give way to him.

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

Mr George Robertson: I am not making play of that at all. The Law Officers—one floated into the Chamber a short while ago and floated out again—who are paid large amounts of money, who have immense qualifications, who, it would appear from the bill they gave the Chancellor, charge rather a lot of money for them—and who will no doubt give the Minister a bill tonight simply for floating through the Chamber,...

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

Mr George Robertson: I will come to the next part of my argument. The hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber (Sir R. Johnston) and I have shared so many debates that he thinks he can read my mind, but I am enunciating a principle that applies to this legislation and which I think is a good principle—that from these treaties that the Government care to sign we should put the minimum legal requirement into...

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

Mr George Robertson: I was not around in 1642. Nor was I around in 1972, but my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield was. It is a long time since then and a lot of changes have taken place, but no change has taken place in the important principle that he has just enunciated. He is right to say that it is a very important principle. In some ways it has been unnoticed. He was in the Cabinet for many of...


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