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Oral Answers to Questions — European Common Foreign and Security Policy (22 Jun 1999)

Rachel Squire: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, in developing a common foreign and security policy, it is important to consider the role and perspective of countries that are in Europe, but are not currently either in the European Union or in NATO? Specifically, does he agree that Ukraine could play an important role in Europe? Will he try to ensure that Brussels remembers that Ukraine is now an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Kosovo (21 Jun 1999)

Rachel Squire: If he will make a statement on the current security situation in Kosovo. [86541]

Oral Answers to Questions — Kosovo (21 Jun 1999)

Rachel Squire: Will my right hon. Friend join me in warmly welcoming the agreement reached with the Kosovo Liberation Army on disarmament, and in paying tribute to all involved? Does he agree that that is a very significant step towards creating a peaceful and stable Kosovo, and that a vital part of any peace-building process is enforcement in a consistent and even-handed manner for all groups and...

European Union (25 May 1999)

Rachel Squire: Does the right hon. Gentleman believe that the way for this country to compete successfully in Europe is to drive down pay and conditions of employment? Why has so much money from European structural funds had to come into this country to deal with the unemployment that was created by the previous Government, of whom he was one and who promoted the free market approach that he is espousing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: European Legislation (25 May 1999)

Rachel Squire: If he will make a statement on the arrangements for joint scrutiny with the Scottish Executive of European legislation. [84130]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: European Legislation (25 May 1999)

Rachel Squire: I, too, begin by congratulating my right hon. Friend on becoming Secretary of State for Scotland. Does he agree that, although the European Union has brought considerable financial and other benefits to Scotland, both to remote rural areas and to areas that have experienced heavy job losses in traditional manufacturing and other industries, it is still seen as unaccountable and distant from...

Kosovo (18 May 1999)

Rachel Squire: I begin by paying tribute to the United Kingdom armed forces, which have once again demonstrated their excellence both in military operations and in their humanitarian efforts. I pay tribute also to their families who, more than anyone, would have hoped for a peaceful solution by now. Their support and their courage is a lesson to us all. I shall try not to cover the same old ground in...

Kosovo (18 May 1999)

Rachel Squire: No, if the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will not, because time is very short and I want to make a number of other points. There are those who argue that sending in ground troops would be a quick solution. I do not have a military background, but I do not think that we should assume that such a solution would be quick, easy or bloodless. What I have heard about the terrain in Kosovo...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further and Higher Education (27 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: What steps the Government are taking to improve access to further and higher education in Scotland. [80996]

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Further and Higher Education (27 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the previous system of funding further and higher education failed to reach the majority in our most deprived communities and to give them access to educational opportunity? Because of the Government's introduction of the Scottish grant for widening access, and the partnership between Fife council community services and Lauder college, I had the pleasure...

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: I shall comment briefly on specific procurement issues and pick up on some of the important issues covered by the hon. Member for Romsey (Mr. Colvin). I think that it is appropriate to begin by mentioning the people who design, develop and produce our defence equipment. It is a tribute to them that, in spite of years of procurement delays on so many bids and rationalisation of the industry...

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: The hon. Gentleman must be able to read my mind because that is my next point. DERA is trusted as an organisation with integrity. It has developed very good relations with the US Government, in particular, and we recognise that it has access to aspects of US research and development that is not available to other NATO allies.

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: I have not received that much co-operation from DERA senior management recently. I have attempted to visit DERA at Rosyth to obtain an up-to-date picture of its operations, but I have made little progress in that regard. While I have read the Defence Committee's report, I do not claim to have full knowledge of the fine details of DERA's operations. Therefore, I cannot offer the answers that...

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: I sympathise greatly with my hon. Friend's arguments for one of the bidders, but I have said to all the firms that they have a strong case, so 1 shall not, at this stage, come down in favour of a particular one. Hon. Members would think that something was seriously wrong with me if I did not mention Rosyth dockyard. I recently had the pleasure and honour of opening an excellent example of...

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman gives such significance to what I say in any and every debate that he can remember exactly what I said last year. I take my hat off to his portrayal of the 28 per cent. cut in the UK's armed forces that was undertaken by the Conservative Government in the 1990s and their reduction in the Army, Navy and RAF by up to a third, which left the forces feeling...

Defence Equipment (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

NATO Summit (26 Apr 1999)

Rachel Squire: I join my right hon. Friend in particularly welcoming his support of the front-line states, which are dealing daily with the threats and human consequences of Milosevic's brutal regime. Does my right hon. Friend agree that their support for NATO gives a sign of how successful NATO has been as a military alliance for the past 50 years? Does he further agree that those of us who have grown up...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: European Defence Industry (22 Mar 1999)

Rachel Squire: I join my right hon. Friend in welcoming the latest example of European defence consolidation, namely, the merger of GKN-Westland and Italy's Agusta, both highly successful industries in their own right. Does he agree that further consolidation of European defence industries is essential if they are to be efficient and competitive and to have a future role to play? Does he believe that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EU Institutions (16 Mar 1999)

Rachel Squire: If he will make a statement on his plans for increasing the democratic accountability of EU institutions. [74919]


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