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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (27 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: What plans he has to visit Zimbabwe to discuss human rights; and if he will make a statement. [154089]

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (27 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: This is not just a case of harassment of the opposition and the judiciary; we are talking about murder and torture. If the Government really have an ethical foreign policy, why are they not proposing that Zimbabwe be suspended from membership of the Commonwealth? Why are they not suspending unilaterally British economic aid? Why do they not declare Mugabe to be guilty of gross abuse of human...

Opposition Day: Foot and Mouth Disease (21 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: Delay, delay, delay.

Opposition Day: Foot and Mouth Disease (21 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: The drop in the number of animals going to abattoirs would lead one to expect a rise in prices, but that has not happened. Is that due to a big increase in imports? Secondly, have the Government made progress in finding the source of the outbreak? I understand that the strain of the disease indicates that it was brought in from abroad. Is not it about time that we banned imports from...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: It is unusual for me to be in the House at this time of night, and it is even more unusual for me to try to catch your eye, Mr. Deputy Speaker. However, tonight is different. I am speaking because I am furious at the Government's action in putting before the House a motion that hits at the main purpose of the House, which is to give adequate line-by-line scrutiny to all legislation before us....

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: In a minute. The Minister must be patient. I shall point out just two items covered by the clauses that have not been discussed: inferences to be drawn from silence in police conduct proceedings, and courts to give reasons for granting opposed bail. Those are extremely important. If I give way to the Minister, I hope that he will not ask me whether I condemn my colleagues on the Front...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: The Minister does not seem to have been taught when he was a small boy that two wrongs do not make a right. [Interruption.]

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: The Minister has forgotten that even if members of the Government think that Opposition Members have acted incorrectly, that is no justification for bringing before the House a motion that undermines the House and sets a precedent, as my hon. Friend the Member for South Staffordshire (Sir P. Cormack) said, by asking the House to accept a lie and to state that something has happened which has...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: It is appropriate for the House to behave properly and send the Bill back to Committee.

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: No, let me answer your question first. You are setting a precedent—

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. What point was the hon. Gentleman making?

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: The hon. Gentleman seems to have missed the point made by the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Can tpbell-Savours). There are numerous occasions on which such things have happened; Government Member;' objection is that, this time, instead of being organised by the Whips Office, as it probably was in the past, it was done openly and my right hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald...

Criminal Justice and Police Bill (12 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: As I said, this is not the first time that the Government have sidelined Parliament and reduced its powers. One reason why I decided to stand down at the election, even though my constituency party wanted me to do another term, is that Parliament has been undermined. When I came here 22 years ago, I was proud of our unwritten constitution, monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Parliament...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: Yesterday's Budget was clearly a Budget for an election, so it is reasonable to ask how the Chancellor has arrived at the current position since taking office. It is fair to say—one tries to be fair—that the Chancellor inherited a golden legacy from the previous Government: a growing economy, falling interest rates, falling unemployment and a falling deficit. As my right hon. Friend the...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: It is arrogant to judge in advance what the public will do. We shall wait and see. If Labour wins, it will do so having built up troubles for itself. The International Monetary Fund—not the Tory party—thinks that the Labour Government's plans are so worrying that it has published a warning that they could eventually push interest rates higher and keep sterling overvalued. I should like...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: I am not going to name individuals, but I shall give an example. Only last week, on "Question Time" on television, a university professor said exactly that. To be honest, he blamed the previous Government as well as this one, and said that grants were increased for those universities that gave out more first-class degrees. The pressure in his university—against which he had fought, but...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: No, other Members want to speak, and I want to move on to the health service, which is important. At the last election, the Prime Minister promised that the NHS would improve to the highest standard in the European Union. We are not ever near the average standard. Where waiting lists have gone down, as they have in some cases, they have been replaced by waiting lists to get on waiting lists,...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: Absolutely. Because of psychological problems, he claimed and got —330,000. How many policemen on the beat would that have paid for? People who join the police, the other emergency services or our armed forces do so on the understanding that part of their job is to deal with emergencies and tragedies. They will see people killed and badly injured; if they are not prepared for that, they...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I was brought up in the war. If the present situation had prevailed in 1945 or 1946, practically everyone who had seen service on the front line could have claimed masses of compensation. My hon. Friend says that the case that I described is an exception, but it is not. There was another case of a policewoman, Angela Vento, who suffered taunts and won...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (8 Mar 2001)

Mr John Townend: I agree with my right hon. Friend in general. He takes me on to my next point. We are now seeing a growth in claims for compensation from convicted criminals who are in jail. Surely that is nonsense. An IRA bomber—a murderer—was involved in an escape attempt in which a warder was shot. The terrorists who were trying to escape claimed that in the scuffle they were assaulted with rather...


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