Results 1–20 of 1706 for speaker:Mr James Kilfedder

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (16 Mar 1995)

Mr James Kilfedder: Is it not sickening that the head of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, should describe himself as a "man of peace", unless of course he is referring to the fact that his terrorist organisation has been responsible for sending countless men, women and children to the peace of the grave? Despite the ballyhoo in Washington, may I urge all constitutional politicians in Northern Ireland in...

Northern Ireland (Framework Documents) (22 Feb 1995)

Mr James Kilfedder: May I preface my question to the Prime Minister by stating my passionate dedication to reconciliation between the two sections of our community in Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic? But the Prime Minister will understand—the Leader of the Opposition referred to this—that many have died over 26 years of terrorism in Northern Ireland. My mind goes out to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Feb 1995)

Mr James Kilfedder: Is it not manifestly unfair and totally undemocratic that I was not consulted, briefed or spoken to at any stage during the drawing up of the draft document? Does not the Prime Minister feel that, in view of the involvement through Dublin of the Social Democratic and Labour party in the drafting of the document and in view of the fact that Her Majesty's Government, through their...

Orders of the Day — Children (Northern Ireland) (8 Feb 1995)

Mr James Kilfedder: I understand that problems have arisen with the operation of the Children Act 1989. Has the Minister made sure that those problems have been dealt with in relation to this order?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Planning Law (19 Jan 1995)

Mr James Kilfedder: Is the Minister aware that there is a great deal of resentment throughout Northern Ireland about the way in which planning law is implemented when, for example, planning permission is given for a development against the wishes of the majority of people in that area? Therefore, can the people of Northern Ireland, and people elsewhere if need be, have a right of appeal when planning...

Fisheries Council (10 Jan 1995)

Mr James Kilfedder: There is no doubt that fishermen are demoralised and angry. Will the Government therefore introduce generous decommissioning proposals?

Orders of the Day — Adjournment (Christmas) (19 Dec 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: A week ago I attended, as I do every year, the carol service arranged and presented by the pupils and staff of Clifton special school, in my constituency. Parents and relatives of pupils of different religions come together each year in one of the major churches of Bangor to celebrate the birth of Christ. This year, the service was held in St. Comgall's church, and the Salvation Army...

Northern Ireland (27 Oct 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: I agree with the hon. Member for Hammersmith (Mr. Soley) that a statue should be erected to the British taxpayer. The only trouble is that the IRA would vandalise it or, despite the peace process, blow it up. The IRA has nothing but contempt for the connection with Britain. Tribute should be paid to the British people because, despite 25 years of terrorism which was also brought to this...

Northern Ireland (27 Oct 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: I said that I would take a trip to Dublin and of course I would return again. However, I have no wish to attend the forum to which the hon. Gentleman referred. I am prepared to engage in any talks with constitutional politicians and anyone who repudiates violence. When those talks begin in Northern Ireland, I am prepared to participate in them. I will not join what is largely a republican...

Northern Ireland (27 Oct 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: No, I promised to take only 10 minutes. I doubt whether the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh (Mr. Mallon) is offering me anything other than an invitation to attend tomorrow's meeting. The fight against terrorism over the past 25 years required great courage, restraint and dedication on the part of the Ulster people and on the part of the security forces. I join the tribute which was paid by...

Northern Ireland (27 Oct 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: No, I must finish. An arena would certainly create the political stability that we need. Stability is certainly required in Northern Ireland, because we need more jobs and we need to deal with the unemployment problem. That is the way forward. I thank the Prime Minister for embarking on the peace process, and I wish him and the Government well.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on being the first Prime Minister in more than half a century to achieve the cessation of terrorism in Northern Ireland? Is he aware that the people of Northern Ireland fully endorse his careful and cautious approach because, as he realises, until the terrorists hand over their dumps of Semtex explosives and arms, there is the real danger that they or a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Administration (14 Jul 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: May I ask the Minister why I have been excluded from the talks since the beginning of the process, despite my protests?

Appropriation (Northern Ireland) (27 Jun 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: For a number of years I have been fighting, and fighting relentlessly, on behalf of the Banks residential home in Bangor in my constituency to prevent the closure of that excellent home, which provides facilities for elderly people. I have been fighting to stop the dispersal of the residents there—senior citizens—who have come to regard the Banks as their own home. A year ago, I...

Appropriation (Northern Ireland) (27 Jun 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: I readily adopt what the hon. Gentleman says about the attitude of the people in that unit of management. It was my opinion that they were there to serve the people. Certainly all the people that I have met felt that the people appointed to the trust are not serving them, the people of North Down, but are serving themselves and masters elsewhere. They are there to serve the people—the...

Appropriation (Northern Ireland) (27 Jun 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: I am grateful for the support of my hon. Friend. I hope that his words will be taken in by the Minister. Perhaps we could have a positive response when he replies to the debate. If action is not taken quickly, there will be a powerful feeling in Bangor and in the rest of my constituency of North Down that no one in authority cares any more. I am most anxious that elderly people should...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (16 Jun 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: Is the Minister aware that there is growing alarm at the increase in criminality and hooliganism in the North Down area? The people of North Down are entitled to the same security as any other part of Northern Ireland. With regard to hooliganism, there are gangs of youths who travel around and harass, and in some cases terrorise, vulnerable old-age pensioners. Surely it is time to increase...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security (28 Apr 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: I join in the condemnation of the sectarian slaughter that has brought grief to so many Protestant and Catholic families in Northern Ireland. Does the Secretary of State not agree that the terrorists aim further to divide the community of Northern Ireland when the emphasis should be placed on reconciliation and healing? Can he give an assurance that further steps will be taken to deal with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (17 Mar 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: I bring greetings from North Down, where St. Patrick landed 15 centuries ago. He was a distinguished Briton who returned to northern Ireland. Is not it appropriate that, on St. Patrick's day, we should remember St. Patrick's utter and unqualified condemnation of the murderers in Ireland in his day? He described those people as wishing to "gorge themselves on blood". He condemned to eternal...

Northern Ireland (Appropriation) (7 Mar 1994)

Mr James Kilfedder: It was just a short time ago that I attended the funeral of a constituent of mine, Police Constable Johnston Beacom. I was subsequently present at the graveside when his body was interred. He was a young community police officer and a deeply committed Christian, who harboured no ill will for anyone in the entire island of Ireland. It was his greatest wish to do good whenever he got the...


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