Results 261–280 of 4200 for speaker:Mr John Biggs-Davison

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Anglo-Irish Agreement (12 Dec 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Does my right hon. Friend not do himself and the Government a great injustice by suggesting that only now, because a Minister of the Irish Republic is installed in the inner councils of Northern Ireland, the voice of the minority can be heard? Have not the House and the Government been listening to the minority for years and been trying to help them and adjust any grievances that they might...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (12 Dec 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: In view of the references to the unacceptable face of capitalism, did not the House see last night the unacceptable face of Socialism — the giggling, smirking face of Socialism— giggling and smirking in a debate on the serious problems of the inner cities? Will the country not draw its own conclusions?

Clause 1: Increase of Limit (4 Dec 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I am not sure if I may give way. Perhaps if I utter a few more words, I shall then be permitted to give way to the right hon. Gentleman. I thought that I had pointed out that that was what was wrong. This Parliament did not concern itself with the problems of the minority of Northern Ireland. That is the tragedy, and that was the great mistake. However, I must not be drawn too far along that...

Clause 1: Increase of Limit (4 Dec 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: The right hon. Member for Strangford (Mr. Taylor) has made an important point —that we are now reaching a position in which part of the United Kingdom is being governed without the consent of the governed. For that reason, I agree with the right hon. Member for South Down that it would do something to help in a very difficult situation if we were to do away with this method of legislating...

Clause 1: Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (4 Dec 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I was making the point that the borrowings are repaid with interest. People who are critical of the amount that is spent on Northern Ireland should note that. Whether we are debating this technical measure or any other aspect of Northern Ireland affairs, we debate under the shadow of resentment, menace and foreboding which is felt not just by Loyalist militants but by the most sober elements,...

Clause 1: Northern Ireland (Loans) Bill (4 Dec 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I have made the point that since the Hillsborough agreement there has been an atmosphere and a feeling of resentment in Northern Ireland. It amounts to the withdrawal of willing consent to being governed as the people of Northern Ireland are being governed now. Will the hon. Gentleman, who disputes that, agree that there should be a referendum on the Hillsborough agreement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: If the hoped for improvement in cross-border security does not result in good time from the Hillsborough agreement, will the Government allow the agreement to lapse and pursue friendly and close relations with the Irish Republic through diplomatic channels and the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council which my right hon. Friend did so much to set up?

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I share the interest of the hon. Member for Glasgow, Provan (Mr. Brown) in Irish history. The hon. Gentleman mentioned James Connolly, who said that when St. Patrick got the snakes out of Ireland, they went to America and became Irish-Americans. I notice that the hon. Gentleman had some suspicion of a transatlantic hand in the agreement. When the agreement was concluded at Hillsborough, the...

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I shall give way this once, but I do not wish to take too much time, because many hon. Members wish to address the House.

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I do not know who uttered those words, but I suspect that he is—

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: No doubt on the extreme wing thereof. When we were waiting for this agreement, unconsulted and uninformed, save by leak and rumour, I took courage from the words of the Sinn Fein president, Mr. Gerry Adams MP, speaking at his party conference in Dublin on 3 November. The Irish Times stated: Mr. Adams compared reports about an Anglo-Irish settlement with a report published by the Institute...

Anglo-Irish Agreement (26 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: In that case, I hope that we shall soon see realised the improvements in cross-border security mentioned by the right hon. Member for Barnsley, Central. If that happens, I shall be the first to congratulate those responsible. Like my right hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Mr. Amery), I refer to article 4 of the agreement, which contains yet another wearisome call for devolution...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: South Africa (20 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has not anxiety been expressed in this House about South African military excursions into neighbouring territories? Is it not therefore stupid to withdraw from South Africa those who would be able to assess and report on those operations to Her Majesty's Government?

Anglo-Irish Agreement (18 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can my right hon. Friend, who has proclaimed herself rock firm for the Union and reaffirmed her Unionism at Hillsborough castle, assure the House that the agreement, whether in terms of is wording or in fact, gives Dublin no veto in the exercise of executive authority in Northern Ireland?

Anglo-Irish Agreement (18 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: And the same Parliament.

Business of the House (14 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Although the power to make international treaties and agreements is for the Crown and not for this House, do not my right hon. Friend and Her Majesty's advisers think it right that we should debate the terms upon which there should be an agreement with the Irish Republic before the conclusion of any agreement or treaty?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolution (14 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy towards devolved government in Northern Ireland in the light of the publication of the third report from the Devolution Report Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolution (14 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Have there not been too many abortive attempts at devolved government since the abolition of Stormont? Will my right hon. Friend concentrate on administrative devolution, and govern this integral part of the United Kingdom as though it were an integral part?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Ethiopia (11 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy concerning aid and relief in Ethiopia in the light of the enforced mass resettlement of distressed people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Ethiopia (11 Nov 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not intolerable that, when so many have been so generous and the Government have been so helpful, the Ethiopian dictatorship should callously worsen the suffering of the people of Ethiopia? What action is proposed?


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