Results 281–300 of 4200 for speaker:Mr John Biggs-Davison

Cyprus Service Men (Trial) (29 Oct 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Should not all concerned have justice? Have not the investigators been condemned outside the court, on the basis of no certain information, for using Gestapo methods? Do the rules of the service allow those investigators to take legal action to defend themselves if they so wish?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: South Atlantic (Force Levels) (22 Oct 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the reduction of Her Majesty's forces in the south Atlantic.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: South Atlantic (Force Levels) (22 Oct 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Against this lessening cost should we not set the splendid training facilities for all three services on the Falklands and the British stake in the vast economic potential of the region? Secondly, are there not naval and air forces which are admirably suited to police a fishing zone, which has been so unconscionably delayed by the Foreign Office?

Orders of the Day — South Africa (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Among men without hope there is no insurrection. When expectation rises, violence erupts. The Government of President Botha have aroused expectations by constitutional and other reforms, which only a few years ago most people would have thought impossible. The hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) said that the changes and improvements in South Africa were merely cosmetic, but I...

Orders of the Day — South Africa (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: —as my hon. Friend says, out of about 300. It is the duty of any Government to try to keep order and to protect life and property. This state of emergency prevails in part of the republic of South Africa, but emergency powers exist in a part of the United Kingdom. I know that they are challenged by the Opposition, but the state of emergency is challenged in South Africa, in parliamentary...

Orders of the Day — South Africa (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I am about to conclude. I hope that when the Minister replies to the debate, he will assure us that it is the purpose of Her Majesty's Government to maintain the trade and influence of the United Kingdom, using that influence to encourage President Botha and his colleagues to persevere in dialogue. In the wise words of the Times leader of 23 July, he should be encouraged to stand firmly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Argentina (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the prospects for Anglo-Argentine relations in the light of Her Majesty's Government's decision to re-open trade with Argentina.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Argentina (24 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: While upholding British sovereignty over the Falklands, does my right hon. Friend's reply mean that Her Majesty's Government are always ready to welcome Argentine co-operation in the defence and development of the region? Meanwhile, will the Foreign and Commonwealth Office stop pussyfooting and procrastinating about fisheries protection through a mistaken fear of certain powers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Hyde Park (Speakers' Corner) (22 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I commend what my right hon. and learned Friend has said, but is he aware that when I spoke on a young conservative platform at Speakers' Corner I was constantly subjected to abuse and obscenities but that I never complained to anyone?

Northern Ireland (4 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: The hon. Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Mr. Maginnis) said that he was not a member of the Orange Order. I have some Ulster ancestry, but I am ineligible for membership of the Orange Order. However, the hon. Member for Belfast, South (Rev. Martin Smyth) knows that I respect the modern Orange Order as a legitimate expression of loyal sentiment and Protestant solidarity that has...

Northern Ireland (4 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Very briefly, because I intend to bring my remarks to a close very shortly.

Northern Ireland (4 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I regret that I gave way to the hon. Gentleman. Those who want thus to display their loyalism should understand that they are opening a breach in the national unity of the United Kingdom at a time when a diabolical conspiracy to blast men, women and children in our mainland resorts had brought it home in Great Britain that we are all caught up in one anti-terrorist struggle and that we must...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Postal Delays (3 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, when he next meets the chairman of the Post Office, he will raise with him the matter of delays to Her Majesty's mails and, in particular, the failure to honour the first-class post.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Postal Delays (3 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not a gamble whether a first-class or a second-class letter will arrive first? Is my hon. Friend aware that a first-class letter posted from the House of Commons reached me in London W8 three days later?

European Council (Milan) (2 Jul 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Despite the proposals for a treaty of union, is it not clear that no major Community country is prepared to relinquish its national sovereignty to a federation? Therefore, is it not the case that much Continental criticism of my right hon. Friend and the United Kingdom is hypocritical? Is my right hon. Friend aware of the very great support she has in this country for the practical proposals...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (26 Jun 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: I feel sorry for the right hon and learned Member for Warley, West (Mr. Archer). He cannot enjoy the role that he is playing, nor the speech that he made, brief though it was. He is a distinguished and able lawyer, but he does not know Northern Ireland as the right hon. Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Mason) knows Northern Ireland. The right hon. Member is deeply respected in Northern...

Orders of the Day — Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (26 Jun 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: The right hon. and learned Member for Warley, West has refused, because of the influences within his party, to recognise what is recognised by all reasonable people—that to defeat terrorism it is sometimes necessary to forgo some of the elements of individual freedom and liberal conventions. The House and the country must honestly recognise that some sacrifice of liberal convention and...

Terrorism (25 Jun 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Noting the gratifying unity in the House today, may I ask my right hon. and learned Friend whether it is true that those who will an end must will the means? Is not an indispensable means to the end that we all seek the Prevention of Terrorism Act?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Crumlin Road Court (Trial) (13 Jun 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is my right hon. Friend aware that those of us who believe that the Maguires and Bernard Conlans were erroneously convicted of terrorism by an English court with an English jury, also believe that they would probably have been acquitted if they had been tried in Northern Ireland by a Diplock court with a greater knowledge of explosive cases?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Co-operation (13 Jun 1985)

Mr John Biggs-Davison: Did not the Taoiseach describe the IRA as "our common enemy"? Despite the reported disagreements between the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, has not the co-operation between those two admirable forces saved many lives on both sides of the border?


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