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Results 1–20 of 1975 for speaker:Mr Cuthbert Alport

Orders of the Day — Diplomatic Immunities (Conferences with Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland) Bill (24 Jan 1961)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I think that I should start by saying that my right hon. Friend fully recognises the jealousy which the House has always shown in regard to proposals to extend immunities to new categories of individuals coming to this country for representational purposes. The object of the Bill, however, is to ensure that those who come from...

Orders of the Day — Diplomatic Immunities (Conferences with Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland) Bill (24 Jan 1961)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: With the permission of the House, perhaps I may try to answer one or two of the points which have been raised. In reply to what was said by the hon. and learned Member for Aberdeen, North (Mr. Hector Hughes) I think it very appropriate that we should hear a quotation in the House from one graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, from the speech of someone who, I think, was also a graduate of that...

Orders of the Day — Diplomatic Immunities (Conferences with Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland) Bill (24 Jan 1961)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I am neither a legal dictionary, nor a legal expert, but I understand that it would give that immunity; unless, I think I am right in saying, immunity is waived at the discretion of the High Commissioner or the head of the Mission. I see that the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Newport is shaking his head, so I will not venture too far on that. If the hon. and learned Member...

Orders of the Day — Diplomatic Immunities (Conferences with Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland) Bill (24 Jan 1961)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: There is also exemption from Customs duty and from the inspection of their personal baggage when coming into the United Kingdom. It is true that this list sounds extensive, but the fact is that in a great many cases these immunities will not have very great practical effect on the vast majority of those people coming into the United Kingdom on this form of representational employment. In any...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: It is always a pleasure to speak after the right hon. Member for Wakefield (Mr. Creech Jones), because we know that he has followed this problem very closely and personally. I hope to be able to reply to some of the points he raised, but I want, first, to comment upon his reference to voting on the resolutions put forward in the United Nations. This comment applies not only to his speech,...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: What I am doing is making a deduction from the opinion given by the International Court of Justice—the highest legal court—which, as far as I am aware, is the best legal opinion on the subject. This being our view of the legal position of South-West Africa, we did, in the past, have some reservations with regard to the legality of the South-West Africa Committee, set up under the United...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: It may well be that that will provide a different opinion from our own, but at the moment what I have stated is clearly the situation. It is also important to bear in mind that however strong the feelings may be on one side or the other, nothing can be gained by not being fair. It is worth reminding the House that the terms of the mandate conferred upon the Union Government full power of...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I am sorry; I am not able to tell the hon. and learned Member what will be the eventual decision of the South African Government upon that. Nor am I responsible for that decision. I turn now to the explanation of the votes. The House is probably already familiar with the general pattern of the resolutions passed by the Committee to date. There are, first, three resolutions dealing with...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: This is a very serious matter, as I think the hon. Gentleman fully realises. It should have been possible for the hon. Gentleman to have acquainted himself, not with the details, but at any rate with the general framing of the contention of the sponsors.

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I have already outlined the general basis of them to the hon. Gentleman. I do not think that the hon. Gentleman can fail to get them. The information would have been easily available to him if he had wished to get it. The second thing about the Amendment is the alternative at the end of it, of the surrender of the mandate and its assignment elsewhere. I have already dealt with that. I have...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: In so far as it lies within the capacity, the ingenuity and the statesmanship of the United Kingdom to play a constructive part in bringing about a satisfactory outcome of the South-West Africa problem, both as a member of the United Nations and as a member of the Commonwealth, it is certainly our intention to do so. Indeed, we believe that in that way we shall be able to play our part in...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: If I may say so, I am being much more honest than the hon. Gentleman and some of his colleagues, who are urging action without suggesting what can be done to obtain a successful conclusion. But they do not face the realities, as the Government must face them in the United Nations and in Africa, of the problems that lie ahead. I am sure that the views expressed by my hon. Friends and by hon....

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman, and, indeed, the hon. Member for Eton and Slough should take such exception to the acceptance of the Amendment. I am sorry that in dealing with a serious and important subject like this, an Amendment that was presumably intended to rally the interest and support of the House should be drafted in the way that it has been drafted—HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] In...

South-West Africa (15 Dec 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I can quite easily give an assurance that such facilities as exist through the southern part of Bechuanaland are of no concern or threat whatever to the integrity of that territory.

Orders of the Day — British North America Bill (11 Nov 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Addresses to Her Majesty the Queen have been adopted by both Houses of the Canadian Parliament designed to procure an amendment to the Canadian Constitution by the repeal of Section 99 of the British North America Act, 1867, and its replacement by the provisions contained in Clause 1 of the Bill. Under Section 7 of the Statute of...

Orders of the Day — Indus Basin Development Fund Bill (11 Nov 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This second Bill which I move today is a short and very simple one. Its purpose is to authorise Her Majesty's Government to take part in an operation of the greatest importance to the lives and welfare of many millions of people in India and Pakistan by making available a sum of £20,860,000 to the Indus Basin Development Fund during...

Orders of the Day — Indus Basin Development Fund Bill (11 Nov 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: Perhaps I might reply briefly to the one or two points which have been raised. First, I was asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Willesden, East (Mr. Skeet) why it was necessary to introduce a Bill for this purpose rather than to carry the amount on the Departmental Vote. The reasons are twofold. First, the Bank wants to know now the whole amount which will be authorised by the United...

Orders of the Day — Indus Basin Development Fund Bill (11 Nov 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: That is perfectly true. As the right hon. Gentleman said, and as I have just emphasised, the generosity of the United States in this matter has made it possible to bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion. The third point that was raised by hon. Members concerned Article VII, Section 7.01 (b), that All goods required for the Project shall be procured on the basis of international...

Orders of the Day — Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (3 Nov 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: Without reading his closely reasoned arguments in the earlier part of his speech. I am not sure that I would be prepared to go all the way with the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough, East (Mr. Marquand), because it seemed to me that his argument was that in future, unlike what has been so often said about the Central African scene before, European economic incentives and standards are not...

Orders of the Day — Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address (3 Nov 1960)

Mr Cuthbert Alport: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave a clear indication of his thinking on this subject. It is my duty, within the limitations necessarily imposed upon me, to do my best to answer some of the questions and comment on some of the points which have been put forward by hon. Members on both sides of the House in the subsequent debate. I begin by saying how very much we all welcome my...


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