Mr Andrew Faulds: If I heard correctly, the hon. and learned Gentleman just said that he could not understand why China had behaved as it has. I thought that I had explained rather explicitly in my speech that it was because Governor Patten aborted the through-train arrangement that China introduced the provisional council.
Mr Andrew Faulds: It is a fact.
Mr Andrew Faulds: This is historically correct.
Mr Andrew Faulds: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for South Staffordshire (Sir P. Cormack), whom I have to call an honourable and an old friend. He and I work closely together in cultural matters upon which he is very good and extremely knowledgeable. He also has considerable political courage on issues such as Bosnia, where only very few of us understood what was going on and pursued the right policy...
Mr Andrew Faulds: If you must, yes.
Mr Andrew Faulds: I am sorry that my hon. Friend had to comment on my cold, which somewhat spoils the organ that is my best achievement.
Mr Andrew Faulds: I think that matter had better be dropped. We must have differing views on this. I do not have the benefit of having met Martin Lee, but there are many like him arguing the odds to make it as difficult as they can under the transitional system. Once the transfer is achieved, however, they will be off with their passports tucked in their back pockets. There is no doubt of that at all. There...
Mr Andrew Faulds: What does my hon. Friend think the British direction of Hong Kong would have done to those young men 40 or 50 years ago?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Perhaps the Foreign Secretary would care to explain to the House why the through-train arrangement was aborted, and, of course, who aborted it.
Mr Andrew Faulds: Why?
Mr Andrew Faulds: The Foreign Secretary really cannot get away with that. That was part of the Basic Law and the joint agreement, and to pretend that that was not so is somewhat dishonest. He knows perfectly well, as we all do who know about these matters—apparently very few do—that the one who aborted the through-train arrangement was Governor Patten.
Mr Andrew Faulds: What does this beautifully delivered, futuristic guff about free trade actually mean for the economies of the under-developed world throughout the whole of the universe?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Why have the Government allowed the Governor to wreck the through-train arrangements that had been earlier agreed?
Mr Andrew Faulds: When can the House have an opportunity to debate the increased social damage that the intended bi-weekly Camelot lotteries will cause to poorer members throughout every community in the country, in every constituency in the country?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Has the right hon. Lady yet established, or will she be establishing, or will she be getting one of her ministerial colleagues to establish, an investigation into the appalling social and economic damage that the national lottery is doing to the poorer families in every one of our constituencies? These are the people who most need to dream this unrealisable dream.
Mr Andrew Faulds: These boys. Has it been established what proportion of British sheep may have had access to dubious bovine feed?
Mr Andrew Faulds: On a point of order, Madam Speaker. I am so relieved that you have managed to recognise an elder Member. The Secretary of State for Health a little earlier used the word Presbyterian in a tone that suggested disapprobation. Would the House and would he recognise that the most principled and the most independent-minded Members of this place are Presbyterians like myself, and proud of it?
Mr Andrew Faulds: It is absolutely in order, Madam Speaker, that I should reiterate the appreciation earlier of your admirable and most moving appreciation of President Mandela this morning. We are most grateful. You spoke for the House in a most brilliant way. But to business. Is the Leader of the House aware that it really is essential that we discuss our relations with China in this year in which we are...
Mr Andrew Faulds: Would it not be advisable if the majority of Members of the House of Commons made some effort to prove themselves somewhat less ignorant about the history of Cyprus over the past 50 years? Is it not the case—[Interruption.]—if I could have the Secretary of State's attention—that it was Archbishop Makarios who, in 1963, aborted the constitutional arrangements of 1960, which had given the...
Mr Andrew Faulds: Would the right hon. Gentleman accept a criticism and a comment? Is he not wrong in stating that the Crown jewels of Scotland are the oldest in Europe? Is it not a fact that the oldest Crown jewels in Europe that I can recall are the St. Stephen's crown in Hungary? If I could only remember, there is actually an older Byzantine crown. I think that I am correct in saying that. I am usually...