Mr Andrew Faulds: Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman could have delivered his piece with a little less rattle and a little more conviction. Do the Government really intend to pursue the introduction of performance-related pay in the higher echelons of the civil service? How on earth can such performance be measured?
Mr Andrew Faulds: In view of the contortions of a slightly earlier question, will the Minister consider, on his way to visit the south Pacific forum in Brisbane this summer, the necessity to apologise to the Chinese Government for the—[Interruption.]
Mr Andrew Faulds: The right hon. Gentleman mentioned the contribution that Her Majesty's Government are making to the rebuilding of Palestine. Would he be good enough to give the House some idea of what contributions his G7 colleagues are likely to make to that purpose, and does he consider them anything like sufficient for the immense job that faces President Arafat?
Mr Andrew Faulds: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.
Mr Andrew Faulds: It is absolutely genuine, Madam Speaker—as are all my points of order. May I simply congratulate you on your toughness?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Will the right hon. Member give way?
Mr Andrew Faulds: In case my earlier "Hear, hears" were not recorded, I stand simply to put it on the record that I thought that the nonsense a few months ago was absolutely ridiculous, and typical of some of the rather raddled minds of the Whips. I strongly endorse the comments which the right hon. Gentleman has just made.
Mr Andrew Faulds: Why should Britain's interests suffer because we have a puny Prime Minister who is more concerned to reassert his authority—his enfeebled authority—over his rebellious and, indeed, ridiculous right wing than to work and co-operate for the future of that great role of a united Europe?
Mr Andrew Faulds: The right hon. Gentleman was kind enough to suggest that he would accept whatever views were offered for consideration. May I bring up a very important aspect of what goes on in the House, which was not mentioned in that interesting schoolboy essay by the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Mr. Tyler) and has not so far been mentioned in the disconnected comments of the Leader of the House? One...
Mr Andrew Faulds: In view of the appalling circumstances—[Interruption.] If one or two of the rest of us could get a word in uninterrupted! In view of the appalling circumstances in the former Yugoslavia, and in view of the admirable services rendered by our military chaps over there, is not it time that the House had an opportunity to debate these matters and to back up our military chaps against the very...
Mr Andrew Faulds: Would the right hon. Gentleman listen to, and respond to, the many requests to discuss a number of issues relevant to foreign affairs, including the urgent need for the House to debate, discuss and tear to pieces the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's report on relations with China which is full of inadequacies and inaccuracies, and which must be discussed before much more damage is done to...
Mr Andrew Faulds: Further to that point of order, Madam Speaker. There is, with your permission, another way to proceed about this matter.
Mr Andrew Faulds: I am trying to back it up, Madam Speaker.
Mr Andrew Faulds: Madam Speaker, as you know, I have been a long-time supporter, colleague and admirer—I love you dearly. But I do have a simple resolution to the problem. There has been persistent misuse of this emblem over my many years in the House. There is one way that it could be satisfactorily resolved. The House of Commons emblem should be branded on the left or right haunch of hon. Members,...
Mr Andrew Faulds: Thank you Madam Speaker. Thank you, thank you—[Interruption.] —and thank you again.
Mr Andrew Faulds: I am most grateful. Will the right hon. Gentleman arrange a debate in the House where we can comment on the misguided and damaging conduct of the Governor of Hong Kong, and where we can examine the latest report on China from the Foreign Affairs Committee, which is full of lunacies and which has, unfortunately, been produced by a Committee peopled by ignoramuses?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Further to what you said, Madam Speaker, about the prolongation of Question Time, would it not be better were we to revert to the old custom—and only very few of us here remember it —that nobody bothered to thank you for allowing them to catch your eye? This is a new development. The new calibre, lower-quality Members now think that somehow or other they play to your favour by saying...
Mr Andrew Faulds: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I am delighted, at long last, after the appalling dilatoriness and pusillanimity of the right hon. Gentleman and his European Foreign Secretary colleagues, to be able to congratulate him whole-heartedly on his statement and the stand that it at long last embodies?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree with me that the British Government should be putting pressure on the Israeli Government, first, to accept an international presence in the occupied territories to protect the Palestinians, and, after many years of not doing so, to implement international law in those territories, again to protect the Palestinians?
Mr Andrew Faulds: Does the Prime Minister really not realise that leadership, in the context of his enfeebled Government., requires that he be brutal with the eccentric excrescences to his right?