Results 1–20 of 1922 for speaker:Mr Philip Goodhart

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (4 Mar 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: Does my hon. and learned Friend recognise that, in recent years, several hundred Arabs have been murdered by terrorists for co-operating with the Israelis? Does he accept that those brutal killings, which are still taking place, do not help the peace process?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Refugees (2 Mar 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: As the contribution of Britain to the UNHCR is very much greater than that of France or Germany, will my right hon. Friend encourage our European partners to increase their support for the vital work of refugee relief?

Orders of the Day — Army Bill (13 Feb 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: My right hon. Friend explained the Bill, which I shall support, with great clarity and force.

Orders of the Day — Army Bill (13 Feb 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: Yesterday I re-read the debates that we had in the House in 1969 on the establishment of the Ulster Defence Regiment. The Committee stage of the Ulster Defence Regiment Bill was taken on the Floor of the House, and the Minister in charge was the present deputy leader of the Labour party, the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley). I was a spokesman for the Conservative...

Orders of the Day — Museums and Galleries Bill (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: The hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks), like all the Opposition Members who have spoken, is strongly opposed to charges for general admission to museums. At the same time he, like those other Opposition Members, is in favour of greatly increased expenditure on museums and particularly on the acquisition of new works of art. Given the enthusiasm of the Labour party for taxation and...

Orders of the Day — Museums and Galleries Bill (12 Feb 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I entirely agree. The practice of trying to negotiate with the great national galleries is wholly desirable. I do not know whether the owners of the three paintings that I mentioned have followed that procedure—I have seen no statement from them—but we are clearly faced with a continuing problem in regard to the availability of works which would be an important addition to the national...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I note with regret that proposed new clauses 8 and 9 were not selected for debate. New clause 9 dealt with the difficult problem of special care for the unaccompanied children of asylum seekers. That aspect was debated at length in Committee, but was not pressed to a Division after the Minister indicated that he might be having further thoughts. New clause 9...

New Clause 2: Access to Legal Advice (21 Jan 1992)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I must admit that I am attracted by the part of the new clause that says that the proposed report shall describe the arrangements made for ensuring that access to advisers and representatives of an applicant's choice is not hindered nor inhibited by the applicant's … age". Between Christmas and the new year, three unaccompanied Somali children arrived in my constituency. My local social...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on the devastating strategic assault which he delivered, with the precision of a Trident missile, on the CND background of so many Opposition Front-Bench Members. It does not require even a sub-strategic nuclear weapon. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and my hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (Mr. Franks) only...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I assumed that the hon. Gentleman was more or less in favour of his party's policy.—[HON. MEMBERS: "He may be against it."] In that case I fear that even the casting vote of the Labour Whip would not have carried the Back Benches in support of the official policy.

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: We are broadly satisfied with my right hon. Friend's policy, with some reservations, which I shall explain in a moment. Although nuclear debates no longer attract large numbers of hon. Members on either side of the House, we are entering an age of nuclear proliferation, which increases the risk of nuclear conflict, rather than decreases it. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave his...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I somehow doubt whether a non-proliferation treaty, however improved, would have much impact on Iraq, Libya, Syria and North Korea, without mentioning the other countries on that list. I believe, and I am sure that the majority of people in this country believe, that in a proliferating world, it is essential for us to keep our nuclear defences. It would clearly be lunacy for this country to...

Prayers: Nuclear Defence (22 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I supported that raid, but I must point out that it involved a great deal of complex in-flight refuelling to get the aircraft from Upper Heyford base, near where I live, to Libya. That is not to mention the political complexities that were involved. The new stand-off weapon carrying a nuclear warhead with a yield of between 10 and 300 kilotonnes should add about 20 per cent. to the range of...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: There were moments, I confess, during the past half hour when my attention wandered a little, but I think that I detected a gap in the speech of the hon. Member for Caithness and Sutherland (Mr. Maclennan). I do not recall a single reference to his party's policy on the asylum problem. It is ironic that it should be necessary to bring in an Asylum Bill at this time. In the past three years,...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: That is an important issue, and no doubt it will be examined closely in Committee. In the past year, Hillingdon has spent about £800,000 on looking after 42 unaccompanied children. The problem is pressing, and the Government will have to find money to help the London boroughs.

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who has reinforced my point. Many of the German lander—the provincial governments—both Socialist and Conservative, have come together to institute—this is now German Government policy—hostels and transit camps for asylum seekers in abandoned army camps. I suspect that the demand for hostels here will be heard more widely in the months to come. The...

Orders of the Day — Asylum Bill (13 Nov 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: rose——

Orders of the Day — Defence: Second Day (15 Oct 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: Does my right hon. Friend remember that since the end of the second world war we have usually been involved in low-intensity conflicts in which trained and efficient men are more important than smart weapons? Is it not likely that that will happen again?

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (14 Oct 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: Although I am sure that the majority of my constituents will welcome the choice of an east London route, will my right hon. and learned Friend offer more help to those living alongside the already congested rail lines of south London, which clearly will have to carry the bulk of the freight to the channel tunnel for 10 years after 1993?

Vietnamese Boat People (25 Jul 1991)

Mr Philip Goodhart: I hope that we can persuade the Americans to lift their restrictions on trade with Vietnam, even though the process of liberalisation in Vietnam is proceeding more slowly than we had hoped. Even if that liberalisation comes, many Vietnamese will be in camps in Hong Kong for the foreseeable future, and I am especially concerned about the children. I hope that the open camp system, such as Taia...

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