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Mr. Speaker (Retirement) (12 Mar 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: If I may, I shall speak for a moment as a former Clerk in the House of Commons. I have been asked by my former colleagues and members of the staff of the House of Commons to express on the Floor of the House their deep appreciation to you, Sir, and to "Mrs. Speaker" for the kindness, care and consideration that you have given to them. It is not a tremendous secret that there have been...

Orders of the Day — Further and Higher Education Bill [Lords] (11 Feb 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: I hope that the hon. Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn), with whom I have much in common, will forgive me if I do not reply to his speech. This is almost certainly the last occasion on which I shall have the privilege of addressing the House of Commons. Perhaps it is appropriate that it should be on the subject of higher and further education. We should not dwell on the past or on...

Opposition Day: Sub-postmasters (6 Feb 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: rose—

Opposition Day: Sub-postmasters (6 Feb 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Yes, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I shall be very brief. I have been very much involved in the case for several months, and I entirely support my hon. Friend the Member for Cambridgeshire, South-West (Sir A. Grant). I know the case and the individuals. Obviously I cannot comment on the case, which is sub judice, although I have grave doubts about the way in which the matter has been handled. I resent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (5 Feb 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Is my hon. and learned Friend aware of the strong opinion of all parties within Israel that the peace process is irreversible, that there is a desire to compromise and that certain comments from certain Members of this House are not helpful?

President Yeltsin and UN Security Council (3 Feb 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: During his discussions with the new Secretary-General and with President Yeltsin, did my right hon. Friend raise the importance for the future of the United Nations of the restoration of the idea and the reality of the true international civil service? That was contained in the charter and some of us endeavoured to fulfil it. It has been fulfilled by certain individuals, the most conspicuous...

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Information Bill (24 Jan 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: I support the principle of the Bill, which was introduced by the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood). I disagree with some of its details, but perhaps they could be dealt with in Committee. I have been a civil servant and a diplomat and I recognise the need for confidentiality, but, on the other hand, government is in danger of becoming too secretive. As an historian, I...

Orders of the Day — Freedom of Information Bill (24 Jan 1992)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Hear, hear.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Dec 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Perez de Cuellar, is retiring at the end of the month, would it not be appropriate on behalf of the House and of all parties for my right hon. Friend to record our gratitude and appreciation for a fine international servant?

Business of the House (21 Nov 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people inside and outside the House, while recognising that it is important to spend two days debating the future of Europe, wonder why the House is not debating, even for a short time, the fact that a war is raging in a European country—Yugoslavia? Will he consider having a debate on the situation there?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (20 Nov 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Although there is strong and real appreciation in the middle east of the British involvement in the Madrid peace process—not least among the Palestinians, as well as the Israelis—will my right hon. Friend confirm that there are no ministerial contacts with the PLO?

Unesco (25 Jul 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: May I publicly express my warm congratulations to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, on the honour of the award of Privy Councillorship, which has given much pleasure to the entire House? As the House knows, I served in the United Nations for several years. It may seem strange, therefore, that in 1985 I most strongly supported our withdrawal from UNESCO, which had become a scandal and a disgrace to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jun 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: My right hon. Friend commanded great support and confidence for his policy for safe havens for the Kurds. Is he aware that some of us are becoming deeply concerned about the possibility of the abandonment of the Kurds? Would not it be a good idea if British politicians speaking to American audiences reminded them of their responsibilities rather than talking drivel about Europe?

Prisoners of War (Compensation) (6 Jun 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: I support and endorse much of what my right hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Sir B. Braine) said. I wish at the outset to express a personal, family interest. The Burma Campaign was my campaign in which my father, brothers and cousins were deeply involved. I never quite forgave the British Government for not acknowledging VJ day in the way in which they acknowledged VE day. Our army...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Scientific Research (23 Apr 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Is my hon. Friend aware that concern about that matter is not confined to one side of the House? The wise warnings of Sir Claus Moser last August should be taken seriously.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: BBC World Service (13 Mar 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Is my hon. Friend aware that the BBC world radio service is superb and is deeply honoured and respected throughout the world? Will the Government realise that my hon. Friend is not right? What he says is the way forward is not. The way forward is for the BBC World Service to receive strong governmental support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Chemical and Nuclear Weapons (20 Feb 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Scud missiles are, in fact, Russian?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: University Education (12 Feb 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Was the strategy of student finance discussed at that meeting and will it be discussed in future, in the spirit of consultation and recognising that this is one of the key problems that we face?

The Gulf (21 Jan 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: I agreed with much of what the hon. Member for Woolwich (Mr. Cartwright) said—particularly his point about the importance of the relationship between the Ministry of Defence and the press, of which I hope my colleagues will take particular note. I have not spoken in any of the debates in this crisis, but I have attended them virtually totally throughout. I have been proud to have been a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Israel (16 Jan 1991)

Mr Robert Rhodes James: Is the Minister aware that, although the Friends of Israel has disagreements with the Israeli Government's policies, as far as we are concerned, the independence and freedom of the people and state of Israel are non-negotiable? Will he make that very clear not only to the Israelis but to our Arab friends?


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