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Defence (Central Organisation) (31 Jul 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: I shall not detain the House for long. I hope that the hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) will forgive me if I do not follow the first half of his speech, which may have been a great contribution to the party political arguments which go on, but was not addressed to the particular problem in front of us, which is a very important one, which the people—and, I hope, hon. Members on both...

Defence (Central Organisation) (31 Jul 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: I resume my remarks, Mr. Speaker, in a rather quieter atmosphere than I remember on the last occasion when I was interrupted by this ancient and honourable ceremony. I differ entirely from the contention of the hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) that the White Paper sets out, as I understood him to say, some rather hastily considered, quite new plan with no particular logic and...

Defence (Central Organisation) (31 Jul 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: It is a detail in this respect. If some of the institutions, perhaps, are somewhat the same, there is no harm in this, because my point is that it is essential that if these defence and Service matters are to carry the support—and, more than that, the enthusiasm—of those who have to work them, they must be seen to be a logical process of growth and development. We can look back then,...

Defence (Central Organisation) (31 Jul 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: Mine was a double-barrelled remark. First, I said that it cannot be claimed that immense sums have been wasted on defence. Equally, nobody would be more delighted than I—and in this I am with the hon. Member for Dudley (Mr. Wigg)—if the right hon. Gentleman who winds up the debate for the Opposition tonight will say quite firmly that the Labour Party would spend 7½ per cent. or 8 per...

Defence (Central Organisation) (31 Jul 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: There is no magic in it. It is probably the best bargain a Minister of Defence can drive with the Chancellor of the Exchequer—but I must not get into these matters now. If we accept the concept that we have this world job to do and also accept the concept—and I believe that N.A.T.O. accepts it, General Norstad certainly did, that it is just as important to defend the flanks of N.A.T.O....

Defence (30 Jan 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: Would the right hon. Gentleman be kind enough to say where he got his facts from? He has said that he got his facts from reliable sources. Perhaps I may say one thing now, which I intend to say later if I am fortunate enough to catch the eye of the Chair. I do not want to damage Anglo-American relations any more than the right hon. Gentleman does. However, I want to tell him now quite...

Defence (30 Jan 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: It is always rather difficult for a former Minister to address this House on his own subject, and I do not think I should have done so if I had not felt sincerely that the danger of discussing the problem—and we are discussing a nuclear problem, although the right hon. Member for Belper (Mr. G. Brown) strayed a lot wider than that—is the amount of misunderstanding, arising almost to...

Defence (30 Jan 1963)

Mr Harold Watkinson: The right hon. Gentleman should quote my words correctly. I said that the bargain was that we did not pay for Skybolt unless it was a perfected weapon, in which case we certainly would pay for it, and pay the proper cost.

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: I shall be very brief. I want only to deal with the wider issues that concern me, and, gas the right hon. Member for Smethwick (Mr. Gordon Walker) and the Committee know, my night hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War will wind up on the matters of detail Which concern B.A.O.R. First, I should like to deal with the question of pay, because this is entirely my responsibility. As it is a...

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: I am glad that the right hon. Gentleman has raised the matter, because it enables me to be a little more clear. I agree that, if the men are out on training, they are happy; but the problem is that one cannot keep all of them on training all the time. When an Army is standing by, week after week, knowing that it may be called upon at very short notice to do a very responsible job —I shall...

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: The right hon. Gentleman, as a former Minister of Defence, takes the kind of broad view which, I hope, I am trying to take. If it is set in a broad context, he is perfectly right. I was taking it a little further and saying that, if one compares the level of crime, to call it that, in the Rhine Army with the police statistics in this country, the comparison is still not unfavourable to...

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: The hon. Gentleman is quite right. My right hon. Friend will he giving some of the statistics. I wish to be brief, because I know that many lion. Members want to sneak, and I wish to deal with the two main points which the right hon. Member for Smethwick raised. both of which fall to me.

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: That is not the case at all. My view about the curfew—I very strongly support the action which my right hon. Friend took—is that it was high time that we brought the Rhine Army into line with the general custom in Europe. During the dangerous hours after midnight, when odd people are to be found wandering about the place looking for trouble, the only ones exposed to that sort of problem...

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: Fifty-five thousand.

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: The Western European Union Treaty.

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: Not at all. We do not want to get into that argument which has been rehearsed in the House time after time. Hon. Members on the back benches opposite who have studied these things, as, I imagine, right hon. and hon. Members on the Front Bench opposite have, know perfectly well what our position is under the W.E.U. Treaty. Perhaps I can take comfort from the fact that this was all discussed...

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: It was made clear in the Secretary of State's announcement, which I know the hon. Gentleman read with the care and attention which he pays to all these matters, that this was General Cassels' recommendation. It is perfectly right that my right hon. Friend and I should say in the House that we strongly support this action because we are responsible to the House for it.

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: My hon. Friend has got hold of the wrong end of the stick It is not Rhine Army's decision when it moves forward. It is General Norstad's decision. I want to get the record straight. What I have said all through is that we support General Norstad's concept of a new forward strategy. How it is implemented, when it is implemented, and what steps have to be taken to implement it are matters...

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: A very full list of these figures appeared in HANSARD, in a Written Answer by my right hon. Friend.

Orders of the Day — British Army of the Rhine ( 5 Jul 1962)

Mr Harold Watkinson: Rubbish.


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