Results 1–20 of 962 for speaker:Mr Cyril Townsend

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran (12 Mar 1997)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that neither western Europe's critical dialogue nor the United States' policy of dual containment have been particularly successful in recent years? When a new course is being decided, will he resist the temptation to turn Iran into a pariah state, beyond the bounds of the international community? Does he agree that Teheran is just the sort of place...

War Crimes (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Will my hon. Friend give way?

War Crimes (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I am grateful for the opportunity to debate again the War Crimes Act 1991. I last had an Adjournment debate on the subject on 9 July 1992. Since then, of course, Britain's first war crimes trial has collapsed. My message is clear—the absurd business should never have begun and should now be brought immediately to a halt before further police time and public money are wasted. The case...

War Crimes (5 Mar 1997)

Mr Cyril Townsend: My hon. Friend has a valid point; a murder is a murder. Had those men remained in the original territories and had they been tried at an earlier stage, all would have been well. I do not dispute my hon. Friend's observation. I object to the fact that the legislation is so restricted—restricted to those few men. It does not attempt to cover the all too many atrocities committed elsewhere...

Royal Yacht (22 Jan 1997)

Mr Cyril Townsend: While regretting the lack of forward planning some years ago, despite prodding from Conservative Members, which means that inevitably there will be a delay, I warmly welcome this sensible decision. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the offers of financial support from commercial and City organisations that were put to the royal yacht parliamentary group and others are a signal of how much...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (15 Jan 1997)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Will my right hon. and learned Friend acknowledge the part played by King Hussein in reaching the agreement? Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that, unless very firm action is taken to prevent the expansion of the settlements and the construction of new ones, much of what we have been talking about will be totally swept away by attacks on the ground?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (30 Oct 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Has my right hon. Friend made any representation to the Israeli authorities, perhaps through our excellent consul general in Jerusalem, over the recent killing of a Palestinian youth who was throwing stones at an Israeli settler? Is it not extremely important that justice should be done in such a situation? Is he aware that the settlers, who are armed to the teeth, frequently behave in an...

Opposition Day: Ministry of Defence Housing (16 Jul 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I welcome the courteous tone of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, his comments on service families and his genuine concessions, particularly about consulting the families concerned—that is a real concession. Some people in the Tea Room say that early-day motions do not have any impact on the parliamentary scene. Over the past few weeks, I have seen Ministers and Whips scurry...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I warmly welcome the appointment of Sir David Hannay to carry out that crucial task. Will my right hon. and learned Friend take this opportunity to condemn the rearmament that has gone on on both sides of Cyprus? He will well know that I deplore the Turkish occupation of the north and the equipment of the army in the north. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that it is dangerous on...

Deer (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Royal Yacht (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Will the Minister give way?

Deer (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Royal Yacht (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Perhaps we could move into calmer waters and discuss—[Interruption.]

Deer (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill [Lords]: Royal Yacht (10 Jul 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I wish to discuss the subject of a future royal yacht. I last secured an Adjournment debate on the topic in December 1994. In 1980, I initiated a debate on the Queen's flight. I acknowledge that they are different matters, but there is a common starting point, which is that time is overtaking equipment in the royal service. I begin on a critical note. Like many of my hon. Friends, I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Unesco (12 Jun 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Is my hon. Friend aware that, when we were a member of UNESCO, we gained more money each year than we paid in? The sum that he mentioned should be seen in that context. Is he also aware that it is hard to find an educational or cultural institution in this country that does not think it is a gross mistake not to be a member of UNESCO? Will my hon. Friend please ensure that he does nothing to...

Remaining Private Members' Bills: United Nations (10 May 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I am delighted to have the opportunity to raise the important subject of Britain and the United Nations. This debate follows that which I was lucky enough to have the chance to initiate on 4 December 1992 on the UN, and several Adjournment debates on the then obscure subject of UN peacekeeping. I am chairman of the United Nations parliamentary group. 1 have always been proud of the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Lebanon (8 May 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Will my right hon. and learned Friend take this opportunity to praise the Secretary-General for compiling a report on the incident at Qana so quickly after the event, and a report that criticises officers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon in some regards? Is it not deplorable that some countries, notably the United States and Israel, should seek to have that report kept under covers?

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Institute (18 Apr 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I may be forecasting what my right hon. Friend is about to say, but it is important that this should come out. What efforts are the Government making to get a greater contribution from Commonwealth members?

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Institute (18 Apr 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: I am grateful for the opportunity to bring before the House the serious funding problems of the Commonwealth Institute, which was established by an Act of Parliament. A number of Commonwealth countries contributed substantially to the cost of its specially designed building in Kensington, prior to its opening back in 1962. To some extent, the institute is an international entity. In an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East Peace Process (3 Apr 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that Israel has prevented Egyptian flour from being brought into Gaza, where there is a desperate shortage? Does he know that Israel has been stopping Palestinian farm produce from entering both Jordan and Egypt? Does he agree that such punishment, which is totally unrelated to security, will in the long run rebound on Israel and do nothing to help...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: United Nations (Reform) (7 Feb 1996)

Mr Cyril Townsend: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that Britain's initiative a few years ago in calling a special meeting of the Security Council to examine the reform of the UN was one of the best things that had happened for some time in the area? Is he also aware that the planning of peacekeeping operations is remarkably amateurish and inefficient? What new proposals is Britain putting forward on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups (26 Oct 1995)

Mr Cyril Townsend: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on disarming the paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. [36902]


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