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Prayers: Debate on the Address (31 Oct 1991)

Mr David Howell: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Prayers: Debate on the Address (31 Oct 1991)

Mr David Howell: The right hon. Gentleman has reached an important part of his speech but, unfortunately, it is not a clear part. Will he tell us—it is important for the nation—the policy of the Labour party, in a nutshell, on European monetary union and the single currency? [Interruption.] Will he do that briefly—ideally, in fewer than 234 words? [Interruption.]

Yugoslavia (14 Oct 1991)

Mr David Howell: Is my hon. Friend aware that Ministers' efforts to deal with the tragedy during the summer months are much to be commended, as are the Herculean efforts of Lord Carrington in trying to bring peace to the tragedy? We all admire what he has undertaken to do. Both my hon. and learned Friend and the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Mr. Kaufman) said that Yugoslavia cannot be recreated...

Prayers: Group of Seven (19 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: My right hon. Friend presided over and guided this highly constructive summit with skill, vision and patience, as is recognised in all responsible parts of the House. In the context of the question by my right hon. Friend the Member for Blaby (Mr. Lawson), does the Prime Minister agree that, while we all want to see the Soviet Union move without violence towards a more diffuse, decentralised...

Constitutional Reform: Iraqi Refugees (3 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: With the leave of the House. I thank hon. Members and my hon. and learned Friend the Minister for the way in which they have received the Committee's report and for the sensible guidance that they have given the Committee for its future work. We shall try to respond as effectively as we can. The debate has been brief but effective, and has helped to begin to reveal some of the monstrous...

Constitutional Reform: Iraqi Refugees (3 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: Four months after the end of the Kuwait war, millions of people in Iraq continue to live through a horrific nightmare. The human tragedy in Iraqi Kurdistan has been vividly portrayed and we have witnessed it on our television screens. However, another tragedy that is possibly more appalling has been unfolding in southern Iraq without the benefit of the television cameras. It is, therefore,...

Constitutional Reform: Iraqi Refugees (3 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: That is very much a matter for debate. My view is rather close to that of the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick), but I must not anticipate a longer and more substantial report from the Select Committee on the security situation in the middle east following the liberation of Kuwait. I am aware that many people share the hon. Gentleman's view. We must bear in mind that whatever...

Constitutional Reform: Iraqi Refugees (3 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: I hope that the hon. Gentleman gets a chance to develop that thought during the debate because he refers to an important and difficult balance. All humanitarian instincts point us towards doing everything possible to avoid the prospects that he has described, but there is the equally terrible thought that, if Saddam Hussein is let off the hook and is allowed to use his resources, from selling...

Constitutional Reform: Iraqi Refugees (3 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman is taking us, once again, into the broader area of middle eastern security and to the question of how on earth we can secure any improvements in future, after having failed to produce them in the past. The next report of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs will look into that. Although we do not claim to have the ultimate wisdom, that will be the opportunity to raise...

Yugoslavia (3 Jul 1991)

Mr David Howell: Can my right hon. Friend confirm the truth of a Reuters report that EC Foreign Ministers are considering recognising the independent status of Slovenia and Croatia—or are threatening to do so—unless the Belgrade war machine is halted? My right hon. Friend speaks of the old system in Yugoslavia not surviving, and of its being full of decay. That is entirely right. It is absolutely vital...

Yugoslavia (27 Jun 1991)

Mr David Howell: Does my hon. Friend accept that, although the fragmentation of Yugoslavia may have its dangers, we should be careful about the kind of unity we back? The unity that is sought has a brutal and reactionary side to it. Does my hon. Friend agree that we should perhaps analyse that carefully and realise that Slovenia and Croatia deserve some sympathy in their desire to escape from that domination?...

European Community (26 Jun 1991)

Mr David Howell: The right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) is, of course—[Interruption.]

European Community (26 Jun 1991)

Mr David Howell: The right hon. Member for Leeds, East is quite right to remind us that the most enormous changes have taken place in Europe over the past two or three years —and more are taking place even as we debate the motion before us, particularly as yet more fearsome dangers develop in the Balkans and as Yugoslavia begins to fragment. No doubt we shall see many more dramas as the Soviet Union, the...

European Community (26 Jun 1991)

Mr David Howell: My hon. Friend's question has been asked many times over the years. It presupposes that a great, unified team is marching ahead and that Britain is outside it. I believe that not to be true. The political scene is far more open. It is possible for us, using our best skills, to join in. What will defeat us is our silence, equivocation and total negativism. If, however, we are positive, we...

Iraq (15 Apr 1991)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the initiatives taken by our right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and by himself to help the Kurds and Shias stand out as highly creative acts of statesmanship in a very negative international climate? Does he further accept that there will be no feeling of safety for the Kurds or Shias, who have been the subject of the most appalling atrocities, no...

Local Government Review (England) (21 Mar 1991)

Mr David Howell: My right hon. Friend is to be commended on his unwavering determination to reform the structure, functions and financing of local government together, rather than—as in the past, with such unhappy results—separately. Certainly he will not get an atom of constructive help from the Labour party. My right hon. Friend has not mentioned business taxation, although he did talk about a wider...

The Gulf (28 Feb 1991)

Mr David Howell: Will my right hon. Friend accept that he, like President Bush, has displayed great constancy of purpose throughout the conflict? The nation is indebted to him and to other Ministers who were involved, especially my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary. It is vital that the peace that was so bravely gained is not frittered away by fruitless negotiation with a man in Baghdad who understands...

The Gulf (18 Feb 1991)

Mr David Howell: While all the analysis goes on in Moscow, Tehran and, indeed, the United Nations about what Baghdad does or does not mean by its latest statement, is there not one clear way in which Saddam Hussein can indicate his intentions to the coalition and that is by physically withdrawing his forces across the Iraqi frontier, requesting to the allies that. in the light of a genuine withdrawal, he is...

Autumn Statement (13 Feb 1991)

Mr David Howell: Like almost everyone else, I strongly welcome the 0·5 per cent. cut in short-term interest rates announced today. It is small, but I hope that it is the beginning of a long and sustainable downward step movement of interest rates, following the inflation rate down which will now descend fast to levels that may for once even exceed the Treasury's estimates to the good and be lower than the...

Lithuania (16 Jan 1991)

Mr David Howell: Will my right hon. Friend convey as quickly as possible to Mr. Gorbachev and the Soviet Government the fact that, although we understand their problems about constitutional reform in the Soviet Union, which should or should not include the Baltic republics in the future—probably not—the repressive measures that he is using are an outright affront to the spirit of the Helsinki process in...

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