Results 41–60 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

Bosnia (31 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: I stand corrected. It is perfectly true that the Bosnian presidency troops—we keep calling them the Bosnian Muslims, but, as the right hon. Gentleman knows, they are not entirely Muslims, or even dedicated Muslims and Islamics in the sense that we see them in parts of the Maghreb—said that they were prepared to accept a settlement which would involve some partition of their country. I...

Bosnia (31 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman is right. The safe havens were not mentioned in the original mandate, but the UN came up with the idea later. In some senses, the safe havens have become garrisons, but they are ineffective garrisons. They may be havens, but they are not safe. We saw that with shells whistling into Tuzla the other day, killing 70 people who were drinking coffee in a cafe. That does not...

Bosnia (31 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: The way in which the question was posed suggests that we have power, and have had power all along, to choose what we do there. The difficulty is that we decided three years ago that there was a humanitarian need. The television cameras showed all the terror, and the cry went out, "Send the troops to protect the aid workers." From that, one step has led to another. If my hon. Friend asks why...

Bosnia (31 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: That is easy to say; my hon. Friend knows that such phrases trip off the lips. Historical analogies are not good, because history does not necessarily repeat itself. As Mr. Balfour said, historians repeat each other, which is a different thing. We cannot necessarily learn a precise lesson from one era and then apply it to another. It would be dangerous to assume that, if outside powers...

Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (16 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that the indefinite extension of the treaty is good for the world, and that he and his colleagues in this country have played a significant part in achieving that result? Does he also accept, however, that the problem with all those treaty-based regimes is not so much signing the bits of paper as achieving monitoring, compliance, verification and the...

Former Yugoslavia (9 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: As the hon. Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook) reminded us, spring has come to the Balkans, and the killing has begun again. Before I look at some of the things which we in this country should do or stop doing with our allies and friends, I would like to make one or two background observations which have shaped my view about how to proceed from the grim present situation. Everyone who is...

Bosnia (3 May 1995)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that there is now no peace to keep, in either Bosnia or Slovenia, and that therefore the position of our troops doing their gallant humanitarian work must be kept under daily and even hourly review to ensure that they are not exposed to a vastly increased range of risks? Given that the combatants, certainly in Bosnia, will not stop killing each other until...

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr David Howell: This is a welcome opportunity, not only to return to the issue of Hong Kong, as is our proper duty in this House, but to look at Hong Kong matters in the broader context of our relations with China and, indeed, our relations with the whole Asia Pacific region. It is also a welcome event from the point of view of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs because it gives the House an opportunity...

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr David Howell: That is a very good example of the point that I was trying to make. I shall reinforce it with two more statistics. I do not want to bore the House with endless figures which, again, are facts today and not futurology predictions, but the Asia Pacific region, and within it the huge China economic region, now produces a quarter of all our income from overseas investments. It is a very large...

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr David Howell: I stand corrected if I have got the wrong Department. I hope that my right hon. Friends, whatever their Department, will look into the matter once again. Indeed, I visited the Home Office with the late Lord Bonham-Carter and other distinguished people, including Baroness Dunn, to plead the case once—though yet again without success, I fear. That remains a niggling problem and I hope that my...

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr David Howell: I certainly will.

China and Hong Kong (27 Apr 1995)

Mr David Howell: What my right hon. Friend says about Taiwan is welcome. As he says, we recognise the "One China" policy, but although 5,000 mainland students are here, we have even more Taiwanese students. Does he accept that in developing commercial relations with Taiwan, we should impose on the movements of people from Taiwan and on the visa procedures no more onerous a regime than any other country does?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: United Kingdom Diplomats (29 Mar 1995)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend agree with the very widespread view that our posts abroad and our diplomats do an excellent job, often in extremely challenging and personally dangerous conditions, on which they deserve to be congratulated? Does he also agree that an area of particularly good value for money in Foreign Office spending is the work of the British Council, which helps to promote the...

Orders of the Day — South Africa Bill [Lords] (9 Mar 1995)

Mr David Howell: This Second Reading debate is a good opportunity to welcome, on a bipartisan or, indeed, on a tripartisan basis, the arrival of South Africa in the Commonwealth. I know that it joined last year, but we are tidying the legislative requirements arising from that. This is also an opportunity to comment briefly on the entirely new and changed South Africa that is emerging and on the changed...

Business of the House (9 Mar 1995)

Mr David Howell: I am very glad that there will be a debate next week about the Commonwealth, and that excellent organisation the Commonwealth Development Corporation. Will my right hon. Friend try to provide some time for a debate on Hong Kong, the China economic region generally and the report of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on that subject, which was released some time ago? It is a long time since...

Bills Presented: European Union (1 Mar 1995)

Mr David Howell: When I hear speeches about the weakness of Britain in Europe—I exclude the speech of the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney (Mr. Shore), to which I shall return—I have to ask why, if that is so, this country continues to attract the vast bulk of investment from overseas into the region of the European Union. Britain not only continues to do that, but, from all the evidence,...

Northern Ireland (Framework Document) (1 Feb 1995)

Mr David Howell: Has my right hon. and learned Friend looked carefully at the cross-border bodies and all-Ireland arrangements that existed under the Unionist Government before 1972 and the fall of Stormont? If he has not, will he study them very carefully when he prepares his framework document? I believe that he may find them helpful.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Bosnia (14 Dec 1994)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, whatever silly things may have been said in the Senate, in Congress or a few minutes ago in the House about the Bosnian position, the American Defence Secretary's offer of at least 18,000 or more American troops—should there be a need for reconfiguration of UN troops, including our own, on the ground, or should there be a need for withdrawal—is...

Bosnia (7 Dec 1994)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, as the Opposition spokesman, the hon. Member for Livingston (Mr. Cook), said, there is indeed deep and widespread admiration both for our troops and for General Rose, who is trying to perform his duties in an agonisingly difficult situation? However, if the UN cannot defend its own safe areas and if UN personnel are being taken hostage, it is true that...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Finance) Bill (28 Nov 1994)

Mr David Howell: rose—

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