Results 61–80 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (17 Nov 1994)

Mr David Howell: I am glad to follow the right hon. Member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Sir D. Steel). His interesting remarks, particularly on weapons proliferation, reinforce my view that the Foreign Affairs Select Committee is right to invest a great deal of time and effort in a study of weapons of mass destruction and their proliferation. It hopes to report to the House and contribute to the...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (17 Nov 1994)

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman is tempting me. I shall certainly not pretend that Government policy in one country is totally responsible for all sorts of conditions, which as I explained are influenced by the global context. Nevertheless, the Government's present management of public finances is extremely prudent. They are creating the right monetary climate. We would all like short-term interest rates...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (17 Nov 1994)

Mr David Howell: I did not mention the date, but I mentioned the event. Perhaps my hon. Friend did not hear. I mentioned devaluations, or at any rate adjustments to the exchange rate, which have played their part. I do not dispute that for a moment. The asperity of his question is a little unjustified. I am well aware of all those things. Perhaps that one incident had some effect, but it is not the entire...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (17 Nov 1994)

Mr David Howell: Asia is not a bloc. When those countries come together, as they did outside Jakarta recently, it is to call for free trade and not for blocism of any kind. Some of the other qualities that they are developing sound suspiciously like those qualities that we thought were a European monopoly—civic values, which my right hon. Friend mentioned, hard work, loyalty to the family, commitment to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that his decision to set up an independent and powerful committee to inquire into the conduct of public life is warmly welcomed? Does he also accept that certain areas of conduct should be reserved to the House to look after? Will he therefore continue to resist most strongly the immature and inexperienced proposal of the Leader of the Opposition that the...

Foreign Office and ODA Spending Plans (24 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: If the hon. Gentleman checks, he will find that the United Kingdom, with the other nuclear powers, has agreed in principle to the comprehensive test ban treaty. We consider it important that any future requirements might have to be met by simulations and not by nuclear testing. We have agreed to that. The question is whether agreement should be made a condition of a successful...

Foreign Office and ODA Spending Plans (24 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: The Foreign Affairs Select Committee is grateful for this opportunity, in Government time, to have a short debate on its second report. This is in lieu of a normal estimates day debate, for which there was not time in the summer. The second report covers a number of issues concerning Foreign Office and Overseas Development Administration expenditure. In particular, it looks at the planned...

Foreign Office and ODA Spending Plans (24 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: The view of the international finance institutions on private sector development is that it should be additional. Aid budgets around the world are to be increasingly constrained and private sector development can fill the gap much more efficiently. The hon. Gentleman rightly said that aid budgets, including this country's, were not conforming to the United Nations target. Although he and I...

Foreign Office and ODA Spending Plans (24 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: Perhaps my right hon. Friend the Minister of State will comment later on that issue, but the hon. Lady is right. In Asian countries such as India, areas of enormous prosperity and wealth stand side by side with areas of still blinding, breathtaking and increasing poverty. No generalities can be safely sustained in Asia.

Foreign Office and ODA Spending Plans (24 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: My hon. Friend is profoundly right. Peace, stability and a degree of reliance on some sort of rule of law are the fundamental requirements for economic enterprise to grow. Where those things have been applied in Asia, there has been a miracle growth in wealth; where they have not, nothing of the sort has occurred. Our report considered the work of the Foreign Office in relation to the...

Foreign Office and ODA Spending Plans (24 Oct 1994)

Mr David Howell: I have come to the end of my remarks. I hope that the debate will encourage, or begin to encourage, the realisation that a change of priorities is needed. I hope that some of the points that Committee members raised in the report, such as those on the virility and activity of the Commonwealth, will be reflected a bit more in policy developments in the future. We used to be all in favour of...

Civil Service (13 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that he is managing with skill the latest stage in a process which began with the Fulton commission under a Labour Government and continued with the White Paper on central Government reorganisation in 1970? This is the latest stage, so it has taken about a quarter of a century to get things moving which, I suppose, is quick by British standards. However, will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Commonwealth Institute (13 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: Does my hon. Friend accept that that is excellent news which will be widely welcomed on both sides of the house? Does he further accept, as I am sure that he does, that that institute or club, the Commonwealth, is not only thriving, but growing and that more and more countries are seeking to join it? Does he realise, as I am sure that he also does, that the provision is a very good move which...

Orders of the Day — European Union (Accessions) Bill (11 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: I do not want to be accused of the crime of optimism, but I welcome the accession of the four new members, assuming that it takes place in all four cases, because the changes greatly reinforce the opening up of a range of issues about the direction of Europe which have hitherto been closed. The institutional structure must be revamped. The institutional discussion will involve the size of the...

Orders of the Day — European Union (Accessions) Bill (11 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: What I am saying—I point to the facts—is that the much-vaunted social policies which Opposition Members believe to be so important—indeed, they act for the reinforcement of more centralised social policy in Brussels—have not brought the high standard of living, the glowing harmony and the high employment that we all want to see.

Orders of the Day — European Union (Accessions) Bill (11 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: I totally agree. However, I do not fear that there will be resistance from Germany to bringing in the Visegrad four, as my hon. Friend suspects. On the contrary, the Germans, as they have been almost since the creation of modern Germany, are in the usual dilemma. Germany is a huge country dominating the middle of Europe, but the Germans do not know whether to follow their powerful instinct...

Economic Summit (Naples) (11 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that he did an excellent and workmanlike job for Britain at the Naples summit? He is to be congratulated on it. Like my right hon. Friend, I hope very much that the Contact Group will succeed in bringing peace of some kind to Bosnia. Can he explain why the Serb Bosnians should cease their fighting, after a 100-year ambition to expand their areas of control,...

Opposition Day: Child Support Agency (4 Jul 1994)

Mr David Howell: I appreciate that my right hon. Friend is handling the subject with skill and judgment and does not want to be rushed into decisions or to anticipate the Select Committee's report, but will he at least consider that one of the grounds for appeal might be when the Child Support Agency assessment is in excess of the total agreed and established disposable income of the father or mother?

European Council (Corfu) (27 Jun 1994)

Mr David Howell: I warmly support my right hon. Friend's stand, which in due season will be supported not only by Britain but by many millions of people in the European Union. In setting up the preparatory committee for 1996 at Corfu—the so-called reflection committee, which will have two Members of the European Parliament as members—will he ensure that the House has an adequate and full opportunity to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jun 1994)

Mr David Howell: Reverting to the horrific killings in Northern Ireland and bearing in mind that there has been some talk lately of a return to internment, does my right hon. Friend recognise, before considering that drastic solution, that there is an opportunity for a concerted and greatly enhanced security drive and for a strengthening of legal and intelligence resources applied against terrorism? If that...


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