Results 101–120 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

Orders of the Day — Yugoslavia (26 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: We have recognised it now, but all last year, when the Macedonians sought recognition, they were told that they were not on the list because of the Greek problem, with which we are familiar, whereas Bosnia had passed through the hurdle and become a recognised state. Many people said that that act of recognition would lead to more hideous bloodshed. The renewed intensity of the horrors, the...

Orders of the Day — Yugoslavia (26 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: That is a solution one can come to, but I am not sure that I have sufficient confidence to think that it is happening. In the past, there were many suggestions that it might happen but it did not, and that led to an even worse situation. I see no sign that the NATO powers are prepared to act in that way. If they were, it might have a beneficial effect on the Islamic attitude, but at the...

Orders of the Day — Yugoslavia (26 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman says that, because I am the Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, I must have a wonderful solution that rises above the efforts of diplomats and all the others who have failed to find a solution. I cannot do that; I cannot deliver a miracle. I can only suggest that if we analyse what has happened clearly, we may, just possibly, be in a better position to halt...

Orders of the Day — Yugoslavia (26 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: No. I am about to end my speech. I have kept the House too long already. Alternatively, we can speculate on whether Sarajevo can be saved by strengthening the Bosnians, perhaps even with the support of those Islamic forces, and by weakening the endless Serbian drive, incentive and determination to try to smash Sarajevo which at present the Serbs feel is necessary because they do not...

Orders of the Day — Yugoslavia (26 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: No. I am about to finish. That is the grim prospect that we face as the House goes into recess. I do not offer cheap solutions or, indeed, expensive ones. The dangers are very great. It is possible to save Sarajevo if there is a whole combination of measures, not just the pouring in of NATO troops. That is what may occur. However, I see nothing other than blood and misery following on from...

Orders of the Day — Yugoslavia (26 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: It is much more responsible.

Treaty of Maastricht (Social Protocol) (22 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made many excellent points in his powerful opening speech, but he never spoke a truer word than when he said that, since the time of the signing of the Maastricht treaty, the argument has changed throughout Europe. He is completely right to say that many of the issues considered at the time of the signing of the treaty as British eccentricities and...

Treaty of Maastricht (Social Protocol) (22 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: I do not have time, although I respect my hon. Friend's view. Many of the issues that have recently been debated will form the basis for a new agenda and new treaties that will begin to head Europe in the right direction. That is what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister saw months and years ago. He has led the way, and that has been the growing theme throughout the rest of Europe. We...

Treaty of Maastricht (Social Protocol) (22 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: rose—

Business of the House (22 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: Will my right hon. Friend find time soon after the recess or even sooner to debate the recent Foreign Affairs Select Committee report on the greatly expanded role of the United Nations in peacekeeping and the major implications for this country's policy on that matter?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Jul 1993)

Mr David Howell: Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming not only the excellent news from Tokyo about the proposed tariff cuts—which will, of course greatly increase trade and jobs—but the fact that at present the pound is regarded as the strongest currency in Europe? Does he agree that the right response to those two positive developments is to do everything possible, not to manipulate the...

Iraq (28 Jun 1993)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend agree that state-inspired or state-condoned terrorism is one of the most dangerous and evil threats to the stability of the world today, and that it points a dagger at our own societies here in Europe, as well as spreading throughout the middle east and along the north coast of Africa? Will he therefore agree, as I am sure he will, that, although the loss of...

European Council (Copenhagen) (23 Jun 1993)

Mr David Howell: Is not the sheer common sense of my right hon. Friend's emphasis on competitiveness and minimising overheads—thus maximising the growth of private sector jobs—becoming more obvious as time goes by? Does he agree that those who took a different line at Copenhagen and urged that social overheads be increased were paving the way not only to fewer jobs in Europe but also to protection, which...

Prayers: Bosnia (11 Jun 1993)

Mr David Howell: May I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister on assuming his heavy new responsibilities which I know he will discharge excellently? Given the obvious fact that in the Travnik area relief work is becoming ever more dangerous—as it is elsewhere in Bosnia—as we see the carve-up of the state of Bosnia reflected in the violence around Travnik and in ever more blood-soaked violence, given...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (20 May 1993)

Mr David Howell: Like my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, I welcome the likelihood that the House will give the Bill a Third Reading despite the bizarre and faintly ridiculous position of the Labour Front-Bench spokesmen, to which the hon. Member for Durham, North (Mr. Radice) is an honourable exception. I do not know how many more exceptions there will be. I welcome the likelihood of the Bill's...

Bosnia (6 May 1993)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a grave and dangerous moment, and that there must be no question of further major commitments of troops to the area unless and until a viable peace plan looks as though it will be agreed, or has been agreed, and the guns begin to fall silent? Does he also accept, as I think he will, that the robust line taken by the western allies and the...

Bosnia (29 Apr 1993)

Mr David Howell: My right hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Mr. King) knows, from his experience in government, all about enduring pressure to use military force. He spoke very much for me. I agree with, and strongly endorse, everything that he said. With the statutory 10-minutes rule coming up, I shall make my speech an addition to his. I sympathise strongly with my right hon. Friend the Foreign...

Bosnia (29 Apr 1993)

Mr David Howell: I should love to give way, but I am right up against the 10-minute rule and I have only a minute left. We must not merely keep that option open but sound as though we are addressing the matter seriously, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater rightly said. The threat must be credible otherwise there will be no movement and no halt to the bloodshed. If not, we will be forced back...

Bosnia (14 Apr 1993)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. and learned Friend accept that he and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary are right to warn against the dangers of making policy for the medium term in the emotional heat of the moment? However, does he accept that the present position is untenable and there is a real danger, which we must anticipate, of being dragged into a far wider and more difficult conflict...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union (25 Mar 1993)

Mr David Howell: It is a damning indictment of many things, including past mistakes, present impotence and failure to understand with our fingertips what is going on and what motivates people in that part of the world. We can either go on analysing the mistakes that have been made or we can say that we must try to do something constructive to halt the horrific problem that has been created. We must ensure...


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