Results 161–180 of 3123 for speaker:Mr David Howell

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mr David Howell: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mr David Howell: And my right hon. Friend's granddaughter.

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mr David Howell: I am grateful for the opportunity to add a brief peroration to my earlier remarks, which were truncated by the arrival of the Executive in the House. My theme was that, despite the end of the cold war, we are living in an extremely perilous era; that centrifugal and splintering forces threaten the stability and security of Europe; and that this ancient nation and democracy are not immune to...

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mr David Howell: The hon. Gentleman is very experienced in these matters and will know that that gives rise to the question of what that competence should be in the future and how these matters should be better defined in a firmer constitutional way than they have in the past, when the arrangements have led to a sensation of the creeping accumulation of powers by the Commission and the Community. Such matters...

Foreign Affairs (8 May 1992)

Mr David Howell: May I add my words of congratulation to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, on your appointment to a place of authority in the House, which is very welcome to many of us. Given that our aims in foreign policy are, in the words of the prayer said each day, saving health among all nations", and in the words of the Foreign Secretary today, primarily the security and prosperity of Europe, the Gracious...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1992)

Mr David Howell: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that, last weekend, Japan's second biggest investor in the United Kingdom, the president of the Toyota motor company, was here and that he made it crystal clear that he regards Britain as one of the most successful countries in the entire European Community?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (11 Mar 1992)

Mr David Howell: He intends to build on his investment here, and he has undiminished faith in the economic success and dynamism of this country. Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith), by bad-mouthing Britain in the eyes of the Japanese and undermining our reputation and success, is doing no good whatsoever to this nation?

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Mr David Howell: rose—

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Mr David Howell: With the leave of the House, I wish to thank right hon. and hon. Members for the way in which they have received the report. In the debate we have had the benefit of wise minds and long memories, and we should not be too surprised that they have disagreed with each other except in the one conclusion that has been generally agreed: we must support the UN as it goes into the terrifying...

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Mr David Howell: The Select Committee on Foreign Affairs will be grateful for this opportunity for a brief debate on Yugoslavia related to the vote on the Order Paper and also to that part of the recent report from the Select Committee which covered central Europe as a whole, but which also related to Yugoslavia and the crisis and the killing going on there. This could hardly be a better time for the House to...

Class Ii, Vote 2: Yugoslavia (5 Mar 1992)

Mr David Howell: My right hon. Friend is right. That is on page 2 of my brief remarks, which I am coming to. I want to offer some views, but in this situation views are easy. It is solutions to the contrary and the deeply held views of the parties involved which are the difficult part. My right hon. Friend is right; those people hold violently different views on the validity of internal borders. Those...

Association Agreements (17 Feb 1992)

Mr David Howell: There surely can be no doubt that the draft interim agreements are a modest but most definite step in the direction that we all want to see, which is the creation throughout Europe of a great confederation of free republics and monarchies—free democracies—operating free markets and achieving market prosperity. That is the aim for which the previous generation fought the second world war....

European Economic Area (17 Feb 1992)

Mr David Howell: There can be no doubt that this is an important day for the changing shape of Europe, with the creation of a gigantic single market with a gross national product of £4,000 billion. It is much the world's largest single free trade area, being bigger than Canada and the United States together, and even when those two countries are joined with Mexico. Clearly, this change should be unreservedly...

President Yeltsin and UN Security Council (3 Feb 1992)

Mr David Howell: Does my right hon. Friend accept that, through his energy and skill, he has now given a powerful send-off to the new United Nations and its new Secretary-General in the very complex and difficult tasks that we expect the UN to have to face in the post-cold-war world? Does my right hon. Friend agree that much the most important and immediate task now faced by the international order is to...

Nuclear Defence (14 Jan 1992)

Mr David Howell: Having listened to the expose of the hon. and learned Member for Fife, North-East (Mr. Campbell), I cannot say that I have a crystal-clear understanding of Liberal Democrat defence policy. However, the hon. and learned Gentleman raised some very interesting points. My hon. Friend the Member for Wealden (Sir G. Johnson Smith) unkindly said that Liberal policy was two-faced. Having heard the...

European Community (Intergovernmental Conferences) (20 Nov 1991)

Mr David Howell: One can tell that there are some odd currents running in this debate when the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn), who was in splendid form, rejoices at the support of my right hon. Friend the Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) in his plans for a plebiscite or referendum to resolve these issues. If a Back-Bench dimension has emerged from this afternoon's debate, in addition to the...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: The Economy (7 Nov 1991)

Mr David Howell: I am sure that that is a very good definition. However, the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith) asserted that we were at the bottom of the league. The CBI report on manufacturing, even in its narrow understated way, shows that we are not at the bottom. Some countries are above us and some below. In terms of manufacturing value added, we are doing reasonably well. It...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: The Economy (7 Nov 1991)

Mr David Howell: As the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Mr. Molyneaux) observed, with his usual perception, the shadow Chancellor's speech was remarkable for what it did not say—for what was left out. Indeed, the House quite expected a second half after the interval, but that did not come. Notably, the right hon. and learned Member for Monklands, East (Mr. Smith) left out an exposition of the Labour...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: The Economy (7 Nov 1991)

Mr David Howell: I am glad that the Opposition like that. I draw cheer also from the German performance. Of course, the huge onward rush of the German economy is set to slow down a bit as the Germans run into a vast deficit to finance what was formerly east Germany, but a sort of German miracle is rolling along none the less. Many people may have doubted that this would happen, but there is now no doubt that...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs and Defence (1 Nov 1991)

Mr David Howell: My right hon. Friend is right. Far from dismantling NATO, we should be building on its vast success over the past decade. In the light of what he has said, will he now accept that there may be a case for being more positive towards the wishes of Czechoslovakia and Hungary to be associated with or to come under the unbrella of NATO? Before he leaves the subject of NATO, will my right hon....


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