Results 1–20 of 4785 for speaker:Mr Neil Marten

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Nuclear Weapons (29 Mar 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: If the West has withdrawn 1,000 missiles, as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has just said, how many have the Russians withdrawn?

Supplementary Estimates: Turks and Caicos Islands (Development) (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: I realise that the Front Bench spokesmen want to reply at 6.10 pm. I want to make the point that every overseas development operation carries a greater or lesser degree of risk. The Select Committee could, by nit-picking, find out all sorts of things about almost any project—even whether the project had succeeded or failed. I hope that in his reply my right hon. Friend will tell us the...

Supplementary Estimates: Turks and Caicos Islands (Development) (14 Mar 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: For the record, it should be said that it was an extension to an existing airfield.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Mar 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: Has the Prime Minister read, and I see no reason why she should have, the speech of Mr. Gaston Thorn, President of the European Commission, on 8 February, in which he said that it was time to shelve the Luxembourg compromise? While I do not necessarily expect my right hon. Friend to reply straight away, could she study the speech and let me know what she thinks?

Opposition Day: Philippines (Aid) (19 Jan 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: rose——

Opposition Day: Philippines (Aid) (19 Jan 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: That is so, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

Opposition Day: Philippines (Aid) (19 Jan 1983)

Mr Neil Marten: I am sorely tempted to answer the speech of the hon. Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie (Mr. Clarke), thereby relieving my right hon. Friend of that task. However, I shall not do so, as it is not up to me. As I was the Minister who took the decision to allow the CDC to go ahead with this project, I thought that I should just say that it was my decision. I heard the evidence from the various...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Development and Co-operation (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Mr. Sever) for a reasonable and reasoned reply. I liked the way that he said that it was so easy to persuade the Chancellor to give money. I hope that the time will never come when the hon. Member has to do that, but, if it should, I think he will find it rather different from the way that he looks at it at the moment As the hon....

Orders of the Day — Overseas Development and Co-operation (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: This suggestion, if not as a result of the hon. Gentleman's intervention, as a result of the Brandt recommendation, will be looked at. I can give the hon. Gentleman that indication—I cannot describe it as a positive assurance. We could act on the lines that he suggests. The hon. Member for Greenwich (Mr. Barnett) disappointed me. He kept on referring to cuttings from newspapers which I do...

Orders of the Day — Overseas Development and Co-operation (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I beg to move, That the draft Asian Development Bank (Third Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund) Order 1983, which was laid before this House on 6th December, be approved.

Orders of the Day — Overseas Development and Co-operation (20 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: The purpose of the orders, which were laid before the House on 6 December, is to authorise subscription payments to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the African development bank, in the latter case as part of the procedures to enable us to join that bank, and a further contribution to resources of the concessional Asian development fund. At the start of the...

Oral Answers to Questions: Yemen (Earthquake) (14 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: An earthquake, believed to have reached the intensity of 6 on the Richter scale, struck the densely populated Dhamar region of the Yemen Arab Republic yesterday. The earthquake lasted about 40 seconds and caused extensive damage to the town of Dhamar and 99 villages in the area. So far as is known, there have been some 2,000 casualties—dead and wounded. The Yemen Arab Republic Foreign...

Oral Answers to Questions: Yemen (Earthquake) (14 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I cannot confirm the horrible rumour that the hon. Gentleman mentioned. We are awaiting details of the disaster. Communications are extremely difficult, as the Yemen Arab Republic Government said, because of the mountainous nature of the country. The disaster unit in my Ministry is poised and ready to fly out whatever the Government require, which will probably be tetanus vaccine, plasma,...

Oral Answers to Questions: Yemen (Earthquake) (14 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: Without agreeing with the last part of the hon. Gentleman's remarks, I am grateful for the first part.

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: With the leave of the House, I should like to reply to the debate. A considerable time has elapsed since this House was able to discuss at length the affairs of the Commonwealth Development Corporation. I am glad that many hon. Members have taken part. I congratulate the hon. Member for Greenwich (Mr. Barnett) on his appointment to the Front Bench and hope that he will have many years in that...

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: In 1981, 76 per cent. went to the poorer countries. The hon. Member asked about borrowing by subsidiaries. Whether or not they are wholly owned, subsidiaries are under the control of their parent companies and it is therefore appropriate that their borrowing should count against the limit. The hon. Gentleman sympathised with me in making the decision about the proposed investment in the...

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I shall give thought to that question. I was given a good idea of what hon. Members and the charitable organisations felt at the meeting last week. I do not think that their views have changed, and I can assess from what I have already heard what will be the right decision. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will agree with it, whatever it is. My hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Mr. Farr)...

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I shall undertake to consider that in the course of the consideration of the many points raised by the Sub-Committee. My hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn and Hatfield (Mr. Murphy) paid a tribute to the Commonwealth, which I thoroughly enjoyed and entirely support. I seek to nurture the Commonwealth whenever I can because it is a valuable institution, and I am glad that my hon. Friend feels...

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I am nodding off.

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (7 Dec 1982)

Mr Neil Marten: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Last week, I heard of two politicians in a foreign country who were debating between themselves who should be the next president of that country. One of them suggested a name, and the other said "Oh no, he is such a boring speaker. If he were asked as president to give a fireside chat, even the fire would go out." I fear that chunks of...


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