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Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: It was anathema in July 1978.

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: We meet for this final major debate in this Session of Parliament on the subject of Rhodesia in a situation which seems to me one of extraordinary paradox. We may now be nearer in Rhodesia to a democratic transfer of power to majority rule than we have ever been. We may also be nearer to a situation of despoliation and disaster than we have ever been. No credit for the former possibility of...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: I shall come to the great deal that I learned on my recent visit. I have not been without information throughout, because countless of my hon. Friends have been there.

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: How many Labour Members have been to Rhodesia? How few, how few. I move on to the question of the development of this internal settlement through the difficult and agonising months since 3rd March. Immediately after my most recent visit to Southern Africa, I saw the Foreign Secretary and again sought hard to persuade him that many of the things that I have long sought that he should do are...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: I freely admit to the hon. Gentleman, who has always preserved a fair-minded attitude to this matter, that I said then and say today that it is not possible to recognise the internal settlement because it lacks the essential imprimatur of acceptance of the fifth principle, that is, the will of the people, which has not yet been declared. I freely admit that to the hon. Gentleman. I said it...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: We have certainly not adopted that approach. We have said throughout that we could not recognise but that we would support. I have said that continually and I continue to say so today. What has happened? The nationalist leaders have found themselves compelled, because of the indifference and the total unhelpfulness of the British Government, to move around the world seeking such support as...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: I have said nearly 14 times that that is the balance between the parties. Can the hon. Gentleman hear or can he not? Equally, there must be a time limit to the preparedness of the parties to come to any discussion. We cannot ask them to go on indefinitely. I remind the Prime Minister, who is occupying the Government Front Bench alongside the Secretary of State, that on many occasions I have...

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: The right hon. Gentleman should read the speech.

Rhodesia (2 Aug 1978)

Mr John Davies: Is it or is it not true that the Government have refused to participate in that committee, which has been set up simply to procure free elections?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Jul 1978)

Mr John Davies: May I recall to the Prime Minister his answer to the question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford (Mr. Churchill)? Is he seeking to say to the House that the fact that a war is being waged from outside a country's frontiers by guerrilla forces means that automatically there is a case for non-recognition of the Administration within those frontiers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: New York (26 Jul 1978)

Mr John Davies: The Minister of State has excused his right hon. Friend for his inability to be here today. We fully understand that. Since the severe problem of Namibia is involved, will the Minister make it abundantly clear that the report that the Government deliberately misled the South African Government over the subject of Walvis Bay is untrue?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zaire (26 Jul 1978)

Mr John Davies: There is no doubt on the Opposition side of the House that it is desirable for African problems to be solved within Africa. Is not that all the more reason for us to take the most vehement action to get the Cubans out?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (26 Jul 1978)

Mr John Davies: Will the Minister of State please say when the level of discussion will be raised to the level of Foreign Ministers, as the Prime Minister announced to the House some time ago?

Shcharansky and Ginzburg (Ussr Trials) (10 Jul 1978)

Mr John Davies: I thank the Foreign Secretary for his statement, the brevity of which is appreciated in view of the fact that apparently it slipped through the net of parliamentary convention and was not made available to the Opposition Front Bench in the usual timely fashion. The Opposition share the deep sentiments which the right hon. Gentleman expressed. We have a horror of thinking of innocent men...

Rhodesia (British Missionaries) (26 Jun 1978)

Mr John Davies: Cannot the shock of this ultimate bestiality bring all concerned to their senses? Despite all their protestations, can there be any real doubt that the mounting toll of death and mutilation is the responsibility of the Patriotic Front, and none other? Do not the Government realise that by persistently cold-shouldering those leaders, both black and white, who have joined together in the...

Rhodesia (British Missionaries) (26 Jun 1978)

Mr John Davies: But cannot the right hon. Gentleman realise that his constant pouring of cold water on the internal settlement and his constant references to its many weaknesses create not just a positive absence of support but a dreadful psychological absence of support? There is a feeling of complete and absolute abandonment by the British Government, and that must be put right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Prime Minister (Engagements) (20 Jun 1978)

Mr John Davies: May I ask the Prime Minister to come back to the question of Rhodesia? Is he not aware that the issue of a solution in Rhodesia transcends the whole question of party relationships? Is he aware that at the moment we are in the course of losing perhaps the single greatest opportunity of achieving a solution to this problem? Can he not, please, bring his influence to bear to try to ensure that...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (8 Jun 1978)

Mr John Davies: I made this point so specifically clear that if the Minister says that he has read my speech I do not understand his incapacity for understanding English. I made abundantly clear that it was not a question of defending Africa; it was a question of providing adequate safeguards in order to ensure that there was not such disruption of individual countries as to undermine their economies....

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs (8 Jun 1978)

Mr John Davies: I should like my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Oxon (Mr. Hurd) to deal with some points on this matter in winding up, and I am sure that he will. Meanwhile, it seemed right to me to point out that what the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Price) says underlines the mutuality characteristic which I so strongly stressed. To be charged with having therefore indulged in some form of...

Foreign Affairs (7 Jun 1978)

Mr John Davies: I can certainly agree with the Foreign Secretary about the extent to which his speech has concentrated upon the problems and the areas of confrontation between the Soviet Union and the Western world. It is all too evident. As we look around the areas of tension world wide, it is very rare to find one where the Soviet Union's finger is not somewhere in the pie. I realise, of course—and the...


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