Results 1–20 of 841 for speaker:Sir Nicholas Bonsor

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Libya (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: As part of a continuing process, we have in the past 10 days reaffirmed to five Governments that sanctions must remain in place until the Lockerbie accused are brought to trial in Scotland or the United States.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Libya (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The hon. Gentleman has managed to fit four questions into one but, with your indulgence, Madam Speaker, I shall answer all four. On Iran, my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary said that the problem is that the United Nations Security Council would be most unlikely to consent to sanctions. In the case of Libya, we are dealing with United Nations Security Council sanctions. On...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Libya (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I shall come to that. I am satisfied that we have evidence that justifies taking the case forward. I say that not because I have seen the evidence but because three successive Lords Advocate have examined it. They are all leading lawyers and they are all satisfied that there is evidence that justifies us in pursuing the case. The hon. Gentleman has no reason to criticise that approach. On...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Arms Exports (Belarus, Ukraine and Russia) (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We last held bilateral discussions on these issues with Belarus in April 1996, Ukraine in December 1995 and the Russian Federation in February 1997.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Arms Exports (Belarus, Ukraine and Russia) (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I am not sure what the hon. Gentleman means by a "mutual ban", but we have no plans for a bilateral treaty of that type between ourselves and Russia. We are looking towards the possibility of a widely agreed rundown of arms of all types, particularly weapons of mass destruction. We last had discussions with Russia on arms sales in February, and we have specifically expressed our concern to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Arms Exports (Belarus, Ukraine and Russia) (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The Government are well aware of the concerns in the Duma and elsewhere in Russia regarding the expansion of NATO. We feel that it is important for security in central Europe, the west and the world generally that NATO expands, but we are conscious also of the legitimate concerns of Russia. We are hoping to take forward a Russian-NATO charter at the same time as the Madrid summit, and I hope...

Prayers: Democracy (Central and Eastern Europe) (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I welcome the debate introduced today by my right hon. Friend the Member for Chertsey and Walton (Sir G. Pattie). I greatly regret the absence of any Opposition Members save one, and that of any other Conservative Members; however, that does not detract from the fact that this is an extremely important issue. It is right and proper that it should be debated in the House. I shall deal with...

Prayers: Democracy (Central and Eastern Europe) (12 Mar 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I share the hon. Gentleman's concern about that danger. I have no doubt that my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary is addressing it. He is addressing a great many law and order issues, but he does not receive much support from Labour Members in his campaigns. I nevertheless welcome what the hon. Gentleman says and hope that, when we introduce legislation to solve that specific...

Prayers: Nato (26 Feb 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North Tayside (Mr. Walker) on bringing up this extremely important subject. It is clearly time that the House debated the expansion of NATO and I am pleased to have an opportunity to make some short comments on the subject. Before dealing with the specific points raised by hon. Members on both sides, I should like to make some general comments on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: International Criminal Court (12 Feb 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We are actively contributing to the preparatory work for a diplomatic conference to finalise and adopt a convention for the establishment of an international criminal court.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: International Criminal Court (12 Feb 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I certainly do agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is time we had an international criminal court, and the Government have been playing a very active role in both the ad hoc and the preparatory committee work. There is a great deal to be done before we reach the stage of being able to propose a detailed treaty that will establish such a court, but it is absolutely untrue that our Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: International Criminal Court (12 Feb 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I do not think that we should muddle an international criminal court, which is the subject of this question, and the ad hoc tribunal for war crimes, which has been set up with regard to Bosnia. Certainly I agree with my hon. Friend that those who are responsible for war crimes must be brought to that tribunal and tried for the crimes that they are alleged to have committed.

St. Helena (22 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I add my thanks to those already expressed to my hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Mr. Wolfson) for raising this issue. I welcome the opportunity to set out the Government's position, to explain some of the issues raised by hon. Members today and to state clearly the way in which we propose to deal with the problems in St. Helena. I agree with my hon. Friend that the state of St....

St. Helena (22 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: No, I do not have time. I accept my hon. Friend's point about the age limit of 35. My officials are looking into that and I hope that we shall find ways to raise it. I accept that it would be useful if slightly older people could be included in the scheme. With regard to the wharf, detailed proposals are being put forward to build a breakwater and to improve the anchorage at St. Helena so...

St. Helena (22 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I do not want to bring this into my closing remarks, so I should like to deal with it immediately. I very much regret what happened to Mrs. Cairns-Wicks, but by the time the matter had been brought to our attention, her job had been filled. She has been told that she can reapply for any future vacancy, but I believe that she is living on Ascension and has no intention of taking up that offer....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Human Rights (Commonwealth) (15 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We support fully the Harare declaration and the Millbrook action plan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Human Rights (Commonwealth) (15 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: The Government are doing everything they can to bring Nigeria back into line. The conduct of the Nigerian Government is currently wholly unacceptable. The United Nations forum, to which the hon. Gentleman referred, is one of the ways in which we shall seek to bring them back into line. We also fully support the Commonwealth ministerial action group, which recently visited Nigeria and which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Human Rights (Commonwealth) (15 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that conditions in Jamaican prisons are unacceptable. No prisoner, either in Jamaica or elsewhere, should be kept on death row any longer than is absolutely necessary. All judicial processes to review a sentence of death should happen speedily. We shall continue to press the Jamaican Government on those matters.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Former Yugoslavia (15 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: We welcome the decisions yesterday by the electoral commissions in Belgrade and Nis to restore the opposition victories in the recent local elections, but we continue to urge President Milosevic to implement fully and without delay the recommendations of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe report on those elections.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Former Yugoslavia (15 Jan 1997)

Sir Nicholas Bonsor: With regard to the serious part of that question, I am indeed aware of the long history of democratic opposition in former Yugoslavia, particularly in Serbia. I trust that such democracy will shortly be restored and that proper democratic election results will be honoured. There are optimistic signs of that, but we must remain extremely alert to any backsliding. As for Mr. Kennedy, I suggest...


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