Results 121–140 of 17033 for speaker:Mr R.A. Butler

Oral Answers to Questions — Europe (United Kingdom Forces) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Under the Revised Brussels Treaty, as amended by decisions of the Western European Union Council in March, 1957, and January, 1958, the United Kingdom is committed to maintain on the mainland of Europe ground forces of 55,000 men and the Second Tactical Air Force. As the House is aware, our extensive commitments in other overseas theatres have made it impossible to bring the British Army of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Europe (United Kingdom Forces) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir; that is correct.

Oral Answers to Questions — Europe (United Kingdom Forces) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I have said already that it is our hope to raise our strength to 55,000, but, if there were exceptional circumstances, I am sure that our allies would understand.

Oral Answers to Questions — Europe (United Kingdom Forces) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I think it is very laudable, in view of the many world calls upon us, that we are meeting our commitments as we are.

Oral Answers to Questions — Europe (United Kingdom Forces) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: There is no question of pretence. If the right hon. Gentleman wants the exact number of our troops in Germany, I shall want notice of that question; but my answer prevails, that we hope to reach the total of 55,000.

Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Supply of Arms) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Her Majesty's Government's policy with regard to the supply of arms to Spain is the same as that which we adopt towards other States, namely, that every application is carefully examined in the light of the political, strategic and economic implications of the individual case. We also take into consideration whether such arms are likely to be re-exported or used for aggression against, or the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Supply of Arms) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: No firm decision to build ships of British design has so far been communicated to us by the Spanish Government, but the preliminaries have all been gone through. There is no political question in this. What is at stake is that, under supreme competition from other people, we have the chance of fulfilling a very good order, and I very much hope that we would.

Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Supply of Arms) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I have no guilt on my conscience. My previous activities when I was Under-Secretary were concentrated upon keeping us out of the Spanish Civil War, and my present activities are doing my best for my country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Supply of Arms) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: indicated assent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Supply of Arms) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I said in my original Answer that no firm decision to build ships of British design has so far been communicated to us by the Spanish authorities. There was a premature disclosure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Israel (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: We naturally keep in close touch with our allies on all questions affecting the peace and stability of the Middle East. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Bromley (Mr. H. Macmillan) stated on 14th May, 1963, we regard the United Nations as being primarily responsible for the maintenance of peace in the area. If any threat to peace arises we will consult immediately with the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Israel (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I think that the Government of Egypt realise that this would entail serious consequences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Israel (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: No, Sir, we have no desire to encourage a race in armaments. I said in answer to an earlier Question this afternoon that it is our desire to see that peace is kept in the Middle East.

Oral Answers to Questions — Israel (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The Yemen raises a wider question than is raised by this Question. I hope that we may discuss it tomorrow.

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I will, with permission, now answer Question No. 37. The United Kingdom delegation, together with those of the United States, France and Brazil, abstained on this resolution, which was not a mandatory one. The delegations of Bolivia, Nationalist China, Czechoslovakia, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Norway and the Soviet Union voted for the resolution. Sir Patrick Dean said that our main reason...

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The Government are well aware of the very deep feelings on this matter in the country and in the House. The Government feel just as strongly as others who feel about it, both in the House and outside. We have been under no pressure whatsoever, nor has any pressure been attempted to be exerted. Our action has been governed entirely by what we think is best for the men concerned. That is why we...

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I note what my hon. Friend has said, but I cannot be responsible for what is chosen by the United Nations in the way of resolutions.

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Our action at the United Nations was taken without equivocation. If the right hon. Gentleman will read the speech made by Sir Patrick Dean, he will see that he expressed the sentiments which we all feel. The fact that we abstained was in the best interests of the men concerned.

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: On this occasion we acted in the light of information received. I think that our decision has proved to be the right one in the circumstances.

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I should not like to comment on the situation in South Africa. I would prefer to leave things as they are.


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