Results 141–160 of 17033 for speaker:Mr R.A. Butler

South Africa (Rivonia Trial) (15 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I can only hope that world opinion will exert itself and that the opinion of this House will be made quite clear in South Africa. That may be one advantage of our meeting today. But I cannot go further than I have done in my Answer.

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to make a statement about the signing of an Agreement with the Federal German Republic for the compensation of British victims of Nazi persecution. I am glad to announce that the Federal German Government have agreed to pay to Her Majesty's Government the sum of £1 million to compensate certain British victims of measures of...

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: There is no doubt that it has taken a long time to reach this Agreement. It has been a very difficult negotiation. I am glad that we have reached agreement with the Federal German Government at a figure which I think compares very favourably, considering the number of applicants we assume there will be, with those made with other countries. I cannot give the rate of compensation until we get...

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I am obliged to my hon. Friend for his statement of welcome. As regards the preparatory work, we have done our best to see what the numbers will be, but we have come to the conclusion that, pending the signing of the Agreement, we could not reach a final list. We therefore propose to make a registration notice in which the terms of eligibility ought to be clear, or at least clear enough for...

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The term "Nazi persecution" is taken to cover any area in which Nazi persecution took place.

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I could not undertake that the matter would be reopened with the Federal German Government, because we shall only just this afternoon be signing the Agreement with them. From the preparatory work which has been done, it is our opinion that this sum will cover the claims which we have in mind.

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The answer to the last part of the; hon. Gentleman's question is that I will see that that point is investigated. The answer to the earlier point is that the discretion lies with Her Majesty's Government and not with the Federal German Government.

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I do not think that we can judge whether the figure is adequate until we see the claims coming it. In relation to the facts that we have and the numbers of cases we have in mind, we think that this Agreement and the amount is sufficient to cover those who will make claims. Reopening the matter is for the House, but I think that today we must accept that the Agreement has been signed.

British Victims of Nazi Persecution (Compensation) ( 9 Jun 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I could not go further into that this afternoon. I will answer the right hon. Gentleman at another time.

Laos (20 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The House will be glad to hear of a report this morning from Her Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires in Laos that Prince Souvanna Phouma, Prime Minister of the Government of National Union, left about 12 hours ago together with General Phoumi and the revolutionary leaders to see the King of Laos at Luang Prabang. I understand that the purpose of their mission is to reconstitute the Government of the...

Laos (20 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir. In response to the latter part of the question, we have been in touch with the Soviet Ambassador in Laos and I have sent a message to Mr. Gromyko as co-Chairman. We shall certainly keep in close contact with the Soviet Government. As to keeping the House informed, if things develop normally I do not think that that will be necessary, but I will keep in touch with the right hon....

Laos (20 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: We cannot completely control the situation, but in so far as my fellow co-Chairman, the Soviet Foreign Minister, and I, can do so, we shall do our best to influence it in the direction desired by the hon. Member.

Laos (20 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir. We certainly hope that the Government will be reconstituted on the lines suggested in the Geneva Agreement. But I have no further news on this subject to give the House this afternoon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cambodia (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I am continuing my efforts to establish a basis acceptable to all concerned for an international conference on Cambodia. Unfortunately, not all the Governments concerned are yet ready to take part in such a conference.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cambodia (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir. There has been a great many exchanges, and Prince Sihanouk himself has now acknowledged that it would be difficult to call a conference. He has postponed his demand for one at any rate till after his visit to France in June. The idea of a preliminary conference was not an alternative to the main conference at Geneva. The idea was that these nations principally concerned might get...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cambodia (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Our interests certainly are in common to obtain the neutrality of Cambodia and to reassure the Cambodians in this respect. But there is a difficulty in summoning a conference when certain people do not wish to attend it. It is better to try to obtain their concurrence to attend a conference before one calls it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cambodia (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I would not like to comment on North Vietnam.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: No, Sir. I do not think this necessary. The Secretary-General has it fully in mind that the United Nations force must have adequate powers to fulfil its functions and he has concluded a Status of Forces Agreement with the Cyprus Government which defines the relationship between the force and the Cypriots. This agreement, which has been circulated as a Security Council document, is available...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: That question was Question No. 13 which was not called, but which I shall answer with Question No. 22. I am referring only to the Status of Forces Agreement in this matter. I shall be answering the hon. and learned Gentleman in a few minutes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Cyprus is a Commonwealth country and my right hon. Friend is Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations; hence, he answers Questions on Cyprus. When Questions relating to international relations concerned with Cyprus are put to me, I have great pleasure in answering.


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