Canlyniadau 1–20 o 2103 ar gyfer speaker:Mr Herbert Bowden

Nigeria (11 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: There appears to be no immediate danger to United Kingdom nationals. Those living in the area of the fighting along the northern border of Eastern Nigeria have been advised by our High Commission to move to Enuga, the eastern capital. We are watching the situation carefully, but there is no question at this stage of advising any general evacuation of United Kingdom nationals. It is too early...

Nigeria (11 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: As the hon. Member is probably aware, offers have been made at a number of different levels to mediate in this dispute, directly through our representation, through a number of African countries, and particularly by General Ankrah, of Ghana, but without success at this stage. On the question of the help that may be given, we are prepared to do all we can at any given moment, but it is...

Nigeria (11 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: Mr. Schwarz was arrested on 5th July by the Eastern secessionist group when crossing the Niger. Representations have been made on his behalf by our High Commissioner, so far without success.

Nigeria (11 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: The position of British subjects in the whole of Nigeria is very much in our minds. What has to be remembered is that they are distributed over a very wide area. A month ago we advised British women and children to come out of the area, and many did so. If the remaining 2,000 want to come out at any time—400 are employed by Shell-B.P.—contingency plans have been made, and they can be...

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: The incident began when several hundred demonstrators crossed the frontier at Sha Tau Kok at about 11.00 hours on Saturday, 8th July, and attacked the police post there. The demonstrators included members of the People's Militia, a fact which has since been confirmed by the Communist Press in Hong Kong. The police used teargas and riot guns firing wooden projectiles to disperse the crowd....

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I am grateful to the hon. Member for his kind words of sympathy for the relatives and friends of people who died in Hong Kong. The position is a slightly changed one, as he rightly says, in that, for the first time, demonstrators from over the border have been supported by Chinese militia— if not, in fact, the Chinese Army—and one machine gun was used. The Hong Kong police were for a...

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I think that my hon. Friend should not mix two things here—

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: One is the genuine desire on the part of workers in Hong Kong, particularly the women and children, to work fewer hours. The Minister of State has already made a statement about this in the House, and Her Majesty's Governor is working on new legislation in this direction. I would not like my hon. Friend or anyone else to assume that these incidents are all based on bad labour relations. They...

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: The food position is very much better. The water position is not good, but we are dealing with it at the present time. I myself had a meeting this morning about it, and the possibilities are that we can meet the emergency water situation until the rains come, which will considerably relieve it. It is then anticipated that we will get the water turned on from the mainland. We have said on a...

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: It is one of the difficulties that one is not able to be absolutely sure about it. I do not want to exacerbate the position. The fact is that on this occasion, while not actually engaged in activities, there was evidence of the Chinese Army in the background which would lead one to believe that if the incident was not instigated from the other side of the border those on the other side were...

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I do not think that a reply to a question of that sort at this stage would be at all helpful. We have made it clear on a number of occasions that we will accept our full responsibilities in Hong Kong. We want the Colony to settle down, to live in peace, to get on with its normal trading, and to see an end to these incidents. I do not want to say anything that would make the situation more...

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: No, we have not had a reply as yet. We are, however, in touch with our Chargé d'Affaires in Peking and expect within a matter of a day or two, although this is a matter for the Foreign Office rather than for me, to have a reply. But, of course, I cannot anticipate that.

Hong Kong (Border Incidents) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I have already said that there is no real evidence that these incidents are instigated from Peking. But, of course, Peking propaganda has been extremely inflamatory for a very long time and it has been in support of the incidents which have occurred in Hong Kong, the island itself and in Kowloon. As to the visits by American naval personnel, it has been said a number of times previously that...

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: On the evening of 5th July our High Commissioner was informed by the Kenya Government that they had decided to expel at 24 hours' notice 12 persons said to be United Kingdom citizens, of whom five were Europeans and seven Asians. The High Commissioner immediately approached the Vice-President of Kenya asking for the names of those concerned, and the reasons for the expulsions, and asked for...

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I agree with the first part of the hon. Member's question that since the independence of Kenya President Kenyatta has always done everything possible for the peaceful settlement and living together of Europeans, Asians and Africans in Kenya. With regard to the farmers who have been deported, I have arranged to place in the Library a statement of the reasons given by the Kenya Government. I...

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I said in my original statement that despite the reason for deportation the treatment of the deportees leaves a lot to be desired. We have made strong representations about this and will continue to do so.

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I have already said so.

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I accept that the relationships between the races in Kenya are an example to the whole of Africa and I would not wish to say anything to disturb them. I must, however, protest about the treatment which has been meted out to these deportees. As for the reason for it, perhaps we had better await the paper which I propose to place in the Library.

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: I have already said that the reason for expulsion is a matter for the Kenya Government. They, like every other country, are free to deport people if they so wish. What I object to is the method used in deportation, the shortness of notice, and so on. As to the merits of whether this was justified, every right hon. and hon. Member can judge for himself when he sees the document. But the right...

Kenya (Expulsions) (10 Gor 1967)

Mr Herbert Bowden: This, again, is a matter for the Kenya Government, as it would be for ourselves to decide the machinery which we would use before coming to a decision whether to deport.


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