I pay special tribute to the Sultan of Oman for his courage in being prepared to enable the Western powers to use the island of Masira, so incontinently and improvidently thrown away by the Labour Government only a year or so before the Gulf Crisis came to a head.
Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Crisis in the Gulf, the Alliance has evolved the division of labour concept to cope with the new Gulf commitment.
Budgetary pressures as well as the Gulf Crisis require NATO members to enter into a new division of tasks and to make better use of existing resources.
Mr. Bob Edwards asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations have taken place with the United States Government over the Gulf Crisis.
If during the summer recess there should be an escalation in the Gulf Crisis and the involvement of British warships in hostilities, will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he will be willing to consider the recall of Parliament for an emergency debate?
There is also the inexplicable behaviour of the Government towards the Crisis in the Gulf.
The need to help the poorer economies cope with the economic effects of the Gulf Crisis is clearly an obligation on all the richer countries of the world.
Undoubtedly there is massive support in the House and in the country for the Government's policy on the Gulf Crisis.
The Crisis in the Gulf should demonstrate to all that the world will never be immune from the threat of megalomania or the evil designs of the despot.
The United Nations Security Council has acted in the Gulf Crisis not out ofsome new sense of moral purpose but simply because of the fortuitous conjunction of state interests among the five permanent members and the majority of the rest of the Security Council with the United Nations charter.
Serious though the Gulf Crisis is, it should not overshadow the plight of hostages who have been detained for years.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Prime Minister if she will take urgent steps to help those Third world countries which as a direct consequence of the Gulf Crisis are in danger of economic hardship.
The Prime Minister: The best way to help countries damaged by the Gulf Crisis is to bring an end to the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and restore stability to the region.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list the Third world countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America 633 most seriously affected (a) by the oil price increases and (b) by the trade embargo ordered by the United Nations as a consequence of the Gulf Crisis.
The consequences of the Gulf Crisis were also discussed and the Commission put forward proposals for aid to those front-line states which were suffering as a result of the crisis.
Mr. Waldegrave: My right hon. Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary is making clear during his present visit to Egypt, Israel and the Occupied Territories our strong support for new efforts to relaunch the middle east peace process, once the Gulf Crisis is over.
Will he arrange for the Foreign Secretary to make a full statement on his return on the latest developments in the Gulf Crisis and on his consultations about the United Nations' resolutions on the shootings?
Ideal, when the economic consequences of the Gulf Crisis are quite unknown?
Mr. Critchley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will take steps to ensure that the Cambridge hospital in Aldershot will resume its normal civilian and military functions once the Gulf Crisis has been resolved.
These are timely considerations in the Present Gulf Crisis.
Although our task has become more difficult during the present Crisis in the Gulf, Mr. Richter's case remains very much in our mind in our dealings with the Iraqis.
Apart from a possible statement from the Foreign Secretary about the situation in the middle east, should not we have another fully-fledged debate about the Gulf Crisis?
I reinforce the point that was made by my hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire, North-East (Mr. Barnes) that there is a need for a full debate on the Gulf Crisis before Prorogation.
the Germans are bombastic and arrogant and wish to seize the whole of Europe and tell the rest of us what to do", the same people, several weeks later, in respect of the Gulf Crisis said, "Why aren't the Germans with us in the Gulf with their forces?
For Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, the countries most directly affected, special efforts are being made within the framework of the recently established Gulf Crisis financial co-ordination group.
The best way to help these and other countries damaged by the Gulf Crisis is to bring an end to the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and restore stability to the region.
Mr. Waldegrave: The remaining £4,136 will be put towards further rent payments for the Gulf support group if needed, or towards another good cause connected with the Gulf Crisis.
After those remarks and the subsequent resignation of a certain person, did the hon. Gentleman regard it as a little bizarre that although a small number of people in this country said, slightly behind their hands, "Of course that person was correct; the Germans are bombastic and arrogant and wish to seize the whole of Europe and tell the rest of us what to do", the same people, several weeks later, in respect of the Gulf Crisis said, "Why aren't the Germans with us in the Gulf with their forces?
Given the experience of the Gulf Crisis, the right thing might be to create an international force, so that the resources made available as a consequence of reunification throughout Europe could be used to deal with any situation that arose.
I hear that Parsons is talking of getting rid of 650 men because of the Gulf Crisis.
A range of subjects of mutual interest was discussed, including the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Crisis in the Gulf.
Mr. David Porter: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make it his policy to bring forward a temporary scheme to alleviate the price of fuel for fishing vessels while the Gulf Crisis continues.
Other industries and the general public are having to adapt to the higher fuel prices during the Gulf Crisis without subsidies.
, we have a huge balance of payments deficit, the economic consequences of the Gulf Crisis are unknown, output and investment are down, so the time is not ripe.
Although the inflation rate may rise next month because of the rise in oil prices caused by the Gulf Crisis, I am certain that it will start to fall rapidly next year, and will soon reach the Common Market average.
If we are considering seriously derogating our foreign policy to a group of countries whose response to the Gulf Crisis was supine and pathetic, we should think again and consider the consequences of the policies advocated by the so-called federalists.
We need only look at the response of the different members of the Community to the Crisis in the Gulf where there was no sign of federal co-operation.
It is indivisible across the European Community and even there it cannot stand on its own because world events, such as the Gulf Crisis, can undermine the sovereignty of nations to do as they will.
Once the Gulf Crisis is over, when conditions may be more 220 conducive, we shall return to the peace process with renewed vigour.
I do not think that the time is yet right for that, unfortunately, and we continue to urge that contacts be built up between the Palestinians and the Israeli Government in the way they appeared to be about to begin to do before the present Crisis in the Gulf.
When the Foreign Secretary meets representatives of the American Government, will he discuss the question of burden sharing - something on which the Americans are quite keen - in the context of the Gulf Crisis?
Does my hon. Friend recall Winston Churchill's statement that the supreme fact of the 20th century is that Britain and America have marched together upon the basis of shared values" Does he further recall that at the time of the Gulf Crisis on 2 August and in the following weeks it was Britain and America who stood together to prevent Saddam Hussein from taking up the position that he would undoubtedly hold at the moment, had he been allowed to do so - that is to be in Saudi Arabia?
The debate is the starting point for a much wider one on how the West - the European Community, Britain and other countries - can unite in creating the climate of optimism that will allow eastern and central Europe to overcome the short-term problems that are a consequence of rising oil prices caused by the Gulf Crisis and the unique difficulties inherent in moving from command to mixed economies.
In the emergency debate on the Gulf Crisis.
Can the Leader of the House assure us that there will be another full debate on the Crisis in the Gulf and on the middle east before any decision is made by the Government to deploy troops against Iraq?
Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Crisis in the Gulf.
United Kingdom Ministers and officials of course continue to be in close touch with both NATO and the WEU about a range of matters, including the Gulf Crisis.
31 August—5 September The Middle East (Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) For discussions about the Gulf Crisis 8–11 September Japan For bilateral discussions.
Mrs. Ray Michie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce a temporary scheme to help alleviate fuel costs for Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. while the Gulf Crisis continues.
Dr. Goodson-Wickes: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultations he has had concerning the reaction of NATO countries to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: My right hon. Friend has had a number of discussions with NATO colleagues about the response of NATO countries to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met his counterparts within the EC to discuss the Gulf Crisis.
But, as was said by the leader of the hon. Gentleman's party, the right hon. Member for Islwyn (Mr. Kinnock), in our debate on the Gulf Crisis, it would be extremely unwise to discard the military option.
In view of the imminent deaths of thousands of young men - Arab, European and American - would it not be more compassionate and realistic of the Prime Minister to abandon her adamant refusal even to contemplate a negotiated solution to the Gulf Crisis?
Does she agree that the unanimous Council declaration on the Gulf Crisis, with its references to "a peaceful solution" and to the importance of maintaining consensus in the United Nations Security Council is to be warmly welcomed?
Mr. Lennox-Boyd: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs covered a wide range of bilateral and regional issues in his useful discussions with Israeli ministers and officials including the Gulf Crisis and the Arab-Israel dispute.
Mr. Ron Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect of the Gulf Crisis on British exports to the middle east.
Mr. Sainsbury: It is too early to say with certainty how the Gulf Crisis will affect United Kingdom trade over the next few months with the middle east region as a whole.
This is our first opportunity in the new Session to discuss the Gulf Crisis.
That topic, and to a lesser extent the Gulf Crisis have monopolised today's debate, so I shall not dwell too much on either subject tonight.
Now is the time to settle the Gulf Crisis, hopefully by negotiations and diplomacy.
Is the hon. Gentleman speaking of settling the Gulf Crisis or the situation in the middle east?
The Gulf Crisis was really the subject of earlier speeches.
I am sure that the Prime Minister will make no attempt to use the Gulf Crisis as a means of scaring off any challenge to her leadership or reversing the party's decline in the polls.
I can assure the House categorically that financial constraints will not hinder in any way the United Kingdom's military contribution to resolving the Gulf Crisis.
These changes, which increase the block defence cash limit by £253,389,000 from £21,332,060,000 to £21,585,449,000, reflect the full take-up of entitlement to carry-forward of capital underspending under the end-year flexibility scheme (announced by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 25 July 1990, Official Report, columns 235–40) and additional costs being incurred on the defence budget as a result of the Crisis in the Gulf.
This reflects additional running costs being incurred on the defence budget as a result of the Crisis in the Gulf.
A large part of this extra spending is due to an increase in the financing requirements of the nationalised industries, to a surge of common agricultural policy spending on agricultural market support and to expenditure on the Gulf Crisis.
In recognition of the economic uncertainties and the risks arising from the Gulf Crisis, these totals include higher reserves than last year's plans: £3½ billion in the first year; £7 billion in the second year; and £10½ billion in the third.
Are the Government content with that level of profit taking by oil companies in all the circumstances of the Gulf Crisis?
We shall have to return to that dispute as soon as the Gulf Crisis is resolved.
There are clear misgivings in Moscow about the use of force, and all the hopes that the Foreign Secretary rightly expressed that the Gulf Crisis might be the nettle from which we pluck the safety of an enlarged role for the United Nations in creating a new world order would be fatally damaged if the Soviet Union were unable or unwilling to agree to military action.
They are the Gulf Crisis and our European future.
I intend to speak about the Gulf Crisis.
Meanwhile, debt ravages more and more of the world, and the Gulf Crisis and recession will make that worse.
Certainly there is a fair degree of consensus on the Gulf Crisis, although there are some areas of division.
The world economy is clearly slowing down, and the normal trade cycle is exacerbated by the Gulf Crisis and higher oil prices.
These are disastrous industrial trends, which cannot be blamed on the Gulf Crisis, the American recession or the European Commission.
Any funds remaining will go towards a good cause connected with the Gulf Crisis.
The Minister has just told the House what we all learnt from the press on Friday: that the Secretary of State has had to climb down in a most humiliating manner by allowing the underwriters of the issue, not him, to decide whether to pull the issue in the event of a Gulf Crisis.
It states:London hospitals have cancelled leave for key staff and reserved emergency beds for possible war casualties from the Gulf Crisis.
My hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Mrs. Mahon) referred to the Gulf Crisis.
what support is being given to Pritchitt Foods in Newtownards; how many redundancies have been announced at its plant in Newtownards; what is the impact of the Gulf Crisis on exports by the Northern Ireland milk industry; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions are being held with the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on their proposals for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions are being held with the French Government on their proposals for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: We are in close touch with the French Government on all aspects of the Gulf Crisis.
Separately there have been five ad hoc meetings of members of the military staff committee since the Gulf Crisis began.
In view of the ending of the cold war, the growing concern about the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear technology to other nations, especially given the background of the Gulf Crisis, and the impending meeting to stop or limit nuclear tests, should not the House have an opportunity to discuss the nuclear test that is likely to take place in the Nevada desert?
Does my right hon. Friend agree that the EC Ministers passed a resolute resolution on the Gulf Crisis at the previous summit, but that when it comes to action, we see, once again, that Britain is proving to be the best European?
All hon. Members, whatever party or part of the country they represent, know that we shall get letters about the poll tax, our future in Europe, and the Gulf Crisis.
The British delegation joined other donors and the World bank in commending the Government of Bangladesh on their firm short-term macro-economic efforts and their response to the problems caused by the Gulf Crisis, but urging further action on several long-term structural issues.
This year's study was, for example, carried out prior to the Gulf Crisis which has had a negative impact on shipping freight rates.
It says:I can also divulge to you that, as a result of the Gulf Crisis, several shipowners have postponed discussions with us on new contracts until the market situation is clarified.
Despite the Gulf Crisis and other dangers in the world, the peace dividend will result in major savings.
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the concern felt by users of oil products about the possibility of oil companies making windfall profits out of the increases in oil prices as a result of the Crisis in the Gulf?
Given the growing threat of war in that troubled part of the world, does he agree that the House should debate the Gulf Crisis in the very near future?
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received regarding incidents where members of the armed services, including individuals neither under orders nor on standby, have been asked to pay a surcharge or otherwise disadvantaged before being accepted for life insurance cover, due to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he will take to ensure that members of the armed services who are charged a surcharge in respect of life insurance due to the Gulf Crisis, even when neither under orders nor on standby, are compensated for such additional costs.
Money has been invested, and when the Gulf Crisis is resolved, we hope to be able to re-establish that trade.
Mr. Grylls: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that Export Credits Guarantee Department's claims outstanding from small and medium sized firms as a result of the Gulf Crisis are dealt with as fast as possible.
Our views on the handling of all aspects of the Gulf Crisis remain identical.
I welcome that answer, but does my hon. Friend accept that the Gulf Crisis is just the latest in a long series of international events, which prove beyond doubt the vital importance of the World Service in providing an impartial source of news to so many countries?
I am happy to endorse my hon. Friend's congratulations to the World Service, which has been especially good during the Gulf Crisis.
They should acknowledge also that, in addition to the great difficulties that those countries face in creating new economies, democracy and independence, they are confronted by problems arising from the Gulf Crisis, including oil shortages, and a collapsing Soviet economy.
The vast majority of members of the international community, including Britain, have confirmed their intention to comply with the resolutions on the Gulf Crisis.
The Gulf Crisis is possibly the most important since 1945.
In view of developments in the Gulf Crisis and further to the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Windsor and Maidenhead (Sir A. Glyn), will my right hon. Friend guarantee time for a debate, when it is appropriate and as things evolve, if only to allow hon. Members on both sides to stand up and be counted?
The importance of the power has been highlighted by the Present Gulf Crisis.
Mr. O'Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the nature of the training assistance provided by the German Government in relation to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton) (by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards President Bush's invitation to Iraq for talks on the Gulf Crisis.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has made an assessment of the impact of the Gulf Crisis on developing countries.
(by private notice): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards President Bush's invitation to Iraq for talks on the Gulf Crisis.
Will he confirm that the 12 United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Gulf Crisis stand and cannot deviate?
Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate of the additional costs to his departmental budget caused by the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Tom King: Revised Winter Supplementary Estimates being submitted to the House for approval include £480 million for additional costs so far identified arising from the Gulf Crisis.
There is, in addition, pressure on the agriculture budget, reflecting falling world prices - especially for grain - depressed market conditions for livestock and a range of other factors, including the loss of export markets because of the Gulf Crisis.
These concerned a new environmental fund - LIFE - and a fund called "PERIFRA", intended to alleviate the effects of the Gulf Crisis on poorer and outlying regions.
There is also the Gulf Crisis, which has increased the price of oil to an almost impossible level for eastern Europe.
The Brazilian economy relies on huge imports of oil and is certain to be hit hard by the Gulf Crisis.
Members have referred to the immediate problem of the Crisis in the Gulf.
Mr. Barry Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the implications for monetary and budgetary policy of the increase in oil prices caused by the continuing Crisis in the Gulf.
TUESDAY II DECEMBER - There will be a debate on the Gulf Crisis on a motion for the Adjournment of the House.
If there are any serious developments in the Gulf Crisis, the Opposition would expect Parliament to be recalled, especially if any conflict were to develop.
The newly democratic countries face a serious economic problem as a result of the Gulf Crisis and the rise in oil price.
He talked about co-operation on the Gulf and he reproved members of the Community for what he claimed to be their inadequate response to the Gulf Crisis.
The Prime Minister: We are doing everything in our power to contribute to a peaceful solution to the Gulf Crisis based on the full implementation of the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council.
The point is that, although my right hon. Friend the Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher) was leaving the Government, she would be available to ad vise the Americans and President Bush, particularly as they deal with the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Mellor [holding answer 29 November 1990]: The Government's firm objective is to resolve the Gulf Crisis by peaceful means on the basis of full implementation of the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council.
8781/90 on revision of the Community's financial perspective as a result of the Gulf Crisis, and 8813/90 and 8823/90 on financial aid to the countries most directly affected by the Gulf crisis.
It is right that the House should debate the Gulf Crisis from time to time and that it should require the Government to keep it fully informed, and I have tried to respond to Opposition suggestions on the timing of statements as the situation has developed.
It is now 19 weeks, more than four months, since the Gulf Crisis broke.
Saddam has also turned the Gulf Crisis into a crisis for democracy.
However, he ignored the essential differences between the Gulf Crisis of the 1990s and the Cuban crisis of the 1960s, which is that Mr. Khrushchev was acting legally on the high seas.
Although the United Kingdom is not the main player, there seems far less of a wide-ranging debate here about the resolution of the Gulf Crisis than there is in the United States.
Those who have the third world's interests at heart had better understand that only by resolving the Gulf Crisis can we hope for the third-world countries to make anything of themselves in terms of economic viability.
Shortly after the first emergency debate on the Gulf Crisis in September, I went out to Iraq with my hon. Friends the Members for Blyth Valley (Mr. Campbell) and for Liverpool, Riverside (Mr. Parry).
Two recent studies referred to in Susan Willett's book "Economic Implications of the Gulf Crisis" suggest that in the study of 100 incidences of sanctions since 1914, examined by Haufbauer and Scholt, 36 have been successful.
We discussed bilateral and regional issues including the immediate issue of the Gulf Crisis, as well as the longer term issue of the Arab-Israel dispute.
With regard to the Gulf Crisis, will my right hon. Friend reaffirm today that any partial withdrawal byIraq from Kuwait would be wholly unacceptable and that Saddam Hussein must be required to comply in full with all the requirements of the United Nations resolutions?
This year, problems have been compounded by the Gulf Crisis, increased oil prices, loss of remittances from the Gulf, the cost of resettlement of refugees, slower world economic growth and the diversion of attention from poverty in the Third world to the needs of eastern Europe.
The first is the effect of the Gulf Crisis.
Their right to self-determination deserves recognition by the rest of the world, now and certainly when the Gulf Crisis is over, or they will continue to be persecuted, continue to be refugees and continue to be tempted into terrorism - some are members of the PKK in Turkey.
One of the lesser obscenities in the Gulf Crisis is the United States asking Saudi Arabia, Germany, Japan and other countries for money to pay for the war effort it is promoting there.
Have you, Mr. Speaker, had any requests from Ministers to make a statement on reports about the possibility of conscription because of the Gulf Crisis?
Mr. Maude: I am considering this matter carefully in the light of information about the particular circumstances of those affected by the Gulf Crisis.
As for the solution of the Gulf Crisis, that rests squarely with Saddam Hussein.
The Chief Secretary replied:The Government's firm objective is to resolve the Gulf Crisis by peaceful means on the basis of full implementation of the resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council.
With the Gulf Crisis looming larger and many hundreds of Territorials required in the Gulf, it is essential for this matter to be reviewed.
At this moment, the Government are urging volunteers to enlist in view of the Gulf Crisis.
I hope that the House will agree that this scheme is designed to provide a generous degree of income protection for all members of the reserve forces who are supporting the Regulars during the current Crisis in the Gulf.
That international conference can take place only under the auspices of a United Nations which emerges with credit from the Gulf Crisis.
I referred earlier to the effects of the Gulf Crisis, which for most developing countries are severe.
As the Minister has made clear, Manchester airport will be subjected to the new security measures introduced because of the Gulf Crisis.
The business for tomorrow, Tuesday 15 January, will now be a debate on the Crisis in the Gulf on a motion for the Adjournment of the House.
I thank the Leader of the House for arranging yet another debate on the grave Crisis in the Gulf.
Given the Gulf Crisis, much of our imported supply would come from politically vulnerable areas.
He is saying that with the Gulf Crisis, or a Gulf war, we shall not have enough gas in the short to medium term and that we shall have to import it from the Soviet Union through a non-existent pipeline or import from Algeria by sea, presumably in liquefied form.
of IDA9 resources may be used for non-project lending, but the impact of the Gulf Crisis will almost certainly intensify the need for adjustment efforts in many developing countries.
The Minister mentioned the effects of the Gulf Crisis, and the level of replenishment of IDA9 more than maintains the real value of IDA8.
The hon. Lady went on to say something about the Gulf Crisis.
That is why the full authority of the United Nations must now be upheld and that must be done by supporting the resolutions on the Gulf Crisis - from 660 through to 678.
We see eastern Europe's attempt to restore democracy crippled by a tripling of oil prices brought about by the Soviet Union, followed by the doubling of oil prices caused by the Gulf Crisis and a further doubling or tripling, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Monetary Fund, it' there is war in the Gulf.
It is the Gulf Crisis, and what a gaping gulf it is.
As former President Carter said:There is no way to separate the Crisis in the Gulf from the Israeli-Palestinian question".
The Gulf Crisis that we have debated throughout today is very different.
If they continue so to suffer, Saddam Hussein must bear a full share of the responsibility, because since the House last debated the Gulf Crisis, the Security Council has passed resolution 681 which, accompanied by a statement by the Security Council president, provides the basis for the international conference which Saddam Hussein says he wants to deal with the problem.
We do not agree with Israel's occupation of those territories, and we do not believe that it provides a legitimate basis for Israel's security, but the historical basis for it is different from that of the Gulf Crisis, and the Security Council resolutions are also different.
Mr. James Lamond: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on developments in the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: Since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 August, we and many others have made sincere efforts to bring the Gulf Crisis to a peaceful solution on the basis of the relevant Security Council resolutions.
Since Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 August, we and many others have made sincere efforts to bring the Gulf Crisis to a peaceful solution on the basis of the Security Council resolutions.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is sad that so few of our allies in Europe seem to be willing to recognise, in terms of providing assistance to the forces in the Gulf, that their interests as well as ours and those of the Americans are fully bound up in the Gulf Crisis?
Last week on a visit to Israel, I found that the Israeli Government were well aware of the dangers of becoming militarily involved in the Gulf Crisis.
Is not it likely that the bogus conspiracies by the salvation fronts in these three countries will climax at a time to coincide with events in the Gulf war so that the Baltic states may well be the first casualties of the Gulf Crisis?
As the whole House will know, it is a cruel irony of history that during one of the deepest crises in the hospital service the national health service may be called upon tomake the greatest effort to cope with the casualties of the Crisis in the Gulf.
But neither the Secretary of State nor the House has the right to require that effort of our health staff if we simply respond to the Gulf Crisis by taking out of the present number of wards 7,000 beds which the military says that it might need.
He agreed to underwrite the only risk, which was that the Gulf Crisis might smash the market in the middle of the flotation.
The Gulf Crisis and other crises like it could affect international shipping as well as oil supplies.
Ms. Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has, by region, to ensure that the contingency plans for the national health service dealing with casualties of the Gulf Crisis in the event of war have no adverse effect on existing waiting lists.
Ms. Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what extra resources will be made available to health authorities dealing with casualties of the Gulf Crisis in the event of war.
Ms. Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give, by region, the number of national health service beds to be made available in proposals to deal with casualties of the Gulf Crisis in the event of war.
As the House and the country consider the current conditions in the Gulf region, does the Prime Minister agree that it is relevant and fair to remind ourselves that the first act of warfare which caused the Gulf Crisis was taken by Saddam Hussein on 2 August when he invaded Kuwait?
Will the Prime Minister accept that the Ulster Unionists and the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland respect his resolute leadership during the Gulf Crisis?
May I point out to the Leader of the House, further to the question asked by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Wallace), that there is a danger of the continuing deterioration in eastern Europe being overlooked in the Gulf Crisis?
Mr. Thornton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice he is giving to British subjects, in the light of the Gulf Crisis, who are either resident in Cyprus or intending to travel there for business or tourist reasons.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role, and its activities to date, of the broadcasting unit in his Department in relation to the Crisis in the Gulf.
Mr. Peter Lloyd: The broadcasting department of the Home Office has no specific role in relation to the Crisis in the Gulf.
It is a matter of deep regret that some of my hon. Friends have tried to use that argument in our debates on the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to enable British airlines and others directly affected by the economic impact of the Gulf Crisis to weather the financial problems facing them at the present time.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to enable Welsh businesses, especially those in the holiday airline and other fields directly affected by the economic impact of the Gulf Crisis, to weather the financial problems facing them at the present time.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many merchant ships the Government have requisitioned for the purposes of transportation during the Present Gulf Crisis.
Will the right hon. Gentleman bring to Ulster the same clarity and vigour with which he has pursued the Gulf Crisis?
The Gulf Crisis proves that the risks for exporters have never been greater.
I appreciate that this year is financially difficult, given the Gulf Crisis and rising costs, but when resources become available I hope that the Minister will agree that greater priority should be given to housing.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to enable British businesses directly affected by the economic impact of the Gulf Crisis to weather the financial problems facing them at the present time.
Problems have also been caused by the Gulf Crisis, the impoverishment of eastern Europe, the drought, German unification, increased imports and changing consumption patterns.
Nor shall I talk about political union, which even Jacques Delors realises is dead in the water as a result of the feeble EC response to the Gulf Crisis.
A six-hour debate on the Gulf Crisis broke up in confusion.
I have certainly received more letters about it than about the Gulf Crisis.
We are all aware of the Gulf Crisis.
Shandwick PLC have provided advice on an informal and unpaid basis on public and media response to the Gulf Crisis.
Dr. Michael Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what plans he has to ensure the continued availability of petroleum products to retail customers in the context of the Gulf Crisis.
Does he therefore agree that the major fluctuations in the price of oil since the start of the Gulf Crisis represent exploitation of that crisis for profit by the major oil companies?
However the reality, which I know that he accepts, is that in recent months production has had to be restrained, despite world demand for increased production before the Gulf Crisis, because of the importance of safety and of ensuring that topside emergency shutdown valves are in place.
Does he agree that the lessons learnt from the Gulf Crisis and war and the fight over oil, combined with this Government's inefficient approach to energy conservation, mean that a national programme for energy conservation and energy use is urgently required if we are to address the country's energy problems?
The hon. Member for St. Helens, North (Mr. Evans) asked what would happen if his local authority or any other authority incurred special costs because of the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: Our aims in the conflict are clear and limited and are set out in the United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: SCR 678 authorised United Nations member states co-operating with the Government of Kuwait to use all necessary means to uphold and implement United Nations resolutions on the Gulf Crisis and to restore international peace and security in the area.
In planning for the Gulf Crisis this service has been expanded, from voluntary resources, to include representation at all hospitals which may expect to receive war casualties.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Newharn, North-West (Mr. Banks) dated 17 January, Official Report, column 547, on the Gulf Crisis, if he will define operating costs as employed in that answer.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: The latest total full operating cost to date of the United Kingdom's military involvement in the Gulf Crisis is estimated to be about £1 billion.
In the light of the comments yesterday of the hon. Member for Aldershot (Mr. Critchley) about the increase of £14 per head to residents of that area because of the number of people affected by the Gulf Crisis, are the Government willing to reconsider yesterday's announcement so that full reimbursement can be made to local authorities, clarity can be provided to ensure that all people have the same treatment, wherever they live, and fairness and decency can apply?
This is not a recession for which world conditions, OPEC, the Gulf Crisis or the European Community can be blamed.
The Gulf Crisis is making the situation even worse.
Almost every right hon. and hon. Member who has spoken in this debate has referred to the Crisis in the Gulf, as one might have expected.
First, we in the developed world must with renewed energy, particularly at the culmination of the Gulf Crisis, insist on a continuous dialogue between the developed countries and the leaders of the developing countries, through the mechanism of the United Nations and the EC and bilaterally, to see how we can discuss the best ways in which we can help them to solve their political and economic problems and obtain peaceful settlements of many of their internal problems.
I am confident that the industry, working with the tourist boards, will be able to reassert its position in the world market once the Gulf Crisis is resolved.
family credit freeline; Gulf Crisis freeline; benefit advice line for people with disabilities.
international conferences; FCO scholarships; military assistance; consular expenditure in the middle east as a result of the Gulf Crisis and higher than forecast expenditure on our contributions to international organisations due to the adverse effect of overseas price movements.
The cash limit for class II, vote 3 (external broadcasting and monitoring) will increase by £4,760,000 from £142,685,000 to £147,445,000 to take account of increased rental for Bush house and increased costs as a result of the Gulf Crisis.
The ambassador was assured that Aramco would not penalise those who sought to leave because of the Gulf Crisis and that accrued benefits would not be forfeited.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: We have been in close contact with the Jordanians about the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Tredinnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any plans to review overseas aid contributions in the light of the Gulf Crisis.
Mrs. Ann Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice his Department has given to water companies about adding chlorine or other disinfectants to domestic water supplies during the present Crisis in the Gulf.
I join him in saying that the Gulf Crisis shows the health service once again at its very best.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) of 17 January, Official Report, column 547, on the Gulf Crisis, how much of the operating costs incurred up to 16 January in Operation Granby is expenditure which would not have been incurred anyway.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate of (a) the daily cost of British involvement in the Gulf Crisis and (b) the daily cost, excluding the costs of salaries, equipment replacement and other relevant expenditure which was already committed before the crisis began.
Mrs. Beckett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate of (a) the total cost of British involvement in the Gulf Crisis and (b) the proportion of that total which is additional to costs already committed before the crisis began (i) to date and (ii) in the financial year 1990–91.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: The full daily operating cost to the Ministry of Defence of British involvement in the Gulf Crisis is estimated to be over £4 million per day.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi citizens have been deported or told to leave the United Kingdom since the start of the Current Gulf Crisis.
Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will support calls for a debate in the United Nations Security Council on the Gulf Crisis.
and what other organisations were considered when Shandwick plc and Young and Rubicam were appointed to advise on public and media response to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd: No other outside organisations are advising the Government on public reaction to or presentation of the Gulf Crisis.
Presumably, resolution 666 is as significant in terms of the Gulf Crisis as resolution 678.
Resolution 678 also endorses all the previous United Nations resolutions on the Gulf Crisis, including resolution 666, which calls for foodstuffs and medical supplies to be made available in Iraq and Kuwait in certain circumstances.
Mr. Andrew Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Arab League states about the further exploration of diplomatic solutions to the Gulf Crisis.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and others emphasised the need to take account of the Twelve's response to the Gulf Crisis.
What representations have Her Majesty's Government made to the Government of Sudan about the latter's rather unhelpful approach to the Gulf Crisis?
I am happy to confirm that the People's Republic of China has made a constructive contribution to Security Council debates on the Crisis in the Gulf.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Arab League states about further exploration of diplomatic solutions to the Gulf Crisis.
The world and United Kingdom economies were slowing down before the Gulf Crisis began, but Iraq's invasion of Kuwait last August, and the consequent rise in oil prices, boosted fuel costs and inflation and dented business confidence.
Any Government could reasonably point out that the Gulf Crisis has changed calculations and has to be taken into consideration, but it need not stop essential investment - indeed, it must not.
It is a little late in the day for the Government to cry that the Gulf Crisis has caused the underlying factors.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the Government subsidy provided to the airline Sabena during 49 the Gulf Crisis on (a) British airlines with which it is in competition and (b) the creation of a level playing field in air transport within Europe and worldwide.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: We have seen a worrying decline in living standards in the occupied territories since the Gulf Crisis began.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: As I informed the House on 8 February, we have been in close contact for several months with the United Nations humanitarian agencies and with the International Committee of the Red Cross about contingency planning for the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Michael: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that contracts for passenger and freight air transport during the current period are directed to British firms which have been subject to financial pressures due to the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Douglas Hogg [holding answer 18 February 1991]: At the meeting of the Security Council on 14 February, the United Kingdom representative proposed that in accordance with rule 48 of the provisional rules of procedure, the council should meet in private session to discuss the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are being made for non-emergency patients whose admissions have been postponed as a result of the Gulf Crisis.
I do not know more whether the public know much more about the procedures of this place than my hon. Friend or I. It is helpful and good in a democracy for people to form a view on national issues such as the Gulf Crisis.
A very wide range of bilateral, regional and internal matters has been discussed, including the Gulf Crisis.
The Prime Minister: We remain in constant touch with our coalition partners on a wide range of matters relating to the Gulf Crisis.
The arrival of 1992, the Gulf Crisis, changing relations between the EC and eastern Europe, and the Uruguay round, may all have severe effects on ACP trade.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd: We remain in constant touch with our coalition partners on a wide range of matters relating to the Gulf Crisis.
Dr. Twinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many physiotherapists called up from the reserve since the start of the Gulf Crisis have had appeals against their call-up allowed.
Dr. Twinn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many physiotherapsists have been called up from the reserves since the start of the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Lennox-Boyd: The United Kingdom made prompt pledges of financial support following appeals from the international aid agencies in the context of the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Ray Powell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the total increase in tax accruing to the Exchequer has been as a result of oil prices since the start of the Gulf Crisis.
Does my right hon. Friend recognise that the overwhelming feeling in the country is that he has dealt with the Gulf Crisis superbly throughout and that there is genuine gratitude for what he has done?
We are in constant touch with our coalition partners over many aspects of the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Mellor [holding answer 26 February 1991]: In 1990–91 provision has been made for additional defence spending as a result of the Gulf Crisis of £780 million, of which £40 million was absorbed within the existing defence budget.
However, taking all that into consideration, we have to give him the credit for the path along which the Soviet Union has come, which has had such major effects both on eastern and western Europe and on matters such as the Gulf Crisis, in which the Soviet Union played an important and constructive role.
He also raised Bulgaria's wider financial needs, having in mind the effects of the Gulf Crisis and the reform of the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance.
Mr. Jackson [holding answer 5 March 1991]: It is too soon to say how many United Kingdom service personnel who sustained injuries in the Gulf Crisis might be discharged on medical grounds.
Will the Secretary of State accept that the collapse of Air Europe and its parent company, although due partly to the economic recession and to the Gulf Crisis, has also been brought about by the Government's disastrous aviation policies - [Interruption.
But it is important that the PLO leadership should, when organising themselves and deciding what to say and do in the near future, reflect on the harm that has been done by elements of that leadership during the Recent Gulf Crisis.
The BBC World Service has been of enormous value both during the events in eastern Europe last winter and in the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. David Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a further statement about the Belgian financial contribution to the United Kingdom's role in the Gulf Crisis.
Before we rise for the Easter adjournment, I should like to mention the problems that are facing tourism, particularly following the Crisis in the Gulf.
The new spirit, personified by President Gorbachev and Mr. Shevardnadze, was responsible in large part for the relative ease of international co-operation in the Gulf Crisis.
The Gulf Crisis showed that there is probably now only one super-power, at least politically and militarily - the United States, joined on the economic front by Japan and Germany.
These meetings have been used in recent months to ensure that all 699 developments and tensions relating to British Muslims during the Gulf Crisis have been closely monitored by police forces.
The Gulf Crisis produced some benefits.
Disastrous though those happenings were in terms of numbers of people killed, we must consider the potential that is beginning to flow from the Crisis in the Gulf in terms of climatic conditions and the lives of people in the third world.
This is one of the few subjects on which my hon. Friend and I do not agree, having achieved so much unity in the past few months in respect of the Gulf Crisis.
In the autumn, the slowdown was magnified by the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: The only companies employed by the Ministry of Defence on work on public relations and similar matters during the Gulf Crisis have been employed to provide administrative support services, such as transcription services and provision of press cuttings.
The Prime Minister: We discussed a wide range of subjects, including the aftermath of the Gulf Crisis, middle east security issues, the Soviet Union, the Uruguay round, South Africa and arms control.
Mr. Douglas Hogg: There is no need for an emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the Gulf Crisis.
Mrs. Chalker: We have looked carefully into the economic consequences of the Gulf Crisis on major recipients of British aid, taking into account the analytical work done by the IMF, World bank and others.
Why were the Opposition not prepared to discuss the part that he played in the Crisis in the Gulf?
That is true in terms of his handling of the Gulf Crisis and the completely new system of Europeanrelations that has been established, in particular the relationships with the German republic - which are now on a level where speaking and listening are part and parcel of the membership of the Community.
As I stood with the mayor, the councillors, the bishops and the families from Simpson barracks, all of them to a person were talking about the Prime Minister's handling of the Gulf Crisis and their confidence in his leadership.
Mr. O'Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the work of the co-ordinating committee for multilateral export controls has altered as a result of the Gulf Crisis.
Is the Minister aware that in Bradford and Leeds some wards and beds are still being held for Gulf Crisis casualties?
Mrs. Chalker: As our share of the EC special allocation to countries affected by the Gulf Crisis we are providing £20 million to Jordan, £23 million each to Egypt and Turkey, £8 million to the occupied territories and £21 million to Israel.
Mr. Dorrell: Specific guidance on the treatment of patients affected by chemical agents was issued to the health service on 28 December 1990, in the context of the Gulf Crisis.
He has made quite clear to the PLO our strong disapproval of its equivocal policy on the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide his latest estimate of the cost of military equipment lost and damaged during the Gulf Crisis.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of the experience gained during the Gulf Crisis for the European Community's development of a common foreign policy.
I welcome the first part of the Foreign Secretary's reply, but put it to him, to place it clearly on the record, that the divisions in the European Community on how to react to the Gulf Crisis were, to put it mildly, very worrying indeed, and if we had then been subjected to majority voting in Europe, no effective action would have been taken by this country or others in Europe.
I agree with what the right hon. Member for Bethnal Green and Stepney (Mr. Shore) said: if we had had majority voting at some of the discussions which I attended during the Gulf Crisis, the contributions of Europe, and of ourselves and the French in particular perhaps, might well have been less than they were.
During the period of the Gulf Crisis, including hostilities, RAF Tornado F3 aircraft flew over 2,000 operational combat air patrol sorties and made a valuable contribution to coalition air defence forces.
Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he intends to reply to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Shettleston's letters of 7 March and 14 April regarding the Gulf Crisis: crisis loans.
Mrs. Chalker: Many of the countries adversely affected by the Gulf Crisis are recipients of substantial British aid.
The hon. Gentleman also raised the important question of the environmental effects of the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: Belgium provided valuable assistance in the form of medical and logistic support to the coalition (including British) forces during the recent Crisis in the Gulf.
The Recent Gulf Crisis demonstrated that, despite some differences in assessment in the early stages - differences which, I am sorry to say, were deliberately magnified and distorted by a few in this House and by all too many in the popular press who imagine that they can win cheap popularity by jibes at the French - our two countries are clearly designated as the two leaders.
That has been touched upon, for example, in terms of the recent Crisis in the Gulf.
Babcock is actually in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley, North (Mrs. Adams), but the last time I visited it to talk to the management - it was during the Gulf Crisis - I learnt that when the company had to freeze its contracts the Government would not give it a bridging loan.
During the Gulf Crisis, ad hoc meetings of the members of the UNMSC proved valuable for sharing information on naval deployments.
He is saying that with the Gulf Crisis, or a Gulf war, we shall not have enough gas in the short to medium term and that we shall have to import it from the Soviet Union through a non-existent pipeline".
Because of the Gulf Crisis and the need to deal with a great deal of legislation, it was not possible to have them earlier.
While acknowledging the error of judgment made by the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation during the Recent Gulf Crisis, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he agrees that the problems associated with the Palestinian people remain and, indeed, that their solving is central to obtaining any middle east settlement?
The Gulf Crisis, which broke less than two weeks after my right hon. Friend's statement, has served as an unpleasant reminder that we should not begin to look at the world through a haze of excess optimism or contemplate abandoning well-established foundations of our security.
The third major area of concern in 1991 involves what lessons Europe will draw from its mixed experience during the Gulf Crisis.
Who on 1 July last year would have expected the Gulf Crisis?
We were told that in future we would deploy small, lightly equipped units, but in the Gulf Crisis we deployed large, heavily equipped formations.
The last time that we discussed the Badgers Bill in the House, there were interruptions caused by the Gulf Crisis.
I also hope that we may enjoy news coverage not only by CNN, as we did during the Gulf Crisis, but by Sky News, which is the British 24-hour news station from British Sky Broadcasting.
Tri-service Press campaign to thank employers for releasing Volunteer Reserve Forces personnel during the Gulf Crisis —18–23 June 1991.
The Government also committed £18·37 million during 1990–91 for humanitarian assistance to refugees in the Gulf Crisis area.
Pakistan sent troops to Saudi Arabia for defensive purposes and the United Kingdom recognised the impact of the Gulf Crisis on the Pakistan economy, which was damaged by price increases, disruptions in the oil supply and the loss of remittances of workers in Iraq and Kuwait.
We in this country respected the courageous stand taken by the Pakistan Government during the Gulf Crisis in support of the multinational coalition, despite the considerable domestic difficulties which the Pakistan Government confronted in doing so.
Press campaign to thank employers for releasing Volunteer Reserve Forces personnel for service during the Gulf Crisis.
These arrangements were made as a result of the Gulf Crisis.
I invite them to read the resolutions that were tabled and debated in the European Parliament during the Gulf Crisis, and to note the outcome.
At the time of the Gulf Crisis, we saw how that could happen.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: The United Nations military staff committee played a useful role in the Gulf Crisis as a forum for informal exchanges on naval deployments to the region.
It has revealed that the European Community, after its dismal showing in the Gulf Crisis, has played a key and largely positive role.
Before the Gulf Crisis, I warned repeatedly from the Dispatch Box of the danger of a war in the middle east.
Our initial behaviour in the Gulf Crisis was poor.
The answer to the hon. Gentleman's last point is that I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence police fraud squad is conducting investigations into the chartering of some shipping for the Ministry of Defence during the Gulf Crisis.
Note: In 1991, 500 mecu aid was also provided for countries most affected by the Gulf Crisis.
This is due to lower than expected computer costs for valuation tribunals and a transfer of provision to the Ministry of Defence (class I, vote 1) compensating local authorities for community charge income foregone from servicemen as a result of the Gulf Crisis.
Clinical surveillance of military personnel exposed to the risk of tropical disease, including Leishmaniasis, was maintained during the Gulf Crisis and continues to be maintained.
Mr. Archie Hamilton: No cases of Leishmaniasis have been found among British military personnel who served in the Gulf during the Gulf Crisis.
During the Gulf Crisis, the ports of Southampton, RNAD Crombie, Cliffe Jetty (River Thames) and Newport were also used.
Freezers, generators and other cold chain equipment damaged or destroyed during the Gulf Crisis have, in many cases, still not been replaced or repaired due to restrictions on the import of supplies and equipment.
His second was all about shipping fraud during the Gulf Crisis.
As demonstrated during the Gulf Crisis and more recently in the deployment of forces to the former Yugoslavia, merchant shipping continues to play an important role in military operations.
During the Gulf Crisis, I met our troops in the Gulf.
That should be compared, however, with the 40,000 tonnes of aid that was delivered in one month by air to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf Crisis.
During the Gulf Crisis, this figure rose to £1,400,000.
The hon. Member for Motherwell, North referred to the fact that at the time of the Gulf Crisis the units that we had were not fully manned.
Mr. Hanley: The United Nations military staff committee played a useful role in the Gulf Crisis as a forum for the exchange of information.
During the Gulf Crisis, the work force at Barrowworked long overtime hours, throughout the weekends, to produce the equipment that the armed services needed to discharge their responsibilities.
It is not surprising that that procedure has been widely criticised, not least during the Gulf Crisis when many students were taken into custody only to be released on the ending of hostilities, at a time when it might have been thought that Iraq would be most keen to secure vengeance.
The UK is contributing some 12,000 forces to what is the largest combined UK-US deployment since the Gulf Crisis in 1991.
Let us pretend that the Scottish Parliament is already in existence and that, in the middle of this international Crisis in the Gulf, the First Minister has decided to hold a debate on the crisis and to put forward a resolution for the approval of the Parliament that would condemn any military action in the Gulf either by the United States of America or by the United Kingdom.
They discussed many issues but focused mainly on the current Crisis in the Gulf.
The main focus of these meetings was the current Crisis in the Gulf.
As the Crisis in the Gulf reaches its denouement, the Government will have difficult judgments to make.
Can the Secretary of State confirm that the costs of our response to the Gulf Crisis will be met from the reserves and will not represent a further squeeze on his Department or on other spending programmes?
The purpose of his visit was to discuss the current Crisis in the Gulf.
We have seen the benefits of maritime air power in the Gulf Crisis.
Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the governments of (a) Yemen, (b) India, (c) Pakistan, (d) Bangladesh and (e) Sri Lanka regarding the present Crisis in the Gulf.
The Crown Prince of Jordan last night spelt out on television the high price that our friends the Jordanians are paying and may yet pay for the paralysis in the peace process and the continuing Crisis in the Gulf.
When the hon. Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown) alluded to the early dispatch of Tornados during the first stages of the Gulf Crisis, he gave an example of what high readiness means in practice.
Will the Secretary of State confirm that the first troops to arrive in the most Recent Gulf Crisis were American airborne troops?
Mr. Tony Lloyd [holding answer 17 November 1998]: The US authorities sought our agreement, in advance, for the use of facilities in Diego Garcia for US aircraft in connection with the Gulf Crisis.
The most recent Crisis in the Gulf is yet further evidence of the importance of Britain being able and willing to deal with risks to international peace and stability.
They are charged with forming an Islamic extremist terror group with intent on creating mayhem in that poor Arab country, which has already suffered much from the near decade-long Crisis in the Gulf.
Much more recently, Australia and Canada were among the first countries to declare their support in both the 1990 Gulf war and the 1998 Gulf Crisis.
We supported the allies during the Gulf Crisis and we have fought the European war against Communism in Afghanistan.
Is he aware that Muslim countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia stood shoulder to shoulder with the United Kingdom during the Gulf Crisis and during the previous crisis in Afghanistan, and are doing so even today?
During the Gulf Crisis and the Gulf war, when I led for the Opposition, as a supporter of the rule of law, I looked for points of agreement with the Government.
we failed after the second world war; and we failed after the Gulf Crisis, despite the promise of the Mitchell report and the Oslo accord.
We failed after the first world war and the break-up of the Ottoman empire; we failed after the second world war; and we failed after the Gulf Crisis, despite the promise of the Mitchell report and the Oslo accord.
We saw the evidence of that during the time of the Gulf Crisis when a substantial number of people were locked up either because they were Iraqi or because they came from the Arab states.
But it was reported in the press over many months, especially during the Gulf Crisis, that most of the arms and machinery given to Iraq were supplied from European countries.
We all know how desperately poor the international community's response to the 1990 to 1992 Gulf Crisis was: hundreds of thousands of people suffered unnecessarily because we did not think through the humanitarian response to that crisis.
I said when the House was recalled last September that, as someone who had spent the last 12 months of her government service completely immersed in the Gulf Crisis and the war of 1990–91, I felt a sense of de ja vu.
I know it well having, as I have told the House before, spent the last 12 months of my government service, up to the end of July 1991, totally immersed in the Gulf Crisis and war.
Does my right hon. Friend recall that when he and I sat together in the shadow Cabinet during the Gulf Crisis and war of 1990–91, we - the Labour party - gave full, unwavering and undeviating support to the policies of the Government of which the leader of the Conservative party was a member?
However, there is no doubt either that the Crisis in the Gulf could further weaken worldwide economic growth, so can the Minister outline the reaction from the main oil-consuming countries in Asia, which have a high dependence on Iranian oil, to the policy of a ban on crude oil imports from Iran and-this is almost as important-the export of refined products back to Iran?