Former MP for Cheadle
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As a member of the Budgets Committee of the European Parliament, I am in a somewhat unusual position in being able to make a contribution to the debate. I should like to concentrate my comments on the Community budget for 1986 and on what I call the draft budget for 1987 because it is only in an early stage of development. Before I come to those two main items, I should like—at the risk of...
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for making that point because, in a sense, the conflict between the Parliament and the Council centres on that point. The vice-president, Mr. Christopherson, is in the Commission responsible for the budget and has repeatedly made the point that my hon. Friend makes. I have already spoken about the schizophrenia in the Council of Ministers which makes policy...
I shall not pursue the argument about whether views would have been expressed constructively had the right hon. Member for Glasgow, Hillhead, (Mr. Jenkins) been here. That is not the substance of this debate, and I am sure that you, Mr. Armstrong, will be the first to agree with that. I want to hear Britain's voice and her views coming through as constructive and positive. I want to see us...
Former MP for Cheadle
Entered the House of Commons on 18 June 1970 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 18 May 1987 — General election
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