Results 101–120 of 3400 for speaker:Mr Denzil Davies

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I must say that I envy the hon. Member for Cirencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley) his ability to pronounce these matters to be simple and clear to him. To me and to others they seem exceedingly confusing, and nothing more so than the inter-relationship between this Clause and Articles 85 and 86 of the Treaty. I do not think it can be argued away simply by saying that in the one case there is...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: My hon. Friend's point is well taken. These matters are rarely simple in a complex society and I should have thought that the Government had learned that lesson by now. I want to raise the question, very briefly, of the inter-relationship between the monopolies legislation of the Community—that is, Article 86 and the question of the dominant position of a firm in the Community market—and...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I am coming to that point. First it must be established that the company is in a dominant position in a particular market. Then, if it acquires only 5 per cent. more, it comes up against the Commission, and that is what happened in that case. We might have a resident company in the United Kingdom—and there may not be many of them—which controls 50 per cent. of the United Kingdom and...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I will come to that. Then that company moves into a situation in which it acquires a company on the Continent which controls 2 per cent. of the continental market. If the Continental Can decision represents the thinking of the Commission, there is then a situation in which the United Kingdom company will come up against the Commission despite the fact that as far as the continental market is...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I am not sure about railways. I suspect that, in the drafting of the Treaty of Rome, an attempt was made to exclude what could be called public utility corporations from the operation of this Article. However, the point is well made. The Government should tell us whether such a public utility organisation and enterprise is within Articles 85 and 86.

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I am obliged. I do not understand this either. I should have thought that, if we accede to the Rome Treaties, the articles of all the treaties will apply. The mere fact that the British Steel Corporation comes within the ambit of the European Coal and Steel Community does not exclude the operation of the Articles of the Treaty of Rome. My point was that, certainly for the future, and...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: Indeed. The Continental Can case has decided that a dominant position means 50 per cent. to 55 per cent. of the market and that Germany is a substantial part of the Common Market for this purpose. The Commission makes law, it acts as policeman, and it acts as judge in its own cause. This is contrary to some of our basic principles, but possibly is not contrary to continental principles based...

Orders of the Day — European Communities Bill: Restrictive Trade Practices (4 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: May I follow on my points about nationalised corporations which, as far as I read Article 90, would come within Article 86 and therefore within the Continental Can type of case? Can the hon. Gentleman deal with that point?

New Clause 11: Declaration of the Ultimate Sovereignty of Parliament (5 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: If the Clause raises doubts, the doubts were raised by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. It is he who has used these words time and time again, and used them here.

New Clause 11: Declaration of the Ultimate Sovereignty of Parliament (5 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I shall not detain the Committee, and I shall keep to the terms of the Clause, unlike the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Dodds-Parker). When I played a small part in the preparation of the new Clause, I did not expect that it would cause such excitement among the poor Europeans. In my naive way, I thought that the Clause would do no more than incorporate into the Bill words which had been...

New Clause 11: Declaration of the Ultimate Sovereignty of Parliament (5 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: All right, December, 1971. But I understood the Solicitor-General to say that Lord Diplock meant that if a future Act of Parliament contravened an obligation arising under the treaty, the courts of this country would give precedence to and would enforce the later Act of Parliament as opposed to the obligation under the treaty. That is how I understood what Lord Diplock had said in 1971,...

Orders of the Day — Clause 183 (19 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I support what has been said about these Amendments. The points have been well made that the weakness in the Clause is the attempt to isolate or separate traffic and highway functions from other functions which, quite properly, are vested in the district councils. There is in particular the weakness whereby town planning is separated from highway management. The establishment of general...

Orders of the Day — Schedule 4 (21 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I agree with very much of what was said by the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Nicholas Edwards), who presented his case with a sense of independence for which we respect him. Unfortunately, even though he may win the argument—and I with him on the main parts of it—he will be defeated by his own Whips and his own party. This is a sad fact; namely, that an hon. Member who shows this kind of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Llanelli General Hospital (31 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters have been received by him and his Department regarding the future of Llanelli General Hospital; and what replies have been sent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Llanelli General Hospital (31 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: The Minister, having received 96 letters, is no doubt aware of the deep feeling in my constituency about the future of this hospital. Is he further aware of the increasing impatience at the delay of the hospital board in publishing the plans? Will he use his influence with the board to ensure that the plans are published by the autumn?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Development Certificates (31 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he remains satisfied with the operation, in relation to the Welsh economy, of the system of granting industrial development certificates; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Development Certificates (31 Jul 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: I am rather surprised at the right hon. and learned Gentleman's answer. Does he realise that in the first quarter of this year almost 10 times as many IDCs and consents have been granted for London and the South-East as compared with Wales, whereas the figure in previous years has been five or six times as many? Does the Secretary of State agree that this is out of all proportion to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Country Park (Pembrey) (6 Nov 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: asked the Secretary of State for Wales when the public inquiry will be held into the proposal by local authorities in Carmarthenshire to establish a countryside park at Pembrey.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Country Park (Pembrey) (6 Nov 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable suspicion in my constituency about the motives for calling this inquiry in the first place? Does he realise that the two private companies involved are controlled by one person and that neither has any title or ownership to any part of the land in question? Can he tell the House why this inquiry has been called?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Regional Employment Premium (6 Nov 1972)

Mr Denzil Davies: asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will ask the Welsh Council to carry out a survey on the effects upon the Welsh economy of abolishing the regional employment premium.


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