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European Union (Accessions) Bill: Clause 2 — Freedom of movement for workers (5 Jun 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: I shall deal briefly with a concern that has been expressed to me by my constituents in respect of the freedom of movement of workers that will take effect from 1 May next year. I certainly do not support the amendments moved by the hon. Member for West Suffolk (Mr. Spring). My purpose is to highlight to those on my Front Bench some concerns about a sensitive aspect of the movement of...

European Union (Accessions) Bill: Clause 2 — Freedom of movement for workers (5 Jun 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: The European dimension is that if there is a large influx of Roma people into this country, the existing problems will be magnified. I ask Ministers, especially Home Office Ministers, quietly and without making too much of a fuss to examine the present set-up and existing legislation to see whether they can withstand an influx of travellers, Roma or gypsy people who may come as a result of...

G8 Summit (4 Jun 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: My right hon. Friend has made much of the survey teams that will look for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but is he not concerned that the failure of the coalition to look for those weapons as a matter of the highest priority in the immediate aftermath of the war could well have provided the opportunity for many of the weapons—if they are there—to find their way into the hands of the...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (21 May 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: I, too, welcome the Bill. Most of the 10 countries that are the subject of the accession treaty have had more than their fair share of war and tyranny, certainly during the past century. The hope must be that the new century will bring peace, stability and some prosperity to their peoples. It would be trite to say that most major decisions involving the European Union are political. Decisions...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (21 May 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: Some have fixed their exchange rates and others have not. I do not know enough about Estonia's economy to say whether that has been good for the country. If the accession countries have to fix their exchange rates and they get it wrong, considerable problems will arise in their economies.

European Union (Accessions) Bill (21 May 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: I thank my hon. Friend for that. Let us consider interest rates. It is extraordinary that the European Central Bank will fix one interest rate for an area that extends from Portugal to Estonia. How can one rate take into account the diversity of those different countries' economies? Some of my left-wing friends may worry about me, and I do not want to sound like Professor Hayek, but why do we...

European Union (Accessions) Bill (21 May 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: Those may well be matters of concern for those people. The real problem is that the whole monetary policy of the European Union was designed for a period of inflation—that was entrenched in the system at the time—which results in a lack of flexibility. Major economic problems will arise when the system has to try to adjust to the deflationary trends that are occurring not only in Europe,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Financial Support (Business) (30 Apr 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: Although Corus is not a Welsh company, it has a substantial presence in Wales. Will my right hon. Friend assure not only the First Secretary but all of us that should Corus ask the Government for financial assistance, it will not be ruled out, given that it would be unthinkable for Britain, and Wales in particular, to be without a steel industry?

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (14 Apr 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: Budgets, no doubt, are never easy, and this year's presented a number of difficulties caused by the decline, or slowdown, in the global economy and, obviously, the war in Iraq. Wars cost money. The Roman emperors, I seem to have read at one time, used to complain bitterly about wars in Mesopotamia, which cost more than wars in other places. Apparently, one of the largest costs was the...

Criminal Justice Bill (2 Apr 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: My hon. Friend has been helpful. He says that the guidance would indicate what procedures should be followed, but what if the police do not follow the procedures? What then is the sanction?

Criminal Justice Bill (2 Apr 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: As I understand it, the Government are replacing a legislative provision with what is called guidance. What is the status, if any, of this guidance? Is it to be a piece of delegated legislation? If it is breached, what is the sanction? If there is no sanction, what is the point of the guidance?

Deferred Division (12 Mar 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State was right to mention the growth in the Welsh economy that has taken place during the last five or six years. He was also right to mention the dramatic fall in unemployment that has occurred in most of our constituencies. In Llanelli it is now half the level in Germany, and I suspect that the same applies in many if not most constituencies. My right...

Deferred Division (12 Mar 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: I accept much of what the hon. Gentleman says. Much of the investment in mining, steel and iron was made by people who came from outside Wales; naturally, they took their dividends back to where they came from. It is certainly important that we try to generate local Welsh industries to produce the wealth to fund infrastructure and public expenditure. A good start has been made but we must not...

Written Answers — Treasury: Metallgesellschaft Case (Compensation) (25 Feb 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation has been paid to claimants by the Inland Revenue following the decision of the ECJ in the case of Metallgesellschaft (C-397/98); and what his estimate is of the total amount that will be paid.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Economic Development (South-west Wales) (12 Feb 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: My right hon. Friend will be well aware of the proposals to develop further the motor racing circuit at Pembrey and the adjoining airport. When he meets the First Minister, will he press him to ensure that the necessary infrastructure funds are available for two projects that will give the economy of south-west Wales an enormous boost?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Jan 2003)

Mr Denzil Davies: On Iraq, is my right hon. Friend aware that some of us who do not regard the US as the great Satan remain concerned about some of the statements coming out of Washington that seem to seek justification for military intervention that is way outside the ambit of UN resolution 1441? Will he therefore assure the House that, if the inspectors report that Iraq has not failed to observe the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Dec 2002)

Mr Denzil Davies: When my right hon. Friend attends the European summit at the end of this week, will he gently suggest to the German Chancellor that, in the interests of the European economy, perhaps Germany should consider withdrawing temporarily from the European monetary union, so that it can recover control over its interest rates, exchange rates and public expenditure, and therefore take the necessary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Governmental Institutions (4 Dec 2002)

Mr Denzil Davies: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, because Wales is the land of quangos, we have a particular problem with the lack of accountability of government institutions? Would he also agree that those who falsely promised, before the referendum, that there would be a bonfire of quangos, had no intention of honouring that promise once the referendum was won?

Home Affairs (20 Nov 2002)

Mr Denzil Davies: Sadly, at the heart of this year's Queen's Speech—its central theme—are crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour. There are to be four or five Bills. That shows the seriousness of the situation and how concerned the Government are about it. I became a Member of the House in 1970 and, looking back over the past 30 years, my impression is that the situation as regards crime, disorder and...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Europe Convention (20 Nov 2002)

Mr Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the deposition which he presented to the Secretariat of the convention in his capacity as Her Majesty's Government's representative on the Convention on the Future of Europe.

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