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Orders of the Day — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (13 Jun 1979)

Jack Straw: The hon. Member for Aberdeenshire, East (Mr. McQuarrie) has made an eloquent and compassionate speech, and I offer him my congratulations. When my predecessor, Barbara Castle, made her maiden speech 34 years ago, she made a promise, with suitable apologies to Mrs. Malaprop, that in her career in this House she would be the "pineapple of politeness". As the right hon. Member for Heywood and...

Orders of the Day — European Community (Aircraft Noise) (19 Jun 1979)

Jack Straw: Will the hon. Gentleman tell the House whether, in accepting the extension of the Community's authority, he is asking us to believe—as the directive does—that the disparity in aircraft noise: may … directly affect the functioning of the Common Market"?

Orders of the Day — European Community (Aircraft Noise) (19 Jun 1979)

Jack Straw: That is not what it says in the directive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Driving Tests (20 Jun 1979)

Jack Straw: When examining the question of recruiting more driving examiners, will the hon. Gentleman pay particular attention to the needs of Blackburn and the North-West, where the waiting times, at 29 weeks and 27½ weeks respectively, compare with an average of 26 weeks in the United Kingdom as a whole?

Members of Parliament and Ministers (Pay) (21 Jun 1979)

Jack Straw: Is the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster aware that, with respect, he was in error in suggesting to the House that the Government have treated the Review Body's proposals on Members' pay consistently with the manner in which the Government have treated other Review Body proposals on pay? Is he aware that in respect of doctors and dentists—the nearest analogue to Members of...

European Community (Agriculture Ministers' Meeting) (22 Jun 1979)

Jack Straw: Does the Minister remember that in the Conservative Party manifesto there was a categorical statement that We will insist on a freeze in CAP prices for products —not just milk— in structural surplus"? Does the right hon. Gentleman further recall that only at the beginning of this week he made a statement in Luxembourg to the effect that he would support wholeheartedly a general freeze on...

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers (5 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Has the hon. Gentleman considered the example of Holland, where there has been deep anxiety about the level of the exchange rate for precisely the same reasons as the exchange rate has risen in this country, namely, the distorting effect which their energy resources have had on the overall level of their exchange rate and the effect that that has had on manufacturing exports?

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers (5 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: My hon. Friend the Member for Wood Green (Mr. Race) spoke about the importance of the public sector in the economy and I wish to speak briefly about that subject. Conservative Members continue to fail to appreciate the connection between the public sector and the private sector. They are not two separate sectors, one sucking cash out of the other. They are interrelated, and many of the...

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers (5 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Forecasters as well. But they are less wrong in their optimism than Governments. We saw this over-optimism in the last Government. We are seeing it here. Under the last Government, Front Bench spokesmen kept saying that the corner would be turned in months rather than years, that 4 per cent. or 5 per cent. growth, or at least 3 per cent., was soon to be on the cards. We know what happened....

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers (5 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: The equity concerned was not £5,000 but £60,000. I am pleased to say that the National Enterprise Board and the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corporation are making a healthy return on their money. It was not a question of its being an unprofitable investment. It was and is profitable, but the financial institutions were too blind to invest in it. They were not properly geared up to...

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers (5 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: How can one reduce public expenditure in a way which is popular and which does not increase unemployment?

Finance Bill: Continuation of Regulator Powers (5 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Will the hon. Member give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Prime Minister (Engagements) (10 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Will the Prime Minister take some time this afternoon to consider the promises that her right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food made on 22 June? He promised a 6p in the pound reduction in the price of butter. Is the Prime Minister aware that in none of the supermarkets that I have checked has a price reduction like this been made? Is that another broken Conservative...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Foreign Ministers (Meetings) (11 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: asked the Lord Privy Seal when he expects next to attend a meeting of EEC Foreign Ministers.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Foreign Ministers (Meetings) (11 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, following the Strasbourg Council of Ministers, and in stark contrast to the British Government's euphoria about the outcome of that meeting, President Giscard d'Estaing said that all that has been agreed is to see whether the budget anomalies are inequitable or excessive? Does that not represent a failure of British diplomacy to convince the French even...

Members' Salaries and Pensions (11 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Does my hon. Friend agree that in making comparisons we should also take into account the number of hours worked? I am certainly working more hours than ever before. Average earnings are based on a 40-hour week, and hon. Members work considerably more than that.

European Community (Budget) (16 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Will the Minister make it quite clear exactly what was achieved at Strasbourg? Is it not a fact that nothing was agreed in terms of a decision to tackle the problem? It was merely agreed that the Commission should produce a reference paper describing the financial consequences of applying the budgetary system in 1979 and 1980—a great deal less than an agreement to tackle the problem.

European Community (Budget) (16 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Lord Stokes's shareholders paid for it.

European Community (Budget) (16 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) for his speed and his kindness in allowing me to speak. Not one hon. Member who has spoken this afternoon has been happy with the size of the budget, with the fact that 70 per cent. of the budget is devoted to agriculture, nor with the totally disproportionate burden that Britain has to bear. Many of my hon. Friends...

European Community (Budget) (16 Jul 1979)

Jack Straw: Will the Financial Secretary also deal with my point about the need for a White Paper to be published, following the publication of the Commission's proposals in September on the budgetary changes? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Government should publish a White Paper and that there should be a full debate before the Dublin summit in late November?

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