Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what further assessment he has made of the prospects for United Kingdom agriculture in an enlarged European Economic Community, following the recent agreement in Brussels on transitional arrangements for United Kingdom adaptation to the common agricultural policy.
Mr Eric Deakins: Has the future of production grants, particularly those for hill farms, yet been cleared up, or is it likely to be cleared up in the next round of negotiations? Is the hon. Gentleman's interpretation of the functions of marketing boards, which will be allowed to continue under the common agricultural policy, the interpretation accepted by the E.E.C. authorities?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Government have agreed with France any limitations on their freedom of action with regard to the sterling balances.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in view of the tremendous strains to be expected on our balance of payments during and beyond the transitional period before entry into the Community, the Government should make clear to the Six that no rundown of sterling balances can begin until we have solved our balance of payments problems associated with entry, even if by 1980 monetary and...
Mr Eric Deakins: Would not the creation of such a European fund detract from the value of the work being undertaken by the International Monetary Fund?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of State for Defence what form of working together with France he is intending to seek in the sphere of nuclear defence forces.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is it the Government's view that any sharing of information about, or the production or control of, nuclear weapons, even within the context of a West European Community, would be a breach of both the spirit and letter of the Non-Proliferation Treaty?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Comonwealth Affairs what further consultations he has had with the European Economic Community about the agreement on sugar from developing Commonwealth countries after 1974, concerning the quantities involved, in view of representations from the Commonwealth countries concerned.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is it certain that the Six accept and agree with our interpretation of the agreement on Commonwealth sugar?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now make a statement about revised charges for prescriptions.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many people in constituencies like mine are apprehensive about his plans and that the sooner this appre hension is dispelled the better? Is he aware that they are particularly worried if they are old-age pensioners, people living on fixed incomes, large families, low-paid workers and so on? Surely he has a duly to complete these discussions as soon as...
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Prime Minister if he will make a Ministerial broadcast after the next round of negotiations with the European Economic Community.
Mr Eric Deakins: If the right hon. Gentleman makes such a broadcast, will he ensure that he covers the disadvantages as well as the alleged advantages of entry?
Mr Eric Deakins: As hon. Members will know, I have an agricultural interest to declare since I am a consultant to a firm in which I was employed for over 15 years before coming to the House of Commons. I hope that my interest will serve not to cloud my judgment, but will enhance the value of contributions I hope to make on agricultural subjects in this House. I was struck by the rugged individuality of the...
Mr Eric Deakins: As hon. Members know, I have an interest in agricultural matters. The purpose of these Orders, particularly the ones dealing with beef and veal, is not to put a bottom in the market, which was the original intention of the Labour Government's Orders, but to replace the system of guaranteed prices. That means that eventually the target indicator price on beef and veal will have to be raised to...
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if the Government's conservation policies in respect of inshore fishing between the 6-mile and 12-mile limits will now require any modification within an enlarged European Economic Community.
Mr Eric Deakins: Does not the Minister's answer mean that, provided we continue with our existing conservation policies and open up our waters between six and 12 miles to all the fishermen of the E.E.C., this must inevitably reduce the catch available to British fishermen?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Prime Minister if he will invite the Prime Minister of Sweden to pay an official visit to Great Britain.
Mr Eric Deakins: At any such meeting, will the right hon. Gentleman be able to give the Swedish Prime Minister an assurance that in no circumstances would this country countenance the re-erection of trade barriers between Britain and Sweden?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will issue a circular to local authorities with a view to placing applicants on their housing waiting lists in centrally determined categories based on degree of priority, and to publicise locally the criteria used to assess priority so that potential applicants in housing need can assess their eligibility for, and chance of obtaining,...