Results 1–20 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I begin my remarks with an apology to the Minister and my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Mr. John), because I shall not be present for the winding-up speeches. I have an important constituency engagement. I echo the tribute paid by the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North (Mr. Corrie) to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Miss Maynard). My hon. Friend has served her...

Agriculture (23 Apr 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. He made my point for me. Indeed, the point was made also by the hon. Member for Cunninghame, North. The system is now so distorted that the impact of doing something in one area of the agrimonetary front can distort things in other areas. One must compensate for it in some other way. The whole system is a complicated financial and arithmetical mess. The real...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Multilateral Organisations (6 Apr 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of United Kingdom aid goes through multilateral organisations other than the European Economic Community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Multilateral Organisations (6 Apr 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the Minister aware that many Opposition Members would like to see that proportion increased, since it is very much in the interests of developing countries that, as far as possible, aid should be without the sort of strings that generally accompany it when it is provided on a national or multilateral basis through the EEC? Can he assure us that he is actively seeking to change that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EC Budget (18 Mar 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the Foreign Secretary satisfied, and is the Council satisfied, that the revenue side of the budget agreed by the Council recently will be adequate to produce the revenue needed in 1987? If not, do he and the Council favour a supplementary budget or a new intergovernmental agreement?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Development Process (Women's Participation) (16 Mar 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the Minister aware that one way of helping women to take part in the development process in the Third world is to enure that they have full access to information, suppliers and advice generally on family planning so that they can choose for themselves the number of children they will have and their spacing and can preserve their health and play a full part as citizens in the development...

Ec — United States Trade (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I share with my hon. Friends on the Front Bench and the Minister the feeling that trade wars are bad and that fortunately we have managed to avert one. There I part company with the Minister, whose speech was very good when it concentrated on trade, but sections of it—no doubt inserted at the insistence of the Foreign Office—betrayed the Foreign Office's style. The bombast about the...

Ec — United States Trade (12 Mar 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: A good tactic, too.

Rate Support Grant (5 Mar 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: What will be the impact on the rate-making process in London boroughs which are affected adversely or advantageously by the court judgment if the Secretary of State wins his appeal after rate notices have gone out to ratepayers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Sub-Saharan Africa (23 Feb 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Will the geographical redistribution of the British aid effort in the next few years benefit sub-Saharan Africa? In particular, will the countries in the region get an increasing share of whatever that aid budget may be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Agricultural Holdings (Rates) (19 Feb 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: As local authority services in rural areas contribute to the prosperity of agriculture and those who work in it, what would be the impact if those services were not available?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Strategic Defence Initiative (18 Feb 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Do the Government oppose the early or subsequent deployment of the SDI? If so, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman explain why?

Tamils (Removal) (17 Feb 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: The Minister has told the House that a number of Tamils have been admitted to Britain because of their fear of retaliation and persecution had they remained in Sri Lanka. The British high commission does not know about these people, so how can it be certain that they will not be harassed and persecuted on their return? Can the Minister explain why people of substantial means, like the family...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: International Debts (2 Feb 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does the Minister agree that the best way of helping poor countries repay their international debts is to help increase their incomes? In that connection, will the Minister turn his mind to backing and improving the United Nations' integrated programme for commodities? Does he agree that it has been the fall in real commodity prices in the past 20 years that has led to difficulties which...

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I fully agree with the point that the hon. Gentleman made. Does he accept that there are real weaknesses in the budgetary procedures in the Community? It is not a case of Britain giving more power to the centre — there is plenty of power in balance between the two — but of the procedures? If the Community—if it is to last for much longer—were to adopt the sort of financial procedures...

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Absolutely.

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I always seem to have the pleasure or privilege of following the hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes). Our views on this matter are as diametrically opposed as those of any two hon. Members can possibly be. He is, of course, a federalist. There is an increasing number of them, though still a small minority, mostly on the Government Benches and in the alliance parties. I sometimes wonder...

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I will give way in a moment—and the whole purpose of the single European market, which is to allow capitalists in any country absolute freedom to invest where they like. There can be no restrictions. What is more, there can be no inducements or penalties, as my right hon. Friend has suggested. I am sure that my right hon. Friend is taking this point on board, but it will be a rather tricky...

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: I would not go all the way with the hon. Gentleman on that, but I remind him and the House that my hon. Friend the Member for Dagenham (Mr. Gould) and I were co-authors of a pamphlet, published towards the end of last year by the Labour Common Market Safeguards Campaign, which I recommend as good reading. My hon. Friend dealt with the economic aspects and I dealt with the political aspects of...

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Federalists will say good, but this conflict has to be resolved. I hope that when we are in Government after the next election we will be determined not to kowtow to EEC rules and regulations. We shall ensure that the Labour Government will be able to carry out the policy on which they will be elected, without regard to Common Market rules and regulations. There are two major issues in this...


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