Results 1981–2000 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Smoking by Schoolchildren (4 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Would the Minister not agree that smoking tobacco is at least as dangerous to health as some rather more notorious drugs we have been discussing recently, and should not the right hon. Lady be thinking seriously of tackling the problem of tobacco addiction by school children as a way of improving the health of the nation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation Supply: Rolls-Royce Ltd. (3 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Aviation Supply what criteria his Department has used in determining a purchase price for the undertaking and assets of Rolls-Royce Limited.

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation Supply: Rolls-Royce Ltd. (3 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is in the interests of the nation, the unsecured creditors of the Rolls-Royce company and its employees that the purchase price should be as generous as possible bearing in mind the worldwide reputation which Rolls-Royce enjoys and the fact that the Government are to buy those parts of the company which are a going concern?

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation Supply: Concorde (3 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Aviation Supply what technical and scientific advice he has received about the tail rudder of Concorde; and whether he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation Supply: Concorde (3 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Can the Minister assure the House that all necessary technical steps have been taken to ensure the safety and reliability of this very important part of the structure of the aircraft?

Clause 19: Application of Security Provisions to Companies Established in Connec Tion with Agreement on Gas Centrifuge Process (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: We are dealing with a very important topic here and I disagree with my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Cray-ford about it. This matter is far too important to be left to lawyers. We are dealing with an issue which affects the liberty of the subject and this house has always taken great pride and care in not leaving such matters to lawyers. They are matters to be debated by anyone in this...

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I, too, deplore the lateness of the hour at which we are discussing these vital matters. I regard this Scheme as the most important Statutory Instrument on the Order Paper. It is a sad commentary on the state of their business that the Government have to push through Statutory Instruments in the small hours of the morning, perhaps in the hope that not too much attention will be paid to them....

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: That does not make it right. It should not happen. Either we have a Secretary of State for Wales who is capable of performing functions under this Scheme or we do not.

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I was not aware of that, and I am grateful for the information. I do not wish to dwell on the point whether Scotland can be trusted whereas Wales cannot, but there is something funny here which I hope the Minister will explain for the benefit of new Members like myself who are not aware of the complexities of drafting Statutory Instruments. Paragraph 1 of the Scheme says that it applies...

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am grateful for that intervention, but I do not think it affects the point I am about to make. The Labour Government, wrongly in my opinion, but rightly in the opinion of Parliament at the time, decided that grants would be made to a large number of agricultural organisations which were not at the stage when the Act was passed into law by any definition agricultural cooperatives in the...

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am sorry I was straying, Mr. Deputy Speaker, but one is tempted in this debate—because it is our first opportunity to debate agriculture at any length in this Parliament—to wander a little from the wording of the Statutory Instrument.

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I assure you that I will bring myself quickly into order, Mr. Deputy Speaker, by returning to the question of marketing. The Government want to make grants to improve marketing. The grants will be wasted unless they are paid to bodies which will be viable entities when the grants are eventu- ally withdrawn and unless the Government bear in mind the general marketing circumstances of the...

Clause 19: Agricultural and Horticultural Co-Operation Scheme (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: I agree. But the point which my hon. Friend was making and which I had not yet mentioned comes in Schedules 9 and 10. With permission, I will draw attention to Schedule 9(2) and Schedule 10(c). Paragraph 2 requires the Council to make a report to the appropriate Minister on the state of progress on projects, and paragraph (c)(i) also requires the applicant for a grant to submit to the Council...

Clause 19: Mass Miniature Radiography Service (2 Mar 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: The hon. Member for Harwich (Mr. Ridsdale) talked of support in the House. I can assure him that he was very much under-estimating his support on this important subject. He has put his case most graciously. If this decision was taken on cost grounds, then it was deplorable. If, on the other hand, it has been taken on health grounds, then the House needs rather more information than has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Feb 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he proposes to discuss with the European Economic Council of Ministers the issue of free movement of labour, with particular reference to its effect on citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Feb 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is it not a fact that we have no real choice in this matter of acceptance of free movement of labour? Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman not aware that it will mean that Commonwealth citizens will be discriminated against in the job market in this country, including Northern Ireland, while aliens from Europe are allowed in?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Feb 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of all matters forming part of the current negotiations with the European Economic Council of Ministers, which have not yet been agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Economic Community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: European Economic Community (22 Feb 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Would the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that such a list would show a considerable num- ber of controversial issues still outstanding? If Her Majesty's Government propose to deal with them in the way in which they have dealt with controversial matters so far—that is. with capitulation and not negotiation—is there not a very poor look-out for the British economy?

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: European Economic Community (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why he does not intend to publish the results of his studies of the proposals for economic and monetary union put forward by the European Economic Community Commission, when these studies have been completed.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: European Economic Community (16 Feb 1971)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the widespread concern, both in this House and in the country, about the implications of these revolutionary proposals for economic and monetary union, particularly for parliamentary control of taxation? Why, therefore, on an issue of this magnitude and importance should the Treasury keep this advice secret?


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