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European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: If there is a fixed mechanism, it must be comprehensive; otherwise it should not exist at all. It is like going back to fixed exchange rates with a little floating within certain bands. I am not an economist so I may be shot down by those who know more about these matters. but I would have thought that that was a disadvantage. With the world moving over to floating exchange rates, I would...

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As the Minister of State has given us two lengthy but much-needed interventions, would it not help the House if he replied to the debate on behalf of the Government?

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: The hon. Gentleman will be aware of the well-known quotation of Dr. Johnson: when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. But that is not an argument for hanging.

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Why not?

European Community (29 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: How can he do two jobs?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: EC (United Kingdom Presidency) (22 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Why was there no mention in the Minister of State's statement on that agreement to the House on 17 December of the fact that the bulk of the saving in the milk sector will come from delayed reimbursement to member states of the cost of disposing of surplus dairy produce? There is not a word about that. Why did the Minister seek to mislead the House on that important issue when more than 100...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: EC (United Kingdom Presidency) (21 Jan 1987)

Mr Eric Deakins: Have any of the anodyne statements made by the EEC in recent years under the heading of political co-operation led to the resolution of any international problem?

Agriculture Council (17 Dec 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: By how much will CAP expenditure be reduced in 1987 and 1988 as a result of the measures that have been taken? Will the temporary suspension of quotas automatically end after two years?

Local Government (5 Dec 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Will my hon. Friend say something about Wandsworth council's policy on the problem of homelessness and homeless families? As he said, it not only makes worse the position of people on the waiting list, but it makes it more difficult for Wandsworth council and other councils, if they have the same policy, to house families, except in inadequate and unhealthy bed-and-breakfast accommodation....

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Prices (4 Dec 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Would it make any difference to the comparison the Minister has drawn if the base figure was that for 1978 or 1979?

Points of Order (3 Dec 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am glad to note that, for my point of order, which is a genuine one, the Chief Whips, the Leader of the House, and my right hon. Friend the shadow Leader of the House are present. My point of order relates to the form of Foreign Office questions. As you will know, Mr. Speaker, for the past year, there has been an experiment whereby the separate slot for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Iran-Iraq War (3 Dec 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: If industrial countries are not supplying chemical weapons or the means to make them to Iran or Iraq, does the Minister accept that they are getting the weapons from somewhere? Can we not widen our efforts and ensure that they cannot get those weapons from anywhere? Does he agree that even if we must raise the issue at the United Nations, we should do so?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Third World (1 Dec 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Will the Minister follow and further develop the policy of his two predecessors of ensuring that there is a population component in every major overseas aid project, wherever it may be?

Orders of the Day — European Community Budgets (24 Nov 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: The hon. Gentleman has raised an important point of principle, which I had not appreciated, which is that deficits in one year can be carried forward to the next. Might that be one way in which weaker spirits in the Community might want to postpone resolution of the financial problem—by having a bigger and bigger deficit each year and carrying the deficit forward to the next year?

Orders of the Day — European Community Budgets (24 Nov 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I did not agree with very much of what the hon. Member for Cheadle (Mr. Normanton) said, but he gave the game away towards the end of his speech when he said that an alternative was to consider increasing the 1·4 per cent. VAT limit. I am sure that he speaks for a great many Members of the European Assembly, and perhaps the majority of the Budgets Committee, the work of which he describes...

Orders of the Day — European Community Budgets (24 Nov 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I did not see the film, but I can understand the hon. Gentleman's sentiment. If the House were foolish enough at some time in the future—next year probably—to agree to the VAT limit being raised to 1·6 per cent., with effect from 1 January 1986, who can doubt the expenditure implications of such a rise in the own resources of the EEC? The EEC expenditure is encouraged to rise by the...

Orders of the Day — European Community Budgets (24 Nov 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Yes. My point is that this is something about which I am in doubt and about which the House must be in doubt, since contradictory answers have been given by the Government. The issue is not clear and it needs to be clarified. However, it is only one of a number of financial procedures that cause me concern and that should cause the House concern. Until the financial procedures are put right...

Orders of the Day — European Community Budgets (24 Nov 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: In relation to the Minister's points about ECOFIN, he will recall his written answer recently to my question about the reservations expressed by the Greek, Danish and German delegations. Those reservations cannot be brushed aside, because they are quite serious. The delegations maintained that agricultural policy had to take account of political and social aspects. I believe that the Greek...

Autumn Statement (6 Nov 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Are the estimates of Britain's contribution to the EEC budget over the next three years based on a continuation of the maximum VAT rate at 1·4 per cent.? If so, is that not a very unwise assumption?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Cereals (30 Oct 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: As, in a Community of 12, Britain's Presidency will always come round in the second half of the year, what steps does the Minister propose to take now to ensure that cereal prices are reduced in the first half of next year?


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