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Supplementary Estimates, 1986–87: European Communities (Budget) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: How does it do that?

Supplementary Estimates, 1986–87: European Communities (Budget) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I thank my hon. Friend for giving way. I know that she is pressed for time and that the Economic Secretary wishes to reply. Were the increases of 6 per cent. and 7 per cent., which were mentioned on the tapes, increases over the 1986 budget approved by the Council in December 1985 or increases over the 1985 budget as approved last year by the Council and the Assembly?

Supplementary Estimates, 1986–87: European Communities (Budget) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I apologise to the right hon. Member for Worthing (Mr. Higgins) and to my Front Bench for not having been present for the opening speeches. As I am an ardent advocate of certain views on the Common Market, the House will take it from me that I would have been present if it had been humanly possible. I shall be present for the rest of the evening and possibly until the small hours of the...

Supplementary Estimates, 1986–87: European Communities (Budget) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am not denying that some other member states are capable of financial rectitude. My point is that the majority of member states, although capable of it, have no intention of achieving the degree of financial rectitude on which our history and Parliament have been based.

Supplementary Estimates, 1986–87: European Communities (Budget) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am not sure that I would go along with all that the hon. Gentleman said, but I shall develop the point later. One of the troubles with the guidelines on the budgetary discipline agreement is that they have set a rate of increase for agricultural expenditure. In a written answer the Economic Secretary said: The guideline for agricultural expenditure states that its rate of increase must be...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Provisions Relating to European Assembly (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is within the rules of order for any hon. Member speaking on the Third Reading of a Bill to mention matters that are not within the Bill?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agriculture Policy (Expenditure) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the latest estimate of common agricultural policy expenditure in 1986; how this compares with the budgeted amount; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agriculture Policy (Expenditure) (10 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Has the Secretary of State read the recent speech of the Minister for Overseas Development calling for a radical reform of food aid policy in the Common Market? If so, does he agree with the principles involved and will he seek to extend them to the disposal of commercial surpluses, which are a major part of the costs of the CAP which he has just mentioned?

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity (Privatisation) (7 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether his Department has had any discussions on the privatisation of the electricity industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy: Electricity (Privatisation) (7 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Will the Minister confirm that the Government have no objection in principle to privatising the electricity supply industry, which has the largest holding of state assets in western Europe? Will he also confirm that the Government will seek to ensure that this is a manifesto commitment for the next general election?

Public Accounts (3 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is not the answer to the important point made by the hon. Member for Crawley (Mr. Soames) that by picking out, through the National Audit Office, some substantial contracts where things have gone wrong we and the Ministry together could learn lessons which could be applied over the entire range of much smaller contracts? We are concerned about principles rather than with analysing every...

Public Accounts (3 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does my right hon. Friend agree that an important issue of principle has not yet been resolved, and, I suspect, it has not been resolved in the new guidance? It is the conflict of loyalty of nominee directors between the firm to which he or she has been appointed and the agency which has nominated them. It is not only a conflict of loyalty; it is a legal conflict. The advice that we received...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) (1 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: My right hon. Friend will agree that the crime is made more heinous by the fact that, unlike the examples to which he referred, the Government have no mandate from the British people for this measure. It was not mentioned in their 1983 manifesto.

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) (1 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I rise for a number of reasons, hut I ought to tell the House that of the 50-odd amendments to the Bill, just under half are in my name. Therefore, I have some interest in the remaining proceedings of the Bill. Of the amendments I have tabled a number have been selected in the subsequent debates and some have been linked with those of other hon. Members. In 1640 and 1641 this House of...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) (1 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: As an historian — I am not sure whether the hon. Gentleman is an historian— I know we had a civil war first before that happened. I do not wish to waste the time of' the House by developing the constitutional arguments of the importance of the Bill— they have already been outlined by many speakers. I wish to take up one by one—no one else has done so — the Leader of the House's...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) (1 Jul 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Perhaps I am being unduly pessimistic. I accept the right hon. Gentleman's point. Seven groups of amendments remain to be debated, and we shall have three clause stand part debates. No one expects a clause stand part debate on clause 4, but clauses 1, 2 and 3 are important. Therefore, we have the prospect of 10 debates in Committee, including the debate on which we embarked on Friday. Even...

European Communities (Amendments) Bill (30 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. You are the guardian of the rights of Back Benchers in the House, irrespective of what the Government may do. There are, according to the Chairman of Ways and Means, up to 10 separate debates left for the Committee stages. As only two hours have been allocated, if my arithmetic is correct, there will be an average of 12 minutes per major debate....

Business of the House (27 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Why was there a six-week delay between Second Reading and bringing the Bill before a Committee of the whole House?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Clause 1 (27 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I do not agree with what the Minister says, but I understand it. I sympathise with that point of view. The hon. Lady is' saying that our market has been open and the other markets have been relatively closed. I understand that, but it has always been said that it is possible for a German industrialist to come to Britain to meet half a dozen people in the retail trade — the big chain stores...


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