Results 81–100 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

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

Mr Eric Deakins: I have no intention of detaining the Committee, but the Minister said twice that this debate had lasted for seven hours. If left on the record unchallenged, that assertion would give a misleading impression of events. Perhaps I may draw attention to the fact that, at any time after I sat down at approximately 12.10 am last night, when the debate had been going for three and a half hours, it...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: Surely the purpose of debating amendments is to expose issues and to discuss. The name "Parliament" means that we are a talking shop. We have developed a lot, but the Chamber is a centre where we can talk. The national press has not taken an interest since 4.45 pm yesterday, which is a sad reflection on the media, but this is a place where arguments can be exposed, even if we know that the...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: Will the Minister give way on that matter?

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

Mr Eric Deakins: My hon. Friend's point is made in rather different language by the Comptroller and Auditor General in the National Audit Office report entitled, "Achievements and Costs of the Common Agricultural Policy in the United Kingdom." Paragraph 8 states: the practice has evolved of the Council adopting by general consensus an overall package of decisions, which each Member State considers is on...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: Is not the logic of the completion of the internal market that there will be more closures in the basic industries, because the forces drawing industry and investment to the centre will be enhanced by the freedom of capital movement, freedom of investment, freedom of labour and freedom of services? The peripheral regions in this country will need more Government support — which they will...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: Twelve thousand million pounds.

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

Mr Eric Deakins: The completion of the internal market could entail a further deepening of industry's great psychological disadvantage. When we had a Commonwealth, which was a kind of free market, with tariff preferences throughout it, our industry concentrated almost exclusively on the United Kingdom home market and the Commonwealth and neglected all other world markets. We went into the Common Market...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: Is not the dilemma that the Government are facing over the internal market a practical rather than a philosophical one? The Government believe in the Community and in co-operation between nation states in the Community. That is on the record from the Prime Minister and others over the years. There are a few federalists in the Cabinet, and the Foreign Office is full of them. The fact is that...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: We are debating the internal market. I have not yet heard a right hon. or hon. Member define precisely what that is. The listener outside or the person reading Hansard might get the impression that we enjoyed a certain state of affairs in relationships with the Community, which was not currently an internal market. But, hey presto, this legislation and the Single European Act come along and...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: It has only a small "1". It states: Completion of a unified liberal internal market in the Community will benefit British industry through removal of barriers to trade with other member states and is one important condition for the creation of a European industrial capability which could compete effectively on world markets"— whatever that may mean. I have not come across that expression...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I do not for a moment deny the truth of that. But I do not wish to anticipate any remarks that I may make in a later debate on the clause concerning the environment. I shall then go into the issue in more detail, and will ask whether Community action is necessarily the proper way of going about genuine international cooperation. I shall not be tempted from my chosen path, however, even if it...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: We can look forward to the Minister's reply. I understand that the hon. Lady is—I hesitate to say "in difficulties", because she is a competent Minister —in a difficult position. She has to answer debates over the whole range of Government policy, and all Departments are involved in the provisions of the Single European Act. My heart goes out to her, and I am not trying to make her task...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I do not deny for one moment the force of the main point made by the hon. Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) that there have been increases in productivity, but there are two ways of ensuring increases in productivity, and the Government have taken the wrong course. If we continue towards an internal market in 1992, they will continue to take the wrong course—if we are unfortunate...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I agree with the hon. Gentleman and later in my speech I shall come to his point about the deficiencies in British industry. At this stage I am anxious to ensure that the Committee has the facts upon which it can base a judgment whether the completion of the internal market by 1992 is a good thing for Britain and the British people. We are here to legislate for our people and not for anyone...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am not sure when the hon. Gentleman is an economist, but I am not. I would hate to be drawn into something which, although relevant to the internal market, would take me beyond the brief that I have prepared for myself. I am not an expert and I am not at all certain what is the balance of advantage of the internal market so far in respect of North sea oil, for example. It would be possible...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I accept the hon. Gentleman's major thesis, which is that not all the disasters I have catalogued —and I have more of them to relate—have been entirely the fault of the Common Market. I am simply asking how, if that has been our performance so far in the internal market—incomplete though it is, and we have been in it for 13 years—the Minister can say confidently, as she no doubt will,...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I think that the hon. Gentleman's logic is irrefutable. It is not for me to provide the answer. That ought to come from the Government, and that is what we are considering. The counter-argument — I still await any evidence, and I have been giving counter-evidence to persuade the Committee to vote for these amendments or, indeed, for one of them—must come from the Government and be based...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I fear that if I followed the hon. Gentleman in that remark, although I am happy to take issue with him, I would be straying outside the rules of order. I am sticking completely to the internal market. Just in case right hon. and hon. Members think that I have it in for British industry, I have to say that industries in other countries are also inefficient. The trouble is that the are less...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I shall certainly stop there. I was seeking to show that I was not being unfair in criticising just British industry for its performance and potential performance in the Common Market because some of the strictures I have made could equally apply to industries in other countries. I turn to the impact of the internal market on this country as a whole not merely on our trade, investment or...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: My hon. Friend has made his point. Had he sought to catch your eye, Sir Paul, he may have made the point in a slightly different way and brought it within the rules of order. I should like to know from the Minister what the Government think about the recommendations of the House of Lords Select Committee. Paragraph .5 of that important report states: The Committee believe that urgent...


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