Results 101–120 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: That would take me outside the scope of the debate, so I shall not be tempted. I have put before the Committee matters which are on the public record. They are part of the Labour party's jobs and industry campaign on television and in leaflets, so I am not giving away any secrets. I would not do that to the party. We are publicising all those matters. My question to the Labour party is, will...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does my hon. Friend recall that in 1972 the European Communities Bill spent a large amount of time in the House? Many hon. Members took part in those debates and all sides of the argument were advanced. This Bill cannot be said to be in the same league as the 1972 Bill, but it is a major constitutional Bill and the most important that we have had in the House since 1972. To think that it can...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: On the sub-paragraph of new article 100A from which the right hon. Gentleman quoted the words "high level of protection", is it not extraordinary that Ministers should have approved so vague a word as "high", which could mean almost anything, particularly when it is not quantified? Will that not create many more problems in the evolution of the internal market, let alone in what the European...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I have just discovered in the Community's annual report for 1985 the following phrase written by the Commission: The Commission also ensured that its texts"— that is, the texts put to Ministers for approval— were sufficiently general not to contain excessively precise clauses on the development of new policies.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Did the CBI, representing British industry in 1971 and in 1972 and in the referendum campaign in 1975, make any point about the need for all those further directives and the completion of the internal market? Is it not the fact that, in those days of contact between politicians and industrialists and the electorate, the argument was simply that by joining the Common Market — I think then...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that the German Democratic Republic is to be considered part of the internal market? We know that the GDR is not part of the Community, but does the inter-German trade agreement mean that West Germany and East Germany can trade together and that Britain cannot trade with East Germany through West Germany because of the agreement? Is that not unfair?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I apologise to the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash), because I shall not have time to go into the detail in which I would like to explore this set of amendents. I give him an undertaking that during the debate on European union I shall go into the matter in much more detail, because I shall have more time than is available to me now. The co-operation procedure has been the subject of a...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Mr. Forth) for his intervention, because he has experience in these matters and I have not. Once this Single European Act has been ratified and passed into law by all the member Governments there will be a major change. The apathy in the European Assembly will not continue for long once there is a prospect of exerting real power over...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Three of the amendments that we are debating in this group are in my name. Therefore, I hope that the Committee will bear with me if I take a few minutes to develop certain themes. The hon. Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Dykes) talked about Labour Members coming clean. I remind him that he and those whom he supported in the 1975 referendum, and still supports, both the federalists and those...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: The only way that one could justify giving authority to anyone from overseas, however linked with us in co-operative agreements, would be as part of a European system of government, which I completely reject. I do not wish to see Britain as part of a federal Europe or any form of European union. However, we shall have these debates in more detail on later amendments. I hope that the hon....

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: MR. HAROLD WALKER in the Chair (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: On a point of order, Mr. Walker. I wish to raise four points of order, and it may be for your convenience and that of hon. Members if I raise them one by one, in case any hon. Member wishes to intervene. First, I thank you for removing amendments Nos. 23 and 25 from the first group of amendments and for putting them into a grouping into which they fall more naturally. As a result, the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: MR. HAROLD WALKER in the Chair (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: My second point of order relates to the first group of amendments, as it now stands. Two subjects are involved. The first subject covers the new power of the Assembly, and amendments Nos. 2, 3 and 13. The second subject involves clause 3 and among other things the change of name from Assembly to Parliament, and affects amendments Nos. 51, 52 and 42 to 45. Although those amendments are all...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: MR. HAROLD WALKER in the Chair (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I wrote to you, and gave you notice of my third point of order, Mr. Walker. Amendment No. 26 relates to title III of the Single European Act, which concerns co-operation and the co-ordination of foreign policy in pursuit of a common foreign policy among the 12 member states of the EEC. I pointed out to you that on 7 May the Minister of State gave evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee....

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: MR. HAROLD WALKER in the Chair (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: You have anticipated my fourth point of order, Mr. Walker. I was going to point out that there are several other amendments that have also not been chosen. I entirely accept your ruling on such matters. However, there is to be no debate on social policy, on social and economic cohesion, or on research and technology. All those subjects are relatively important and are considered as such in...

Business of the House (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Why does the Leader of the House treat the House with such contempt and arrogance with regard to the Third Reading of the European Communities (Amendment) Bill, which is one of the most important Bills this Session—some of us would say the most important? Surely it deserves a full day of Government time so that most hon. Members who have an interest in the matter can take part in a vote on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: African Commodity Exports (23 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the Minister aware that the present Government, and a Labour Government, would be committed to the United Nations integrated programme for commodities, under which there are to be stabilisation schemes? Does he not talk to his colleagues at the Department of Trade and Industry about these matters?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: My hon. Friend keeps referring to the European courts in plural, not just the European Court of Justice and its new subsidiary court, but the chances of several subsidiary courts being established. I believe that in that view he seems to have the support of Her Majesty's Government. They have chosen wording in clause 2 of the Bill which refers to "any court" under the European Court of...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I promised the hon. Member for Lancaster (Mrs. Kellett-Bowman) that I would give way to her.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Indeed. I accept entirely what the hon. Lady says. When the Minister gave evidence before the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs — she was not necessarily pressed on this point, although I was not present—she was unable to give details of the number of cases in recent years. Why there should be so many staff disputes which require legal action makes one's mind boggle. Britain has plenty...


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