Results 141–160 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

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

Mr Eric Deakins: I take the hon. Gentleman's point, but it is entirely up to the Minister. I hope that the Minister, who, like me, is not a lawyer, is not relying solely on the legal department of the Foreign Office for this debate. In 1982, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee investigated the patriation of the Canadian constitution and we had legal advice from the Foreign Office legal department, not from...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I thought that the debate on which we embarked some time ago about the extra court would be relatively short, with the Minister in due course answering a number of questions put by right hon. and hon. Members. However, it has developed, rather unusually, into a major constitutional debate, and that shows the House at its best. We have discovered that even a matter which, on the whole, seems...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: In his answer from the Minister, did the hon. Gentleman get any information about the number of people currently employed in the European Court of Justice, and the number of people expected to be employed in a subsidiary court?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: With respect, the hon. Gentleman has got it wrong. At least, I hope that he has. I should be appalled if he were right. One looks to the Minister for an answer. Surely there are three separate provisions in the Single European Act, altering each of the three basic treaties, because there are three basic treaties, each of which is supervised by the court. Therefore, the extra court would be...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I seriously think that the hon. Gentleman got it wrong. Clause 2 mentions "the European Court". As I understand it, there is only one European Court, which regulates the affairs of the Communities under the provisions of the three basic treaties. All that we are being asked to approve — even that would be beyond what some of us want—is one extra court for the one existing European Court.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (16 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Surely there is a provision in the treaty of Rome, from way back in 1957, that a free market in goods does not take away from national Governments the right to prohibit imports on the grounds of "moral welfare" or some such words; I cannot remember the particular provision. Is the hon. Gentleman saying that the court went against the spirit of that provision?

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

Mr Eric Deakins: Further to that point of order, Sir Paul. It is an important point about clause 3, although I do not wish to raise it now because it does not arise until we reach the second grouping of amendments. However, on the more general principle, may I strongly emphasise that the amendments to clause 3, such as they are — there are about half a dozen, some of which are in my name—do not exhaust...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: I have three separate points of order. I have given notice to the Chairman of Ways and Means of a point of order which I shall seek to make later, since it does not relate to the first group of amendments. I shall also wish to raise a point of order when we come to the second group of amendments. I shall not go into detail now but I shall wait until the appropriate time. I reinforce the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Food Surpluses (12 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: As substantial price reductions are really the only effective alternative to quotas, which the Minister does not like, why are he and his Department so complacent about the impact of recent currency changes in the EEC which have meant that this year a number of farmers in countries in the Community will receive increases in their cereal prices?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Central America (11 Jun 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Can the Minister tell us one thing that has changed in Central America as a result of co-ordinated action by the member states of the EEC on this issue? Can he say whether, during our presidency, we shall be leading the EEC in opposition to a decision that is likely to be taken this year by the House of Representatives in favour of military aid to the Contras?

Oral Answers to Questions: Sub-Saharan Countries (19 May 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: What prevents Britain from spending a greater proportion of its aid to sub-Saharan Africa on rural and agricultural development? Is there a policy block, or is it just that that is the way things have been done in the past and it is very difficult to change them?

Petition: Social Security (12 May 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I seek leave of the House to introduce a petition on proposals published by the Government in December 1985 in the White Paper on the consequences of the social security reviews undertaken by the Secretary of State for Social Services. The petition has 28 signatures, but they are the signatures of the management committee of the Walthamstow Labour party, which has some 600 members and which,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Cereals (8 May 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the final decision on cereal prices taken by the European Economic Community Council for 1985–86; and if the EEC Commission's proposal on prices for 1986–87 is based on the previous year's figure as adopted by the Council, or as operated by the Commission.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Cereals (8 May 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I am grateful to the Minister for the latter information. Does he accept that what happened in the price negotiations last year, when the Commission overruled a West German veto on cereal price reductions, shows the fragility of the Luxembourg compromise and contradicts the assurances given to the House by the Foreign Secretary that the Single European Act posed no threat to the Luxembourg...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Nuclear Test Ban (7 May 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does the Foreign Secretary accept the growing American view that we cannot ban nuclear testing so long as we rely on nuclear deterrence and the existence of nuclear weapons?

Agricultural Price Settlement (28 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 10, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the 1986 common agricultural policy price settlement, about which we have just had a statement. The matter is specific because we have just had the statement, and it is important for six reasons....

Agriculture Council (28 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is the Minister aware that Agra Europ, which, unlike the Minister, is impartial on these matters, described the cereals agreement as a dog's breakfast and a disgrace? Is the right hon. Gentleman now telling the House that the previous opposition of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to a co-responsibility levy on cereals was not based on principle, as the Minister led the House...

Binary Nerve Gas Weapons (28 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Why is NATO being asked to endorse these appalling new weapons for United States forces in the USA when it was not asked for its views on the introduction of the SDI or the updating of the American nuclear strategic deterrent?

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I listened to the hon. Member for Nottingham, East (Mr. Knowles) with increasing incredulity. His was the first openly federalist speech of the day, although we have had a few others in previous debates. I hope that, when the hon. Gentleman loses his seat at the next election—he has a marginal—he may have done himself some good with the British European movement. The Government admitted...


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