Results 161–180 of 2022 for speaker:Mr Eric Deakins

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

Mr Eric Deakins: I accept that. I too have that quotation. The Prime Minister may have said that, but I am afraid that she has said many things about her attitude to the EEC and in the course of time we have seen that she has changed her views. The Milan summit was a classic example of that. My third point of caution about giving encouragement to federalists in the Bill relates to the draft treaty of union...

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

Mr Eric Deakins: The Referendum Act 1975 referred to an "assembly". That would not have led—I see Scottish Members assenting to that proposition—to any confusion at all. If there are parliaments in different parts of the same institution, there is bound to be confusion between them regardless of their legislative and financial roles. Let me mention briefly the draft treaty of union, which is horrifying....

Foreign Affairs Council (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Is not the best way in which to eradicate terrorism to remove its cause? Does that not mean tackling the problem of the Palestinians and Jerusalem? What measures does the right hon. and learned Gentleman propose to take with his American colleagues—

Foreign Affairs Council (23 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I should just like to ask what further steps with the United States are being proposed to resolve these problems in the middle east.

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Sub-Saharan Africa (21 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does not the Minister's answer overlook one simple and important fact, namely, that in sub-Saharan Africa populations are rising rapidly? That alone ought to be enough to make us consider this a special problem requiring a special multilateral solution, such as I have put forward.

Business of the House (10 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: In view of the constitutional importance of the European Communities (Amendment) Bill which is now before the House, will the Leader of the House assure us that, in accordance with precedent, the Committee and Report stages will be taken on the Floor of the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Intervention Stores (10 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: As we did not have such disgracefully large stocks when Britain had its own agricultural policy, is not the only remedy after 10 or more years of the CAP, to get out of the CAP and have an independent policy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Economic Summit (9 Apr 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: During our presidency of the EEC in the next six months, will the Minister consider the possibility of inviting observers from the poor states of the world, from UNCTAD and from the United Nations to attend the Tokyo economic summit? At present it is a grouping of rich nations trying to settle the world's economic affairs in their own interests.

Immigration (Members' Representations) (26 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: How is an hon. Member in any party to know whether someone from overseas, whether from Bangladesh or the United States, has a right to come here as a visitor, which is what we are talking about?

Tercentenary of Bill of Rights (17 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. May I draw your attention and that of the House to the fact that the next Parliament to be elected, which will be no later than the same year, 1988, will be the 50th Parliament of the United Kingdom and might also merit an appropriate commemoration?

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: European Community Budget (17 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: If we are successful in our application to the court, will we be able to reclaim, and is it our intention to reclaim, the moneys paid over which are outwith the Consolidated Fund?

Common Agricultural Policy (10 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I must first apologise to both Front Benches for the fact that I was unable to hear the opening speeches. I had to attend a Select Committee which went on for rather a long time. I came to the Chamber as soon as I could. The hon. Member for Dorset, West (Mr. Spicer) made a very thoughtful speech. To a surprising extent, I agreed with his comments. However, like many such speeches on the...

Common Agricultural Policy (10 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I do not recall that there was any starvation in Britain before we entered the Common Market. We had a completely different agricultural policy then. I worked for a long time in agriculture under the provisions of the 1947 and 1957 Acts, and I do not recall any starvation.

Common Agricultural Policy (10 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I do not think that what the hon. Gentleman says is right, but I stand to be corrected. However, I am not aware that the costs of the previous policy were out of control. When it looked as though they were getting out of control—once or twice on pigs, for example—we introduced the concept that the hon. Gentleman mentioned, of standard quantities. There were deficiences in that system—I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Common Agricultural Policy (6 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Will the Minister condemn the European Commission for putting forward price proposals which break the financial guidelines which the House was told by the Government last year were binding on the Council and the Commission?

European Community (5 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does my hon. Friend agree that, in addition to having more oral statements, we should revert to the procedure whereby there was a separate slot of 20 minutes in Foreign Office Question Time for oral questions on European Community matters?

European Community (5 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: Does not a difficulty face any country with a written constitution—how those changes should be put to the Parliament or assembly concerned to represent the opinions of the people? We are faced with a difficulty which does not face countries such as the United States which have a written constitution. In the United States they consider constitutional amendments individually and can discuss...

European Community (5 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: The importance of a parliamentary debate must not be measured by attendance at the debate. There have been many occasions in parliamentary history when there has been a low attendance at debates on matters of great importance. I agree with a number of the comments made by the hon. Member for Nottingham, East (Mr. Knowles). Although we disagree fundamentally about progress in the EEC and...

European Community (5 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I accept that the President was purporting to speak, and may well have been speaking for all I know, on behalf of 100 per cent. of the members of the European Assembly. That does not surprise me in the least, as, with the possible exception of a few British Labour members—I am not making a party political point—the vast majority of members of the European Assembly are federalist at heart....

European Community (5 Mar 1986)

Mr Eric Deakins: I hope that my hon. Friend will forgive me. I agree with his point and will come back to it. On the national legal action which is now being taken by the Government against the Assembly—the Council of Ministers is also taking action and the two actions are running in parallel—one has to accept that there is no machinery in the treaty of Rome to curb the actions or the pretensions of the...


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