Results 61–80 of 1714 for speaker:Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Judges (Tenure) (9 Feb 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is not Lord Denning probably the best-known judge in the world? Are not these attacks on him highly resented by everyone who has had the privilege of appearing before him?

Orders of the Day — British Nationallity Bill (28 Jan 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Until the right hon. Member for Down South (Mr. Powell) spoke, I had not appreciated that there are at least five separate layers of category provided for in the Bill. I had appreciated that there were four, and that seemed to me to be not a very up to date or modern provision to make. It is worth repeating what those four categories are. There is British citizenship, there is citizenship of...

Orders of the Day — Greater Manchester Bill [Lords] (19 Jan 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I have been dragged here tonight by my old and hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Withington (Mr. Silvester), who quite properly pointed out that about 17,000 of my constituents live within the Greater Manchester area. I doubt whether any of them regard themselves as Mancunians, but they are considerably affected by this blockbuster of a Bill, as it was rightly described by the right hon....

Orders of the Day — Greater Manchester Bill [Lords] (19 Jan 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Precisely. There will be a flood of such persons to the simpler and less suspicious parts of the country on the perimeter of Manchester, where they will not be required to register because the question has not been dealt with on a national basis. I should like to know why, when a matter is purely national and when there is nothing local about it, the practice should grow up of piecemeal...

Orders of the Day — Greater Manchester Bill [Lords] (19 Jan 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: In what clause is the new remedy?

Orders of the Day — Greater Manchester Bill [Lords] (19 Jan 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Emotional bulls.

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Textile Industries (12 Jan 1981)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Will not my hon. Friend agree that the objective of the textile industry, unlike many other industries, is not grants and subsidies so much as fair trading? Will he not agree that the threat does not come from the Third world. As he says, that has been taken care of by the Government very successfully. The threat comes from the United States. Will my hon. Friend give an underaking that the...

American Synthetic Textiles (Imports) (15 Dec 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is my hon. Friend aware that the two orders that he is ending have certainly damaged the British carpet industry, because it has been deprived of supplies of raw material that it otherwise might have had? However, does it not follow that the British carpet industry must be protected, and as soon as the quotas are removed?

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I begin by mentioning my worries about the constitutional position and the amend- ment. We are discussing a directive, and not a regulation. If the directive is passed by the Council of Ministers, the House will have to translate it into law in a form that British courts can interpret. Once the directive is passed, we are obliged to observe its substance and principles. We cannot divert or...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The Government may do that. If they do, the House can do nothing further without turning out the Government. If the Government agree to a directive, it is not open to the House to veto or negative that directive. Once a directive is passed, all that the House can do is to translate into law suitable for interpretation by our courts the substance of the directive. In that I include all...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: No, it would not be law here. If it were struck down by the court at Luxembourg, it would be struck down throughout the Nine and would have no effect. I think that that situation is highly unlikely to arise. I would not suggest that we contemplate it or proceed on that basis. I should be sorry if that happened, because I accept what the right hon. Member for Lanarkshire, North (Mr. Smith)...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I accept that distinction. I perhaps gave my hon. Friend the Member for Fareham (Mr. Lloyd) a somewhat summary answer. The issue depends on the manner in which the directive is translated into our domestic law. If it is translated by primary legislation here, that legislation then has a life of its own, which would survive a striking down by the European Court. It would not survive if the...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I do not think that my hon. Friend had the advantage of listening to my right hon. Friend the Minister's close and charming introduction to the matter. She made it clear that it is a matter not of weeks but of years. If those who are interested in the matter follow the negotiations, table questions and apply themselves to all the opportunities open to hon. Members in a long and continuous...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I doubt whether insurance would be available. One can obtain insurance about observing the state of the art as it is at any given time, but to obtain insurance against defects that have not yet been dreamt of is an impossible position—— Mr. Lyon rose——

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I shall not give way again. The hon. Gentleman may disagree with me, but, even if one could obtain insurance, the premiums against future, hypothetical, unknown risks would be so great that they would seriously inhibit the development of our industry. It is a matter of personal judgment, and that is my opinion. That is why I think that the hon. Gentleman and the right hon. Member for...

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Article 2 provides that, in the instance quoted by the right hon. Gentleman, both the person supplying the materials and the person who makes them up are producers.

European Community (Product Liability) (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does the right hon. Gentleman know that, when this matter was debated in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, the Commission could not produce a single case that involved distortion? I am not saying that I am not in favour of the principle, but to base it on article 100 is dangerous, because it may be challenged in front of the European Court as being ultra vires.

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Unemployed Persons (4 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Meanwhile, will my hon. Friend bring the figure of 9.8 per cent. for the Blackburn area to the attention of his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry when he is considering whether to prolong the intermediate development area status for that area?

Oral Answers to Questions — Hours of Sitting (3 Nov 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Will my right hon. Friend look again at the question of Friday morning sittings as they affect Government statements? Does he agree that the experiment of interrupting the proceedings at 11 o'clock for Government statements is not satisfactory either to Ministers or to hon. Members, and that it would be better if the House met at 10 o'clock, if 9.30 be too early for Ministers, when perhaps...

Oral Answers to Questions — Industry: Paper Industry (4 Aug 1980)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is not the increasing cost of energy one of the greatest burdens from which the paper and board industry is suddenly suffering? Is my right hon. Friend aware that the enormous increase in energy prices is breaking the camel's back?


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