Results 161–180 of 1714 for speaker:Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke

Official Secrets Act (19 Jul 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The right hon. Gentleman says that criminal sanctions are to be removed from large parts of section 2. Will he also consider whether the new and trendy action of breach of confidentiality—ostensibly a civil action but one that produces much the same results as criminal actions—should be removed? If that is not done, what the Government will be taking with one hand they may be taking with...

Scotland Bill: Voting of Scottish Members of Parliament (17 Jul 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: What makes the hon. Gentleman think that the appointed Members of the Upper House are any better than the others?

European Community (Doorstep Selling) (28 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is it not, in any case, contrary to the treaty, and particularly to article 189, to describe these details in a directive? Es it not a fact that a directive is specifically limited to questions of principle? Directives are now being issued as though they were complete codes of law—that is to say, as if they were regulations and not directives at all. It is not only in this case. It is in...

European Community (Doorstep Selling) (28 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The hon. Member for Battersea, South (Mr. Perry) made a most powerful speech, in the course of which he referred to the attitude of Members of the European Parliament. I have some experience of the directive, both in committee and in the plenary session of the European Parliament. I have spoken and voted against it throughout. Before the hon. Gentleman makes charges of this sort he should...

European Community (Doorstep Selling) (28 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The Consumers Association has a strong pressure group in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, and it takes some courage to resist it. One is said to be anti-consumer if one raises a point about the legal basis of a document such as this. In the Lobby the other day I was attacked by a commercial agent because I was alleged to be against decent conditions for commercial agents on an equivalent...

European Community (Doorstep Selling) (28 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: There could be no handsomer or fairer withdrawal than that. I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman. On that happy note, struck between the two Front Benches, and on the harmony in no way made discordant by the right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell), I think that I might sit down.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does my hon. Friend have a list of those sectors where the export penetration of British industry increases year by year? It is probably just as good as a list of import penetration.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I want to know what the right hon. Gentleman proposes. He has been swingeing with my hon. Friend the Member for St. Ives (Mr. Nott), but he has admitted that there is a great problem. We want to hear what he and the Prime Minister propose.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The right hon. Gentleman can do it in 10 minutes.

Orders of the Day — Supply: Trade and National Prosperity (26 Jun 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: What I said, Mr. Deputy Speaker, was that if the right hon. Gentleman put his mind to it he could explain anything in 10 minutes.

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance: Money Supply (25 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that all the authorities, including the Treasury and the Bank of England, were caught on the hop and were much surprised by this sudden spurt? Is he satisfied that the monitoring mechanisms at his disposal will ensure that he is not caught by surprise again?

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development: Grenada (8 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does the Minister appreciate that this question goes very far? What is the position about the granting of aid being conditional on the observance of basic human rights, as is mooted in the case of the renegotiation of the LoméConvention?

European Community (Commercial Agents) (2 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The House will, I am sure, realise that this directive, if it is adopted, will in almost all its articles be mandatory on all member States. That will mean that the whole of our law of commercial agency will have to be rewritten in detail on what is fundamentally a German basis. The draftsmen have taken the German code and tightened it up in various forms, as the Minister said, but it is...

European Community (Commercial Agents) (2 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I would agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. I think this is a distortion. I think that the tenacity with which the Commission defends it is even more sinister than the development itself. The theory upon which this directive is based is that the agent is a poor, weak fellow and needs a great deal of protection. It may be—although one makes no admissions about this—that with regard...

European Community (Commercial Agents) (2 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: He cannot become responsible for the principal's debts, but his own claims may be deferred to those of the employees and, indeed, may be reduced because he is at present a trade creditor to the other trade creditors. The idea of his being preferred into the privileged position of an employee is what Article 22 suggested, which we, in the Legal Committee—although this is not final—have...

European Community (Commercial Agents) (2 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: I agree with the hon. Gentleman on the question of compensation for what in another sphere is called unjust dismissal, or something on those lines, although not in the case of the self-employed, and that goodwill should be preserved. I think that in those areas there are legitimate causes for complaint in the present state of our law and that on that matter the hon. Gentleman will find unanimity.

European Community (Commercial Agents) (2 May 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: The hon. Gentleman said that the intention of the Commission is not clear. Unfortunately, it is very clear according to its words. In the Legal Committee we sought on many occasions to exclude such people as estate agents, theatrical agents, and literary agents, and the Commission resisted such proposals. So its intention is clear.

Orders of the Day — SUPPRESSION OF TERRORISM BILL [Lords] (26 Apr 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: It is always wrong to quote one's own speeches, but I think that in this case I should be allowed to do so. On 13th November last year, I had the honour to be the Rapporteur of the Political Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and I introduced a motion on this subject to the European Parliament which was accepted without any dissent. The motion urged all the members of the European...

Orders of the Day — SUPPRESSION OF TERRORISM BILL [Lords] (26 Apr 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Whatever Eisler was, he was not a terrorist. What has this to do with terrorism?

Preston (25 Apr 1978)

Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke: Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that about 20 years ago one of his predecessors, Mr. Harold Macmillan, opened the first motorway around Preston? Does he realise that the motorway with which we are most concerned, the Calder Valley motorway, has had a history of muddle, delay and misery in the past four years as a result of the postponement by the Government? Will he give his personal...


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