Results 101–120 of 1375 for speaker:Mr Tristan Garel-Jones

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Perhaps uncharacteristically, far from apologising for having discussions through the usual channels in the House, on this occasion I regard them as a good thing in themselves. However, such discussions would probably not have been initiated had my hon. Friends the Members for Northampton, North and for Tayside, North supported the Government on the amendment.

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: My hon. Friend—whom I hold in esteem and affection—is telling the House that he will now vote against precisely the same proposition as he supported in Committee. I beg him not to play games with me or the House. The Government were defeated in Committee. We are now acting as a Government should in that position. We had to decide whether to seek to overturn the decision—we believe that...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I shall not intervene on my hon. Friend again, but he is playing games with me and with the House that do not deceive me or the House. It is clear that he played games in Committee and is playing games again. I think that that fact should lie on the record.

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: What I was seeking to do in Committee, when my hon. Friend and other hon. Members intervened, was demonstrate the choices and dilemmas that lay before us. For example, I said that I thought that England ought to be entitled to 20 seats, but that, on the basis of some of the bids that we had received from other parts of the country, England would get none at all. I said that that was a...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Let me make it clear to my hon. Friend that the Government would still prefer to retain the flexibility for this and future Governments to allow representatives from the business community, as my hon. Friend and others have suggested, to be part of our team on the Committee of the Regions. That is the position which the Government would have preferred. The House chose to prefer a system...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: If my hon. Friend were able—I must admit that my efforts to do so failed—to persuade some of my right hon. and hon. Friends to reverse their view and support what I believe is my hon. Friend's view, which is also the Government's view, I am sure that the Government would seek to do what he suggests. I am afraid, however, that my advocacy failed. I do not know whether my hon. Friend has...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I apologise for interrupting my hon. Friend again, but his remarks provide me with the opportunity to respond to a question that my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) and other hon. Members asked regarding expenses and costs. Members of the Committee of the Regions receive no salary. They receive a per diem of approximately £100 a day, plus their travelling expenses....

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: May I reinforce the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Faversham (Sir R. Moate)? The option that the Government would have preferred would have allowed for a substantial number of elected local government representatives, but we should not have been alone in the Community in our wish to keep a proportion of the representation so as to enable business men and environmentalists, for...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: The hon. Gentleman is right in saying that the amendment was carried with the support of many of my right hon. and hon. Friends. However, island communities in Britain have an association of their own and they thought it sufficiently important and attractive to come to see me at the Foreign Office to suggest that island communities might have a representative on the Committee of the Regions....

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: When the hon. Gentleman's own party stops playing silly games with the Maastricht Bill and enters into discussions, as it has not yet done, he will find that the Government are open to listening to his point of view and making any arrangements that emerge from the discussions. Then no doubt, late, last and stumbling at the back of the queue as ever, he may discover what previous discussions...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: rose—

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: rose—

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: If the Committee of the Regions is, as my hon. Friend says, a matter of such little consequence, why did he find it of sufficient importance to wish to vote with the Opposition on this matter?

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I confirm that the Committee of the Regions is an advisory body; but giving advice is not an improper thing to do. It is what hon. Members do constantly. They give the Government advice and the benefit of their opinion. There is nothing wrong with that.

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: Shocking!

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I do not regard it as particularly shocking that if someone goes to Brussels to serve on the Committee of the Regions he might be allowed to stay in a modest hotel. My hon. Friend clearly regards it as wholly reprehensible that the taxpayer should fund that.

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: The hon. Gentleman is about to launch into his traditional debate with the Scottish National party and I do not want to intrude on that. It is difficult to know precisely what Opposition Members, such as the hon. Member for Rhondda (Mr. Rogers), who wants to know about the deal, have in mind, because they jump up and down as if a deal was something dirty and dishonourable. We intend to...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: There is a point that the hon. Gentleman clearly has not understood since we started discussing the Committee of the Regions. I hope that I made it perfectly clear in Committee that far from being opposed to local government representatives sitting on the Committee of the Regions, we thought that was a likely, indeed probable, event. I also made it clear in Committee that, while we were...

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: I am much too prudent to try to intervene on discussions within Scotland, which I left to other of my right hon. Friends.

New clause 42: Committee of the Regions (4 May 1993)

Mr Tristan Garel-Jones: The hon. Gentleman is dancing on a pin. I do not know what the figures are now, but the last time that we discussed the matter, the only countries that had nominated their members to sit on the Committee of the Regions had chosen what I still regard as the more sensible option—to have the opportunity of making some nominations who were not local government representatives. For example, I...


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