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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: UN Conflict Prevention Activities (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: Small amounts of aid are getting through to Sarajevo and the enclaves, but they are too small. The hon. Gentleman is perfectly right that the humanitarian position has deteriorated. The choices before the UN commanders are not enviable. They now have a greater range of troops and equipment, which will increase quite substantially during the coming month, but it does not transform the basic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: UN Conflict Prevention Activities (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I believe that it is right that NATO should be involved to the extent that it is involved in the enforcement of sanctions and in providing the possibility of air strikes. I have always been anxious—I think that the House has appreciated this—that we should not, in Bosnia or Yugoslavia, build up a situation in which the NATO powers are on one side and the Russians on the other. That would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister set out our priorities for the IGC at Leiden last September and in this House on 1 March. As the Minister of State said earlier, we want a European Union which is open, flexible, free trading, efficient and responsive to popular concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: There was a good discussion on jobs at the summit in Cannes a week ago. President Chirac put them at the top of the list for the summit. What clearly emerged from the discussion was the fact that jobs are created through free trade—one of the objectives that I have just mentioned—through deregulation, and through flexible labour markets. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was in a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I entirely share my right hon. Friend's last wish and I think that we can avoid that. What is taking shape in the reflections group, which my hon. Friend the Member for Boothferry (Mr. Davis) attends, is not a huge further radicalisation of the European Union or a huge new concept that will pull up everything by the roots and start something entirely afresh. It is, however, a little more than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: That illustrates the difficulties of the exercise. The committee has only just started its work. It is far too soon in practice to review how it is going. High hopes are placed on it in Wales, Catalonia and other places, but it is too soon to make an assessment. That is one of the reasons why 1996, as in the treaty, for the review conference is too soon. However, we have to make the best of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I am sure that in the coming months the House will seize many opportunities to talk about these issues and to prise out of the Government our approach, and we shall be forthcoming in response. It is worth repeating the timetable. The reflections group, on which my hon. Friend the Member for Boothferry sits, has just begun its work. The intergovernmental...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Intergovernmental Conference (5 Jul 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We are still looking at this. There is quite an appetite for greater clarity and a worry about what in the jargon is called creeping competence—that gradually without changes in the treaty the borderline will slide. That is a worry which goes beyond this country. However, we are still examining exactly what proposals might be sensible.

European Summit (Cannes) (28 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I did not say anything of the kind.

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: As usual, the debate covers a number of detailed documents, but I shall follow recent custom in looking forward rather than back. I shall try to set out the Government's approach first to the summit at Cannes under the French presidency at the beginning of next week, and secondly to the intergovernmental conference next year. Ideas for that conference are already being exchanged in the...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: So soon!

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: It might be sensible if I dealt with the single currency at the point where it arises in my speech, but I do not know that I shall add a great deal to what my hon. Friend heard from the Prime Minister on 1 March, when he dealt with the matter at some length. The line set out by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in the speeches that I have mentioned has been consistently advocated and...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I think that my hon. Friend, with the best of motives, is slightly exaggerating. I would prefer to summarise it as no, maybe, yes. That was her approach to the successful negotiation of the British rebate and it was certainly her approach to the decisive extension of majority voting in the Single European Act.

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: May I just finish this? I think myself that it would have been Baroness Thatcher's approach also to the issues of Maastricht and I do not criticise her for that. What the noble Lady did was to argue hard and when she had the best deal available for Britain, she signed. She argued and she signed. That is the record and, in its time, it was a successful one. The style now is different but,...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: That is precisely what my hon. Friend is doing now. He is holding me to account. He can do so frequently. It is perfectly true that in 1985 in the Single European Act, in order to gain the advantages of the single market we—and the Prime Minister of the day—accepted a substantial extension of majority voting. I think that she was entirely right. I do not think that we could have had a...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I was not seeking to make the point that my hon. Friend suggests. I was not seeking to make a distinction or difference; I was simply saying that the approach of arguing and then, when one feels that one has the best deal available for Britain, signing, is one shared by the present Prime Minister and his predecessor. Going back to the difference between the mindset of those days and now, we...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No, I have to get on. I say that we have only the beginnings of budget discipline because we are not yet satisfied, but, when my right hon. Friend discusses in Cannes next week how much money the European Union should spend on helping the countries of eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, the whole discussion will be within spending guidelines laid down under his chairmanship in Edinburgh in...

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I shall give way to the right hon. Gentleman in a minute. No one is proposing an increase in competences. There is plenty of room for debate about what remains and about how Europe should act in the area already allocated for European action within the existing treaties, but there is no proposal on the table at the moment for an increase in that area. The accent is—

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I shall give way in a moment if the right hon. Gentleman will let me finish the point. The accent is on subsidiarity and deregulation within those spheres where the Union has a role under the existing treaties, and we shall want to find ways to entrench subsidiarity and deregulation during the IGC.

Orders of the Day — European Union (21 Jun 1995)

Hon. Douglas Hurd: There is certainly a tentative attempt by those institutions to enlarge their scope within the area covered by the treaties. The point that I was making was that, I think for the first time in the history of the European Community, or Union, there is now to be a conference at which no one will seriously suggest that areas now within the competence of the nation state should be put within the...


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