Results 81–100 of 7111 for speaker:Hon. Douglas Hurd

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I shall give way to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Burton (Sir I. Lawrence) and then get on.

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We shall resist that. Indeed, my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary is resisting it at the moment. I hope that it will be possible to reach agreement on Europol—a very important and valuable proposal—at Cannes, without accepting the jurisdiction of the ECJ in what should be an intergovernmental pillar.

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I shall give way once more and then I really must get on.

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: If my hon. Friend looks at the recent judgments of the court, for example, on competence, and on the question of the World Trade Organisation, where the court found in favour of the member states against the Commission, he will find that the pattern is not as uniform as he and sometimes others seek to lay down. But of course one of the things that we shall need to look at during the IGC is...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I shall just finish this part of my speech and then give way to the hon. Member for Ilford, South (Mr. Gapes). President Chirac has rightly put the creation of jobs at the top of the agenda in Cannes next week. Our Prime Minister, representing the country with the fastest falling unemployment in the European Union, is well placed to take the lead.

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: With regard to the member states at Maastricht, before this concern with competitiveness really took hold, people signed up to the social chapter who would have been much wiser to follow our example and stay well away from it. They are now repenting that. On that day, I remember very clearly, the European employers were not awake to what was happening. A recent report from the European...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No, I am going to move on. In his speech in Chatham house and again in Bonn recently, the Leader of the Opposition offered up four whole areas of policy for qualified majority voting: industrial, regional, environmental and social. Last month many of his Members of the European Parliament, presumably taking their cue from him, voted for much wider extension, to collapse the intergovernmental...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: May I finish this passage? Then I shall give way to my hon. Friend. To those of my right hon. and hon. Friends who want to establish clear blue water between the views of the Opposition and those of the Government on Europe I simply say this: "You have it. Read the speeches by the Leader of the Opposition and read the speeches by the Prime Minister, especially the two that I have mentioned."...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: As I shall say in a minute, for the single market, to keep the protectionists at bay and for the sake of any future reform of the common agricultural policy, qualified majority voting will be needed. But I do not believe—in fact, I strongly disbelieve, if that is the right word—that qualified majority voting should be extended into the area in which I have most experience, that of...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No, I shall get on. As regards the summit at Cannes, I have already mentioned the debate on employment. Everybody hopes that it will be possible to reach agreement on setting up Europol, because agreement is needed. My hon. and learned Friend the Member for Burton (Sir I. Lawrence) asked me about that. Europol will not be a Community institution but will be established under the third pillar...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My hon. Friend may be referring to a report in The Times, but there has been no agreement between us and the Spaniards. I have referred to the balance between eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. The Commission put forward proposals for a rapid expansion in expenditure in the Mediterranean which ourselves and others, including the Germans, thought to be excessive. We contested that and we...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: We must be able to reassure the House on that matter, and that is why—as I have mentioned—we have been particularly energetic in trying to promote measures against fraud which would give even my hon. Friend reassurance on the matter. I hope that member states will agree at Cannes on new measures against fraud and also regulations which will enable the Commission to be more active and...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: My hon. Friend asked for guarantees against fraud. A slice of the money will be spent on Gibraltar, for example. The stability of the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean is a matter of huge importance to this country. I am often questioned by my hon. Friends about the middle east peace process and what help we are giving to the Palestinians in their efforts to maintain the...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: What I am setting out is the policy that has been set out by the Prime Minister in a number of speeches and which was endorsed, unanimously, of course, by the Cabinet about a fortnight ago. It is now being worked up into detailed proposals in Whitehall, the details of which are gradually being made available to the House. That is the Government's policy. We believe that is right, in line with...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: What is acknowledged and what the Finance Ministers explicitly acknowledged on Monday is that the earlier timetable as envisaged in the Maastricht treaty—1996-97—is unreal. That is something that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have been saying here for a long time, but there were people on the continent, particularly in the Commission, who clutched at the dream that it might be...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: No. I must get on and deal with the issues before the intergovernmental conference. The House is being kept fully informed of the work of the reflections group, and it will have ample opportunities to cross-examine Ministers about our negotiating stance. For example, I spent two hours with the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs this morning, to a large extent discussing that point. As the...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: May I finish this bit? Then I will give way to my hon. Friend again. We need a Commission and a Court to ensure, for example, that British planes are allowed to fly into Orly, as they can today—as they could not a couple of years ago—that the Italians and Spaniards are heavily fined if their milk quota figures are wrong and that the Italians have to repeal a tax on luxury cars. Since...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I promised one Opposition Member that I would give way to him, but he is no longer in the Chamber. I give way to my hon. Friend.

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: It is not none. We are still considering whether there are ways in which we could make clearer the definitions of competence. No one suggests, as I have said, an enlargement of competence. There may well he aspects in which it would be right and we could reach agreement. It should remain absolutely clear, where there is doubt at the moment, that matters about which there is doubt remain...

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

Hon. Douglas Hurd: I think I will come to the end. I am going through some of the specific ideas that we intend to propose. We shall seek changes as regards the Commission—a leaner Commission. As the Union expands, the infinite expansion of the college of Commissioners makes, in our opinion, no sense. We are considering a further control on unnecessary legislation. We believe that it is possible—not...


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