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CARRIAGE BY AIR AND ROAD BILL [Lords]: Diplomatic and International Immunities and Privileges (3 Apr 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: May I take this opportunity, Mr. Deputy Speaker, of confirming what the right hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Page) said, and of thanking the Committee for the work it did in giving the matter its attention.

Nantes Aircraft Crash (3 Apr 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: We are grateful to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Hodgson) for the way in which he so factually raised this agonising story. I want to make it absolutely clear at the outset that the Government are deeply concerned about the distress that has been caused to a number of British families following this accident. The hon. Gentleman mentioned a number of hon. Members on both sides of...

Nantes Aircraft Crash (3 Apr 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: If the hon. Gentleman will bear with me, I shall deal specifically with that point shortly. At this juncture, I must remind the House that at this stage there are no official legal grounds whatsoever for the Government themselves to intervene. I can quite understand that the hon. Gentleman and others who are personally exposed to the sadness and distress which has followed the accident may...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a statement about the main business to be taken by Ministers of the European Community during April. The more detailed written forecast was deposited yesterday. At present five meetings of the Council of Ministers are proposed for April. A joint Foreign Affairs and Finance Council will meet on 2 April and will consider two Commission discussion...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: With regard to the Finance Council, I assure the hon. Member for Mid-Oxon (Mr. Hurd) that we shall keep the House fully informed of developments after the joint Finance-Foreign Affairs Council meeting next week, which is, of course, crucial in this respect. As to the interest rate subsidies, as I am sure the hon. Gentleman is aware, we do not stand to lose, because there will, of course, be a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I know that my hon. Friend the Member for Warley, East (Mr. Faulds) has strong views on this matter. The Government have made their position perfectly clear. We recognise that the comprehensive peace towards which we hope to build on the basis of this new agreement will have to take into account the needs and aspirations of the Palestinian people. That is fundamentally important. As to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that the whole House wishes to see a satisfactory solution to the problem of fishing policy within the Community. However, it is perfectly clear that we are not prepared to see that solution achieved on any terms. We believe that a solution must recognise the profound contribution made to the Community by the fish stock that comes from British waters. Of course, we shall want a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that the hon. Lady will recall that Ministers have repeatedly made clear that the Government are not prepared to agree to Community proposals that could delay or prevent the advance of working capital to the British Steel Corporation and that would effectively deprive us of the power to decide upon the speed and conduct of our own restructuring programme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend is today meeting the Foreign Minister of Cyprus. We all wish to see the outcome to which my hon. Friend has referred, but the withdrawal of Turkish troops will be achieved realistically only within the context of an overall settlement. We are working towards that in every way that we can. We recognise our responsibility, and we want to see progress. In the meantime, as I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: We have no plans to amend the Treaty in the way suggested by the hon. Gentleman, but if we can get constructive co-operation in the Community on a voluntary basis we shall go for that. However, I want to make something perfectly clear. In this sphere, as in all others, we favour action on a Community basis where this makes sense, but we favour very much a retention of emphasis on national...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that my hon. Friend, with his special knowledge of the issue, would not have made that interpretation. Of course, that is certainly not the case. Anyone who made that interpretation deliberately would be being mischievous. As ever, we are highly committed to the importance of finding a settlement in the interests of all the people of Cyprus, not only because of Cyprus itself but...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I shall certainly convey what the hon. Gentleman said to my right hon. Friend. I should point out that this Government are determined to stand firm on the concept of price freezes, both in the cause of rational agricultural production within the Community and also in the interests of housewives, consumers and families throughout the Community, who are being asked to pay far more than they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has already dealt with that question. I only reiterate that we have welcomed the agreement, but I believe that everyone who looks at that great achievement will recognise, as the Community has said, that in history it must be seen as a stepping stone towards a comprehensive settlement in that area and not as an end in itself.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I certainly agree with my hon. Friend that the recent Court finding has demonstrated that the Euratom treaty has far-reaching implications for our own energy policy, particularly in the nuclear sphere. I am quite certain that the Community will want to look thoroughly at the implications of that Court finding, so that it can work out sensibly a rational way forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: This is a problem that we are continuing to keep under active review with our colleagues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I, along with all my colleagues in Government, understand my hon. Friend's anxiety, as well as that of others who are close to the communities in Britain that are dependent upon the textile industry. No one should underestimate the significance of the adjustments that have been made in that industry in Britain over recent years—with more than 100,000 jobs lost. I can assure my hon. Friend...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am certain that the hon. Gentleman, with his absolutely consistent approach on these matters, is deeply committed. I wish that I were as confident that the Conservative Opposition were as deeply committed as this side of the House for the years ahead.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: My hon. Friend will know that the December Council of Ministers renewed the anti-crisis measures until the end of 1979. Of course, if we do not get agreement on State aids at the next meeting of the Council of Ministers we shall have to review our commitment to those anti-crisis policies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: That and other matters will be considered on the second day of the meeting on Tuesday, when we shall be examining the report by the Commission on the negotiations to see whether we have reached the stage where we can move forward to an agreement. We are not yet at that stage, but when the formal proposals from the Commission are available the House can scrutinise them and give its views.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister (Engagements) (27 Mar 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: That has been made abundantly clear by my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. We shall continue to make plain that the British people are not prepared to become, in the near future, the largest net contributors to the budget when 76 per cent, of it is used to...


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