Results 41–60 of 2037 for speaker:Mr Frank Judd

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The next discussion will be at the Fisheries Council due to take place on 19 February. I assure the hon. Gentleman, and, indeed, the whole House, that there is no question of a sell-out on this issue. Equally, we are convinced that it is possible to find an effective common policy which preserves and protects the undeniable rights and interests of the British fishing community, always...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear, we see the way ahead in the context of membership of the Community within our obligations, as they stand, under the treaties. We believe that a great deal can be done to mobilise common sense and rationality in overcoming the undoubted faults and failures that exist in the life of the Community. On the specific question about trade,...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: On the issue of contributions to the Community, we believe that there is a need for a thorough overhaul of the basis on which these are calculated. We believe that as the second highest net contributor to the common budget we are being asked for more than our fair share. While we are in this predicament, we have every right to speak out strongly on the reforms that we believe necessary. Of...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The hon. Gentleman will recall that during our presidency of the Community we were able to define the common position of the Nine towards the Middle East. We must keep this issue constantly under review. The way forward is to build on the developments that have been achieved and envisaged in the Camp David context, recognising that these have to be seen as part of an approach to an overall...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I very much hope that everybody involved in these elections will be looking for ways in which we can mobilise the people of the Community to establish the right priorities in the interests of ordinary men, women and children of the Community and not just remote technicalities, and to make this a live human campaign about issues relevant to ordinary people.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: With great respect to my hon. Friend, we have first to demonstrate some self-confidence as a nation that we can mobilise support in the Community behind our priorities. We are already making progress. I find it extraordinary that hon. Gentlemen on both sides of the House sometimes fail to recognise the considerable progress made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will be relieved to know that already this week, on Monday, there were Community discussions evaluating the consequences for individual members of the Community and the Community as a whole of what has happened. The common objective of the Community is to work together with the people of Iran for a stable future for that country, which will be in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: If we constantly parade the threat of withdrawal from the Community that undermines our influence within the Community, because those who are then expected to listen to our arguments do not listen to them on their merits. They listen to the argument of someone who is saying "Either we get our way or we withdraw." I believe that there is much evidence that if we use the power of rational...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Ministers (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I think that the hon. Member is misleading the House. Of course inflation and devaluation have an impact, but the fact remains that we are the second largest net contributor to that budget. That is an unfair burden on the British people.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Enlargement (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: Although there will be economic costs, we expect that enlargement will in the long run strengthen the Community and its member States, including the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Enlargement (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture has made it plain that we shall stand resolutely against any further price increases which would lead to still more wasteful surpluses this year. He is making that stand, of course, in the centre of the most expensive element of the common budget—the one that leads to this heavy burden on the British people. I hope that we can have the united...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Enlargement (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: Of course we are aware of the importance of agriculture for Greece. I am sure that hon. Members will have taken account of the fact that, if we want cheaper supplies of some of our foodstuffs, some of the new candidate countries may be able to provide them.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Enlargement (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: Negotiations with Spain were formally opened on 5 February. On other aspects of enlargement, I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member on 17 January.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Enlargement (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: Britain has been in the vanguard of those arguing for Spanish accession. As for reform of the CAP, which we do not see tied to the issue of enlargement, our priorities are to eliminate costly surpluses and the financial burden that they place on the British people, to get fairer access for reasonable competitive foodstuffs from third countries and to ensure, as I have repeatedly told the...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Enlargement (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: We have to take very seriously the complications presented by enlargement for the textile industry throughout the Community. That will be high on the agenda in the negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Defence of Europe (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: No such proposals are under consideration in the Community or among the Nine. Nor would we favour them if they were. For the foreseeable future the defence of Europe will remain a matter for NATO.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Defence of Europe (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that my hon. Friend knows of the discussions and negotiations on the relationships between the EEC and COMECON which have been under way now for some time. As for defence, I repeat that the Government believe that the Atlantic dimension is absolutely indispensable to the defence and security of this country. We therefore put all our approach to defence squarely on the principle of...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Defence of Europe (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is referring to the Nine, as distinct from the Community. We do not see the forum of political co-operation in the Nine as the right place to advance this matter, because there are members of the Nine who are not members of NATO. But as friends and allies on a bilateral basis, this is a subject that we shall always keep under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Defence of Europe (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: We have already dealt this afternoon with the subject of that sale. I am glad to say that the Community is putting a great deal of work into economic relations with China.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Defence of Europe (14 Feb 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: We are straying a long way from the life of the Community, but I shall not be able to visit the Ayatollah Khomeini during my time in the Gulf next week. I am sorry to disappoint the hon. Gentleman on that score. However, we recognise the implications for us of what has happened in Iran. That is why we had the meeting to which I have referred, on Monday this week, to discuss the implications....


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