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Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I beg to move, That this House takes note of EEC Documents Nos. R/1135/78, R/1221/78, R/1292/78 and R/3454/78 on the Steel Industry.

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I shall try in my opening remarks to put these documents in their general context and also comment in some detail on the proposals themselves and the attitude which the Government have taken towards them. However, the main responsibility for our steel policies lies with my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Industry.

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Industry will reply to the debate and will be able to deal with the detailed Questions raised by hon. Members on this important subject. The European steel industry has been particularly hard hit by the world recession. In the light of this crisis, the European Council decided in December 1977 that the steel industry was one of those whose...

Orders of the Day — Steel Industry (25 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I hope my right hon. Friend will agree that I made it perfectly clear that we are not prepared to breach the provisions of the treaties as we understand them. The effect of that draft decision would be to allocate to the Community all the receipts from customs duties levied on imports from third countries of European Coal and Steel Community products. At present those revenues, unlike the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The United Kingdom, together with most of its EEC partners, did not vote for the General Assembly resolution on Cyprus because it was not thought to be conducive to the resumption of intercommunal negotiations. My right hon. Friend welcomes the indications that, following a great deal of diplomatic activity, in which he and I have been closely involved, and a great deal of supporting detailed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Cyprus (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that on reflection my hon. Friend will agree that the preservation and health of democracy in Turkey is of great significance to the whole Western community. In that context I am sure he will agree that it is important that the Westtern community takes seriously its economic relations with Turkey. As for the situation in Cyprus, I point out to my hon. Friend that if we want results,...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Summit Meeting (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: There will be meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council on 6th February and 6th March. Unless the presidency propose other arrangements, the preparations for the European Council will therefore be finally reviewed by Foreign Ministers a week before its meeting on 12th and 13th March.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Summit Meeting (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman listened attentively to what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said on this matter. We did not enter because we did not believe that the criteria laid down for the operation of the scheme met the criteria which we felt would adequately protect and look to our interests. If things develop in the right direction, we shall review the position.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Summit Meeting (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I assure my hon. Friend that it is intended that at the European Council meeting there will be a review of developments in the common agricultural policy. As for the line that he advocates, I think that would be unfortunate, because the indications are that, through the stalwart stand being made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and others, we are making...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Summit Meeting (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: If the hon. Gentleman feels as strongly as he appears to do, he might be a little unhappy to leave such discussions until March.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Summit Meeting (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I do not share my right hon. Friend's analysis, but I endorse something which I believe underlines part of what he said. If we are genuinely building a real Community, it is tremendously important that the Commission and others realise that we must move at a pace which can be digested by all the member countries, and a pace which does not force member countries to take steps which are against...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Summit Meeting (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I assure the right hon. Gentleman that, in the context of various Community meetings, Turkey is very high on the agenda. We have a special association agreement—one of the first such agreements—with Turkey. Turkey is anxious about the future of that agreement. The shape that the future should take in this respect is a matter to which we shall continue to give close attention.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Lome Convention (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The negotiations began formally with a ministerial meeting on 24th July, and the agreed objective is to complete them by the spring. A second ministerial meeting, which I attended for the United Kingdom, was held in Brussels on 21st December in order to take stock of the progress made so far and to indentify the issues requiring further negotiation. Human rights was among the subjects...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Lome Convention (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The hon. Gentleman has put the point fairly. One of the indications of the progress is that, increasingly, the ACP countries accept that this issue needs to be discussed. We are certain that in the Community's future aid programmes human rights must be given higher consideration and that the agreement should effectively reflect this need.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Lome Convention (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The special sugar arrangements are not part of the negotiations currently going on about the future of the Lome convention. I should have thought that my hon. Friend would find that reassuring, because the protocol on sugar firmly protects the interests of Commonwealth sugar producers, for whom, as we all know, the sale of their sugar crop is a matter of life or death.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Lome Convention (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: The Community is anxious to work out an effective economic relationship with those countries which should properly belong to the ACP grouping. Certainly there is a strong argument that if we can get such effective economic arrangements this will enable them to have more balanced general political arrangements than might otherwise be the case.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Lome Convention (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend he Secretary of State has been very candid about this matter with the House on a number of occasions. The constant argument of the cynic throughout history is, that because it is impossible to make progress on the whole front at once one should take no steps forward. We believe that if one cares deeply about issues such as human rights it is important to approach the...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Lome Convention (17 Jan 1979)

Mr Frank Judd: I think that the hon. Gentleman is right to point out that there is a certain dichotomy here. The Government are emphatic that the Community must have an effective and growing programme of assistance to the so-called non-associates, because we do not want to see the Lome convention becoming a divisive measure in so far as our relationships with the Third World as a whole are concerned.

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (29 Nov 1978)

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 December. The more detailed monthly written forecast was deposited on Monday 27th November. Heads of State and Government will meet in the European Council in Brussels on 4th and 5th December. At present six meetings of the Council of Ministers are...

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (29 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: As I have assured the hon. Gentleman, we intend to publish the document. That will be arranged as soon as we can complete the practical necessities. Our position on the question of fisheries is that we want to make sure of securing progress. I am sure that the hon. Member, with his experience, will recognise that the preparatory work is most important. We do not want to rush into another...


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