Results 81–100 of 2037 for speaker:Mr Frank Judd

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

Mr Frank Judd: I presume that my.hon Friend is referring to the chapter 6 determination. In that context I agree that this is a significant issue, with profound implications for our future energy policy. We have a great deal of detailed work to do in analysing the implications of that decision. I can assure my hon. Friend that we have this matter well on board, and that we will want to see that there is...

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

Mr Frank Judd: The hon. Gentleman's question goes to the centre of the relationship that exists between the Council and the Assembly. We have made it plain that we do not want the financial powers of the Assembly to be increased by the back door. That must be watched carefully. It is true that the proposals that were put forward in that Council now stand, but the last word has not yet been spoken, because...

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

Mr Frank Judd: I think that my hon. Friend will agree that the Government, in the face of a good deal of pressure, have stood very firmly in favour of the multifibre arrangement, which has been laboriously and carefully negotiated with Mediterranean producers and others. We certainly hope, at the Council in December, to discuss the details of what is envisaged for 1979.

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

Mr Frank Judd: The conduct of elections is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. There will be other opportunities for discussing with him that kind of domestic detail.

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

Mr Frank Judd: Basically because the necessary preparatory work has not yet been completed. I think that my hon. Friend will agree that we would be getting into a sad situation in the Community if we reached the point at which institutional demands took precedence over substantive discussion. We want to ensure that when meetings take place there is something real to discuss and that the ground has been...

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

Mr Frank Judd: That is an interesting question. I shall consider the matter and let the hon. Gentleman know.

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

Mr Frank Judd: It is our view that the European Council made its decision quite properly. Therefore, it is fully within its rights to carry out a review in December and to ascertain how best to proceed.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we try to make statements whenever possible and in whichever form after important meetings of the Council. That is the Government's policy. Sometimes. practicably, it is not possible. In that event we always try to put before the House a Written Answer or a written statement of some sort.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I hope that my hon. Friend is well aware of the Government's priorities for the reform of the common agricultural policy. One of our highest priorities is to try to restrain price increases for produce, especially where there are wasteful surpluses. I am surprised that my hon. Friend has not recognised the considerable achievements that have been made in that direction by my right hon. Friend...

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

Mr Frank Judd: That is not strictly relevant to the statement that we are discussing. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the Government are as concerned as anybody else that we should have a sensible and rational organisation of the wine market within the Community. The objective of the discussions on wine next month will be to try to get supply and demand into better balance.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I fully recognise the strength of feeling in the House about coal and the Community. To be candid, we are disappointed that more progress has not been made on an effective coal policy within the Community. I can assure my right hon. Friend that that is something to which we are deeply committed.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I am aware of the implications in the hon. Gentleman's question. I hope that the House is about to have ample opportunity to debate those implications in fuller detail. The Government will be listening to what is said today from both sides of the House. As for meetings of different Councils on the same day, that frequently happens, and it is not my experience that it inhibits the...

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

Mr Frank Judd: Before that and other aspects of the budget come into effect, the Finance Council will have to give its consent to the new maximum rates for the budget as a whole. My right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary has made it clear in the House that he does not believe that the last word has yet been spoken on that subject.

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

Mr Frank Judd: The hon. Gentleman has great knowledge of European affairs and I would have expected him to recognise that the Council of Ministers is not where such issues are discussed. These issues are discussed in the context of political co-operation of the Nine, where there has been a great deal of effective deliberation about policies towards Southern Africa and our mutual interests that are at stake....

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

Mr Frank Judd: My hon. Friend is emphasising the point made in a previous question. I repeat that we are concerned that more progress has not been made on Community policy in connection with coal. We shall continue to press for progress to be made. As for the common agricultural policy, we want to cut out wasteful and costly surpluses. We also want to try to achieve better import opportunities to the...

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

Mr Frank Judd: My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. It always seems that there is pressure from two directions. There is pressure from some people for a reduction of Community competence, while others exert pressure in favour of extending that competence. As to the discussions on environment, it is envisaged that what will happen in December will be essentially a Second Reading debate about European...

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

Mr Frank Judd: I know the strength of the hon. Lady's feelings on this subject. She has made them clear to me in this House and elsewhere before. I assure her that we note the strength of her argument. I ask her to bear in mind what I said earlier, namely, that there are bigger issues at stake here, affecting the whole relationship between the Council and the Assembly.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I know my hon. Friend's strong views on the European Assembly, but those elections are to take place, and if that is the case I am sure that what everyone in the House wants to see is that they take place in the best possible democratic spirit.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I am glad to be able to assure my hon. Friend that the last time I was in Brussels I took up this point specifically with Commissioner Davignon and made clear to him the strength of feeling in this country about what is happening.

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

Mr Frank Judd: We stand firm on the principles, which have frequently been put to the House, of conservation, access and quotas. We also realise that if we do not get an effective common fisheries policy, stocks might be irreparably damaged. There is, therefore, urgency. If we want to make progress which will take account of our needs, it is important that the constructive, preparatory work is done so that...


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