Results 121–140 of 2037 for speaker:Mr Frank Judd

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I can give the specific assurance that the hon. Gentlemen seeks. First, I am able to tell him, as an illustration, that at a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers I was able to pursue the special problems of the special steel industry in Sheffield, where there were indications that the Community arrangements were not being as effective as one might have hoped. That is a matter that we...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I was referring to studies that are taking place in and around the Community itself in Brussels. But, in the meantime, it gives us special authority—

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I think that the hon. Gentleman, who is usually fair and objective about these matters, will agree that what may have happened, rather than as he puts it, is that the expectations that those involved in the renegotiations believed would be fulfilled in our future pattern of expenditure have not materialised in the way that might at the time have been suggested.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I can assure my right hon. Friend that although it has not yet been published I, together with my colleagues, believe that it should be published, and we shall be pressing for that to happen. Over 70 per cent. of the total Community budget is swallowed up by the common agricultural policy. In consequence. those countries that derive most from the budget are those that most specialise in...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: Anyone who has seen the hon. Lady's powerful contribution within the conciliation procedures will know that there is no question of the procedures being swept lightly to one side. I suspect that at the end of the next six-months period there will be a very proper mention of the conciliation procedures, in which, I emphasise, she has played a very important role. The Community has not yet...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I am familiar with the South Coast. I know that fishermen there and elsewhere around our coastline regard the issue of conservation as being of great importance. That is one reason for urgency in reaching a solution. If we do not reach a solution soon, stocks may become irreparably damaged. In that sense, it may be that we shall be discussing the future of an...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I understand the hon. Gentleman's anxiety. I am not able to give this now but I shall certainly bring the point to the attention of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. I would not pretend, however, that no problems remain. There is still the most sensitive subject of the level of the emoluments that directly elected Members of the Assembly will receive. The legal basis for these is in...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Developments) (15 Nov 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I have been listening to the hon. Gentleman's strictures with great attention. What he is failing to do is to establish what alternative bargaining methods he would himself employ. Does he agree that if one is building a community of nations which is a genuine community, one has to resolve different interests? One makes no meaningful progress in the long run if one leaves anyone in any doubt...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Washington, DC (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend has no plans to visit Washington in the near future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Washington, DC (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The hon. Gentleman is singularly ill informed on this matter. The official to whom he refers was in no way sacked. As often happens with overseas appointments, Mr. O'Keefe was asked to move before the time that he anticipated being moved. That frequently happens in the course of diplomatic service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Washington, DC (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I am sure that my hon. Friend will appreciate that this is neither the time nor the place to go into the detail that he raises. The issue of policy in general terms is one that we keep constantly under review.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Washington, DC (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I am afraid that on this issue the hon. Gentleman is, uncharacteristically, as ill-informed as his hon. Friend the Member for Circencester and Tewkesbury (Mr. Ridley).

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Washington, DC (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: With great respect, it is not always wise to believe everything that we read in the press. The officer concerned was in no way sacked. Secondly, there is no question of censorship. In the course of an inspection by Foreign Office inspectors as long ago as last year, it was recommended by them that something should be done on this front.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: New York (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend regrets very much that he had to miss Questions today, but he has flown to New York for an urgent meeting on Namibia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: New York (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I can only repeat that the hon. Gentleman would do well to get his facts right. There is no question of a dismissal. Frequently those who serve in the Diplomatic Service move from one appointment to another earlier than anticipated. Secondly, we must all recognise that from time to time, in the context, for example, of the CPRS review of the future of our Foreign Service, it naturally becomes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: New York (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I assure my hon. Friend that the Government are deeply committed to the cause of democracy. In Bolivia, as anywhere else, we want to see democracy operating as effectively and fully as it can, not only legally but in spirit. We deeply regret infringements of the democratic process anywhere in the world.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: New York (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I am grateful to the right hon. Member for the way in which he accepts my right hon. Friend's absence. I assure him that any reports of this kind are totally unfounded.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (Peace Talks) (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The United Kingdom was not a party to the talks, but we were glad to be able to offer the facilities of Leeds Castle. We believe that the meetings there helped the two sides to reach a closer understanding of each other's position, and should pave the way for further discussions in the coming weeks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (Peace Talks) (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: We believe strongly that a viable solution will depend on commitment by all the parties in the area. Obviously the involvement of the Jordanian Government would help in that process. It is, however, for the Jordanian Government to decide at which point to commit themselves to discussions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (Peace Talks) (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: We are prepared to consider any constructive ideas. We do not feel that this is the precise moment at which to put forward a new initiative of that kind, but we are willing to keep any proposals under consideration. It is quite clear that the Government's view is that, in the spirit of resolution 242, a solution will depend on the willingness of Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories.


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