Results 141–160 of 2037 for speaker:Mr Frank Judd

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

Mr Frank Judd: I think that, on reflection, my hon. Friend will agree that at this time we should all be making constructive observations in the hope that we can help a solution forward. Inflammatory language is best avoided at the moment. The Government's view is that it is in the interests not only of the international community but of Israel itself that Israel should face up to the implications of...

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

Mr Frank Judd: The most helpful way in which the British and any other Government can help is to emphasise the positive actions that need to be taken in finding a way forward. In that context we have made it plain that we do not accept the Israeli case about, for example, settlements in the occupied territories, and that we believe them to be unhelpful. We have made it plain that we believe that it is...

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

Mr Frank Judd: I pay tribute to the United Nations force in Southern Lebanon, which, against very difficult odds, is behaving with considerable effectiveness and with distinction. If it is able to fulfil its task, and if all parties will cooperate in enabling it to do so, it will indirectly assist in the process of finding a solution in the Middle East, because it will regenerate confidence in the practical...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: In response to the Western initiative in April, the Warsaw Pact direct participants in the negotiations on mutual and balanced force reductions tabled counter-proposals on 8th June. They represent the most significant Eastern move since the negotiations began, and we welcome the evident effort to meet some Western concerns. The proposals are complex, however, and require further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The British Government and, I believe, our NATO partners are determined to secure meaningful progress in the context of MBFR. Our view is that other measures for detente will be undermined if we cannot make progress on the military front. However, we want substantial, not illusory, progress. One of the biggest difficulties at the moment is the disparity in the calculations about the size of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I must take up the last part of the hon. Gentleman's question. It is open to the charge of ambiguity. We are quite certain that the quality of our forces is second to none, but in quantitative terms, as we see it, the Warsaw Pact numbers of ground forces are at present 150,000 greater than ours on that front, and the ratio in tanks is 2·7:1.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The firm decision of the NATO Alliance to increase arms expenditure was taken reluctantly though necessarily because of a lack of meaningful progress in the disarmament negotiations. As a Minister who is second to nobody in Whitehall in a commitment to multilateral and effective disarmament, I believe that that can be achieved only in the context of firmness and of a clear indication to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: As the right hon. Gentleman will recall, what happened was that this proposal was put by us to our NATO partners at the summit conference. They accepted that this should be done when sufficient progress had been made at the technical level to make a meeting of Foreign Ministers worth while. Unfortunately, that point has not yet been reached, but as soon as it is reached I am sure that we...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: 1978 Programme (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The position is that the Finance Ministers were asked to get on with the job. There is a lot of work to be done before further consideration takes place, and that work is now well under way.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: 1978 Programme (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear, the way in which these proposals will be judged by people throughout the Community—and, indeed, in history—is not in terms of their theoretical economic virtues but on whether, as my hon. Friend has said, they help the ordinary people in the Community.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: 1978 Programme (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I am glad to be able to reassure the hon. Lady that I dealt with this question yesterday in the Council of Ministers. There are two distinct problems. First, there is a general problem of indirect imports via other Community members from Eastern Europe. On that point, I sought and secured from the Commissioner an undertaking that something would be done in the next two weeks with a view to...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The common agricultural policy was strongly criticised at Bremen because of its wasteful use of resources. The Commission was asked to report to the next European Council in December with proposals for remedial action. We are looking for decisions which will reduce costs in 1980 and subsequent years.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: When the Government resume office after the General Election, whenever that may be, we shall continue to have at the top of our priority list the fundamental reform of the CAP. As far as we are concerned, the best structural policy for the CAP is a firm price policy. What we want to do is to eliminate unnecessary structural surpluses, thereby getting a better equilibrium between supply and...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have made it plain that in our approach to any monetary policies which may now be discussed we are determined to see two other priorities fulfilled. One is a real commitment in the Community—there is genuine movement in this direction now—to fundamental reform of the CAP on the lines that I...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The hon. Gentleman, with his experience, has touched on several vital points. One of the things that cannot be emphasised too often is that, whatever our own level of economic activity in comparison with those of other members of the Community, we are the second largest net contributors to the Community. Therefore, we have a right to speak out on the abuse of funds, as we see it, going...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Common Agricultural Policy (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The position is clear. With over 70 per cent. of the Community budget now going into a CAP that is manifestly not an acceptable policy, the credibility of the Community and its budget is under severe test. We believe that if the credibility of the Community, and of its budget as a central part of its life, is to be restored, that trend has to be significantly reversed.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Foreign Ministers (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: It is too early to say what items will be discussed at our next meeting in September. However, at yesterday's meeting, the Presidency reported on the formal opening of the renegotiation of the Lomé Convention on 24th July, and the Council discussed aid to non-associate developing countries. The Council agreed on controls on textile imports from a number of Mediterranean countries and heard...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Foreign Ministers (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: My hon. Friend has no doubt noticed that in the context of discussions about enlargement there have been some suggestions that voting procedures in the Council of Ministers might be changed. We have made it very clear that we are not in favour of any changes of that sort, precisely for the kind of reason that my hon. Friend emphasised effectively in his question.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: Council of Foreign Ministers (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: With the greatest respect, I think that the hon. Gentleman is slightly confused, because some members of the EEC are not members of the NATO Alliance; therefore it would not be appropriate to discuss with them the kinds of military considerations that he mentioned in his question. We realise that as enlargement takes place and Greece comes into the Community, there will be a very real issue...


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