Results 161–180 of 2037 for speaker:Mr Frank Judd

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

Mr Frank Judd: Whatever may or may not have happened in the past, I am sure that my hon. Friend, with his very special knowledge of Cyprus, would agree that that island has had a tortuous history. Whatever may or may not have happened in the past, the southern flank of NATO is vital to the integrity of the Alliance as a whole. I believe that it is in that context that we have to look at what was decided...

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

Mr Frank Judd: That very point arose at the discussions this week. We are glad that the renegotiation of the Lomé Convention got off to a good start, but my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made it very plain yesterday that we believe, in the spirit of the Bonn summit—where specific undertakings about responsibilities to the third world were given—that it is very important to recognise that the...

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

Mr Frank Judd: The purpose of harmonisation is to facilitate intra-Community trade by removing technical barriers and by establishing common laws to regulate some aspects of commercial activity.

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

Mr Frank Judd: I am not sure that everyone would be against harmonisation of honey. Concerning the general principle, however, I must say that the view of the Government is that we must resist in the Community any temptation on the part of the Commission or anybody else to achieve harmonisation for harmonisation's sake. We are in favour of harmonisation only where this makes a qualitative improvement to...

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

Mr Frank Judd: I will pass that information to my wife.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: My right hon. Friend expects to see him on 19th September.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I recognise the strength of feeling on this score. It is because my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade also feels strongly that he has battled so hard within the Council to get tighter control of policy on this front. Having battled hard, he received yesterday the reassurances that he had sought, and was therefore able to give his consent to the agreed policy. But the...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: What has become very clear in recent years is that while the Community working together can make a contribution to growth and sound international economic management—which is the only way in which we can overcome the serious problem of unemployment which affects all our countries—this cannot be solved exclusively within a Community context. That is why we feel that we must pursue policies...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I am not sure whether the hon Gentleman was with us earlier when I dealt with questions on this front. I can give him an undertaking that the Government's approach is highly pragmatic and practical. We shall go along only with those arrangements which, apart from their high-falutin' theory, can be demonstrated to he in people's interests. In this context we look for reform on the CAP and for...

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I recognise and, indeed, respect the strength of feeling of my hon. Friend on this matter, but I emphasise to him that it is a far cry from a greater degree of monetary stability to a common currency, and at this juncture there is no question of our becoming committed to any concept of a common currency.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I shall certainly have a look at that proposition, but I believe that wherever contentious issues arise—issues which have been referred to the House by the Scrutiny Committee for debate—it is absolutely essential that we as a Government take into account the views of right hon. and hon. Members before finalising our position.

Oral Answers to Questions — European Community: President of the European Commission (26 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: That may or may not be a good suggestion. However, I believe that the hon. Gentleman and I would agree that it would be much better if the Commission were to concentrate its attention, priority and resources on things that are really of practical benefit rather than getting into the predicament of expending time and energy on ideas which it is clear will be rejected by the body politic.

Rudolf Hess (7 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I, too, am grateful to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath (Mr. Townsend), with his very special first-hand experience and his deeply genuine concern, reflected in the speeches by other hon. Members who have spoken this afternoon, for drawing attention to the subject of Rudolf Hess. This matter is not a subject of controversy on party lines. I believe there is a wide consenus in the House that...

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will make a statement about business to be taken by Ministers of the European Community during July. The monthly written forecast was deposited on Thursday 29th June. Heads of State and Government will meet in the European Council in Bremen on 6th and 7th July. At present six meetings of the Council of Ministers are proposed for that month. The Budget...

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: On the first point, there are no immediate plans to discuss synthetic fibres, but I will look into that matter and see that I get a reply to the hon. Gentleman as soon as possible. I endorse his general view about draft directives. It is tremendously important that we all make certain that the Commission operates within the spirit of what it was intended to do and does not exceed its powers.

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the Council of Ministers and the British Government are well aware of the special problems of the developing countries in the context of world trade and that we shall bear this very much in mind in the context of our collective negotiations as a Community in relation to multilateral trade.

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: The date for the elections is not on the agenda, because the intention is firmly to stand by the agreed date of June next year. As for Greece, the hope is that we can conclude negotiations by the end of this year, looking forward to Greek accession in 1980 or, at the latest, 1981.

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: If there is a problem surrounding the chipboard industry, we shall look into it and see what can be done.

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: There are no plans for devaluation of the green pound. On the second question, the Minister of Agriculture is absolutely determined—as are the whole British Government—that in our work for a common fisheries policy, which we want to see, the special needs of the British fishing industry must be met and that policy will have to recognise that 60 per cent. of the fishing resources available...

European Community (Council of Ministers' Meetings) (4 Jul 1978)

Mr Frank Judd: It is certainly true that we have to overcome an adverse trade balance with the rest of the Community that remains a high priority for the Government.


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