Results 1501–1518 of 1518 for speaker:Alan Simpson

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: The preface says: The treaty of European union, however imperfect it may be, lays the cornerstone for the development of a European federal state and of a European Constitution. Below that, it says: credit is due to the Heads of State and Government of the Member States …for having succeeded in Maastricht in reconciling clearly divergent interests and constitutional traditions in the field...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: I am not suggesting that this is already the agenda that we shall be writing our name to; I am saying that, if this is not the direction in which we are heading, there has to be written into the treaty a whole series of democratic checks and constraints which are not there at the moment, and which have to address the fact that this is the direction in which contemporary thinking is going. I...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: There is a gap between what people's wishes are and what mechanisms the House would have for addressing those policy proposals and changes if that is the direction in which they go. I am simply saying that, before we sign our names to this treaty, we must ask ourselves what checks and controls we would have, so that we could say no to this sort of development once we had signed the Maastricht...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: Th at is a very fair point. It raises for me a huge set of questions about what we are signing up to. Nothing dented my perception that the nature of the beast was that the institutions are unelected, unaccountable and undeterred in their forward planning by the debate taking place in the Committee and in the House. The presumption is that this is a minor distraction which has to be...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: I hope that you, Mr. Morris, and the Committee will bear with me, as I am losing my voice following a visit to Brussels. I might criticise a number of things about that visit, but I cannot claim that it is responsible for my loss of voice. I understand that several other hon. Members are similarly afflicted. I am particularly keen to speak about this aspect of the treaty. To me, one of the...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: The decision will be made by the House of Commons as a potential signatory to the treaty, but it may well be the last useful decision that the House is invited to make, as unmaking it will be impossible. I accept what the right hon. Gentleman has said, but I want hon. Members to understand the importance of our role in making that decision.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: These are points that I hope to develop. They accord with my interpretation of what we are entering into, and of the agenda on which other people are already working, on a European scale. The two-day, all-party delegation in Brussels met a number of people, ranging from the Director General of the Commission to the Commission's legal and economic advisers, and to senior Commissioners. Let me...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: I was trying to make a point about the European Court of Justice and about whether the question of subsidiarity was justiciable. The assumption by the advisers was that the court would be unlikely to make a judgment which was in conflict with the consensus among the rest of the European states. There were mixed messages for the House on the Commission's ability to apply the social chapter....

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Treaty on European Union ( 4 Mar 1993)

Alan Simpson: It is only fair to say that, if there was a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation, the senior official was pretty consistent about ensuring that we misinterpeted the point. He was pressed on the point several times, and he repeated his comments—much to the consternation of a number of Conservative Members who were part of the delegation. I simply make that point. My next point is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Businesses (17 Feb 1993)

Alan Simpson: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to meet the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss projects for the small business sector; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Small Businesses (17 Feb 1993)

Alan Simpson: Is the Minister aware that in my city of Nottingham small business bankruptcies over the past year have risen by a record 70 per cent? When he extols the growth of new firms, does he realise that of the 4 million that grew last year almost one third–1.25 million—had a turnover of less than £15,000 per annum? Typically, such firms consist of a man with a van and bag of spanners, and they...

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Appeals Bill ( 2 Nov 1992)

Alan Simpson: I am pleased to be called to speak in this debate, not only because I have worked with black and migrant communities in my constituency in Nottingham for 13 years but because of my specific work over the past two years relating to the rising tide or racism that has surfaced throughout Europe. I am concerned that a pattern is emerging of black and migrant communities being blamed for the...

Orders of the Day — Asylum and Immigration Appeals Bill ( 2 Nov 1992)

Alan Simpson: They did indeed—and I think that we should take stock of the language that we use to describe the catastrophes into which the Government lead us. If we examine Britain's real international contribution, it is revealed as abject—miserable. We do not contribute greatly to any alleviation of the sufferings of refugees or asylum seekers. I spent some time in Mozambique and in southern...

Opposition Day: Maxwell Pensioners ( 9 Jun 1992)

Alan Simpson: Does my hon. Friend agree with me that the Government's offer yesterday was regarded as derisory because it amounted to little more than the loan of "half a Gazza" when Maxwell pensioners' demands were for the whole of the Lazio team? Many of the Maxwell pensioners see the only prospect of getting those funds through the strategy set down in the early-day motion that I submitted today, which...

Opposition Day: Ethnic Minorities ( 9 Jun 1992)

Alan Simpson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Opposition Day: Ethnic Minorities ( 9 Jun 1992)

Alan Simpson: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for allowing me to intervene and I am pleased to hear of his support for ethnic monitoring. Would he recommend it to the district authority that he represents? Can he explain to the House the experience of the black housing association which sought to tackle inner city inequalities by acquiring properties in his constituency? The leader of the housing...

Orders of the Day — The Economy (13 May 1992)

Alan Simpson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me as the first person to make a maiden speech in this afternoon's debate on the Queen's Speech. Let me begin by paying several tributes. First, I pay tribute to my immediate predecessor in Nottingham, South. One would be hard pressed to find two people further apart politically, but Members will undoubtedly remember my predecessor as a loyal and...


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