Results 61–80 of 8584 for speaker:Mr Enoch Powell

Northern Ireland (Housing) ( 9 Jul 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I do not wish to be disagreeable to the Minister when I say that this is a cock-eyed way to proceed. The Secretary of State, in his letter says: The main purposes of the Proposal are to provide legislation in Northern Ireland corresponding to the Housing Defects Act 1984 and to the housing provisions of the Housing and Building Control Act 1984. When the Bill that underlay the Housing Defects...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) ( 1 Jul 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: So it has happened again. Fourteen years ago, when it was proposed to this House that it should make a comprehensive resignation of its traditional constitutional powers and transfer them to the institutions of the European Economic Community, the House had to be forced to do it by means of a guillotine motion. Now, in 1986, when it is proposed that that transfer of powers should be further...

European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Allocation of Time) ( 1 Jul 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: They may not have a majority.

Business of the House (27 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that when the right hon. Member for Old Bexley, Old Sidcup and old everything else introduced a Bill to take this country into the European Economic Community he announced that it could not be done without the full-hearted consent of Parliament and people, and that the attempt to do so without the full-hearted consent of Parliament resulted in that Bill...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Clause 1 (27 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: Further to the point of order, because such it is, Mr. Armstrong. By custom, the House has permitted members of the Government to make statements in the guise of points of order. The House is being very unfair to the Leader of the House. At 9.30 this morning it was clear that hon. Members wanted some indication of whether we should be sitting beyond 2.30 this afternoon. That point has been...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I begin with a confession that may little endear me to either side of the Committee. I have a deep-rooted prejudice in favour of freedom of trade. I am sorry about that, and apologise for it, but it is so deep as to be ineluctable. I cannot help believing that benefits for all concerned, inside and outside the nation, are likely to flow from freedom of trade. Unfortunately, the EEC—despite...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: Indeed it is theoretical. The internal free trade of the EEC is procured by compulsion and by an attempt to enforce similar regulations, practices and laws on all the participant countries. One of the beautiful advantages of free trade is that one does not have to interfere with anyone else to enjoy it. Freedom of trade between the citizens of two countries enables the inhabitants of them...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: As they say, I am within the judgment of the House. It was my disappointed expectation that I could trade off with the Member for Harrow, East my acceptance with him that the motivation of the European Economic Community is political union with the recognition on his part that that political union is itself a mirage and a will-o'-the wisp. That is where the hysteria arises — in mistaking...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I think that the hon. Member is referring to my personal crusade in the early months of 1971 when, as best I could, in four of the languages of the Community, I sought to explain to them that the British did not really mean this, could not really entertain the objectives that were professed by the European Economic Community and, if they did not want a great disappointment, they should not...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I think that the hon. Gentleman would have difficulty in maintaining that the United Kingdom has trade privileges outside the Community that are similar to those that have been accorded to the Federal Republic of Germany. However, I concede that the hon. Gentleman has rumbled my prophetic method. One of the advantages of being a cursing prophet rather than a blessing prophet is that things...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am glad to have the Minister's agreement. This is a subject upon which ministerial confirmation is perhaps better than the reinforcement that one could have from any other quarter. I want to address a number of inquiries to the hon. Lady arising out of the amendments that we are making to the original treaty by virtue of some of the articles of the Single European Act that are involved in...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: The Minister will no doubt deal with that point when she is kind and courteous enough to reply to my less significant query. One has to read article 18 together with article 19. Remembering that we are writing this article into the law of the United Kingdom by enacting it in this Bill, I inquire what it requires. The operative words of paragraph 1 of new article 100A arc: The Council...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: That will no doubt entertain and amuse us later in the debate, if it is so unreasonably protracted that we reach the question of a preamble, which is interesting in its own right. I thought that the hon. Member for Stafford (Mr. Cash) was going to remind me and the Committee that this very vagueness with which the law of the Community tends to be drawn is one of the reasons why the power and...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: It would be interesting to know, perhaps we may be enlightened, whether Ministers would have preferred a tighter drafting of some of these provisions. I must say that I find it difficult to understand how even those who have spent less than 36 years wrestling with the draftmanship of British Bills and statutes could bring themselves to put their signature to documents, which are to be made...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his discovery. I hope that it will be given even greater publicity than the proceedings of this Committee might attract. He seems to have got hold of a gem, and it is something which could feature on bureaucratic desks inside and outside the European Community.

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am almost overwhelmed by the illustrative examples of my general thesis which are being offered from both sides of the Committee. Certainly, article 18 is a happy hunting ground for those who are looking for vague formulations and uninterpretable generalisations which we ought to refuse, as a matter of principle, to allow to be made part of the law of the United Kingdom. I am sorry that...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: I am tempted by the intervention of the hon. Member for Newham, South (Mr. Spearing), perhaps due to old lexicographical habits, to go just to the extent of pointing out that the word "shall" also appears in the new article 100B. In that article it must be mandatory. Surely it means that the Commission jolly well must. That inspires me with fear that in article 100A the word "shall" means...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: When in 1978 the House ill-advisedly consented to convert the European Assembly into a directly elected body, it was predicted that a directly elected body, which was already endowed with the power to refuse assent to the budget of the Community and to dismiss the Commission, would soon discover and explore the potential powers which it would exercise, as in past centuries the House had made...

Orders of the Day — European Communities (Amendment) Bill: Extended Meaning of "the Treaties" and "the Community Treaties" (26 Jun 1986)

Mr Enoch Powell: All power tends to be associated in human experience with corruption. [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] It is not strange to hon. Members that methods which could indelicately be described as "corruption" are essential to the control and management of any democratic and elected Assembly. I hope that the House will not be too prissy about the use of that rather ugly expression. Two of the three elements...


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