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All 3 results for column:505 date:19980514 in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Margaret Beckett

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Economic and Monetary Union (14 May 1998)

Margaret Beckett: Economic and monetary union will create both opportunities and competitive challenges: opportunities for British companies that are prepared to expand into new markets as trade becomes more open in the euro-zone, but challenges for the unprepared.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Economic and Monetary Union (14 May 1998)

Margaret Beckett: The hon. Gentleman is clearly unaware that two thirds of the increase in sterling took place before the election. Consequently, it is hard to see how the Government's policies can be held responsible for the strength of the pound. Perhaps he was not present earlier when I pointed out to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr. Redwood) that it is no good Conservative Members complaining about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Economic and Monetary Union (14 May 1998)

Margaret Beckett: It has often occurred to me that one of the greatest failures of the Conservatives in government was not preparing themselves for the advent of the euro and giving British business, especially small and medium enterprises, which will be the most vulnerable, the impression that the only thing that mattered was whether Britain went in. They failed to point out to businesses that they will be...


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