House of Commons debates

Wednesday, 29 November 1972

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications

    • Postmen (Medical Retirement)

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications how many postmen have been retired on medical grounds in the last two years; and what was the average age of those retired.

    • British Broadcasting Corporation (Chairman)

      17 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what salary he intends to offer to the new Chairman of the British Broadcasting Corporation when he or she is appointed.

      USSR (Telephone Communications)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will now make representations to the Russian authorities concerning the disruption of telephone communications between subscribers...

      Future of Broadcasting

      15 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether, having regard to the fact that the ownership of commercial television and radio and local and national newspapers is falling into a few...

      Telephones

      17 speeches

      Mr. R. C. Mitchell: asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office not to connect or reconnect telephones to properties occupied by...

      Concessionary Television Licences

      23 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will seek to meet representatives of the National Federation of Old Age Pensioners Associations as part of his examination of the...

      Telephone Kiosks (Vandalism)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what progress has been made in providing vandal-proof telephone kiosks; and if he will make a statement.

      Postal Services

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what percentage of first class post is now being delivered the following day.

      Post Office National Users' Council

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will take steps to improve the operation of the Post Office National Users' Council.

      UHF Transmitter (Selkirk)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he is now in a position to announce the date when the ultra high frequency transmitter at Selkirk will come into operation.

      Television Reception (Scotland)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will list the areas in Scotland that are known to be bad television reception areas; and what proposals have been made to remedy the position.

      Sound Broadcasting Services (West Country)

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if, in view of the representations made to him concerning the loss of medium-wave regional broadcasts to the West Country, he will take steps to...

      Postal Addresses

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to ensure that the names of parishes and townships are included in the postal addresses...

      Television Licence Fees (Non- payment)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunica- tions how many persons within the last 12 months in Wales have given notice to the authorities of their intention not to pay television licence...

      Subscriber Trunk Dialling

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications when he expects the whole of England to be covered by the subscriber trunk dialling system.

      BBC Wales (Reception)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications what percentage of the people of Carmarthenshire can receive the British Broadcasting Corporation Wales channel.

      Hospital Wards (Telephone Services)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to reduce the rental charged for hospital trolley telephone service points, bearing in...

      Television (Welsh Language)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will request Sir Robert Cockburn's Committee on the future of television to consider specifically the needs of Wales in view of the fact...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service

    • Government Offices (Dispersal)

      26 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service what sites are being considered for the dispersal of Civil Service work from London.

    • Official Report (Printing)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will make a statement on the arrangements made in the Stationery Office for printing the OFFICIAL REPORT.

      Civil Servants

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will give, for 1st June, 1970, the total number of civil servants and their annual costs and similar details for the latest most convenient...

  • Northern Ireland (Rocket Attacks)

    16 speeches

    Rev. Ian Paisley (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the IRA rocket attacks on the Crown forces, RUC stations and installations in Northern...

  • BALLOT FOR NOTICES OF MOTIONS FOR FRIDAY, 15th DECEMBER

    Members successful in the Ballot were:Mr. Nigel Spearing.Mr. A. W. Stallard.Mr. Clinton Davis.

  • Bills Presented

    • Penalties for Murder

      Mr. Edward Taylor, supported by Sir Bernard Braine, Mr. Ronald Bray, Mr. Patrick Cormack, Mr. Peter Doig, Mrs. Elaine Kellett-Bowman, Mr. Carol Mather, Mr. Idris Owen, Mr. John Page, Mr. James...

    • Heavy Commercial Vehicles (Controls and Regulations)

      Mr. Hugh Dykes, supported by Mr. Sydney Chapman, Mr. George Cunningham, Mr. Deedes, Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg, Mr. John Horam, Mr. John Hunt, Mr. Neil Kinnock, Mr. Ernie Money, Mrs. Sally Oppenheim,...

      Dangerous Drugs and Disabled Children

      Mr. Ron Lewis, supported by Mr. Jack Ashley, Mr. Lewis Carter-Jones, Mr. John Hannam, Mr. Alfred Morris, Mr. John Pardoe, Mr. Edward M. Taylor, and Mr. David Weitzman presented a Bill to amend...

      Domicile and Matrimonial Proceedings

      Mr. Ian MacArthur, supported by Mr. Russell Johnston, Mrs. Jill Knight, Mr. Ronald King Murray, and Sir George Sinclair presented a Bill to amend the law relating to the domicile of married women...

      Police Acts (Amendment)

      Mr. Phillip Whitehead, supported by Mr. Leo Abse, Mr. Peter Archer, Mr. S. Clinton Davis, Mr. Deedes. Mr. Robert Hughes, Mr. David Madel, Mr. John Pardoe, and Dame Joan Vickers presented a Bill...

      Protection of Wrecks

      Mr. Iain Sproat, supported by Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Mitchell, Mr. Patrick Wolrige-Gordon, Mr. Bruce-Gardyne, Mr. Michael Clark Hutchison, Mr. Patrick Wall, Mr. Stratton Mills, Mr. Michael...

      Employment Agencies

      Mr. Kenneth Lewis, supported by Mr. John Page, Sir Edward Brown, Mr. Philip Holland, Mr. David Waddington. Mr. Ronald Bray, and Mr. David Mitchell presented a Bill to regulate employment agencies...

      ANTI-DISCRIMINATION (No. 2)

      Mr. W. W. Hamilton, supported by Mrs. Joyce Butler, Mr. Edward Bishop, Miss Janet Fookes, Mr. Peter Archer, Mrs. Sally Oppenheim, Mr. Robert King, Murray, Dr. Shirley Summerskill, Miss Joan...

      National Lottery

      Mr. James Tinn, supported by Mr. Peter Archer, Mr. Gordon A. T. Bagier, Mr. Bernard Conlan, Mr. Eddie Griffiths, Mr. W. H. Johnston, and Mr. Ray Mawby presented a Bill to authorise the creation...

      Hallmarking

      Mr. Jerry Wiggin, supported by Mr. John Osborn, Mr. Ronald King Murray, the Earl of Dalkeith, Mrs. Jill Knight, Mr. Brian Walden, Mr. Sydney Chapman, Mr. Tugendhat, Mr. Adam Butler, and Mr. David...

      Law Reform (Diligence) (Scotland)

      Mr. Gregor Mackenzie, supported by Mr. Hugh D. Brown, Mr. Bruce Millan, and Mr. John Smith, presented a Bill to amend the law of Scotland relating to diligence; to exempt from diligence certain...

      Guardianship of Minors

      Dame Irene Ward, supported by Dame Joan Vickers, presented a Bill to amend the law with respect to the guardianship and custody of minors: And the same was read the First time: and ordered to be...

      Elderly and Disabled Persons (Warning Devices)

      Mr. Greville Janner, supported by Mr. Frank Allaun, Mr. John Astor, Mr. Lewis Carter-Jones, Mr. Sydney Chapman, Mr. Reginald Freeson, Mr. Grimond, Mr. John Hannam, Mr. David Knox, Mr. Neil...

      Export of Animals (Control)

      Sir Ronald Russell, supported by Mr. Burden, Mr. Michael Clark Hutchison, Mr. John Hall, Mr. Russell Johnston, Mr. Kenneth Lomas, Mr. Angus Maude, Mr. J. T. Price, Miss Joan Quennell, Mr. Ivor...

      Heating for the Elderly

      Mr. Frank Judd, on behalf of Mr. Alexander Lyon, supported by Mr. George Cunningham, Mr. Alfred Morris, and Mr. Michael Meacher presented a Bill to authorise local authorities to pay the cost of...

      Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 (Amendment)

      Mr. Douglas Houghton, supported by Mr. Richard Body, Sir Bernard Braine, Miss Janet Fookes, Dr. Alan Glyn, Mr. Kenneth Lomas, Mr. Rafton Pounder, Mr. Ivor Richard, Dr. Shirley Summer-skill, Mr....

      Employment of Children

      Mr. Jeffrey Archer, supported by Mr. Jack Ashley, Mr. Nicholas Edwards, Mr. John Hannam, Mr. Barney Hayhoe, Mr. James Hill, Mr. Cledwyn Hughes, Mr. Ian MacArthur, Mr. Ernie Money, Mr. Laurance...

      Public Indecency

      Sir Gilbert Longden, supported by Mr. Rees-Davies, Mr. W. T. Williams, Mr. David Steel, Mr. Charles Morrison, Miss Joan Hall, Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith, Mr. Norman Lamont, and Mr. Deedes...

      Transplant of Human Organs

      Mr. Barney Hayhoe, supported by Mr. Tam Dalyell, Mr. Maurice Foley, Dr. J. Dickson Mabon, Mr. Robert Maclennan, Sir Gerald Nabarro, Mr. Charles Simons, Mr. Tugendhat, and Dr. Gerard Vaughan...

      Supplementary Allowances (Non-Payment to Strikers)

      Mr. Ralph Howell, supported by Miss Joan Hall, Mr. Ernie Money, Mr. Peter Fry, Mr. Robert Adley, and Mr. Kenneth Warren presented a Bill to provide that supplementary allowances shall not be paid...

  • Orders of the Day — Supply

    [1ST ALLOTTED DAY]—considered.

  • Orders of the Day — Thalidomide Children

    82 speeches

    3.49 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Lorries (Size)

    72 speeches

    I have to tell the House that there are many more hon. Members seeking to speak in the debate than it will be possible to call. At the outset, therefore, I make an appeal for short speeches so...

  • Orders of the Day — Legal Aid

    38 speeches

    10.0 p.m.

  • Orders of the Day — Adjournment

    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. John Stradling Thomas.]

  • Orders of the Day — Signals Research Development Establishment, Christchurch

    6 speeches

    11.21 p.m.

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