Kevin Barron: As it is likely that the escalation will carry on in the Lebanon, what will the British Government's reaction he if our troops suffer loss of life similar to that of the Americans in the past four days?
Kevin Barron: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the future energy demand projections for British mined coal.
Kevin Barron: Is the Minister aware that it was estimated in 1974, in "Plan for Coal" that about 120 million tonnes of deep-mined coal would be extracted in 1985, and that the industry is now producing about 105 million tonnes? Will the Minister come clean over the Government's attack on the National Union of Mineworkers for not being willing to run down the coal industry by 3 million to 4 million tonnes...
Kevin Barron: Is the Minister aware that since the Conservatives took office in 1979 the real take-home pay of the average worker with two children has increased by 5·7 per cent. whereas a person with two children and an income of £80,000-plus a year has had a 54 per cent. rise in real terms in take-home pay—a 10:1 bias in favour of the rich?
Kevin Barron: I am grateful to you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling the hon. Member for Northampton, North (Mr. Marlow) to order and saying that he should stick to matters affecting the plight of pensioners. The 3·7 per cent. increase in pensions this week is a tragedy for the House. I was told about that in June. A short time later, we had a long debate about Members' salaries in which we decided to...
Kevin Barron: Indeed, it is not a free market. There are long queues of patients in the National Health Service. It means that there have to be priorities in health care. Who is at the back of the queue for kidney transplants, hip replacements and knee replacements? It is not those of 40 or 50 years of age but those of 60, 70 or 80 years of age. They do not have priority for treatment because of their...
Kevin Barron: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 22 November.
Kevin Barron: When the right hon. Gentleman next sees the Prime Minister, will he ask her to consider, with the Secretary of State for Energy, whether, in view of the traumatic period through which it is passing, the British coal mining industry should be subsidised to the same level as British agriculture?
Kevin Barron: Will the Minister confirm—or deny—the last paragraph in an article in the New Statesman, which said, when referring to waste, that if the pipeline at Sellafield were extended into open waters the discharges would be illegal under international law?
Kevin Barron: Does the Chancellor of the Exchequer recognise that the energy costs of some sections of the engineering industry are as high as 20 per cent. and that the measures in his statement will make them go up again? Once more, manufacturing industry feels that it is being attacked by the Government. The effects on industry in the past four years have been shameful. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware...
Kevin Barron: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 17 November.
Kevin Barron: Is the Prime Minister aware that yesterday the Common Market scored another victory over this country with the threat to doorstep milk deliveries? When will the Government send a representative to fight for this country instead of allowing us to be a Common Market punchbag?
Kevin Barron: Where are they?
Kevin Barron: Bearing in mind the answer that he gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, Central (Mr. Fatchett), is the Minister aware that private hospitals are used to carry out operations and patients are then transferred to NHS hospitals for post-operative care? Is not that an area in which the NHS is subsidising private medicine?
Kevin Barron: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what are the expected levels of oil imports for electricity generation in the next five years.
Kevin Barron: In view of the requirements of the electrical generating industry and the Government's commitment to the coal mining industry, will the Minister consider what will happen if the Government do not stop the import of oil for generation purposes as soon as possible and use instead the millions of tonnes of coal that are already available or are being mined efficiently by British miners?
Kevin Barron: The National Union of Mineworkers elected and re-elected me by private individual ballot every two years before I became a Member of the House. Everyone in the NUM has for many years had the opportunity to avoid paying the political levy—very few do, I am glad to say. They have the opportunity of individual ballots all the time. Does not the Minister believe that the Government would be...
Kevin Barron: There is.
Kevin Barron: Fifty per cent.
Kevin Barron: I do net intend to take up the remarks of the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Mr. Howard), who appears to be lost in a legal maze. It is my responsibility to say that I am honoured to represent Rother Valley, which I hope to represent for many years. It is the custom to comment on one's predecessor. I am pleased to say that my predecessor is now the hon. Member for Wentworth (Mr....