Bill Cash: I am sure the hon. Gentleman is aware that the Bill provides for investigations into questions arising from economic well-being, and the pointed remark which he has just made goes rather wider than the content of the Bill.
Bill Cash: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that the last time there was at attempt to put down such an amendment was during the interregnum, when Cromwell was in charge of things?
Bill Cash: Can the hon. Gentleman explain how the amendment would be included in the Bill? He will know that all other Select Committees have been set up under Standing Orders. Why has he chosen this route? Some of the other amendments have some unpleasant characteristics which I shall address in a moment.
Bill Cash: rose—
Bill Cash: Of course I realise that this is a new clause, not an amendment, and I apologise for the error. However, it would be helpful if the hon. Gentleman could name any other Act that has included such a provision.
Bill Cash: Is my hon. Friend aware that the same professor of law at the University of Lancaster has produced another report, which has everything to do with the miners' dispute? Perhaps my hon. Friend would be good enough to give his view on that?
Bill Cash: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the withdrawal units—often described as sanctuaries or sin bins—are an increasingly popular means of dealing with disruptive pupils and that in 1977 there were 239 such units in England with accommodation for 3,900 pupils? As the hon. Gentleman knows, the cost of such units is considerable. The units visited by Her Majesty's inspectorate dealt...
Bill Cash: The hon. Gentleman said that this subject led him on nicely to new clause 3. Perhaps I may refer to the actual wording of the new clause rather than to the hon. Gentleman's comments. It states: Before the coming into force of this Act all local education authorities in England and Wales shall discuss their policy on school punishments, and issue local guidelines to all governing bodies in...
Bill Cash: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Bill Cash: Will the hon. Gentleman explain why the Labour party, when in government, did not abolish corporal punishment in schools? The European convention on human rights has been with us for a long time. Furthermore, will he explain why the Labour chairman of Mid-Glamorgan education committee described the campaigners for abolition as just not living in the real world. That quotation comes from The...
Bill Cash: rose—
Bill Cash: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is essential to prevent the abuses in the system that have been developing during the past few years and at the same time ensure that those who will be affected by the announcement will suffer no unnecessary or unreasonable hardship?
Bill Cash: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way.
Bill Cash: What does the Opposition motion really say? It alleges that we have the highest unemployment level this century. It affirms that we should expand the economy, reduce unemployment and develop youth and adult training. It calls for an ending of the decline of manufacturing industry and economic recovery based on investment in British industry, the improvement of infrastructure and a...
Bill Cash: rose——
Bill Cash: Will my right hon. Friend accept the congratulations of my constituents in Stafford who had certain difficulties about the milk quotas during the by-election? He has achieved considerable success in the recent negotiations. In practical terms, how will policing measures be pursued in the European Commission to ensure that the level of production—for example, in France—has fallen...
Bill Cash: Will my hon. Friend confirm that when he continues with his exercise of assistance to small businesses he will produce in due course a legislative framework which will ensure that there is a coherent policy for small businesses?
Bill Cash: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there should be a presumption in favour of human life?
Bill Cash: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is extremely difficult for anybody to make an assessment of congenital defects that may be observed in an embryo that is less than 14 days old?
Bill Cash: Does the hon. Lady admit that the research that has so far been conducted on the removal of abnormalities and congenital defects is not sufficiently proved and that the entire matter is covered with ifs, buts and maybes?