Michael Fabricant: rose—
Michael Fabricant: I thank my near neighbour for giving way. I said "nonsense" because we have known for only three days that there was to be a choice between these three areas. I also said it because my hon. Friend claimed that the Lobbies could be full. There are 651 Members of Parliament. Does my hon. Friend seriously claim that they will all be in the Lobbies? I think not.
Michael Fabricant: Does the hon. Lady agree that in Scotland, where there are no Sunday trading restrictions, more people attend church on Sundays than is the case in England, where there are Sunday trading restrictions?
Michael Fabricant: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Michael Fabricant: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Michael Fabricant: I want to redeem myself.
Michael Fabricant: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. As a new Member of the House, may I ask whether it is usual to be given only three days' notice that issues as important as these are to be debated?
Michael Fabricant: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans he has to meet his counterparts in the Government of the Russian Federation to discuss bilateral trade.
Michael Fabricant: Does my right hon. Friend agree that business with the Soviet Union, or Russia as it is today, is well worth pursuing in the long term due to its huge resources in gold and oil? Regarding of the short term, my right hon. Friend's meeting this morning with Aleksandr Nicolaivitch Shokhin, what does he think will be the short-term benefits that will accrue?
Michael Fabricant: rose—
Michael Fabricant: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is worth pursuing long-term prospects with Russia given its huge reserves of gold and oil? Given his meeting this morning with Aleksandr Nicolaivitch Shokhin, what short-term benefits does he believe will accrue?
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent review he has undertaken of the practice of Sunday trading in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
Michael Fabricant: Does my hon. Friend agree than as long as Northern Ireland remains a part of the United Kingdom—and it will continue to remain a part of the United Kingdom for as long as its people want—any future legislation made in the House concerning Sunday trading should also apply to the people of Northern Ireland?
Michael Fabricant: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that the shipbuilding industry of the north-east, Jarrow and other parts of the United Kingdom should adopt the same wage rates as those in Korea?
Michael Fabricant: Could not the same litany of industries in which manufacturing has declined in the United Kingdom—and it undoubtedly has because of imports—be read out for the United States and Germany? The hon. Gentleman is talking about imports from former eastern bloc countries and the Pacific rim, where, as I said earlier, wage rates are substantially lower.
Michael Fabricant: Does my hon. Friend not consider it extraordinary that the hon. Member for Leeds, Central (Mr. Fatchett), who was once a lecturer in industrial relations—despite having no background in industry himself—did not care to mention that important fact and to endorse my hon. Friend's observation?
Michael Fabricant: Is my hon. Friend aware that I motor cycled—I would rather use the expression "motorbiked" since that is what true motor cyclists would say—to Turkey? Although I must admit that I used a Japanese motorbike, a Yamaha FJ1200, it was designed by a British company.
Michael Fabricant: I believe that it was in 1732 that Thomas Fuller said: There needs to be a long apprenticeship to understand the mysteries of the world's trade. I am aware that the hon. Member for Leeds, Central (Mr. Fatchett) has not served such an apprenticeship— believe that his apprenticeship consisted of writing books about industrial relations. I am sure that, were he in the Chamber, he would be as...
Michael Fabricant: I agree with my hon. Friend. It is a sad indictment of banking that there are pipsqueaks not only in the high street banks but in head offices, too. However, there are fewer of them in the merchant banks where there is a far greater tradition of the entrepreneurial spirit of adventurous lending. There is still a gap, although it is being narrowed, between the amounts being lent by high street...
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 25 May.