Jimmy Hood: As I rise to make my maiden speech, I am well aware of the traditions of this House that new Members are expected to be nice and uncontroversial, to say nice and pleasant things, to sit down and then to descend to the Tea Rooms or the Bars for a well-earned pat on the back from one's peers. I shall at all times, where possible, respect this place and its traditions, but honesty with oneself...
Jimmy Hood: Is the Minister aware that the most dangerous stretch of roadway in Britain is the A74, which is connected to the M74 in Scotland, 32 miles of which go through my constituency? Is he also aware that the Conservative manifesto for Scotland pledged to upgrade the A74 to the M74? People are still being killed on that roadway and as recently as last week a family of three were wiped out. Will...
Jimmy Hood: Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that stomach cancers as a result of fluoridation have been reported in America? Does his speech cover that aspect?
Jimmy Hood: Can the hon. Gentleman tell us the number of pilots killed in the low-flying exercises that he was praising earlier?
Jimmy Hood: There is not much traffic in East Germany.
Jimmy Hood: Just like Soweto.
Jimmy Hood: I came into the House half way through the speech of the hon. and learned Member for Perth and Kinross (Mr. Fairbairn). The good news was that I was late; the bad news was that I had to listen to the other half of his speech. I was reminded of what I said during my maiden speech: that we should savour such moments as when the hon. and learned Member for Perth and Kinross addresses the House....
Jimmy Hood: Will the Leader of the House find time next week to discuss the newly established office in London of the South African coal industry, and will he allow the House time to discuss what involvement the director of that office, a Mr. Robert Swain, has with Government Departments, in view of his known links with the South African secret service and alleged links with the British secret service?
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Jimmy Hood: The right hon. Gentleman referred to the loss of three coal faces and the closure of Polkemmet colliery. Is he aware that that colliery closed because British Coal deliberately flooded it? The unions offered to go in and save it, but they were held back by British Coal. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware also that, in Scotland, Polkemmet, which produces coal for Ravenscraig steelworks, is now...
Jimmy Hood: rose——
Jimmy Hood: Against imported coal?
Jimmy Hood: Is that all?
Jimmy Hood: May I remind the Secretary of State that, during the general election campaign, he called a press conference and declared that part of his party's manifesto was to upgrade the A74 to M74 status? Today we hear that that has again been postponed for later years. I have 32 miles of this inadequate A74 running through my constituency. How many men, women and children will be slaughtered on this...
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Jimmy Hood: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Jimmy Hood: Does the hon. Gentleman remember that I wrote to him on 15 October in response to a circular which was sent to hon. Members and asked him about a particular point? I ask the hon. Gentleman the same question now: does he believe in abortion at 18 weeks? It is important for that question to be answered. Some of the people who have been canvassing and lobbying hon. Members look at the present...
Jimmy Hood: I rise to change the tempo of Question Time, to acknowledge that the greatest service the Prime Minister has done for Scotland so far is in appointing Sir Ian MacGregor to the new Tory party think-tank in Scotland—[HON. MEMBERS: "What has this to do with the question?"]—
Jimmy Hood: May I say — [HON. MEMBERS: "Ask a question."]—that it will do the greatest service to the Scottish people's argument for devolution, because if Sir Ian MacGregor does as much for the Tory party as he did—