Gerald Kaufman: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for renewing the provisions of the Rents (Control of Increases) Act beyond 1971.
Gerald Kaufman: Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that that is a totally deplorable answer? Does he not realise that, following the vague threats arising from the Secretary of State's policy, which will inevitably mean large rises in rents, for both private and council tenants, particularly in my constituency, this latest announcement, which he has made with such complacency, means that the only...
Gerald Kaufman: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. As one who, unlike the hon. Member for Hertfordshire, South-West (Mr. Longden), represents many people who have—
Gerald Kaufman: Well, in deference to you, Mr. Speaker, briefly and in the conventional way—
Gerald Kaufman: I beg to give notice that, in view of the totally unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment as early as possible.
Gerald Kaufman: I had a question on this point about comparability.—[An HON. MEMBER: "Reading."] I am about to read from the Statutory Instruments which the right hon. and learned Gentleman is asking the House to approve. He has been talking about comparability with regard to the lower judiciary. Would he explain the lack of comparability between the last Statutory Instrument of 1969, No. 1008, and the...
Gerald Kaufman: I apologise, Sir. I had only one sentence more. This is a complicated point. In the Instruments which are being introduced tonight, we just have the new salary and not the old from which it is being increased. Why has that detail been left out?
Gerald Kaufman: I go all the way with my hon. Friend except that I believe he is in error on one point. They are not crocodile tears that the Attorney-General is shedding; they are real tears. The plight of the judges really does move him.
Gerald Kaufman: The Attorney-General says that there is a difference between the present draft Statutory Instrument and the Statutory Instrument of 1969 but, with respect, it was I who pointed out that difference in the first place. He has not told us why there is this difference.
Gerald Kaufman: On the question of religious instruction, has the Secretary of State received the letter which I sent to her regarding a request for a three-room extension to St. Kentigern's School in my constituency? Will she undertake to agree that that extension should be built?
Gerald Kaufman: Has the right hon. Gentleman noted the decisive vote of the House on the Hare Coursing Bill? In view of his growing reputation as a defender of the rights of back benchers, his remarks on the election of the Speaker notwithstanding, will he give us some time after 10 o'clock one night to get a decision on Second Reading?
Gerald Kaufman: I am grateful that I have at last the opportunity to raise on the Adjournment this subject of the events in Belfast during the weekend 3rd to 5th July, 1970. Hon. Members may ask, why am I raising events of July, 1970, in January, 1971? The answer is that I have been trying to do so ever since October, and I have only just succeeded in the ballot. Indeed, until I succeeded, I began to think...
Gerald Kaufman: The Minister must not shake his head like that. If he can tell us of any other lives taken in the curfew area by other than the troops, we shall listen with care when he speaks. My purpose is not to say anything against the troops. They were English and Scottish troops—not Irish troops—sent to clear up the mess caused by the Northern Ireland Tories—[An HON. MEMBER: "The mess you...
Gerald Kaufman: That is not a matter that is under discussion. I have not questioned the right of the troops to go in and search for arms, though they gathered remarkably few considering that they had nearly three days in which to gather them. If one comes to the question of the invocation of the rule of law, I have been able to find no authority for the interpretation of common law in the way either the...
Gerald Kaufman: rose—
Gerald Kaufman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Gerald Kaufman: On a point of order. Over a period of four months, the hon. Gentleman refused totally to investigate this incident and said that there was no reason to investigate it. Now, the Minister suddenly springs this—
Gerald Kaufman: Why was not I told that in July?
Gerald Kaufman: Would the right hon. Gentleman also bear in mind the great shadow looming over the Catholic church in my constituency because of the doubtful legal position of other games of chance on which they depend to a great extent for raising funds? Would he bear in mind that in making these legal he will be helping them in their school-building activities which are gravely under threat at the moment?
Gerald Kaufman: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to complete his study into all aspects of regional policy; what form it is taking; and whether he will invite non-governmental bodies to submit evidence.