Gerald Kaufman: Mr. Kaufman rose—
Gerald Kaufman: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. A little time ago the right hon. Gentleman was courteous enough to give way to me on a question which I put to him, and he indicated then that he would reply to my question. Is it in order for him to pass from the subject without giving me the reply which he promised?
Gerald Kaufman: My hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Mr. Wallace) and the hon. Member for Dorset, South (Mr. Evelyn King) have spoken as representatives of constituents in mainly rural areas and low-wage earners. I represent part of one of the largest cities in the country but a part of that city in which wage levels are often very low, a part of that city in which unemployment is rising fast, and a...
Gerald Kaufman: The Minister must ask that question of the butchers' spokesman in Manchester who gave me this information, and was more vituperative about this Government than I could ever contemplate being.
Gerald Kaufman: My hon. Friend is quite right. I do not wish to mislead the House on this point, just as the Minister would not wish to mislead the House about the comments made by butchers in his presence last week, when he endured what Labour Ministers often had to endure and Tory Ministers rarely had to endure, namely, being insulted at a dinner. I went round my constituency yesterday morning and in one...
Gerald Kaufman: My hon Friend has taken up the point made by the hon. Gentleman the Member for Dorset, South (Mr. Evelyn King) about convenience foods, and he will recall that the hon. Gentleman referred in particular to potato crisps. With the decline in the number able to afford school meals, many children are now being sent to school with potato crisps to eat for lunch instead of the good meal which they...
Gerald Kaufman: There is further reinforcement to my hon. Friend in an answer which I received from the Minister of State to the Treasury recently, which shows that between devaluation and the fall of the Labour Government the purchasing power of the pound fell by 13p, but that since that time the purchasing power of the pound has fallen by 5p—that is to say, at a considerably faster rate since this...
Gerald Kaufman: rose—
Gerald Kaufman: May I, as a more zealous shop steward for the absurd institution along the way than my hon. Friend, put in a request—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order. Withdraw."] I withdraw the word "absurd" and substitute "antiquated and ridiculous". As a shop steward for that, may I suggest that an hourly allowance be instituted, thus preventing the possibility of the fastest clocking in and clocking out in...
Gerald Kaufman: The right hon. Gentleman had better come again. They are different.
Gerald Kaufman: At a stroke.
Gerald Kaufman: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the purchasing power of the £ sterling now, taking it as 100p on 18th June, 1970.
Gerald Kaufman: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, since that date, the electors have delivered their verdict on the answer? [Interruption.] Is not he aware that the rejection of 81 Conservative candidates out of 99 in the City of Manchester—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order."] —and 2,800 Labour gains in the rest of the country—
Gerald Kaufman: —have demonstrated at a stroke what the people think about the lie on which the Conservative Party was elected?
Gerald Kaufman: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that constituents of mine in Manchester are concerned about the subjection of their children to obscene publicity of this kind and to obscene displays in shop windows? Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the protection of children must be the main consideration in any action that he takes?
Gerald Kaufman: asked the Prime Minister what communciation he has received from the North-West Industrial Development Association concerning the unemployment situation in the North-West; and what reply he has sent.
Gerald Kaufman: Why does the right hon. Gentleman refuse the request of the North-West Industrial Development Association to meet the Prime Minister so that it can put to him its request for intermediate area status for the area? In view of the fact that all these unemployment figures show that the number out of work in the Greater Manchester area has risen yet again, that the number of wholly unemployed in...
Gerald Kaufman: asked the Attorney-General whether he is now in a position to make a statement about the action he proposes to take to implement the recommendations in Report No. 164 of the National Board for Prices and Incomes, Command Paper No. 4624, with regard to the reduction of conveyancing charges by solicitors.
Gerald Kaufman: Is the Attorney-General aware that it is nearly two months since that Report was published? Should not the Government take action now to implement the recommendations of the Prices and Incomes Board so that the power of this closed shop can be broken and people who wish to buy their homes can be given greater assistance?
Gerald Kaufman: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why he will not use his powers under Section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968, to provide financial assistance to the Little Sisters of the Poor for the rebuilding of St. Joseph's Home for old people, Plymouth Grove, Manchester.