Dr Jim Marshall: The right hon. Gentleman is the Chairman of the Select Committee on Procedure. Clearly, the procedure that he is outlining is factually correct, but even he must realise that, although he is concerned mainly with procedure and the need for all Government Departments to be closely scrutinised, the Government's decision to table the motion was not influenced only by procedure—it was deeply...
Dr Jim Marshall: The right hon. Gentleman should not trivialise the issue.
Dr Jim Marshall: Is the Minister aware that there are 30,000 jobs in Leicester and the surrounding county in the traditional industries of clothing and textiles and that, if the multi-fibre arrangement is phased out by 2005, many of those jobs will disappear? Would he estimate how many jobs will be left in 10 years' time?
Dr Jim Marshall: Will the Minister try to explain how a system that has been developed to produce massive and unthinkable damage—especially in the Soviet Union, to prevent it from making a first strike—will deter any small state from developing its own nuclear weapons or threatening to use those weapons?
Dr Jim Marshall: Will the new clause apply to circumstances in which a local authority took a policy decision to open a market hall? Would the protection then apply to the existing leaseholders of the shop units in the market hall where there is no current obligation to open on Sunday? Were the local authority to change its policy, could it force unit holders to attend their stalls on a Sunday?
Dr Jim Marshall: To ask the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed, representing the House of Commons Commission, what financial provision has been made in the estimate for improvement of facilities for disabled visitors to the House of Commons.
Dr Jim Marshall: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for warning me of the figure involved in his answer to question 35. Does he agree, however, that even following the expenditure of £250,000 facilities for the disabled visitor to the Palace of Westminster will still be extremely poor? Will he ensure that in future years, particularly the next financial year, provision will be much greater?
Dr Jim Marshall: If a non-NATO country joins the European Union and becomes a full member of the Western European Union, what will its relationship be with NATO?
Dr Jim Marshall: Will the Minister agree that the west does have a policy towards Bosnia—that it does not stand neutrally by? Will he remind the House that the two pillars of that policy are, first, waiting for the three sides in the combat to fight themselves to a standstill; and, secondly, denying the legitimate Government of Bosnia the right and the means to defend their people and their capital?
Dr Jim Marshall: In the light of the Foreign Secretary's reply to the specific point about eastern Europe, as the Western European Union is the defence component of the European Union and the European pillar of NATO, will he give a guarantee that, specifically in the case of the Visegrad countries, the Soviet Union will not be able to exercise a veto over their entry into the European Union as it appears to...
Dr Jim Marshall: That reply displays an unwarranted sense of complacency. The Minister may not have to hand the figures for my constituency, which is adjacent to that of the hon. Member for Harborough (Mr. Garnier), but may I remind her that it still has an unemployment rate of more than 13 per cent? Until the Government take a more proactive role, unemployment will remain unacceptably high.
Dr Jim Marshall: In his meeting with President Yeltsin, did the Prime Minister make it clear that Russia will not have a right of veto over the future security arrangements of the countries of central and eastern Europe?
Dr Jim Marshall: Does the Minister accept that the vast majority of local authorities oppose the revocation of charter rights? Will he confirm that he has received many representations from people who trade at local authority markets, and that those people are opposed to the revocation? As there is no evidence that local authority charter rights act against the public interest, will the Minister ensure that...
Dr Jim Marshall: In the light of the Belgian Government's decision to join the Euro-corps and the likely possibility of a similar Spanish decision, does the Secretary of State have any intention of changing his view that Britain should not be an active member of the Euro-corps?
Dr Jim Marshall: May I bring the Prime Minister back to the question of Northern Ireland and hope that I get an answer from him today? In answer to one question, the Prime Minister said that he still favours a three-strand approach. Does he accept the position that was adopted by predecessor some time ago —that there can be no agreement on any especial strand until there is agreement on all three?
Dr Jim Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about the future size, number and role of regional health authorities.
Dr Jim Marshall: When I tabled the question, I hardly expected it to be the catalyst for the change announced by the Secretary of State last week. Will the right hon. Lady tell the House how many jobs will be lost and how many extra doctors are likely to work in the national health service as a consequence of the changes? She will recognise that the regional health authorities had as part of their...
Dr Jim Marshall: Does the Prime Minister recall the speech that the right hon. Member for City of London and Westminster, South (Mr. Brooke) made on 9 November 1990, in which he said that the British Government have no selfish strategic or economic interest in Northern Ireland—
Dr Jim Marshall: The hon. Member for Antrim, South (Mr. Forsythe) rightly drew attention to some important issues in the Province. If he does not mind, however, I shall not follow his example but propose to return instead to the more general debate that we have been having about the political situation in the Province. First, let me pick up some of the points made by the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr....
Dr Jim Marshall: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. He has made his point through me to the Minister and I am sure that the Minister will pick up that point and answer it when he replies. Despite the economic and social progress, the conflict continues. I share the view of my right hon. Friend the Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn) that the conflict in the Province is the single most important domestic issue...