Nicholas Soames: The hon. Gentleman has just thought of that.
Nicholas Soames: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Nicholas Soames: The hon. Lady is always fascinating. Will she lift the veil a little more? To what does she really object in relation to the privatisation of the British Airports Authority?
Nicholas Soames: Does my hon. Friend agree that, with the whole mechanics of arms control creaking dangerously at the seams, the talks need to be given added and more important impetus?
Nicholas Soames: Will my hon. Friend consider the likely impact on this route and on others from the Channel ports when the Channel tunnel is completed?
Nicholas Soames: Thrusting!
Nicholas Soames: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on those figures, as well as his Department on the work that it has done in that area. However, will he do more to persuade industrialists of the value of that programme to them? His review was much appreciated by industrialists in my constituency, who were pleased to see how much came back to British industry.
Nicholas Soames: Will my hon. Friend do more to persuade the NCC to explain the excellent work that it does to a wider public? Is it not important that it has the support of the broader constituency?
Nicholas Soames: Will my right hon. Friend, when casting around for matters to debate, consider the great interest in conservation matters shown not only by colleagues in the House but by many of our constituents? Will my right hon. Friend therefore find some time for a debate on this very important subject, which is close to the hearts of many of our constituents?
Nicholas Soames: I shall not follow the hon. Member for Walthamstow (Mr. Deakins) down the road that he took, although I agreed with his comments about the Venice declaration, a subject to which I shall return. I wish at the outset, like hon. Members on both sides of the House, to congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary and his colleagues on a highly successful period for British...
Nicholas Soames: The hon. Gentleman and I are at one in wishing that Europe could do more. It is no longer any good asking what we can do. We must try to find a way forward. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Buckingham (Mr. Walden) that it is difficult for Europe to achieve much in that respect when it is perceived as having no power. We must develop that power and the institutions that go with it....
Nicholas Soames: I hope that my hon. Friend will be brief.
Nicholas Soames: Has my hon. Friend concluded his remarks?
Nicholas Soames: Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that the principal problem with the SDI is that at the end of the day one cannot run what must be a political relationship using essentially only strategic technology?
Nicholas Soames: What further steps can my hon. Friend take to represent the revulsion felt by many people in this country at the contemptible and grotesque behaviour of the Israeli forces in Lebanon?
Nicholas Soames: I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his handling of the affair. Does he agree that what is required in the handling of East-West relations is consistency? By undertaking this act, he has shown the Soviet Union that, unless it obeys the rules and behaves according to diplomatic circumstances, we shall not be prepared to forward our friendship with it, except on a proper basis?
Nicholas Soames: Will my hon. Friend assure the blouse that the main consideration that will be given when arriving at a conclusion will be that of the national interest?
Nicholas Soames: Does the hon. Gentleman believe that Great Britain needs a security service in the first place?
Nicholas Soames: Bearing in mind the record of some Select Committees in relation to leaks, does the hon. Gentleman consider that the facilities and procedures are clearly enough established to allow delicate security matters to be aired before a Select Committee without the risk of those matters being leaked to the national press?
Nicholas Soames: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish to raise a point of order on an altogether more esoteric subject than that of the hon. Member for Coventry, South-East (Mr. Nellist). You will have seen on the court page of The Times today, at the head of the list of birthdays being celebrated this day, the announcement of the 60th birthday of the right hon. Member for Chesterfield (Mr. Benn). Last...