Mr John Biggs-Davison: As the Leader of the Opposition and others more expert have questioned the present force of the long-standing agreement on the American use of Royal Air Force bases, will my right hon. Friend consider removing any doubts that may remain in the public mind after her clear speech yesterday by inviting President Reagan to make a joint statement with her to clarify the position?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: My right hon. Friend mentioned the considerable arms find by the Garda in County Sligo. Does she recall that they also unearthed a very large supply of small arms ammunition in boxes with Libyan army markings?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has my right hon. Friend noticed that the substantial support by both sides of the House for early-day motion 280 is still growing? [That this House notes the widespread concern felt in Parliament by eminent scientists, by other responsible observers and by members of the public who have viewed programmes on the matter screened by Channel 4, that Anne Maguire, Patrick Maguire (senior),...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can my hon. Friend confirm that under its present Administration Namibia is now free of apartheid?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Must not all politicians on both sides of the water accept their responsibilities? Was it not forecast from these Benches that the result of the Anglo-Irish agreement would be to place this splendid force, whose families are also suffering so grievously now, between two fires? In the light of experience, will the Prime Minister seek to talk to the Taoiseach and, in view of the threat to the...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Since my right hon. Friend has reasonably pointed out that there is no relevance to the Anglo-Irish agreement in this unhappy matter, it is not the case that the commendable and exceptional exertions of the Garda Siochana, to which I pay tribute, have no connection with that agreement either?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, having regard to his co-operation with other Governments in countering terrorism, he will give further consideration to the introduction of identity cards in the United Kingdom.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would the suggestion not be helpful against terrorists and immigration and social security cheats? Has not the House of Commons set a good example by issuing identity cards to hon. Members, and should we not follow the example of our European partners and of our Commonwealth partner, Australia, which recently introduced identity cards, with very little dissent in that freedom-loving country?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Although GCHQ comes under a civil Department, is it not in reality an essential arm of the national defence? That being so, and although I am a trade unionist myself—[Laughter.]—which the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) probably is not—may I ask my right hon. and learned Friend whether it would not be more appropriate to have some form of staff federation than a...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals have been received by his Department from the Countryside Commission, or elsewhere, for the protection of small ancient or semi-natural broadleaved woodlands necessary to the preservation of the natural beauty of the landscape.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Nature Conservancy Council's recommendations for relief from what until yesterday we called capital transfer tax exclude woodlands of less than two hectares? Will Ministers examine that seemingly perverse discrimination against the poorer and smaller?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has not Ethiopia, a major recipient of the aid, been moving population on a scale and with a savagery far exceeding anything known in South Africa? Do the Government intend to raise that matter at the United Nations?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: It was my misfortune to be absent when the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh (Mr. Mallon) made his maiden speech, and I am glad to have heard him speak today with force and eloquence. It is right and proper that the voice of Nationalism should be heard in this place. Indeed, it is right that the voice of separatist parties in Wales or Scotland should be heard here. This House is a place where...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would it not be contrary to the traditions and interests of the public service if a Civil Service union were to set up a political fund in support of one political party?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am not asking for a debate next week on early-day motion 280 which now has the support of 170 hon. Members— [That this House notes the widespread concern felt in Parliament by eminent scientists, by other responsible observers and by members of the public who have viewed programmes on the matter screened by Channel 4, that Anne Maguire, Patrick Maguire...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what part Her Majesty's Government are playing in international efforts to bring about pacification in the middle east.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Did my right hon. and learned Friend discuss with the Syrian Foreign Minister the danger of conflict between Syria and Israel? Did he ask him to use his good offices for the release of British citizens imprisoned in Syria and in Lebanon, where Syria has so much influence?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not a tragic absurdity that, as a result of the Anglo-Irish agreement, a Unionist Government's only political friends in the Province should be Republicans? How do the Government propose to govern the Province—by force —or will they seek a constructive way out, and get in touch with the Taoiseach and adjust this damnable agreement?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: The agreement is described in The Times today as a constitutional monstrosity. Its consequences are predictable and were predicted from the Conservative Benches, but is it not desirable that nothing should be said, done or not done on Monday that could endanger security or jobs, in particular those at Harland and Wolff?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: In the cases that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary mentioned of murderous acts having been frustrated by the use of the Act, what alternative powers would the right hon. Gentleman have used if he had been Home Secretary to frustrate such terrorist deeds in the absence of this Act?