Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many political prisoners and detainees have escaped from custody in Cyprus since security precautions were strengthened towards the end of 1956; and whether he will make a statement about the escapes recently reported.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Do full powers exist for the removal, if necessary into custody outside Cyprus, of dangerous terrorists or terrorists likely to escape?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Postmaster-General at what time it is necessary to post letters in Westminster and central London for them to be delivered by the first post in Chigwell, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chipping Ongar, respectively.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is my hon. Friend aware that in the Palace of Westminster one day last week before 5.0 p.m. I posted an urgent and important letter to a constituent in Chigwell and it was not delivered to my constituent before the afternoon of the following day? This sort of delay could be very serious. What is happening in the Post Office, because there are very disquieting reports, both at home and...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the President of the Board of Trade from which Governments and organisations he has received representations regarding the dumping of butter in the United Kingdom.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not a long-established Conservative principle that first place should be given to the home producer and second place to the overseas Commonwealth producer? Will my right hon. Friend give very earnest and prompt attention to these representations from this country and New Zealand?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has completed his consideration of the evidence for applying anti-dumping or countervailing duties under the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act, 1957, on imports of butter from Sweden and Finland.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Does my right hon. Friend agree with this, at least: Sweden has been charging, at home, double the price charged for her butter in the United Kingdom, and Finland about two and a half times as much?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Bulletin for Industry, for March, 1958, entitled, "Some Myths Exploded," in describing Great Britain's post-war economic achievements made no mention of Commonwealth and Colonial development and did not distinguish between the Commonwealth and other parts of the free world to which the British are of economic importance as bankers, traders,...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While thanking the hon. and learned Gentleman for that undertaking, may I ask him whether his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has studied the speech made by the Prime Minister yesterday at a meeting of the Empire Industries Association? Is not it our duty and our interest in the matter of survival to give priority to Commonwealth trade? While the Chancellor is busy exploding...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Es my right hon. Friend aware that the more Ministers follow his example yesterday in making speeches drawing attention to the economic opportunities in the Commonwealth the more many of us will be pleased?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Minister of Defence whether he will make a statement about his recent visit to certain Western European capitals.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Whilst thanking my right hon. Friend for that information, may I ask him whether he is satisfied that the fullest use is being made of Western European Union, because it would seem that this organisation is becoming of increasing importance to the security of Britain and of Europe as the range of missiles increases and disengagement becomes a possibility?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: The hon. Gentleman would agree, would he not, that these steps to which he refers were entirely in harmony with the obligations which were assumed in various agreements by the Labour Government?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I sympathise a great deal with what the hon. Gentleman the Member for Stechford (Mr. Roy Jenkins) has said about the possibility of a more discriminatory Commonwealth and sterling area. He blamed the Government for not having fulfilled their promises to regain this country's freedom to discriminate, but I think it should be said, on the other side, that it was engagements entered into by a...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: The Labour Government had a go at convertibility, which did not really work. However, I do not want to engage in a debate on the responsibility of past Governments for the present lack of freedom to discriminate in our economic relations with other countries. My hon. Friend and Essex colleague the Member for Harwich (Mr. Ridsdale) has a number of claims on my gratitude and I think that all...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the principal lessons learnt by the Essex Auxiliary Fire Service and others who took part in Exercise Fire-raiser at Chigwell.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Whilst thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, would he not agree it is most gratifying that, despite considerable propaganda against Civil Defence, so many people should voluntarily take part in these activities and exercises with so much enthusiasm, patriotism and public spirit?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can my right hon. Friend say whether the Government intend to make a statement on the future of Cyprus before the Easter Recess, remembering that my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary told the House, in reply to a Question from me, that it was considered desirable to bring whatever negotiations might be going on to an end as soon as possible?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what response he has received to his latest appeal for the co-operation of Central London employers and their staffs for the staggering of working hours in Central London.