Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a further statement on the progress made to acquire a site for the federal capital of the West Indies.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can my right hon. Friend say whether we may expect a debate on foreign affairs before the Recess, as quite a lot of things seem to be happening in the world?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Minister of Labour how many employees of the Suez contracting companies have applied to his officers for other employment owing to events in Egypt; and with what result.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, having regard to the country's economic problems, he will reconsider Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the Organisation for Trade Co-operation, which is designed to give permanent form in the setting of the United Nations organisation to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Having regard to the relative decline of our Commonwealth trade and the need to reconcile a European area of preferential trade with Imperial Preference, would not my right hon. Friend agree that it is madness, and contrary to Conservative principles and promises, to accept a permanent straitjacket on our fiscal freedom, already limited by G. A. T. T.? Has not this become an urgent matter,...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: What responsibility, if any, have the signatories of the Constantinople Convention of 1888 for making effective the provision of the Convention that the ships of all nations would be free to go through the Suez Canal in peace or war?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Early in his speech the hon. Gentleman the Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) accused right hon. and hon. Members on this side of the House of being anti-American.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Well, it is an accusation which has often been made from that side of the House, and when it is made I always recall the French proverb about the wicked animal which, when it is attacked, defends itself. The party opposite has not always had a record of zeal for an Anglo-American association. Indeed, it is a significant fact, and one which is highly discreditable to the party opposite, that...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: N.A.T.O. was set up by a Labour Government against the wishes of a large number of the members of the Labour Party. We on this side of the House welcome the safe return of the Prime Minister from Bermuda. We agree with the Prime Minister that the official communiqué of the Bermuda Conference is a workmanlike document and not, to use my right hon. Friend's words, a high-falutin'...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Restoration of Anglo-American friendship was one of the objects of the Bermuda Conference. There are two ways in which a new relationship with the United States can come about. One of the ways is by ever-closer integration of the European and Western nations in an Atlantic community, which, as I see it, means under the hegemony of the United States. The other way is the only way which will...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the question of Cyprus is a very special case, and that the willingness of Her Majesty's Government to accept the good offices of N.A.T.O. on the international aspects of the question in no way forms a precedent for the intervention of foreign Powers or international organisations in the affairs of territories over which Her Majesty has sovereignty?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what contribution has lately been made by the United Kingdom to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East; and in what currency.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can the Minister say whether a part of this money is to be used towards supporting the United Nations Emergency Force?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. and learned Friend tell the United States Administration and the United Nations organisation that bullying of Israel is no substitute for a firm and united policy towards Colonel Nasser and his Soviet backers?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs which Governments have formally signified their recognition of British sovereignty over parts of Antarctica; and which Governments have officially signified that they decline to do so.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: In view of the importance strategically and perhaps economically of Antarctica, and in view of the Answer which my hon. Friend has just given, can he give an assurance that the Government will be resolute to resist any encroachment upon British territories and interests in Antarctica under cover of the International Geophysical Year?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps have been or are being taken to make widely known at the United Nations organisation and throughout the world the extent of the delay in clearing the Suez Canal for world shipping caused by the failure to make the fullest use of the Anglo-French salvage fleet.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Could my hon. Friend say in what way the fullest publicity has been given throughout the world?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether peaceful and secure conditions now exist in the area of Buraimi.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will Her Majesty's Government continue to give the fullest assistance, including military assistance if necessary, to the rulers and people in that area to whom we owe protection?