Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Prime Minister whether he will consult with the other members of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference about the desirability of celebrating as Commonwealth Day throughout the Commonwealth and Empire whatever anniversary is most appropriate and generally acceptable.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While fully accepting what the Prime Minister said, may I ask him whether, as in this changing Commonwealth Empire Day is no longer universally celebrated, he would consider it desirable that some common anniversary should be fixed in order that the Commonwealth idea can be given at least as much expression as the idea of the United Nations, which is fully celebrated throughout the Commonwealth?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Minister of Labour how many persons engaged in the furniture trade and resident within the Chigwell urban district of Essex have been discharged from employment, or placed on short time, during the present year; how many have since been reemployed in the furniture trade; and how many are unemployed at the latest date for which figures are available.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reports he has received of a recrudescence of the slave trade in the region of the Red Sea or elsewhere
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has not my hon. Friend's attention been drawn to the report made on 17th April by Mr. Greenidge, Director of the Anti-Slavery and Aborigines' Protection Society, saying that the slave trade has been revived between Africa and Arabia and between Saudi Arabia and other parts of Asia? In view of that report, would my hon. Friend look into the matter, having regard to the great tradition of this...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the reasons for the disbanding of the British Desert Locust Control Organisation; and whether he will make a statement
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. Friend say something about the claim which, I understand, the Soviet Union have made that they have met our position in this matter by offering disarmament in respect of conventional weapons only?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the latest tariff negotiations at Geneva under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will give consideration to the possibility of revising the Double Taxation Convention between Nigeria and this country, so that members of the teaching staff of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, who are not Government servants but are working side by side with Government servants, may enjoy like exemption from United Kingdom tax.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I express the hope that it will be found possible to remove the sense of injustice which exists at this college and which discourages people from taking up this kind of appointment overseas?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many mission schools in the Eastern Region of Nigeria have recently been closed, or are to be closed, and for what reason.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While everyone would want to keep the cold war as far as possible out of Antarctica, would not my right hon. Friend agree that it is essential fully to maintain British claims to Antarctic territories?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the commitments of the United Kingdom under the Charter for an international agency for atomic energy; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether, at this stage, he can give an undertaking that all these proposals for an international agency for atomic energy are strictly scrutinised from the point of view of Commonwealth interests and the vital importance to Commonwealth development of nuclear power?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent the United States of America is now associated with the Bagdad Pact.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Early in his remarks, the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) referred to the suggestion that has been made by some of us on both sides of the Committee that there should be an inquiry into the country's financial and economic system rather on the lines of the Macmillan Committee which did such useful work in the very different days before the war, days not of inflation but of...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that the theme of savings dominated the Chancellor's Budget?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he has taken to obtain information about the number of holders of the Victoria Cross resident overseas who wish to attend them centenary celebrations but lack the means to do so.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that United States dairy products are being imported into the United Kingdom at prices below those ruling in the world markets and at the expense of imports of Commonwealth dairy products; and what action he is taking.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask for an assurance that there is no foundation for the report that Sir Leslie Munro, Her Majesty's New Zealand Ambassador in Washington, made representations to the American Government about the fact that 10,000 tons of United States cheese was being imported into the United Kingdom?