Mr Walter Alldritt: Representing Liverpool, I would rather look to the future than the past. I regret that too many hon. Members tend to dwell on the past when this matter is debated. I am particularly concerned to ensure that the large capital investment which is now taking place in Liverpool will result in this port becoming the premier container port. Despite what is often said about the dockers, those...
Mr Walter Alldritt: Having regard to the Government's policy, can my right hon. Friend say why he refuses to assist the City of Liverpool?
Mr Walter Alldritt: Mr. Walter Alldritt (Liverpool, Scotland) rose—
Mr Walter Alldritt: Mr. Alldritt rose—
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Mr Walter Alldritt: I am grateful to my hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor-General for having given way to me earlier. I wanted to ask him about a matter about which I am particularly concerned. He knows me well enough to realise that I am not usually emphatic and am always prepared to look at both sides and to try and find a compromise. The second paragraph of new Clause 1 reads: For the purposes of this...
Mr Walter Alldritt: I hesitate to intervene, but this is a highly dangerous doctrine. Like many right hon. and hon. Members, I, too, serve on the bench, and I think that we can give the lie to this doctrine of what happens in the courts. We know quite often that we are being lied to and being deceived, but there is little we can do about it unless the matter concerns earnings when an earnings certificate may be...
Mr Walter Alldritt: At least 20 per cent.—
Mr Walter Alldritt: Will my hon. Friend take it from me that his statement will be received with great satisfaction on Merseyside? However, will he give an undertaking that the other authorities who are bound to be involved in the recreational side of this project will meet their part of the burden?
Mr Walter Alldritt: May I also congratulate my right hon. Friend on her speedy intervention? Would she do one more thing? When the delegations return to Liverpool, can senior officials return with them so that, if there are difficulties, these can be ironed out there and then?
Mr Walter Alldritt: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when equal pay will be applied to Government industrial establishments.
Mr Walter Alldritt: Would not my hon. Friend agree that the Government should give a lead in this matter, particularly having regard to their anxiety to enter the E.E.C., which will have implemented this principle by 1971?
Mr Walter Alldritt: asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what progress has been made in the discussions on equal pay between the Trades Union Congress, the Confederation of British Industry, and her Department.
Mr Walter Alldritt: Is my hon. Friend aware that we are now lagging behind our European neighbours in this matter? Will he take steps to engender some sense of urgency in those responsible for negotiation?
Mr Walter Alldritt: Is my hon. Friend aware that it was not possible to reach an agreement on one-man operation until the law was changed by the Minister of Transport and that there is a basic agreement in existence which cannot be implemented? Is my hon. Friend not concerned with the fact that many of our primary public services in Liverpool may break down if this dispute is allowed to continue?
Mr Walter Alldritt: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. The primary purpose of the Bill is to give effect to the provisions of the Hague Convention on the Adoption of Children. The Bill will also provide for certain overseas adoption orders, whether under the Hague Convention or otherwise to be recognised in our law in the same way as adoption orders made in Northern Ireland, the Channel...
Mr Walter Alldritt: asked the Minister of Transport what is her policy on the transfer of local rates of the cost of maintaining socially necessary railway lines.
Mr Walter Alldritt: Will my right hon. Friend do her best to expedite the legislation which is important to Merseyside at this time? As she knows, we have already put forward certain proposals.
Mr Walter Alldritt: asked the Minister of Transport whether she has yet decided how many container berths will be provided at Seaforth.
Mr Walter Alldritt: While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, which will be very well received on Merseyside, may I once again ask for this decision to be expedited in view of the importance in the planning stage to know precisely how many container berths will be allowed?