Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare: The Government is committed to ensuring there is no impunity for these heinous crimes committed by Daesh, as shown by the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson)'s launching of the global campaign Bringing Daesh to Justice. As a first step in this campaign, we are working with the government of Iraq to bring a proposal before the UN on...
Mr Jeffrey Archer: When the Chief Secretary talks about 1975–76, will he remember that the blind have been at the back of the queue in respect of handicapped people? Therefore, should not their situation be considered as quickly as possible?
Mr Jeffrey Archer: Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster was actually there to make the speech and that it was not read for him by the Government Chief Whip?
Mr Jeffrey Archer: Mr. Jeffrey Archer (Louth) rose—
Mr Jeffrey Archer: I never use a point of order as an excuse to speak. Am I allowed, Mr. Deputy Speaker, to oppose the Bill in particular but to support it in general?
Mr Jeffrey Archer: We got more votes than you did.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: If it were suggested by the CBI or TUC that the Prime Minister should co-operate in a Government of national unity, what would be his attitude?
Mr Jeffrey Archer: Wait and see.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for coming to North Lincolnshire. When he speaks to the expert committee, will he consider very seriously the problem of Immingham, in the next constituency, where the people are very worried about this sort of disaster? Will he put on record our thanks to the WRVS for the work it did immediately after the disaster? Is this not an example where it would be a...
Mr Jeffrey Archer: I am pleased that you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, are in the chair. You will know that your appointment gave me great delight and that I have enjoyed watching you in the Chair since. I apologise to the Under-Secretary of State for the late hour at which I rise to speak on this most important subject, but the fault does not lie on my shoulders. In fact, I took particular trouble to read through the...
Mr Jeffrey Archer: May I say that we should treat the hon. Gentleman like the centurion in St. Mark. The hon. Gentleman need not come to Louth. All he needs to do is to give the order that the bypass will be built. That will be enough for us. We know his power, and we shall accept that.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: What about the motion?
Mr Jeffrey Archer: What happened to him?
Mr Jeffrey Archer: The hon. Gentleman will not be here much longer.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: Do not be so nasty.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: The Labour Party may lose by 40 or 50.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: "Dear Harold".
Mr Jeffrey Archer: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is a little unkind of the Chief Patronage Secretary to prejudge speeches which are still to come. Perhaps the Minister of State will be able to make a judgment when he has heard all the speeches and not only the few that have been made.
Mr Jeffrey Archer: I should like the Minister of State, Civil Service Department to take very seriously one matter mentioned by the hon. Member for Stockport (Mr. Bennett). I refer to the question of television licences for the old. Whichever party has been in power, hon. Members on both sides of the House have pressed very hard for television licences to be free for old-age pensioners, or to be obtainable by...
Mr Jeffrey Archer: Does the Prime Minister realise that we want a Minister not for Greater London but for Greater Louth, and that we would like that Minister to explain to my constituents why the rates have gone up 10p in Louth but down 7p in Huyton?