Mr William Blyton: asked the Prime Minister to what extent the actions of the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development with regard to the Common Market are subject to co-ordination by official machinery.
Mr William Blyton: Is the Prime Minister aware that the last official statement of policy was made by the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development? Have pronouncements on Common Market policy been transferred from the Foreign Office to the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development? Is the right hon. Gentle man aware that we were told yesterday that he had said the...
Mr William Blyton: Is the Prime Minister aware that we are quite pleased with the Answer that he gave—that he does not want to meet President de Gaulle? Would he further state that he will make this an issue at the next election so that we know where the Conservative Party stands if, unfortunately, it is returned to power?
Mr William Blyton: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that he should use his high office to try to bring tolerance to the Colonies who are getting independence? We had the instance concerning my hon. Friend the Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stone-house) in 'Rhodesia, and the incident concerning my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Ipswich (Mr. D. Foot). in whose case no reasons were given. Now that the...
Mr William Blyton: I did.
Mr William Blyton: We do not oppose this Bill—we think that it is at present an essential Measure—but this debate has given us an opportunity to look at aspects of the Government's fuel policy. My hon. Friend the Member for Hamilton (Mr. T. Fraser) has forthrightly told us what he thinks of that policy, my hon. Friend the Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Pentland) asked about a generating station at...
Mr William Blyton: The hon. Gentleman took three-quarters of an hour and nobody interrupted him.
Mr William Blyton: I shall be coming to that. I am fighting to keep in employment British miners rather than people in Africa.
Mr William Blyton: After the agreement has been signed, it is now known that gas can be made from an oil distillate considerably cheaper than from the liquefied methane which we are going to import towards the end of next year, and even now there are some area boards which are becoming reluctant to accept the methane even before it arrives. The first cargoes are expected early next year, but some of the...
Mr William Blyton: Will the Minister say that this new power station will be based on coal rather than oil?
Mr William Blyton: Is the Prime Minister aware that in the North-East we are tired of the gimmicks of the Lord President of the Council?
Mr William Blyton: Is the right hon. Gentleman further aware that 18 months ago the Board of Trade said that there were 30,000 jobs in the pipeline, but that none has as yet emerged?
Mr William Blyton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of us are still suspicious that his attitude is still to get us into the Common Market by any door possible? How can we expect to get Commonwealth and E.F.T.A. trade if people believe that he is still trying to take us into the Common Market?
Mr William Blyton: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that President Ayub Khan is a great friend of England and that the troubles that have happened in Kashmir have been going on for a long time and have to be resolved some time? Is he aware that Pakistan is not playing with Communist tigers but is a friend of Britain and that it would be better if the Indians settled the Kashmir problem so that there could be a...
Mr William Blyton: Is the Minister aware that the policy of neutralism has failed in India, and will he use every endeavour to see that there is a settlement of the dispute between Pakistan and India, so that instead of playing with the Communist tiger and ultimately getting mauled we can get agreement between the two for a united defence of the northern frontiers of India?
Mr William Blyton: (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement about the disaster to the lifeboat at Seaham Harbour on 17th November.
Mr William Blyton: I should like to thank the Minister for his statement and to endorse the sympathy which he has extended to the families of those who have lost their lives in this disaster. Would the right hon. Gentleman use his offices to do everything he can to see that the needs of the dependants are met and that help is given to them as soon as possible?
Mr William Blyton: Does the hon. Member appreciate that under the document on synthesis which is the European Common Market energy plan to the end of the transitional stage, coal production will be halved by 1970?
Mr William Blyton: That is not the point.
Mr William Blyton: If the hon. Member will read the Report of the Select Committee on the coal industry he will find references to the fact that on a number of occasions the Government refused to give permission for the industry to charge higher prices. That resulted in losses.