Mr Eric Deakins: Will the Minister tell us what percentage increase he would consider appropriate, since he considers 8 per cent. too high and wants to hold the balance between the needs of the consumer and of the farmer.
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received from the National Farmers' Unions about a marketing board for meat.
Mr Eric Deakins: Can the hon. Gentleman assure us that he has not intimated to the National Farmers' Unions, either officially or unofficially, that any proposals for a marketing board would be extremely unwelcome to the Government?
Mr Eric Deakins: The few of us on this side of the House who are attending this short debate might be a little disappointed that the Minister has not chosen to give us a little more information about what is envisaged for the future. He said that the increase in maximum contribution was quite large. In fact it is 80 per cent., which is a swingeing increase. Obviously we are talking merely about maximum...
Mr Eric Deakins: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the 1970–71 accounts are not currently available in the Vote Office, although they may be laid there shortly, and that I had to work on the previous year's accounts.
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek powers to amend the legislation on death duties so as to increase receipts, in view of the fact that such receipts have risen in recent years at a slower rate than the increase in personal wealth.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is the Minister aware that, on the evidence available, there is a strong case for urgent action on this matter to prevent the present maldistribution of wealth becoming even more inequitable?
Mr Eric Deakins: On the basis of that analogy would the hon. Gentleman therefore support a measure to charge people for borrowing library books from a public library?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he plans to discuss with European Free Trade Association partners the future of that organisation in the event of Norway not becoming a member of the European Economic Community.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is not the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that some of us in this House feel that we have a moral responsibility towards our E.F.T.A. partners, since Britain started E.F.T.A. in 1956, for ensuring that the interests of its members are adequately looked after if they do not become members of the E.E.C.? Surely we should not look upon E.F.T.A., as the Government appear to be doing,...
Mr Eric Deakins: I trust that the hon. and learned Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. Waddington) will forgive me if I do not follow his arguments, but time is passing and many hon. Members wish to speak. I shall be brief and address my remarks to the constitutional and legal issues, in all humility, since I am neither a lawyer nor a constitutionalist. I happen to be an historian by training and I know a...
Mr Eric Deakins: Hon. Members should have the chance to study these documents before the Government commit us by signing the treaty on Saturday. Not a single statement had been made to this House by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which has had any bearing on any of the details in these regulations.
Mr Eric Deakins: I challenge any member of the Government Front Bench to say that they have read these documents and understood them. If they have read them, they should not deny to Members of this House an equal opportunity before the Treaty is signed. My final point is to ask why the text of the Treaty is not available before signature. The right hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Powell) asked...
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the legislation which governs the way in which bread is described at point-of-sale to the consumer.
Mr Eric Deakins: Would the hon. Gentleman not agree that the housewife needs a standard definition of those descriptions of bread in the shops which purport to describe the contents so that she may know in future what she is buying when, for example, she buys a wholemeal loaf?
Mr Eric Deakins: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I understand that, with the permission of the House, a Minister may, when answering one Question, take with it subsequent Questions linked to the subject matter of the original Question. However, in answering Question No. 8, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food took with it Question No. 2 which had not been asked because the hon. Member due to ask...
Mr Eric Deakins: As the House knows, I have an interest in agricultural matters. I seem to be the only Member who has so far spoken in the debate with such an interest. I find that rather surprising. The Bill will need a great deal of detailed scrutiny in Committee, but I will give one or two examples in the course of my brief remarks. Clause 2 refers to birds as well as animals. Will the Minister tell us...
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many financial requests she has now received from local education authorities for permission to start schemes of improvement or replacement of maintained secondary schools for the years 1972–73 and 1973–74; and what percentage of requests she has authorised for each year.
Mr Eric Deakins: Did the right hon. Lady try to get extra resources for these primary or secondary schools, or did she welcome the opportunity that the cut-back gave to slow down the progress towards comprehensive secondary reorganisation?
Mr Eric Deakins: I do not follow the hon. Member's logic about Parliamentary Questions. Surely if fewer Questions are asked of one Minister in a 10-week period than in a previous 10-week period, then more Questions must have been asked of another Minister. It becomes a matter of balance as to which Minister one puts Questions to.