Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what advice he gives to local authorities who consult him about the desirability of increased charges to old people for local welfare services in order to save fractions of a new penny on their rates.
Mr Eric Deakins: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it should be part of his responsibility to discourage local authorities, like mine in Waltham Forest, from making mean attacks on the living standards of old-age pensioners by, for instance, raising the charges for meals-on-wheels?
Mr Eric Deakins: Will the United Kingdom have to pay an increased contribution to the Community budget in the event of Norway and Denmark not joining at the same time as Britain?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if it is the policy of the Government to phase out the sterling balances.
Mr Eric Deakins: Have there been any discussions with the Common Market countries on this issue? Has the right hon. Gentleman or his right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster given the Common Market countries any undertakings about the future of the sterling balances?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been received from France about the future of the sterling balances in relation to the European Economic Community.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is it now Government policy to phase out the sterling balances?
Mr Eric Deakins: Why is not the United Kingdom concerned about the size of the Community's budget after 1978?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why he will not discuss with the Foreign Ministers of Norway and Denmark the desirability of adopting a common attitude should any of the three Governments be unable to get a parliamentary majority for entry into the European Economic Community.
Mr Eric Deakins: Is there not a serious possibility of Denmark and Norway being unable to secure adequate parliamentary majorities for entry, for a variety of reasons, including entrenched clauses in the constitution of at least one of those countries? Would not this entail the distinct possibility of Britain's entering the community with all her E.F.T.A. partners outside and with a consequential reimposition...
Mr Eric Deakins: Will the hon. Gentleman assure the House that if the Budgetary measures to stimulate investment prove inadequate, he will during the next financial year take such extra measures as may be necessary without waiting for the 1972 Budget?
Mr Eric Deakins: I, too, deplore the introduction of retrospective legislation on such an important matter. I have three questions for the Minister arising from the two Amendments. First, what is the position of a local authority having in its rating area intensive livestock units on which rates were levied in 1970–71 and on which they have been levied and collected for 1971–72? Does it have to repay...
Mr Eric Deakins: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. When would it be your intention to take Government Amendments No. 6 and No. 8, which have a bearing on some later Amendments put down by the Opposition—No. 5 and No. 7—regarding the definition of the word "railway"?
Mr Eric Deakins: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Greenock (Dr. Dickson Mabon) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Deptford (Mr. John Silkin), I sincerely hope that the Minister will reconsider Clause 2(4). We all agree that intensive livestock production should not take place in built-up areas and if it does, should not get the benefit of derating. However, there are two difficulties in the wording...
Mr Eric Deakins: I support what my right hon. Friend the Member for Deptford (Mr. John Silk in) has said. The Minister has given us an additional definition of one of the three disregards in subsection (4). It is a definition of the word "railway", which hon. Members on both sides in Committee agreed would give the courts least trouble. Everyone knows what a railway is. There was a minor doubt about whether a...
Mr Eric Deakins: The Under-Secretary has spoken about making the definition of the time during which an agricultural building is so used for intensive livestock production less restrictive. I should have thought that it was the desire of everyone to make it more restrictive, in the sense that a burden is placed on the farmer or producer to use the building not only for a substantial part of the time, not only...
Mr Eric Deakins: Will the hon. Gentleman assure us that there could not be two substantial uses of the same premises at the same time?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the balance of payments surplus in 1973, on the assumption that the United Kingdom enters the European Economic Community and makes a 3 per cent. initial contribution to the Community budget.
Mr Eric Deakins: Can the hon. Gentleman say, if the balance of payments situation deteriorates, whether the economy in 1973 will be able to sustain an initial contribution higher than the 3 per cent. offered, thinking in terms of the 7 per cent. or 8 per cent. which seems to be the inevitable compromise in the negotiations?
Mr Eric Deakins: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider removing the partial exemption from death duty of agricultural land.