Mr Tom Driberg: Qualified benediction.
Mr Tom Driberg: I only raised the subject because we know that plans have been modified already once or twice—for instance, to preserve the very important building on the corner of Bloomsbury Square.
Mr Tom Driberg: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On Third Reading one is entitled to refer only, or practically only, to what is in the Bill but the Solicitor-General is re-hashing stale debating points which we have heard again and again. Will he now address himself to what is in the Bill? Should he not do so?
Mr Tom Driberg: The right hon. Gentleman did not answer that part of the supplementary question of my hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin (Mrs. Shirley Williams) in which she mentioned bail and the prevalence of the refusal to give bail by courts, sometimes automatically without inquiring why the police oppose it. Will the right hon. Gentleman consider circularising the courts?
Mr Tom Driberg: I beg to ask leave to present a petition to this honourable House on behalf of the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the London Borough of Barking. I should be most grateful, Mr. Speaker, if you would direct the learned Clerk to read out the petition in extenso. The CLERK OF THE HOUSE read the petition, which was as follows:
Mr Tom Driberg: Bourgeois.
Mr Tom Driberg: As a second underlining to my hon. Friend, if he will cast his mind back to this Bill's immediate predecessor, the Isle of Wight County Bill, through which the attack on pop festivals was seen in all its naked savagery, he will recall that the somewhat tepid intervention from the Government Front Bench came from a Home Office spokesman, which may give some clue.
Mr Tom Driberg: Has the right hon. Gentleman had time yet to consider one legacy from his predecessor—the legacy of a promise, which has not been kept, of an early debate on the televising of Parliament?
Mr Tom Driberg: On a point of order. My hon. Friend need not have withdrawn. There are ample precedents of the upper Chair allowing the use of the word "lie", but not of the word "liar".
Mr Tom Driberg: Since the cost of withdrawal and return has been stated officially in another place to have been £6 million, and since that is a futile waste of money, would not it have saved time and trouble to have added that sum to the amount provided for Malta under the agreement?
Mr Tom Driberg: Has the right hon. Gentleman had time to consider the question of a debate—his predecessor gave firm undertakings of an early debate—on the question of the televising of the proceedings of Parliament?
Mr Tom Driberg: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider with his hon. Friend the Under-Secretary, who knows all about it, the case of a constituent of mine, John Meter, a 16-year-old autistic boy who should not be in this hospital at all? While sharing fully what my hon. Friend the Member for Thurrock (Mr. Delargy) says about the dedication of the staff, may I remind the right hon. Gentleman that there are...
Mr Tom Driberg: Will the whole of the new connection charge have to be met by old and infirm people living alone, for whom a telephone is essential?
Mr Tom Driberg: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I wish to raise a slightly different point of order arising out of the submission made by the hon. Member for Peterborough (Sir Harmar Nicholls). In the course of making his submission on privilege, the hon. Gentleman referred to my right hon. Friend the Member for Huyton (Mr. Harold Wilson) in a way which compared him with the late Dr. Goebbels. Surely that...
Mr Tom Driberg: Could the right hon. Gentleman say what is meant by his use of the phrase "appropriate arrangements"? Is this not possibly one of the "fixed assets" which he mentioned on Tuesday as to be released to the Malta Government?
Mr Tom Driberg: It is with some diffidence that anyone who is not a lawyer presumes to intervene in this debate, but I assure the House that I shall not stand for more than a few moments between hon. Members and further flows of legal wisdom. I simply want to ask one or two questions as an innocent non-lawyer about a matter which came to my attention fairly recently as a result of constituency experience....
Mr Tom Driberg: Since the right hon. Gentleman has repeated that phrase, would he indicate which Members of this House have publicly advocated violence—have not merely sympathised with the African cause in Rhodesia, but publicly advocated violence and have definitely said it again and again—and will he give the date on which the National Executive of the Labour Party ever passed any such resolution?
Mr Tom Driberg: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Since, when you asked just now whether the Motion had leave of the House, most right hon. and hon. Members on this side of the House stood up but very few, if arty, right hon. and hon. Members opposite stood up—
Mr Tom Driberg: Perhaps I can finish my question for the benefit of HANSARD, Mr. Speaker. Would you therefore refrain from calling in the debate tomorrow those who are not interested?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the increase in the number of fires in London caused by arson, he will initiate special action to combat arson and, in this connection, to investigate the activities of certain public loss assessors and insurance loss adjusters.