Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any proposals to allow local authorities or housing associations to make use of underspending arising out of the failure to set up any of the planned housing action trusts.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: I am disappointed in that reply in view of the current deplorable position of no housing action trusts having yet been formed. Money has been put aside, but has not been used. Will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider his decision and use that money to allow local authorities to build or renovate houses for the people of their areas?
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on progress made in the GATT Uruguay round.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: When does the Minister believe that the European Commission will agree to a new negotiation position on agriculture? What is the United Kingdom's position on the reduction of subsidies for agriculture exports? Does the Minister agree with the Italian Trade Minister, who said that the system of negotiation in Europe is completely hopeless? If he does agree, what does he propose to do about it?
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: It is lack of money.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he last met the British Veterinary Association to discuss the control of animal diseases in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: Has the Minister noted what Mr. John Logie wrote in Farmers Weekly of 25 January? Mr. Logie is a leading member of the Scottish knackery industry and is greatly concerned about the number of knackeries that are closing in Britain. In particular, there is great concern about the number of farmers leaving animal carcases to rot in the countryside. Mr. Logie wrote: It is really beyond belief...
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: Poverty, unemployment, bad housing.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 29 January.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: Is the Prime Minister aware that there is total support for his concern for the welfare of British troops in the Gulf? Will he put his money where his mouth is and give councils the money that they need to relieve their troops in the Gulf of the poll tax burden?
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: What?
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: A good Labour man.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: I want to draw the Minister's attention to certain areas in my constituency, starting with 1265 Pollokshaws road. In the past two years the Minister and I have become pen pals over it, but he still has not solved the problem. The complex consists of both district council housing and private housing built to a standard that has been rejected by the building societies which will not lend any...
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: Sorry, Mr. Speaker. Lack of grants is causing many problems for owner-occupiers in Pollok constituency and you and your party—sorry, Mr. Speaker—the Minister and his party have done nothing to alleviate the suffering of the people. I could talk about Darnley; you know about Darnley, you have been there and you have seen the conditions in which people have to live. You have done nothing...
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: Including pensions?
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that the United Kingdom financial services sector is able to compete fairly in the single European market.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: We welcome the single European market, but we and others in the insurance industry worry about the unfair competition facing our companies from the German, Italian and French conglomerates. What is the Minister doing to ensure a level playing field for our British companies?
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: I, too, offer my congratulations to the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Mr. Goodlad) on his appointment as Government Deputy Chief Whip. I wish him well and I know that he will do well in his job. I wish today to highlight some of the problems which confront Kashmir in its struggle to attain the right to self-government. I do so in the sincere hope that, by highlighting the situation and drawing...
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 12 July.
Mr Jimmy Dunnachie: Following last week's conviction for murder in Kilmarnock of a 15-year-old who was addicted to machine gambling, will the Government now impose the severest panalties on those who flout the law by exposing people under 18 to the dangers of machine gambling?