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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Klaus Barbie (21 Nov 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Why the secrecy in dealing with the facts of the matter? Is it not the case that Klaus Barbie was recruited by British intelligence as an agent immediately post-war, along with many other ex-SS spies who were recruited by MI6? Is it not the case that there may well be more facts to be elicited, or are we to have a cover-up such as there has been over Dr. Mengele?

Prayers: Child Abuse (29 Nov 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: It is a great pleasure to speak after the hon. Member for Surrey. South-West (Mrs. Bottomley), whose speech provided an excellent, comprehensive and thoughtful agenda for the future. I could not disagree with any of the points that she made, although I should like to discuss some of them further—for example, the current Scottish system and the system that the hon. Lady would like for...

Prayers: Child Abuse (29 Nov 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I do not wish to backtrack, and I must not allow the hon. Gentleman to require me to do so. I wish to adhere to my remarks about social service departments. It is true that Brent was one of the first authorities to bring social services under one umbrella. It did so as soon as it was created, and even before the Seebohm report. I was the first chairman of the authority and I sought to...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: rose—

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: While welcoming the Secretary of State's conversion to co-operative Socialism, may I take him back to what he said at the beginning of that passage? He said that the Government had presided over a 9 per cent. increase in real terms in the Housing Corporation's budget for housing associations. If that is the case, will he explain to the House, the country and the housing association movement...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I shall deal first with resources and then with that aspect of matters on which the Minister seemed to pour scorn—the institutional aspect. I shall not bore the House or myself by quoting a whole series of statistics but it has to be said that, despite some of the acrobatics in the Secretary of State's speech, in the past six or seven years there has been a major reduction in resources...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Although it was a brief allusion, I stressed the point about rural deprivation. It has been well established for many years that in some city areas there are problems on the fringes, not necessarily resulting from the transfer of population to council estates. But that does not alter the fact that the main priority areas are the rundown, decaying inner areas. When one talks about urban...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: If the Parliamentary Under-Secretary does not agree, he should read the evidence of his own Department to the Select Committee on the Environment prior to the last general election, which made it quite clear that the partnerships had become a shell and were being overtaken by other methods of which we have now lost sight. The partnerships do not exist as co-ordinating machinery. We do not...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: That may well be, but I do not want to get involved in discussing the content of what is going on there. I am concentrating on the method of organisation. If we are to learn the lessons of the new towns, the docklands and other development corporations, the expanded towns such as Swindon and a few other authorities, we must regard method, organisation and policy as central. For more than 20...

Opposition Day: Inner Cities (11 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Those are false figures.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers' Pay Dispute (17 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Whenever it is suggested that an independent inquiry of some kind should be set up—a suggestion that comes from both sides of the House and from outside—why does the Secretary of State keep on repeating, parrot fashion, the phrase, "It is not self-evident that such an inquiry would end the present disruption"? Nobody is suggesting that it would, but just because it is not self-evident...

Supplementary Estimates 1985–86: Overseas Aid (17 Dec 1985)

Mr Reginald Freeson: It gives me pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Clwyd, South-West (Mr. Harvey). What the hon. Gentleman and other Members have said requires some response. I, like others, have raised some of the issues over previous months and years but we have been—I say this bluntly—fobbed off by replies, not necessarily from the Minister. The replies of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Rates (22 Jan 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Reverting to the first supplementary question, may I ask whether the Secretary of State intends or expects to bring forward legislation on this major reform, for which we have waited 10 years, during this Parliament?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Capital Applications (22 Jan 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from local authorities concerning the level of capital applications made for 1986–87.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment: Capital Applications (22 Jan 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Does the Minister recall that during the past six years there has been a reduction of gross capital expenditure—which includes capital receipts—from just over £5,000 million to a current figure of about £2,500 million a year, a reduction of 50 per cent. in gross capital expenditure available? Is he further aware that in the past two years alone there has been a reduction of £1,000...

Opposition Day: Private Tenants (19 Feb 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: Does the hon. Gentleman recall that that part, like many other parts, of what became the Housing and Building Control Act 1984 was drafted by the previous Government, under whom I was Minister for Housing and Construction?

Opposition Day: Private Tenants (19 Feb 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: I shall not follow the last part of the remarks of the hon. Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Sir G. Finsberg), but I would like to make one or two observations on the main part of his speech which related to the problems of tenants of what are mostly called mansion blocks. They are primarily located in certain parts of inner London, some in my constituency, many in the hon. Gentleman's...

Opposition Day: Private Tenants (19 Feb 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: The hon. Gentleman is making the usual generalised point. That was not the reason that was given. I am not saying that there were no criticisms. There were criticisms of the controls. I am examining the view expressed by those who strongly advocated complete decontrol and who projected the financial implications and the kind of rent levels. They were not considering what might happen five...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Inner Cities Education Project (4 Mar 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: The Minister must accept that the figures he has quoted are no more than a tiny fraction of the massive thousands of millions of pounds that are spent each year on education nationally. Does he agree that what is much more important, and is receiving little or no attention, is the shift of the main line budget for education into the inner city areas? Does he accept that there is a direct...

Opposition Day: Plight of the Elderly (6 Mar 1986)

Mr Reginald Freeson: At the beginning of the Minister's speech he said that "policy must match the importance of the subject." Nobody would disagree with that. On the contrary, we, and I trust Conservative Members, would advocate that and seek to practise it. However, if we seek to put those words into practice rather than treat them as rehetoric, we must match the objective with the resources. That is where the...


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