Mr Reginald Freeson: I wish to ask for your guidance, Sir, and perhaps I might have quiet while making my point of order. [Interruption.] With the permission of the gentlemanly party opposite, I would like your guidance on whether it is correct to use that kind of language. [HON. MEMBERS: "What language?"] I distinctly heard the remark thrown across the Chamber, not once, not twice, but three or four times, that...
Mr Reginald Freeson: It is to ask whether that is appropriate and orderly language in this Chamber.
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Labour what number and percentage of insured workers in the United Kingdom have three weeks' paid holiday per year; and what steps he proposes to take to increase this number.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Would not my hon. Friend agree that, even on the basis of the figures which he has quoted, we are well behind the majority of West European countries and possibly some other territories as well in this matter? Is he aware that most of these countries have a minimum of three weeks' holiday paid and that we very much need to extend this kind of holiday service, if one likes to call it that,...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will take steps to stop the sale of arms to Peru.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Would not my right hon. Friend agree that it would be of assistance to the reformist Government established in Peru if we were to seek to replace this kind of trade with trade which would be of greater assistance to the economic development in this territory, as indeed applies in other territories in this part of the world?
Mr Reginald Freeson: "The hon. Member misinterpreted my expression. I may well wish to quarrel with any suggestion of cuts in the services that he has mentioned, but what is the connection between his suggestion and easing the strain on the building industry? How do we do this by cutting the subsidy on milk supplies in schools, and so on?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Referring back to some earlier remarks the hon. Gentleman made about universities, he suggested that since the ban only applied to capital projects, it would still be possible for universities to commence buildings, possibly houses, to improve their facilities. Would that be a possibility in the mind of the Ministry for the colleges of education? The hon. Gentleman will know that there are...
Mr Reginald Freeson: Would my hon. Friend consider another way of helping in this matter? In certain areas, instead of initiating new building schemes, could not the Ministry encourage the technical college authorities to purchase or to lease disused or for-sale factory premises and the like, bearing in mind that the Statement of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer was on this score directly...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what definition his Department gives to the term, Immigrant Child, used in his Circular 7/65 on the Education of Immigrants.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my hon. Friend therefore undertake an inquiry in his Department as to why an answer was given to people inquiring from my area, including myself, by a civil servant in the Ministry that a child born of immigrant parents within ten years of their coming to this country was to be defined as an immigrant child?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science upon what statistical or other evidence based on social and educational studies he concludes that there is a need for organised dispersal of immigrant children by local education authorities, as would be required by the implementation of his Circular 7/65.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is my hon. Friend aware that in fact this is not the general experience in all areas—and I choose my words carefully—where there are immigrants settling in this country, while it may be true in certain specified areas. Are we to take it from my hon. Friend's reply that there have been no properly designed social surveys and studies made as a basis for this circular?
Mr Reginald Freeson: When is it intended to arrange for a debate on the White Paper on Immigration from the Commonwealth?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is it not the case that, last time there was a major economic crisis, the party opposite made deliberate cuts in housing whereas the present Government have speeded the housing drive up?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the central Race Relations Board and the local conciliation committees set up under the Race Relations Act will be able to receive complaints of racial discrimination from voluntary liaison committees.
Mr Reginald Freeson: May I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for that reply which clarifies a point in the White Paper which was issued recently?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the reasons for his conclusion that it would not be in the national interest to issue visas to Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, Mr. Dinh Ba Thi and Mr. Pham Van Chuong, spokesman of the South Vietnam National Liberation Front, to enter Great Britain for discussions and to address public meetings on the war in Vietnam.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is this not a continuation of the disgraceful abuse of power by the Executive? Is this not a question of the freedom to hear points of view whether we disagree with them or not? Is it not about time that this tit-for-tat nonsense that has been going on for years was stopped?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Perhaps, therefore, my hon. Friend will explain why certain managers of employment exchanges are initiating inquiries with employers as to whether they will take coloured people or not, and not waiting for employers to submit their own discriminatory recommendations to them?