Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Technology what proposals his representatives on the economic development committees have made for establishing workers' participation in economic planning and in solving the particular problems of the industries for which he is responsible.
Mr Reginald Freeson: My right hon. Friend has not answered the Question, which was a follow-up to a previous Parliamentary Answer. Does he not agree that this is of vital importance in achieving the objectives set down in the Labour Party manifesto at the election to achieve industrial democracy in this country? Will my right hon. Friend please consult some of his right hon. Friends to get action in the field of...
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend consider further whether it is possible to remove some of the obstacles to allow local authority direct labour forces to compete fairly with private enterprise?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Lord President of the Council what steps he is taking to modernise the conditions in the cafeteria and dining facilities of the House of Commons.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my hon. Friend seriously consider as a first suggestion in the immediate future the preparation of a programme for the introduction of better heating and ventilation in various parts of the building, and particularly bear in mind the need for modern methods of air-conditioning in those areas?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend inform us to what extent the information gained by this research and development is made available, or will be made available, to local health and welfare authorities for building projects they are planning?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Health when he will publish a circular to local authorities and hospital authorities on the planning, designing and siting of health centres.
Mr Reginald Freeson: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, might I express the hope that it will not be long before the circular is issued? Will he bear in mind in preparing the circular that it is important to establish genuine health centres? Will he bear in mind that there are some local authorities now preparing schemes which name them health centres but they are no more than surgery suites for...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Lord President of the Council when the Catering and Accommodation Sub-Committee will be submitting a scheme for air conditioning in the kitchen, cafeteria and dining areas of the House of Commons.
Mr Reginald Freeson: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, sympathetic as it sounded. May I ask her and her colleagues to bear very much in mind the need to do away with the antiquated and oppressive conditions which the staff and Members of the House have to experience in these parts of this building.
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Lord President of the Council if he will initiate joint arrangements by which wider-used accommodation might be made available in another place for use by the House of Commons.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Can the Attorney-General tell the House what size staff is employed to arrive at the conclusion that such huge quantities of imported literature should be designated as pornographic?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that major progress is being made in the public sector of housing and that the main reason in many people's minds for the failure in the private enterprise sector is the greatly inflated prices year after year in the sale of these houses?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend seek to bring pressure to bear on the United States Government to make the position on this point clear now and not rely upon statements which were given months ago, in view of the considerable number of reports which are appearing here and abroad that it is the intention of the United States Government to establish a policy of military containment and retain bases...
Mr Reginald Freeson: Would my hon. Friend hear in mind the fact that one of the reasons for the rapid rise in recent years in the cost of individual houses is not caused necessarily by the cost price of constructing houses, because there has been gross inflation in the profit levels within the prices being charged?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend and his colleagues keep their minds open to the possibility of reducing the level of control below £50,000 per project, bearing in mind the comparable controls that are established and maintained for public authority expenditure on building projects?
Mr Reginald Freeson: While that is a very welcome figure, will the Minister accept that there is no sharp dividing line between the kind of service provided by young people going abroad and the activities of their own organisation in this country, both with their own young members and introducing foreign youngsters into this country for such work? Will he look at this again?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Would my right hon. Friend remind and educate right hon. and hon. Members opposite that, by the London Government Act, they created new powers extending the authority of the elected members of local councils?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will the right hon. Lady have another look at this matter? It is not something to be taken up just by one side of the House. Members on both sides are concerned about this. Will she consider the question again, bearing in mind that, although this is a concession, our present procedure means that to some extent people in receipt of war disability pensions are excluded to some extent from this...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Social Security whether she will introduce a further increase in pensions for retired persons, widows and other pensioners, pending major reforms in the system of social security, together with an equivalent increase in allowances for such people applying to the National Assistance Board.