Mr Reginald Freeson: On this point I do not think it was ever intended that youngsters should be encouraged to leave school at 15 and 16 and then go abroad. But there are youngsters who will go into apprenticeship training and later in that period could serve in other countries. I have personally witnessed this.
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the figure of 10,000 for evasion of control under the Commonwealth immigrants Act relates to certain Commonwealth countries only; what these countries were; and if he will give the evasion figures for other Commonwealth countries during the last two years.
Mr Reginald Freeson: To the best of my knowledge, the extent to which evasion may or may not be taking place from Commonwealth countries, other than those which have been the main subject of debate in the House on the subject of immigration in recent months, has not been made clear. Could this kind of information be provided?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to institute legal proceedings against members of the British Nazi Party, the British National Party, the Greater Britain Movement and the Nazi International who have participated in the daubing of synagogues, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, and the fly-posting of Fascist and racialist leaflets on property...
Mr Reginald Freeson: That may be so, but may I ask my hon. Friend to bear closely in mind that not only is this situation persisting in London and in other cities, but that it is getting worse? Will he bear in mind that synagogues are being burnt out, shop windows are being smashed and people are being attacked and beaten up by the thugs belonging to these kinds of organisations and that there is growing concern...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will take steps to lift the ban on the entry of publications from the People's Republic of China into British Colonial Territories.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my hon. Friend undertake to make those inquiries, as she must know in her own mind that it is an unsatisfactory situation? Will not she agree that it is a basically unsound principle and anti-democratic to institute and maintain such bans and that the whole influence of the Government should be used to try to remove them?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Chinese People's Republic is not responsible for the administration of British Colonial Territories and that the answer which she gave to my supplementary question remains unsatisfactory? If there is such a ban applying in certain territories, is it not the responsibility of the Government here to inquire into the facts and to take action to stop such...
Mr Reginald Freeson: rose—
Mr Reginald Freeson: I am curious to know whether all these objections could be levelled by my hon. Friend against a suggestion that an edited version of "Today in Parliament" was confined to B.B.C. T.V.?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend accept that, in view of the great need to associate the field of social research with the field of urban town planning and development, bearing in mind the gap which exists over wide fields at the moment in this aspect of the matter, it would be desirable to incorporate studies of urban planning and renewal in the work of the proposed Council?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will now initiate further negotiations to seek an exchange of ambassadors between the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China.
Mr Reginald Freeson: With respect, that is not satisfactory. As it is now about eight months since the Government made this proposition—for which, of course, we should be glad, although we regret that the Chinese did not take it up—should we not seek to alter the position? Will my hon. Friend reconsider the matter and not leave things standing as they are in regard to our relations with a quarter of the...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will now initiate further negotiations to seek the admission into the United Nations Organisation of the People's Republic of China.
Mr Reginald Freeson: While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, or the latter part of it—regrettable as the previous part may have been—may I ask him whether he will be prepared to undertake something more than instructing our representatives to vote for the particular proposition?—[Laughter.] This is not a laughing matter. Will my hon. Friend initiate negotiations with the other Powers concerned in...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Postmaster-General if he will suspend the fees for radio and television licences for retired persons living alone with incomes up to State pension level and National Assistance Board supplements.
Mr Reginald Freeson: While having no doubt in my mind that the Minister has treated this matter very sympathetically, may I ask him to look at it once again? Will he bear in mind that it should be a fairly simple operation to work out a scheme of application in co-operation with the National Assistance Board and his Department which should not be over-weighty administratively and which would benefit economically...
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people here and outside are far more concerned about the wholesale assault that seems to be being built up by the Tory Central Office and the leaders of the Conservative Party to influence the control and management of B.B.C. programmes on radio and television in the direction of Tory propaganda?
Mr Reginald Freeson: On a point of order—[Interruption.]
Mr Reginald Freeson: My point of order, Sir, is that I heard an hon. Member on the Opposition side using the word "ratting".