Mr Reginald Freeson: I thank my right hon. Friend for that sympathetic reply. Know- ing his general interest in this matter, may I ask him whether it is intended in the not-too-distant future to issue a circular of advice to local authorities? Will he bear in mind that while some are sympathtic, many are unsympathetic and that serious financial problems face housing associations which require a good deal of work?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is my right hon. Friend aware that we welcome the announcement of this second move in the direction of a further new town, especially after ten years of stagnation in the South-East? Can we know at this stage the approximate size of population proposed for the town to be provided by the G.L.C., bearing in mind the necessity to relate such proposals to the need for redevelopment and...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the fresh instructions issued this year to immigration officers regarding the operation of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act.
Mr Reginald Freeson: May I ask my right hon. Friend not to be deterred by the rather blinkered questions which we have been getting from certain hon. Members opposite? Will she recognise or remind the House that the publication of the White Paper has stimulated some really good fresh thinking at local authority level concerning future development of family welfare services?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to empower local authorities and hospital boards to appoint general practitioners to their service on a salaried basis.
Mr Reginald Freeson: I appreciate that, but will my right hon. Friend consider—this was the implication of the Question—empowering local authorities and hospital authorities to appoint full-time general practitioners, particularly bearing in mind the growing and renewed interest in the establishment of health centre networks in various parts of the country?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Does my hon. Friend agree that the same point might be made in respect of the ophthalmic practitioners, although not on the same scale?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Labour what advice is being given to employers who are refused Class A work vouchers under the Commonwealth Immigrants Act as a result of the ceiling quota imposed under the terms of the White Paper on Immigration from the Commonwealth and who are unable to fill their vacancies from within the United Kingdom.
Mr Reginald Freeson: With respect, there is little difference between saying that an application has been refused and saying that the application has gone on the waiting list and will take about a year to be reached. Is not my hon. Friend aware that this is happening in some cases? What kind of advice is being given to employers, as asked in my Question?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Labour how many applications by United Kingdom employers for Class A work vouchers under the Commonwealth Immigrants Act have been refused since the introduction of the ceiling quota in the White Paper on Immigration from the Commonwealth; and what were the unfilled vacancies involved.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Does not this bear out the point that I was trying to make in my previous supplementary question? Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied with the situation in which 1,000 applications have been made by employers to employ people whom they require but who are not able to fill those vacancies from applicants within the United Kingdom? Will he arrange for the question of this quota ceiling to be...
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Minister of Technology what action his department is taking to increase workers' participation in the industries for which he is responsible, with a view to encouraging increased productivity, general efficiency and an improved industrial environment; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr Reginald Freeson: I thank the Minister for that sympathetic reply, but could he take the matter a little further? Would he agree that the question of participation by workers in management and productivity schemes requires more than sympathetic interest by the E.D.C.s and that we need this kind of participation if we are to make a more effective incomes and prices policy, not to speak of achieving an...
Mr Reginald Freeson: I would like to pursue the point made by the hon. Member for Basing-stoke (Mr. Mitchell) before going on to deal with other aspects of the subject. I agree with him that this is of vital importance, and in a sense it points the need to encourage, to a far greater extent than at present, grass-roots activity in local communities by getting local branches of the National Society for Mentally...
Mr Reginald Freeson: My hon. Friend said that it was recommended in 1962 that local authorities should establish registers and he said that some, and possibly most, had started them. To what extent does his Ministry correlate the information from those existing registers? Would it not be a good idea to go part of the way to a central register by requiring local authorities to have such registers?
Mr Reginald Freeson: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children classified as immigrant are in the total school population.
Mr Reginald Freeson: Is it not true that the statistics now being collected from the schools include statistics of children who are not immigrants, but born in this country? Would he tell the House the reason for this?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Can my right hon. Friend assure us that next week he will give us a statement on the business of the House for the week we return?
Mr Reginald Freeson: Will my right hon. Friend say whether there is any intention to abolish the wage-stop, bearing in mind the difficulties which families on low incomes, and especially their children, have been suffering in the past under our previous system of National Insurance benefits?
Mr Reginald Freeson: I was not laughing at the problem of housing people. I was laughing because I am getting a little tired of the nonsense that we hear from hon. Gentlemen opposite about people's housing problems in our worst cities. We need to hear a little more sense talked on this subject.