Mr Henry Hynd: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I seek your guidance on a practice which has crept into our procedure to the detriment of the dignity of the House. Whenever we have an important debate now, after five minutes before the end the Leader of the Opposition gives a signal and then there is about five minutes of organised hooliganism from the other side of the House. It happened last night. Even...
Mr Henry Hynd: Will my right hon. Friend be careful about accepting information from Conservative M.P.s who have been brainwashed by the rebels in Rhodesia?
Mr Henry Hynd: Why?
Mr Henry Hynd: Does not the right hon. Gentleman welcome any economy in public expenditure?
Mr Henry Hynd: I know the Tay Bridge very well, so if I can be of any assistance I shall be glad to help.
Mr Henry Hynd: Why is my right hon. Friend so hard hearted? Will he not listen to these pleas for National Assistance from the hard-up farmers?
Mr Henry Hynd: While the interests of the schools may be important, are not the interests of the pupils more important?
Mr Henry Hynd: What was done in this connection during the reign of the last Government?
Mr Henry Hynd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that part of the unfortunate publicity mentioned by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Rushcliffe (Sir M. Redmayne) was due to remarks made by a coroner following one of these accidents? Is it not rather regrettable that a coroner should make remarks which could have such unfortnun-ate effects?
Mr Henry Hynd: Does my hon. Friend agree that there would not be this difficult situation in Rhodesia if the régime there were not getting so much help from hon. Members opposite?
Mr Henry Hynd: Will my hon. Friend give an assurance that he will not delay this matter for 13 years, as the last Government did?
Mr Henry Hynd: To the extent that this loan will be used for buying goods for India, is there any stipulation that they will be bought from Britain or other Commonwealth countries?
Mr Henry Hynd: What effect will this have on the coal industry? Gas is already being produced by other methods. Will this mean a speeding up of pit closures?
Mr Henry Hynd: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask the Commissioner of Police to withdraw his men on point duty at the Bridge Street-Parliament Street corner during sittings of the House, so that traffic signals can be restored for the convenience of hon. Members.
Mr Henry Hynd: In thanking my right hon. Friend for that Answer, may I ask whether he is aware that while we appreciate the desire of the Commissioner of Police to carry out the terms of the Sessional Order, the point-duty men cannot be expected to recognise Members of Parliament and that during the Recesses it is very often quicker to cross the street when the traffic lights are in operation?
Mr Henry Hynd: asked the Minister of Health whether he will introduce legislation to prevent local authorities from withholding the weekly issue of sweets and tobacco from residents in their old people's homes.
Mr Henry Hynd: Like all hon. Members, I am jealous of the rights and responsibilities of local authorities. However, could not my hon. Friend issue a circular to give advice? Does he know that Lancashire County Council is withdrawing the small allowance of tobacco and sweets which is made to these old people? Is not that a rather mean thing to do?
Mr Henry Hynd: Once again on a Friday we have an example of the drive, initiative and enterprise of the Postmaster-General. We are quite used to this but I am beginning to wonder whether my right hon. Friend is going too fast and piling too much work on his Department. Anyway, it is nice to see this going on and to see my right hon. Friend having new ideas and bringing them before the House. Apparently we...
Mr Henry Hynd: Would not it be easier for the producers to repay what they have been overpaid?
Mr Henry Hynd: Which has not taken place.