Mr Frank Judd: Would my right hon. Friend not agree that it is unsatisfactory that we as a House should be expected to approve cuts without knowing their practical implications, territory by territory? Further, would he not agree that to plead current economic difficulties is shortsighted, because increased world purchasing power is so much in our long-term economic interests?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a statement on the future of voluntary service by young people within Great Britain.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my hon. Friend agree that this has been one of the most exciting changes in youth work in recent years, and that if we are to make the best of the possibilities there must be the fullest consultation with the many people at national and local level who have been involved in making a success of developments in that work?
Mr Frank Judd: Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that we shall have an early opportunity to discuss the rather disappointing White Paper on Overseas Aid and Development, published during the Recess?
Mr Frank Judd: I call the attention of the House to a problem affecting my constituency, although it is a problem which has far wider implications for the country as a whole. Professor Buchanan, in his interesting study of South Hampshire, drew attention to the obsolescence of much of the housing in Portsmouth. In examining this question, I would emphasise that one has to look at the history of Portsmouth....
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether plans have been made for British participation in possible United Nations peace-keeping arrangements east of Suez, particularly after 1970.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my right hon. Friend agree that if we are serious about rationalising our overseas commitments, particularly east of Suez, we must give a great deal more dynamic thought now to how international and collective agreements can specifically operate in that area under the United Nations?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the annual cost of regular social, medical and educational services to the local populations, other than those connected with military action, provided by British Armed Services east of Suez.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my hon. Friend agree that in many ways this work is more important and more valuable than military operations undertaken by forces and contributes more to security? Does he not further agree that it could be more effectively undertaken with a civil programme in the area which could be assisted rapidly if we were to reduce our military commitment?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the Government's commitment to internationalism, as expressed in their policies towards Europe and the United Nations, he will, in addition to the support already provided through the Ministry of Overseas Development for longer-term volunteer service in the developing countries, give direct responsibility to an appropriate Department for...
Mr Frank Judd: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in other West European countries, particularly the Netherlands, France and Germany, grants by Governments amount to as much as £80,000 for programmes of this sort? Is it not high time that the British Government gave practical support to this important social education for young people?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Prime Minister whether the British Government regard themselves are now being firmly committed to the principle of no independence before majority rule in Rhodesia.
Mr Frank Judd: Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the Government will make it abundantly clear that they now regard the principle of no independence before majority rule as of much more fundamental significance than the seven principles which have so often been referred to in the past? Can my right hon. Friend further assure us that the Government are prepared to take all necessary action to make the...
Mr Frank Judd: rose——
Mr Frank Judd: What about South Africa?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what action he will take to facilitate the implementation of the recommendations by Professor Buchanan in the South Hampshire Study.
Mr Frank Judd: Will not a new form of local or regional Government be essential to see this plan through? What lead does my right hon. Friend's Ministry intend to give in this respect?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how he proposes to improve existing legislation covering compensation by local authorities for the compulsory purchase of private houses.
Mr Frank Judd: Is there not a good deal of confusion in the existing legislation? Is my right hon. Friend aware that in large areas of development owner-occupiers of limited means feel that they are being asked to bear a disproportionate part of the cost?
Mr Frank Judd: I wish to draw attention to paragraph 89 of the Second Report, on page 28, dealing with the Dockyard Accounts and the cost of new construction. I have a certain divided loyalty in this respect, being both a member of the Public Accounts Committee and representing one of the Royal Naval Dockyard constituencies. Anyone who has read this part of the Report carefully must have done so with a...