Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the extent of British financial assistance to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Literacy Campaign.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my hon. Friend not agree that the development of world purchasing powers, which is so essential to our economy, depends on literacy and that we should therefore give all encouragement to this campaign, with, if possible, a special grant, following Persia's example?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what official records are now kept of requests for welfare assistance by Royal Navy personnel; and what improved arrangements are planned for the welfare of the wives of Royal Navy personnel serving overseas.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my hon. Friend agree that the keeping of individual Service records about such requests acts as a disincentive to seeking help with family problems? In view of the mental and emotional strain put on Service wives, should not Service men be reassured that these records will not be held against them?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the extent and cost of work on Royal Navy ships and equipment in Portsmouth Dockyard at present being undertaken by civilian contractors.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my hon. Friend agree that certain resources of labour within the dockyard are not at present being fully utilised and that to bring in contract labour appears to contradict the Government's policy on productivity and serves to have an adverse effect on the morale of the regular labour force in the dockyard, since contract labour is often paid higher rates than the local labour force?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the amount of tobacco being currently indirectly exported from Rhodesia to Great Britain.
Mr Frank Judd: Does my hon. Friend agree that there are indications that, through indirect routes, tobacco is reaching this country and perhaps even the pipes and cigarettes of hon. Members? Does she agree that until we take over the control of the frontiers this traffic will not be be stopped?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what assistance was offered by Her Majesty's Government to the Nigerian Government for the movement of refugees during recent disturbances there.
Mr Frank Judd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in view of the Government's commendable concern with human life on the African Continent we could, in a spirit of partnership, have offered assistance in this tragic situation to another member of the Commonwealth?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what further steps Her Majesty's Government will take to gain the admission of China to the United Nations.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my right hon. Friend agree that if we believe in universal representation we ought to regard this as a measure to be decided by a simple majority rather than as a Special Resolution, to be decided by two-thirds majority?
Mr Frank Judd: I want briefly to add my name to those seeking clarification on this point. I ask my right hon. Friend to bear in mind that this is not an academic consideration of Clause 14 because there are already reports that certain local authorities, particularly in Kent, have taken active measures to discuss how they might reduce this service. This is an urgent matter, particularly at a time when the...
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether Her Majesty's Government pay rent for the radio station at Francistown to the Bechuanaland Government; and whether it will do so after independence.
Mr Frank Judd: While thanking my hon. Friend for that encouraging reply, may I ask whether he does not agree that this is a point on which we must react generously in view of our failure to meet other requests in respect of development in Bechuanaland?
Mr Frank Judd: Would my right hon. Friend agree that if our Commonwealth and African friends are to be reassured, and their confidence is to be re-won, it is important to spell out the precise meaning of the principles we express? What do we mean by, "any solution must be acceptable to the people of Rhodesia as a whole"? How would we ensure that? Will there be a rôle for the United Nations or the Commonwealth?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will arrange for property and land at Hilsea Barracks, Portsmouth, to be released to the Portsmouth City Council for educational or housing purposes.
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total financial assistance granted by his Department to organisations sponsoring international community service projects by young people as a practical method of education in international understanding.
Mr Frank Judd: Is the Minister aware that in Germany the Government make available £80,000 and in France the Government grant £70,000 towards international work camps of this kind in their own territories? Would our own Government be willing to consider grants of this order?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action he proposes to take in response to the Bessey Committee report on voluntary service by young people in Great Britain; and in this respect what action he has taken to consult officially the organisations at the national and local level involved in this work.