Mr Frank Judd: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the value of British Weeks abroad, with particular reference to the recent British Weeks in Brussels and Toronto.
Mr Frank Judd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that, of whatever auxiliary assistance such weeks may be, they are no substitute for the will to sell exports? In what ways does my right hon. Friend hope that a stronger will can be demonstrated following devaluation? For example, has he considered rationalisation of the motor car industry and a concentration on fewer models with adequate after-sales service?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will make a statement on the two aircraft mishaps at Portsmouth Airport on Tuesday 15th August last, and on any relevant implications for similar small airports elsewhere in Great Britain.
Mr Frank Judd: Does not my hon. Friend agree that the fact that a major disaster did not take place could almost be described as miraculous? Does he not agree also that, in view of the density of urban development in Britain and the limited air space available, there must be a strict comprehensive plan soon for the development of airports throughout the country and of internal air services?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the current position in the Middle East, with particular reference to refugees.
Mr Frank Judd: Would my right hon. Friend not agree that the predicament of Jordan, minus the prosperous west bank. trying to cope with 220,000 new refugees, 150,000 in overcrowded cities and 70,000 in camps able to look less than four miles across the Jordan to their old encampments will create tension there?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about financial assistance to the United Nations Association, which is in financial difficulties.
Mr Frank Judd: Does my right hon. Friend agree that this news will be greeted with a great deal of positive reaction in all parts of the House? Does he further agree that one of the most important characteristics of the United Nations Association has been its robust independence, and can he assure us that the Government will expect it to continue in that light?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Transport what plans have been submitted to her for the electrification of the railway between Portsmouth and Southampton.
Mr Frank Judd: Can my hon. Friend assure the House that if such schemes are submitted in the plans for the development of the region they will be given every possible support by the Ministry?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Technology whether he will make a statement on Government plans for the future of the hovercraft industry.
Mr Frank Judd: Can my hon. Friend assure us that the highly successful service by British Rail's subsidiary between Portsmouth and Southampton and the Isle of Wight will be used as a model for taking the initiative in establishing services like this abroad as an important means of earning foreign currency?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Labour what studies he has made of areas of above average unemployment within regions of below average unemployment; and what action he proposes to take.
Mr Frank Judd: Is my hon. Friend aware that there are areas such as Portsmouth which now already have levels of unemployment considerably above those in the regions of which they are a part, and where there is an urgent need for diversification and new industry? Can we have an early indication of Government attention to this problem?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the estimated current cost to Great Britain's balance of payments of the Government's overseas aid and development programmes.
Mr Frank Judd: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that in the present economic context the cost to our balance of payments is being grossly over-estimated and that it is high time that some detailed work was done on this matter to illustrate the true cost?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Minister of Overseas Development when he will restore the cuts made last winter in Great Britain's overseas aid and development programmes.
Mr Frank Judd: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that the cuts made last winter were out of all proportion to the economic problems with which we are confronted in Britain, and does he realise that there will be no satisfaction in the House until they are restored at the earliest possible opportunity?
Mr Frank Judd: Would not my right hon. Friend agree that in the context of the political tensions in Southern Africa we should take every opportunity to extend the aid programme to Botswana in order to give real political substance to her independence and release her from exclusive reliance upon the Union of South Africa?
Mr Frank Judd: asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the efficiency of the naval blockade as part of Her Majesty's Government's policy of sanctions against the illegal Smith regime in Rhodesia.