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Mr Roger Knapman: Will my right hon. arid learned Friend find time for an early debate on privilege and the proceedings of this House, particularly in the light of the exhibition by the hon. Member for Workington (Mr. Campbell-Savours) on Tuesday? It would seem that we can either retain our existing privileges or live transmission of the proceedings of this House, but not both.
Mr Roger Knapman: Will my right hon. and learned Friend find time for an early debate on the EC? By what authority does the European Assembly discuss, debate and vote on the ambulance men's dispute?
Mr Roger Knapman: As a partner in a building company, let me reassure my right hon. Friend that his policies are working.
Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that those who shout loudest for open government are often the last to divulge details of their own policies, particularly when it comes to housing?
Mr Roger Knapman: Since the Liberal party was the power house at the time, will the hon. Gentleman explain why currently there is an increase of 1,200 new small businesses every week, while under the Lib-Lab pact there was a decrease of 100 businesses a week?
Mr Roger Knapman: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker.
Mr Roger Knapman: Will my hon. Friend consider the fact that, in the light of the greenhouse effect that some people are forecasting, the legislation could have the opposite intention?
Mr Roger Knapman: I am particularly grateful to my hon. Friend the Minister for setting out so clearly and carefully the full effect of the draft directives in relatively few minutes, and I shall try to be brief. I appreciate the full importance of the EC as a trading bloc, and its necessity to our future prosperity, but I should like to make a few comments on these fairly wide-ranging measures—especially...
Mr Roger Knapman: Perhaps I should have said that we should be careful about drawing conclusions at this stage. Perhaps that would be more acceptable. Should we be applying to the European Court of Justice to determine these matters, or should we be insisting on article 235? At what stage will my hon. Friend consider whether a veto should be used to force the matter? Paragraph 16 states: Similarly, until the...
Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Minister for the Arts what he intends to provide for public lending right in the next financial year; and to how many authors this applies.
Mr Roger Knapman: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree that our authors deserve generous support, and does he have any plans to increase support in the near future?
Mr Roger Knapman: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak. Like the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen), I followed the speech of the hon. Member for Derby, South (Mrs. Beckett) with considerable interest, particularly towards the end when she said that the Opposition knew the scale of the problems and the scale of the needs. Unfortunately, that did not enable her to state the scale...
Mr Roger Knapman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and it is only capitalism that could have brought that change at a reasonable social cost. That contrasts with the results of the planned Socialist economies of eastern Europe that we have seen over the past few months. I hope, in due course, to draw the attention of my hon. Friend and other hon. Members to the situation in my constituency, which is a...
Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that sanctions are no more likely to help Mr. de Klerk in his quest than they would help Mr. Gorbachev in his?
Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that people emerging from a Socialist paradise in the East are unlikely to want lessons on parliamentary democracy from Socialists in the West?
Mr Roger Knapman: Is my hon. Friend aware that France now has a record grain surplus of 5 million tonnes? That grain is being shipped to Northern Ireland, and £1 a tonne more than market price is being charged, despite the fact that shipping costs £7 or £8 a tonne. What does my hon. Friend think the Court of Auditors will say about that in two or three years' time?
Mr Roger Knapman: Does my hon. Friend agree that the short-term pain of high interest rates is preferable to the long-term pain of inflation—£1,000 in 1960 had a purchasing power of only £160 in 1980? Does he agree that we must never allow that to happen again?
Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance is being given to voluntary groups working with under-fives.
Mr Roger Knapman: I am obliged to my hon. Friend for her reply and for her consistent encouragement of pre-school play groups and the carers for under-fives. Has she any intention of introducing inspection charges or registration fees for those groups?
Mr Roger Knapman: But does not my right hon. Friend agree that, when the electricity supply industry is privatised, it will at long last be in the interests of the generators to buy cheap rather than dearer coal?