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Mr Roger Knapman: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether this matter can be debated in the course of the next week or so, and how, if Parliament is to be televised, such privileges can be maintained in future?
Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect upon elderly taxpayers of the change to independent taxation of husband and wife.
Mr Roger Knapman: I am obliged to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Can he confirm that elderly wives will get age allowance in their own right for the first time?
Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what level of grant he has approved for neighbourhood energy action and energy action Scotland in 1988–89.
Mr Roger Knapman: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Will he confirm that those figures represent an increase, and will he tell us what part the private sector plays in those projects?
Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Minister for the Arts what steps he is taking to encourage cultural exchanges with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Mr Roger Knapman: Does my right hon. Friend agree that such exchanges and visits help the cause of world peace and detente? Can he give any details of likely exchanges over the next few months?
Mr Roger Knapman: I too enjoyed serving on the Standing Committee. Does my hon. Friend think it possible that cirl buntings are down to the last 80 pairs because they do not have enough trees in which to nest?
Mr Roger Knapman: The hon. Gentleman devoted the first part of his speech to saying that his constituents needed more help and the second part to decrying the level of Government expenditure. Is there not something slightly ironic there? Do those two parts fit together?
Mr Roger Knapman: Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate about county structure plans? The Gloucestershire county structure plan is causing a great deal of concern to my constituents and perhaps other county structure plans are causing similar problems elsewhere. Such plans are often based on the most flimsy statistical evidence. I hope that my right hon. Friend will find time for a debate on that issue.
Mr Roger Knapman: Will my hon. Friend confirm that alcohol can be sold by garages adjoining main roads, but not by similar garages adjoining motorways?
Mr Roger Knapman: I second all that my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth, West (Mr. Butterfill) said, no doubt with a great deal more eloquence than I can command. He raised an important point: some quarter of all Government expenditure in this sector is conducted by local authorities, so we must examine it. After listening for the last half-hour, I wonder whether there is any form of control over local...
Mr Roger Knapman: The hon. Gentleman has said that rate demands are not all that important, because they represent only 2 per cent. of a firm's turnover on average. Should he not look more carefully at the proportion of profit that that represents?
Mr Roger Knapman: What about small businesses?
Mr Roger Knapman: I welcome my right hon. and learned Friend's statement, but will he assure the House that British companies will be given an opportunity to bid for the whole of the industry or any individual yard?
Mr Roger Knapman: To ask the Minister for the Arts to what extent the enterprise allowance scheme has affected those involved in the arts.
Mr Roger Knapman: Those figures seem most encouraging, but can my right hon. Friend tell the House what proportion of all people they represent, and what proportion of those who have benefited have become self-sufficient?
Mr Roger Knapman: I was interested in the point made by the hon. Member for Nottingham, North (Mr. Allen) and particularly his suggestion that there should be a trade union for Opposition Members. If the proposals were introduced does the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) expect that the leader of that union would be elected for life, or would he be subjected to occasional competition?
Mr Roger Knapman: I, too, am obliged to my hon. Friend the Member for Romsey and Waterside (Mr. Colvin) for giving me the opportunity to contribute briefly to the debate. I agree with what he says. I appreciate that the White Paper is a consultation document but the research and development part of the industry hardly rates a mention, despite, as my hon. Friend has pointed out, the fact that it employs over...
Mr Roger Knapman: Would my right hon. Friend agree that we are far more likely to have influence over the South African Government because we do business with that country than we would have if we had introduced sanctions?