Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the hon. Lady aware that when the Labour Government were attempting to keep inflation down the Conservative Party supported a 22 per cent. wage incease for the Ford motor workers, which was outside the 5 per cent. norm?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: rose—
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has received the Sports Council's publication on its future strategy for sport; what is his policy towards the report's proposals; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The Minister will be aware that the Sports Council has put forward three options for funding during the next decade: first, participation; secondly, excellence in sports; and, thirdly, spending money to assist sports facilities. Which option do the Government favour? Have they any special programme for areas such as Toxteth, Bristol and Brixton? As the Government's policies have created 3...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for compensation to persons suffering from emphysema by making emphysema an industrial disease for the purpose of the Industrial Injuries Acts. The proposed Bill will entitle mineworkers who suffer from emphysema to compensation in accordance with the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965. I am grateful to the large...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many representations he has received from regional health authorities about the National Health Service pay negotiations.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: In view of the figures given in a parliamentary answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Crewe (Mrs. Dunwoody) on 5 July, is the right hon. Gentleman's statement of 25 May that an increase of 2 per cent. could be achieved any longer valid?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Minister appreciate the damage that has been done to the good name of Lloyd's and to the British insurance business generally by the recent alleged scandals? Does he agree that the revelations in the Minet and Howden cases show that self-regulation by Lloyd's cannot be allowed to continue?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is it in the best interests of parliamentary democracy that some hon. Members who earlier this year voted for the Bill which paved the way for the bonanza may make a colossal profit or enjoy a rake-off at the taxpayers' expense?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Industry Act forecast for the economy will be published.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Although the Chancellor has taken the decision to make the pensioners pay for the Falklands war, having heard the advice of the right hon. Member for Sidcup (Mr. Heath) and Lord Gormley, will he change his mind?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Since in the lifetime of this Parliament the only debate on the plight of the disabled in Britain has taken place in Opposition time, when may we have a full day's debate in Government time to discuss the plight of these unfortunate people?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received concerning his proposals for all appointments to the new family practitioners authorities to be made by himself.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: As there is widespread doubt about the Government's motives behind the proposal to reconstitute family practitioner committees, and in the light of a recent written answer by the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security that no attempt would be made to ascertain the political allegiance of members of such committees, will the Minister come clean and confirm—or deny—that at...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: What advice will the Minister give to the football authorities to deal with the louts who are threatening the very existence of a great football club within 12 miles of my constituency?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 8 February.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the Prime Minister inform the House whether Mr. Ian MacGregor has been offered, formally or informally, the chairmanship of the National Coal Board, and if not, is she about to do so? Is the right hon. Lady aware that if that is the case—[Interrruption.] Some Tory Members may think it funny, but the miners do not—many responsible sections of the mining industry will feel that this...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: I am sorry that the Minister is not in his place, because he said that there were signs that things were becoming more cheerful. I regret that I cannot share his view. Yesterday, on my way to the House, I went past the jobcentre in Wakefield. The Minister's constituency is next door to mine, and if he had seen what I saw—youngsters queueing to get in with a look of disillusionment and...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 3 March.