Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Will the Prime Minister inform the House whether her son received any financial reward whatsoever for his efforts—and her efforts too—on behalf of the Cementation company?—[HON. MEMBERS: "Cheap."] Conservative Members may not want to hear this, but they are going to get it. Did the Prime Minister's son receive any financial reward for his efforts—and her efforts — on behalf of the...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made to secure the conditions he outlined on 1 December, Official Report, c. 1014, before any agreement is considered to increase the Community's own resources.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Secretary of State expect any progress at the meeting in March to which he referred? Does he think that, because the different sides are irreconcilable, there will be no progress? If this is the case, what will the Government's attitude be at that time?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is satisfied with the operation of the law covering the way companies make political contributions.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Secretary of State aware that, as I do not think there are any hon. Members on the Front Bench whose names are associated with the list of Nazis and Fascists, we expect a fair answer in the House this afternoon? Does he not think that shareholders have the same right to contract out as trade unionists? Why is he so concerned about trade unionists' donations to the Labour party when he...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will instruct colleges of further education to accept a youth training scheme certificate as a qualification for further full-time education.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does the Under-Secretary not believe that it is important that young people should feel that training has been worth while? If the certificate is to be worth anything, should not great pressure be put on the Manpower Services Commission to monitor these schemes?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Do the Government have any plans —[Interruption.]—to assist the advance of rugby league football, whose administrators would, I believe, never think of touring South Africa?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Has the Minister any plans to encourage and assist the advancement of rugby league football, whose administrators would, I am sure, never think of touring South Africa?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: The hon. Lady gave figures for the increase in housing benefts. Does she accept that unemployment has gone from 1 million to 4 million?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: She will need it.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: This is a debate of a type that is becoming familiar to the House. The Government can find few supporters to present their case. Before the hon. Member for Langbaurgh (Mr. Holt) began to speak, there had been only three, and I cannot make up my mind whether or not the hon. Gentleman supports the Government. However, no doubt Conservative Members will troop into the Lobby later tonight behind...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Before the Minister forgets, will he answer the question? If local authorities go into penalties arising from the housing benefit scheme, will they be protected?
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Is the Leader of the House aware of the answer to my question of 9 February by the Minister for Social Security, which reveals that the housing benefit scheme's administration and development costs are about £74·5 million, when the original estimate was only£19 million? Bearing in mind the other incompetent actions that have come to light recently in that Department, will he make a...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: When does the Secretary of State expect the sale of the Wytch farm oilfield to be completed? Does he support the stand of the British Gas Corporation in refusing to sign and complete the arrangements abroad, given that such completion would deny the Government £3 million in stamp duty? Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that that asset, and any other assets, will be sold only at...
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the percentage planned reduction in mode B1 provision in the youth training scheme for next year.
Mr Geoffrey Lofthouse: Does not the cutback in mode B1 mean that there will be a serious lack of provision for the less able youngsters, who need more schemes and schemes of the highest grade that can be provided?