Dr Dickson Mabon: May I not—
Dr Dickson Mabon: No, Mr. Speaker, but I wish to ask the Secretary of State whether he is aware that during Monday's Question Time when Energy Ministers were cross-examined about the future of Dounreay, a large question mark was raised about the future of the experimental fast-breeder reactor? If the statement is to be anything other than hopeful about the future of Invergordon, the question mark over...
Dr Dickson Mabon: Has the Minister been told by the companies that the fall in the oil profile in the late 1980s and early 1990s will mean that we shall lose net self-sufficiency in Great Britain and that about five medium-sized fields will have to be approved every year if we are to keep pace with demand? Will the Minister tell us exactly what will happen about annex Bs?
Dr Dickson Mabon: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what further progress has been made towards establishing a commercial fast breeder reactor in the United Kingdom.
Dr Dickson Mabon: I am grateful for that answer and the answer to the three written questions which I tabled last Thursday. In what year does the Minister estimate that the commercial fast-breeder reactor will be built? Will the experimental establishment at Dounreay be the basis on which the commercial fast breeder reactor will be established?
Dr Dickson Mabon: Although I welcome the idea of such an executive, I am confused about whether it is to have a high public profile to reassure those concerned both nationally and locally about what it is doing. Does the land disposal facility refer to land already zoned or is the executive to seek permission to use new land for disposal? In what principal form will the intermediate waste be? When will the...
Dr Dickson Mabon: Does not President Reagan defend the sale of cheap American cereals, wheat and grain to the Soviet Union on the ground that this absorbs a large amount of currency which the Soviets would otherwise use to purchase advanced military weapons?
Dr Dickson Mabon: That they support him.
Dr Dickson Mabon: I was impressed to receive the information recently that, despite the fact that it is two and a half years since the ruling was made by the European Court in relation to French compliance with its ruling, it was only on 1 June, representations having been made to the Government of the French Republic early in April, that the French replied that they were not quite able to change the duties at...
Dr Dickson Mabon: We have moved from class warfare to xenophobia. It is reasonable to encourage people to make a choice about alcohol, whether it is foreign or British. It is extraordinary to argue that we should consume only our own products and disdain others. I may have misrepresented the hon. Member for Edinburgh, Central earlier, but it is late and perhaps I misheard him. I hope that harmonisation,...
Dr Dickson Mabon: On a point of order. There are six minutes left for this debate. Is it reasonable for this debate to be a private fight between the two main parties? Cannot the voice of reason be heard?
Dr Dickson Mabon: Can the Minister assure us that the manual will be published in this calendar year?
Dr Dickson Mabon: Would it not be better to classify schemes according to the working cost rather than to the type of heating? Even within the same system the costs vary. Should there not be some correlation between the Department of Energy's conservation provisions, such as those relating to insulation, and the heating grants given?
Dr Dickson Mabon: With reference to the rate support grant Stirling order and the European Community document, will the order and the document be taken together as a one-and-a-half-hour debate or will they be taken separately as two one-and-a-half-hour debates? What is the sequence?
Dr Dickson Mabon: In view of the right hon. Gentleman's encouraging reply to the hon. Member for Halesowen and Stourbridge (Mr. Stokes), may I take it that, because the Select Committee on European Legislation &c. has made a positive recommendation and the matter is urgent, we shall be debating the proposals for unitary elections to the European Parliament?
Dr Dickson Mabon: Will the Minister look at this again, as in my constituency it is proposed to close down one jobcentre and to reduce the number of staff at the other? In the jobcentre that may be closed as a result of this so-called economy, youth unemployment is remarkable, and 44 per cent. of young people unemployed have been out of work for a year or more.
Dr Dickson Mabon: Will the Minister assure the House that, to assuage the feelings of uncertainty among my constituents, and others, there will be no proposals from the Government to withdraw or modify services? Will the Minister confirm that preparations are being made to sustain services for the financial year 1983–84?
Dr Dickson Mabon: The Minister referred to further aid from the European Community. How much is actually on offer? Is it within the £5 million to which he referred? Will the review examine the possibility of an application to the EEC for further aid, as the subject is also a matter of interest to Community countries?
Dr Dickson Mabon: Did not the Secretary of State agree that, at some stage in our proceedings and before the market flotation, we should debate the prospectus and the heads of agreement of the participation agreement between BNOC and Britoil? Will he confirm that he intends to advise the Leader of the House that such a procedure would be desirable if he intends to act before the end of the year?
Dr Dickson Mabon: Will the Secretary of State confirm that it is still the Government's policy to secure net self-sufficiency for the rest of this century, and will he therefore look with concern at the slow-down in the development of an annex B application which would render us net self-sufficient in the middle 1990s?