Mr Christopher Mayhew: Like the Home Secretary, I am making a first speech, and having crossed the Floor I must be in the unique position of being able to state that the right hon. Gentleman's performance at the Dispatch Box is equally impressive whether viewed from in front or behind. I begin by assuring the Home Secretary in his absence that his defence of his actions, for which he was criticised by the right...
Mr Christopher Mayhew: That takes me a little wide. Jurists are entitled to feel some doubts about the basis of jurisprudence on which that was done. One argument for executing terrorists that is often put forward, but has not been heard in this debate, is that merely to imprison a terrorist is to create the ground for terrorist action directed at getting him released from prison. We have had examples recently....
Mr Christopher Mayhew: I did not.
Mr Christopher Mayhew: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals she has for reviving and extending the work of the Hospital Advisory Service in relation to mental hospitals.
Mr Christopher Mayhew: I appreciate the sympathetic tone of that answer. Does it imply that the Secretary of State is considering the possibility not only of restoring the work of the Hospital Advisory Service in relation to mental hospitals, but of extending it to the provision of services for the mentally sick by local authorities?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: There is a feeling on both sides of the House that the sooner the Bill is passed on its way the better. As I have not attended the heavy labours of the day I feel a particular timidity in making a few remarks now, but I am profoundly disappointed by the Committee proceedings on the Bill. Some hon. Members may recall that on Second Reading I put forward the point that the Bill, though...
Mr Christopher Mayhew: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress he has made in renegotiating the terms of Great Britain's entry into the EEC.
Mr Christopher Mayhew: I should like the hon. Gentleman to clarify the purpose of his instruction. I read in this evening's newspaper that London boroughs and the Greater London Council may get the chance to buy at bargain prices the vast private flats empire of Mr. William Stern. Will the hon. Gentleman make it quite clear that the effect of his instruction will be to prevent that?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to support the proposal issued by the EEC Governments on 4th March 1974 relating to co- operation between the European Community and the Arab world.
Mr Christopher Mayhew: Is my hon. Friend aware that the growing partnership between Europe and the Arab world is of enormous potential value to both regions, and will be give the House the assurance that the British Government will not fall behind their EEC colleagues in supporting it?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: In these comprehensive renegotiations, will the Government be very careful not to renegotiate inadvertently those parts of the treaties which make certain foodstuffs cheaper for British housewives?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: Has this matter been raised by the United Kingdom delegates to the World Health Organisation?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: If it is true, as reported, that the Foreign Secretary declined a courtesy call from the President of the European Parliament, may I ask him to give the reasons for his friendlier attitude to the Council of Ministers and to the Commission than to the Parliament?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: My right hon. Friend has mentioned a figure of 23 million working days lost. Does he appreciate that 38 million working days were lost owing to mental illness in industry and that, for some accountable reason, that subject is excluded from the Bill?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: It is obvious that the Bill has many admirable features which will receive warm support from all parts of the House, but, in my view, it has one grave defect as described in the motion standing on the Order Paper in the names of my two hon. Friends and myself, and I should like to address myself to that. I was extremely surprised to hear the Secretary of State declare that the Bill is...
Mr Christopher Mayhew: It is not. I am delighted if that is the intention. There is no problem if that is the intention of the Bill. Perhaps the Secretary of State will elucidate.
Mr Christopher Mayhew: I was about to say that not only was I surprised by what my right hon. Friend said but that I was very pleased. It gives us the opportunity to clear up what is plainly a misunderstanding, because this is not how a large number of people with responsibilities in this sphere understand the Bill. If we grant this, the Bill will require some recasting if it is effectively to combat this problem....
Mr Christopher Mayhew: I do not pretend to be an expert on industrial health and safety. I agree that I have a rather specialised approach to the Bill. Nevertheless, I have studied it. I am delighted that my right hon. Friend has found the word "mental". I still cannot find it, but I accept that it is hidden away somewhere in Clause 53. That is all to the good. A Bill that was really addressed to the problems with...
Mr Christopher Mayhew: While the Foreign Secretary is mobilising all possible influence to improve the terms of entry into the Common Market, is it logical for him to prevent his supporters from going to the European Parliament to support him on this matter?
Mr Christopher Mayhew: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Com- monwealth Affairs if, during the period of renegotiating the terms of entry into the EEC he will also put forward proposals for strengthening the democratic institutions of the Community.