Mr Edward Milne: The main points facing us in this debate can be summed up briefly—we either sign the Treaty of Accession before being able to consider it or see the full text or, as the Government's Amendment says, we wait, treat the matter as an act of faith and give the Government the green light to go ahead with Community membership. But the House has been dealt with in the same way in the past. It has...
Mr Edward Milne: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Beecham bid was an example of City buccaneering at its worst, and that the effect on the employment of people in development districts could be considerable? As has already been said, there is no reason for the continued existence of the Monopolies Commission if such a bid is not referred to it.
Mr Edward Milne: rose—
Mr Edward Milne: I beg to move the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 for the purpose of debating a specific and important matter which should have urgent consideration, namely, the takeover bid offers by the Beecham Group Limited for Glaxo Laboratories and the subsequent proposed amalgamation announced by the Glaxo Group Limited and Boots Pure Drug Company Limited which had been under...
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the exchange rate at $2·60 may not give the Chancellor the flexibility needed for the optimistic statements which he has been making at the Dispatch Box today? Is it not a tragedy that, at a time when the world is moving towards freer trade, we are preparing to entrench ourselves behind European tariff walls?
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's attitude and policy in relation to entry into the European Economic Community arising from the latest negotiations, in particular stating what common attitudes were taken together with Norway and Denmark on fisheries and on the future of European Free Trade Association.
Mr Edward Milne: While I will certainly await the right hon. and learned Gentleman's statement on the fishery negotiations with interest, may I point out that my Question also referred to the future of the European Free Trade Association and that we are entitled to a reply on that point?
Mr Edward Milne: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that by—
Mr Edward Milne: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will arrange for representatives of the major Rhodesian African political parties led by Joshua Nkomo and the Reverend N. Sithole to attend future Commonwealth conferences as observers in order to report on developments in Rhodesia arising from the agreement between Her Majesty's Government and the Smith régime.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is a disappointing reply since it closes one of the main avenues to African opinion following the take-over by the Smith régime? Do not the coloured peoples of Rhodesia need protection by the British Government so that the Commonwealth and world opinion may be informed about what is happening in Rhodesia after the settlement?
Mr Edward Milne: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman realise that the real architect of this betrayal of the long-term interests of Britain's fishing communities is his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, whose intrusion into this matter laid the foundations of the agreement? In a metaphorical sense, ought we not to have the organ-grinder at the Dispatch Box today rather than the monkey?
Mr Edward Milne: I beg leave to move the Adjournment of the House under Standing Order No. 9 for the purpose of debating a specific and important matter which should have urgent consideration, namely, the sending of a letter by the Prime Minister to Mr. Trygve Bratteli, the Prime Minister of Norway, concerning the stand being taken by his country in the negotiations on fisheries with the European Economic...
Mr Edward Milne: I apologise for straying a little, and I close on this comment. The arrangements which will apply to the fishing industry must enable our fishing population to look to the future with confidence. That view is shared by both Norway and Britain, and it is the standard set by Norway's negotiators. I should have thought that Britain's Prime Minister would have been prepared to accept such a...
Mr Edward Milne: The hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Tilney) raised, among other interesting matters, what may possibly be two major issues. He spoke about the training of young people. Against the background of the unemployment figures that we are discussing in this debate, one of our first requests to the Government about training is that those young people who are unemployed, through the fault of...
Mr Edward Milne: The hon. Gentleman must not misunderstand me. When I spoke about losses, I was not being drawn into the controversy about profits or losses. I was illustrating that the greatest single loss that we can sustain is by not using the manpower and skills available to us to give us the standard of living that we need. In almost every single constituency in the land there are schools to be built,...
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Act loses most of its validity and a great deal of its strength if he merely throws the victim of someone who has infringed it back on the civil courts? It becomes a reality only if the victim of the misdemeanour is compensated within the terms of the Act itself.
Mr Edward Milne: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that this affects the applicant E.F.T.A. countries as well? As the applicant countries are to consult their people on the question and the conditions of entry, will he make arrangements for Britain to do the same?
Mr Edward Milne: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the timber trade is very advanced in the transfer to metrication and that this will have to be taken into consideration when he is discussing the question of metrication in the brick industry and the associated building trades?
Mr Edward Milne: Arising from the right hon Gentlemans' failure to include discussion of employment and job prospects in the North-East in next week's business, will he arrange for an early debate on this subject, as there was a complete absence of any dealing with this important and urgent matter during the debate on the Gracious Speech?
Mr Edward Milne: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that he has again undermined his negotiating position by agreeing to a date for signing the Treaty without coming to a final agreement on fisheries and on E.F.T.A.? Is he also aware that his statement today is as unsatisfactory as many of his statements in the past and makes a nonsense of the vote of the House on 28th October to enter the Community?