Mr Walter Monslow: Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the rebate by way of Income Tax which is paid to owner-occupiers is higher than that paid to subsidised tenants in council houses?
Mr Walter Monslow: Since the railways are an integral part of the economic life of the nation, should not the construction, maintenance and policing of the railways be placed to the Defence Estimates?
Mr Walter Monslow: Is my hon. Friend aware that the statement he has made to the House this afternoon—the broad effect of it—appeared in the Daily Express yesterday? Can he say where this leak emanated from? When will Members of this House receive information before the readers of the Daily Express?
Mr Walter Monslow: Do I understand that in relation to auditing and accountancy the hon. Member is disposed to allow the amendment of the Bill in Committee? I have had some representations on the matter.
Mr Walter Monslow: Would my hon. Friend say what colour he would like the nominees to be?
Mr Walter Monslow: What colour of Government he would prefer?
Mr Walter Monslow: This is an important point. I have had information by correspondence that the original purchaser of a house had a higher price offered and when he sought to recover it he was unable to do so because he was told by the estate agent that it had been exhausted in expenses.
Mr Walter Monslow: Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that his party promised many things and that, had hon. Gentlemen opposite been elected, the cost would have risen by £650 million if their promises were implemented?
Mr Walter Monslow: Really!
Mr Walter Monslow: No.
Mr Walter Monslow: I hope that my right hon. Friend the Leader of the House will not be influenced by the sheer undiluted nonsense we are listening to now. [HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."] I am directing my observations to hon. Members opposite and I want to put them quite clearly. All of us are conscious of the pressing problems at home and abroad, but it is a little nauseating that hon. Members opposite should...
Mr Walter Monslow: Does the hon. Gentleman recall that in the Conservative manifesto at the last election the present Opposition were committed to the development and expansion of the social services at a cost of £654 million? How was it intended to pay for it—through taxation or what?
Mr Walter Monslow: Would not the hon. Gentleman accept that in our manifesto at least we assured a guaranteed income for everyone? When the economic circumstances are desirable, that will be done.
Mr Walter Monslow: Temporarily.
Mr Walter Monslow: Profess to know.
Mr Walter Monslow: How does the hon. Member reconcile what he is saying with the fact that by their election promises the party to which he belongs would have committed us to an additional £650 million expenditure?
Mr Walter Monslow: The hon. Gentleman is talking about subsidised council houses. Is he aware that the cost of subsidies for council house tenants is much less than the Income Tax rebate for owner-occupiers?
Mr Walter Monslow: I have received a communication today asking me to speak for the very members who are involved and I propose to submit the communication later to the Minister. Any replacement of the organisation, with which I have had a long association, is an idea which I hope will be dispelled. Every conceivable step has been taken by the organisation, its chief administrative officers and its executive...
Mr Walter Monslow: I appreciate the point but I was hoping to make a statement which I thought would be helpful. I have no desire to make a speech. I put a further point to the Minister, as to whether he is aware that there are considerable feelings of frustration owing to the procrastination that has taken place in expediting a decision.
Mr Walter Monslow: While welcoming the Minister's statement and his appeal, may I remind him that this is a longstanding dispute and that the decision ought to be expedited?