Mr Dave Nellist: That is rubbish.
Mr Dave Nellist: If the hon. Gentleman reads the introduction, he will learn why.
Mr Dave Nellist: Since submitting this subject for the ballot on 20 July, just a few days ago, the position in Sri Lanka has worsened dramatically for the workers and peasants there. In the early edition of The Times today appears a report from Reuter's correspondent in Colombo which begins: The Sri Lankan Government imposed a 15-hour curfew on Colombo and several other parts of the country yesterday …...
Mr Dave Nellist: No. The debate lasts for one and a half hours, so there is plenty of time for everyone to speak. Tamil workers were brought in by the British to work on the tea estates. Of those 1,200,000 Indian Tamils, 975,000 were officially declared stateless in 1964. Since then, agreement with India has meant that 600,000 were to be repatriated to India over 15 years while the rest were to remain in Sri...
Mr Dave Nellist: rose—
Mr Dave Nellist: Thank you for calling me to make my maiden speech, Mr. Deputy Speaker. It is especially appropriate for me to speak about youth and unemployment because in the city of Coventry, once the richest working-class city in the country with two thirds of the work force in manufacturing industry, the prospects for our school leavers are now bleak. Only one in 10 of those leaving the fifth form last...
Mr Dave Nellist: Taking the Prime Minister's remarks today, and previously, about unemployment benefit and the amount of food for which that would pay, together with the fact that the Cabinet sat down on 21 June to a meal costing £23·50 per person, could the Prime Minister explain to the House what it feels like to eat a meal that cost 90 per cent. of a single person's dole payment?
Mr Dave Nellist: It has an elected council.
Mr Dave Nellist: The Minister should withdraw that.
Mr Dave Nellist: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for a political term such as "Fascism" to be applied to democratically-elected Members of the House? Will you give a ruling?
Mr Dave Nellist: The Minister has admitted that he was saying it in this direction.