Mr Arthur Newens: I think that I agree with the right hon. Gentleman that it would be desirable to look at the experience gained within the I.L.E.A. and see how far it was applicable in the Outer London area, but the purpose of the suggested review is not to enable that sort of comparison to be made but to break up the I.L.E.A. The right hon. and learned Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon) said that the...
Mr Arthur Newens: Does not the hon. Gentleman recall that there was tremendous opposition from those Conservative areas—in particular from Surrey—and that it was in response to that pressure on the Conservative side as well that the Government of the day decided to change some of their proposals?
Mr Arthur Newens: If I may correct my words, I meant that the right hon. and learned Member for Hexham (Mr. Rippon) said it in his speech today. I suggest that we check HANSARD to see what I actually said. The right hon. and learned Member said that the Opposition reserved the right to dissolve the I.L.E.A. after the review. That was the objection that I was making. I was certainly making no reference to any...
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs if he is aware that the new coins issued by the illegal Rhodesian Government of Ian Smith to commemorate the unilateral declaration of independence are on public display at Rhodesia House; and if he will make a statement on the status and authority of the Smith régime at Rhodesia House.
Mr Arthur Newens: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the apparent toleration of a base in this country for the dissemination of propaganda and the display of emblems or any other activities on behalf of the Smith régime ought to be brought to a speedy end?
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Social Security if she will take steps to enable casual workers who do not come within normal pay-as-you-earn arrangements for tax purposes to pay contributions towards and to qualify for the payment of the earnings-related supplements to sickness and unemployment benefits.
Mr Arthur Newens: Is my hon. Friend aware that a considerable number of people in the printing industry, some meat porters and a number of people who are forced to accept self-employed status in a number of other industries, as part of the dodge that employers resort to in order to avoid Selective Employment Tax, are denied supplementary benefits? Does he not think it is high time that further consideration...
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to ensure the recruitment and training of home helps and the extension of local authority responsibility for the care of the young chronic sick at home.
Mr Arthur Newens: Is my hon. Friend aware that the breadwinner in a family with a chronic sick person often faces the agonising choice of either giving up work altogether and becoming financially dependent on the State or of consigning a close relative permanently to hospital? Since this is bad not only for the individuals concerned but for the community as a whole, should not something more comprehensive be...
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement on the provision of facilities and the keeping of records to ensure that children with a history of abnormalities at birth or shortly afterwards are kept under supervision with a view to the earliest possible detection and treatment of any handicaps which may arise.
Mr Arthur Newens: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that much of this information is still not being made available where it is most required, particularly to teachers when children begin school? Will he continue his efforts to try to get the practice of making the information available more widely known?
Mr Arthur Newens: The hon. Member said that the Gedge Committee unanimously recommended the introduction of no par value shares. I think I am correct in saying that the T.U.C. submitted evidence to the contrary and that Wilfred Beard made a minority report to the Gedge Committee on this subject.
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the implications of joining the European Common Market for horticulture in the Lea Valley.
Mr Arthur Newens: Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that the interests of the Lea Valley horticultural industry will be fully borne in mind in any discussions which take place on the detailed terms of entry? Will he press for the provision of transitional period during which the industry may adapt itself to any new conditions if the decision to enter the Common Market is eventually taken?
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the long-term ability of British agriculture to maintain and extend the proportion of food produced at home in Great Britain, in view of recent estimates of the expected increase in population by the end of the century.
Mr Arthur Newens: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in view of the expected increase in world population during that period, it will become necessary—I believe that it already is—for Britain to plan to produce a large proportion of her food at home as a contribution to relieving the ever-increasing demand on world food supplies?
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will issue a circular to encourage local authorities to establish more special units for the education of partially hearing children attached to normal primary and secondary schools in England and Wales.
Mr Arthur Newens: Is my hon. Friend aware that some authorities are going ahead with plans for educating partially hearing children separately from normal children still? Is it not time that the whole situation was reviewed in order to ensure that scarce education resources are not devoted to a form of education which, perhaps, is not the best in the light of modern knowledge?
Mr Arthur Newens: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is considerable disgruntlement among teachers at the suspension of negotiations, and will he, therefore, have urgent consultation with his right hon. Friend and with all the appropriate authorities in order to make sure that negotiations can go ahead forthwith, whatever decisions may be taken about their result at a later stage?
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy towards support for the bombing of North Vietnam by United States forces, in view of the forthcoming Vietnamese New Year truce.