Mr Arthur Newens: I hope that the House will bear with me if in this my maiden speech I say a few words about my constituency. I have the honour to represent the constituency of Epping, which has been represented here by many notable figures in the past. In the period 1945–50, Mrs. Leah Manning represented Epping and was much loved in the House and in her constituency. In the last Parliament and for some...
Mr Arthur Newens: As a full-time teacher before I was elected to this House on behalf of all serving teachers, I welcome my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to his position. It is virtually an innovation for someone with experience as a teacher to be in charge of education in this country. It is something which teachers throughout the country will welcome with great joy. It is true that everyone on...
Mr Arthur Newens: The Motion calls attention to the need for facilities for recreation and leisure, particularly among young people and I am extremely grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) for mentioning, in an intervention, the possibilities which exist in the new towns. My constituency embraces Harlow new town where there is a concentration of young people which in many ways...
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what has been the annual expenditure for each of the last three years on the British contribution to counter-guerilla and counter-subversive activities in South Vietnam; and what is the total number of British civilian and military personnel, respectively, who have been involved.
Mr Arthur Newens: What does the hon. Gentleman consider would be fair representation for the N.A.S., to give only one example, different from that which it has at present? I hope that the hon. Gentleman will not dodge this question. I should like him to answer it directly.
Mr Arthur Newens: I beg to move, in page 3, line 25, at the end to insert: (3) The arrangements made under subsection (1) of this section shall contain provisions whereby a reference to arbitration shall not be made unless the chairman of the committee after consulting the committee has ruled that an agreement cannot be reached on a particular point or points. I make no apology for moving the Amendment,...
Mr Arthur Newens: Is it quite clear that arrangements would be changed by agreement between the parties, and not merely by the Secretary of State's own decision?
Mr Arthur Newens: Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman give an example which occurs in industry or in the public service, apart from the police and firemen, where the State is represented in the negotiating machinery and also has the right to declare that a matter shall go to arbitration? If he could give a similar example, I might consider the matter further. I do not know of any such example.
Mr Arthur Newens: I have never suggested that.
Mr Arthur Newens: Centripetal.
Mr Arthur Newens: Why not?
Mr Arthur Newens: rose—
Mr Arthur Newens: In view of what my hon. Friend has said, it was my intention to withdraw the Amendment. I therefore beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what authority an immigration official took the names of passengers who had taken part in a lobby of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Council meeting in Paris on Tuesday 15th December, when those passengers returned to Gatwick Airport on Wednesday 16th December; and what was the purpose of this official's action.
Mr Arthur Newens: Why was this particular group singled out for this treatment? What was the objective which the police officer had in view? Will my right hon. and learned Friend ensure that this practice is not continued on future occasions of this sort?
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Technology what steps he is taking, by Government action, to improve the performance of the machine tool industry.
Mr Arthur Newens: Today, we have been considering vast sums of money and I suggest that there is considerably less interest than would be the case with much smaller sums because these amounts are so vast that it is difficult to criticise details. The items in the Estimates themselves cover multitudes of smaller items. Equestrian metaphors have been much in favour today. I think that in being made responsible...
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress has been made in school design to increase and facilitate the use of schools and their grounds by adult and youth organisations.
Mr Arthur Newens: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will make a statement on his proposals for the transfer of the new towns to the appropriate local authorities.
Mr Arthur Newens: On a point of order. I should like to know, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, whether the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mr. William Yates) is in order in raising this matter at this stage as No. 22 among the list of topics for debate deals precisely with this subject.