Mr George Park: In 1987, will the Prime Minister begin to speak and act on behalf of the whole nation?
Mr George Park: Does my hon. Friend agree that elderly people cannot understand why people in sheltered accommodation come under the umbrella of the collective licence when they are expected to pay the full licence fee?
Mr George Park: Does the decision not to refer the BTR bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission indicate a preference for expansion by acquisition rather than growth through good research and development, good industrial relations and good marketing?
Mr George Park: Is the Minister asserting that the specifications were never altered during the life of this contract and that GEC never got altered specifications or amendments during the whole life of the contract? Is that what the Minister is saying, because if so it runs entirely contrary to the evidence that was given to the Public Accounts Committee?
Mr George Park: I am trying to follow the logic of what the hon. Gentleman is saying. I understand the difficulty about shortages of particular teachers in particular areas. However, on considering the suggestion in the new clause, I begin to wonder how it would work in practice. The hon. Gentleman says that it may be necessary to offer financial incentives to bring in a teacher in a shortage subject for ...
Mr George Park: I am sorry, Mr. Walker. I have not intervened before and I hope that you will use your discretion. Looking at the practical application, I think that the hon. Gentleman's new clause would bring one more element of discontent into schools.
Mr George Park: Does the Minister realise that by using the word control she reveals the huge gap between us in the approach to this problem that we all want to see solved? In normal negotiations both sides would set out the position as they see it. The Minister would set down what he saw as the restraints and the teachers' organisations would put forward their case. That is why the Opposition are trying...
Mr George Park: Does the Minister agree that the continual picking at Austin Rover does incalculable damage to that company's future?
Mr George Park: When the hon. Gentleman and his wife were teachers would they have been content to be told by a Minister, of whatever political colour, what their salary levels were to be and that they could not negotiate through their chosen representatives?
Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received in the past three months on the state of repair of school buildings.
Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware that an Audit Commission study in 1985 showed that Coventry education department was underspending, because of financial constraints, by £1 million a year, which is about 100 per cent., and that as a result the schools in Coventry are in urgent need of repair and renewal? What does the Minister propose to do about that?
Mr George Park: Does the Minister agree that one swallow does not make a spring and that the taking of swift action in this case does not excuse the lack of action in previous cases? Does the Minister further agree that the new circumstances in the City provide many more temptations and many more opportunities for bending and breaking the rules?
Mr George Park: If Rolls-Royce plc is to continue to gain contracts, does the Minister agree that it will be necessary for it to maintain and even to expand its research and development? Will Government support be forthcoming for research and development if Rolls-Royce plc is privatised?
Mr George Park: Does the Minister agree that in principle it would be best to segregate private flights from scheduled flights, bearing in mind, for instance, the number of private aeroplanes using Birmingham airport, while Coventry airport just up the road is not used to anything like its full capacity?
Mr George Park: Will the Minister accept that as unemployment stretches into years, inevitably household goods wear our and cannot be replaced on the amounts available through supplementary benefit? He is adding to the great hardship already suffered by some people. What happens when the cash limited social fund runs out part way through a financial year? Do people have to reapply at the beginning of the...
Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what current talks are being held regarding the future of BL.
Mr George Park: Are the Government involved in these talks, or likely to be so? If they are involved, what is the likely agenda?
Mr George Park: I should be interested to know what the Minister would say to the engineering employers and the chambers of commerce in the west midlands, because it is evident that the people he is meeting do not belong to those organisations.
Mr George Park: It is clear that the right hon. Member for Hertsmere (Mr. Parkinson), who used to be a member of the Government, is still wearing his Government blinkers. To state the facts is not to talk the country down. We are indebted to the hon. Member for Lincoln (Mr. Carlisle) for choosing this topic. A minority of 3 million to 4 million unemployed is simply not good enough. It is not good enough to...
Mr George Park: I wish to comment on the first, the third and the 14th reports from the Public Accounts Committee. It may be my misfortune that my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Mr. Sheldon) touched on all three reports during his opening speech. It is the habit of members of the Public Accounts Committee to make their contributions in their own way. I doubt whether my slant will be the...