Mr George Park: The hon. Member for Portsmouth, North (Mr. Griffiths) talked about disgruntlement. Why should we not be disgruntled, having spent millions on torpedoes which do not work?
Mr George Park: Does the Paymaster General realise that his reply about the skillcentres adjusting themselves to the requirements of the labour market is much too facile? Does he not realise that, in order to change courses, very often one needs to train the trainers in the first place, or to go out and obtain different trainers? New equipment may be needed. The right hon. and learned Gentleman is putting...
Mr George Park: When the Secretary of State recently required the universities to reduce the number of staff, the UGC felt unable, because it did not have sufficient expertise, to guide the universities on how the job reductions should be done. How has the UGC suddenly acquired the expertise necessary to advise on degrees of excellence?
Mr George Park: Does the Minister accept that the continuing uncertainty created in British Leyland by the examination and re-examination of the corporate plan must be overcome as quickly as possible? Is there not now to be another examination under the new chairman, who not only has to pass an opinion on the corporate plan, but first has to inform himself about the industry?
Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by the European Economic Community Council to the United States of America about its policy towards Nicaragua.
Mr George Park: Does the EEC intend to sit back and allow the Contadora process to be sabotaged by increasing United States involvement in the guerrilla war in Nicaragua?
Mr George Park: Is my hon. Friend aware that, in Coventry, 24 young people are chasing every job vacancy? The only way in which new jobs can be provided is for employers to sack other workers and take on what amounts to cheap labour.
Mr George Park: Is it not clear from the previous Government statement that a nationalised company could be more efficient than a privatised one? Why cannot the same logic be applied to British Leyland? The logic of the right hon. Gentleman's statement is that the faster efficiency increases, the faster the companies will be privatised—thus continuing the damaging uncertainty.
Mr George Park: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he proposes meeting representatives of voluntary organisations to discuss future funding arrangements following the abolition of the Greater London council and the metropolitan county councils.
Mr George Park: Is the Minister aware that voluntary bodies engaged in worthwhile projects are being wound up because district councils cannot fund them? Will he consider, in advance of the Widdicombe report, increasing the section 137 money from 2p to 4p so that the new responsibilities can be met?
Mr George Park: Is my hon. Friend aware that, over a quarter of a century ago the Labour-controlled council of Coventry was building houses for sale?
Mr George Park: May we take it that those discussions will not be protracted unnecessarily and that we shall have as quickly as possible a decision on whether the Government will assist Airbus?
Mr George Park: As we have heard, it is all too easy to draw attention to the many anomalies in the law on Sunday trading, but to go to the other extreme and remove all restrictions is to compound the nonsenses. We are told that it would be too difficult to frame legislation to iron out the anomalies, but I think that that is merely an expression of the Government's feeling that the Bill is somehow another...
Mr George Park: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. You have already tried to tell the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Jessel) to speak to the Third Reading. Is it possible to get him to do so?
Mr George Park: As I understand it, the object of the Bill is to privatise the airports and, in so doing, make them more efficient. When I read the Bill I was surprised to find that there is nothing in it which refers to probably the most vital part of the prosperity and efficiency of any undertaking, whether public or private—that is, matters connected with the work force. That is particularly relevant in...
Mr George Park: I want to add my tribute to the Minister's staff. However, in my opinion, the words on the Order Paper are not correct. We are not discussing immigration cases today. We are discussing the difficulties experienced by visitors from the Indian sub-continent and the attempts by the Home Office, in issuing guidelines, to constrain the attempts of hon. Members to get the same treatment for those...
Mr George Park: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Mr George Park: I just want to make a quick point.
Mr George Park: Assuming that hon. Members put their initial queries to the immigration service, how many extra staff will the right hon. Gentleman allocate, and what additional facilities will there be for the officers? The staff are grossly overworked now.
Mr George Park: I understand the frustration on the Conservative Benches. Over the years they have become accustomed, with their huge majority, to pushing all sorts of crazy schemes through this House, so when there is a hiccup they become very frustrated. When they say that they are concerned about what they generally describe as "propaganda", what they may really be afraid of is that if responsible local...