Mr Irvine Patnick: Ho, ho, not again.
Mr Irvine Patnick: We do not want the back of the hon. Gentleman's head.
Mr Irvine Patnick: This debate is one and a half hours.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Of the CBI.
Mr Irvine Patnick: It is small print.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Does my hon. Friend remember the occasion when he tried to take the Committee through the night to ensure that the Bill was properly debated but the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Mr. Wareing) said that there were several elderly people among Opposition Members, so they could not go through the night—[HON. MEMBERS: "Rubbish."] Well, I am sure that my hon. Friend can remember the...
Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources the Government currently make available to those organisations concerned with counselling the victims of serious crimes against the person.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I thank my hon. Friend for his reply. In considering non-custodial offences, will the Government give priority to offenders having to pay victims?
Mr Irvine Patnick: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 13 July.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Will my right hon. Friend join me in expressing sympathy to the graduates of university of Sussex whose ceremony yesterday was disrupted by picketing by members of the National and Local Government Officers Association? Does he further agree that the words of the right hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Healey) who said, expletive deleted, that the union would be better joining the Labour...
Mr Irvine Patnick: It was pretty obvious to me that, with so few Opposition Members present, the Opposition would not allow an opportunity for the second debate
Mr Irvine Patnick: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks). What he lacks in content he makes up for in noise. I did not expect my motion to be called today as originally it was number three in the ballot. Although, fortunately, my motion now appears second on the Order Paper, I am aware, from my 20 years of opposition in Sheffield and on South Yorkshire county...
Mr Irvine Patnick: We know not yet; miracles have happened before. The hon. Member for Newham, North-West, in his own inimitable manner, attacked my hon. Friend the Member for Littleborough and Saddleworth (Mr. Dickens), who is a thin, shy, unassuming and quiet person. He was upset by the attacks made by the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, and on his behalf I spring to his defence. The hon. Member for...
Mr Irvine Patnick: I accept what my hon. Friend says about street cleaners taking pride in their work. I usually meet one in the mornings because his beat is close to where I collect some of my four daily newspapers. He is always smiling and happy. There is a very good fish and chip shop near where I live, but unfortunately the birds take the fish and chip wrappings out of the bins and strew them over the...
Mr Irvine Patnick: Thank you for your guidance, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Litter is more than just a question of the indiscriminate throwing away of rubbish. It is also about the way in which people live. It has to do, as was said by my hon. Friend the Member for Littleborough and Saddleworth with the way that people are brought up. The blind spots often occur at semi-public spaces on housing estates. Litter can be...
Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Gentleman referred to high-rise and high-density flats. Will he cast his mind back to who decided to institute such close living conditions?
Mr Irvine Patnick: The hon. Lady has just arrived in the Chamber. I was speaking to the organ grinder. Can the hon. Gentleman remember who instigated that, who continued it and what ensuing Governments did to try to stop some of the projects that were under way?
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am sad that we have got into a party political debate on a subject that I thought would cross party boundaries. It is possible for councils to save large sums of money by competitive tendering for the services that the hon. Gentleman has mentioned. If we are to put the matter into the political arena, let us start from point one.
Mr Irvine Patnick: I am sure that my hon. Friend the Minister will tell the House that the Department of the Environment uses recycled paper. She said during a recent debate that that was being promoted within her Department. I hope that other Departments follow suit.
Mr Irvine Patnick: Does my hon. Friend think that litter bins in the House of Commons would be any less decorous? Could we not have more litter bins to encourage Members to place their waste papers in them?