Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to increase the penalties for unruly behaviour by members of the public at sporting events.
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will review the rule relating to planning appeals, whereby consideration of one appeal cannot be deferred for some period of time to allow consideration of planning appeals for similar projects in the same locality.
Mr Christopher Rowland: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the first part of the answer contradicts a letter which I have from the Parliamentary Secretary? Would he not agree that the kind of case about which I have written to him, namely, two different planning appeals for two golf driving ranges within five weeks of each other, should be considered together rather than the outcome of the second be determined by...
Mr Christopher Rowland: Mr. Christopher Rowland (Meriden) rose— —
Mr Christopher Rowland: Would the hon. Member tell us how many hospitals were built under the Conservative Government and what prescription charges were charged in that period?
Mr Christopher Rowland: Is it in order for the hon. Gentleman to make a remark like that, when it is manifestly untrue? I have been sitting here for most of the night.
Mr Christopher Rowland: I apologise for speaking at this hour, when it is too late to go to bed and a fraction before the working day starts, but I do so because, like some other Members, though I am not a N.U.M. Member, I have some half dozen pits and several thousand miners and their families in my constituency, and to this extent I am as much concerned about and interested in the future of the coal industry as...
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Postmaster-General if he will introduce legislation to require the Independent Television Authority to publish the proposals presented to the Authority by successful applicants for television licences, and resumes of subsequent evidence secured from such applicants when presenting their applications to the Authority.
Mr Christopher Rowland: Is my right hon. Friend aware that he did not deal with these points in the speech to which he referred? While agreeing that there is much to be said for these hearings being in private, may I ask him whether it would not be desirable, in terms of the promises of greater regional identification and higher artistic and cultural standards made by successful applicants, that these promises...
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Postmaster-General how many local radio stations, and where, have now been authorised and when they are expected to start broadcasting.
Mr Christopher Rowland: While we all wish these stations well, would not my right hon. Friend agree that the difficulty of finding nine local authorities willing to cooperate clearly indicates the insuperable difficulty of finding 70 or 80 local authorities for a subsequent phase of local broadcasting? Would he reconsider in the long term the financing of these stations with a view to the possibility of using...
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Minister of Transport what representations she has received from local authorities and local authority associations on the question of extending concessionary fare facilities for pensioners; and when she expects to complete her review of the subject and make recommendations on it.
Mr Christopher Rowland: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the commitment to make such a statement will be widely welcomed, particularly round great cities like Birmingham, especially as she has been considering the matter now for well over a year? Bearing in mind that on 25th January her hon. Friend the Joint Parliamentary Secretary said that local authorities were not in complete agreement about how to go ahead in...
Mr Christopher Rowland: Does my hon. Friend also recall that the Conservative Administration set aside no funds for repairs to this road and that we are having to pay for them now?
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Prime Minister what consultations he had with the President of Zambia prior to the despatch of Lord Alport to Rhodesia; and what steps he is taking to keep him it formed of the results of the visit.
Mr Christopher Rowland: Can the Prime Minister say why no special consultations and special steps have been taken to keep informed the other Commonwealth country which is most directly concerned with the Rhodesia situation? Can he explain why there now seems to be a real lack of imaginative understanding by the British Government of the strains and problems facing President Kaunda?
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Minister of Power why the electricity industry is required to show a higher return on capital employed than the gas industry; and if he will take steps to reduce it.
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Minister of Power what reassessment he has made of the future levels of coal production in the light of current and possible future interruption of oil supplies from overseas.
Mr Christopher Rowland: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Orpington (Mr. Lubbock), whose researches, I understand, prompted this morning's debate, thereby, incidentally, ensuring such a large turn-out of Irish Nationalists on the benches opposite. I congratulate the Independent Television Authority on the broad balance of decisions which it has recently announced. Before the decisions were announced, it...
Mr Christopher Rowland: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what requests he has now had to intervene in the affairs of Anguilla; and if he will make a statement.