Mr Luke Teeling: The hon. Gentleman has referred to 1959. He must be aware that, for many years before, we were frequently discussing with the Russian Government the possibility of dealing with the whole of the problem, which included the Czarist bonds and those with which we are here concerned. It was only in 1959 that suddenly the Russians said, "We will deal with these first".
Mr Luke Teeling: Mr. Speaker, I am put in a very embarrassing position, because I am not leaving the House for the next few weeks, and it is always possible that God may give me some ideas and that you, Mr. Speaker, may let me catch your eye again. A little more embarrassing has been the charming way in which my right hon. Friend the Member for Bridlington (Mr. Wood) made some very kind remarks about me,...
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Minister of Transport what are the points which Her Majesty's Government and the French Government are not satisfied about in the plans the three groups put forward for a Channel Tunnel; and why they have not yet been made public.
Mr Luke Teeling: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, as a result of his previous statement in the last few weeks on the plans of the three groups, a lot of people have got the impression that the Government are not satisfied with the answers? Would it not be true to say that the Government want to get extra information?
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he was able to have whilst in Gibraltar during the week of 9th to 13th October with the Gibraltar authorities about the new Constitution for Gibraltar; and when the necessary Orders in Council are to be laid and implemented.
Mr Luke Teeling: Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that all the answers given recently on Gibraltar ignore the position of the Indians in Gibraltar, and will he assure us that they are being allowed to be considered as Gibraltarians in the coming discussions?
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking with regard to French efforts to lay claim to the Seychelles Islands; whether there is French consular representation there; and how many residents are French citizens.
Mr Luke Teeling: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that British subjects who are residents out there are extremely unhappy about the fact that, although the English language is officially taught in the schools, almost everything else is French? Is he further aware that there is now a department in the Quai d'Orsay, the French Foreign Office, which looks after French liaison with Quebec—and we know the results...
Mr Luke Teeling: The Minister keeps on talking about the East Sussex County Council and the Eastbourne Council. There is also the Brighton Council. My town clerk has already today rung up twice to say that quite a lot of oil is drifting already much nearer to Brighton than to Eastbourne and to ask whether the Government will do anything about that and will also bring the Navy in.
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what is the position of Gibraltarians about entering the United Kingdom, in the light of the negotiations held in Gibraltar in July and later developments; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Luke Teeling: Does the Under-Secretary of State realise that there is a feeling in Gibraltar that we are not hurrying very much over the decisions made at that time? Can he assure us that the matter will be quickly dealt with to cover not only these people but everyone else concerned, especially the local Indians?
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the present position concerning United Kingdom claims on the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics over Tsarist debts.
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Minister of Transport if he is yet in a position to state which of the three groups tendering for the construction of the Channel Tunnel has been chosen; and when the tunnel is likely to be started and finished.
Mr Luke Teeling: Although we understand that the Minister had hoped to be able to give a definite answer today, and whilst fully appreciating that the French situation is a tricky one, can we be certain that before the Recess is over the Minister will make a public statement? Will he tell us how he will make it so that we can discuss it in some form?
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the number of Commonwealth countries now having ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, whether he will consider upgrading the Minister to the Holy See to be an ambassador so as to give him an equal rank with Her Majesty's other representatives.
Mr Luke Teeling: Is it true that the number of embassies is about 57, of which eight are from Commonwealth countries, and that other Commonwealth countries are waiting until we give the lead? The only Ministers there are from Monaco, San Marino, Ethiopia and Britain. Can that really mean that we are doing our best to be friendly with the Vatican and help it in what it is trying to do for peace in the world?
Mr Luke Teeling: On a point of order. In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I shall seek leave to raise it on the Adjournment.
Mr Luke Teeling: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will obtain from the Chief Constable a report on the steps which are to be taken to protect hoteliers and guest house keepers from the dangers of letting rooms to students of the University of Sussex who are in the practice of bringing in and leaving proscribed drugs in their rooms.
Mr Luke Teeling: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that at present the agreement with the University of Sussex has terminated and we are now starting a new one? The university is refusing to delete the clause that students should be allowed to bring male and female friends into their rooms in the hotels up to 11 o'clock at night. Does the hon. Gentleman realise—[Interruption.]
Mr Luke Teeling: I would point out that people sometimes take drugs and peddle drugs when they go to their rooms. The hoteliers are nervous about getting caught and being held responsible and the university will not help them. They have been told that the Government may bring in some Act to protect them.