Mr Thomas Torney: As Britain has had such a rough deal from the EEC as regards sugar, textiles and many other commodities, does the Minister agree that we shall get a similar rough deal about the importation of milk? Does he further agree that the time has now come to negotiate our withdrawal from the EEC?
Mr Thomas Torney: In view of what the right hon. Gentleman has said about the rights of the French farmer with regard to the protection of sheepmeat, does he agree that the British sugar industry, and particularly workers in the British sugar beet industry, should have the same right of protection from unfair quotas imposed by the Commission as there is no surplus of sugar in this country? Will he promise to...
Mr Thomas Torney: I wish to take issue with the Minister about his use of the word "hysterical" to describe the motion on the Order Paper in the names of my right hon. and hon. Friends. Is it hysterical to condemn savage increases that will hit ordinary families? Is it hysterical to say that those increases will have a devastating effect on the cost of living? Is it hysterical to draw the Government's...
Mr Thomas Torney: It will be 29 per cent.
Mr Thomas Torney: Quite a lot.
Mr Thomas Torney: It is for those who are not earning much.
Mr Thomas Torney: That is a lot for those on social security.
Mr Thomas Torney: I believe that the Minister has sat through the entire debate. He talks about no profits in the gas industry, but did he not hear the excellent early part of the speech of his hon. Friend the Member for Honiton (Mr. Emery), in which he seemed to elucidate details of the considerable profits that were being made in the gas industry?
Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the Minister's assurance that there will be no sell-out of the British fishing industry, will he bear in mind that 60 per cent. of the Community catch is taken in British waters? Will he therefore ensure that British trawlermen get at least the 45 per cent. of that total catch that they are demanding, and not the 25 per cent. that we understand the French want us to have?
Mr Thomas Torney: Further to the question put by my right hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley (Mr. Mason), is the Leader of the House aware that his right hon. Friend the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food yesterday mentioned no exceptional circumstances? Furthermore, he gave no reassurances to the British fishing industry that it would be guaranteed at least half of the catch. In order that British...
Mr Thomas Torney: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, may I ask for your protection for Back Benchers in this House against a Minister, to wit, the Leader of the House, concerning the pledge that he has broken on fishing—a pledge to Members of this House on an important—
Mr Thomas Torney: I have a point of order.
Mr Thomas Torney: Yes. I want to ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether you can give some protection to Back Bench Members—that is my point of order—in a situation in which Ministers of the Crown can break pledges and ignore this House completely.
Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the statements in the press today that the subsidised surplus of EEC butter is not now to be sent to the Soviet Union, will the right hon. Gentleman now tell us—or find out and inform the House at a later date—whether the British taxpayer will in future be subsidising butter to some other part of the world?
Mr Thomas Torney: In view of the reports from Europe that it is the intention not to export any more surplus French butter to the Soviet Union, will the Minister try to find out, when he meets his counterparts, which country the British taxpayer will be expected to subsidise through the exports of the French butter surplus? Does he not think that it is now time for Britain to act unilaterally, and to refuse to...
Mr Thomas Torney: Is the Minister aware of the serious consequences for the dairy farmer and the dairy industry of the exemptions in the co-responsibility levy? Since Britain does not contribute anything to the surplus of milk in the EEC, will he or his right hon. Friend ensure that, in the view of the hardships that may result from the agreement of these exemptions, the dairy farmer and the British consumer...
Mr Thomas Torney: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many foreign trawlers have been arrested and their captains brought before British courts for infringing British fisheries regulations in 1979, as compared with British trawlers.
Mr Thomas Torney: Will the hon. Gentleman inform me whether the arrest of French fishermen will be regarded as a provocative act by the French Government?
Mr Thomas Torney: Apart from being so shocked at the speech of my right hon. Friend, will the hon. Gentleman also take into account that it was the Tory Government of 1970 who took Britain into the Common Market? Does he not agree that they should have seen the very pitfalls that he is complaining the Opposition did not see when they were in Government? That Tory Government should have seen the pitfalls and...
Mr Thomas Torney: Yes, but we like the hon. Gentleman.