Mr Peter Trew: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the amount of the excise duty on hydrocarbon oils which is borne ultimately by the paper and board industry;
Mr Peter Trew: I am grateful for that information. While I appreciate that both these industries enjoy the benefit of a generous rebate on heavy oils, will my hon. Friend have regard to their plight and the fact that their foreign competitors enjoy the benefit of lower fuel costs, and consider rebating in full the duty on these oils?
Mr Peter Trew: Would my right hon. Friend agree that if housing associations are to make a substantial contribution to relieving homelessness in great conurbations, there may be a case for local authorities making land available to them at something below the cost of acquisition and demolition? Has my right hon. Friend made a study of how that might be done, and, if so, has he come to any conclusions?
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what reports he has had of nuisance from traffic noise on the newly-opened Dartford diversion; and what action he proposes.
Mr Peter Trew: While the new road is generally welcomed for the contribution that it will make to reducing accidents and road congestion, it is causing disturbance and distress to residents of Wilmington along a comparatively short stretch. As the wholly exceptional traffic noise is said to be due largely to the nature of the concrete surface, will the Minister give directions for the length to be...
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will ensure that the White Paper on the terms for entry into the European Economic Community refers specifically to the degree of Great Britain's commitment to initiatives for closer co-operation which go beyond the scope of the Treaty of Rome.
Mr Peter Trew: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that there are initiatives under way in Europe in respect of economic, monetary and political union which could have no less profound an effect on the future of this country than the Treaty of Rome itself? Will he ensure that these matters, particularly the question of our commitments to them, are dealt with as clearly and as specifically as possible in...
Mr Peter Trew: The hon. Member for Salford, East (Mr. Frank Allaun) expressed fears about how the new rent system may work out in practice. So did his right hon. Friend the Member for Grimsby (Mr. Crosland). Though it is quite right that they should express their fears, and though I know that the hon. Member has thought very deeply about these problems, I do not believe that either he or his right hon....
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the provisions of the Treaty of Rome relating to Government subsidies on the cost of fuel to horticulturists.
Mr Peter Trew: Is the Minister aware that there is a widespread belief in the glasshouse industry that its competitors, notably the Dutch, enjoy the benefits of lower fuel costs, due partly to hidden Government subsidy? Will my hon. Friend investigate this? Will he ensure if we join the E.E.C. that our growers are not placed in a less favourable position in regard to fuel costs than their European competitors?
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will now permit some provision in fixed-price building contracts to compensate contractors for unforeseeable and disproportionate increases in the costs of key materials.
Mr Peter Trew: Would my right hon. Friend consider that if he were to relieve builders of the more extreme risks of firm price tendering in the limited way which I suggest he would almost certainly get keener tender prices and save the Exchequer money?
Mr Peter Trew: Is my hon. Friend aware of the fears in the industry that Sweden and Finland are seeking a form of association with the E.E.C. which would give them the benefits of membership without any of the obligations? Have Her Majesty's Government made an representations on this matter?
Mr Peter Trew: It is a pleasure to be able to follow the hon. Member for Kensington, North (Mr. Douglas-Mann). We share an interest in housing, although we take widely different views, and we have together been studying housing in Germany. I hope that he will forgive me if I do not follow him in his interesting and original argument about the disadvantages of joining Europe. I have never doubted that,...
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the average annual rate of increase of personal saving at constant prices per head of population between October, 1964, and June, 1970, and from June, 1970, to the latest available date.
Mr Peter Trew: Would my hon. Friend not agree that this dramatic improvement is due both to Government cuts in taxation and to the feeling of confidence in the future under a Conservative Government?
Mr Peter Trew: Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that the vast bulk of German housing is done not by the local authorities but by the voluntary housing movement? Could we not take a lesson from that?
Mr Peter Trew: I must begin by declaring an interest in the building industry. I have listened with great interest to the hon. Member for Islington, South-West (Mr. George Cunningham). I hope that he will forgive me if, in view of the time, I do not follow up his remarks. At this time in our history there must be two over-riding aims in British housing policy. The first, which can be accomplished sooner,...
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the number of vacancies in nurses' hostels for which his Department is responsible.
Mr Peter Trew: While I appreciate the difficulty of ascertaining the precise figures, will my hon. Friend consider the possibility of letting any vacant places to students with a view both to improving hostel finances and to easing the student housing problem?