Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what surveys he has carried out on the decline of traditional industries in North-West Kent.
Mr Peter Trew: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. Is he aware of local fears that unless new industry is allowed into the area, North-West Kent could increasingly become a dormitory area surrounded by derelict land? Will he give this matter his urgent consideration?
Mr Peter Trew: Does not my hon. Friend agree that when considering tax relief on large mortgages it is worth bearing in mind that many properties bought on such mortgages will eventually attract estate duty, when the revenue forgone by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in income tax relief will be clawed back in estate duty?
Mr Peter Trew: I have listened with great interest to the right hon. Members for Newton (Mr. Lee), who gave us examples from his wide experi- ence of industrial relations which had worked well with the willing consent of both sides. To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing in the Industrial Relations Act or in this Code of Practice which should prevent such good arrangements in future. But, as well as...
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will make a statement on the progress of his review of company law.
Mr Peter Trew: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the high regard in which British company law is held in Europe? Will he do his best to ensure that it forms the basis of any company law in the E.E.C.?
Mr Peter Trew: I welcome this opportunity of raising on the Adjournment the question of unemployment in the construction industry. I must begin by declaring an interest in construction. The situation in the industry presents a strange contradiction. On the one hand, a very large number of construction workers are registered as unemployed; on the other hand, builders all over the country are experiencing...
Mr Peter Trew: I listened with great interest to the hon. Member for Putney (Mr. Hugh Jenkins). Although I cannot aspire to his wide knowledge of the theatrical world I shall be speaking about value-added tax. I do not want to comment on the persuasive argument put forward by the hon. Gentleman except to say that, as he acknowledged, to allow one special case is to open the door for many others. The more...
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about cement dust fall-out on Thamesside; and what action his Department is taking as a result.
Mr Peter Trew: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer. In view of the Second Report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution which disputes the need for confidentiality, will he give special consideration to giving local authorities a statutory right to information about the amount of emission from individual chimneys?
Mr Peter Trew: I agree entirely with the hon. Member for Gloucestershire, West (Mr. Loughlin)when he says that we want to create conditions in which more people can buy their homes, but I disagree with his methods. To introduce more controls would defeat his very object. To my mind what we want to do is restore a normal market and bring supply and demand back into equilibrium. At this moment it is no secret...
Mr Peter Trew: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consultations have been arranged with industrial training boards on the proposals contained in the booklet, "Training for the Future ".
Mr Peter Trew: Can the Minister say what assurances he has been able to give the staffs of the training boards?
Mr Peter Trew: Does my hon. Friend agree that fair rents are estimated in effect to be a 20 per cent. discount on market value?
Mr Peter Trew: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the cost to the owner-occupier of maintaining, repairing and insuring his house increases yearly, whereas the council tenant has no responsibility for these elements? [An HON. MEMBER: "He has."] If an owner-occupier falls ill or loses his job, he has no recourse to a rebate as the council tenant has.
Mr Peter Trew: Mr. Trew indicated dissent.
Mr Peter Trew: If the hon. Gentleman looks at Schedule 4, Group 7, he will see that zero-rating relates to items of builder's hardware… of a kind ordinarily installed by builders as fixtures". Fitted carpets are not ordinarily installed by builders as fixtures.
Mr Peter Trew: Any Amendment proposed by the party opposite which has the effect of reducing taxation is one which we ought to welcome—and examine. The hon. Member for Birmingham, All Saints (Mr. Brian Walden) gave an innocuous reason for introducing the Amendment. He said that it was to reduce the freedom of action of the Government to increase the rate of VAT in the future. In effect, the hon....
Mr Peter Trew: But the Amendment reduces the band within which my right hon. Friend can act in a way equivalent to reducing revenue by £360 million. However, the hon. Gentleman gave a clue about the way in which he would like to see the additional revenue made up. He disapproved of the fact that we on this side wanted to shift the burden of taxation from earning to spending. In that, of course, he...
Mr Peter Trew: In the Budget debate the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition committed his party to an all-out attack on value added tax. The empty benches opposite are an eloquent testimony to the extent to which that attack has failed to materialise.