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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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?
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 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: 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 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: 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?