Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my right hon. Friend aware that recently the word "territories" in Uniled Nations Resolution No. 242 has suffered a metamorphosis to "all territories"? Will my right hon. Friend repudiate that change to the best of his ability?
Mr Raphael Tuck: asked the Minister of Overseas Development when she intends to introduce any additional measures for overseas development and planning following the Commonwealth Conference in June.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of us were greatly distressed, as I am sure she was, at the cut of £50 million last November in the United Kingdom aid programme? Can she tell the House when it is likely to be restored to its previous level?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Will the Prime Minister consider taking time off from his public engagements today to broadcast to the nation? Following last week's debate on the Price Commission, it is quite clear that a prices free-for-all is the cornerstone of Tory policy.
Mr Raphael Tuck: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment which part of his Department is responsible for assistance to the construction industry; and what are his plans for further help to the industry.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my right hon. Friend aware that since 1974 cuts in public expenditure on construction have reached the enormous figure of about £2,000 million while Government help to the construction industry has been only one-tenth of that figure—a very small amount indeed? Does my right hon. Friend not realise the parlous state of the construction industry?
Mr Raphael Tuck: With your permission, Mr. Deputy Speaker, and that of the House, I wish to present a petition which is headed "The National Mobility Petition", which is signed by more than 1,000 residents of my constituency, Watford, where, as hon. Members may know, there is an area populated solely by disabled people. The petition is as follows: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great...
Mr Raphael Tuck: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and note the reluctant, grudging approval by the Opposition for what he has done. Will he instruct the Opposition on the outcome of the operation of a free-for-all in this area, which they seem to advocate so actively?
Mr Raphael Tuck: What plans has my right hon. Friend for pressing the EEC leaders to make vital changes in the CAP, which so far has been a disaster for this country, as President de Gaulle forecast it would be?
Mr Raphael Tuck: What hope can we give to the pig industry when it has been paralysed by an interim injunction from a court before the result of the case is known? The result might be the other way round and we might come out on top. What hope has the pig industry in that situation?
Mr Raphael Tuck: My hon. Friend referred yesterday to butter ships. Is there any chance of having these butter ships operating off this country to the advantage of our consumers?
Mr Raphael Tuck: I am very interested in what the Foreign Secretary is saying. Recently I wrote to the Soviet ambassador making what I would call "soft" representations about the treatment of certain Jews and families of Jews in the Soviet Union. I said that I was sure the Soviet Union did not wish to be misunderstood by the world for the way in which it is treating these citizens. I received a reply from the...
Mr Raphael Tuck: Can my hon. Friend or anyone else explain to me how it is that the Conservative Party, while advocating and pressing for enormous cuts in expenditure, gets very annoyed when we make any cuts in expenditure?
Mr Raphael Tuck: It is a blue herring.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Will my hon. Friend resist any siren voices of persuasion to the contrary and appreciate the urgent need for this road to be built, because of the misery being caused to the people of Watford? Will he bear in mind that my request has nothing to do with my being the Member of Parliament for the area but refers exclusively to the discomfort suffered by these people because of the traffic conditions?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Can my right hon. Friend say whether the introduction of tachographs, and if I were persuaded that accidents? Will he consider their introduction, despite the opposition from certain quarters?
Mr Raphael Tuck: The Conservatives say that you want to cut it.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Will my hon. Friend give an indication of what the general level of unemployment would be if the Government had imposed the massive cuts in public expenditure that Conservatives have been advocating?
Mr Raphael Tuck: I have always been sceptical about the trike. Its accident rate on the roads is bad, it is not a safe vehicle, and Lady Sharp recommended in her report that the trikes should be replaced by adapted cars. I agree, but Lady Sharp wanted to throw more than 13,000 disabled drivers out of the scheme. I call that rather heartless. The Minister with responsibility for the disabled did not agree and...
Mr Raphael Tuck: asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give an assurance that the statutory processes which will precede the construction of that part of the M25—the North Orbital extension—from Micklefield Green to South Mimms will be instituted at an early date, and that that section of the M25 will be timed for construction at the same time as or earlier than the Egham-Maple Cross section.