Mr Raphael Tuck: May I press my right hon. Friend on the question asked by the hon. Member for Essex, South-East (Sir B. Braine)? Last week I was informed by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Overseas Development that the matter of the Banabans and Ocean Island was not for the Attorney-General but for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Who will take responsibility for it?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Was anything said at the meeting about the statement in the first speech of Mr. Roy Jenkins as President of the Commission that Our means are economic, our end is political"? In view of the fact that the British Government have time and again stated that they are opposed to federal union in Europe, will the Foreign Secretary tell us what he has to say about that tendentious statement by Mr....
Mr Raphael Tuck: Precisely.
Mr Raphael Tuck: In view of Mr. Justice Megarry's recent remark in the Chancery Court about our moral obligation to the former inhabitants of Ocean Island, does the Minister propose to grant aid for them? If not, why not?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my right hon. Friend aware that in Malta Mr. Mintoff has instituted a system whereby every resident is allowed a certain quantity of basic commodities, such as sugar, at rock-bottom prices and that above that quantity he is charged a very much increased price? This has kept prices generally down. Will my right hon. Friend consider that system for this country?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Will my hon. Friend say whether the extreme dangers of rabies have been emphasised? He may not realise that when thinking of bringing their dogs here many people abroad may say to themselves "My little Fido could not get rabies", without knowing that the dog might have taken a bone that had been left by a dog with rabies. Can a massive programme of warning be undertaken?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Has my right hon. Friend seen Early-Day Motion No. 563 entitled "Cars for the Disabled" in my name and the names of 70 of my hon. Friends and one Liberal Member? Is he aware of the grave concern of the disabled about these matters and can he give us any hope that in the not-too-distant future we can have a debate?
Mr Raphael Tuck: What is the Government's attitude to the fact that thousands of tons of home-produced food are being held back from the market in this country under EEC regulations, including beef, and that beef is being accumulated faster than it is being sold?
Mr Raphael Tuck: I heard my right hon. Friend mention playing fields, golf courses, and so on. I do not think that he mentioned bowling greens. Are they to be included?
Mr Raphael Tuck: I warmly welcome the Bill, and although there are very few occasions when I agree wholeheartedly with the right hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Page) I agreed with most of what he said in his speech. I feel that this should have been done a long time ago. It is apparently a characteristic of our nation that we seem to wait too long before we close the stable door. We have to have an emergency...
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my hon. Friend aware that it is reported that the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Mr. St. John-Stevas) has stated that if the decision over Tameside were reversed by legislation it would probably be challenged in the courts? Does that not call into question the authority of Parliament?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Will my right hon. Friend make it a resolution for today to inform the country that, as the CBI treacherously stabbed him in the back after he extended the hand of friendship it is more important than ever vigorously to pursue industrial investment through organisations like the NEB?
Mr Raphael Tuck: What is the Court of Appeal for?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my right hon. Friend aware that more than 80,000 tons of home-produced food is now being withheld from the open market under EEC rules, including 30,000 tons of butter, that the British beef mountain reached 14,000 tons by the end of June, and that stored beef is accumulating faster than it is being sold? [An HON. MEMBER: "Reading."] I am not reading. Stored beef is accumulating faster...
Mr Raphael Tuck: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It was relevant to Question No. 46.
Mr Raphael Tuck: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House, under Standing Order No. 9, for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, the report today that British Rail has foreshadowed a reduction in railway passenger routes by 2,500 miles, a reduction of manpower from 190,000 to 150,000, and a further doubling of commuter fares in...
Mr Raphael Tuck: asked the Secretary of State for Employment what expansion in the Training Opportunities Scheme is planned over the next 12 months.
Mr Raphael Tuck: asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will give a general direction to the British Gas Corporation to send quarterly bills to all consumers without prepayment meters.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my hon. Friend aware that in certain cases the Gas Corporation waits 11 months before sending out accounts? Recently, after 11 months, I received an account for £112. I shall find it very difficult to pay this. [Interruption.] Yes, I shall. This applies to many people who are in a less fortunate position than myself. Can my hon. Friend ensure that in future accounts are sent quarterly or...
Mr Raphael Tuck: Yes, please.