Mr Raphael Tuck: My right hon. Friend has not yet said what we are going to do about the butter mountain which is now rearing its ugly head as a result of intervention buying.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Will my right hon. Friend set aside a short period in the near future in which the House can discuss ways of preventing the illegal importation of animals from abroad to guard against the horrific and terrifying disease of rabies?
Mr Raphael Tuck: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Would you be kind enough to tell me who is the Chairman of the House of Commons (Services) Committee? In the cafeteria downstairs I was today charged no less than 25p for one whole baked apple, which is disgraceful.
Mr Raphael Tuck: Can we look forward hopefully to a day in our lifetime when transport will be treated as a social service and not merely a money-making enterprise which is given a grant and must balance its books, or shall we be safely tucked up by the time that occurs?
Mr Raphael Tuck: I think I heard the Minister say, above the hubbub in the House, that the Minister of Agriculture would take steps to preserve the interests of the British consumer with regard to beef and butter. What are the steps that he will take?
Mr Raphael Tuck: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Even if the Bill were hybrid from its inception, is it not right that the House of Commons has many times retrospectively validated something that was previously invalid—for example, the Wireless Telegraphy (Validation of Charges) Act 1954?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Does not my right hon. Friend feel that offences might be much more effectively prevented if they were made subject to much more severe penalties—say, a fine of £1,000 or a minimum of five years' imprisonment?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Is my right hon. Friend aware that his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment will be taking 12 days to meet the National Water Council and regional authorities? Why wait 12 days? Is my right hon. Friend further aware that the Meteorological Office has said that even if we have monsoon weather we shall not have sufficient rainfall this summer? As people do not use their...
Mr Raphael Tuck: Has my right hon. Friend read the various letters in The Times recently by prominent members of the European Movement who maintain that the European Parliament should have the power not only to influence the decisions of the Council of Ministers but to reject them if necessary? If that is not the complete abrogation of national sovereignty and is not federalism rearing its ugly head, I should...
Mr Raphael Tuck: Can my right hon. Friend answer a question which I have asked on a number of occasions but to which I have never received a satisfactory reply? In the event of direct elections to the Community, what are the issues upon which such an election might be fought in this country?
Mr Raphael Tuck: Does my right hon. Friend believe that the abolition of pay beds in NHS hospitals will abolish queue-jumping? There is queue-jumping in NHS hospitals today by local dignitaries, hospital staff, prominent members of society and perhaps MPs. [Interruption.] I should be grateful if I could put the question in my own way. Will queue-jumping be cured by the abolition of pay beds in NHS hospitals?
Mr Raphael Tuck: rose—
Mr Raphael Tuck: I should be less than honest if I did not voice my grave concern about the probable effects of phasing out pay beds, which is what the Government seek to do. I know that my views will not be echoed by many of my right hon. and hon. Friends, although some have told me privately that they agree with me. [HON. MEMBERS:" "Name them"] I cannot name them, because they told me privately. How-ever, I...
Mr Raphael Tuck: I do not agree. I know of one surgeon in Watford who tells me that when he has seen all his private patients and before going home he goes back to the NHS patients to see whether they are all right. He cares for the two typs of patients side by side. I will come to another example in my own case later. If we reverse the process and do not allow doctors to have their private practice at the...
Mr Raphael Tuck: If my hon. Friend wants private practice phased out altogether, I can understand his argument, but Nye Bevan said that the two would run side by side. If the two are to run side by side, why should not the surgeon, instead of going to a private hospital 10 miles away, where he is unavailable, be available at the NHS hospital?
Mr Raphael Tuck: That is dierent, then.
Mr Raphael Tuck: I was a university teacher and I changed universities at will.
Mr Raphael Tuck: We have heard a lot about possible retaliation which might take place if we impose import controls. Since heavy restrictions have been placed on British goods entering Japan, what pos sible retaliation could we expect from Japan if we imposed import controls on Japanese cars? While my right hon. Friend is about it, will he try to persuade Members of Parliament in this country to buy British cars?
Mr Raphael Tuck: I hope that the hon. Member for Arundel (Mr. Marshall), who is my Member of Parliament, will excuse me if I do not follow his remarks. I should like to follow first my hon. Friend the Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell), who congratulated the Chancellor on a courageous Budget. I echo that congratulation. I feel that it was courageous, in that it brought out a new point. At one end of the...
Mr Raphael Tuck: I hope that my suggestion will be considered. I thank the Chancellor for his 60p concession to widows, but I do not think that it is enough. I do not think that a widow's pension—or perhaps any pension—should be taxable. The widow is receiving the pension that her husband would have received. Her husband paid his contribution week after week, or month after month, towards that pension....