Lady Grant of Monymusk: My hon. Friends and I welcome the Order because it was referred to as being necessary during the passage of the Diplomatic Privileges Act, 1964. We are glad, too, that the Order was made subject to the affirmative procedure, because it concerns matters of considerable interest to all hon. Members. I am glad the Minister said that the Order did not extend privileges, since the House is always...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Naturally, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, I abide by your Ruling, but you will appreciate that I was referring to the fact that under this Order certain Commonwealth citizens with dual citizenship will now be able to enjoy privileges and immunities given to those in foreign missions and thus we shall extend the broad problem of diplomatic immunity to which I referred. Perhaps the Minister may be able...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: On a point of order. Is it not the case that the Minister had risen and was preparing to reply to my hon. Friend?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Is the Minister of State aware that his hon. and learned Friend has shown by his supplementary question that he is quite misinformed and that a great deal of work has gone on in consultation? Indeed, it was my right hon. Friends who initiated the North-East Study Group which the present Government are now continuing.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make a statement on the results of the Civil Defence recruiting campaign to date.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: What does the Minister intend to do about future recruiting campaigns for Civil Defence in order to try to get these figures?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the use of Article 19 of the United Nations Charter, which deprives member States of their vote if they are over two years in arrears with their financial contributions to the Organisation.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will the hon. Gentleman say what kind of proposals for a compromise he is considering, since he has stated acceptance of the principle of the International Court's judgment so clearly? Will he also state the Government's attitude to the 59-nation Afro-Asian group's suggestion for shelving the matter indefinitely in order that the General Assembly may both vote and work?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: We are indebted to my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Tilney), who has given us a chance to debate United Nations reform. I think that the whole House would wish me in particular to say how much we enjoyed the maiden speech of my hon. Friend the Member for the Test Division of Southampton (Sir J. Fletcher-Cooke). I am sure that his brother, who already sits in this House,...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will not the Minister agree that that was a very balanced speech? It surely is not right that this country, above all, should uncritically accept everything the United Nations does? Criticism can be friendly. That was exactly what it was, and it was constructive, too.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress is being made with a minimum price scheme for fish.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: While we all hope that this scheme will come about and bring greater stability to the fishing industry, can the hon. Gentleman say, on the negotiations so far achieved, whether, so far as the consumer is concerned, the prices of fish on average will go up or be lower?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will the Parliamentary Secretary make representations to the White Fish Authority that there is concern among many consumers as to whether the scheme will in fact mean higher prices for fish, and that it is most important to safeguard against this, as the Government have done so much already to increase the cost of living?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received the Milne Report on the typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen; whether he intends to publish it; and if he will make a statement.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will this come before the House rises for Christmas so that the House will have an opportunity to consider it?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: The purpose of this Adjournment debate is to call attention to a three weeks' unofficial strike by welders at Hall Russell's shipyard, Aberdeen, of which I wrote in detail to the Minister of Labour. At one time, it involved 400 men. It took three weeks and, above all, it involved the livelihoods and right to work of two loyal trade union members. Since entering the list for this Adjournment...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: As I said at the start, the purpose of this debate was to raise issues which were serious in themselves. They were a fact and happened, and it was important that this House should consider them and the Minister should have an opportunity to give his considered views on what can be done in future to ensure that these disputes can be settled in time. The management told me that a decision to...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. Is it in order for the hon. and learned Gentleman to restrict the time of the Parliamentary Secretary, who is to reply for the Government on a very important issue?.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Perhaps the hon. and learned Member will give way for a moment. I am sure—
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will the hon. and learned Member give way?