Mr Donald Wade: Will not the right hon. Gentleman agree that even if it were not practicable to provide an international police force along the whole boundary between Israel and the adjoining Arab States, it might help to reduce the chances of conflict if there were an international police force—and not merely observers—between Israel and Egypt until such time as an amicable settlement is reached?
Mr Donald Wade: Will the Minister give this matter his urgent attention? Even in daylight it is often difficult for a driver to see whether a pedestrian is about to cross the road. In bad light it is particularly difficult to see whether a pedestrian is crossing or about to cross at a pedestrian crossing.
Mr Donald Wade: I support the Amendment, and I hope that the Minister will reconsider the views which have been expressed by the Parliamentary Secretary and will give due weight to the views which have been expressed by all the other hon. and right hon. Members who have taken part in the debate so far. Once one accepts the view that the Bill is necessary owing to economic circumstances, it is clear that one...
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any statement to make on the progress of the tariff negotiations at Geneva between participating Governments in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Mr Donald Wade: Can the Minister give us an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will not introduce any new or increased tariffs or other import restrictions which might not only wreck the Geneva Conference but have serious repercussions in countries to which we export, and so adversely affect our export trade?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade what attitude was adopted by Her Majesty's Government towards the limitation of the tariff negotations at Geneva, whereby such negotiations may be conducted only on a selective product-by-product basis, and for what reasons.
Mr Donald Wade: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the bilateral approach does not seem to offer very much hope for substantial reductions? Will he press for further negotiations with a view to all-round reductions in tariffs?
Mr Donald Wade: Will the right hon. Gentleman keep in mind the interests of the consumer while these negotiations are in progress? May we have an assurance that supplies of Danish bacon will not be limited merely on the ground that bacon can be produced more economically in Denmark?
Mr Donald Wade: Does the Minister not agree that the attitude of mind implied in the Question is very insular, and that there is little hope of maintaining permanent world peace unless and until there is created some form of international police force?
Mr Donald Wade: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that disputes such as that at Cammell Laird's have serious economic consequences, and are therefore matters of general public concern? Has he considered the possibility of setting up special conciliation machinery to deal with this specific type of dispute?
Mr Donald Wade: Does the Minister regard this substantial increase in outstanding Treasury Bills as a cause or a symptom of the present inflationary condition?
Mr Donald Wade: Arising out of that reply, is the right hon. Gentleman giving any consideration to the unfortunate plight of trustees, who are limited to gilt-edged securities such as this and who, during the last 10 years, have found so-called trustee investments to be some of the riskiest in the whole field of investment?
Mr Donald Wade: Can the Parliamentary Secretary give an assurance that the inquiry into level tendering will not be allowed to lapse, in view of the importance of that subject and the value of the illuminating information which may be forthcoming as a result of the inquiry which is now in progress?
Mr Donald Wade: I agree with much that has been said by the hon. Member for Somerset, North (Mr. Leather), and I was very interested in his remarks about Canada, but I am rather surprised, in view of what he said, that he should be entirely satisfied with this Bill. In my opinion, the Bill is likely to be ineffective, unless it is amended in Committee, and I hope that the Minister in charge of it will not...
Mr Donald Wade: We should therefore seek to persuade the House to accept major Amendments in Committee. Whether we can conscientiously vote for the Bill on Third Reading will depend on the alterations made between now and Third Reading. We may have hard words to say about industrialists who draw up these agreements, some of which are undoubtedly restrictive, some of which hamper new enterprises and some of...
Mr Donald Wade: Arising from an earlier reply made by the right hon. Gentleman, may I ask whether he has considered the effect of the introduction of a new index on wages which are based on the cost-of-living index? Could he say what will be the immediate effect on wages when the change-over takes place?
Mr Donald Wade: Is the Minister aware that county boroughs such as Huddersfield, which previously received nothing from the Exchequer equalisation fund and which now receive a grant, nevertheless acknowledge that there is need to revise the formula? Is he aware that there is widespread agreement that industrial de-rating is quite illogical?
Mr Donald Wade: I am glad that the President of the Board of Trade has expressed the view that this is a dangerous Amendment. It may not be so intended by the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Chertsey (Sir L. Heald), but it raises serious and important issues. One of the reasons for the uneasiness expressed earlier this evening on the question of accountability arises from uncertainty about...
Mr Donald Wade: I am obliged, Sir Rhys; I am coming now to the point, and I was just using the expression which is used in the Amendment, "the presentation of any proceedings". It is surely most important that the Registrar should have the task of preparing the brief and presenting the case. I need not labour the matter further, because the President of the Board of Trade has already expressed his view. I am...
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now make a statement on steps that are being taken to ascertain the household expenditure of pensioners as distinct from the comprehensive household expenditure upon which the proposals for the new Index of Retail Prices are based.