Mr Donald Wade: There are many outside the House as well as inside who are concerned about the future of Parliamentary democracy, and I think they want to know whether the fault lies in the machinery or in those who work the machinery, and it is for that reason that I have asked these questions, because I think they have some bearing on this wider aspect of our Parliamentary system. I do not agree that this...
Mr Donald Wade: I do not recollect the exact words I used, but I think I said that, after consideration of the proposals put forward in this Motion, my colleagues have come to the conclusion that we ought to oppose it.
Mr Donald Wade: I am sorry if I did not make the point clear. What I endeavoured to say was that I did regard this as a matter of urgency, but that, in considering whether it justified the use of the Guillotine procedure, one must consider the period of time that has elapsed since the Government came into office, during which they could have introduced the Measure, and the fact that this Motion is setting a...
Mr Donald Wade: It is a rather dangerous argument to say that a Bill should be placed on the Statute Book within a very short period of time because the Government failed to introduce the Bill— for reasons that we do not know—earlier, knowing that had it been introduced earlier there would be more time available.
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what contribution has been, or is to be, made by Her Majesty's Government towards the cost of repairing the damage caused by earthquake in Cyprus last September.
Mr Donald Wade: Whilst thanking the Minister for that statement, which I hope will be welcomed by all who have the welfare of this island at heart, may I ask what proportion that bears to the total cost which will result from the disaster of last September? Is it correct that the total is not less than £1½ million?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has a statement to make on the economic development of Cyprus.
Mr Donald Wade: Can the right hon. Gentleman say to what extent the tragic disaster to which reference has just been made will result in a delay in the economic development of the island? Is there any truth in the statement made in some quarters that it will put development back for five years?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has a statement to make on the relaxation of the laws affecting the liberty of the subject in Cyprus.
Mr Donald Wade: Will the right hon. Gentleman have a look at the Charter of Human Rights and satisfy himself that he is not in any way encouraging or authorising acts which are contrary to the Charter? May I put a more specific question? Can he give an assurance that recent legislation amending the criminal code and giving very wide powers of seizing and opening letters and other documents entering the...
Mr Donald Wade: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that the entire basis of assessment is fundamentally wrong, and that it is most unfortunate that where a shopkeeper or any other owner of property improves his property the consequence is that the rates go up?
Mr Donald Wade: Can the right hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that, pending the meeting of the Assembly or appropriate committee of the United Nations, he will keep in close touch not only with the President of the United States but also with the Governments of the British Commonwealth, since the deep concern which is felt by the peoples of this country is, I believe, shared by the peoples of the...
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress he has to report on the liberalisation of trade between this country and other members of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation.
Mr Donald Wade: Would the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to make one point clear? Is it correct that the term "liberalisation" is now only applied to quantitative restrictions and not to tariffs? If that is so, can he say to what extent the removal of quantitative restrictions has been offset by the imposition of tariffs?
Mr Donald Wade: asked the President of the Board of Trade what progress has been made by Her Majesty's Government towards reaching agreement with member Governments of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation and with Governments of other European countries on the subject of subsidies to exporters.
Mr Donald Wade: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that, if agreement could be reached with European countries, it would make it easier to reach agreement with countries in a wider range? Can he give any specific information about France as well as Western Germany?
Mr Donald Wade: In giving general support to this Bill, although not to the guillotining of its discussion, I must admit that since the introduction of the Bill I have not met either a landlord or a tenant who has welcomed it. In spite of that somewhat chilly reception, I consider that the Bill should be supported as an attempt at dealing with a complex and almost baffling problem, which is becoming more and...
Mr Donald Wade: Perhaps the expression that I used was not clear. I was referring to a certain Amendment which was rejected and which would have introduced a degree of compulsion on the landlord, which I do not feel able to support. If we were to remove the anomaly as between one landlord and another which arises1 when one landlord cannot get possession whilst another can do so because the tenant dies at an...
Mr Donald Wade: Does the proposed scheme apply solely to building societies, or also to banks and other institutions accustomed to making loans to prospective purchasers of houses?
Mr Donald Wade: Would the Minister make one point clear? Is it correct that the general policy towards the sale of council houses is to encourage owner-occupation?