Mr Victor Yates: Since the House does not appear to have much control over the activities of the broadcasting organisations, would my right hon. Friend try to arrange for more frequent reports on the subject to be presented to Parliament so that hon. Members may thoroughly examine the activities of these organisations?
Mr Victor Yates: Has my right hon. Friend seen the Motion standing in my name and in the names of 49 other hon. Members about the dispute between the clerical workers and the British Steel Corporation? [That this House is profoundly shocked at the continuing dispute between the British Steel Corporation and the members of their clerical, administrative and technical staffs following the refusal of the...
Mr Victor Yates: asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she is aware that the dispute between the Clerical and Administrative Workers Union and the British Steel Corporation has been extended, and that a large number of clerks in Scotland are on strike, many of whom have been locked out by Stewart and Lloyds, Glasgow, and that a number have been suspended by the same firm in...
Mr Victor Yates: It would be for the convenience of the House to consider also Amendment No. 28, in page 55, line 36, leave out '33⅓ per cent.' and insert '25 per cent.'.
Mr Victor Yates: It is not a question of a broad-based tax or a single tax. We are discussing an Amendment and I should be glad if the hon. Member would address his remarks to the Amendment.
Mr Victor Yates: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he will now provide time for a discussion of Motion 298 standing in my name and that of 151 hon. Members on both sides of the House, representing all parties? Last week, the Minister, in replying to me, said that the question of the selection of speakers was a matter for the Chair. May I, with respect, and open to correction if necessary by you, Mr....
Mr Victor Yates: I am asking whether the Leader of the House will now realise the importance of debating the democratic right of hon. Members to debate unimpeded by this out-moded procedure.
Mr Victor Yates: asked the Minister of Power whether in Human Rights Year he will issue a directive in the public interest to the British Steel Corporation to recognise the right of its staff members to join a union of their choice and for that union to be recognised for negotiating purposes.
Mr Victor Yates: Was it visualised by the Government when they nationalised the steel industry that the nationalised board should lay down an unjust regulation of this kind and refuse the right to members to join the union of their choice? Why should my right hon. Friend not ask the Board, in accordance with the wishes of those who believe in nationalisation, to allow them to join the union of their choice?
Mr Victor Yates: asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether her Department has been notified of the threatened stoppage of work by staff employed by the British Steel Corporation over the question of union recognition; and what action she intends to take to resolve the dispute.
Mr Victor Yates: I appreciate the prompt action taken by the Minister, but will my hon. Friend point out to his right hon. Friend that there is deep resentment felt by clerical staff, who have always been recognised by firms in the past, that such recognition is declined by the nationalised steel industry? There is great resentment. Will every effort be made to resolve what could be an ugly dispute?
Mr Victor Yates: Has my right hon. Friend seen Motion 298, which stands in my name and in the names of a number of my hon. Friends? [That this House is of opinion that the practice of giving precedence to Privy Counsellors and former Ministers in debate should be ended and that back benchers should have equal opportunity.] Is he aware that, owing to the intervention of Privy Councillors, not one hon. Member...
Mr Victor Yates: Order. I do not think that the hon. Member is confining himself strictly to the Clause. What he is now saying is outside it.
Mr Victor Yates: Order. I am listening carefully to the noble lord. He is referring to matters which are outside the ambit of the Clause. I must ask him to confine his remarks to the Clause. Either he is for it or he is against it.
Mr Victor Yates: The hon. Gentleman is going wide of the Clause. Will he please confine himself to the Clause?
Mr Victor Yates: The hon. Member cannot discuss the whole policy outside this Clause. Will he please confine his remarks to the Clause?
Mr Victor Yates: Is my right hon. Friend aware that although priorities have been offered to the city of Birmingham, the council has not applied for any additional building in recent times? Does not that attitude smack of humbug and hypocrisy?
Mr Victor Yates: asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the need of Mr. D. A. Goldie of Birmingham for a power splint similar to those being supplied to the British Polio Fellowship to remedy the condition caused by a broken shoulder and paralysed arm; and how long this man will have to wait before he is able to obtain such an aid through the National Health Service.
Mr Victor Yates: Does not my hon. Friend realise that I submitted this case to him nine months ago and that this man suffered very considerable pain? Does he not think it reasonable to expect that this man should be given this splint without further delay in order to relieve the pain?
Mr Victor Yates: Is the Minister prepared to receive a deputation of hon. Members from both sides of the House—which I have already asked him to do—so that we can put this matter clearly to him, because there is strong feeling about it?