Dr Alan Glyn: I shall finish, if I may. The death penalty would decrease violence in Northern Ireland.
Dr Alan Glyn: That argument will go on for ever. In my view, capital punishment is a deterrent, and would be in Northern Ireland. I suggest that public opinion is behind us and that if there were ever a referendum in this country, the death penalty would be reintroduced.
Dr Alan Glyn: I shall be as brief as I can, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I wish to address two points to the hon. Member for Pontefract and Castleford (Mr. Lofthouse). First, the family silver has been sold to the people and has given them, as shareholders, a stake in the country. Secondly, I congratulate him on the way in which he has represented his constituency. The Government must tackle the north-south...
Dr Alan Glyn: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the most substantial points is on-site verification, and that we cannot rely on satellite?
Dr Alan Glyn: My right hon. Friend will be aware of remaining order No. 3 relating to short speeches. When may we expect a debate and decision on this matter?
Dr Alan Glyn: How can we get British ships flying foreign flags back into commission if there is a crisis?
Dr Alan Glyn: In the initial investigations have the MOD police got the same powers as a police constable investigating a similar offence?
Dr Alan Glyn: Will my right hon. Friend give priority to the introduction of the resolution on short speeches from Back Benchers because that would be a great benefit? Will he do that at an early opportunity so that it can be quickly promulgated, with or without the amendment?
Dr Alan Glyn: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Dr Alan Glyn: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wallsend (Mr. Garrett) on his remarks about the unemployed and the Territorial Army. There are difficulties, but I am certain that they can be easily surmounted. I also agree with the hon. Gentleman that the public is concerned about defence. Although that may not figure as the major issue, it will certainly he an important feature in the next election. I...
Dr Alan Glyn: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that explanation otherwise I might have thought that he was leaving for other reasons. In common with my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Colchester, North (Sir A. Buck) and the hon. Member for Woolwich (Mr. Cartwright), I have a vested interest as I represent the garrison constituency of Windsor and Maidenhead, and have similar problems. I want...
Dr Alan Glyn: rose—
Dr Alan Glyn: The Minister made it perfectly clear that the money that has been spent was on the modernisation of conventional forces and there is no sign of a reduction.
Dr Alan Glyn: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that perhaps the needs of the United States and ourselves may not be the same, and it is essential that we keep the Trident programme, which protects us, but not so much the Americans?
Dr Alan Glyn: I shall be brief, as was the leader of the Liberal party, the right hon. Member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Mr. Steel). As the first Back Bencher to contribute to the debate following the Leader of the Opposition, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and the leader of the Liberal party, I wish to pay homage to the mover and seconder of the motion, my right hon. and learned...
Dr Alan Glyn: In view of the importance of disarmament and defence, will my right hon. Friend consider having a debate on the subject so that all parties can state their views in this House before we rise?
Dr Alan Glyn: Will my hon. Friend include the actions of Hells Angels, who have been of considerable inconvenience in Windsor, as he knows, and of whom Mrs. McSorley is the victim?
Dr Alan Glyn: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what further proposals he has to encourage recruitment to the Army YTS by visits to schools; and what were the most recent figures of recruitment in the previous year.
Dr Alan Glyn: Can my right hon. Friend say whether visits to schools are being increased? Does he agree that such visits are of great value?
Dr Alan Glyn: I shall confine my remarks to dealing with the skilful exposition by my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Sir P. Goodhart). He has presented us with a unique opportunity for discussing the forces. I have the greatest respect for my hon. Friend, but whatever he may say I take the view that our reserve forces are insufficient to meet the needs they may be required to satisfy in an...