Mr Albert Murray: I should like to claim the traditional indulgence of the House on the occasion of this my maiden speech. I represent the constituency of Gravesend, a widespread area which contains two major towns, Northfleet and Gravesend. Because it is also a widespread rural area I am making my maiden speech on this occasion. I regret that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport has not seen fit to...
Mr Albert Murray: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what progress is being made in the provision of specially prepared sites for those gypsies and other travellers temporarily accommodated on the site at Lodge Lane, Cobham, Kent.
Mr Albert Murray: Is my right hon. Friend aware that water is not being supplied every day by Strood Rural District Council and that the council is providing water for 12 caravans when there are nearer 40? Is he further aware that disturbances are breaking out about the supply of this water? In the circumstances, will he call an emergency conference of all the authorities concerned so as to be able to do...
Mr Albert Murray: My hon. Friend the Joint Under-Secretary of State will get lots of advice today and, as a Football League referee, he is quite used to advice in much larger volume. I notice that he is wearing spectacles today. Obviously, he has taken the advice of many of the football supporters who have watched him.
Mr Albert Murray: Having seen my hon. Friend in action on the football field, I do not think that it is sound advice. Obviously, the Government do not want to control the sporting and outdoor activities of our youth, but they must set certain patterns. They must encourage local authorities, and I hope that we shall make great strides in this direction. It is a great pity that, as certain sports become...
Mr Albert Murray: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there will be considerable concern among the staffs of residential establishments and specialist establishments in London in view of his Answer? Is he also aware that there will be concern at his statement about the 1970 review?
Mr Albert Murray: asked the Prime Minister what consideration has been given or will be given to entering into long-term contracts and commodity agreements with a view to guaranteed markets for Commonwealth primary produce at stable prices.
Mr Albert Murray: In view of the undoubted success of this system during the last Labour Government and its undoubted value not only to the Commonwealth but to the British housewife, will my right hon. Friend give urgent consideration to its reintroduction?
Mr Albert Murray: Is the Under-Secretary aware that this will cause a great deal of hardship not only to old-age pensioners associations? There are many asociations for young people to whom this will cause very great hardship indeed. Many of them use these halls to raise money for charitable purposes. Would not my hon. Friend consider looking at the matter again?
Mr Albert Murray: Will my hon. Friend consider having consultations with his right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government and with the Ministry of Health to try to sort out this problem which Kent, and particularly the Strood Rural District Council, is facing? I am sure he is aware of the real difficulty, when so many of this small number of children are not going to school, and that we want...
Mr Albert Murray: asked the Minister of Public Building and Works, in view of the expanded building programme, what steps he is taking to ensure an adequate supply of cement.
Mr Albert Murray: In view of my hon. Friend's answer, in further consultations with the cement manufacturers will he take into consideration the position of nearby residents and the constant fall-out of cement dust and consider whether the Government can give any help, in the same way as they have done at London Airport for a different purpose?
Mr Albert Murray: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this applies not only to old persons but also to the parents of a spastic who are not aware that they are entitled to National Assistance when their tax allowance drops at the age of 16?In this inquiry will my right hon. Friend look at this point as well?
Mr Albert Murray: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he has now received the results of the census in Kent of gypsies and other travellers; and what action he proposes to take.
Mr Albert Murray: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Strood Rural District Council has borne this problem for many, many years? This is a national problem. Is he further aware that unless national action is taken my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Crayford (Mr. Dodds) and myself will make this a long-playing record until he does?
Mr Albert Murray: And has fallen off the wall.
Mr Albert Murray: Does my hon. Friend agree that within the labour market in the South-East there is a state of emergency? Is he aware that during the war gypsies and other travellers were used by the Ministry of Labour? Cannot we have the same state of emergency preparations to deal with the present problem?
Mr Albert Murray: asked the Minister of Labour what proposals the Central Training Council has made for the training of non-manual workers in industry.
Mr Albert Murray: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he will ensure that the same urgency is given to this report as is given to apprentice training for skilled workers?
Mr Albert Murray: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, in view of the representatinos made to him by the Association of Education Committees, the National Association of Divisional Executives and the Institutional Management Association on school meals as set out in Circular 290, what action he proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.