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Mr Charles Waterhouse: Is it not the case that in the Covent Garden dispute the matter has already been to arbitration and that it is a strike against an arbitration award? Does not my right hon. Friend agree that although everybody has the right to picket and to go on strike, people also have the right to work if they wish to do so?
Mr Charles Waterhouse: No one believes him.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: He might have banged his head against a wall.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Will my right hon. and gallant Friend bear in mind that it is now some six or seven months since this tragedy took place, and throughout history have not British Governments always had a reputation for looking after their own nationals? Will he give a definite assurance that the consideration of which he speaks will be an urgent one and that we shall have an announcement before the House...
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Nobody will deny the complete sincerity with which the hon. Member for Shettleston (Mr. McGovern) speaks on the subjects which interest him so greatly. I cast my mind back a long time, to the year when he and I came into the House after the same General Election. Perhaps I might say in parenthesis that I do not take quite the view of General Elections that he has expressed. I remember very...
Mr Charles Waterhouse: The last thing I want to do is to destroy Anglo-American unity, but the first thing I want to do is to assert British rights and British interests. I would not be half so good a friend as I am of my hon. Friend the Member for Louth (Mr. Osborne) if I did not frequently tell him precisely what I thought of him. Plain speaking hurts no man and hurts no nation, provided that it is done honestly...
Mr Charles Waterhouse: The hon. Gentleman should quote me correctly. I never said that hon. Members opposite were responsible for our withdrawal from the Canal Zone. What I said was that they supported that policy, which was suggested from this side of the House, with their votes and their voices.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Does not my right hon. and learned Friend think that it would have been highly convenient if right hon. and hon. Members opposite, and especially the Leader of the Opposition, had thought of these things at the beginning of November?
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Is my right hon. Friend aware that despite the pressure put on him from several quarters to make an early statement on the question of the Suez Canal matter many people are far more concerned with the eventual settlement reached than with any expedition, and that it is far better, in a matter of such vital importance to Britain, as this, to be certain that we are right before any declaration...
Mr Charles Waterhouse: May I take it that it is still the policy of Her Majesty's Government to resist unfettered control of the Canal, a policy which would preclude the payment of all dues to any one country?
Mr Charles Waterhouse: It is a great privilege to be able to congratulate the hon. Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse) on an admirable maiden speech. He started by reminding the House that he must not be controversial. I can tell him quite definitely that there have been many controversial speeches made by his immediate predecessor in this House. The hon. Member made his speech with great charm and had...
Mr Charles Waterhouse: I mean, first of all, that I should certainly be prepared to have an economic boycott by us and by as many friends as I could urge to do so. I personally would be prepared to support Her Majesty's Government if they decided to have a physical blockade—put ships at either end to stop other ships going through.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: The Foreign Secretary said that he thought there was a decrease of danger in the Middle East. I was glad to hear him say that, because I have a tremendous respect for him and for his judgment, but I cannot feel that it is so. I think the threat of a blow-up with Israel has very definitely diminished. I do not think there is any material threat of trouble to Iraq, but I do think there is real...
Mr Charles Waterhouse: A physical blockade.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: May I make one correction of what the right hon. and learned Gentleman has said? We would not prefer to do that. We would much prefer to see it done by all the nations, but we believe that the other nations would not work with us and it would have to be done by one or two determined nations.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Of course.
Mr Charles Waterhouse: What would this particular ship do?
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Was not the right hon. Gentleman just commending U.N.O. as the best thing we had had?
Mr Charles Waterhouse: is it not a fact that for three, four or five years we have constantly been asked to restrain ourselves in respect of adverse comments upon Egypt? Is it not high time that this House, the United States and the United Nations made it clear to the world that the Egyptian attitude in the Middle East is utterly disastrous to progress and to peace?
Mr Charles Waterhouse: Is there any provision for this £75 million to be left in London, or can the Germans withdraw it at any time at their own will? If so, have they to give specific notice before withdrawing it?