Sir Charles Taylor: Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to you for your ruling and for your comments. As the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition and the right hon. Member for Devon, North (Mr. Thorpe), the Leader of the Liberal Party, are not present, and as they were the two who hogged Prime Minister's Questions last Thursday, could your ruling be sent to them with a little underlining?
Sir Charles Taylor: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Eventually the Prime Minister reached Question No. 2. I do not wish to waste the time of the House, but as the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Liberal Party hogged the time during Prime Minister's Questions, may I come to see you, Sir, to make representations that this sort of thing should not happen? Would you give a ruling on this matter tomorrow?
Sir Charles Taylor: Has my right hon. Friend seen the all-party motion on the Order Paper about the unparliamentary behaviour of the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley)? In view of the hon. Member's scandalous question earlier, will the Leader of the House give us an opportunity to show our displeasure about this hon. Member and his antics? [That this House deplores the unparliamentary behaviour of...
Sir Charles Taylor: asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has been informed about the shortage of staff in the hotel industry ; and whether he will increase the quota of trained, temporary foreign workers into this country.
Sir Charles Taylor: Does my hon. Friend realise that my constituents provide holidays for the people who have been working hard during the year? How are we to do this with present staff shortages in the industry?
Sir Charles Taylor: I suggest that Mr. Speaker be sent for to attend forthwith.
Sir Charles Taylor: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. This is a very serious point of order. The whole House thought when you made your ruling that you were referring to the Export of Animals (Control) Bill—[HON. MEMBERS: "Hear, hear."]—to which the hon. Member for Feltham (Mr. Russell Kerr) said that he had objected by mistake. The whole House was astonished when you said you would recall the last...
Sir Charles Taylor: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I may be wrong about this, but I seek your advice. Will the right hon. Member for Bristol, South-East (Mr. Benn) speak for the official Opposition from the Opposition Front Bench? If not, would not it be more customary, regular and according to past practices if the right hon. Gentleman spoke from one of the back benches?
Sir Charles Taylor: I want to raise the subject of the preservation of whales. When I say that, 1 refer to the mammal and not the Principality. I am very proud that so many of my constituents take an interest in the conservation of wild life. The Eastbourne branch of the World Wildlife Fund produced most of the money required to buy an island in the Seychelles called Cousin Island, for the protection of...
Sir Charles Taylor: I thank my hon. and learned Friend very much. Looking at the empty benches opposite, one can see that there is no great interest on the part of the Labour Party and the Liberal Party in preserving these things, which I believe are of value.
Sir Charles Taylor: Why do not the Government declare the I.R.A. an illegal organisation in the United Kingdom? Surely that would have the effect of dissuading university students from collecting money for arms to be used against British troops.
Sir Charles Taylor: As candles are largely made from whale blubber, will my hon. Friend also now answer Questions Nos. 43 and 45?
Sir Charles Taylor: asked the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for oceanology.
Sir Charles Taylor: In view of the importance of both the sea and the seabed, would it not be a good idea for one Minister to co-ordinate the importance of oil, minerals, food, building materials, metals, chemicals, fresh water supplies and 101 other things so that the whole aspect of production from the sea and the seabed can be co-ordinated?
Sir Charles Taylor: Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am still worried about the Motion criticising Mr. Speaker? Does he recall that in the old days these Motions were sometimes put down in a temporary anger and then withdrawn, but they had to be debated within a very short time so that they could be got off the Order Paper? May I ask my right hon. Friend to hasten this debate so that we can dispose of this...
Sir Charles Taylor: On a point of order—
Sir Charles Taylor: Mr. Speaker, with the greatest respect, we did not have 11 minutes on the question of Southend. That was questions asked by the Leader of the Opposition on V.A.T. and it, had nothing at all to do with Southend. It seems extraordinary that the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition should raise questions on V.A.T. and then complain that his other questions are not answered, all on...
Sir Charles Taylor: Would my right hon. Friend consider printing three forms of card—one sort for, one against, and one undecided, so that the hon. Member could send the appropriate card to the appropriate constituent?
Sir Charles Taylor: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if member States of the European Economic Community can regulate the size of netting used by fishermen in their waters.
Sir Charles Taylor: Can the member States of the Community take any other conservation steps which may be considered appropriate to their own waters?