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Order of the Day: Navy Estimate, 1970–71, Vote A (9 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I join with the hon. Lady the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Dame Joan Vickers) in expressing concern that H.M.S. "Caledonia" is to be closed. I hoped that it would not be closed but would be used for some other purpose. Undoubtedly this is a fine establishment. A great deal of money has been spent on it. It is the centre of numerous activities which cannot be carried out in other parts of...

Order of the Day: Navy Estimate, 1970–71, Vote A (9 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I agree, but this caused a greater degree of upset in Whitehall than anything else that has happened since the war. The Air Force ran its own demonstration in Whitehall, so as to convince everyone. It was almost unheard of that one of the Forces should demonstrate that it had to have the continuance of manned aircraft. We were told that aircraft carriers were out of date. The right hon....

Order of the Day: Navy Estimate, 1970–71, Vote A (9 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I understand that much of the redundancy occurs in specialist branches. The redundancies that will occur in the navy are only in relation to aircraft because of the closing down of Arbroath and the contraction of the Fleet Air Arm. The number of men in the fighting arms is not being reduced. Those arms are desperately short of men. The White Paper says that recruitment has fallen. The effect...

Order of the Day: Navy Estimate, 1970–71, Vote A (9 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: There may be some truth in that. I am raising these points so that they can be borne in mind. I am sure that the consideration that the hon. Gentleman has mentioned will also be borne in mind. The person who accepts this rank of fleet chief will have to serve an additional five years from 40 to 45, depending upon when his time for leaving the Service with a pension arises. It might arise...

Order of the Day: Navy Estimate, 1970–71, Vote A (9 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: The hon. Gentleman is expressing great concern about the torpedo factory at Alexandria. Did he mention to my hon. Friend the Member for Dunbartonshire, West (Mr. Steele) that he was going to raise the subject of employment and so on, since my hon. Friend has had this under consideration for a long time?

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (3 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: This Order deals with two things. It provides a calculated amount for the rate support grant for 1969–70 and 1970–71 and it alters the distribution formula which allocates the rate support amongst various local authorities. I can understand the hon. Member for North Angus and Mearns (Mr. Buchanan-Smith) not wishing to discuss the allocation of this grant because, in the change, his...

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (3 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: That might be, but only if it counts as a trunk road. I am dealing with the relationship between the road element and the rate support grant. While the total roads portion of grant increased, Midlothian's share drops in amount in the new proposals. Midlothian is a growing county and it is also one which surrounds Edinburgh and has a large number of important roads running through it from all...

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (3 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I made a speech that was highly emotional, not in defence of Edinburgh, but pointing out the justice of asking Edinburgh to pay more.

Orders of the Day — Rate Support Grant (Scotland) (3 Mar 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I supported it.

Clause 1: Procedure in Schemes and Orders for Special Roads and Trunk Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I think that I expressed some doubts about this in Committee, because I was probably concentrating on the 50 metres point, because, certainly in an urban area, 50 metres would be rather too much. If it were possible to deviate a six-lane motorway through the Meadows, in Edinburgh, by 50 metres, which I understand is likely to be proposed, that would need to be looked at very seriously. I...

Clause 1: Procedure in Schemes and Orders for Special Roads and Trunk Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: That may be, but if it is intended to use aerial photographs to assist in the determination of the line of a road, which I take it would be the normal procedure, any historic buildings would become apparent before the line was made. That seems to be common sense. As I say, I accept my hon. Friend's argument, and I am glad to hear that the limits can be smaller. However, I intervene because I...

Clause 1: Procedure in Schemes and Orders for Special Roads and Trunk Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I am suggesting that the road can be deviated between 100 metres, 50 metres one side of the line and 50 metres the other. If the centre-line ran down the middle of the carpet in this Chamber, and it was possible to deviate to the red line opposite or to the red line on this side, the deviation limits would be between the two lines. My hon. Friend the Member for Motherwell (Mr. Lawson) is a...

Clause 1: Procedure in Schemes and Orders for Special Roads and Trunk Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: It is possible to deviate in only one direction at any one time. However, the limits within which the line can be deviated are 50 metres on one side of the centre-line and 50 metres on the other side——

Clause 1: Procedure in Schemes and Orders for Special Roads and Trunk Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: It can either go one side or the other side.

Clause 1: Procedure in Schemes and Orders for Special Roads and Trunk Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: Mr. Deputy Speaker, I have been interrupted several times, and those interruptions have probably resulted in my having to make two or three speeches. At the outset of my intervention, I made a very humble request. I am always humble in my appeals to the Government. Having accepted the arguments advanced by my hon. Friend the Minister of State in preference to those which I ventured to put...

Clause 20: Restriction on Planting of Trees, etc. in or Near Carriageway (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I, too, thank my hon. Friend for moving this Amendment, which gives a much greater degree of flexibility. I still think that there are difficulties. For instance, the noble Lord and I live in North Edinburgh, which has many squares containing beautiful gardens, and the trees and shrubs in those gardens are certainly not 5 metres from the highway. Does this mean that every time the gardener...

Clause 21: Deposit of Mud or Liquid from Vehicles on Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: It is clear that this is a very difficult problem. Most of the Amendments talk about putting up special warning notices for the benefit of oncoming motorists. However, that does not obviate the difficulty raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Dumfermline Burghs (Mr. Adam Hunter). In the case to which he has referred, all that the contractors need do is put up a notice, and they can carry...

Clause 21: Deposit of Mud or Liquid from Vehicles on Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: I did not say that.

Clause 21: Deposit of Mud or Liquid from Vehicles on Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: That is quite true. However, until now it has not applied to the case quoted by my hon. Friend the Member for Dunfermline Burghs (Mr. Adam Hunter), which is a very serious one.

Clause 21: Deposit of Mud or Liquid from Vehicles on Roads (17 Feb 1970)

Mr Eustace Willis: Only if he had not taken all steps reasonably practicable.


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