Mr Fred Blackburn: Will the Minister also look at the growing practice of heavy lorries travelling in convoy?
Mr Fred Blackburn: I am sorry to disappoint my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Local Government and Regional Planning, but it will come as no great surprise to him that my views are somewhat different from his. There is general agreement in government, both central and local, if not among the general public, on the need for some reform of local government, but there is not the same agreement about...
Mr Fred Blackburn: Is my right hon. Friend aware that he can expect strong opposition to these proposals? While everyone agrees that some measure of reform is necessary, it would appear that the Government have fallen into the same mistake that the Redcliffe-Maud Report has in thinking that mere size is the criterion of efficiency. Can he say whether any estimate has been made of the cost of carrying these...
Mr Fred Blackburn: Is my right hon. Friend aware that more time will be available for debate tomorrow if less time than usual is wasted on Business questions?
Mr Fred Blackburn: I thank my hon. Friend for his comprehensive answer to the original Question. Is he aware, as I am sure he is, that some people like at times to be quiet?
Mr Fred Blackburn: Will my hon. Friend bear continually in mind the needs of our own domestic textile industry, which has suffered more than any other industry in this country from cheap imports? If India and Pakistan have to be helped, surely the best way in which to help them is by not killing our own industry.
Mr Fred Blackburn: Do I understand that future discussions with the Argentine Government will be concerned mainly with communications?
Mr Fred Blackburn: Can my right hon. Friend confirm that it is with his Ministry that we must take up this question of pollution of the atmosphere by exhaust fumes?
Mr Fred Blackburn: The right hon. and learned Member for St. Maryiebone (Mr. Hogg) so much enjoys his speeches that he inspires a similar reaction in those who listen to him. These Lords Amendments, covering the whole of the Bill, have given rise again today to the same debate we had before. We are going over the whole gamut of the argument. It is not my purpose to go over it. I shall not take long, but I want...
Mr Fred Blackburn: I think that both right hon. Gentlemen have misunderstood me. I did not criticise the other place. I said that we had no control whatever over the Amendments which they passed there. They are entitled to pass any Amendment they like. All I said was that, according to the rules of this House, when those Amendments come here, they are out of order according to our rules——
Mr Fred Blackburn: May I just add that before I made that statement I took advice also on the subject?
Mr Fred Blackburn: While the industry will, of course, be grateful for anything that happens along these lines, may I ask my right hon. Friend whether he is aware that there is at least one dissentient voice on the question of the 15 per cent. tariff, particularly if it is to be limited to Commonwealth countries? Would he explain why the Government are repeatedly so adamant on the question of the most effective...
Mr Fred Blackburn: rose—
Mr Fred Blackburn: I was Chairman of the Committee and it ought to be made clear that any responsible Committee of this House would have had to do the same as we did and find that the case for the Empingham Reservoir was overwhelming. Our report was because of the future. We were told that there were another eight schemes in the pipeline. It was because of those that we put in this special report about the Wash...
Mr Fred Blackburn: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in addition to so-called malicious complaints, there is a percentage of complaints which can be called trivial? Some people consider that the police show exemplary patience and do a good job under what often are trying circumstances.
Mr Fred Blackburn: Since this is an import saving industry, does not my hon. Friend think that such firms are treated unfairly as regards both investment grants and S.E.T. in comparison with the scrap metal and waste paper industries?
Mr Fred Blackburn: Since other efforts to control imports have failed lamentably, is it not time the Government gave further consideration to import controls, which some of us have been advocating since 1964?
Mr Fred Blackburn: With aeroplanes, ships and hovercraft, why do we need another very expensive link?
Mr Fred Blackburn: When we are discussing what matters are in order, we might consider that there is some doubt about whether this debate is actually in order. Standing Order No. 45 says that all considerations of the Preamble should take place after the discussion of all parts of the Bill—
Mr Fred Blackburn: Whether it is in order or not, I am not objecting to the debate taking place, because it is useful. But if we had discussed the Preamble at the end of the Bill, it would have been reasonable to expect someone to put down an Amendment to delete the second part of the Preamble if there had been nothing in the Bill to cover it. The Government have made a mistake in introducing this long...