Mr Frederic Harris: Will the Government give as much sympathy as possible to this, case, since a large number of nurses are leaving this country to go abroad as well, thus adding to the problems of our hospitals at present?
Mr Frederic Harris: If the Government are unfortunately to go on with this limiting policy, can they be more broadminded in their suggestions and, instead of going to four decimal points, round the figures off?
Mr Frederic Harris: Does the hon. Gentleman fully understand and appreciate that the Russian trawlers in the Indian Ocean are considered to be disguised supply ships servicing Russian submarines in the area?
Mr Frederic Harris: As the Government say that they are neutral about the Divorce Reform Bill tonight, cannot they possibly, therefore, find time to discuss the Motion of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Chertsey (Sir L. Heald)?
Mr Frederic Harris: Even if there were anything sensible in this ridiculous Question, would it not be fair to say that the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Arthur Lewis) is the last person to ask it?
Mr Frederic Harris: Does the hon. Gentleman have any information through the British High Commission about how many cases of compassionate farm purchase are still outstanding?
Mr Frederic Harris: Is it not grossly unfair to ratepayers in Croydon, who were pushed into London, that they have to pay more rates to the G.L.C. merely because economic rents are not being charged by the G.L.C.?
Mr Frederic Harris: Has the Minister any idea when Ringway 2 will be built?
Mr Frederic Harris: Does the hon. Gentleman fully appreciate that a young couple have to be earning £2,000 a year to be able to raise a mortgage over 25 years at these new interest rates?
Mr Frederic Harris: When looking into this matter, will the hon. Gentleman knock down for all time the myth that constantly appears in the national Press that Members of Parliament get £1,250 expenses free of tax, because it is quite incorrect and they have to prove their expenses the same as anybody else does?
Mr Frederic Harris: As this increase is the natural outcome of the development of Government economic and financial policies over the last few years, how can the Minister say to young people that they can take out mortgages? They are anxious to take them out, but they are physically unable to do so. Does he realise that old people who have mortgages think it a fraud that they should be put in this position?
Mr Frederic Harris: In the right hon. Gentleman's dreams about which he told us just now, did he not leave out one "decent", namely, a decent Government as well?
Mr Frederic Harris: May we have comparable figures for local government officers and an estimate of the large number of employees in industry who are doing the work which would normally be done by civil servants?
Mr Frederic Harris: Does the hon. Gentleman realise that the Government have taken the law unto themselves in this matter, as they have done with the deposits on import duty, collaring the lot and paying no interest whatsoever?
Mr Frederic Harris: Do the Chancellor's figures on the step-up of public expenditure of £75 million take fully into account the considerable increase in local government expenditure, much of which is incurred because of the dictation of the Government, and which subsequently has to be recovered from the ratepayers in higher rates?
Mr Frederic Harris: Is the hon. Lady aware that this is particularly important to countries like East Africa, which have been placed in difficulty because we devalued and they did not because their circumstances were different? Will she take this point particularly into account?
Mr Frederic Harris: That is not fair.
Mr Frederic Harris: If I understood the hon. Member for Heywood and Royton (Mr. Bartlett), rightly, I think in truth that he is opposed to this Measure. However, he appeared to sit on several fences at the same time and, as he is an accountant, I was somewhat surprised at a number of the questions which he asked the Minister. Then again, he kept referring to this as a deflationary measure, whereas I would have...
Mr Frederic Harris: The hon. Member for Woolwich, West (Mr. Hamling) made a serious speech on this important subject, which is more than can be said of the remarks of most of his hon. Friends, who made a joke of the whole affair. The hon. Member for Dunbartonshire, East (Mr. Bence) invariably gets himself into a tangle and produces as many red herrings as he can. He certainly did that today, followed by a Punch...
Mr Frederic Harris: Should it not be the task of Parliament to do its utmost to enable every person to be in a position to vote?