Mr Gwilym Roberts: Does the Minister accept that there is real concern about the matter in the car and car components industries? Will he bear in mind what his hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhpampton, South-West (Mr. Budgen) said about the dithering on this matter? Will he also consider the proposal of by his hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills (Mr. Shepherd) that, until the matter is settled,...
Mr Gwilym Roberts: asked the Minister for Trade what representations he has received about companies in liquidation and the problems facing unsecured creditors; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Does the Minister accept that urgent action is needed in view of the thousands of tragedies that have occurred in terms of home improvements not carried out, holidays lost and so on? Will he at least consider the matter to which he referred, which is the ability of directors who are in debt to set up other companies at will?
Mr Gwilym Roberts: asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now make a statement on the effectiveness of the drink-drive publicity campaign in the light of the control system used over the Christmas and new year period, when such campaigns were confined to certain areas of the United. Kingdom.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Does the Secretary of State accept that this whole thing is a statistical control system gone mad? Does he realise that if there is evidence from this inquiry that the drink-drive campaign was successful, the implication is that in areas where it was not shown over the Christmas-new year period there may have been accidents, or even deaths, due to drunken driving?
Mr Gwilym Roberts: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for 19 April.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Will the Prime Minister give a few minutes today to consider the fall-off of 17 per cent in the output of manufacturing industry since her Government took power, and the much larger fall-off in the west midlands? Will she accept that the marginal improvement in the figures recently is no significant sign of economic recovery and that the appointment of a Minister does not go anywhere to solve...
Mr Gwilym Roberts: My point was that the limited facilities and staff available to the registrar would make it impossible for him to deal with the enormous problems in this area. Therefore, if the Government insisted on that arrangement, one area that would have to be excluded would be that of common files, payrolls and so on.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Like my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) and the hon. and learned Member for South Fylde (Sir E. Gardner), I give a somewhat guarded welcome to the Bill. I welcome it in the main because it at least does something for the data user, and—of even greater importance—it does something for the data subject as well. As the Home Secretary suggested, there...
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these days one must ask what is a computer and when is a computer not a computer? Once the Bill becomes law, other means of retrieving information far more rapidly from more conventional methods of storage may come more and more into use. That would not be covered by the legislation.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much United Kingdom coal was sold in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Does the Minister accept that, in view of the Government's rather unhelpful policies, there is considerable alarm in the industry at the prospect of a further contraction in the coal market? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there may be a case for some sort of subsidy for the coal, because, after all, the Government's theoretical policy is to increase coal burn in the industrial and...
Mr Gwilym Roberts: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the latest figures available for the number of council house building starts; and how these compare with the corresponding figures for 1978.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Does the Minister accept that, while hon. Members on both sides of the House welcome home ownership, there are millions of people for whom it is never conceivable, in any circumstances, that they could become home owners? Is it not clear from the Minister's figures that he has destroyed all hope for hundreds of thousands of such people who are on council house waiting lists?
Mr Gwilym Roberts: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. It is clear that the Minister is not aware that the Tories and the Liberals have now taken control of the Cannock Chase district council.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Minister remains inaccurate—
Mr Gwilym Roberts: I also welcome the opportunity of a further debate on unemployment in the west midlands. It may surprise some of my colleagues when I say that such a debate should be carried out with as little partisanship as possible. The problem is so serious that we need to find as much common ground as possible so that we can see whether we can find a solution. There is some truth in the argument that...
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Will the Secretary of State discuss with the chairman of the NCB and the Government of Ireland the possibility of substituting British coal, at present used in Northern Ireland, for the alternative fuel now being used by Ireland? What effect is that likely to have on investment in the coal industry and on the market for British coal?
Mr Gwilym Roberts: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the current level of council house building starts; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Gwilym Roberts: Does the Minister recall that he and his colleagues frequently told me, when Labour was in control of Cannock Chase district council, that one of the factors that affected the house building programme was the council's failure to sell council houses? Now that the Tories and Liberals are in joint control of the council and are selling council houses like hot cakes, will the Minister explain...