Mr Phillip Whitehead: That is even worse.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: The licence and agreement includes a phrase about operations in space. Will that allow, without further amendment, the BBC to own as well as to operate the facilities of direct satellite broadcasting?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: If the Minister will not yield to arguments of altruism, will he consider arguments of self-interest? Is he prepared to enumerate the courses in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education that are in peril because of the massive fall-off in the number of overseas students?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Has the Minister seen the recent Youth Aid report which shows how few people who go through the MSC scheme have the opportunity of real work afterwards in the dust-bowl society produced by the Government? Is it not obligatory for the DES to meet the MSC half way and to produce a programme with a real educational content to help young people who take part in the MSC programme?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is not there a stronger case for the alternative vote system, which was almost agreed to by the House in 1931, and which would maintain in its entirety the Member-constituency link, which the additional Member system does not for those Members who are added?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: The Minister must now be taking for granted the opposition of all Opposition parties and student organisations to those regressive proposals? [HON MEMBERS: "Not the Social Democrats."] I mean all parties represented here today. Will he consider putting in the Official Report a list of all Conservative Members and Conservative students' associations which also opposed any form of loan scheme,...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to respond to the Transport Committee's report on the Channel link.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Has the Secretary of State noticed that the Committee broadly endorsed the principle of a single track rail tunnel along the lines of that proposed by the two railway organisations? Does he feel that he ought to publish a White Paper, as the Select Committee recommended, so that the House may draw its conclusions on the thinking that will lead him to that decision in principle?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: As we understand that the MSC will propose a 10-year course which will lead to an additional year of full-time educational training, what is the response of the Department to those proposals, particularly in view of the differential rewards now achieved by people on MSC courses as against those in full-time education?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: When a headmaster writes to parents inviting them to pay for essential textbooks and states that the contributions are voluntary but that to be effective they must be made by all parents, is it not a levy and, as such, against the Act?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has now rejected proposals for loans rather than grants for the maintenance of first degree students.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will the Minister do a little more of the thinking aloud for which he is so famous and tell us how the proposals for loans that he is now considering would increase the take-up of university places by poorer students who currently receive the full mandatory grant?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: I must also declare an interest as a member of the executive council of the RSPCA. I am happy to follow and substantially to agree with the remarks of the hon. Member for Plymouth, Drake (Miss Fookes). I believe that legislation along these lines is long overdue. The hon. Member for Dudley, West (Mr. Blackburn) deserves the congratulations of the whole House for raising a complex issue. As...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: In a sentence, is music, in the view of the DES, part of the curriculum where it is already in the curriculum, or is it not?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: It is a great pleasure to be able to take up the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for Eton and Slough (Miss Lestor). She reminds us all that the process of cut and come again did not begin in May 1979 and that the arguments of principle about that approach developed from 1976 onwards. My hon. Friend was one of those who sacrificed her position in the then Government precisely on the...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: The hon. Gentleman should listen to the remainder of my sentence. There will hardly be any advanced and non-advanced further education left outside of the area that is to be brought under the control, if he has his way, of the Secretary of State's new body—the new public sector higher education funding body, which is to make 98 institutions of higher education responsible directly to the...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that involvement would be intensified, not least in this House and in politics, if hon. Members and others in the Conservative Party used the State system?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: I know the hon. Gentleman uses the State system.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: The Secretary of State has been very eloquent about the various minorities which may still, perhaps, be treated by school amalgamation. He has said nothing about the reference in paragraph 46 of the report to the position of children with learning difficulties and that of gifted children. The report is particularly critical in relation to those two minorities.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will the Leader of the House arrange for an early debate on the freedom and diversity of the press? Is he aware that since the Secretary of State's decision over Times Newspapers Limited the word is going round Fleet Street that any industrial group can pick up a great national newspaper as easily as buying a bag of crisps?