Mr Phillip Whitehead: My hon. Friend misheard me. I was saying that some people have advanced, as an alternative remedy, the extension of legal aid to defamation cases. My point is that that would be insufficient, especially for the people that he, I and others who support the Bill wish to see helped. I shall now deal with the other route for a remedy that has been suggested by the thoughtful editorials in the...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is not the case made more serious by the fact that the Press Council only discovered the information that it did about the behaviour of the Daily Mail and a number of other newspapers because Mr. Sutcliffe's defence counsel had happened to keep the chits and promissory notes pushed through Mrs. Sutcliffe's door? The newspapers had withheld information about the transactions in many cases.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Further to the point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May we appeal through you to the Minister to restrain himself until a later stage in the debate?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Will my hon. Friend tell the House, because it is not clear from the Bill, whether the panel would supersede the Broadcasting Complaints Commission, which is charged with the duty of providing the right of reply and has statutory backing?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: asked the Secretary of State for Transport what fees have actually been paid to the consultants Travers Morgan Ltd. for their work on the Serpell report.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: As over half the costs of the Serpell inquiry have gone in lucrative fees to the consultants Travers Morgan, would not the right hon. Gentleman consider it unwise to pay any further sums that may be outstanding to the firm, as many Opposition Members and others in the country believe that—inadvertently or not—he breached the guidelines in the code of practice with regard to seeking a...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Is there not now a new position? Might not those fears be justified now that the veto has been abolished?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: How many?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: The Minister has not given way yet.
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Mr Phillip Whitehead: Nothing. Does the Minister accept that Charlotte MacWhirter—I have no animus against her—changed her A-level subjects once she got to Repton school? That raises a fear among local authorities that, once the veto has been done away with, many people will go to these schools when they could take equivalent courses in their state schools. Does the Minister accept that in Derbyshire, many...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Would it therefore be acceptable if a child, having opted to take Swahili at a public school, changed to English on arriving there?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Any increase in public spending.
Mr Phillip Whitehead: I want to stress what has happened in Derby and Derbyshire in the course of the recession and tell the Secretary of State for Employment and his hon. Friend the Minister of State that the "Alice in Wonderworld" approach is not goof enough in terms of the human misery and suffering that we are now seeing. Unemployment in Derby now stands at 11 per cent.; it is 11·8 per cent. in Derbyshire,...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Why did the hon. Gentleman not vote against them?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: The right hon. Gentleman said that the money would be used in part to help deserving students from Commonwealth countries generally and developing countries especially. How much money will be available for that purpose over and above the bilateral arrangements with the three states named in the statement? There cannot be very much if only £10 million per year of new Government money is to be...
Mr Phillip Whitehead: In view of the Rayner connections of this group, will the right hon. Gentleman urge it not to follow the unhappy precedent of the recent Rayner report on the Victoria and Albert museum, and to visit the various institutions that it is surveying while they are open? Will accountants' or consultants' fees that stem from this exercise come only after tendering for the work that has to be done?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Bearing in mind the outrage in Greater Manchester when the Royal opera house originally called off its visit, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that we should say publicly in the House that we think it should be an annual obligation on the national companies to tour in this way, and that they should not merely return to touring when they have been bailed out by the payment of a one-off sum?
Mr Phillip Whitehead: Which of the extreme options are ruled out? Will only options A and B be ruled out, or will option C3, which cuts 40 per cent. out of the network, also be ruled out?