Mr Robert Redmond: When my right hon. Friend made that speech, he referred to the rates. In any discussions that he has on rates, will lie remember that we must not cloud the responsibilities of local councillors to their electors? Has he seen a report in last night's Bolton Evening News which shows that the Bolton rate is going up by the highest figure for 10 years under Labour control, whereas Tory...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that value added tax is to be levied on catered meals, even if paid by luncheon vouchers, he will arrange in his forthcoming Budget for an increase in the amount by which a luncheon voucher may be issued free of tax.
Mr Robert Redmond: I had expected my hon. Friend to say that he could not anticipate the Budget Statement. Will he tell the House when the level was last raised for the re-issue of luncheon vouchers? Despite VAT, is it not due for a review in any case?
Mr Robert Redmond: I join my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, East (Mr. Laurance Reed) in expressing concern about this matter, but at the same time we both want full consultation with parents and teachers. Did my hon. Friend see a recent report in the Bolton Evening News which showed that a school in Westhoughton—a district coming within the new metropolitan district—had gone comprehensive and the...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his discussions with President Nixon.
Mr Robert Redmond: When President Nixon comes to this country will my right hon. Friend send Concorde to bring him over, in order to make it clear that the Government will not lose their nerve over Concorde as the Labour Government lost it over the TSR2?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will now make a statement on the findings of her Department's working party on the subject of school transport.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend take it that this is not just a matter for rural areas but is a very serious and confusing problem in close-knit boroughs such as Bolton? Has my right hon. Friend seen the reply sent to me by her noble Friend the Under-Secretary concerning a letter which I received from a constituent whose son had had his bus fare "pinched" in the school changing room? Was not the...
Mr Robert Redmond: If my right hon. Friend visits Bootle, will he bear in mind that not far away is Bolton, where industrial relations are excellent? I should like to introduce him to members of the AUEW, including shop stewards, who are fed up with the union's policy and tired of being told to go on strike when they do not want to.
Mr Robert Redmond: Does my right hon. Friend agree that probably the best answer to the problem is to move on to a tax credit scheme and to be sure that the sincere objections from certain women about family allowances do not hold up the scheme completely?
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend repeat what he said in that speech about the arrangements for keeping phase 2 and phase 3 completely fair and particularly helpful to the lower paid?
Mr Robert Redmond: Does my hon. Friend accept that in the country as a whole the movements of Mr. Hughes are just about as big a bore as those of George Best?
Mr Robert Redmond: I hope that the hon. Member for Southwark (Mr. Lamborn) will forgive me if I do not follow him in what he said. My knowledge of London is limited and mine is really the voice of Lancashire. This debate is most timely because of the developments in Bolton yesterday. It is unfortunate that in tabling this motion the Opposition should have stretched our credulity beyond measure by using the...
Mr Robert Redmond: One of the direct-grant schools in Bolton, the Canon Slade Church of England School, has already put out proposals for a comprehensive wing. This shows that there is nothing dogmatic about the system of education in Bolton which was originally called "comprehensive". I am trying not to be dogmatic but what we have to do is to try to devise the correct and best system to suit a particular...
Mr Robert Redmond: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Mr Robert Redmond: If the hon. Lady says that the present Secretary of State has given no local authority autonomy, how does she explain the fact that Bolton education authority was not allowed even to start a school under the previous Government because it was not comprehensive?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many extra vocational training places his Department expects to provide during the next 12 months.
Mr Robert Redmond: Is there any indication that the increased amount of training is helping to reconcile severe unemployment with severe shortages of labour in certain industries, particularly in places like Bolton? Furthermore, is the amount of training having any effect on that strange statistic known as the female activity rate?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will now seek an early opportunity to address the European Assembly on the subject of British participation.
Mr Robert Redmond: Is it not important that there should be a high-powered and a high-level follow-up to the initiative shown by my hon. Friend the Member for Saffron Walden (Mr. Kirk) and his colleagues at the European Parliament? It is said to have shaken European MPs out of their complacency.