Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will now announce the intended permanent location of the head offices of the Manpower Services Commission, the Training Services Agency and the Employment Services Agency.
Mr Robert Redmond: Are not the commission and its two agencies concerned with people in industry? Is there not a bigger concentration of people in industry in the North-West than in any other part of the country? Would it not be a good idea for the commission or one of its agencies to establish its headquarters in Lancashire?
Mr Robert Redmond: Would it not be of great advantage if there were tax and credit incentives for the use of more insulation materials, such as double glazing, in public and commercial buildings?
Mr Robert Redmond: What percentage of the recruits who are now coming forward are former miners and what percentage are people who are totally new to the industry?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the financial arrangements for Service personnel and their families to enable them to return to the United Kingdom on leave; how frequently they are given leave; and what provisions are made for any emergency recall that may become necessary.
Mr Robert Redmond: When I read the OFFICIAL REPORT, will I find the answer to a question put to me recently? A constituent of mine said that it would be some time before her son serving in Gibraltar could come home on leave because he was required to deposit £80 against the contingency of an emergency recall. Is that true? If it is, what does the Minister intend to do about it?
Mr Robert Redmond: When the Government produce a Companies Bill, will they remember that small private companies are different animals from big corporations, and legislate accordingly so that they are not penalised?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister when he next plans to hold official consultations with the TUC.
Mr Robert Redmond: Is the Prime Minister aware of the great anxiety that exists in the engineering industry at the threat of industrial action by the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers? In the light of that, how far can yesterday's promise by the TUC be relied on when Mr. Hugh Scanlon is a member of the committee which promised it?
Mr Robert Redmond: While making no party point on this subject, and realising that the right hon. Gentleman has had only four weeks in his Department, may I ask whether he does not think that this matter has been hanging about long enough and that it is time we had an urgent decision? Would it not be better to get on with this matter than decide about comprehensive schools?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports have reached him of armed and uniformed bodies undertaking paramilitary training in England or Wales; and what action has been taken.
Mr Robert Redmond: Would not it have helped if the hon. Gentleman had paid a tribute to the Lancashire police for the efficient way in which they dealt with this matter once it came to light? In view of what has happened in Lancashire, is not it right that police forces throughout the country should be alerted to what happened in Lancashire and see that it does not happen anywhere else? Can it not be made...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister what plans he has for future discussions with the Confederation of British Industry on the subjects of the economy and industrial relations.
Mr Robert Redmond: May I press a point on the right hon. Gentleman that I pressed from the other side of the House in the last Parliament? With all respect to the CBI, how can it be representative of the whole of British industry, particularly of small firms, the majority of which are not members? Would not the right hon. Gentleman get a much better picture of the small firms, the grass roots of industry,...
Mr Robert Redmond: I had this same problem brought to my notice by a constituent some months ago, and I was not satisfied with the reply that I. received from the Ministry of Agriculture. I took it up with my hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire. West (Mr. Scott-Hopkins), who is a member of the European Parliament. He sent me a very satisfactory answer saying that we had won that one and that the whole thing...
Mr Robert Redmond: Would not the right hon. Gentleman get a better view of the problems of industry, particularly in the regions, and also especially of small firms, if he held more discussions with the chambers of commerce than he does with the CBI, simply because the chambers of commerce are nearer to the grass roots of the small firms in industry?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the accuracy of the statistics published by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will the right hon. Gentleman realise that I am talking about the whole lot? How does he reconcile figures of something over half a million unemployed with a shortage of labour in practically every travel-to-work area? It those figures are wrong, as they obviously are, what reliance can we place on the figures for average earnings and average hours of work? What do those for average earnings...
Mr Robert Redmond: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that liabilities can sometimes be just as big an advantage as salaries, and so on, and that in these days a special low-interest loan may look better than a salary? Therefore, will the right hon. Gentleman include in the register Members' liabilities as well as their interests?
Mr Robert Redmond: Can my hon. Friend say what contributions have been made during and between General Elections by the National Union of Mineworkers and ESLEF? If the banks and insurance companies were nationalised, where would we o nthis side of the House put our money?