Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that I, too, have Gujarati constituents, who have difficulty because their relations tend to turn up at London Airport without proper papers issued in India and are turned back, because of the tough nature of the Immigration Act? Will he make it quite clear to our people in Bombay that they should not allow people to leave India without proper papers,...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will now announce the location of the offices of the Manpower Services Commission.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend make sure that in the meantime the offices do not take root in London? Will he bear in mind that the biggest industrial conurbation in this country is in Lancashire? Would not that be the most suitable place to put the offices of the Manpower Services Commission, bearing in mind also that Bolton is in the middle of Lancashire?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if, when he next meets the Confederation of British Industry, he will also invite representatives of the Smaller Businesses Association.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that small private businesses and limited companies are very different animals from the big corporations? Does he recognise that there is some anxiety on the part of smaller businesses about possible legislation in the Companies Bill? Will he consider making special provision for small companies in that Bill?
Mr Robert Redmond: What about 1969?
Mr Robert Redmond: The hon. Gentleman is adducing a strong argument, but does he agree that the Manchester Corporation is far from democratic in its present attitude because it has decided to introduce fluoride into the water it supplies to people in Bolton who have decided strongly against fluoride? Therefore, councillors elected by and responsible only to the people of Manchester are taking decisions for...
Mr Robert Redmond: In view of the appalling level of syntax, grammar and spelling that we see in some of our letters from graduates and students, would it not be better for the Department to concentrate on the teaching of English?
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my hon. Friend make clear to the country how effectively the 1971 Act is preventing immigration? Will he bear in mind the correspondence that I have been having with him on this subject?
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my hon. Friend make it absolutely clear that the orders are not mandatory but are entirely permissive, that no one will be compelled to sell pasta or salt in metric quantities if he does not wish to do so, and that it will not be the Government's fault if the industry foists on to the public something that they do not want?
Mr Robert Redmond: I shall be brief. I am particularly anxious that the public should know that the Government are not forcing people to go metric. What I cannot understand is why the Government have never sought approval of the excellent White Paper of February, 1972. We had a debate earlier this year on the subject, but the Government have never sought parliamentary approval for the White Paper. The problem...
Mr Robert Redmond: I hesitate to follow the hon. Member for Durham, North-West (Mr. Armstrong) in too much detail on education because he obviously knows so much more about the subject than I do. His main plea was for more educational resources. I want to speak about the creation of more resources—in other words, increasing the cake rather than increasing the share of the existing sized cake. I should like...
Mr Robert Redmond: That is rather off the point. I do not believe that the British Steel Corporation would victimise the firm that complained to me. I am concerned that any firm should even believe that it is possible.
Mr Robert Redmond: To the best of my ability, yes. I understand small industry. I have worked in it. I have never been a customer of the British Steel Corporation. The firms that have spoken to me are not willing to take the risk and that is the frightening thing. I have tried to put the fear to the Corporation. I go further and say that the Corporation has an additional difficulty, and it is only fair that it...
Mr Robert Redmond: In two firms I mentioned particularly, the people who have done most towards increasing the size of the cake have been the salesmen, who have gone abroad, particularly into Europe, and obtained the orders for our people to work on. We should give credit where credit is due.
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are under training in the construction industry in the Bolton travel-to-work area and the North-West area as a whole; and what were the comparative figures at the same date in 1970.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my hon. Friend understand that I tabled this Question originally because of the serious shortage of building workers in the Bolton area? If he looks at today's Order Paper he will see expressions of the concern of hon. Members on both sides of the House at the serious situation in the construction industry. In view of the poor figures which my hon. Friend gave us, may I ask whether the...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will invite the National Chamber of Trade to join him in his consultations with the CBI and TUC on the Government's counter-inflation policy.
Mr Robert Redmond: Yes, but will my right hon. Friend acknowledge that the Retail Consortium consists mainly of large firms whereas chambers of trade consist of small shopkeepers who are more directly in touch with the housewives who know what it is to try to meet the rise in the cost of living? Could there not be direct negotiations with the chambers of trade?
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend say what proportion of the applications for price increases put to the commission was approved?