Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she can yet announce the findings of her working party on school transport.
Mr Robert Redmond: While obviously the work of the working party should be thorough and in the end right rather than quick, may I ask whether we can hope for a quick decision on this matter before the new school year starts? If a decision is made we will not have the upheaval which we had at the beginning of the present school year, which was caused because parents could not understand the nonsense.
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that, although many students have totally alienated themselves from public sympathy by their behaviour, there are many decent students who are getting seriously into debt and that this is really hindering their studies when they are anxious to do well at university?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his speech on 25th March at Swinton Conservative College on the subject of industrial relations.
Mr Robert Redmond: rose—
Mr Robert Redmond: Would my right hon. Friend agree that it would help the situation in Europe if Labour Members would join the British delegation to the European Parliament?
Mr Robert Redmond: Would my right hon. and learned Friend agree that the shortage of building operatives is caused by the lack of training in the industry, that lack of training has been caused by the lump, that the lump was caused by SET, and now that SET has gone may we expect a change of emphasis in the building industry which will help to get the houses built?
Mr Robert Redmond: Has my hon. Friend seen the letter published this morning in either the Irish Times or the Irish Independent—I think the latter—signed by the leaders of all Christian denominations in Ireland expressing appreciation for the way that the White Paper has been presented?
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my right hon. Friend list the places which he will not be visiting and the people with whom he will not discuss nuclear tests? That would save the time of the House enormously.
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, following the Quirk Report, he will increase the number of speech therapists employed by his Department.
Mr Robert Redmond: When my hon. Friend is considering this matter will he also look into the problem of deaf children who can be given the priceless gift of language if they have speech therapy at the right age?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the public speech he made to London University Conservative Association on 16th March 1973 on Government and trade unions.
Mr Robert Redmond: Does my right hon. Friend recall what he said in his speech about people who never go on strike? Does he not therefore welcome the news today that 69 per cent. of the miners have shown restraint? Will he express the hope that some other people might follow their example?
Mr Robert Redmond: Tell us about it.
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is yet in a position to make a policy announcement with regard to the import and sale of replica firearms. The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Robert Carr): I hope to include provisional proposals on this matter in the consultative document on firearms control which I expect to publish in the near future; but the...
Mr Robert Redmond: Has my hon. Friend seen these replica firearms, which are very vicious and are certainly not toys? Does he realise what offence has been given by the display of these ridiculous things in the Arndale shopping centre in Bolton, and is he aware of the number of letters that I have received on the subject? Will he comment on the fact that the sale of these objects is illegal in Japan, where...
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for the raising or lowering of the ages at which the various types of driving licences can be issued; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Robert Redmond: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, but is he aware that many people, particularly among constituents of mine, have the idea that when they become 17 they will not be able to get a driving licence because some change is to come about owing to our entering the Common Market? Will he say that we are a long way from any decision of that sort and that if there is to be a change Britain's...
Mr Robert Redmond: Will the Minister ensure that no unnecessary expense is incurred in this way? Does he accept that road signs in metric terms might just as well be written in alternate words of Greek and Chinese so far as the public are concerned, and that there is no necessity for a change, nor is it desirable?
Mr Robert Redmond: Does my hon. Friend keep records of the number of cases handled by his conciliation officers? If so, what is the number of cases handled by them? Is it increasing or decreasing?