Mr Robert Redmond: Does my right hon. Friend agree that we are in an energy crisis? Is not the Government's action over the coal industry right in giving the mining industry a future if the miners match the courage which they have shown during this last week with restraint? Is not this an opportunity for my right hon. Friend to pay tribute to the courage of the miners in Yorkshire for what they have done in the...
Mr Robert Redmond: Would it not help far more if the Opposition, instead of putting this identical Question down every time Treasury Questions are first in the list, did something to help the counter-inflation policy?
Mr Robert Redmond: Did my right hon. Friend notice the speech last week made by the Leader of the Opposition in which he said that a future Labour Government would legislate for many things that are already included in the Industrial Relations Act?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he is satisfied with the coordination between the Departments of Environment and Employment regarding action about housing land shortage in view of the availability of building operatives.
Mr Robert Redmond: We all await with great interest the announcement on land charges by the Secretary of State, and, above all, we welcome the fall in today's unemployment figure, but does my right hon. Friend agree that the desperate shortage of building workers will make it extremely difficult to get more houses built even if more land is released?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his recent official visit to Bonn.
Mr Robert Redmond: When my right hon. Friend was in Germany did he discuss, or compare with the Germans, our different methods of dealing with social security payments to strikers? If he told the Germans what we do about them, surely they regard us as being stark staring honkers. Has my right hon. Friend noticed that the Ford Motor Company is now manufacturing in Germany cars which used to be manufactured in...
Mr Robert Redmond: Has my right hon. Friend any information to show how successful in marketing are the companies who are making disposable bed-sheets? If the companies are successful during this strike, what will it mean in redundancy for hospital ancillary workers?
Mr Robert Redmond: I am most grateful for the opportunity to follow the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Renée Short) because for the first time since I came into the House I find myself in broad agreement with a great deal of what she has been saying, particularly on the question of careers guidance. This country suffers from a lack of training of careers masters and mistresses in schools. Not...
Mr Robert Redmond: It is a matter more for the Department of Trade and Industry than for the Department of Employment. My point is that to sow the seed in someone's mind may start him thinking on the right lines. There is then the need for training, not in the trade concerned but in administration. Admittedly, a man starting a business needs some capital, but the principal thing is to make him think about what...
Mr Robert Redmond: Can my right hon. Friend say when we are likely to debate the Erroll Report on licensing laws?
Mr Robert Redmond: Will my hon. Friend tell the House how many people will be getting the rebates and whether any representations have been made asking for their cancellation?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has had from the Electrical Association for Women on the subject of siting of electricity and gas meters and what replies he has sent.
Mr Robert Redmond: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. Is it not obvious that we should get things moving rather faster? Surely it is common sense that if a meter can he read from outside a house the people who are out at work all day will get accurate bills and old people will feel happier because they will know that a bogus meter reader has not come to "case the joint".
Mr Robert Redmond: I hope that the right hon. Gentleman is wrong.
Mr Robert Redmond: The right hon. Gentleman has been talking the pound down ever since he began speaking. He has been telling us about BMW cars which are selling so well in this country. Would it not be a good idea to tell the Jaguar workers to get back to work and to get on with the production of the XJ12 to compete with the BMW? Instead of putting forward such pessimism, cannot we have a boost for Britain?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he is satisfied with the coordination between the Departments of Health and Social Security and Education and Science in respect of screening, referral, monitoring and education of deaf children.
Mr Robert Redmond: I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, but is he satisfied that the screening of young children is taking place at a sufficiently early stage to discover deafness and impairment of hearing in advance? Is he satisfied that all health visitors are carrying out the test properly? Is he also satisfied that deaf children are going to the best possible schools? Could not the inquiry cover all...
Mr Robert Redmond: Was not 1972 the worst year in terms of days lost through strikes since 1926? Is not that hardly surprising in view of the fact that 1926 was the last occasion before 1972 when we had to decide who governed the country—Parliament or the trade unions?
Mr Robert Redmond: asked the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his public speech on Saturday 10th February to the Conservative local government conference at Westminster on the subject of rates.