Mr Roland Jennings: I agree with every word which the right hon. Gentleman is saying about the Americans, but could he tell me what remedy he has in mind?
Mr Roland Jennings: I make no apology for intervening, because I have, on many occasions during the past few years, delivered much the same kind of speech as that just made by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Park (Mr. Mulley). What concerned me in years gone by, when his own Government were in power—I shall give him what he expected—was that nothing whatever was done then. The hon. Gentleman said that I...
Mr Roland Jennings: Is the Minister aware that his statement will be acclaimed throughout the country as a most humane statement?—[Laughter.] I can wait. Is he aware that his statement will be acclaimed throughout the country—[HON. MEMBERS: "Take your hands out of your pockets."]—as a great humane statement and, further, that the Labour Party—[Interruption.]—will be stopped—[Interruption.]
Mr Roland Jennings: Is my right hon. Friend further aware that the Labour Party will now be stopped from making party political capital out of the Rent Act?
Mr Roland Jennings: On a point of order. May I ask your help, Mr. Speaker? [HON. MEMBERS: "Speak up."] I will speak up; there is plenty that I can speak up about, and there is no need to ask me to do it. I am raising a point of order with Mr. Speaker. Is it not detrimental to our relations with Malta, Sir, to carry on this discussion in the way we are doing?
Mr Roland Jennings: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it in order for the hon. Member to make a speech from the Opposition Front Bench on this matter?
Mr Roland Jennings: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Would it not be possible, through you, to suggest to the Leader of the Opposition—
Mr Roland Jennings: I should like to ask, through you, Sir, how it is possible to restrict speeches in this House, under the guise of Privilege, from making allegations against innocent people outside this House who have no possibility of defending themselves? If such statements were made outside this House the ultimate result would be in the courts of justice.
Mr Roland Jennings: I rise for only a few minutes in this debate because so many other hon. Members wish to speak on this important day. First, I want to congratulate the new Chancellor of the Exchequer on his speech this afternoon. I have seen many Chancellors and I think my right hon. Friend has got a good grip of the position in a very short time. He has a most unassuming way of saying what he has to say, and...
Mr Roland Jennings: Yes, but is the hon. Gentleman aware that the beginning of that deterioration was under a Socialist Government, when they were throwing away millions of £s?
Mr Roland Jennings: Will my right hon. Friend consider issuing a very clear statement upon the effects of this European marketing scheme, because I find that in the country there is a great deal of misunderstanding, and the time has now arrived when my right hon. Friend should come out openly and let us know which industries will be affected and which not?
Mr Roland Jennings: Will the Chancellor appreciate that masses of people in this country will agree with his view not to be drawn into a mare's nest by opening any inquiry?
Mr Roland Jennings: As the whole of the hon. Member's speech has been one of assertion, does he not think that he should have confirmed some of his statements before coming to the House and making them?
Mr Roland Jennings: As this investigation is being paid for by public money, why should not the report be published?
Mr Roland Jennings: Will my hon. Friend consider this position as it affects every place, wherever it may be? I am sure that that would be the general wish.
Mr Roland Jennings: May I ask the Minister to leave this to the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the incorporated body, to settle their own affairs, rather than to have any Government interference in this matter?
Mr Roland Jennings: Will my hon. Friend continue to co-operate with the steel mills and the shipbuilding industry of this country to keep the supplies of steel plates going to the shipyards, which is the most important thing we all in this House want?
Mr Roland Jennings: In view of the unsatisfactory reply to this Question, I beg to give notice that I shall raise it at the earliest opportunity on the Adjournment.
Mr Roland Jennings: May I ask my right hon. Friend if it is a fact that the Italians have got the contract for carrying out this scheme? If so, is it not right that this country should see that its money should be spent in developing its own industries, instead of encouraging Italian industries?
Mr Roland Jennings: Would the hon. Lady amend that speech if she had had a child of her own murdered? I am perfectly certain that she would not have made it. It is absolute nonsense.