Sir Ian Fraser: May we not all rejoice that the hazards and dangers which this force was calculated to help us to avoid have not occurred? To jeer because the trouble did not come is to overlook the sacrifice and service which these men have made.
Sir Ian Fraser: Does not my right hon. Friend feel that it would be conducive to good sense and the better direction of the public mind if we were to approach this matter from the point of view of a balance between the broad general interests of preserving this deterrent, which many people believe to be a deterrent, and making sure that it is a deterrent which really works, rather than rely upon...
Sir Ian Fraser: The B.B.C. pays tax only on its earnings and not on the general licence duty, for instance, on what it receives from sales of the Radio Times.
Sir Ian Fraser: What a wonderful thing.
Sir Ian Fraser: Many politicians all over the world and many emerging politicians will read about this debate, and I think it is worth while underlining for them one of the characteristics of our Parliament which is often overlooked, and that is the way in which from time to time we can approach matters such as foreign affairs and colonial affairs on a non-party basis. Anyone who has heard the last two...
Sir Ian Fraser: The proportions are the other way round.
Sir Ian Fraser: Will the hon. Gentleman allow me to interrupt? Why should it be assumed that it is either a crime or a disadvantage to seek a living in another country? Many Scots come to England because they do better. Why should not Africans from Basutoland go to the Union? They do much better there because conditions are infinitely better there. Why should they not go? They enjoy it.
Sir Ian Fraser: And they enjoy it.
Sir Ian Fraser: But why condemn them?
Sir Ian Fraser: And in South Africa.
Sir Ian Fraser: This is a serious thing the right hon. Gentleman is saying. May I call to his attention something within my own knowledge? British insurance companies. who are not backward in informing themselves about these matters, are at this moment giving the workers at Harwell and other works of the Atomic Energy Authority exactly the same rates for insurance as are given to other persons. Will the...
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Postmaster-General how many applicants are now waiting for telephones in the Morecambe district; and how this figure compares with a year ago.
Sir Ian Fraser: That represents a little progress. Will my hon. Friend go on with the good work?
Sir Ian Fraser: asked the Paymaster-General what progress has been made in the past year with the provision of electricity in rural areas; and what is the programme for the current year.
Sir Ian Fraser: That is good. Does my right hon. Friend appreciate fully that electricity in a small farm is worth another pair of hands to the farmer and almost as much to his wife? Will he and the Minister of Power do all they can to see that the provision of electricity to farms and rural houses goes on apace?
Sir Ian Fraser: I have sympathy with the view presented by the right hon. Member for South Shields (Mr. Ede). I recall when the late Lord Roche, who died only a few weeks ago, felt that he was too old to continue, and——
Sir Ian Fraser: May I go on, Sir Gordon, until you, rather than the Attorney-General, should find me out?
Sir Ian Fraser: Might I be allowed to present at least one argument before you assume that, Sir Gordon? It was in the County of Oxford, it is true, but there is a parallel.
Sir Ian Fraser: If there were such a distinguished lawyer as we have in mind who was willing to do this job unpaid, why should not he do it, as Lord Roche did a similar job in the County of Oxford? We are deliberately debarring ourselves of a very useful service.
Sir Ian Fraser: This debate is said to be about a premature disclosure of a Budget intention. I submit to the House that one cannot disclose, prematurely or otherwise, anything of an entity which does not exist. There was no Budget, and, therefore, there could not be any disclosure, premature or otherwise, of the Budget. The situation which the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Bishop Auckland (Mr....