Sir Knox Cunningham: I wish to raise with you, Mr. Speaker, a point of order arising out of your Ruling. You ruled that " the Education Bill, so far as amended ", would be debated by the House this afternoon. I take it that the vast majority of right hon. and hon. Members were not members of the Standing Committee. I was not on the Committee. The only Bill which we can obtain from the Vote Office is the Bill, not...
Sir Knox Cunningham: First, as regards the number of applicants for the Ulster Defence Regiment which assists the military, can the hon. Gentleman say how many have been refused? Second, can he confirm that there will be no withdrawal of troops from Northern Ireland so long as there is any danger of violence from Republican rebels?
Sir Knox Cunningham: On a point of order. Mr. Speaker. Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of those replies, I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise the matter again.
Sir Knox Cunningham: rose——
Sir Knox Cunningham: The hon. Member said, I think that, in the Ballymurphy estate, there was a number of Republicans. He said this in reply to his hon. Friend. Would he confirm that there is also a number of I.R.A. men in the Ballymurphy estate?
Sir Knox Cunningham: That is quite untrue!
Sir Knox Cunningham: On a point of order. I hope that you are aware, Mr. Deputy Speaker, that this is a serious question. Surely the Chair must give some protection when, a court of law having given a complete acquittal to people who stood trial, they are then attacked and smeared in this House. Surely the Chair must, and does on other occasions, give protection to people outside. Is not this one of the...
Sir Knox Cunningham: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Sir Knox Cunningham: Are you afraid?
Sir Knox Cunningham: What about bombing Rhodesia?
Sir Knox Cunningham: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. With reference to your Ruling on that, surely this remark was with particular reference to an individual, to the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition, and should not he have your protection?
Sir Knox Cunningham: While we are grateful to the Minister for reviewing this matter, may I ask him to pay careful consideration to the difficulties which arise because of the sea between this part of the United Kingdom and the other and the disparities which farmers very genuinely suffer as a result?
Sir Knox Cunningham: Answer both.
Sir Knox Cunningham: Has the Minister's attention been drawn to two persons who have been accepted for the new Ulster Defence Regiment who are not "B" Specials and who, when asked on television whether they would fight if the South invaded the North, said that they would have to think about it? Does the hon. Gentleman think that this makes for a good Ulster Defence Regiment?
Sir Knox Cunningham: Is the right hon. Gentleman preparing to fight the next General Election on a policy of not going into the Common Market?
Sir Knox Cunningham: Keep going.
Sir Knox Cunningham: Just answer the question.
Sir Knox Cunningham: Is it not possible, if Parliament so desires and if the Government introduce it for the House to pass another Homicide Act before this Measure expires?
Sir Knox Cunningham: Too late.
Sir Knox Cunningham: On a point of Order. The Minister said that this was her personal view. Is it possible for a Minister at the Dispatch Box to give a personal view and not a Ministerial view?