Mr Derek Page: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that the publication, for instance, of the Bossard memoirs by papers such as the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express appeared to show more concern for circulation than for the national interest? Does not my right hon. Friend think that this deplorable practice should have been referred to the Press Council?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what research has been conducted into the possible connection between benzene and leukaemia; and whether he will make a statement.
Mr Derek Page: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the concern which this information must raise among workers in the chemical industry where tremendous amounts of benzene are used? Will he give the greatest priority to this work?
Mr Derek Page: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on a courageous and necessary Measure, but I want to take up the qualms which some of us feel about the Bill in dealing with the agricultural tied cottage. We do not have disagreements on this side of the House, as has been made clear. We have mutual elucidations. It will be very difficult to decide who is right in this process unless we have adequate data....
Mr Derek Page: Would the hon. Gentleman not agree that the eviction of even one farmworker is a crime against humanity?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the price of Irish strawberries offered for export to Britain; and what volume of imports he expects from Ireland.
Mr Derek Page: Does my hon. Friend agree that the figures he has given would not give any reason for the depression of British prices, but, on the other hand, will he bear in mind that we are well capable of growing all we need?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what steps she is taking to ensure that agricultural gang workers are adequately covered by industrial insurance.
Mr Derek Page: Is my hon. Friend aware that the changing and transient nature of gang employment makes the enforcement of the legal requirements particularly difficult? Will he look at the difficulties of adequate coverage of workers in agricultural gangs?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what proportion of retired persons do not receive the State retirement pension in King's Lynn, Norfolk and the United Kingdom, respectively.
Mr Derek Page: Will my hon. Friend bear in mind the eagerness with which my constituents look forward to the implementation of the guaranteed minimum income?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Power when he will make a statement on the progress of the search for oil and gas in the North Sea.
Mr Derek Page: Will the Minister bear in mind the tremendous implications of this exploration for economic development and employment in East Anglia? Will he ensure that the House is given the earliest news of any developments?
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the cut in cereal prices does not appear to have resulted in any decrease in the acreage of cereals planted in Britain this year? The arrangements entered into by the previous Government do not appear to be working.
Mr Derek Page: As an exporter I have constantly experienced the tightness of credit in a number of Continental markets which has been referred to several times in the debate, and the Bill is, therefore, welcome as a means of increasing international liquidity and helping to free trade. But there is one aspect which causes me a little concern. That is the slight danger of inflationary pressures which will...
Mr Derek Page: —because, of course, it would cut at the roots of productivity and the need for new investment. I come back to a theme which I advanced in the first few days of this Parliament. I believe that we shall be driven back, however unwillingly, to the need for physical controls in the autumn and I hope and trust that the Chancellor will be ready when the occasion arises.
Mr Derek Page: The point I made was that, although there might be need for many other measures in the short term, the long-term answer to the problem of increasing liquidity without increasing inflationary pressure is to increase productivity. I believe that the Corporation Tax in the long run will be of very great help towards that.
Mr Derek Page: Certain areas of Britain are recognised as meriting special economic assistance, and help is available by various means, such as preferential financial arrangements, and, in particular, by preference in the allocation of industrial development certificates. Inevitably, if one area of the country benefits in such ways, there must be a corresponding burden on the rest of the country, and it is...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Aviation whether he will initiate feasibility studies regarding a sub-orbital airliner.
Mr Derek Page: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that this is the ultimate airliner in any further projects following on the Concord, and does not he agree that it is as well to bear in mind the implications regarding the aerospace launcher along the lines suggested by the British Interplanetary Society?