Mr Derek Page: It is a very great honour to make a maiden speech here for any constituency, but it is doubly gratifying to speak as representative of one of the great historic constituencies of this country. King's Lynn can certainly claim to be that, for this constituency has sent to the House hon. Members of outstanding calibre throughout the centuries. It will be recalled that the first Prime Minister...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the number of licences granted to gangmasters in each of the last five years in the counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, respectively; how many of those were granted by magistrates, local authorities and other authorities, respectively; and under what statutory authority these licences are granted.
Mr Derek Page: What does my hon. Friend consider was the purpose of the original Act? Was it not mainly a morals protection Act, and is it not time for a review?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is to be the future use of the Royal Air Force Station at Marham, Norfolk.
Mr Derek Page: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this will bring relief to civilians employed in the area, particularly in view of the rumours during the election campaign which suggested that the base would be closed?
Mr Derek Page: I was very happy to hear my right hon. Friend the Financial Secretary explain earlier in the evening that the rates of drawback for the 15 per cent. levy would be different from those for ordinary duties. Many of my friends in the chemical industry, in which I have an interest, are still very concerned and believe it possible that the levy might push up the cost of their exports. Would my...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the importance of regional planning and the need for full information on which to base it, he will take steps to publish average weekly earnings of male manual workers in the north-east of England Development Area for a suitable date in 1964.
Mr Derek Page: Is my hon. Friend aware that it is extremely difficult to make comparisons between areas such as the North-East, which are receiving economic aid, and areas such as Norfolk, which may well deserve such aid, because comparative figures are not available? Is he prepared to take steps to secure such figures?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the torture of prisoners in Vietnam, he will seek the co-operation of the other co-chairman of the Geneva Conference in order to make joint representations to the Control Commission to investigate the circumstances.
Mr Derek Page: Does not my hon. Friend agree that the pictures of torture which appeared recently in the newspapers could at least be accompanied by some expression of distaste, since the struggle against Communism is primarily moral rather than military?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the congestion at some of the major ports and the consequent delays to exports, if he will improve communications to the area of King's Lynn, where good port facilities are available for industrialists.
Mr Derek Page: Is my hon. Friend aware of the tremendous congestion along the A.17 into King's Lynn? Will he be prepared to have a traffic accident loss or similar assessment carried out to help him to arrive at a reasonable priority for the construction of the trunk road section of the King's Lynn by-pass?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he intends to introduce legislation to empower the Agricultural Wages Board to introduce a sickness benefit scheme for agricultural workers.
Mr Derek Page: Does my hon. Friend agree that farm workers have a right to expect a sickness benefit scheme? Is he aware that they are looking to him for the very earliest action in this respect?
Mr Derek Page: My hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Norwood) spoke of the need for more adequate criteria in deciding the needs of areas for economic assistance. I would like to reinforce his arguments. It is quite ludicrous that we should not have available the figures of earnings. It is obvious to those of us who live in Norfolk that earnings there are very much lower on average than in areas...
Mr Derek Page: I agree with the hon. Member. It is not only in the interests of Norfolk and Lynn but in the interests of the economy of the country. I imagine that the cost utility of £1 million invested in Yarmouth or Lynn would be very much better than the cost utility of £1 million invested in London. That is the sort of approach we need from a Ministry of Economic Affairs. If we are to see the...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Aviation what support he will provide for flying clubs other than by subsidy.
Mr Derek Page: Would my hon. Friend bear in mind that the French Government backs its private flying clubs to the extent of £700,000 a year; that the Italian Government provides duty-free fuel; that the Canadian Government supports its clubs and that the support for our clubs is very poor in comparison?
Mr Derek Page: Will the hon. Member not admit that this is often an abuse of market research rather than genuine market research?
Mr Derek Page: The census is certainly a fine and vital tool for social policy, as my hon. Friend has pointed out. The proposed form of the new census, I believe, represents an improvement over its predecessors. The 10 per cent. sample is certainly very welcome. It is, as has been pointed out, cheaper and quicker, and we can get extra information because of this. We are already getting information through...