Mr Derek Page: asked the Attorney-General how many eviction orders have been granted by courts against tenants of agricultural tied cottages under the Protection from Eviction Act; and how many of these cases resulted in a length of notice up to one month, one to two months inclusive, two to three months inclusive, three to six months inclusive, and six to 12 months inclusive, respectively.
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware of the differences of opinion about whether the protection offered by the Protection from Eviction Act and under the new Rent Bill, should it become law, is adequate, and will he consider keeping a close statistical record to enable rational discussion of these differences?
Mr Derek Page: Does not my hon. Friend agree that this is part of the wider question of the control of horticultural imports, and that a hortcultural commission might well be the real answer?
Mr Derek Page: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Is it in order for hon. Members to read newspapers in the House?
Mr Derek Page: Part II paragraph 3 of the Order refers to exemption from taxation. Any of the members visiting this country can use facilities which are paid for by the taxpayers of this country. There is a considerable infrastructure. Roads, the National Health Service, fire brigade facilities, and, of course, police facilities, will be available, and they have to be paid for by the taxpayers of this...
Mr Derek Page: Would my hon. Friend draw a parallel between the position in Northern Ireland and that in Norfolk, where a great deal of the local employment depended on an airfield were the aircraft suddenly developed metal fatigue, causing great distress in the area, with nothing to take the place of that employment?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will take steps to utilise to the fall the production capacity of British farmers and horticulturists to help Great Britain's balance of trade position.
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the increase in standard quantities, especially in cereals, is very welcome and might be held to represent an expansionist tendency, whereas the International Cereals Agreements are help by many to represent a counterinfluence? Will my right hon. Friend comment on this and refresh my memory as to the parties to those agreements?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on increased aid to the shellfish industry.
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the imports of shellfish in 1964 were about £1 million in value above 1963, and does not he agree that we could supply a lot more of our own requirements if we had suitable processing plant? Will he give sympathetic consideration to any suitable schemes put forward by the fishermen?
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...
Mr Derek Page: If my hon. Friend will consult the statisticians, she will find a difference of opinion on that. Indeed, the balance of opinion is to the effect that, if professional interviewers are used, there is great advantage in accuracy.
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: 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 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: 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.