Mr Derek Page: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision he is making to ensure adequate access by the Press to proceedings of administrative bodies set up as a result of reorganisation and amalgamation of police forces.
Mr Derek Page: I am most grateful for that reply. Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that it will be very welcome to the Press, which discharges the very important function of watching the public interest?
Mr Derek Page: I beg to move Amendment No. 45, in page 12, line 14, after "migration" to insert: earnings relative to other areas ". The object of the Amendment is to include in the Bill an extra criterion by which the Board of Trade may judge the suitability of scheduling areas as development areas. This is comparative earnings. My right hon. Friend will remember our debates last year when my hon. Friend...
Mr Derek Page: Is it not a fact that during March the unemployment figures for Norfolk were lower than the average for the area which my right hon. Friend's Department is proposing to add to the northern development area?
Mr Derek Page: I beg my right hon. Friend's pardon. I seem to remember that the figures were 2·3 for Norfolk, and 2·1 on average for the area which it is proposed to add to the northern development area.
Mr Derek Page: In view of the very helpful attitude of my right hon. Friend and the obviously sympathetic attitude of his Department, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Health if he is satisfied that general practitioners possess the necessary experience to detect efficiently deafness among children; and what action he is taking to ensure that all children who suffer in this way are identified as early as possible.
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the period of training of specialised teachers of deaf children is much longer than that received by general practitioners? Is he aware that experience in the King's Lynn area shows that the incidence of deafness may be far greater than suspected, and will he consult his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science on setting up a...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what criteria he is using to assess the success of his measures to give security to tenants of agricultural tied cottages.
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. Friend aware that while agricultural workers appreciate the improvement that has been effected, there is still considerable apprehension? Is it not time that my right hon. Friend made official statistics available so that the success or otherwise of his policies on this matter could be properly judged?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will include consideration of drainage rates in the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on Local Government.
Mr Derek Page: Is my right hon. Friend aware that this type of rate is a particularly irksome burden to many ratepayers in East Anglia, particularly those who live in low-lying areas and who must pay rates to get rid of water which flows on to their property free of charge from the higher areas?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Power what consideration is being given by Her Majesty's Government to the planning of pipelines and related equipment for the handling and distribution of North Sea gas.
Mr Derek Page: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the social needs of Norfolk and East Anglia in general for the industry which must flow as a result of these discoveries? Will he keep in close contact with the Regional Council?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Power when he expects the inquiry on the Sea Gem disaster to commence.
Mr Derek Page: Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the urgency of this matter, the anxiety which arose over another break-up recently, and the number of other operations which are starting in the near future the construction of which must obviously be guided by the results of this inquiry?
Mr Derek Page: I am puzzled to relate the hon. and gallant Gentleman's opinion with that of his right hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Sandys) who, in the debate on 26th February, 1958, said: We have no aircraft carriers large enough to operate the long-range bombers which would be needed for an effective strike operation. We really could not contemplate building more and bigger...
Mr Derek Page: My main criticism in what is otherwise a general welcome to the Bill relates to an odd omission. The Bill provides for the disclosure of the proportion of turnover of a firm in exports but makes no mention of the proportion of money spent by a firm on imports which, to me, seems to be at least as important an aspect. It is very important that a company buying its raw materials and...
Mr Derek Page: Does not my hon. Friend agree that infinitely greater loss would result if the Government were to bend to rebellion?
Mr Derek Page: asked the President of the Board of Trade how many industrial development certificates were granted for firms to develop in the King's Lynn area in each quarter of the years 1963, 1964 and 1965.