Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Labour what proposals he has to ensure that factory safety committees meet without delay after accidents to investigate circumstances.
Mr Derek Page: Does not my hon. Friend agree that evidence tends to grow cold unless an investigation is made at the earliest possible moment, and is he aware that many workers in the King's Lynn area feel that a greater sense or urgency is necessary?
Mr Derek Page: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has to simplify the formalities required for the drawback of temporary surcharge on chemicals used in the manufacture of products for export.
Mr Derek Page: I am most grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware that many firms feel that the cost of going through the formalities for the drawback virtually outweighs the value of the drawback? Is he further aware that the demand for these chemicals, which are not made in this country, is singularly inelastic and therefore not amenable to financial control in this way? Would it not,...
Mr Derek Page: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals he has to simplify the formalities required for the drawback of temporary surcharge on chemicals used in the manufacture of products for export.
Mr Derek Page: May I have an Answer to my Question?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister without Portfolio if he will introduce legislation to ensure that the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship is not infringed by courts.
Mr Derek Page: Does my hon. Friend realise that many doctors and patients are concerned about the difficulties arising from the possibility of their being questioned in court and the possible deleterious effect of this on the diagnosis and treatment of disease? Will he make sure that this is fully appreciated in the right quarters?
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?
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Aviation whether, in view of the need to promote air safety, he will provide suitable films on flying techniques for use by private flying clubs.
Mr Derek Page: I am grateful for that reply. Will my hon. Friend do all in his power to make films more widely available and, in particular, available to the Parliamentary Flying Club?
Mr Derek Page: Does my right hon. Friend realise that the proposals that he has announced today are no substitute for an adequate level of support for farm incomes?
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: 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: 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: 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?