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 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: 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 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: asked the Prime Minister what representations he has received asking for the introduction of legislation to make it illegal for criminals to make money by selling their stories to the Press.
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: We must be careful in our analysis of this type of suggestion. Has my right hon. Friend noted that in the B.M.J. of 26th December, 1964, there is an analysis of drunken drivers which shows that only I per cent. were young?
Mr Derek Page: I welcome the initiative shown by the hon. Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) and congratulate him on the persistence of his campaign on a very important problem. An analysis of the real facts of drinking while driving is not very easy. Several times during the debate we have heard that 17 per cent. of drivers in accidents have had too much to drink. This is, of course, slightly different...
Mr Derek Page: That may be true but I think that the commercial traveller does it because he thinks that the client expects it.
Mr Derek Page: We all know what convoluted minds commercial travellers are liable to develop and they always manage to say something to please the other man almost before he thinks about it. We would be very well advised to aim some heavy propaganda towards buyers and directors, asking them particularly not to encourage travellers who sell to them, and also their own travellers, to drink and drive. I...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many applicants for National Assistance in the King's Lynn area are affected by the wage stop; what proportion this is of the total; and how these figures compare with the national average figures.
Mr Derek Page: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for those figures, which I am sure he will realise bear out the fact that this iniquitous rule bears most hardly on areas of low earnings, such as Norfolk. Will he kindly bear that in mind, and will he also bear in mind the fact that recent rent rises have brought many of the lower-paid workers, such as farm workers, below the National Assistance level?...
Mr Derek Page: asked the Minister of Land and Natural Resources whether, in his study of the feasibility of a Wash barrage scheme, he will pay due regard to its effect on the port of King's Lynn.
Mr Derek Page: The man Bossard was convicted and sentenced to six months' goal at King's Lynn court in 1934 for a cheque fraud and during the proceedings it was not merely stated that he was a member of the Nazi Party but that he had been actively employed by it in a paid position on the Continent. Will my right hon. Friend assure himself that these facts were known to the Security Services? If not, why...