Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that outside London the country forces have been dealing effectively with cases of long-firm fraud and fraudulent trading for many years and bringing those guilty of such offences to book, with the courts passing appropriate sentences?
Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Thursday 19 December.
Mr Derek Spencer: In view of the announcement by the board of Westland Helicopters that it intends to enter into an agreement with Sikorsky-Fiat, will my right hon. Friend confirm that the position of the Government is as set out in the statement of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on Monday?
Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon Friend agree that this setting gives Leicester city council the opportunity to learn a permanent lesson from the rate capping of last year, and that, provided that they do not act like town hall Bourbons, this settlement will be in the interests of the people of Leicester?
Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the latest position in the teachers' dispute.
Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the National Union of Teachers has taken special selective action in the constituencies of some Members to whose views it has taken exception? Does he agree that that is an especially nasty and vindictive form of attack on innocent children?
Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Secretary of State for Energy what arrangements will be made for the pension fund of British Gas when it is privatised.
Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the time has come for trade union leaders to stop indulging in scandalous scaremongering about this subject? Does he believe that that is in direct proportion to their fear that the privatisation of gas will be a roaring success?
Mr Derek Spencer: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 10 December.
Mr Derek Spencer: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the district health authority in Leicester has saved over £400,000 by putting out to competitive tender cleaning contracts at the Glenfield hospital and Leicester general hospital? Does she agree that in the Tory party it is the patients who come first?
Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend welcome the Transport and General Workers Union's leaders' late conversion to democracy? Taken with the fact that we have had fewer strikes than for many years, does he agree that in industrial relations the Tory party has got it right?
Mr Derek Spencer: If there are maggots in the body politic of Liverpool, there is warble fly in the body politic of Leicester. Will my right hon. Friend ensure that those two groups of pests do not get together and sting the long-suffering ratepayer in Leicester?
Mr Derek Spencer: Will my hon. Friend encourage the representatives of the Civil Service unions to go to Leicester to see the contribution that the Asian community has made to the free enterprise society and draw their conclusions accordingly?
Mr Derek Spencer: In the town hall in Leicester there is a monster with two heads.
Mr Derek Spencer: One of the heads is the information unit and the other is the contracts monitoring unit. That creature, which suddenly emerged in June this year, gives off a dull, Leftist monotone that stretches all over the city. It knows about as much of concern, truth and democracy as a bank robber knows of honesty. Far from being interested in listening to and conducting a dialogue with other people,...
Mr Derek Spencer: I have 18,000 constituents who might want to make use of this service. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that it is not the function of any hon. Member to act as judge and jury in deciding whether or not an individual should be allowed entry, but only to make responsible and proper representations to the Home Office?
Mr Derek Spencer: Is it not a fact that the number of people granted temporary admission this year will be twice the number granted temporary admission in the last year of the Labour Government? Does that not give the lie to the suggestion that there is something draconian about the way in which our immigration policy is being applied?
Mr Derek Spencer: On 9 and 10 October in my constituency there were riots, and with the pall of smoke there was a pall of sadness. So many people had spent so much time over the years to ensure that we did not have such a problem. In spite of so many efforts, that was the result. I have the privilege of living in a constituency which has an inner city area but which stretches to the outside of the city. I...
Mr Derek Spencer: Does my right hon. Friend not agree that, as is so often the case, Leicester can teach the rest of the country a lesson? The lesson is that rate capping need last for 12 months only and can introduce financial sanity where there was madness. That quite destroys the myth that selection has been on the basis of political vindictiveness.
Mr Derek Spencer: If anyone is minded to accept the advice of the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Mr. Heffer) and journey north to Liverpool, I invite him first to call in at Leicester, which, unlike Liverpool, is a city on the up and up. It is a city of enterprise in which industry and small businesses form a significant part of the economy. Leicester has done well out of the Conservative Government since...