Mr John Biggs-Davison: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about conditions on the London Underground; and what communication he has had on this matter with London Regional Transport.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Whatever the findings of the King's Cross inquiry on staffing levels, is my right hon. Friend aware that my constituents and I travel late at night on the Central line with considerable apprehension in the absence of staff on duty? If LRT cannot afford it, could a Manpower Services Commission scheme provide extra staff to assist and protect passengers?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: To ask the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 17 November.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Leaving the hon. Member for Brent, East (Mr. Livingstone) to the Leader of the Opposition, has the Prime Minister reflected today that after every big terrorist atrocity in Northern Ireland hopes of effective cross-border action have been raised and dashed? Will she now urge the Taoiseach to back sympathy and denunciation with full police, Army and air co-ordination on both sides of the border?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether, in the absence of Epping Forest water, Exmoor water, which is extremely good, was tasted?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the working of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: After two years, cannot Ministers be honest, humble and courageous enough to admit that the agreement has outraged most people in the Province, including moderate people, without achieving its aims and that it should be reviewed, as is provided in the agreement? How can my right hon. Friend continue to treat Northern Ireland as a colonial condominium? Is riot the surest safeguard against any...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Were not the word of the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) a welcome lead? However, when he said that the atrocity was deeply provocative to the Unionist people, should he not also have said that it was deeply provocative to Irish people as a whole? At remembrance time at our war memorials, do we not commemorate the many Nationalists who fought and died with our forces?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has not every Irish Government, since the troubles began, said that they were doing everything they could against terrorism? Does not that honourable undertaking, coupled with the worsening figures of deaths as a result of terrorism, indicate that the Anglo-Irish Agreement is at best irrelevant to the security situation?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While public concern is fully justified, does my right hon. Friend know whether, or have the impression that, there is more of this than there was in the past?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I do not quite follow the argument of the hon. Gentleman. I feel that he has begun to destroy his argument. The hon. Gentleman says that someone can get a drink on a Sunday in Northern Ireland. Why is it all right to get a drink in an hotel, restaurant or even a club but wrong to get it in a pub?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: They have dealt with those clubs.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the future defence of the Falkland Islands.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will Ministers regularly inform the House of the progressive fall in the cost of this necessary and righteous commitment'? To what extent can the use of the unrivalled training facilities in the Falklands be set against the expense?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: The hon. Member for South Down (Mr. McGrady) struck the right note when he quoted his predecessor's words in praise of the beauty and the people of his constituency. De Valera once said that Down is the county that every Irishman loves best after his own. It is a great thing for the hon. Gentleman to represent South Down, and I am happy to follow him because, had my grandfather been a...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I am grateful for that intervention. The agreement has worsened the position of nationalists. It has put nationalists in many places in great fear of their lives. I refer to the recrudescence of sectarian murders and violence.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: There are many reasons why people vote for parties. There is always a discrepancy in Northern Ireland between the opinions of the people expressed in public opinion surveys and the way that they vote. There is always the tendency, when faced with an election, to vote tribally. This is something that I much regret and it is one important reason why I favour what is called the solution of...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I had better not give way any more lest I keep my hon. Friends and hon. Gentlemen out of the debate. The hon. Gentleman referred to Sunningdale. The main reason that Sunningdale failed was that Dublin and his own party claimed and got too much. That point is well made in the articles by Dr. John Oliver to which I referred. My hon. Friend the Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gow) asked me whether I...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: No, I said that I would not give way again, because I have already given way so often. I do not want to keep other hon. Members out of the debate. The SDLP does not want to make progress with local government lest it lessens the Government's enthusiasm for legislative devolution and power sharing. It wants Northern Ireland to stay different. There has been much criticism of the so-called...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I do not think that the issue was put to the people of Great Britain fairly and squarely. They were not asked, "Do you want to expel from the United Kingdom people who want to be loyal to the United Kingdom and remain within it?" I do not think that the issue was put to them in those honest terms. If it were so put, I do not think that we would get anything but a decent answer from the...