Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what official requests have been made from Pakistan for teachers from the United Kingdom for Government College, Lahore, and other educational institutions in Pakistan; to what extent those requests have been met; and what particular action has been initiated.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can my hon. Friend assure us that every effort will be made to meet all these requests, which are to the mutual advantage of our two countries?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations how Commonwealth Day was celebrated in Bechuanaland, Basutoland and Swaziland.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Under-Secretary of State for Common wealth Relations to what extent it is the policy of his Department, before granting an application for assisted passage to Australia, to satisfy itself that accommodation will be available there of a suitable standard for the individual applicant.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has my right hon. Friend studied the Motion on the Order Paper concerning the review of the Charter of the United Nations Organisation and the Amendment to that Motion in the names of about 36 of my hon. Friends and my own name? May we be assured that Her Majesty's Government will take steps to ascertain the views of this House before making or accepting proposals for such a review?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not the fact that the resources of the United Kingdom are limited, and that it is the first duty of Her Majesty's Government' to try to satisfy the considerable needs of other Commonwealth countries for technical assistance?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. Friend, any hon. Member opposite or anyone else tell us whether the recent joint declaration on the subject by the party opposite represents the policy of the Labour Party?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would my right hon. Friend say whether this is a temporary arrangement pending the adjustment of whatever difficulties there may be within the alliance?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: How many States does the right hon. Gentleman think would be capable of joining in?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Were not the principles and provisions of the Havana Charter entirely injurious to the economic interests of the British Commonwealth?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: When my right hon. Friend says that our contribution is to be made in dollars, does he mean in the equivalent of dollars? Secondly, is this Fund conducted without excessive administrative expense?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Like the hon. Gentleman the Member for Bilston (Mr. R. Edwards), I have travelled a little in the Cameroons, but I hope that he will forgive me if I do not follow him up the road to Buea and beyond. Earlier in his speech, he referred to the Soviet economic penetration of the Yemen, and the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Derby, South (Mr. P. Noel-Baker) spoke about the Soviet steel mill...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I was not touching on those subjects, but was trying to suggest how we in Britain, together with partner countries, could help to deal with this problem, which is as terrible as the hon. Gentleman says. I am not going to do any of these starving kids—and there are many of them—any good by talking emotionally. One has to think out the means of helping them. I shall bring my speech to an...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: How do we secure the means to help these people except from trade? How is it done?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will make a statement about the recent discussions in London between officials of Commonwealth countries regarding the mobilisation of their economic resources.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. Friend say whether these officials are working under the aegis of the Commonwealth Economic Consultative Council? Has that body come into existence, and is Marlborough House ready for occupation by it?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: My right hon. Friend has mentioned the long-standing principle that people should, if possible, vote in person. Will he take into account that since that long-standing principle has been established, many more people are having holidays, thank goodness, and much longer holidays at that?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has now completed his consideration of the broadening of the categories on which post-war credits are paid on hardship grounds, particularly of sickness.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. Friend hasten the result of his efforts, because there are a number of constituents of mine and very many people who are unable to earn because of sickness and who would be very glad if the sums due to them from the State could be paid out as quickly as possible?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not worthy of note that widely respected and democratically-elected African leaders of the French community have no misgivings about this test and have expressed themselves in favour of it?