Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. and gallant Friend assure the House that the Government have appropriate action in mind to meet this very unsatisfactory situation?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While we are grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend that these further discussions are to be conducted urgently, could we have, perhaps, some indication of when they are likely to be completed, having regard to the possible effects of continued uncertainty on our soldiers and administrators, and on all our fellow subjects in Cyprus? Have not recent events on the frontiers of Egypt and...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Does the right hon. Gentleman mean that he thinks that Campbell-Bannerman and the Liberals were wrong to give South Africa self-government when they did?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent Her Majesty's Government's offer of free trade between the United Kingdom and Canada is to be made to other Commonwealth countries.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would my right right hon. Friend agree that as things are it would be very difficult to achieve free trade between various Commonwealth countries? Having regard to what the Prime Minister said yesterday about the unique importance of the Commonwealth as a world force. will Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom use the coming Commonwealth Trade and Economic Conference and all possible...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Prime Minister what consultations were held with his colleagues in Australia and New Zealand about the problem of claims to national sovereignty in the Antarctic.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While I agree with what my right hon. Friend has just said, may I ask whether he agrees that one of the considerations to be borne in mind is the fact that there are no preferential trading arrangements between this country on the one hand and Ghana and Nigeria on the other?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would it not be quite wrong for Her Majesty's Government to seek to impose limitations on the sovereignty of our allies?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: rose——
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I do not know whether these weapons are junk or not, but, supposing that they are junk, why is it so important for the sake of facilitating negotiations with the Soviet Union not to have them before the summit talks?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Do the Russians believe that they are?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: In my limited and not particularly distinguished service with the Armed Forces of the Crown I was not aeronautical but amphibious, and if therefore I venture to address a few remarks to the Committee I do so with great diffidence, particularly as I am following the hon. Gentleman the Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Beswick), who is an expert in the technicalities of civil and military aviation. I...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I did not mention Suez as a British achievement. I was speaking of British achievements in the sphere of aviation, atomic power, and other matters. My reference to Suez came much later.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not a fact that some hon. Members opposite are considerably more "windy" than those whom they represent?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware that six United Kingdom ships grounded in the Suez Canal during the last six months; and what information he has as to whether these or other accidents were due to silting up of the canal or other obstructions of the waterway.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Since the Suez Canal is now controlled by a Government with which Her Majesty's Government are not in diplomatic relations and contrary to international agreement, can my hon. Friend state what are the arrangements for informing British shipmasters of conditions and possible dangers in the Canal?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent British Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts have ben jammed since Her Majesty's Government entertained proposals for a Summit Conference.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has not the Government represented to the Soviet Government that it might help to improve the atmosphere of negotiations if something were done to put an end to this jamming?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the National Farmers' Union or other representative bodies regarding imports of Swedish and Finnish butter.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Would not part, at least, of the desired result be achieved by raising the price of gold?