Mr John Biggs-Davison: Does my right hon. and learned Friend recall that when the fisheries regime was sensibly introduced, the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) spoke of dire consequences, of conflict, and even of conflict with the Soviet Union? Will my right hon. and learned Friend tell the House how the regime is progressing?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he next proposes to meet the chairman of London Regional Transport to discuss the performance of his industry.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: The many improvements are attracting passengers, but is my right hon. Friend satisfied that everything is being done to reduce the consequent overcrowding? Will he have a word with the chairman about the modernisation of the Central line, and particularly the signals, especially as only this morning many of my constituents were appallingly delayed and suffered great inconvenience?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Further to that point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has the penalty of transportation to Australia been revived for Sir Robert Armstrong for his part in the Anglo-Irish Agreement? Is it the case that no Northern Ireland civil servants, as distinct from United Kingdom civil servants, had any part in the drawing up of that agreement?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the working of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Was it at the Intergovernmental Conference that Mr. Peter Barry was helpful enough to recommend enlistment for the RUC? Was it not then deplorable for the SDLP to give contrary advice? Does not the Anglo-Irish Agreement please it, either?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I also recall that a certain member of the Council of Europe, the Irish Republic, has still not ratified the European convention itself, despite all the fine words in the communique attached to the Anglo-Irish agreement.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Quite apart from the somewhat acrimonious exchanges at Question Time on the Birmingham bombings, about which I am not fully informed, has my right hon. Friend studied early-day motion 67, which has been newly tabled with all-party sponsorship? [That this House notes the doubt felt in both Houses of Parliament by two former Home Secretaries, by Lords Devlin and Scarman, by the Cardinal...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Was there any discussion of the dollar fund for Ireland? Does the President know of the deep resentment felt over this, in Northern Ireland because of its link with the Anglo-Irish agreement?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Prime Minister if she will list her official engagements for Tuesday 18 November.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. Friend consider with her Cabinet colleagues today the publication of a White Paper about the totalitarian tendency's perversion of local government? Does she recall the words of the Labour deputy leader of the unlamented GLC about Left-wing councillors' prejudice against the police and the abuse of local government as a political ladder for the extreme Left?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. You have ruled that the sub judice rule does not apply and we accept that absolutely — [Interruption.] But for the future, Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom are party to a case in a court before one of Her Majesty's Australian judges. How do Her Majesty's Government or any party to such a case obtain justice if the sub judice rule...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Now that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi has denounced Her Majesty's Government as racist for requiring visas, as India does, how can the Indian Government bear to accept aid from us?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Has my right hon. Friend observed that early-day motion 280 now bears 108 signatures? [That this House notes the widespread concern felt in Parliament by eminent scientists, by other responsible observers and by members of the public who have viewed programmes on the matter screened by Channel 4, that Anne Maguire, Patrick Maguire (senior), Vincent Maguire (then aged 17), Patrick Maguire...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: My right hon. and learned Friend spoke of a clear signal, but does not all this signalling to South Africa lack precision? South Africans, and some hon. Members, would like to know what exactly the South African Government are expected to do before these measures are withdrawn. What stage of the reform process is supposed to be reached? Will my right hon. and learned Friend define the...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Does my right hon. Friend not understand that many of us feel that the sectarian murders and the intimidation, about which two Opposition Members have spoken, are the consequence of the Anglo-Irish Agreement? As my right hon. Friend has spoken, as Irish Ministers have spoken, of benefits to follow, how long will we have to wait for those benefits?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, which arises out of questions.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is it not sad between two senior Comonwealth countries that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi should accuse the Government of racism because they have followed India's example in requiring visas? Is it not common sense that much disappointment and unnecessary trouble can be avoided for poor people in these countries if their position is clarified before they leave home?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I shall not detain the House for more than a few moments, but I wish to support the new clause as a Member of the House who has addressed Conservative and other audiences in almost every university in the United Kingdom. Most of the audiences that I have addressed have been prepared to give me free speech. Others have not, although I have not suffered from the grievous violence that has been...