Sir Rolf Williams: Nonsense.
Sir Rolf Williams: The intellectual leadership of the party may not be in my hands, but at least I know more about political history than does the hon. Member. The policy of laissez-faire was the child of the Left-wing intellectuals of the last century.
Sir Rolf Williams: Who says it? Who is he?
Sir Rolf Williams: May I draw the attention of the Leader of the House to Motion No. 133, in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Torquay (Mr. F. M. Bennett)?
Sir Rolf Williams: I wish to revert to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon (Mr. B. Harrison), who said that the Regulations had been tabled some time ago. The hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan), who is replying on behalf of the Opposition—
Sir Rolf Williams: Then on behalf of the Police Federation. I understand that he has some financial association with the Federation.
Sir Rolf Williams: There is nothing wrong in that. We all know that the hon. Gentleman is associated with the Police Federation.
Sir Rolf Williams: No one has any objection to the hon. Gentleman's interest in the Police Federation. We have all been bombarded with telegrams today. The hon. Gentleman said that the Police Federation had no knowledge of this matter until last Thursday. In fact, the Regulations were tabled on 18th June.
Sir Rolf Williams: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police were involved in keeping order during the rioting in Smith Square on 24th June, 1964.
Sir Rolf Williams: May I put in a plea for private Members?
Sir Rolf Williams: That was only the preface of my remarks. I was going on to say—[HON. MEMBERS: "Object."] I thought that I would get the House in the right mood.
Sir Rolf Williams: I am glad that I have been able to get the House in the right frame of mind. May I draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the fact that we have very limited facilities for private Members' business. I am referring not to private Members' legislation, but to the discussion of Private Members' Motions. Today is one of the rare occasions when we can discuss Private Members' Motions. May I put it...
Sir Rolf Williams: Tell us about the scientific break-through.
Sir Rolf Williams: I am very glad to have paid the hon. Member the debt that I owed him. He offered me three-to-one against the Tory Party. We nearly won. It was a worth-while bet. The point that I want to make to him is that this Government got into power on the basis that they would nurture science and give a great progressive look to this country. The first thing that they have done is to destroy the finest...
Sir Rolf Williams: While appreciating the courtesy of the right hon. Gentleman in his reply to my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition, am I to assume from his remarks that if, after the Budget Resolutions are known, there is a demand by the Opposition for an extension of time for debate on them, it will be granted?
Sir Rolf Williams: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Sir Rolf Williams: Does not the hon. Gentleman realise that it is not so much the movement of science graduates from Scotland that matters but the flood of graduates who will be moving from this country to the United States if the Concord project is dropped?
Sir Rolf Williams: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what steps he porposes to take to lessen the burden of rates.
Sir Rolf Williams: Will the right hon. Gentleman inquire of the Colonial Secretary as to whether he put up his Parliamentary Private Secretary to ask this Question?
Sir Rolf Williams: Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that he has tremendous sympathy from this side of the House in having to resist the remarks that are made by the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton)? Is he aware that we also sympathise with him in having to deal with South Africa on this important topic, in view of the irritation caused to that country by the Prime Minister himself?