Sir Rolf Williams: On a point of order, Dr. King. Am I permitted to move that the Chairman do report Progress and ask leave to sit again? After the speech of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Huntingdonshire (Sir D. Renton) it is quite impossible for the Committee to make up its mind on this important issue, which is a constitutional issue. The Prime Minister abrogates to himself these powers. He...
Sir Rolf Williams: Further to that point of order. My hon. Friend below the Gangway has made the remark and he was rather surprised that he had misheard what my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Withington (Sir R. Cary) had said. There is no doubt that my hon. Friend the Member for Withington did not say "crooks".
Sir Rolf Williams: I follow the hon. Gentleman's argument. Does he think it in order that the Prime Minister, when he resigned from the office of the President of the Board of Trade some years ago, should immediately have become consultant to a timber firm?
Sir Rolf Williams: I want to take up the remarks made by the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes). We are always getting arguments about remuneration of hon. Members and whether the Opposition Chief Whip should be remunerated by the State or at liberty to accept office outside the public service. The hon. Member made the usual "cracks" about my right hon. Friend the Member for Barnet (Mr....
Sir Rolf Williams: With respect, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, I would have thought that it was relevant and in order for the Prime Minister to refer to a document which points out that—[Interruption.]
Sir Rolf Williams: Sir Rolf Dudley Williams rose—
Sir Rolf Williams: On a point of order.
Sir Rolf Williams: Will the Prime Minister give way?
Sir Rolf Williams: Sir Rolf Dudley Williams rose—
Sir Rolf Williams: While congratulating the hon. Lady on the stout way in which she is standing up for the rights of Gibraltarians, may I ask whether she would agree that the situation has been greatly exacerbated by the foolishness of the Prime Minister? What steps have been taken to raise this matter in the United Nations? We are spending a vast sum of money on this organisation. Do the Government think that...
Sir Rolf Williams: On a point of order. I have today tabled a Motion, of which I have sent a copy to the Leader of the House. In view of the urgency with which the Motion requires to be discussed, I wonder whether it would be possible—I think that the Leader of the House will bear me out—
Sir Rolf Williams: May I ask the Leader of the House whether he is aware that I have today tabled a Motion which proposes to bring the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Bill back to the Floor of the House for discussion in Committee of the whole House? In view of the grave event yesterday, in which the police were concerned, will the Government provide an early opportunity for this Motion to be discussed,...
Sir Rolf Williams: Does not my hon. and gallant Friend also realise that whatever recommendations the Speaker's conference may make to this House, if the recommendations are fiddled about with, as the last Speaker's conference recommendations were fiddled about with by the Socialist Party, there is really no point in waiting?
Sir Rolf Williams: asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will make a statement on the composition of the Regional Economic Council for the South-West.
Sir Rolf Williams: Will the Joint Under-Secretary explain the reason for this delay? Does he not recall that on page 3 of "Let's Go with Labour", the manifesto on which his party fought the General Election, appear these words: Labour is ready. Poised to swing its plans into instant operation".
Sir Rolf Williams: Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the only way in which manufactures from abroad can be manufactured in this country is for us to be competitive, and that everything that he and his right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has done since they got into office has been to inflate costs? Does he appreciate that we must not continue with our present high rate of taxation if we are...
Sir Rolf Williams: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider telling us next week when legislation in respect of consumer protection is likely to be introduced by the Government?
Sir Rolf Williams: That is why I asked.
Sir Rolf Williams: Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether this action by the United States and Canada conflicts with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade?
Sir Rolf Williams: May I draw the attention of the Leader of the House to the Motion in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeenshire, West (Mr. Hendry) to be discussed tomorrow week, to ensure that the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Bill is brought back to the Floor of the House for its Committee stage? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, when the Bill was originally discussed, it was...