Sir Rolf Williams: To come back on 21st August.
Sir Rolf Williams: To build a bypass without a motorway does not always work. No doubt the hon. Gentleman has heard of the Exeter bypass.
Sir Rolf Williams: The cause of the friction between France and the rest of Europe is that France wants everything her own way.
Sir Rolf Williams: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that during the life of the present Government there has been a Budget every 95 days? In view of that, and as the next is due on 30th October, will he ensure that the House meets before then?
Sir Rolf Williams: I have listened with great interest to the explanation by the Minister of State of the necessity for the Order. Complaints have been made to me that it may not be possible for the shopkeepers concerned to guarantee to get rid of their stocks of these unmarked goods by the date mentioned in the Order, 31st July, 1966. Some of the goods which they will have to dispose of within this period are...
Sir Rolf Williams: I apologise for not putting my point more clearly, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I was not suggesting, when I used the word "amending", that the Order before us should be amended. I was suggesting that it be withdrawn, then amended and brought before the House in its amended form. I appreciate that we are unable to amend this Statutory Instrument so that the limiting date is not mentioned.
Sir Rolf Williams: But at the end of the period they may well have some of the goods which have left the factory marked but not in the way they will have to be marked after the end of the period. Will they be given any grace to get rid of these items?
Sir Rolf Williams: All hon. Members will be grateful to the Solicitor-General for the courteous way in which he explained what lies behind this consolidation Measure. I do not go all the way with my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mr. Graham Page) when he said that he would like to see Clause 116 removed from the Bill. It is important, as the Solicitor-General pointed out, that the Clause should remain so...
Sir Rolf Williams: So would we all.
Sir Rolf Williams: If they had carried on at the Bar, they would not have the benefit of a tax-free emolument on retirement.
Sir Rolf Williams: rose—
Sir Rolf Williams: I think hon. Members on both sides of the House would like to have the matter ventilated today. I put this question to you with great diffidence. I wonder whether it would be possible for you, at your discretion, if it were the general will of the House, to suspend the sitting of the House for, say, 30 minutes to give the Prime Minister or the Foreign Secretary an opportunity to come to the...
Sir Rolf Williams: Further to that point of order. In view of the fact that the Leader of the House has been completely let down by his party—[HON. MEMBERS: "No."]
Sir Rolf Williams: Since the Leader of the House has been completely let down by his side, would I be in order in inquiring whether he intends to give up his office?
Sir Rolf Williams: Is it not extraordinary that the reason that this quay does not pay rates is that it is not making a profit? If, in future a private business does not make a profit, will it be relieved of rates?
Sir Rolf Williams: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy-Speaker. There are less than 40 Members present.
Sir Rolf Williams: I do not want to detain the Committee for more than a few minutes, but I think that the result of having this Clause in the Bill will be tremendous wangles to avoid the restrictions on companies. I have no doubt myself that those parts of the Clause which seek to restrict this evasion of taxation can be got round by any skilful lawyer. Already, I have been told of one way in which this will...
Sir Rolf Williams: That just shows how sleepy the hon. Member has been.
Sir Rolf Williams: I should think that the hon. Member ought to be rather glad that I have been here, otherwise I may have been inveigled into making a number of interruptions. But that is what will happen—a tremendous lot of work by lawyers, because in simplifying the tax and the fiscal system all that the Chancellor has done is to make all this more complicated and an absolute harvest for anyone engaged in...
Sir Rolf Williams: If the Government are disturbed about this shortage of manpower why do they not have a General Election, when most of the benches opposite would be emptied and the redundancies would be available elsewhere?