§ The Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Fred Peart)
Yes, Sir. The business for next week will be as follows:
MONDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER.—Second Reading of the General Rate Bill.
Motion on the Restriction of Merger Order.
Consideration of a Ways and Means Resolution relating to Import Deposits.
TUESDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER—Remaining stages of the Expiring Laws Bill.
WEDNESDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER.—Motions on the Parliamentary Constituencies Orders relating to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
FRIDAY, 14TH NOVEMBER.—Second Reading of the Transport (London) Amendment Bill.
Motion on the Double Taxation Relief (Finland) Order.
§ Mr. Heath
The Prime Minister himself, during Questions, has emphasised that he would like a debate on the pensions White Paper. This is obviously desirable so that the Secretary of State can explain his statement of last night that small schemes will have to be cut back. Can the right hon. Gentleman say when this debate will take place?
§ Mr. Spriggs
Has my right hon. Friend seen Motion No. 15, about profit through crime?
[That this House deplores the fact that criminals or the wives of criminals should benefit financially from the publication of their life stories from newspapers or magazines.]
Will he give the House an early opportunity of debating this matter?
§ Mr. Grimond
Will the right hon. Gentleman look at the position of the Secretary of State for Scotland in relation to Questions? For instance, he comes to the Box once before Christmas, while the Secretary of State for Social Services comes three times. They have comparable responsibilities in a wide field, and I would be grateful if the right hon. Gentleman would see whether the Secretary of State for Scotland could be allowed to answer Questions rather more frequently.
§ Mr. Palmer
As the Report of the Select Committee on Science and Technology on defence research has been in front of the House for some months now, will my right hon. Friend consider giving time for debating this most important report?
§ Mr. Sandys
Since there are strong rumours that the publication of the Government's new Red Book on murder is a prelude to "bouncing" the House into taking a decision on the future of capital punishment before Christmas, can the Leader of the House give us an assurance that there is no intention of asking the House to take a decision on this important issue before the 1969 crime statistics are available?
§ Mrs. Renée Short
In view of the widespread concern among staff employed in the regional offices of the B.B.C., may I ask my right hon. Friend whether there will be an opportunity for the House to debate the B.B.C.'s proposals for local and regional radio in the near future? We have not yet had a chance to do this.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
Can the right hon. Gentleman explain why he was not able to give my right hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Sandys) the assurance that the House will not be asked to decide a matter of major importance before the full facts are available?
§ Mr. Rose
In view of the loopholes which have been opened up in the Road Safety Act, 1967, by recent legal decisions, will my right hon. Friend consult his right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport with a view to laying before the House as early as possible a short amending Bill to close up these loopholes?
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
Would the right hon. Gentleman indicate to the House how often we shall have an opportunity of putting Questions to the Minister of Technology, in view of the enlarged sphere of influence over which he now presides? May we have an assurance that we shall at least have an opportunity of dealing with the various subjects as often as before?
§ Mr. Ellis
I did not hear all that was said on the last question, and I apologise if what I am about to raise has something to do with it. Will my right hon. Friend do something about our new system for Questions under which, for example, after the Ministry of Transport at Question No. 20, someone else comes in? Some of us are not sure how this will work. Is my right hon. Friend prepared to look at it again if the system does not turn out to be expeditious and in accordance with the wishes of hon. Members?
§ Mr. Fortescue
In speaking to his right hon. Friend about the possibility of a pensions debate, will the Leader of the House mention the desirability of issuing a simplified version of yesterday's White Paper so that the general public may have some idea of this very complicated 1186 subject, which at present they do not understand?
Will the Leader of the House ask his right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to make a statement in the House as soon as he has come to a decision about the Greek subject who is held in a British prison and who faces political persecution if he is forced back to Greece?
§ Mr. John Mendelson
Reverting to the question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Renee Short) concerning the B.B.C., is my right hon. Friend aware that at a large public meeting in London a fortnight or so ago great concern was expressed, and there is similar feeling in the regions? As one proposal being made is that there should be an independent public inquiry before the Corporation's proposals are implemented, there is urgency in this matter. Will my right hon. Friend allow a debate in the shortest possible time?
§ Sir G. Nabarro
Does the Leader of the House recall that at the end of July, four months ago, he gave an undertaking in writing that he would publish early in the new Session details of revised and improved travel allowances for Members, and details of secretarial assistance for Members, since when, on the second issue, he has canvassed Members?
As we are now well into the new Session, may we expect a statement from the right hon. Gentleman next week to implement his promise on both those heads?
§ Mr. Jennings
My pause at that point was unintentional— about allowing time for a debate on the question of sex education in schools?
§ Sir T. Beamish
The Leader of the House will have seen Motion No. 13 regretting his failure to inform the House of the arrangements which he has made to ensure availability at the proper time of papers essential to the work of Parliament. Is he aware that great inconvenience is being suffered by the whole House as a result of the dispute? Will he say what steps he is taking to resolve it, and what is the nature of the dispute?
[That this House again calls upan the Leader of the House to make adequate and permanent arrangements to ensure the availability at the proper time of papers essential to the work of Parliament, and regrets his failure to comply with the request, made in Early Day Motion No. 323 of 21st May 1969, to inform the House through Mr. Speaker of the arrangements he has made.]
§ Mr. David Howell
Has the Leader of the House noticed that at no point between now and Christmas is a Minister answering first on the Civil Service Department and Civil Service Questions? Will he look at this again, in view of the growing importance—we have heard something of it today—of Civil Service Department matters? If there is to be no Minister answering, may we take it that the Prime Minister will answer Questions on the Civil Service Department?
§ Mr. Lubbock
Reverting to the question of the Government's White Paper on the proposed legislation for superannuation, is the Leader of the House aware that we are all receiving many letters from constituents asking us to explain the Government's proposals? The rule in the Vote Office is that one may have only one copy of a White Paper. As an exception, will the Leader of the House give instructions that Members may obtain as many copies of the White Paper as are necessary for them fully to inform their constituents?