HC Deb 29 November 1973 vol 865 cc582-3
Q4. Mr. Freud

asked the Prime Minister if he will pay an official visit to the Isle of Ely.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so, Sir.

Mr. Freud

In view of the severe depletion of public transport, may I ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the growing concern of my constituents in the Isle of Ely regarding fuel rationing?

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Go by boat.

Mr. Freud

Will he issue a clear and immediate statement to allay the fears of my constituents who have to live 25 miles or more from their work and who are concerned about their ability to continue in employment?

The Prime Minister

I recognise the seriousness of this matter. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has issued a very clear statement about the arrangements which will be made, particularly for travel to work. Naturally we shall deal with this if we get to the point at which petrol rationing has to be instituted.

Mr. John Wells

Will my right hon. Friend change his mind and pay an official visit to the Isle of Ely, and will he, on his way there, stop off at No. 7 Boundary Road NW8 and explain to the inhabitant there some of the home truths about British horticulture so that he will not make such silly remarks in his constituency in future?

The Prime Minister

Naturally I am prepared to consider my hon. Friend's suggestion, were I to receive an invitation from the occupant. I must confess that I am not at the moment fully aware what horticultural facilities the occupant has at 7 Boundary Road.

Mr. Thorpe

In view of the statement made by the hon. Member for Maid-stone (Mr. John Wells), will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that his hon. Friend was an unsuccessful applicant for a Liberal candidature? He was turned down. Will the Prime Minister and the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the hon. Gentleman cannot be allowed to colour the questions asked of Liberals who have been successful?

The Prime Minister

As a result my hon. Friend has been in the House far longer than he otherwise would have been.