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HOME NEWS 2 --.-i .-.'J'.rS.l Mrs to ask Butlin's "to- i-wppt:-H curbs By Gillian Linscott The Department .of Ttlealth and an all-party committee of MPs concerned with , mental health are to make approaches to Butlin's, to ask it to clarify Its policy on refusing some groups of mentally handicapped people as holiday visitors.. This follows' a report in the Guardian yesterday that the director of a day training centre at Basildon had decided that he could not take his party of handicapped adults to Butiin's this year after the firm wrote him a letter saying that no handicapped people who needed help m feeding could ne accepted. Mr Alf Morris, Minister for the Disabled, issued a statement yesterday, saying that he was concerned about reports sug gesting that Butlin's was setting new conditions for accepting ru.,, ... xic iuucu . x au.."..u unc iu nneal to all nraamsatinns who appeal to all organisations who iii.iuc uuuuo u uM,i.BL advice before imposing condi- nons tnat could otnerwise nave the effect of excluding handi- capped, people. He welcomed yesterday's Guardian leader, nrm refuses to accommoaaie a treat handicapped people as person with a mental or physi-second class citizens. cai disability on the grounds There is likely to be an that he or she may be embar-approach from the Department rassing to other neoDle. of Health to Butlin's, suggest- ing that it might be helpful to clarify what conditions Butlin's is setting for accepting handir Lonrho By Charles Cook.-. Energy Correspondent A High Court judge yester day stopped efforts to get Shell into and British Petroleum open court- ta answer-accusations of . Bhodesian . sanctions-busting when he ruled that the arbitration. But within an hour i the trading group, Lonrho, which brought the charges, had launched, another attempt to, have the case, heard publicly, Mr justice ungntman- ruiea that Lonrho's allegations .against the two British-based international oil groups had to be heard in private under the terms of a 1962 agreement be- . tween the parties. He gave ' Lonrho three weeks in which to 1 appeal against his decisionbut Children In Nazi Concentration YOUR HELP IS The Anti Nazi League has leaflets for trade unionists, distribution. ;'.- ' -v- ' fat ' Advertisement TO: Emergency Appeal, Anti-Nazi League 12 Little Newport Street, London WC2 Please send me a supporter's card: I enclose a donation for the Emergency Appeal payable to "Anti-Nazi League" Name -Address on the -, ., 1 .Robert Butlin capped people - and to discuss any problems. ;. .The Parliamentary all-party committee on Mental Health 'aS fits chairman Mr Eric LJlXfL ih also discussed the report yester- to Butim-s, asking if Written niifl?vc- nnbinrr i4 uiete nave oeen cnanges in uie firm's nnlirv firm's policy. ast nignt Mr Moonman tabled a string of ouestions to Mr David Ennals,. Secretary of State for Social Sei-vices, asking among other thinss about the egal implications "if a holiday The managing director of Butlin's, Mr Robert Butlin, denied yesterday that the firm was discnminanng against han- switches attack on oil immediately the group, led by jar - nny - Kowiana, decided to try another ploy, In a private application Defore another judge Lonrho extend the original writ,- which accuses 29 oil companies of breach 'of contract, -. negligence and conspiracy. It will now pro- ceed also against Shell Inter- national Petr o 1 e urn, a iulcuant OT ,.lne oneM ranf L01rf?)!SSK 2 Sjy naed a??. fSL1?? fvr: ; -rrLr 5,0,s a61,ccme"" The extension also named three individuals closely con- nected with. Shell and BP dur- ing the period covered by the wrt Sir Frank McFadzean, former chairman, of Shell . T & T ; Mr Dirk de Bruyne, cur- Camp, 1943 3 NEEDED NOW! posters, bridges, stickers and school students and general fan. Phone handicapped dicapped people. " We take a lot of handicapped people and said But MdeTthaT'there had'bien some occasions when partief arrived at to? camps witnout an adequate jnumner ot ti-ar i.r,n W-'side of e bargain "3d ihw nuts a int nf evf ttvain on the staff." he said. "I think these were isolated cases but I do know that we have been embarrassed ia tlio past by people not playing ball, and if it has transpired that our people are taking a stronger- line men u wuum uoi surprise can at in properly, one prob-me." , - " lem is that we have converted ine general secretary oi me Council for Voluntary Service m Slough, Mr Norman Nichol- son, saui yesieruuy mat nis experiences mis year suggesieo. mat Buiuns was aiso setting ZT!!' ?"ip?ng large parties of old He said that he had tried to b00k a party 0f 250 old people t.. r into the Butlins camp at Mine- head in Hay, on normal senior citizens' concessionary rates, The party booking department had told him in writing that BuUin's was " not in a nosition to accept as many senior citizens in one week as we have done previously.' The firm eventually accented bookings for two senarate groups, each of 200 pensioners- dui oniy atter Mr wicnoison had agreed that they would pay normal rates for a hundred of the pemonsers in each group in- rent president of Royal Dutch retroieum and a snea t & t managing director; and Mr A. H. Sandford, a former BP senior executive. Sir .Frank? who ' is recovering from a attack, is now chairman . of British Air- ways but was managing director His judgment means that of the whole Royal DutchShell Shell and BP are no longer par-group from 1964-76. . ties to Lonrho's main action, The Lonrho charges relate to unless the ruling Is overturned the period before and since Mr on, appeal. But it also means Ian Smith declared UDI for Rhodesia in 1965. They allege that the oil comoanies. with in- tent to injure iKMirno, encour- aged Mr Smith to declare UDI and then sustained the illegal regime by . guaranteeing sup- plies of oil and fuel: These were delivered without using the Beira-Umtali pipeline owned by Lonrho which all the companies had agreed in 1962 Did you see David Edgar's vision last night? The National Front are emerging as a growing force in British politics. In some recent bye-elections they have pushed the Liberal Party into fourth place. They intend to stand 318 candidates in the next General Election' and at least 800 in the May. local elections. BFor the first time since Mosley in the thirties, there is the worrying prospect of a Nazi party gaining significant support in Britain. The leaders, philosophy and origins of the National Front follow on directly from the Nazis in Germany. Like Hitler with the Jews, the British Nazis seek to make scapegoats of black people. They exploit the real problems of unemployment, bad housing, cuts in education and in social and welfare services. Physical assaults on black people are increasing at a disturbing rate. Bin these months before the General Election the Nazis will seize every opportunity to spread their propaganda. During the Election itself, National Front candidates will be entitled to TV and radio time, BThis must not go unopposed. Ordinary voters must be made aware of the threat that lies behind the National Front. In every town, in every factory, in every school, on every housing estate, wherever the Nazis attempt to organise they must be countered. Millions of leaflets and posters will have to be distributed. . BThe Anti-Nazi League was launched last November to organise on the widest possible scale against the propaganda and activities of the Nazis in Britain today. Its founder organisers are Peter Hain, Paul Holborow, and Ernie Roberts. The League's sponsors numbering over 400 prominent public figures include: Dave Allen, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Joe Ashton M.P., Lord Avebury, Prof. A.J. Ayer, Mclvyn Bragg, Brian Clough, Jonathan Dimbleby, David Edgar, Alan Fisher, Paul Foot, Bishop Trevor Huddleston, Glenda Jackson, Miriam Karlin, Neil Kinnock M.P., Joan Lestor M.P., George Melly, Warren Mitchell, Iris Murdoch, Michael Parkinson, Prof. John Rex,, Arthur Scargill, Tom Stoppard, Maurice Styles, Prof. Peter Townsend, Terry Venables, Prof. Michael ZanderB stead of the cheaper senior citizens rates. He sald that the Council for Voluntary Service had been ,ta8 lorSe Parties 04 taBntHTLVfe.rr. to iiutiin s camDS for five years, jg SftS h.ad met any. problems. l I think that there Is a change of policy nere;- ne said. Mr Eric Carter, booking director for Butlin's. commented : we nave taicen tnousands of old-age pensioners in. recent years but only as many as we much of our scewmodation to self -catering, to meet the de- mand for it. Nearly 70 per cent of our accommodation is now self-catering, and that means that there is not the same H"1 of accommodation for people, on full board, whatever group they come from " It would be auite wrona to tae m(re senior citizens than r.. ta" uuc thing, we want to give them downstairs accommodation and put them near the dining room. If a party was accepted as a senior citizens party, ne said, the concessionary rate would apply to all its members. The onlvsituation in which it would not apply was if somebody de- ciaed to dook some ot tne party in at the ordinary rates after being refused accommodation as senior citizens. hearing to use as tre sole means of sup- plying finodesia, it is aiiegeo. Mr Justice Bright man accepted the Shell and BP plea that the charges relating to their actions should be heard by arbitration because, he said, he was bound to do so by law. that the two companies will no longer be represented in court when Lonrho eventually brings me charges aescrioed oy mr Justice Brightman as " of extreme gravity" against, the other oil companies. Shell and BP'S alleged involvement in the alleged conspiracy will be de- tailed in Lonrho's evidence, but they will have no right of reply in public. play 'Destiny' on BBC Tele terror of fire ever The terror and horror experienced by . a child during the Suimnorland fire on the Isle of Man went far bevond that met within " a normal accident," Mr Neil Hanson told the High court m Douglas yesterday. Ruth McQuillan of Hart Ter-race, Culcavy, Hillsborough, County Down. Northern Ire land: was five in Aueust. 1973. when a fire at the Summerland entertainments centre killed SO people. Ruth was rescued from the fire and is claiming damages for burns to her legs and nanns ,which will result in permanent disfigurement. Mr Hanson, her counsel, said that liability was admitted oy Summerland operators Trust House -Forte Leisure Ltd and Summerland Ltd. The only point to be settled by the" court .was tne amount ot damages. He said : " The nain and suf fering she endured amounted to a very great impairment of the normal childhood she could have expected. She can expect serious emotional upsets and distress as she enters her teens. " The effects of that dreadful- night at Summerland will be something that will be with, her for a very Jong tame, possioje to the end' of her life." The Girl's father. Samuel McQuillan, told the judge that he, his wife Muriel, and daughters Ruth and Lynda, then.' aged two and' a half, were on the top floor . when ' they noticed smoke. They set off down- a staircase he was carryins Lynda and his wife had Ruth with her. The crowd nanicked and the family became separated Flames blocked the way. forward, the crowd blocked his way back and he ddved through a ooor wnicn was oucKimg in the heat. He had Lynda in his arms when he dived through the door on to a miniature golf course but " at that time, as far as I was concerned, my wife and Ruth had Derished in the fire." Mr McQuillan's voice broke as he told how he found Ruth at Douglas Hospital and then went back to Summerland to look for his wife. Bystanders persuaded him to seek treatment for burns to his face and hands and he found himself in the same "ambulance as his wife. She hd' rRuth h)id escaped by leaping from a blazing staircase on to the roof of an ice-cream kiosk. A man broke a hole in the wall and dragged them clear. His two daughters were admitted to the children's ward and his wife was also detained in Douglas Hospital. At one stage nurses had to bring his wife into the children's ward because he could not convince the girls that-she had not died. He said- that Ruth's treatment, which included skin grafting, was extremely painful and on one occasion the pain was sp severe that she had attacked the nursing sister " whom she loved." " She still has a horror of anything connected with fire or crowds inside a building," he said. Mr Barry Stanley, counsel for-Trust House Forte and Summerland, said it appeared there had been no interference with the physical functions of Ruth's limbs. The psychological effects of her experience had largely disappeared and the doctors had said there would be no lasting effects other than some self-consciousness. ' Judge Robert Eason reserved judgment. In an action which was settled ,out of court two weeks ago Ruth's younger sister, Lynda, received 2,000 damages for injuries suffered in the Summerland fire. Vandals 'need to play tough' By a Staff Reporter The primary motivation underlying much vandalism would seem to be the need to prove masculine toughness, says a report published by the Home Office yesterday. Combatting vandalism has provided the basis for a Government test campaign which begins today with the showing of a 45-second " shock " fijm in the Granada television area in North-west England. Precisely wnat the shock value' of the films will be remains to be seen, but it will have to come as a powerful catharsis to purge a problem now costing Britain. 100 millions a year. 500,000 campaign to help By David HenCkc THE SCENE is a municipal swimming pool. A young teenager Is drowning. Desperately, ho attempts to cling to the side. He fails and, gasping for breath, awaits his death. But all Is not lost. At the last moment he Is saved, dragged out of the pool, -by those new llfesavers . . . the men from the Manpower Services Commission. Starting next month, at the cost of seme 800,000, tho Manpower Services Commission will be launching its biggest ever advertising campaign. During the following weeks GouHcii By David Palllater , THfc Warden of All ..Souls, Oxford,, was yesterday appointed as the' new chair man of the Press Council.-Mr Patrick Nelll, QC, will take over from the retiring chairman, Lord Shawcross, - on October 1. At 51, he is the youngest of the council's past three chairmen. . " ' He says he finds the prospect of investigating complaints' against Fleet Street "interesting and important," though he admits he Is mindful of his illustrious predecessors. ' . Sir Nelll's appointment to All Souls last year was interpreted by some, as a victory for the' old guard, who were anxious not to precipitate the college into the late twentieth century with too much haste. His views on the state of the British press and the new framework of the Press Council are decidedly cautious. He describes the new system a streamlined conciliation procedure and equal representation of. lay members as " pretty good," adding : " I don't think there is any real alternative to the voluntary principle." Mr Nelll admits that he has no ' experience . of the news paper world otner tnan as a reader. "I skim through, most of tne papers at the college.' But he feels that press stan dards are also "pretty good and goes so far as to contend: "As far as I have seen from my travels, we have the best press in the world' . His optimism may bo well founded since he will he presiding over, the reformed Council before it has had time to put the Royal Commission's proposals to the test. Hfs appointment Is initially for three years ani carries an annual salary of 12,000. This is on top of the 5,000 he earns administering the needs and investments of All Souls. To the lay public he is perhaps best known for his un- Camden bias r pcMfattaced By a Staff Reporter . , The Runnymede Trust, the Influential race research group. has attacked-Camderi council's controversial policy oi discri- S?i5'?Bf?Surai' fS&l fnrtit.3013 aPPllcatIons and promotions, In a statement Issued this week the trust says ; that Camden's policy ' would amount to racial discrimination, provoke resentment and vcuid be counter-productive." A jpolicy of preference for particular racial groups is nbt only unlawful but inefficient, says the trust. ' Discrimination cannot be removed by nfaking statements about equal opportunity, and - systematically giv-ing preference to black workers, given applicants of equal ability. Discrimination, particularly indirect discrimination, is usually deeply enmeshed within an. employer's practices, customs, standards etc. Removing the symptom (under-represenitation) of racial groups must be associated with an effort to remove the racial biases in the system itself." , The trust points -out that a systematic policy of preferring black to white applicants for Job vacancies is against the law. The Raee Relations Act allows positive discrimination in only The TV film will be shown over eight weeks, alternating with a second film aimed at young vandals, and working on their fears that their parents will find ,out about their destructive doings. The effects of the campaign will be moni-tored. The report, by Research Bureau Ltd, gives the results of interviews with young people, aged between eight and 16. Most of them valued "toughness" and said it v s essential to be able to flgnt. However, an element of excitement was also an implicit factor, and indeed tho process of running away, and the thrill of being chased, were often regional TV commercial and full-page quality newspaper advertisements, Including the Guardian, will be introducing readers to the Dustbin Kids, the Brick Wall, and many other dramatic Illustrations. The aim of the scheme will be to reassure employers and announce the Government's new 168 million Youth Opportunities Programme. Final proposals for the advertisements still have to be approved by the commission's directorate, but it has already been agreed to employ Snakhl and Sitatchl, one of the more adventurous advertising agencies. CHAIRMAN APPAMEKT : Mr his appointment was successful defence of last Exit to Brooklyn in 19S7, Sut his legal career is studded with distinctions. As a student at Oxford he became G-ibfts Law Scholar and then Eldon Law Scholar. In 1950, a year before being called to the Bar, h was elected by the Fellows of All Souls as A Prize Fellow, one a few limited Situations for ex- Festaurant ' Camden weM tfl embflrk a detailed investigation off the fatclf coloured applicants for jobs, discrination gainst white people', would not be necessary. Detailed job aitailvsis could be used to predict u-nder which conditions all racial groups could perform best, Last week the Commission for Racial Equality said that Camden's action in adopting a policy of " firm equal opportunity " was an important step forward, and the commission is urging councils throughout Britain to adopt similar policies. MP's' stepfather found dead The' 70-year-old step-fathesr of John Morris, Secretary oi State for Wales, has been found lead in a stream near his Shropshire home. Mr Evan Lewis was found during a police search aftes his family had reported him. missing fnom his home in llansllin, near Oswestry. claimed to be the greatest satisfaction. Boys would sometlnieiS se-ek detection in order to gain the rewards of the" "chase." The warmth of the fire, the Wssing sound of car tyres deflating,, the tinkling' of broken glass,' wtre all rewards to be gained and-recognised as such.' Graifiti, though are a special case. Graffiti are rarely perceived as a "wrong," lirt in some ' cases considered to fce almost a public service. The football supporter who inscrlb es the name of his team in public places sees this as a hi ghly beneficial public relatioits acti- vity. Mr Anthony Dignaiit, tlw commission's head of litlomti-ation, said . yesterday i '"She aim of the advertising: vl bo to legitimise the commission's new programme. We shall b attracting the young, tout a im-lug to reassure lh employers." Tho commission, wblcJi 3ia.s an annual budget of sorao 5 millions for advertising and marketing and is one of Ihe biggest advertisers. Ik aEloeat-lng 250,000 Cor tlio gi!Ptly press ' advertisement:; and. a snriUor sum for local in-css ami regional TV. The commission to ulso Patrick Neill, pictured when announced yesterday of only two undergraduates who are chosen each year to join the elite. He was chairman of the Bar Council in 1974 and Is a judge of the Courts, of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey. Mr Neill is married with six children, and his hobbles are playing the piano and forestry. Lester 'rtiay still be alive' THE police chief leading the hunt for the missing boy, Lester Chapman, yesterday spoke of the "cunning little rascal" who could have defied all the odds and still be alive. Superintendent Peter East said that police have evidence that eight-year-old Lester was seen two days after he was reported missing from his home in Coley Park, Reading on January 12. A woman stopped a bdy in the street and asked him his name. "Lester Piggott," he replied. A week- earlier he told the same woman that his name was Chapman. Superintendent East - said : " We are certain this must have been Lester. He has obviously eot cunning he is capable of spoofing anyone. He has told some pretty tail stones." Police have called on 8,000 homes in a house-to-house hunt for Lester. Frogmen yesterday searched the.Kenhet and Avon Canal and other waterways, . Italians guilty of drug plot THREE ITALIANS were convicted last night of conspiring to smuggle 'heroin into Britain. The jury failed to reach a verdict about a fourth Italian, Merino Marini (72), who' is expected to be formally acauitted today when the others will be sentenced. Emiho AlosI (23), Marco Hhiuri (27), and Ferrucio Silva (34), all denied conspiring to bring heroin worth nearly 200,000 into Heathrow Airport, Nuclear export flights to Europe THE CONTROVERSIAL air shipments of nuclear fuel from the Windscale plant in Cumbria Included Continental flights,' it was revealed yesterday ' in a report by the airport manager. Four trial flights were carried out ftom Carlisle airport and a ban was imposed by the city council pending a full report by the airport manager. jobless planning to hold 28 regional, conferences, each with audio? visual programmes, to announce the scheme which will cover 234,000 youngsters. There will also be special, showings for the CBI. TUC, and for MPs. Mr Dignam was careful to emphasise that the cost of the, advertising campaign, although large, will not be exorbitant. Mr Dignam claimed it-was less than tho cost of the army's recruitment psa-. gramme or the Department of Energy's "Save it" advertising. The approximate cost is equal to that of the campaign to recruit army officers. 1 1 in mm '

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