House of Commons debates

Monday, 10 November 1947

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o'Clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies

    • Fats (Exports)

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food how many tins of fat have been exported from Britain to Nyasaland during the past 18 months.

    • Rations (Calorie Value)

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food how the daily calorie content of the weekly minimum amount of food regarded as necessary for an unemployed man, as decided by the Ministry of Health in co-operation...

      Imported Fruit

      4 speeches

      Baldwin: asked the Minister of Food the cost of imported fruit, including-tinned, dried and fresh from the dollar area during the months of August, September, and October.

      Workers' Meat Ration

      18 speeches

      Mr. Baldwin: asked the Minister of Food whether he will grant increased meat rations to agricultural workers.

      Potato Bags

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food how many potato bags are owned by his Ministry; if he is aware that some of the bags are unsuitable for use with potatoes; and if he will only supply bags when...

      African Groundnuts Scheme

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food how many bulldozers have been landed in Tanganyika for use in connection with the groundnuts scheme; and how many were in action on 1st September, 1947, and what...

      Whaling, Antarctic (Proposed Catch)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what amounts of whale oil and whale meat it is anticipated will become available for this country as a result of the forthcoming whaling season in, the Antarctic; and...

      pigs

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether any additional instructions have recently been sent to his inspectors to check the names of persons buying pigs in the open market; and whether he will consider...

      Potatoes (Distribution Scheme)

      19 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what, in convenient categories, are the salaries paid to the 161 potato supervisors and the 555 merchant agents who buy potatoes from growers; what is their cost to the...

      Sunflower Seed, Roumania (Export)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that there is an exportable surplus of sunflower seed oil in Roumania, and what steps His Majesty's Government is taking to obtain supplies.

      Queue Priority

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if there is any administrative difficulty which prevents a doctor from stamping a ration book of a newly-confined woman with the date of her confinement, so that she...

      Cuban Sugar (Government Purchases)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food at what price and what quantity of sugar has been purchased in Cuba by His Majesty's Government within the last six months; and what is the total expenditure of dollars...

      Sardines

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware of the acute shortage of sardines in the shops; and whether he will make a statement about supply possibilities.

      Rations, Hospital Patients

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether the patients in hospitals and nursing homes will suffer the recently announced cut in civilian rations.

      Imports from Eire (Agreement)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he will make a statement on the quantities of food that may be expected from Eire; and the prices paid for the various commodities.

      Argentine Barley (Purchase)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that there were 300,000 tons of Argentine barley available for the purchase on 1st August, 1947; and how much of this exportable surplus has been...

      Extra Rations (Medical Certificates)

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why despite the recommendations of her medical advisers, he has refused to permit the issue of extra rations to Mrs. Eyles of 37, Dolls Hill, Byfield, Northamptonshire.

      Health and Nutrition (Surveys)

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the reduced rations, he will arrange for frequent surveys of the health and nutrition of the civilian population and for the publications of the...

      Cold Storage, Hartlepool (Kippers)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is yet in a position, to extend the cold storage facilities for kippers to the existing plant at Hartlepool, having regard to the very large industrial...

      Flour

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what is the percentage saving in the issue of flour for food for human consumption in the United Kingdom in the first six months of 1947, as compared with the...

      Edible Nuts (Prices)

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food (1) why the Maximum Prices Order for edible nuts in shell was withdrawn in July, 1947; and whether he intends to reimpose the Order in respect of the stocks at present...

      Bitter Oranges

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether it is intended to make bitter oranges available this year to housewives for the purpose of making marmalade.

      World Shortages

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that Sir John Boyd Orr, director general of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, has announced the danger of a complete breakdown in...

      Apples, British Columbia (Gift Offers)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that the intention of a number of apple growers in British Columbia to send free gifts of apples for distribution in the U.K. was frustrated by the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Soap and Soap Powders

    6 speeches

    Mr. De la Beèe: asked the Minister of Food whether, in connection with the licences granted to manufacturers for the production of soap powder, what safeguards are imposed to ensure that...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture

    • Expansion Programme (Consultations)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the recent interview leaders of the National Farmers' Union had with him and the Minister of Economic Affairs, the Minister of Labour and...

    • Hay Barns (Steel)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the production of hay barns for essential agricultural purposes has been seriously delayed during periods 1, 2 and 3, of 1947, owing to the...

      Fowl Pest

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the concern felt in the County of Norfolk and else where over the still serious position in regard to fowl pest; and what further steps he is...

      Women's Land Army (Strength)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the strength of the Women's Land Army at the latest convenient date.

      Flood Prevention

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what measures have been taken for the prevention of damage by floods in the non-tidal portion of the Thames.

      Feedingstuffs

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will now consider introducing a scheme under which feedingstuffs for pigs are allocated in proportion to the amount of pig-meat supplied to...

      Prisoner-of-War Labour

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet in a position to announce details of a scheme whereby repatriated prisoners-of-war may be allowed to return to this country as civilian workers...

      Plough Fittings, North Norfolk

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the serious position with regard to plough fittings in North Norfolk; and if he will assist one of the largest agents with headquarters in this...

      Services' Land Requirements

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the Armed Forces occupy about 1,050,000 acres of land in the United Kingdom, and how much of this land was devoted to agriculture in 1938,...

      Veterinary Practitioners (Qualifications)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what action he proposes to take to implement the recommendations contained in the Chancellor Report on Veterinary practice by unregistered persons.

      Lime Pit, Norfolk (Dust Extraction Plant)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that workings at the lime pit on the Drayton to Costessey Road in Norfolk are causing lime dust to spread over the neighbourhood and if he can...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Roads

    • Petrol Ration, Withdrawal

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is taking to increase the number of omnibuses serving country areas, having regard to the fact that there are already insufficient numbers of these...

    • Driving Tests (Farmers)

      6 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Transport, whether, in view of the severe handicap to farmers caused by the regulation now in force by which drivers of 12 months standing must be...

      Service Vehicles (Standing Passengers)

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he has reconsidered the existing restrictions imposed by him under statutory powers on the number of passengers who may be permitted to stand in public...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Railways

    • Traffic Operations

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what steps are being taken to improve traffic operations on the four main line railways, with particular reference to mineral and merchandise traffic.

    • Empty Herring Barrels (Freight)

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what are the railway freight rates per ton for empty herring barrels to Great Yarmouth from Fraserburgh, Aberdeen and Stonehaven, respectively, giving the mileage...

      Service, King's Lynn — Wells on Sea

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he will state the average number of passengers travelling daily on the 8.15 a.m. train King's Lynn to Wells on Sea, L.N.E.R., during October, 1947; why this...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cross Channel Steamers (Ireland)

    6 speeches

    asked the Minister of Transport how many vessels of a cross- channel packet type are at present out of commission owing to the ban on foreign travel.

  • Orders of the Day — Parliament Bill

    168 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Orders of the Day — Potato Rationing

    16 speeches

    Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this House do now adjourn."—[Mr. Snow.]

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