House of Commons debates

Monday, 26 January 1948

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o'Clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies

    • Unrationed Foods (Distribution)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether, when he has small quantities of unrationed foods to dispose of, he will arrange for the wholesalers to ballot for these small lots at reasonable rates so that...

    • Sugar and Sweets (Allocations)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is now in a position to make a statement an the allocation of sugar and sweets for the next points period, both for the domestic consumer and for the...

      Tinned Foods

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that tinned foodstuffs on points are almost exclusively sold in tins too large to be bought by people living alone; and if he will take steps to see...

      Anglo-Danish Negotiations

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what progress has been made with the Danish Government in the negotiations for foodstuffs.

      Rations (Nurses)

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will now increase the rations of hospital nurses and also district nurses, in 1Piew of their long hours of work.

      Anglo-Roumanian Negotiations

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what progress has been made in the negotiations with the Roumanian Government with a view to purchasing feedingstuffs for British livestock, and other commodities.

      Retail and Catering Allocations

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is now in a position to allow prewar consumers of commodities, including oils, under the control of his Ministry whose businesses closed down during the war...

      Australian Tinned Cabbage

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that certain tinned cabbage imported by his Department from Australia has arrived unfit for consumption; and whether he will investigate this matter...

      Passenger Ships (Meals)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why the same restrictions now operating in British Restaurants are not also applied to British passenger ships at least in respect of the number of items to be selected...

      Ice-cream MaKing (Permit)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that Mr. F. Simmonds of 27, Montefiore Road, Hove, invested his war service gratuity in the purchase of a business at that address registered by the...

      Social Functions (Meals)

      15 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what quantity of food has so far been saved as a result of S.R. & O., 1955 (Meals at Social Functions), which limits to 100 the number of persons who may take a...

      Potatoes

      37 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why a shortage of potatoes occurred in London and the South during the Christmas and New Year periods; and in what respect the Potato Rationing Order was thereby found...

      Bread Ration

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the shortage of potatoes, he will increase the basic bread ration.

      Herrings, West of Scotland (Distribution)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will consider improving the facilities for the distribution of herrings in the West of Scotland, so that the Clyde fishermen will be guaranteed a market for their...

      Milk Distribution

      18 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will now make a further statement concerning the milk registrations of Mr. Bernard French and his family, of 77, Cremorne Road, Sutton Coldfield.

      Imported Poultry (Allocation)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he will reconsider the method of allocation of imported poultry, as ex-Service men and others who have opened retail shops since 1938 find that no allocation can be...

      Danish Carrots

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why 10,000 tons of carrots have been purchased from Denmark when there is an adequate supply in this country; and whether he consulted the Minister of Agriculture...

      Aged People

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is satisfied that aged people are able to get adequate nutrition from present rations; and whether he will make some investigation into their special difficulties.

      Frozen Cooked Food

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if his attention has been drawn to the exhibition of frozen cooked food now being shown at Olympia; and if he will take steps to assist and encourage this modern method...

      Eg gs (Emergency Ration Cards)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the difficulty of obtaining shell eggs against emergency ration cards; and if he will take action to ease the difficulty.

      Kosher Meat

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what method is adopted for ascertaining the number of animals that are to be allowed to be slaughtered by the Jewish method; what was the total weight of animals so...

      Anglo-Russian Trade Agreement

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food when the terms of the Anglo-Russian Trade Agreement were communicated to the International Emergency Food Council.

      Matrimonial Causes Act

      6 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of the decision in the case of Baxter v. Baxter, he proposes to amend the Matrimonial Causes Act, 1937.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture

    • Flooding, Huntingdonshire

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps have been and are being taken to protect the towns of St. Neots, Godmanchester, Huntingdon and St. Ives from a recurrence of the serious flooding from...

    • Rat Destruction

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that houses in industrial areas are constantly in need of rat disinfestation; and whether he is prepared to encourage the use of rat...

      Potato Acreage

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he has now received undertakings through the county agricultural executive committees that farmers will voluntarily grow the required acreages of potatoes...

      Pedigree Livestock (Metal Ear-tags)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that it is impossible to purchase metal ear-tags needed for marking pedigree livestock; and if he will arrange for the manufacture of these to be...

      Farm Buildings (Repairs)

      9 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will arrange for one officer of each county agricultural executive committee to be responsible for hastening the issue of permits to enable essential...

      Horticultural Marketing

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether in view of the dislike of horticulturists and market gardeners to the recommendations of the Lucas Committee on horticultural...

      Under-Cultivation

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make a further statement of how the Government propose to tackle the problem of the large areas of potentially productive...

      Ennerdale Forest Road

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture (1) whether he will give an assurance that he will not allow further labour and materials to be used in metalling spur or lateral roads up the fell sides in the...

      County Executive Committees

      12 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many acres, by counties, are, at the latest available date, under the control of or being farmed by the county agricultural committees.

      Feedingstuff Rations

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that, owing to the system of basing allocation of feedingstuff rations for pigs and poultry on prewar conditions, men who served throughout...

      Galvanised Pipes

      4 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the shortage of galvanised pipes for farm water supplies; and whether any cases of the misuse of such pipes as fencing material...

      Land Drainage Schemes

      2 speeches

      Mr. Vane: asked the Minister of Agriculture for what reason the grants payable in respect of land drainage schemes carried out in England are less generous than grants in respect of similar...

      Ploughshares, North Riding

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that the shortage of Ransome type and Cockshutt type ploughshares has persisted in the North Riding of Yorkshire continuously since the...

      Women's Land Army (Future)

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make a statement on the future of the Women's Land Army.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Roads

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Labour Force, Scotland

    2 speeches

    asked the Minister of Transport what proportion of the reduction of 20,000 of the labour force employed on roads is to fall in Scotland; and if, in planning such reductions, he had in mind the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — By-pass, Wetherby

    4 speeches

    asked the Minister of Transport the reason for the delay in reaching a final conclusion with regard to the line of the by-pass road at Wetherby; and whether, in view of the fact that the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Trams, South London (Replacement)

    4 speeches

    asked the Minister of Transport whether he will request the British Transport Commission to consider the replacement of trams in South London by electric trolley buses instead of by petrol buses,...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Railways (First-Classs Leepers)

    13 speeches

    asked the Minister of Transport how many first-class sleeping berths for the week ending 10th January were occupied by senior civil servants; and how many by business and professional men...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping (British Ports, Turn-Round)

    8 speeches

    Colonel Hutchison: asked the Minister of Transport when he expects the working party examining the turn-round of ships in British ports to submit their report; and if it will be made available...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — French Franc (Devaluation)

    37 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any statement to make on the devaluation of the French franc.

  • Welsh Affairs

    163 speeches

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

  • Purchase Tax (Car Radios)

    15 speeches

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

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