House of Commons debates

Monday, 1 March 1948

  • Preamble

    The House met at Half past Two o'Clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Private Business

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies

    • Cattle Slaughter, Aberdeen

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that the transport from Aberdeen to the South of live cattle instead of, as formerly, dead meat is uneconomic and places an undue burden on transport...

    • Imports from Eire

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if the arrangements in process for the expansion of food supplies from Eire to Great Britain have been completed; if Customs and other impediments to a maximum supply...

      Special Rations (Application, Spalding)

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why he has refused to grant additional rations to a boy resident in Spalding, whose own medical adviser has given a certificate that the boy has been intermittently...

      Eggs

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why, for three weeks immediately preceding the rise in the price of eggs from 1¾d. to 3d. each, no allocation of eggs was made by his Ministry.

      Turnips

      3 speeches

      asked the Minster of Food what weight of turnips he has bought and is putting into bags and is storing for consumption later this year; whether he is aware that turnips so stored are useless for...

      Apples

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that all the better types of dessert apples have disappeared from the shops since the control was re-imposed; and if he will take action to see that this...

      Danish Products (Imports)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether the higher cost of recent imports from Denmark of butter, bacon and eggs will be met by a subsidy; or will retail prices be increased.

      Ration Books (Perforated Pages)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether in the next issue of new ration books he will arrange that pages should be perforated in order to save shopkeepers the necessity for using scissors and possibly...

      Pears (Prices)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food what maximum prices have been fixed for home grown pears for next season's crop; and how these prices compare with those paid for the imported varieties.

      Butter and Cheese

      3 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food why the Ministry decided to increase the price of butter and cheese by 4d. per 1b. to wholesalers in the third week in February; and after instructions had been printed...

      Tea Ration

      4 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Food whether, since tea is almost entirely derived from the sterling areas, he will increase the present ration by 2 oz. per person per week.

      Enforcement Officers

      5 speeches

      Mr. De la Bère: asked the Minister of Food whether he can state the total number of Ministry of Food enforcement officers employed as at 1st January, 1948; and whether, in view of the need...

      Social Functions (Meals)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food if he is now in a position to inform the House of the results of his investigations into the dinner held by the Bow and Bromley Labour Party at Poplar Town Hall on 8th...

      Imported Dates and Tomatoes

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that the efforts of importers, wholesalers and retailers of dates and tomatoes to reduce profit margins and prices have been endangered by...

      Sweet Ration

      7 speeches

      Mr. De le Bère: asked the Minister of Food whether he will consider returning to the 4 oz. sweet ration; and whether he will consider granting a bonus for Easter to the public.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Roads

    • Buses (Number of Passengers)

      13 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what alterations in the no standing rules have been secured by his Department to meet the transport difficulties of the present time.

    • C Licences

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if he will state the number of applications for C licences made during 1947 and the number granted; and the increase this represents over the number in issue at...

      Loud-speaker Van (Petrol Allocation)

      18 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport why 200 "W" coupons are allotted monthly to the public address sound van, the registration number of which is JXB 360, which is used by Sir Oswald Mosley's Union...

      Dismissed Roadmen

      7 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the unemployment in the building industry, he will now withdraw Circular 618, which required highway authorities to dismiss over 20 per cent....

      Repairs (Built-up Areas)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether in cases where serious disturbance of traffic is caused by road repairs in built-up areas he will recommend to local highway authorities that such work can...

      Transport Executive (Representation)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he has considered the qualifications of the present membership of the Road Transport Executive and if he will, in view of the fact that only one member...

      Shipping (Clyde Steamers)

      17 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport under what authority bands and music on the steamers of the River and Firth of Clyde have been prohibited, and if he is aware that this decision is depriving...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Railways

    • Pilfering

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport the amount of pilferings which took place on the railways in 1938; and the amount which was reported in 1946.

    • Wagons (Turn-round Operations)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport to what extent the official appeal for week-end work on the turn-round of railway wagons, paid for at time and three-quarter rates, has led to a falling off in...

      Holiday Traffic, London — Brighton

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport what holiday traffic on the roads from London to Brighton and Hove he estimates will be switched over to rail traffic as the result of the petrol cut; what number...

      Late Workmen's Tickets

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport whether he will introduce legislation to extend the privilege of late workmen's tickets for shift workers to such workers as private firemen.

      Special Trains (Mid-Week Sports)

      5 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the national necessity to save coal for export and the ban on certain mid-week sporting events, he will direct the Transport Commission to run no...

      Snow Clearance (Roads and Railways)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Transport to what extent the arrangements made, in the light of last winter's experience, for clearing roads and railways of heavy snowfalls have proved successful during...

      Ministry of Food (Powers)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister whether the transfer to the Ministry of Food from the Ministry of Health of powers at present exercised by the latter, in regard to the Food and Drugs Acts, means that...

      Public Trustee (Revised Fees)

      8 speeches

      asked the Attorney-General upon what basis the revised fees payable to the Public Trustee under S.R. and O., 1947, 2720, have been arrived at; and whether he is aware that the new fees range up...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture

    • Potato Acreage

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now give any estimate of the total acreage which will be devoted to growing potatoes during 1948.

    • Feedingstuffs

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can now make a statement with regard to the supply of feedingstuffs.

      Prisoner-of-War Labour

      14 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many German prisoners of war are now under the control of the West Riding War Agricultural Executive Committee; whether all these are now employed in...

      Lime Subsidy

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give the numbers of farmers who claimed the lime subsidy; and the total amounts paid in the years 1946 and 1947.

      Production Programme

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what special steps he will take, in addition to those already proposed, to ensure a substantial increase in food production in the next six months.

      Home-Grown Wheat (Price)

      3 speeches

      Mr. Wells: asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will favourably consider an increase in the price of home-grown wheat to a figure more nearly approximating to the average price paid for...

      Wool Prices

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is satisfied that the price fixed for the 1948 wool clip is sufficient to encourage breeders to retain and breed from breeding sheep.

      Publications (Display Stalls)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture how many members of his staff attend markets in England and Wales with display stalls of books and pamphlets; how much literature is sold; and what is the cost.

      Land Service (Appointments)

      2 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture to what extent appointments to the Agricultural Land Service and the Agricultural Land Commission have been restricted to persons holding professional...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Forestry

    • Timber Felling (Licences)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture what arrangements for inter-departmental co-operation exist between the Timber Control and the Forestry Commission to ensure that the granting of licences for...

    • Private Woodlands (Dedication)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the omission in the recent pamphlet on Dedication of Woodlands of reference to the scale on which it is intended to...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Members' Dining Room (Suggestion Book)

    3 speeches

    asked the hon. Member for Walthamstow, West, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, if he will cause the suggestion book in the Members' Dining Room to be rebound; and, if, in view of the...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Civilian Goods (Royal Ordnance Factories)

    4 speeches

    asked the Minister of Supply if he will give a comprehensive and detailed list of articles for civilian use which are now being produced at Royal Ordnance Factories in Great Britain; and how and...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine (Cairo — Haifa Train Outrage)

    31 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any statement to make on the mining of the Cairo—Haifa train yesterday.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Gold Coast (Rioting, Accra)

    12 speeches

    (by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has any statement to make on the disorders at Accra in the Gold Coast on 28th and 29th February.

  • Defence

    159 speeches

    3.45 p.m.

  • River Boards [Money]

    Resolution reported: That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to provide for establishing river boards and for conferring on or transferring to such boards functions relating to...

  • Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) [Money]

    Resolution reported: That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the law relating to pensions and other similar payments to be made to and in respect of persons who have...

  • Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) [Money]

    Resolution reported: That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the Education Acts, 1944 and 1946, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by...

  • Middle East (British Arms Supplies)

    26 speeches

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

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