House of Commons debates

Monday, 2 February 1959

  • Preamble

    The House met at half-past Two o'clock

  • Prayers

    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]

  • Petitions (Cotton Industry)

    1 speech

    I beg to present two Petitions on the subject of the cotton industry, one from the people of the Urban District of Whitworth and the other from the Urban District of Crompton, sometimes known as...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

    • Dinoflagellates

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware that dinoflagellates have recently been found in the seas near Great Britain; that they are dangerous to fish and also to...

    • Land Drainage Rates

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is aware of the wide dissatisfaction over the method of assessment of land drainage rates; and when he hopes to arrange for an alteration.

      Felling Licences

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will now discontinue felling licences for hedgerow timber.

      Private Woodlands

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether maintenance grants will be paid to private woodlands in respect of the whole area dedicated or only part of it.

      Fresh Fruit (Consumption)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the latest figure for the consumption a head per annum of fresh fruit in this country; and how this compares with the pre-war figures.

      Potato Guarantee

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has now completed the financial agreement with the Potato Marketing Board in connection with the potato guarantee; and what are...

      Milk Production

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what cause he attributes the fall in milk production by 50 million gallons in 1958; and if he is satisfied that production in the coming...

      Beef

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to what extent the home production of beef increased during 1958 to offset the fall in imported supplies from Argentina; and to what extent...

      Seed Potatoes

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether his attention has been drawn to the prices of certified Scotch potato seed; whether he is satisfied that they are reasonable; and to...

      Conservation of Fish Stocks (Convention)

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the International Fisheries Convention for the Conservation of Fish Stocks in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, which was signed by...

      Fatstock Guarantee Scheme

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the standard of the certifying officers appointed under the Fatstock Guarantee Scheme, 1958–59; and if he will...

      Horticultural Products

      17 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will give a comparative statement of home and European costs of production of horticultural products, on the basis of figures...

      Rabbit Skins

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is aware of the difficulties of the hat and other fur felt trades in having to depend almost entirely on Australian supplies of...

      Charollais Bulls

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are his intentions with regard to granting an application, by a group interested in artificial insemination, for permission to import...

      Dartmoor National Park (Buckland Woods)

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many requests have been received for the clear-felling of Buckland Woods in the Dartmoor National Park, and how many against; and...

      Farm Rents

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will make a statement on the movement of farm rents since the passing of the Agriculture Act, 1958.

      Flower Bulbs

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will investigate the extent to which recent increased imports of cut flowers are due to British horticulturists being prevented by...

      Land Drainage, South Yorkshire

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is aware of repeated serious floodings in South Yorkshire; and whether he is now in a position to make a statement of his...

      Ice Cream (Regulations)

      10 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has now reached a decision on the quality standards to be applied to ice cream made in part from vegetable products as distinct from...

      Potato Supplies

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on potato supplies.

      Animal Feeding Stuffs

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will state the quantity and tie value of animal feeding stuffs imported during 1958 from dollar sources.

      Small Farms Scheme

      4 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will state his present estimate of the number of small farmers who will qualify to benefit under the proposed Small Farms Scheme.

      Fishing Industry (Strike)

      8 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in view of the threatened strike of trawler skippers and mates on 12th February, what action he is taking to ensure adequate supplies of...

      Slaughterhouses (Regulations)

      6 speeches

      asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to publish his new slaughterhouse regulations.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance

    • Prescribed Diseases

      11 speeches

      asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what proposals he has to amend the Prescribed Diseases Schedule to the Industrial Injuries Act so as to include poisoning by...

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Coal

    • Smokeless Fuels

      18 speeches

      asked the Paymaster-General (1) if he is aware of the increasing difficulty experienced by the public in trying to obtain supplies of the appropriate types of smokeless fuel; what co-ordination...

    • The Prime Minister (Speech)

      4 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister if he will make a copy of his official speech, made on 21st January to the Foreign Press Association, available to hon. Members.

      Lord Privy Seal (Speech)

      6 speeches

      asked the Prime Minister to what extent the speech by the Lord Privy Seal on foreign affairs, made at Leigh-on-Sea on 8th January, represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Power

    • Messrs. Colvilles Ltd. (Government Loan)

      6 speeches

      asked the Paymaster-General what share of the profits that Messrs. Colvilles may make as a result of the Treasury loan of £50 million for the building of the semi-continuous strip mills at...

    • Fractured Gas Mains (Deaths)

      4 speeches

      asked the Paymaster-General, in view of the deaths by gassing which have occurred recently in Lancashire and the need for a closer inspection of old gas mains to avoid such deaths in future, if...

      Iron and Steel Industry

      16 speeches

      asked the Paymaster-General if he will give the latest available national figures for the output of the iron and steel industry as a proportion of total capacity.

  • Penal Practice

    14 speeches

    The House has been much concerned by the continued increase in crime, and I should like to inform hon. Members of some steps that Her Majesty's Government have taken or propose to take. A White...

    • Criminal Law Revision Committee

      Lord Justice Sellers (Chairman).Mr. Justice Devlin.Mr. Justice Donovan.Professor D. R. Seaborne Davies.Mr. Mervyn Griffith-Jones.Sir Anthony Hawke.Mr. J. K. T. Jones, C.B.E.Mr. F. H. Lawton,...

    • New Member Sworn

      Henry Paul Guinness Channon, esquire, for Southend, West.

  • Orders of the Day — Malta (Letters Patent) Bill

    108 speeches

    Order for Second Reading read.

  • Eisteddfod [Money]

    [Queen's Recommendation signified.]

  • Aircraft Noise

    9 speeches

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

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