Dr Christopher Addison: As the Prime Minister—
Dr Christopher Addison: As the Prime Minister is prepared to name the date to-morrow can he give us any reasons why he should not name the date to-day?
Dr Christopher Addison: In view of the fact that the statement bristles with points which call for examination and discussion, and which will require legislation to give effect to them, may we be assured that the House will have full opportunity of discussing and examining it before any further steps are taken in the matter?
Dr Christopher Addison: Can we be assured that the Bill which will be required to give effect to the far-reaching proposals referred to will be circulated well in advance of any possible discussion?
Dr Christopher Addison: Will the authority concerned be able to satisfy themselves that the person knows the ground upon which the proceedings are to be taken.
Dr Christopher Addison: That I take it would be sufficient to enable them to say that they knew that the objector had such knowledge.
Dr Christopher Addison: I myself signed the order for the compulsory purchase of Becontree, nearly 3,000 acres, 14 or 15 years in advance of need. The hon. Member is entirely misinformed.
Dr Christopher Addison: No, this Amendment will take them away. They cannot buy for five years in advance of need. It would make a case like Becontree entirely impossible. In that case the whole point was whether the Minister was to sign an order for the compulsory purchase for the whole area; and I signed it.
Dr Christopher Addison: With regard to the last sentence in the speech of my right hon. Friend the Member for Wakefield (Mr. Greenwood), I hope that the Minister will give some attention to what is suggested.
Dr Christopher Addison: I do not want to prolong the debate unduly, but, notwithstanding the assurance of the right hon. Gentleman that the approval of the Amendments will only be provisional, they involve the opinion of the House upon the principle which is contained in the proposals. It is upon that matter that I wish to say a few words. During the passage of the 1931 Act through this House, I resisted all the...
Dr Christopher Addison: Quite so.
Dr Christopher Addison: I expect that my hon. Friend the Member for Gorbals (Mr. Buchanan) will put me right in this matter. Suppose a man, because of financial or family trouble, should not produce the same number of pigs next year as he produced this: what is going to happen to his percentage of pigs? Is it to be lost? What are the Board going to do about it? Is that man going to his neighbour, to say: "I am...
Dr Christopher Addison: Do the Government propose to leave the invention and advertisement of gas masks to private enterprise, as is being done in America?
Dr Christopher Addison: 40. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the fact that during the war, when there was dependence upon the maximum possible output of different firms, the prices obtainable by ordinary contract had to be substituted by others involving negotiations based on a power to investigate costs, and that reduced prices were then obtained which represented a saving of more than...
Dr Christopher Addison: 29. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the facts stated in a return to the Treasury in April, 1917, as to the results obtained in 86 national factories of different types in which it was revealed that, as compared with the lowest prices previously obtained by contract, savings had been effected to the extent of £9,000,000, and that certain factories erected at a cost of...
Dr Christopher Addison: 30. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the fact that the supply of aircraft with regard to numbers, costs, and quality was gravely unsatisfactory during the War until January, 1917, when it was found necessary to concentrate all authority for supply under the controlled system then established under the Ministry of Munitions and which yielded greatly improved results, he...
Dr Christopher Addison: Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that it was an essential ingredient of the control then instituted that the supply and distribution of machinery, material and other requirements was a part of the function of the Ministry, and it was not in the hands of separate individual firms? It was an immense saying.
Dr Christopher Addison: Is it not a fact that, according to the right hon. Gentleman's own statement, the producing firms are employed at maximum capacity and that the situation is exactly comparable to that of January, 1917, so far as this manufacture is concerned?
Dr Christopher Addison: 33. asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the large profits recently obtained in the issue of shares of different aircraft manufacturing companies and the concurrent increases of capital and overhead charges, he proposes to continue his dependence upon such companies for aircraft supplies; and whether he proposes to allow for such increased overhead charges in the prices he...
Dr Christopher Addison: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in connection with recent issues, there has been considerable increases in the capital attaching to these companies; and has not that capital to be paid for and allowed for in the overhead charges?