Mr Louis Tolley: Will my right hon. Friend press his right hon. Friend to take all possible steps to see that the tragedy which occurred in 1945—[Interruption]—does not repeat itself—a tragedy whereby thousands and thousands of men and women were prevented from receiving their voting papers and, therefore, prevented from voting?
Mr Louis Tolley: I want to add to the appeal from both sides of the Committee for my right hon. Friend to consider very carefully what he is doing in this Clause. Much has been said about the transference of powers from local to county authorities, but in this respect I think we are touching on something of a vital character. In my town we have a population of 36,000, and we have had our magisterial bench...
Mr Louis Tolley: In rejecting the new Clause, the Under-Secretary said that it would defeat the object of the Bill, namely, simplification. Surely, that is not the object of the Bill. The object—unfortunately, because of the economic position of the country—is to save money. It was originally proposed that we should make a new register every six months to remove an anomaly that has always existed in our...
Mr Louis Tolley: Can my right hon. Friend give figures relative to the number of dentists who originally joined the scheme and who have now left it?
Mr Louis Tolley: Oh!;
Mr Louis Tolley: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied, after an examination of the facts, that in these days of full and overproduction in industry for the export drive labour will be available to make up the loss to agriculture which will be caused by bringing to an end the Women's Land Army?
Mr Louis Tolley: On a point of Order, Mr. Deputy-Chairman. What has this to do with the Amendment before us?
Mr Louis Tolley: What steps are being taken to increase production, or materially to reduce the amount of time men have to wait?
Mr Louis Tolley: Will my right hon. Friend give really serious consideration to the question of this long postponement? Surely, there is no purpose behind it other than that possibly in 12 months' time the same decision which he is suggesting will be re-introduced, and in view of the uncertainty, will my right hon. Friend now say that there is no other purpose behind the postponement?
Mr Louis Tolley: Would not my right hon. Friend agree that through Question and answer in this House world-wide advertising has been secured?
Mr Louis Tolley: Will not my right hon. Friend agree that the best way to stop abuse would be to see that in every case a doctor's certificate has to be obtained by the worker concerned before he can go home sick?
Mr Louis Tolley: Can my hon. Friend tell-us what percentage of the number of available opticians are out of the scheme at present?
Mr Louis Tolley: Will not my right hon. Friend agree that up to a point, it is a question of finance, because the Medical Research Council can only go into these matters and make investigations scientifically and otherwise according to the amount of money which they feel they have at their disposal? Will he considerably increase the grant from the Government to the Council so that they can proceed more...
Mr Louis Tolley: Might I ask my right hon. Friend when he assumes that it will be possible for him to consult the trade? It appears to me that his statement saying that he intends for the time being to place the full burden upon the retail trade, is rather hard. Is it not fair to suggest that the retailer, the wholesaler and the manufacturer should be brought into line and that each should share the burden?
Mr Louis Tolley: It is not forced upon the consumer.
Mr Louis Tolley: asked the Minister of Health if he will specially authorise the supply of a hearing aid to Mr. A. T. Wilkinson of 39, New Station Road, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, in view of the fact that he is 90 years of age.
Mr Louis Tolley: Will my right hon. Friend, whom I know to be generously disposed towards matters of this kind, not give me a promise to look at this again with a view to granting the request in my Question? This man cannot have many more years to live, and it would be a good thing to enable him to spend his last few days with this hearing aid.
Mr Louis Tolley: Is not this entirely exaggerated? Have not many of these schemes been operated for many years with the general tendency being that workers have never taken advantage of them?
Mr Louis Tolley: Will my hon. Friend agree that it is the responsibility of his Ministry and that of the Ministries of Food and Agriculture to see that the consumer is also studied?
Mr Louis Tolley: Could my right hon. Friend say whether these eggs were fertile?