Mr Louis Tolley: A Select Committee.
Mr Louis Tolley: Will not the noble Lord agree that little girls are very scarce at the present time?
Mr Louis Tolley: It is not my intention to detain the House, but I want to add my plea to that made by the hon. Member for Worcester (Mr. Ward), and I hope that the Minister concerned will really give consideration to the appeal which has been expressed. May I take this opportunity of congratulating the hon. Member for Worcester upon the fair, just and equitable way in which he stated the case? I am speaking...
Mr Louis Tolley: Can my right hon. Friend tell us how many acres are covered by the schemes now operating?
Mr Louis Tolley: Why?
Mr Louis Tolley: The hon. Member for Lonsdale (Sir I Fraser) exposed the Opposition's case, rather unfortunately for them. The important point which he stressed was that in the event of a shortage of a commodity some body should have the sole right to send the prices rocketing at the expense of the consumer. All hon. Members, and particularly hon. Members on this side of the House, wish to be fair to both...
Mr Louis Tolley: If the hon. Member is referring to a national interest, I am not concerned about willing buyers, but I am concerned about fair play to the consumer, and the willing buyer who buys at a high price has to pass that price on to the consumer, which may create great injustice. What is the idea behind the proposed rejection of this Clause? It can only be that in the event of an injustice being done...
Mr Louis Tolley: Will the hon. Gentleman allow me—
Mr Louis Tolley: Since the hon. and gallant Gentleman uses that argument, he will concede the right of the board to reduce the price when there comes a glut. Would he concede that?
Mr Louis Tolley: I am asking a specific question.
Mr Louis Tolley: The word was "scarcity."
Mr Louis Tolley: I find it difficult to understand the attitude adopted by hon. Members opposite. As I see it, this is another step, and a much needed step, in the right direction of producing those who, after receiving training, will be needed in the tremendous increase in the service which, I believe, will be apparent in the immediate future. We want this service to be one in which those engaged in it are...
Mr Louis Tolley: As I read the words in the Amendment put down by hon. Members opposite, they distinctly say—and this is what hon. Members require should happen—"leave out 'by other persons'." Yet I am challenged with not having listened to the Debate so far. The words will just make nonsense.
Mr Louis Tolley: Very often, I agree, from that side of the House. It appears to me that there was no need at all for the Opposition to put this Amendment down. In other words, this is only time-wasting.
Mr Louis Tolley: I have heard with a certain amount of surprise the hon. Member for Oxford University (Sir A. Herbert) take up his present attitude. Those of us who have taken the trouble to follow the fortunes of Newfoundland during the last 10 or 15 years should be welcoming the fact that we are giving to Newfoundland a future to which she has never been able to look forward, without first deciding for...
Mr Louis Tolley: Can the Minister give to the House the percentage figures of doctors already in the scheme compared with the number who are entitled to join it, and is he satisfied that the number of medical practitioners in Britain is sufficient to meet the needs of the extra demands made upon them by the National Health scheme?
Mr Louis Tolley: How many people signed that petition?
Mr Louis Tolley: Does my right hon. Friend tell the House that from time to time the general policy to be pursued is discussed between His Majesty's Government and representatives in the Far East, and, if so, shall we have the opportunity of putting down Questions as to that policy?
Mr Louis Tolley: Get on with it.
Mr Louis Tolley: As one who was associated for many years with the old poor law organisation, I wish to say how much I welcome the Supplementary Estimate. I am gratified to feel that the whole Committee is congratulating the Minister on this Supplementary Estimate. It is rather an unusual thing for all sides of the Committee to agree on a large sum of money supplementary to the Estimate already presented, but...