Viscountess Apsley: asked the Minister of National Insurance how many old age pensioners are in receipt of supplementary pensions; and what is the increase in numbers since January, 1943.
Viscountess Apsley: Those of us who are interested in the welfare of the Forces owe a great debt of gratitude to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Thornbury (Sir D. Gunston) for raising this very important question. I know from my own contact with the Forces that there is very serious feeling throughout the whole Army because this question has not been tackled before, and that feeling is reflected...
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Minister of Agriculture if, in order to obtain reliable statistics for breeders of dairy cattle, he will institute a scheme of compulsory milk recording.
Viscountess Apsley: Will the Minister appreciate how very necessary this is in the interests of milk production, and how important it is for milk producers?
Viscountess Apsley: asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the shortage of fruit preserving jars and that wholesale merchants are unable to obtain delivery from the glass manufacturers in time for the jam making and bottling season commencing next month; and what steps he proposes to remedy this deficiency.
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Prime Minister, in view of the fact that the other members of the United Nations are taking steps to ensure strategic control of the approaches to their respective countries, whether consideration will be given to the safeguarding of the United Kingdom by retaking possession of the former Kingdom of Hanover.
Viscountess Apsley: Does not my right hon. Friend agree from his researches into history that it would give much greater confidence to the smaller countries of Europe if they felt that this country had a definite status on the mainland of Europe?
Viscountess Apsley: My hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Chatham (Captain PluÄ£ Ä£e) has just brought out an important point. I would like to mention, quite briefly, two other equally important points. The first is with regard to the allocation of airports, which is a vital matter in relation to the location of industry. The vision and initiative shown by many of our municipalities in pre-war days should...
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Secretary of State for India why no compensation is given to military personnel who lost personal property in Burma when it was invaded by the Japanese; how many officers and men are affected; and whether he will consider the grant of some compensation in view of the losses sustained.
Viscountess Apsley: I desire to be associated with those hon. Members on all sides of the House who have welcomed this Bill, which is a definite step forward in the social history of this country, lining us up with those more advanced countries in our own Dominions which have already placed similar Measures on the Statute Book. I deplore the controversy which has arisen regarding which of the two parents these...
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he can give the figures of cyclists killed on the roads during February, when the black-out was partially raised, as compared with the casualties caused to cyclists during the similar period last year and in a pre-war year.
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the rapidly changing conditions in Germany, consideration will now be given to the appointment of a Minister to be responsible for all action in connection with the repatriation and rehabilitation of prisoners of war.
Viscountess Apsley: May I ask the Deputy Prime Minister to reconsider this decision in view of the understandable anxiety not only of parents, but of the country as a whole, that all is not being done at the present time that might be done?
Viscountess Apsley: I will not detain the House for long, for I appreciate that a large number of Members wish to speak on this highly controversial but very important Measure. Many hon. Members who have already spoken have criticised this Bill from the point of view of agriculture, and, though I endorse nine-tenths of what they said from the point of view of the countrymen and the countryside, I would like to...
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Minister of Agriculture, in view of the need to use home-produced fertiliser substitutes for imported fertilisers, is he yet in a posi- tion to state the results of his investigations as to methods of using domestic sewage sludge compost with straw and waste.
Viscountess Apsley: Is there not a committee dealing with this subject; and has it reported yet?
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if it has yet been decided, in order to economise foreign exchange and on strategic grounds, to establish an oil refining industry in the United Kingdom during the post-war period.
Viscountess Apsley: May I ask the right hon. and gallant Gentleman whether the West country will be considered in the future as being in a suitable position for this oil refining industry for the post-war period?
Viscountess Apsley: asked the Minister of Labour if consideration can he given to suggestions of a flat-rate addition amounting to from six to 12 months' value in points for overseas service to rank in ascertaining their age-service group for demobilisation and gratuity of men and women in the Army.
Viscountess Apsley: Arising out of that unsatisfactory reply, is my hon. Friend aware of the considerable resentment there is amongst the dependants of the men and women in the Forces that overseas service is not being counted for demobilisation purposes?