Mr Allan Beaney: I never weary the House with speeches, but on this occasion, because of my 40 years' experience as an underground miner, I must join issue with the Government on this matter. The late Professor Tawney taught me one thing to apply in all aspects of my public life. He said, "It is not solely a question of whether a project works. It is also a question of whether it is right, whether it is...
Mr Allan Beaney: I am obliged to my hon. Friend for making that telling statement. I made this point about the brickworks to be fair and just. I had already made reference to the areas in which the coal industry made a profit, and it was only right and proper to accept that there was a loss on the brickworks. The remaining ancillary activities cover a wide range. They include the Board's coal depots, its...
Mr Allan Beaney: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend. The Coal Board has engaged in a process of diversification which is being followed by almost every large company in private industry. Can anyone deny it? It is already being done, and those doing it include the Board's principal competitors. All the major oil companies have expanded into the production of chemicals in a large way since the war....
Mr Allan Beaney: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Minister is not on the Front Bench?
Mr Allan Beaney: Is my hon. Friend challenging the Parliamentary Secretary?
Mr Allan Beaney: How does my hon. Friend know that?
Mr Allan Beaney: Mr. Alan Beaney (Hemsworth) rose—
Mr Allan Beaney: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that land should belong to all the people?
Mr Allan Beaney: Mr. Beaney rose—
Mr Allan Beaney: Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that if the land belonged to the people there would be no exploitation, no need for any discussion of this character—if the land belonged to the people? Will he proceed on those lines?
Mr Allan Beaney: To the people.
Mr Allan Beaney: I am speaking about everything that belongs to the people.
Mr Allan Beaney: It is the land belonging to the people—
Mr Allan Beaney: I will stand up.
Mr Allan Beaney: I remember going with the hon. Member to Gibraltar. Did you enjoy that?
Mr Allan Beaney: I stand corrected, Dr. King.
Mr Allan Beaney: I beg to move, That this House recognises the valuable work of Governmental and voluntary agencies in promoting research into the causes of and cure for cancer, but, in view of the heavy toll on human life and happiness caused by this disease, urges Her Majesty's Government still further to increase financial aid to, and facilities for, research in this field. I am aware that this has been...
Mr Allan Beaney: I beg to give notice that on Friday, 2nd April I shall call attention to the need for increased Government aid in research and public education in cancer, and move a Resolution.
Mr Allan Beaney: Will the hon. Gentleman say what he means by "we"?
Mr Allan Beaney: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider furnishing the money necessary to pro vide all old-age pensioners with an allowance of free coal for Christmas.