Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: You will recognise, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, that heredity plays no small part in the production of sausages, though not apparently in Socialist sausages. They appear to be hybrid. When I was interrupted I was talking about the amount of meat and rabbits destroyed or used for other than human consumption. In the first nine months of 1950—the right hon. Gentleman had not the complete figures at...
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: If you will be good enough to allow me to develop my argument, Mr. Deputy-Speaker, I think you will see that it is extremely relevant. The housewives are looking to us to scrutinise this matter. Our constituents are more than disturbed about it. What I want to put to the Minister is this: when we have had such disappointments from the Ministry of Food, what guarantee have we that the meat is...
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: I think that, as always, my hon. Friend has put the matter with such crystal clarity that I cannot possibly improve on it. He has put his finger on the weak spot in the sausage. Here we have a whole lot of meat considered unsuitable for selling in the ordinary way to housewives. What I want to ask the hon. Gentleman is whether he can assure the House that in no circumstances have any of these...
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Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Is it in the Library?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: On an point of order. It is extremely difficult to hear either the Minister or my hon. Friends owing to the constant interruptions among the Government Whips, who are supposed to be mutely inglorious.
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: In view of the fact that the total numbers involved here are not large, would not the hon. Gentleman look at this matter again? Is it not easier to produce sergeants than to produce miners?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: The hon. Gentleman omitted any reference to the Royal Naval Reserve, recruitment to which was re-opened a short time ago. Can he give us any figure about that?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: I should like to preface the few remarks which I have to offer to the House by saying how much I enjoyed the manner in which these Estimates were presented by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty. He covered the whole field in the shortest possible space of time and he gave a very clear and concise survey of the present naval situation. The hon. Gentleman's speech really was a...
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Will this circular do anything to eliminate the inflationary records of the Minister of Local Government and Planning?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: asked the Minister of Health when authority was granted to his Department to defray expenses of recipients of honours and their relatives when attending investitures.
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Can the right hon. Gentleman say why it is that within the last few weeks an unofficial letter signed by one of his Assistant Secretaries and addressed to the clerks of local authorities by name has been sent out. and whether this expense has been authorised for this year?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I did, in fact, put down the Question to the Treasury and that it was transferred to him? Now that he has been good enough to answer it, will he say on what Vote this expenditure is carried and when it was approved by the House?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: In view of the fact that the numbers required are not very large, is it not desirable that the Royal Naval Volunteers should, in fact, be volunteers in this matter? Would it not be better if an inducement were given to that end so that the hon. Gentleman would get the numbers he requires without the necessity of an actual call-up?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: In view of the very wide disparity in the percentages shown in Question No. 5, which seems to be a measure of the relative efficiency of the three Fighting Services, which is in inverse ratio to their representation in this House, could not the right hon. Gentleman consider the automatic registration of these men on reaching the age of 21 by the Army authorities, who have all their papers and...
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: How is it that this information is not available? Are not particulars taken of every man's civilian occupation at the time of his joining?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Can the Home Secretary say whether, as the Act now stands, remission of sentence on grounds of good conduct constitutes a disqualification and cancellation of the postal vote in view of the possibility of a prisoner being released before the register is completed?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: While realising that we are now in the close season for Chancellors of the Exchequer, may I ask if the right hon. Gentleman will endeavour to see that there are proper opportunities for debating this question of post-war credits during the debates on the Finance Bill, which has not been possible in the last few years?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Does this Order provide for any elasticity in the size of women, or is there a utility size for them as well?
Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite: Could the President assure the House that this question of sulphur shortage will receive high priority in the forthcoming talks which, we understand, he is to have soon in America?