Mr George Craddock: asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will give details of the measures taken by Her Majesty's Government to help wool exporters; (2) if he is aware that wool exports have fallen by 30 per cent.; and what steps he is contemplating to deal with this matter.
Mr George Craddock: I appreciate the difficulties, but is my right hon. Friend aware that the reduction in the wool trade from the heavy wool districts throughout the world has dropped by 30 per cent. of £160 million annually? This is a serious matter. Will he take further steps to meet the interests involved to see what can be done to help the trade?
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Health, in view of smallpox outbreaks in various parts of the country, what special instructions have been issued in his Department to allay public concern; and if he will make a statement.
Mr George Craddock: I thank my right hon. Friend for his Answer. Does not he think that greater emphasis on vaccination would help in this matter?
Mr George Craddock: Unfortunately, the debate was expected to come on at a much later hour, and therefore many hon. Members did not hear my right hon. Friend from the Front Bench. Nevertheless, I think that the Orders have the firm approval of hon. Members representing Bradford constituencies, three of whom are present. We have been giving them serious consideration, as we are particularly concerned with holding...
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Health if he will order stocks of corned beef withdrawn from sale last year to be destroyed, so as to eliminate any risk to the general public.
Mr George Craddock: Did that mean that Ministers acted in such a way that the corned beef was destroyed?
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Power if he is satisfied that the National Coal Board is dealing adequately with the mine shaft which nearly engulfed Mr. Jonathan Bairstow in a garden in Challis Grove, West Bowling, Bradford; and if he will make a statement.
Mr George Craddock: Will my right hon. Friend follow this matter through and see that it reaches a satisfactory conclusion, since obviously this accident could have led to very serious consequences?
Mr George Craddock: asked the Prime Minister if he will advise the appointment of a Royal Commission to investigate the problem of compensating victims injured in road accidents, and to consider a comprehensive insurance scheme embracing everyone.
Mr George Craddock: In view of the fact that it is increasingly difficult to prove negligence in accidents on the road, I hope that something will be done without delay.
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to set up health centres under the National Health Service.
Mr George Craddock: On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I understood that my right hon. Friend was answering my Question No. 77 at the same time.
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in view of the latest progress report of the Standing Technical Committee on synthetic detergents, if he will take steps to compel manufacturers of detergents to use a softer basic material, which will more readily be decomposed by bacteria in sewage processes and rivers.
Mr George Craddock: Will the Minister be good enough to take the strongest possible measures to compel manufacturers to use this softer material which he has described? I think that this will have to be soon. Does he agree that it will have to be resolved at the top level in order to get a solution?
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Labour if he is satisfied that at the inception of the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act in August there will be sufficient appointments made for its enforcement; and if he will make a statement.
Mr George Craddock: I am very glad to have that assurance from the Minister. There have been some background noises about adequate arrangements not having been made, but I hope that what the Minister has said will be helpful. In view of the importance of this piece of legislation, will he be good enough to keep the matter under constant review for the time being?
Mr George Craddock: asked the Minister of Labour what plans he has to rectify the 10–12 per cent. under-establishment of the factory department; and what steps he has taken and is taking to ensure that there are sufficient factory inspectors available to enforce the requirements of the Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act.
Mr George Craddock: I am sure that the Minister is fully aware of the under-establishment of the factory department, and that is the main purpose of the Question, although of course on the more general question I hope that he feels that that is well in hand. May I ask whether, in view of the comprehensive nature of this business and the concern which he has expressed, he will be good enough to look at this from...
Mr George Craddock: (by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement on the rail accident last night at Bradford Exchange Station.