Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Home Secretary what steps he proposes taking to secure recruits for and retain the existing personnel of the Auxiliary Fire Service?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: While appreciating the step which the right hon. Gentleman has taken, is he aware that large numbers of trained members of this service are leaving it for other employment, and could he not take some step to make recruiting a contractual obligation rather on the lines of the Territorial Army, in order to retain the personnel?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Home Secretary with regard to the contract for 60,000 tons of bricks for the construction of air-raid precautions shelters, recently placed with the London Brick Company by the Bristol Corporation, what was the maximum price per 1,000 bricks which his Department permitted the corporation to pay; what was the contract price per 1,000 bricks; and whether such bricks are available...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a coal shortage in Bristol; and that quite apart from this contract depriving local manufacturers of employment, it has caused an unnecessary burden to be placed on the railways at this time of acute difficulty; will he, in future, take into consideration the availability of local materials as well as the question of cost and, in addition, will the...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the responsibility of the Admiralty in regard to clothing, etc., towards naval officers and seamen who have lost their possessions at sea as a result of enemy action, and are invalided from the Navy on account of wounds or ill-health?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have a letter begging for greatcoats and other clothing for men such as I have referred to in my Question, because they cannot be obtained from the Admiralty, and will he take steps to remedy this grievance?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: What has struck me most in this Debate, and the last speaker mentioned it in his peroration, is that, with the exception of the hon. Member for Nelson and Colne (Mr. Silverman) every speaker has apparently decided in his mind that the only issue to this war is victory, and that a peace by negotiation can be ruled out of court. I hope that nothing I shall say will be interpreted in any parÅ¥...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: The right hon. Gentleman the Member for Epping (Mr. Churchill).
Mr Cyril Culverwell: It created a most deplorable impression. [HON. MEMBERS: "No."] Well, that is a matter of opinion, and that opinion is held not only by myself but by many people in this House and in the country.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: That is the unfortunate part. The hon. Gentleman has almost said what I was going to say. It is unfortunate that Members of our War Cabinet should sink to the level of Dr. Goebbels. We should set ourselves a higher standard in this war. It is right that the interests of neutrals should receive sympathetic consideration. They are already suffering very severely economically, and they may at...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I do not think for a moment that Hitler wants this war. I thought it was generally accepted that the war came as a most unpleasant surprise to Hitler when we called his bluff.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I will leave the hon. Gentleman to make his own remarks but he knows as well as I do that in all probability Hitler would not have started his campaign against Poland if he had been convinced that Britain and France would enter the lists against him. Time is getting shorter and the passing of the years may put an end for ever to the pos- sibility of concluding a peace. Once the bombs start...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: The hon. Member who has been so very bellicose in the past is so anxious that the war should stop that he is again engaged in what wishful thinking against which the hon. Member behind him has warned him. I would urge the Government to seize any opportunity they have to get round a table and effect some settlement; in other words, to take risks for peace.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I certainly do object to my speech being described as a defeatist speech. I prefaced it by saying that I was in favour of a vigorous and efficient prosecution of the war, but that I regarded the promotion of peace as equally important. I do not think that anybody can call it a defeatist speech.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty the amount of prize bounty distributed after the Great War; and how many persons received such bounty?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the expenditure of this large sum of money is quite unnecessary, as our sailors may be expected do do their duty without this reward?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, whether, in this war, it is intended to grant prize bounty to the officers and crew of His Majesty's ships of war?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does not my right hon. Friend consider that this award, an incentive which is not given to members of the other Services, is unnecessary and undesirable—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why?"]—and will he consider—
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Prime Minister whether he will take steps to ensure that no comment is published by the Ministry of Information upon matters of foreign policy without his previous concurrence or that of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in view of the importance attached to these comments by foreign countries?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does this also apply to the British Broadcasting Corporation's comments and official reports?