Mr Cyril Culverwell: Supposing I were to put down a Question to the Secretary of State for War asking why or whether snowshoes have been issued to the troops in Libya, could he possibly transfer it to the Minister of Supply?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied that adequate arrangements have been made to protect our stocks of food from fire; and whether he has taken steps to provide suitable living accommodation, if necessary by requisitioning premises, for those engaged in fire-protection duties?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the hon. Lady aware that inquiry will not save premises from fire?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Home Secretary whether he will withdraw the instructions regarding air-raid casualties and damage to houses inquiries contained in Home Security Circular 116/1941 and revert to the former practice of the police dealing with such inquiries which is working most satisfactorily?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the police have all the information which is required and have in existence the machinery for answering such inquiries and that that machinery is working perfectly satisfactorily, whereas local authorities will have to set up a new organisation to deal with these inquiries? Does he not think it better to leave things as they are?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Can the hon. Gentleman say how many men from the mines have been called up for the Army since the beginning of the war?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, under appropriate safeguards, he will now allow recognised comforts organisations providing articles of clothing for evacuees, hospitals or other charitable institutions to purchase wool without coupons?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that toys salvaged from a New York shipment which was bombed after its arrival in this country were recently auctioned at Clerkenwell; and will he state the value of toy imported this year and prohibit the import of such unessential goods?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Question was put down a fortnight ago?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Surely the right hon. Gentleman can inform the House whether the import of these non-essential goods has already been prohibited?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Will the average be higher than it was last year?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is satisfied that all public utility undertakings will have enough coal with which to carry on during the next six weeks?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is not the Minister aware that some of these public utilities have only a few days' supply, and will he not take drastic action to save them from having to close down?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will permit recognised Service comforts associations to purchase wool for knitting without coupons, provided they give an undertaking not to abuse the privilege?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that these comforts associations like to maintain a personal touch by sending the articles which they produce to certain units and will he see that this personal touch is retained?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary for Mines what is the position of public utlity undertakings in the list of priorities for coal?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Has it occurred to the hon. Gentleman that neither industry nor the population can carry on without water and that gas and electricity are also important? Why, therefore, is it that public utility undertakings are fifth in the list of priorities?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Cannot the hon. Gentleman give information as to who made this stupid decision?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: In view of the fact that the Minister generally disclaims responsibility for any question of policy affecting his Department, should not Questions be addressed in future to a Cabinet Minister or to the Prime Minister?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Economic Warfare how many persons are now employed on the staff of his Department?