Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that there is a growing shortage of coal in Bristol; and what steps he is taking to improve the position?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the Minister aware that since he was first approached and urged to take action in the matter the position has steadily got worse, and that the input of coal into Bristol is inadequate to meet current requirements? Will he really take energetic action to remedy the situation?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary of State for War whether War Department motor vehicles are subject to the ordinary speed-limit regulations; and will he take steps to secure their closer observance?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my hon. Friend aware that many of these war vehicles are being driven by inexperienced drivers in the most dangerous and reckless manner? Will he take steps to enforce the regulations and take disciplinary action against those who break them?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that certain insurance companies are demanding an additional premium from life insurance policy holders to guarantee payment in cases of insured persons who are members of the Home Guard; whether he is further aware that this has led to resignations from the Home Guard; and what action he proposes taking to remedy this situation?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Information for what purpose the North-Eastern regional officer of the Ministry is issuing a News Letter, and by whose authority and at whose expense this is being done?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Has the right hon. Gentleman read this News Letter, because it is most important and undesirable that a public servant employed by his Ministry should distribute a pamphlet imputing dishonourable and sordid motives to Members of Parliament and the Press which criticises the Ministry? Will the Minister take immediate steps to suppress its activities?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Quite apart from whether the right hon. Gentleman thinks it attributed dishonourable motives, which is the general opinion, does he think that this sort of News Letter is in any way necessary or serves any useful function? Furthermore, does he think it desirable that attached to this News Letter should be a confidential document giving the amount of damage, or lack of damage, done by enemy...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Surely it is the right hon. Gentleman's responsibility to stop this sort of thing?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the Minister's replies, I beg to give notice that I intend to raise this matter on the Adjournment.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Will the Minister inform the House under what order or in what way it is thought desirable that confidential information regarding air raids, which is not available to Members of Parliament, should be distributed to people in the local areas, who have no responsibility whatever?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Then does the Minister think it desirable to make it available?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Pensions whether compensation under the Civil Injuries Scheme, as administered by his Department, will be paid to workers injured by enemy action who have been permitted or encouraged to continue work after an air-raid warning has been sounded; and whether, in similar circumstances, any liability attaches to the employer?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Will my right hon. Friend give wide publicity to that answer, as many employers are still uncertain of their position and are afraid to continue work after the siren has sounded?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: In the hope that it might afford some protection, would the right hon. Gentleman consider putting a certain number of German prisoners or enemy aliens on the ships?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Economic Warfare how many persons are now employed in his Department?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: When is the Minister going to consider reducing the staff of this Department, because on 1st June the number was 1,461, and he has made only a small reduction since the occupation of Belgium and Holland and since France went out of the war; and if our enemies continue to blockade themselves, surely it is time that the right hon. Gentleman considered reducing his staff?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: In view of the considerable reduction in work, are two Ministers now necessary?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Home Secretary whether he will reserve from military service part-time unpaid special constables over 30 years of age, provided they had joined the special constabulary prior to the outbreak of war, and have performed, and continue to perform regularly and satisfactorily, an average of at least 12 hours duty per week?