Mr Cyril Culverwell: In view of the fact that these men have been giving their valuable services voluntarily since the outbreak of war, does the hon. Gentleman not think they deserve some special consideration, and will he look into the matter and make some arrangements on the lines of my suggestion?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Economic Warfare how many persons were employed in his Department on 1st April, 1st May and 1st June, respectively?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that recent events have considerably reduced the sphere of his activities, and is it not time that some reduction was made in the size of his staff instead of an increase?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Does the Minister think that a greater number of staff will mean more efficient work being performed?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the erection of live wire fencing round munition works and dumps, with a view to protecting them from sabotage?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is there any legal prohibition against the erection of live fencing, and, seeing that so many properties of the Service Departments have to be guarded by sentries, does he not think this method would be more efficient and less costly in giving protection?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of these statutory companies do not pay and have never paid the maximum dividend allowed by Parliament?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Budget proposal to limit dividends paid by public companies applies to statutory companies whose dividends are already limited by Act of Parliament?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will arrange for members of the Services stationed in the Orkney Islands to purchase tobacco and cigarettes free of duty?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there would be very small administrative difficulties in making concessions to this detached part of the Isles? As the men stationed there are suffering very great hardship and are in a very dangerous area, cannot he see his way to give a concession of this kind?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Minister of Supply how many local authorities have no organisation for the collection of waste paper?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my right hon. Friend satisfied with what is being done in this matter and, if not, will he use compulsion to force all local authorities, into the scheme?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that it is the practice in the Service Ministries to send last-minute telegrams to candidates for commissions, instructing them to appear before the selection and medical boards, in spite of the fact that the date and place of their required appearance has been known for some days to those responsible for the arrangements; and whether,...
Mr Cyril Culverwell: I am very glad to have the hon. Gentleman's assurances, and I hope they will be carried out. May I ask him to bring this matter to the attention of the Secretary of State for Air, who has been as much at fault as he himself has in this respect?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether it is the policy of His Majesty's Government to take into consideration the availability of local labour and local materials in the placing of all Government contracts?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not aware that, although the local brickyards are either working part-time or are closed, the municipal corporation a few days ago placed a contract in Bedfordshire for 60,000 tons of bricks for A.R.P. shelters, and does he not think that is a case of placing an unnecessary burden on the congested railways?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: As this Question raises a matter of policy, I wish to give notice that I shall raise it on the Adjournment.
Mr Cyril Culverwell: asked the Home Secretary (1) how many whole-time men in the Bristol Auxiliary Fire Service are in the age groups 25 to 29; (2) what is the authorised strength of whole-time firemen in the Bristol Auxiliary Fire Service; and how many men are required to reach this strength?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the calling-up of nearly half the strength of this service will disorganise it completely, and will he arrange that, after they are registered for the Army, men may continue their duties in the fire service until such time as older men can be recruited to take their places?
Mr Cyril Culverwell: Is my right hon. Friend aware that, quite apart from the men who are called up for the Army, there are many men leaving this service to seek other and more remunerative employment, and can he ensure that the men will be recruited in future upon a contractual basis on the lines of the Territorial Army, so that they will not leave?