Major James Despencer Robertson: asked the Minister of Health whether he considers that he will be in a position to sanction modifications of the model building by-laws issued by his Department, in connection with the Public Health Act, 1936, before 31st July, when all other building by-laws will cease to have effect, or will he allow existing by-laws to remain in force until he has arrived at a decision on such modifications?
Major James Despencer Robertson: asked the Minister of Health, with reference to the Government's evacuation scheme for children, whether small householders, who will be receiving children without adults, will be allowed to volunteer for National Service which may call them away from their homes?
Major James Despencer Robertson: I apologise to the House for speaking at this late hour, I should not have done so had the subject not been one of considerable importance to a large number of people. It is also one of extreme urgency. I refer to the case of private traders known as encroachment holders at Bulford camp. The practice has been adopted by private traders at other camps. Their leases are due to expire this year...
Major James Despencer Robertson: I am told that they will receive notice.
Major James Despencer Robertson: I do not propose to discuss the White Paper as a whole, but there is one phase of the Air-raid precautionary measures on which I wish to concentrate, because the Government have, in connection with it, a scheme which I believe to be financially unsound and for which, there is, I believe, an alternative, equally efficient and cheaper. I refer to the question of billeting children from...
Major James Despencer Robertson: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consult actuarial experts with a view to the possibility of formulating a scheme for the State insurance of farmers against foot-and-mouth diesase and against the whole loss incurred by them, in the public interest, when their animals are slaughtered, including loss of profits, whereby their business is destroyed?
Major James Despencer Robertson: asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether arrangements can be made for holders of tickets in the Palace Yard uncovered stands to sit in Westminster Hall, if it is wet, during the period of waiting on Coronation day?
Major James Despencer Robertson: asked the Minister of Labour how many, unofficial strikes have taken place in this country during the last 12 months; whether he has any evidence as to the subversive influences which are causing such strikes; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 22. asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consult the appropriate local authority with a view to the abolition of the 30-mile-per-hour speed limit on the main road between Camberley and the Portsmouth road, since there would appear to be no reason for the limit on that stretch of road?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 52. asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the cases of motorists who have exceeded the speed-limit and have not been fined nor had their licences endorsed, while other motorists in a different county have been fined and had their licences endorsed; and whether he can take steps to ensure that all such cases shall be dealt with in a uniform manner?
Major James Despencer Robertson: Is the hon. Member aware that at Llandudno the other day several motorists who had undoubtedly exceeded the 30miles per hour limit were let off by the magistrates without an endorsement, and does he not think that that constitutes a real grievance to those motorists who have had their licences endorsed?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 9. asked the Secretary for Mines if he will inform the House of the result of his negotiations with representatives of the coal industry, and when he proposes to introduce, in the light of two years' experience of its working, amending legislation to the Coal Mines Act to remove, or to snake more elastic, its restrictive provisions, especially for the export trade?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 14. asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that some British firms are losing orders from Holland owing to the fact that Dutch firms can buy the same goods from Germany and pay for them in sperrmarks which can be bought in Holland at about 20 per cent. below parity; and whether he can take any steps to protect our firms from this unfair competition?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 41. asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the number of deaths from annual influenza epidemics, which in the first few weeks of this year amounted to over 10,000, and of the dislocation of public services and of industry arising from the widespread character of the epidemics, he will consider making influenza a notifiable disease?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 20. asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are being taken, or are to be taken, for the reorganisation of the potato industry?
Major James Despencer Robertson: 44. asked the Home Secretary the reasons for the recent purchase of 120 American cars for the use of police departments?
Major James Despencer Robertson: Are we to take it then that the story that these cars were landed in this country, as reported in the "Daily Herald," is a pure fabrication?
Major James Despencer Robertson: (by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary with reference to the case of Frederick Hayter, aged 17, who was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for abduction at Salisbury Assizes on 28th May, whether in view of the facts which were brought to his notice on 30th May, he has yet arrived at any decision as to the reduction of this sentence?
Major James Despencer Robertson: Is it not within the province of the Home Secretary to exercise the prerogative of mercy, and, in the case of a boy of 17 who hitherto has borne an unblemished character, could he not see his way, if not to wipe out the sentence, at any rate to reduce it.
Major James Despencer Robertson: 12. asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will take immediate steps to put an end to the practice of the Indian Government of selling old Army horses to Indians, in view of the fact that Eastern ideas on humanity to animals are different to Western ideas and that unnecessary suffering is thereby caused to these horses?