Mr Tom Driberg: If it is possible to make a block issue for factories, is it not possible to do so for remote villages; and for that purpose, could the hon. Member not use the emergency food officers in those places?
Mr Tom Driberg: In view of what the hon. Member said about security, will he take note of the second part of my former Supplementary, suggesting the utilisation of the existing emergency food officers in remote villages?
Mr Tom Driberg: Yes—parsons, school teachers and so on.
Mr Tom Driberg: I desire to raise the question of clothing coupons for the uniformed police. I will endeavour to allow the hon. Gentleman who is going to reply just a minute or two in which to say "Yes" or "No." I hope he will forgive me if I do not do much more than this, because it is a little difficult when almost half the very brief time has been taken up in this necessary and important business for the...
Mr Tom Driberg: In so far as they are not sedentary, they are surely less fortunate than others, since the wear and tear of their clothes is more. The mathematics of the situation are these. When clothes rationing started in July, 1941, civilians were allowed 66 coupons for a 12 months period. Of these, it was estimated that the police could reasonably be expected to surrender 18 coupons, thus leaving them...
Mr Tom Driberg: It may be, but it is rather an unfortunate situation that arises, I maintain, from the excessive demand for coupons from them—[Interruption.]—I want to get through this as quickly as possible, if the hon. Member will allow me. It is a situation, at any rate, which is not good for discipline. There is a second point, and another offence might come in here. I know of a young policeman who...
Mr Tom Driberg: I did not say that the police did not withstand temptation.
Mr Tom Driberg: I did not say that they would. On the contrary, I said that they were scrupulously honest.
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of misunderstanding in regard to the ringing of church. bells on 3rd June, being Ascension Day, he will now regularise the position by allowing those responsible for the ringing of such bells discretion in the use of them on week-days?
Mr Tom Driberg: And will guarantee another war in 20 years.
Mr Tom Driberg: I do not want to say anything about personalities. I merely want to urge the right hon. Gentleman to repudiate most vigorously these attempts, which I regard as mischievous and ignorant attempts, by apparently influential groups in his own party, and other people, to prejudge what must surely be a matter for the whole of the United Nations to decide, and I want him to endorse the very wise...
Mr Tom Driberg: Further to that point of Order. Did not the hon. Members who spoke first and second quote from speeches made in another place?
Mr Tom Driberg: Can we take it that local authorities will not be required to provide the rather elaborate type of van which may be needed for mobile local distribution, and that the Ministry will provide them?
Mr Tom Driberg: There is possibly continuity within a single incumbency, but there is not continuity from incumbency to incumbency. The offering may rise or fall quite drastically according to the incumbent's popularity or otherwise, and is therefore surely a personal gift not attached to the office.
Mr Tom Driberg: I think the right hon. Gentleman misunderstood what has just been said. The Church authorities are not taking the money and applying it perhaps for other purposes. But the churchwardens can say, if it is a large living or the vicar is a man of substantial private means, that obviously there is less need to give him an actual cash present.
Mr Tom Driberg: Surely those are. fees or offerings for quite specific services? They are not a general tribute to the personality of the man.
Mr Tom Driberg: But surely they are in the same category as funeral or marriage fees.
Mr Tom Driberg: The right hon. Gentleman will recollect that the Canadian Forces were able to vote last year by absent voters' ballot.
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for War whether home leave is now being granted, when shipping is available, to troops who have served overseas for six years or more; and whether it is possible to include in this category men who had returned from overseas and been placed on the reserve only a few weeks before the outbreak of the present war?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can make any further statement on conditions in Campo P.G. 21; and whether British prisoners are still detained in this camp?