Mr Tom Driberg: Before the hon. Member sits down may I say that I am very sorry I missed the earlier part of his most eloquent speech, but I understand that he mistakenly paid me the compliment of attributing to me a phrase of which the author was President Roosevelt.
Mr Tom Driberg: Unfortunately, "The Anvil" is starting again very shortly.
Mr Tom Driberg: There is one point which does not seem to have occurred to members of the Labour Party. The Tories such as the hon. and gallant Member for Lonsdale (Sir I. Fraser) and the Noble Lady and others were strongly critical and impatient of the Government's attitude, and in a sense they were putting the case which the Labour Party also put.
Mr Tom Driberg: Does not this encourage the men to conceal the disease instead of going for treatment?
Mr Tom Driberg: There is no evidence to the contrary.
Mr Tom Driberg: No, Sir.
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will exempt from Income Tax the £10 per month danger money paid to merchant seamen?
Mr Tom Driberg: Could the right hon. Gentleman at least consider treating this tax in full as a post-war credit? Would that not be a solid tribute to these men who are being specially honoured this week?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will take advantage of the presence in this country of the British Minister to the Vatican to discuss with him the possibility of requesting His Holiness the Pope to intervene on behalf of Jews in Nazi-dominated territory and in the matter of the chaining of prisoners, respectively?
Mr Tom Driberg: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there are recent precedents for Papal intervention in these matters?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that experienced teachers, who are doing good work in the education branch of the Royal Air Force, are debarred from holding commissions unless they are university graduates; and if he will consider removing this disqualification?
Mr Tom Driberg: When the right hon. Gentleman says "normally," may we take it to mean that he does make exceptions to this rule in the case of exceptionally talented teachers?
Mr Tom Driberg: Without interfering with magistrates, could the right hon. Gentleman not circulate a general memorandum on the difficulties of this situation?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a youth, 18 years of age, was fined at Old Street, on 8th April, for writing a loyal slogan in whitewash on the footway; and whether he will urge the police to greater vigilance against those who write disloyal slogans and damage with tar the portraits of leaders of the United Nations?
Mr Tom Driberg: Can the right hon. Gentleman give us any comparative figures of the two kinds of prosecution, to reassure those who feel that there are far more prosecutions of anti-Fascists than there are of Fascists?
Mr Tom Driberg: rose——
Mr Tom Driberg: If the War Office are going to distribute free to the troops periodicals which are run for private profit or otherwise, where do they draw the line? How do they select them from periodicals, such as "Picture Post," the "Daily Worker," the "Daily Express" and others popular among the troops?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Prime Minister the present functions of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster?
Mr Tom Driberg: Without any personal disrespect to the right hon. author who now holds the post, could the Prime Minister tell me what salary attaches to it?
Mr Tom Driberg: Is the Prime Minister aware that I put the Question because the information could not readily be ascertained?