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: 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 Minister of Health whether he can increase the minimum quantity of furniture supplied to transferred war workers in billets where they are accommodated in bare rooms only; and whether he will take steps to impress further on the householders concerned that hospitality to such workers is a social duty of importance in the war effort?
Mr Tom Driberg: Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the situation in the particular districts referred to in the document?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of Health whether transferred war workers are permitted to go on living in private houses, in which they have been billeted, during the absence, on holiday or for other causes, of the householders?
Mr Tom Driberg: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is an unpatriotic minority of householders who do treat billetees with rudeness and inhospitality and will even go away for a week or two in order to avoid having workers billeted in their houses? Can he do anything about this?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has considered the resolution sent to him recently by a conference of Essex blacksmiths, saddlers, wheelwrights, thatchers and hurdlemakers, drawing attention to the small number of men now engaged in these essential trades; and whether he will introduce a scheme for training apprentices or take other steps to secure a revival of these trades?
Mr Tom Driberg: Taking one of these crafts alone, will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind, having regard to the acute shortage of rural houses, the importance of keeping alive the craft of the thatcher; and can he indicate whether these matters are likely to be covered in the forthcoming Luxmoore Report?
Mr Tom Driberg: On a point of Order. It is only a small point, but I think it is worth clearing up. Questions on the Paper coming up for answer are given as allotted to the "first, second or third" Sitting Days. Should that not read "second, third and fourth" Sitting Days respectively?
Mr Tom Driberg: That is just my point, Sir. Therefore Questions down for the "first" Sitting Day should read "second."
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.