Mr Bertram Falle: Although the hon. Gentleman cannot force it, cannot he make a suggestion that this rule should be followed out?
Mr Bertram Falle: 25. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the number of seamen allowed by Vote A is sufficient to meet all drafting and work requirements of His Majesty's ships and establishment; whether a working party was available at the Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport, to assist the seamen of His Majesty's Ship "Lucia" to paint ship: and whether there are sufficient ratings in the three home depots to...
Mr Bertram Falle: There never was any promise of that kind given to them when they joined.
Mr Bertram Falle: No, the hon. Member misrepresents me. I am very much in- terested in what he was saying and I interrupted him when he made an incorrect and erroneous statement to the effect that these things were promised to the men when they joined. That is not so.
Mr Bertram Falle: The Minister paid a very graceful compliment to hon. Members who have spoken this evening, and offered his thanks for the personal references to himself. I think all those references were well-deserved. I have found him always courteous, fair, and willing to help. At the same time, I must say, and in no party spirit, that I found his predecessor at least as fair and willing and courteous. No...
Mr Bertram Falle: Well, that is not my experience. I joined up as soon as I possibly could, within a month of the outbreak of war. I saw a great many cases, in the great dockyard city of which I am one of the representatives. Men came to me, and I am sure that not one of them would say that anything was promised him before he joined. What was promised by irresponsible politicians after the men joined up is...
Mr Bertram Falle: 61. asked the Minister of Transport if the new regulations dealing with certain horse-drawn vehicles in Oxford Street will apply to private carriages; and, if so, whether such carriages will be permitted to cross Oxford Street or New Oxford Street?
Mr Bertram Falle: Can the right hon. Gentleman say why preference is given to rich people in their motors instead of to poor people with their horse-drawn vehicles?
Mr Bertram Falle: There is no such idea in my mind.
Mr Bertram Falle: I think the point raised by the hon. Member for Watford (Sir D. Herbert) is an excellent one. It gives me great pleasure to hear hon. Members, both lay and professional, speaking so well of my own profession and I am gratified to find that it should be so universally known that no lawyer ever seeks litigation. It is many years ago since I practised and I know that such was the case then and I...
Mr Bertram Falle: Real and personal?
Mr Bertram Falle: Can the hon. Member say why the residency was built there at all?
Mr Bertram Falle: 24. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether a specified time can be laid down in which officers' stewards and cooks who have been permitted to turn over to continuous service could count their previous non-continuous service, good conduct, and recommendations for promotion, observing that, under the existing King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, they date seniority from the...
Mr Bertram Falle: Does the right hon. Gentleman mean home leave?
Mr Bertram Falle: 71. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any decision has yet been arrived at to re-grade the complements of officers' stewards and cooks of battleships, battle cruisers, and aircraft carriers, etc.?
Mr Bertram Falle: 73. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the flying pay of naval wireless telegraphy ratings attached to the Royal Air Force is stopped while on foreign service leave, even though the rating is returning to the Air Force at the expiration of leave; and whether he will consider the same treatment to these ratings as to men serving in the submarine service?
Mr Bertram Falle: 72. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can give details of the total number of male and female staff of all ranks of the naval side of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes, specifying disabled naval ranks and ratings, non-disabled ex-naval ranks and ratings, and sons and daughters of ex-naval ranks and ratings?
Mr Bertram Falle: 23. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether naval ratings who are invalided from His Majesty's Service and sent on 28 days' leave for final discharge, requiring medical treatment whilst on leave, are eligible for treatment by naval surgeons and agents; and, if not, who is responsible for their medical care?
Mr Bertram Falle: 24. asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any decision has yet been arrived at with regard to the payment of tropical allowance to seamen ratings of the China submarine flotilla?
Mr Bertram Falle: Can the right hon. Gentleman give me the limit of time that it is intended that this matter shall be under consideration?