Mr David Gibson-Watt: asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the present position with regard to the Ross Spur motor road and the Hereford inner relief road together with a new bridge over the Wye.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: asked the President of the Board of Trade to state, in cubic feet, the amounts of softwood and hardwood recently released from strategic reserve; and how these figures compare with the previous five years.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Will my hon. Friend give his assurance that he has consulted the home-grown timber organisation and will continue to do so in future releases?
Mr David Gibson-Watt: asked the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements he is making to ensure that the release of softwood and hardwood timber, recently authorised from strategic reserve, will not affect the stability of the home market.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that the reserve price of these stocks compares reasonably with the current commercial value in this country?
Mr David Gibson-Watt: In rising to speak to this Mid-Wales Investigation Report, in a maiden speech, I will confess my interest from the start, having been born and having spent most of my life in this particular part of Wales. I should like to claim, with modesty, that I know well most of the parishes referred to in the Report itself. It is, as other hon. Members have said, an area of hill and marginal farms...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am very glad to have the opportunity to speak in support of the Second Reading of this Bill. In company with a number of my hon. Friends, I confess my interest. I have seen at close quarters the Hill Farming and Livestock Rearing Acts working successfully. I can vouch for the fact that they go some way to keeping part of the hill farming community in the hills, thereby leading to an...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: asked the President of the Board of Trade the value of exports from the United Kingdom of pedigree livestock, under the various categories, for 1954 and 1955.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: While thanking my right hon. Friend for that Answer, might I ask if, when he produces those figures, he can also give me some idea as to what percentage of the figures finds its way directly to the coffers of the Treasury as a result of these valuable exports?
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am able to say from practical experience that this harvest has not only been wet, but very wet. A year which started too dry has finished too wet. Although the constituency which I represent has not suffered so badly as other parts of the country, particularly in the north of the country, it is true to say that only three days ago only half of the grain harvest was in, though I hope that...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Will my hon. Friend realise that this matter is disturbing the public conscience of this country? Will he do all in his power to impress on the Home Secretary and other authorities responsible that these British nationals should be properly looked after in this country now that they are here?
Mr David Gibson-Watt: asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) what quantity of birch, alder and sycamore poles were imported in 1954 and 1955 for the purpose of brushwork and turnery manufacture; and what proportion came from dollar countries; (2) the quantity of stave oak imported for making beer barrels in 1954 and 1955; and what quantity was from dollar countries.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Would my right hon. Friend look into this matter again and see whether from the trade returns he could give some details, particularly with regard to birch which is being imported from Canada, when there is plenty of birch for cotton reels in this country? Surely that would be a way of saving foreign currency?
Mr David Gibson-Watt: asked the President of the Board of Trade how much dollar currency was released by the Treasury for the purchase of imported timber for pitwood and railway sleepers in 1954 and 1955, respectively.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Watson Report, which has just been produced, reveals that the figures relating to the National Coal Board's use of home-produced pitwood show a very great improvement? Would it be possible to urge British Railways, which in its way is doing good to the home trade, to improve its figures considerably in this respect?
Mr David Gibson-Watt: I am glad of the opportunity at this very late hour to add my voice to what the hon. Member for Salford, West (Mr. Royle) has so very well and in such detail already expressed. This is a question in which both sides of the House should take part. I would reiterate two things: young people should not be sent to prison in company with hardened criminals while they are awaiting judgment....
Mr David Gibson-Watt: My reason for taking part in this debate is, first, because I live in Wales and always have lived there and, secondly, because for a long time now I have served upon a Welsh local authority, and of these facts I am very proud. It would be surprising, therefore, if I did not try to catch your eye, Sir, and to speak for a short time in this debate. May I echo the words of several other right...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: We have already heard that argument once, and it is purely a matter of opinion. What I greatly fear, and what in my own small experience I have seen in Scotland, is that there is a danger of a bottleneck and of slowing down administration. To illustrate the point, a letter sent to Whitehall from some parts of Wales gets back more quickly than one sent through Cardiff. Let us admit that in...
Mr David Gibson-Watt: My right hon. Friend must not be allowed to run away with the idea that all farms in Hereford are low-lying arable farms of the first quality. In the areas near the Black Mountains near the Principality there are many marginal farms that are similar to those in Wales.
Mr David Gibson-Watt: On a point of order. Is the right hon. Gentleman in order in referring to a speech which was made by the general in question when that general made it very clear to him that he did not wish any of the substance of what he said to be made public?