Mr David Ginsburg: asked the Secretary of State for Defence why he has introduced a 16-year commission for Regular Army officers.
Mr David Ginsburg: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. How many officers does he hope to recruit in this way?
Mr David Ginsburg: Like the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. John Wells), all hon. Members who represent mining constituencies naturally welcome the humane contribution which the Bill makes to dealing with the problems facing the industry. It was my intention to say quite a lot, but many of my colleagues wish to speak and, therefore, I will mention briefly two specifically local problems and then concentrate on...
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Mr David Ginsburg: We have had an interesting debate so far, but listening to the hon. Member for Colne Valley (Mr. Richard Wainwright) and the right hon. Member for Enfield, West (Mr. Iain Macleod) I found it very difficult to believe that I was listening to a Motion of censure. The best argument against the fact that we were debating a Motion of censure was a letter that I read yesterday in the Observer by...
Mr David Ginsburg: Yes. But I have also seen the figures of recent cost changes in the prices of our exports, and our exports are competitive in the world as a whole.
Mr David Ginsburg: It depends on which countries one is comparing with. If one compares our exports with those of Germany and other E.E.C. countries, we are not unfavourably placed. At this stage, it is far from proven that we face a runaway import bill which only import controls or devaluation would stem, failing, of course, a savage deflation, which would be unthinkable. If, therefore, there is no need for...
Mr David Ginsburg: Reverting to Motion No. 518, does my right hon. Friend confirm, first, that it would be open to the Parliamentary Commissioner to interview the men concerned—which is one of the problems in this matter—and, secondly, that it would be open to the House to debate the Parliamentary Commissioner's report in the widest sense, on the whole question of the Foreign Office's behaviour in this matter?
Mr David Ginsburg: Notwithstanding what my right hon. Friend has said about arms supplies, would he be prepared to give the House an assurance that there will be no holding up over the next 24 hours of any request by the Israeli Government for essential medical supplies?
Mr David Ginsburg: Is my hon. Friend arguing that the Common Market is moving too fast or too slowly in these matters?
Mr David Ginsburg: I refer the Leader of the House once again to Motion No. 518, about Sachsenshausen Concentration Camp. Is not he aware of the very strong feelings on this question shared by hon. Members of all parties? Should there not be an early debate? The Leader of the House has made a suggestion concerning the Parliamentary Commissioner. May I make another suggestion to him, namely, that he asks the...
Mr David Ginsburg: Could my right hon. Friend say something about the life of the new halfpenny under the new system? How long does he envisage it going on? Secondly, although this may anticipate something that he is to say later, could he comment on whether his mind is absolutely closed to having a yet smaller unit than the new halfpenny?
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Mr David Ginsburg: Is it not a fact that 40 per cent. of transactions will include this lowest denomination and that, therefore, if this coin were to disappear we would be in some difficulty?
Mr David Ginsburg: It is a strange experience for me to be aligned with the right hon. Member for Enfield, West (Mr. lain Macleod) in opposition to the hon. Member for Wanstead a ad Woodford (Mr. Patrick Jenkin) and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor. Listening to the speech of the right hon. Member for Enfield, West, it occurred to me to say to my right hon. Friend what a marvellous Chairman of the Decimal...
Mr David Ginsburg: As there was a debate on the principle of decimal currency in another place, will my right hon. Friend give serious thought to his present view, and also consider the point of view of our constituents in this matter?
Mr David Ginsburg: Would my right hon. Friend be a little less dogmatic on the question of the price of gold? Will he read the Labour Party's policy statement for 1953, in which he will find that this was considered to be one possible way of dealing with the problem of international liquidity?
Mr David Ginsburg: Mr. David Ginsburg (Dewsbury) indicated assent.
Mr David Ginsburg: We have listened to the studiously thoughtful and moderate speech of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Kinross and West Perthshire (Sir Alec Douglas-Home). He asked the Government some very pertinent questions, and I think that he and I, as supporters of Britain's entry into the Common Market, were very relieved that no answers were forthcoming to those questions. He also promised the...