Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the total amount of public money lent to credit-worthy borrowers under the Agricultural Credits Act since 1922; and how much of that total has been written off as lost to the taxpayer?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the introduction of the Purchase Tax will have practically the same effect as the Limitation of Supplies Order; and whether he will therefore cancel the latter Order?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is it not highly likely that a continuation of the Limitation of Supplies Order in addition to the Purchase Tax will cause heavy unemployment, and would it not be wise for the Government to do a little thinking before that happens?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the continued high rate of deaths on the roads in spite of the reduced number of vehicles; and what further action he proposes taking in the matter?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Does not my right hon. Friend agree that the figures prove that speed alone is not the main factor causing road accidents?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Minister of Information whether the house-to-house investigations conducted by his Department have yet been completed; whether a report on the findings will be issued; and, if so, when?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: May I call attention to the fact that much of the fabric which we have been discussing under this Amendment is used in trolley buses? It is proposed to exempt them altogether from the tax. What is to be the position then? Is the fabric to be taxed, or is it not? That seems to me a serious anomaly, and I should like it to be cleared up.
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: I beg to move, in page 44, column 1, to leave out lines 24 and 25, and to insert those lines in column 2. The object of the Amendment is to transfer typewriters, dictaphones, calculating machines and other office machinery from the higher rate of tax to the lower rate of tax. This principle has already been accepted in the case of account books. Office equipment and machinery are equally...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: If hon. Members would not talk, they would probably hear me. Statistics of all kinds have to be kept by firms to-day due to the large number of regulations issued by Government Departments who also ask for many returns, all of which entail many hours of hard work and the use of office machinery such as typewriters and duplicating machines. I understand that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Secretary of State for War whether adequate arrangements have now been made for guarding power stations, waterworks and other important local services?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Minister of Information the number of women employed in censoring the articles of newspaper correspondents for British papers overseas; the salaries paid to them; whether they have had any experience of this type of work; and what are their educational qualifications?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Would it not be better to employ duly qualified people and pay them at an adequate rate?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is it possible to meet the cost of this welfare out of the large profits made by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute canteens?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Postmaster-General whether Members may be granted the privilege of priority telephone calls from their constituencies when dealing with Departments on urgent Parliamentary or national matters?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is my right hon. Friend aware that firms engaged on direct Ministry of Supply contracts have this privilege of priority, and surely it is reasonable that, if a Member takes up some particular complaint or difficulty which firms are experiencing, he should have that privilege on that particular occasion?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Will my right hon. Friend tell me how the Member is to obtain that particular privilege?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider with the Railway Executive Committee the need for the lengthening of main-line plat forms so as to save the time now wasted by the necessity for two stops at most stations?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that this double stopping is taking place on many of the main lines, and that it causes great waste of time and fuel?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: It is not my desire to detain the Committee for more than a few moments, but I should like to refer to two small questions. First, there is the question of the Central Register. I understand that under the register a large number of names have been accumulated, but actually very few appointments have had to be made. I submit that the whole conception of this register is wrong. Originally the...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Minister of Labour whether he has any statement to make on the reorganisation of the Central Register?