Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Will it be possible under the Bill for an individual firm to make its approach to the Treasury? I appreciate that the right hon. and gallant Gentleman has stated that the duties of the Committee have been taken over by the Treasury, but in the past the Committee have not dealt very favourably with individual cases. That may be all right in peace-time, but in war-time an individual firm may be...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is it the intention that when this Bill is passed, those people who are over military age need not regard themselves as being liable for any work until they are called upon? There are many people who are over military age who want to do something, and I should like to know what is the intention.
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the scheme for war-risks insurance has now been completed; and, if so, when the necessary legislation is likely to be introduced?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Minister of Labour how many disabled ex-service men resident in the area covered by the Halifax Employment Exchange are registered as unemployed; how many are considered unable to follow their usual occupation but are fit for light work only; how many of these have been on the register for over 12 months; and what special steps are being taken to improve the situation?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: In view of the difficulty of placing these unemployed disabled men, will the Minister, in conjunction with the Minister of Pensions, consider some scheme for finally pensioning them off, and so save the great amount of work that is put in by the King's Roll committees?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: I should like to know whether the Secretary for the Overseas Trade Department is satisfied that the manufacturers of this country are fully represented at the New York Fair. If so, the amount for which he is asking is justified; otherwise, it is not. So far as one can gather from the Press, we are having only a small hall there to represent this country. Has my right hon. Friend made any...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Like most of the previous speakers I support this Bill. I do so for two definite reasons. In the first place I entirely agree with the principle of export credit guarantees. Secondly, I can testify to the fact that business, giv- ing employment to many hundreds of people, has been brought to my constituency as a result of the facilities provided under the previous Act. But while I support...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: I desire to support the Amendment and I do so following upon representations submitted to me by a large firm in my constituency. This firm have just had plans passed for the erection of a large power alcohol production plant and they inform me that the sudden imposition of this tax means that those plans will have to be scrapped.
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: The Trent Oil Products, Limited. The plans had to be passed by the Department of Customs and Excise and were only passed shortly before this imposition was introduced. The firm told me that they have made an offer to the Government to take over the plant, because if they went on with it themselves they would be mulcted in a severe loss. They are not prepared to go on with their plans for the...
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Why not?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: The plans might have been held up.
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Home Secretary whether, in order to expedite the preparation of air-raid precautions schemes by local authorities, he will prepare and circulate to them a draft scheme suitable for an inland town of 150,000 inhabitants?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Home Secretary whether any instructions or suggestions have been issued to local authorities regarding the size and type of building used for anti-gas schools and decontamination centres?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that certain local authorities are proposing to use derelict buildings for this purpose, and, in view of the importance of the matter, will he not give some lead to them on this question?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: But could not the hon. Gentleman give some lead in the direction of showing the desirability of having modern buildings for this purpose?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the recent increase in the duty on spun-silk yarns entering India from 25 per cent. ad valorem to 25 per cent. ad valorem plus 14 annas per pound without any preference in respect of yarns of British origin; and whether he proposes to make any representations on the matter to the Government of India?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that these extra duties make British prices quite impossible in competition?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: I beg to second the Amendment.
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: asked the Home Secretary the number of gaming or fruit machines reported by the police as having been operated in the Metropolitan area; whether he is aware that these machines appeal particularly to young persons; that the small fines imposed on the operators thereof do not act as a deterrent; and whether he proposes taking further action to stop this form of gambling?
Mr Gilbert Gledhill: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the United States have taken drastic action in such matters, and would he not recommend to the Metropolitan Police that they should consider similar methods?